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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brief update, quick flick, and picturepalooza

I’ve been MIA so long, with plenty going on, and I’m not quite sure where to begin… this calls for bullet points!

  • Current stats:  Weight ~ 20.5-21.0 lbs.  Height ~ 28”.  Head ~ 46.5 cm.
  • For his adjusted age of 13 months, this puts him at the 5th-10th percentiles for weight and height, and 50th percentile for head circumference.  He’s not even on the charts for his chronological age.  So, he’s still a pretty little guy!  His pediatrician was a bit concerned the month before last that he had lost weight, but changed his tune mid-April when Connor showed some steady gains.
  • We saw his neurologist for his 6-month follow-up appointment last week.  We’re now in the clear for any complications his IVH might have caused!  YAY!  We just have to overcome the delays due to prematurity…
  • Connor has been seeing his physical therapist weekly as of late.  The frequent visits really seem to be helping, and he really likes his PT.  In fact, at last Friday’s session, he “creeped” for the first time.  Had we been at home, and I’d observed him moving on his hands and knees, I would have called it CRAWLING, but since he technically dragged his knees more than he moved them independently, the definition of crawling does not apply.  Whatever.  My kid was on his hands and knees and he definitely moved forward!! 
  • We have a circular, upholstered ottoman in our family room, and Connor’s become quite proficient at cruising all the way around it.  His favorite way to watch Yo Gabba Gabba is standing at the ottoman.
  • IMG_7854.2Connor’s hair is still pretty fine and thin, but the long pieces hanging over his ears and neck were starting to bug.  So, the untalented me took scissors to it a few nights ago.  While it’s not at all straight, it at least looks better than before.  And yes, I did shed a tear during his haircut… but I wasn’t the only one – Connor was bawling!
  • We’ve been slowly integrating table foods the last several weeks.  Connor LOVES kiwis and strawberries and goldfish crackers and french fries.  Pretty much, if you’re eating it, he MUST try it. 
  • Unfortunately, we’re still battling him to drink his fluids.  The pediatrician says he needs at least 16 oz of milk per day plus other fluids.  Part of me is really hoping that’s like the recommendation we’re all familiar with to drink 8 glasses of water a day (which, who really gets that much on a consistent basis?)  Currently, Connor doesn’t care for the taste of his whole milk, so I dilute it with equal parts strawberry-flavored Pediasure.  In a 24-hour period, we’re lucky to get him to drink 8-oz of “milkshake” plus 4-oz of undiluted juice.  That doesn’t come close to equaling 16 oz.  So, without going into much more detail, you can imagine how much fun and how critical pooping has been for our little guy.  :( 
  • It’s been over a month, and we’ve still had no luck with the sippy cup.  I’m not going to worry about it for awhile yet.
  • The helmet is gone (but that’s another post!).

Here’s a 4-minute video of Connor showing off some of his cognition skills back in early April.  While compiling it tonight, I was amazed at how much more he’s learned in the past few weeks.  Plus, the slow, sticky scooting is a thing of the past… he’s in turbo mode now, heaven help me! 

(BTW, I don’t expect anyone but blood relatives to make it through to the end… and yes, there will be a quiz at the end!)

Coming up, Connor has yet another NICU Follow-Up Clinic appointment… we’re really hoping this is the last one, especially after last time.  He also has another Early Intervention evaluation and his 6-month follow-up with the ophthalmologist coming up in May. 

And now, copious candids for the grandparents…

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IMG_7524.2Favorite pastime: unloading the book basket – April 6, 2010

IMG_7545.2Fake smile, or sneer… hard to tell – April 14, 2010

IMG_7457.2Sitting in the sun – April 4, 2010

IMG_7713.2Chilling with Daddy after his many travels – April 24, 2010

IMG_7534.2Look, Mom, look!  I can put my whole fist into my mouth… – April 6, 2010

IMG_7849.2Second favorite pastime: unloading the toy box – April 27, 2010

IMG_7699.2Groggy grins – April 24, 2010 

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Fam-damily, were you paying attention??

