Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I really cannot believe it has been NINE years! Time just needs to slow down!
Julien wanted a piñata , so I finally bought one for him. This thing would not break! He actually hit it off the rope twice (good job tying it, Chris) and the thing still kept going. Finally, Julien just had to beat it to death on the ground!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
After our visit with Dr. Ness today, we went to visit our friends in the E.R.
Addie was so happy and we really enjoyed our visit! When we got ready to leave, Addie got ANOTHER prize from our friends (see turtle picture) and they sent Julien a prize as well (thank you!). He got a three-headed stuffed dog (Fluffy?) from Harry Potter. When he got in the car this afternoon and saw it, he was just thrilled! He thought it was cool and wanted to know where they got it! On the way to Publix, I heard Addie gnawing on and talking to something, but it was dark so I couldn't see what it was. When I got out of the car to get her, she turned to look at me with the tail of the dog in her hand and the tip of the tail firmly planted between her teeth! The tail of the dog was dripping WET and she was smiling from ear to ear - tail still held firmly between her teeth. Thanks again guys! You all mean so very much to us!
We had our appointment with Dr. Ness this morning. For those of you who don't remember, we last saw Dr. Ness in May. She told us that we didn't have to come back for six-months unless Addie developed seizures...well, six-months have passed. I don't even know where to begin, there was so much that was said and 98% of it was so positive! Dr. Ness said that seeing Addie just made her day. She was absolutely thrilled at how well she is doing! She wasn't concerned that Addie wasn't crawling or attempting to walk; she was quick to point out that not all children achieve this milestone at this age. She isn't going to be concerned about walking until Addie is 18-months (by then, I'll have Addie chasing after Julien and the cats). Dr. Ness was concerned about Addie's speech development and the fact that she isn't babbling. I have known from the beginning that this would be our biggest struggle, that's why I work with Addie on sign language so much. Addie was very cooperative and showed Dr. Ness her new tricks including her ability to feed herself Cheerios (Addie learned that trick while we were waiting for Dr. Ness to come in the room! Prior to now, Addie would get the Cheerio in her hand, but was unable to put it in her mouth)! We talked quite a bit about development and I finally asked Dr. Ness "my" question. I asked her if she thought "Addie would develop to the level of a ten-month old, four-year old or if she would be able to contribute to society?" Dr. Ness was quick to tell me that she really thinks Addie will be able to contribute to society! I can't tell you what HOPE that gave me. Dr. Ness went on and on about how well Addie is doing! HOPE and FAITH is what I live my life by now. There are a lot of days when it is just faith, but today was a day of pure joy. What a perfect time to give me this news, just one more thing to be thankful for! I pray each and every day that Addie continues to learn and progress. I have a very dear friend who had renewed hope for her son after seeing an adult with Down Syndrome working at Panera Bread in Vestavia. I fully understood why this restored her hope and today was my day. GOD is truly watching over Addie. He will continue to show the world his miraculous powers and I honestly believe it will be through Addie. She will achieve more than anyone could have ever HOPED. Please say a prayer and thank God for this blessing, this blessing of HOPE.
(Our next scheduled visit with Dr. Ness is July. Addie will have another MRI to see how her brain is developing. I will pray each day for continued brain growth and development. God will continue to be with us. The results will be nothing short of miraculous!)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The nurse placed Addie next to me and walked away.
I was unable to reach out to hold Addie.
The only thing that I could do was move my hand so that I could rub her head.
I wanted so badly to take her in my arms, kiss her and tell her that everything was all right.
I wanted her to know that it didn't matter what had happened in the moments preceding the first time that I touched her.
It didn't matter what others might have said, it didn't matter what was done and it didn't matter that the nurse didn't congratulate me, she only let me know that this angel that was next to me exhibited "a problem".
I couldn't take Addie in my arms, but I reached over to her and I touched her head.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Julien's birthday isn't until November 24th, but as we all know, that is the day of the Auburn/Alabama game. Since I couldn't convince the SEC to schedule the season around the celebration of the birth of my baby boy, we had to celebrate early! Last year, Julien had approximately 30 kids at his birthday party. I just couldn't take it this year. I had him pick a few of his classmates and we went to Game Zone for laser tag! I remember seeing him for a few seconds here and there and then he was off again, so he apparently had a great time!
Friday, November 09, 2007
Addie got sick on the way home from The Bell Center yesterday and continued vomiting for six straight hours. She wouldn't take anything and even ice chips made her sick. Finally around 10:00, she was able to nurse a little and keep it down! She made it through the night without any problems, so hopefully this little bug is making it's way out of her system! Now, if I can just keep the rest of us from catching it! Thanks to Lysol and Clorox we should be o.k.!
Poor baby all snuggled in my bed. (Don't fret - between the video monitor, Julien, Chris and Me, Addie can't move without us seeing her...snuggling her in between the pillows is the only way to get her comfortable when she's not feeling well.)
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Julien and Chris are on the way to the Auburn game today. I really hate that I'm missing out. I tried to think of every way possible for me to go, but when it came down to it, I didn't see how I would get around nursing Addie in the middle of 80,000 screaming football fans. So, Addie and I are sitting this one out.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Julien was thoroughly excited about how much fun the night was. We went through the ritual of checking the candy (which will magically disappear from the house) and Addie (all refreshed from her nap) sat and watched intently...perhaps waiting for another M&M?
We had a great time tonight!