Sunday, February 15, 2009

Let's See......

What to post?  I feel compelled to update.  I suppose it's always safe to post about the kids....

Tyler is doing well.  He is feeling alright, for the most part.  He never ceases to amaze me.  He has been walking so much lately!!  He likes to yell "RUN" and then take off walking as fast as he can.  I need to get the camera out and ready so I can get it on video.  He is so proud of himself.  He won't really walk in public yet, I think he is comfortable at home because he knows the layout.  I'm sure he'll just get more and more confident as time goes on.

I will admit, there have been times in the past four and a half years that I have wondered if Ty would really ever walk on his own.  Once again, I should never doubt his abilities.  If Tyler has taught us anything, it is that he will do things in his own time.  Every time I watch him master something new my heart just swells.  He is one incredible kid!!

We are approaching the one year anniversary of his leukemia diagnosis.  I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that has happened this past year.  I just pray we can get through the second year without too much worry.

Emmalee has been having a great time at nursery school and wishes she could go every day.  She loves her teacher and her classmates.  

I am constantly shocked by Emma's memory.  She has a knack for remembering song lyrics, even if she only hears a song once or twice.  I hear her singing all the time and sometimes they are songs that shse has only heard on the radio while we're in the car.  One of my favorite things is to listen to her singing when she doesn't realize anyone is listening.  I sure love her.  

Nathaniel is the easiest, happiest little man!  He is the perfect third child.  It seems that no one told him that he was a micro-preemie.  He is catching up so well!  He is now pulling up on EVERYTHING and cruising around.  He has even figured out how to pull up in front of the piano so he can reach the keys.  He can't see the keys but he can sure reach them.  

Nate's speech is still pretty delayed.  He chatters often but doesn't have many words.  I am not too worried yet and neither are his early intervention teachers.  We'll just have to keep working on it.  

I am doing well.  I have been down for four weeks so I have about eight to go.  I went to the doctor last Monday.  I had my splint removed and saw my new incision for the first time.  It is twice as long as the old one...I had almost twenty stitches this time.  I am also sporting all sorts of new hardware in my ankle.  I now have a metal plate that is about four inches long as well as five screws.  I can't wait until the next time I have to fly somewhere.  I'm sure I'll set off the detectors.  The doctor decided to put me in a cast for a few weeks to help keep my leg protected.  She was kind enough to let Emmalee choose the cast color.  I am not sure I've ever seen anything so neon pink in my life!  Emma thinks it is quite hillarious and tells me all the time that it is getting even more pink.  I am really glad that I only have to wear this one for three weeks.  Next time I get to choose my own color.

Brent is working hard, as always.  He really loves his job which is such a blessing.  In this crazy economy, we are truly thankful that he has such a great job.  He is still having some health issues.  He is going to see a specialist soon which we are both really thankful for.  I just hope and pray that we can get some answers.

My mom is still here helping us while I am off my feet.  Sometimes I worry that she is getting burnt out but she plugs right along and keeps things going.  I'm very thankful that she can be here.

So that's pretty much it from the Gardner house.  Love to all!


Tricia said...

You aren't going to know what "normal" is when you get through this Jode! I'm glad it is going well at the moment - you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Paulette said...

Our thoughts and continued prayers are with you... Keep the faith... You are so very strong together as a family!!

diana said...

We are thinking of you & your family. Hang in there.

jkribbit said...

You totally need to post pictures of your pink cast! I can't imagine any other color Emma would pick! Wow, I miss you guys. You're all constantly in my prayers. Big hugs and kisses to all!