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26
Jul
13

Exciting Times

I love the point we have reached. We’ve received our six month EI plan. August appointments have been set for therapy and other follow ups.

It feels good to know what we have been working on well and what could be adjusted.

It is hard to deal with those who assume we weren’t doing things right when there really is no right or wrong with developmental delays.

We can’t answer when he’ll be “fine” or “caught up” whatever that means anyway. But the three of us and our therapy/medical team are doing our best. And we’re going to enjoy learning together.

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22
Jul
13

17 Months Old Adventure

Saturday D turned 17 months actual, so we woke up early and had a morning zoo adventure. It was the first time we managed to make it to the zoo right at opening. We scored a premium covered spot in the main lot.

We have a zoo membership so we skipped the ticket line and headed for the map to see what we’d like to do for a few hours. We decided on the Insect House, Carousel, and Manatee Springs as our main attractions.

The Insect House adventure started out with a scale that gives your weight in bugs! Wouldn’t that make a fun change from NICU stays measured in grams?

Drake was 2 million bugs.

Daddy was 32 million bugs.

Mommy was 20 million bugs.

We took our first family ride on the carousel. The elephant was a bit too big, but the zebra was just right!

I didn’t take any pictures in Manatee Springs. I was too fascinated by the zookeeper presentation. Confession, I ADORE going to the zoo. 🙂

Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two zoos outside of Florida that host manatees. They are a manatee rehabilitation center which means their manatees stay for a short time to get well and get reintroduced to the wild. Betsy and Woodstock are scheduled to leave sometime this fall. Manatees have small eyes and live in water that is hard to see in, so they have tons of hairs like cat whiskers all over their bodies that help them navigate in the ocean. Yay fun facts!

After the manatees, it was time to head for lunch. I have to say the nursing/family suite at the Cincinnati Zoo is also an amazing space. It’s air conditioned has comfy sofas, a great changing space, and toys for toddlers. We made a side stop for a diaper change before heading to the car. As we left, we noted the LOOOONGG lines that we avoided by going early.

We finished up with some lunch at Izzy’s Deli, and shopping at Tuesday Morning where we scored this fun plaything…

This afternoon is our first PT visit. Time to get to work! It’s hard to believe he’ll be 2 in 7 months, and then we stop adjusting for prematurity.

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09
Jul
13

Back From the Desert

The mounds of laundry are washed but not put away, work has been returned to, and our EI letters arrived yesterday.

Back to reality…

We had an amazing week. D travelled amazingly well for a 1 and few months year old that’s been mostly isolated for much of that time. We got a lot of eyebrow raises about his size at his age of 16 months, but also a lot of compliments on his mellow ‘tude.

There was the first plane ride, first gummi worms, first hike on mama’s back, and first swim. We had a blast.

The final word on EI is that he does qualify for gross motor and a speech delay. Gross motor is the walking issues, and he’s not progressing on the ‘typical’ speech path apparently. Our next meeting is to review our daily routines and concerns at the end of this week.

Sadly, the county we were staying in AZ had a tragic loss of 19 firefighters. Thank you to these brave men and their loved ones. It’s a beautiful savage country out there.

Our Grand Canyon day, it was 98 degrees at the top of the south rim and a balmy 145 at the bottom. Hiking down Bright Angel was discouraged that day. (Especially for plump easterners)!

I did have some elevation sickness. That’s what happens when a bred below sea level Louisiana girl goes up to 10000 ft.

I’m relieved about EI and relieved to be home!

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Trying to push the attendant light

 

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Swim gear! Red Headed fair skinned people need lots of coverup-ing in AZ

 

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Hiking, 5 ft from the GC. Also, ignore the fact that I still look pregnant. wtf

 

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Views, kinda obscured by smog and smoke, but still amazing in person

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Montezuma’s Castle

 

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Mom chasing adventurous son, I felt an amazing kinship with this mini Native American mama after trying to keep D off the condo stairs all week.

 

 

17
Jun
13

Happy Father’s Day

Our Father’s Day fun was delayed a few days. Drake was sick all last week, and so we have some awesome family moments planned for our short jaunt to Chicago. Daddy and I are so very excited about this first away family adventure.

My husband is awesome. Friday night he had a “Dudes Night In” with Drake and one of his friends so I could go visit my girls and see a precious 3 month old and friend I haven’t spent much time with since D was born. She had a preschooler, so her house was off limits through all of our RSV isolation periods.

Since we needed to stay in, we decided to have an indoor campout Saturday night! We blew up our air mattress and had pjs, a Eureka marathon, and snacks.

Sunday morning, Drake gifted Daddy with his new “casual kilt” and I ran out to Frisch’s for some biscuits and gravy to bring back to the boys.