VIDEO QUIZ:  Which children’s character was on the cover of the book Connor threw and said “uh-oh” over?? 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Big fan

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Connor doesn’t watch many programs, seeing as how he’s still really little and has the attention span of a gnat. 
But there’s one in particular that has captured all of his affection, one that he’ll gaze lovingly at for several seconds at a time, one that gets him more excited than just about anything else, one that has brought out new syllables in his vocabulary (“ga…ga…”) -
We didn’t have Nick Jr. until a few weeks ago, but a quick call to our cable company expanded our services, and now we’re actually paying less than before… for several months anyway. 
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For Connor, I’ll Tivo a couple of episodes a week, and there’s always some On Demand, but it’s great when I just need a few minutes to wash some dishes, clean up a small mess, or just giggle at his total joy. 
This was 2 weeks ago, and his excitement has only become more pronounced since then:

For me, the music on Yo Gabba Gabba doesn’t cause brain seepage quite like Sesame Street or Barney, plus it’s always fun to see what celebrities/bands might pop up.  Check it signature5out!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Geez...

What a boring blog I'm running here.

We're baaaaaaack...

Updates to come in the next few days!

P.S.  My Google Reader is out of control...  over 1000+ unread posts.  So, forgive me for only reading and not commenting on past posts (though I haven't been commenting lately nearly as much as I should).  Once I'm all caught up, I will do better!  :)
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Sunday Sustenance

"I’ve learned that happiness comes in different forms. It can be found in the blackest thunderclouds or when the earth is withering from heat. It is also in the warm rays of the sun in the midst of pouring rain. It is in the first green leaf of spring peeping out of the cracked bud of a poplar tree. It is in the little white petal working itself out on a branch of an apple tree. It is in the darkness of the night sky with thousands of twinkling stars. It is in the tender look of a loved one. It looks out through shining eyes in family photographs."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Sustenance

"There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity."
- Washington Irving

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Grandma's here!

Taking a break to enjoy her visit... we'll be back in a little while! :)
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Sustenance

"True learning - life-changing learning - cannot be obtained without an immersion in the font of personal experience. I am not just talking about a kind of common sense that inevitably comes with personal experience or the education acquired in the 'school of hard knocks,' but a deeply spiritual linking of experience and intelligence, 'or, in other words, light and truth' (D&C 93:36), that causes a person to see with new eyes, hear with new ears, and feel with a new heart."
- Brent L. Top

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Hidden treasure!

Day of birthFor over a year, this photo was Connor’s first picture.  Taken just 2 hours after he was born, it was the only one I knew of taken on December 16, 2008.

A couple of weeks ago, I  was messing around on Brian’s phone and stumbled across quite a find…  He had 4 more pictures of Connor, also taken when he was 2 hours old, that I had never seen before!

Looking at these photos of our tiny 2 lb., 6 oz. miracle son for the first time stirred up all kinds of emotions for me…

Sad that he has had to go through so much because he arrived too early - a lengthy NICU stay, copious appointments, and ongoing therapies.  Some days, it's just not fair that he's had so many hurdles to overcome.

Hurt that I couldn’t spend time with him those first few days of his life…  I saw him briefly in the OR and they speedily wheeled me past his isolette in the NICU on my way to recovery the night he was born.  But, due to a raging fever and the doctors’ concerns that I might be contagious, I didn’t get to see him again until he was 4 days old.  I wasn’t able to hold him until he was 5 days old.  Over a year later, it bothers me that I’m still pretty raw about it, and I hope one day it’ll be just a distant memory.

But, most of all, I’m…

Relieved and proud that Connor is such a fighter and is doing so well at nearly 16 months, all things considered.

Blessed to be Connor’s mommy!

Happy that he brings so much sunshine into our lives everyday… he’s one funny little boy!

Grateful that we all survived the entire ordeal, and for all the strength and support we receive(d) from our Heavenly Father, and loving family and friends.

Indebted to the staff, nurses, doctors, and therapists at RCMC for the expert treatment, knowledge, and loving care they gave to our son.

Joyous that Connor is a part of our family forever!

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Connor finally joined us at home on April 14, 2009, after 120 days in the NICU.  We plan on marking this important day with a little family party each year… our first one is next week!

