Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I thank God for each second that I have had with Addie these last seven months. My children are true blessings.
Addie is eagerly participating in one of her speech therapy exercises. Although this is just an ordinary electric toothbrush, this exercise helps improve oral motor function.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Jenn and Isabelle made Addie a mashed potato cake!
Graham, Owen, Addie, Jackson and Isabelle (Baby Jackson moved in across the street from where we are building our new house. It's wonderful that Addie will already have a friend in the new neighborhood. I'm sure they will love playing together - at least until Jackson gets older and starts to think that girls are yucky!)
Addie understands "more" - one of the many signs we are working on!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Addie has another ear infection and this time it’s really bad! She woke me up at 1:30 this morning (as usual!) and I noticed a large spot on the bed - I thought she had gotten sick. When I picked her up to change the bedding, I realized it was blood. There was blood on the sheets, on her pajamas, all over her ear and on her hand and face. Luckily I’m not a mom that panics (or faints at the sight of blood) but I was concerned. I called Dr. Davis (who immediately took the call from his answering service) and he reassured me that it was JUST an ear infection. Her ear has been bleeding a little today, so I’m hoping the ear drops will make a dramatic difference within the next day or two. Good thing she has tubes in, otherwise it could have been a lot worse!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Chunkus is now up to 15 pounds and 15 ounces!
"she will have relatively normal development the first year, but then will develop moderate handicaps;
she will walk between 18-21 months and
she will develop some language"
Well, I guess I can quit worrying about the future, it was just laid out for me... I cried when I read the letter and then by Sunday became angry. I can't believe that they would try to pinpoint Addie's development based on an MRI and immediately classify her. To top that off, one of the geneticists emailed me and asked if I would bring Addie back in two to three months so that we can "talk about it"...
I want to refer back to this post over time just to remind myself how we proved them all wrong. She WILL surpass all odds.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Addie had her six-month hearing evaluation today and all went well except the tube in her left ear appears to be blocked...we see Dr. Dudgeon first thing Wednesday morning to check. This however, did not hinder her evaluation because she passed with flying colors! The audiologist said that Addie participated remarkably well for her age. We have to go back in six months for a re-check and will have to continue to go back every six months until at least age three.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
When I picked Addie up from daycare today, Ms. Catherine said that Addie insisted on being held all day. My first thought was that the mean tooth that has been wreaking havoc for weeks was trying to come in. When we got in the car, I checked and thought I felt it. After we got home, while Addie was in the bath, I managed to distract her long enough to look and there it is...Addie's first tooth! :)
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
There was no better day than today to have a few "first" moments...
We took Addie to the park for the first time. Julien was ecstatic to be the very first person to push Addie on the "big girl swing"!
Addie also tried out her baby swimming pool for the first time...she was as happy as she could be! Now Julien wants to know WHEN he can take her to the "big" pool!
Addie tasted vanilla ice cream for the first time...Mmmm Blue Bell!
Addie also got her first taste of homemade sweet potatoes...
All on Addie's first 4th of July!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Addie turns toward sounds and voices, she imitates sounds, rolls over in both directions (with minimal assistance), eats from a spoon (she’s even interested in a sippy cup), sits without support, brings objects to her mouth (she managed to get a toe in her mouth yesterday) and she is diligently working on transferring objects from one hand to the other! This is a true miracle. She is doing all the things the doctors told me she never would!
I thank God each day for my children; I feel I am truly blessed. Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Addie, I could not ask for anything more. Your prayers mean the world to me and I am so thankful for you all.
She's teething and has managed to acquire a rash...
(Pictures courtesy of Big Brother Photography - Thanks Julien)