Thursday, February 26, 2009
My sweet friend, CJ, recently came up with an incredible way for those of us who have children with Down syndrome to connect. She has created the T21 Traveling Afgan. (T21 is the medical term for Down syndrome because it is the 21st chromosome that is affected.)
At any rate, the afgan is completed and will be sent all over the United States and to different countries in the world. Each participant keeps the afgan for a few days, takes pictures of their child with the afgan and then passes it along to the next person. What an awesome way to meet other families of kiddos with DS!
CJ is one of my favorite blogging buddies. We often joke that her little girl is Tyler's future wife. It's fate, really. Her daughter is also named Emmalee, she and Tyler share the exact same birthday and her Emmalee is also adopted.
If you or someone you know has a child with Down syndrome and you would like to participate, you can post it here or check out CJ's blog for more information.
at 10:05 PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Poor Natey. He has such tooth trouble. First of all, he didn't get any teeth until he was a year old. Then he got both the bottom front teeth at the same time. They were the only teeth until he started cutting all four top front teeth, at the same time. Talk about OUCH! Now he is cutting two bottom teeth at the same time.
As of this afternoon, he is down by one tooth. Not 100% sure how it happened but he was in the playpen and suddenly he started crying. But it was that cry, you know what I mean? I stood up to check on him and there was blood. I wasn't sure where the heck the blood had come from but when I scooped him up it was pretty obvious. The tooth was still there and attached to it was the root. I wasn't about to touch it and mess anything up...it was still attached to the gum at that point.
Our pediatric emergency room has pediatric dentists so we quickly drove him over there. By the time we got there and he was seen, the tooth had come all the way loose and he had apparently swallowed it. Nice. The doctor really couldn't do much for him. He called the pediatric dentist who said that there wasn't much they could do in the ER. So, we will have to take him to the dentist soon.
Poor little buddy. He has a big hole and cut in his gum. He is likely going to be toothless until his permanent tooth comes in. That will be awhile. I'm curious what the dentist will say.
I'll have to try and get some pictures. He was not too keen on letting me fiddle around with his mouth tonight.
Never a dull moment, I tell you, never a dull moment.
at 8:02 PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
Brent and I were a little late with our gifts to each other. Just timing issues. But the saying "good things come to those who wait" is true.
I have seen these Edible Arrangements before but didn't realize they had one in our area. Brent sent me this beautiful boquet with a box of chocolate dipped strawberries. YUMMY!! Pardon the stock photo, I started nibbling on my boquet before I snapped a picture.
I sent Brent his favorite chocolates from See's Candy. They also arrived today. The beautiful thing about food gifts? You can share with each other. YUM!
Thanks honey! I love you so much!
at 4:36 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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!
at 9:09 PM