Grandma Rogers will be here in a few days, and Connor’s really considering crawling for the very first time while she’s here!  We saw his physical therapist this week and she’s bound and determined to make it happen in the next couple of weeks.  Which means more appointments for us, but it will all be worth it to get him developmentally caught up.  He’s soooo close!
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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

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Uncle Scott gave matching outfits to his nieces and nephew for Christmas this past year.  Although, we’re still in hibernation and he had nowhere to wear it to today, Connor was a good sport to get dressed up anyway.  :)

Off to enjoy some Honeybaked Ham and Funeral Potatoes…  yum!

signature5Hope your Easter Sunday has been as enjoyable as ours!

Sunday Sustenance

"He lives, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, whose Atonement came as an act of grace for the entire world...  He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. He has brought meaning to our mortal existence. He has given us the gift of eternal life... God be thanked for the gift of His Son, the Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, the Prince of Life and Peace, the Holy One."
- Gordon B. Hinckley


HAPPY EASTER!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Brief Bits

A quick round-up of what I've found on the web this last while that got my creative juices flowin':

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I know I’m a little late on the Easter stuff, but I’m filing it away for next year!

1.  From Lemon Tree Creations – Framed Book Page Egg Wreath
Maybe it was the open frame, but something about this little project spoke to me.  I don’t really care for the little flower addition, so mine would probably be made without it.  I actually really like its lack of pastels… seems fresh to me.

2.  From eighteen25 – Easter Countdown
I love me a fun advent calendar… and this is a really cute idea to countdown the days to Easter with fun family activities.  Plus, it’s simple and easy!

3.  From Trey and Lucy – Button Earrings
I’d need to invest in a button shank remover, but this is a fun way to make some custom earrings out of cute buttons…  imagine the notions wall at the fabric store – options are endless!  (These would make cute gifts, too.)

4.  From Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss – Kids’ Masterpieces Gallery Wall
Another decor idea for open frames, but this adds a new dimension…  hang your kids’ artwork inside from binder clips.  LOVE it!

5.  From Delicious Ambiguity – DIY: Kids Play Stove
This is a great idea for making a simple play kitchen for your kids… one that even stores all of the accessories inside it!  Love that it’s made from a $5 storage bin (that can be repurposed when Junior stops playing with it) and that she provides the template for the stovetop here.  Fun cooking accessories sold here and here

6.  From Simply Modern Mom – V & Co.’s Frozen Lemonade Pie
My mom makes something similar to this dessert… and it’s yummy!  Sweets like these make me excited for warmer weather to come.

7.  From V and Co. – Dana of MADE’s Peeps Bunny Bunting
Not a fan of the taste or texture of Peeps, but this felt bunting is adorable!  Full tutorial, including the pattern, is posted.  Looks like something even I might be able to pull off.

8.  From How Does She… – Party Hats for Kids
Great tutorial for how to make your own party hats for kids… so cute!

9.  From The Modern Hive – Custom Lift-the-Flap Board Book
This is a fun idea for making a personalized lift-the-flap board book.  Further, detailed instructions found here.  Such a unique idea!

10.  From Money Saving Mom – Put your Expired Coupons to Good Use!
This might be my favorite item on this whole list.  Did you know that military families are able to redeem expired coupons for up to 6 months beyond their expiration date at their local PX and Commissary?  Rather than throwing out your expired coupons, you can send them to U.S. military bases around the world
Our program serves military families by assisting you to forward "manufacturer's coupons" to overseas military bases.  These bundles of coupons are placed on tables, at the PX and Commissary, or handed out for use by military members and families on base.  This helps the family save valuable dollars and stretch their budget.  Your totals are listed at our site.
This is not a tax deductible charity.  This is a patriotic charity.  You are supporting the service person and their family by sending coupons that you do not use, and all of the extra ones that you can find, to them.  The service pay rates are no longer below the poverty level, but they are in no way great when you have a family.  Our military service families appreciate your assistance.
There are so many coupons I clip and don’t use in time, and I always see them just a day or two past their expiration, when it’s too late… now, someone else can get good use out of them!  (I’m also saving the rest of the inserts, full of the coupons I don’t clip, to ship to a base as well.)  What a great idea! 
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Birthday Wishes


Our cutie-pie niece, Maddy, celebrates her 2nd birthday on April 9th.

Miss Emily turns 29 again on April 14th.

Aunt Kristen also turns 29 again on April 24th.

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