We had a blast just hanging out together this weekend in spite of our son’s sniffly summer cold. Wednesday will be our big city adventure. We’ll take the train to Wrigley from our hotel downtown for a tour. Then back to the room for a nap. Then some lunch and shopping on the Magnificent Mile, and a walk on the shores of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier.  Then we’ll head back to Cincy to pick up Gammy’s dog and head back to our home in NKY. No pictures of the sleepover, but I’m sure we’ll get a bunch of our adventures in Chicago this week.

It’s a good preview of what our BIG vacation to Arizona  and the Grand Canyon in two weeks will be like. First plane flight and week away from home. Trying to stay excited and not nervous! I’m still thinking about getting a prescription to be able to present to the TSA guys for his high cal formula needs. 🙂

12
Jun
13

Mommy Guilt: EI

There’s a lot of second guessing going on in my house right now. With D’s low birthweight and left c lubfoot, I could have tried to qualify him for early intervention services a long time ago. I asked the questions at his well visits and his first NICU follow up clinic, but since it wasn’t pushed very hard we opted to wait.

Of course, now I have to wonder if we waited too long and that extra year could have helped him. Despite his Neonatologist’s telling me that the work I’m doing with him has nothing to do with his low muscle tone and gross motor delays, I feel responsible.

His appointment for evaluation is set for Monday, so if anyone that’s done this dance before has any tips I’m all ears and eyes. 🙂

To add to the mommy guilt buffet, we went on a tour of his school for next year on Friday and Monday he came down with a yucky stomach virus. Fever, running at both ends, the whole nine yards. I know we’ve been taking him out in the world more after over a year of isolation and he could have picked it up anywhere, but way to make me second guess myself and his readiness universe!

Today, he is playing and resting much better, so I think we are through the worst of it. Just in time for our 2 days to Chicago with Daddy during a business trip next week. It will be our first overnight away as a family that isn’t at a hospital! We’re staying downtown and plan to take a tour of Wrigley Field, visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, walk on the shores of Lake Michigan, go to Navy Pier, and shop on  the Magnificent Mile. I can’t wait for our first big adventure!

 

 

04
Jun
13

Grandparents & Aunt Visit: First MLB Game

Nana, Papa & Aunt Amy came to town for a visit! Our first adventure was Drake’s first MLB baseball game on the Sunday before Memorial Day at Great American Ball Park. We had View box level seats  along the right field foul line with a gorgeous view of the stadium and the Memorial weekend boats on the Ohio River.

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Stealing Daddy’s seat!

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Learning to cheer with Aunt Amy!

 

 

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GABP view screen and bleachers

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View from our seats in right field

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First game certificate! I love this. We decided to go to the game because my mom grew up in Chicagoland, and she and I are lifelong Cubbie fans. We even have a brick at Wrigley! Drake’s Daddy is a Cincinnatian though and grew up in the Pete Rose Big Red Machine era. It’s a fun rivalry in our house. (Also the Cubs won in extra innings, woo!)

 

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The Beach Boys and John Stamos played a concert after the game.

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And we ended the day with some Olive Garden and Drake’s first work of art that didn’t involve eating the crayon!

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It was an awesome day. Drake tolerated being out all day much better than I expected from an RSV isolated preemie dude. He even took his nap snuggled in the stands. We did take it easy on Memorial Day and stick close to home though.

It’s so hard living in Kentucky with my family in Texas and Louisiana. Thank God for Facetime and good visits.

13
May
13

Busy Weekend

Despite my Friday at  3:00a.m preemie mama post, we had a full, wonderful weekend.

It wasn’t without its mishaps. First tick and first trying to walk crash, but it was full of wonderful family moments and enjoying my fellas.

I don’t feel right posting pics of other people’s kids without permission, but there was an amazing group hug between Drake, the birthday boy, and another little girl that was so sweet it almost made me forget about the germs. 🙂

So we have serious contemplation of the swing, falling asleep with our joint custody dog (MIL works out of town most of the week, so we share her toy poodle), exploring the park pavilion at the party, first cut, and first tick.

The cut was from face planting into the corner of his dresser. Why is kid’s furniture made with sharp edges??! The tick from our Mother’s Day adventure out to Great-Uncle’s farm.

I am definitely being told by the universe that I cannot expect to protect this child from everything, and it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying daily adventures.

Swinging is Serious Business

Swinging is Serious Business

Puppy love

Puppy love

First Boo Boo with bleeding

First Boo Boo with bleeding

World explorer

World explorer

Ew, gross!

Ew, gross!

Word of advice, when someone tells you to use nail polish to remove a tick do not select the dark purple one.

Multiple layers, gloves, and blankets shouldn’t be necessary for a Mid-May birthday party. There are definitely times I miss Louisiana…




Drake’s 3rd Birthday

February 20th, 2015

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