Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ready For Some Summer Sun...


Minus the Pjs of course~

Sidewalk Chalk Fun

Who knew sidewalk chalk could be so fun??










And just a side note: check out how he is able to sit on his left knee, and completely bend his leg backwards! 3 months ago this was impossible!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Modern Technology

It's amazing the amount of technology that we have now... the fact that we can get on our computer and talk and see a live video of someone in a different state just blows my mind. Kevin's parents live in New York now, and have been wanting us to set up the free service called skype for a while now so they could talk to Dane. Kevin set it up finally yesterday, and we tested it out. Pretty cool! Dane was really excited to talk to them, and of course be a ham in front of them. He kept touching the screen and saying their names, and would try to get as close to the screen as possible to show him his toys. He didn't understand he needed to stand back so the camera could see him. You are able to see yourself as well in the bottom corner, so you know what the camera is seeing, and Dane thought seeing himself was pretty funny. It was a pretty neat site, and a great way to keep in touch!! I will definitely be using skype while Dane is in New York and I am here, so I can see him everyday!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another trip to the zoo...

The weather has been AWESOME the last few days. So, we headed back for a day at the zoo. When we told Dane that we were going and told him what we would see there he said monkey and tiger over and over until we got there. He was excited! The monkey's were by far his favorite. Talked about them a lot. But, We didn't get to get see the tigers because they were sleeping in a far away corner. I think he liked the giraffes also, especially the baby ones. I didn't take many pictures this time... how many pictures do I need of the same animals?? :) Anyway, Dane enjoyed looking at the animals... and was really excited when he saw NEMO when we were in the fish part. He was wide eyed the entire time! Glad we were able to take another visit to the zoo before it got too hot. Dane loves the zoo!

Looking at the tall giraffes

At the Bear exhibit- ROOOOAAAARRRRRRR says Dane

What does an elephant do? Dane throwing his "trunk" up

Doesn't my lil man look like he could be like 13 years old with his new hair cut?

Girl's Weekend

Can I just Say I love my girlfriends!! It doesn't matter how long it has been, when we get together we have the best time. This past weekend I got to get away for a girl's weekend. I have known these girls since college... AKA 1998!! Wow, it's crazy to actually think us girls have been the best of friends for that long. We don't get to hang out as a group very often, since we all live in different cities all over Texas, but we all try really hard to get together as often as we can. Girlfriends are really important in my life, and I have always tried hard to maintain friendships over the years. It is just something about being with people who know EVERYTHING about you, but love you unconditional anyway. I am so happy that these girls have kept me around all these years, still enjoy hanging out with me today and are proud to have me as a friend.

So, this weekend we headed to Galveston and stayed at the fabulous San Louis Resort. My girl Tabitha's sister and her girlfriends have a girls weekend there every year, and so we decided to join them this year. We spent the day lounging by the pool, and getting some sun. Then we had dinner, and a night on the town that evening. All I can say is we had a blast!! I would say one word that describes us as a group... HYSTERICAL. We are funny when we get together, and belly laughs are the thing that occurs the most.

Cheers to having girlfriends! And Cheers to girls weekend!













Friday, April 23, 2010

Assessment Day

This will probably bore most of you to tears, but I wanted to give an update about the progress Dane has made with his physical therapy. When we arrived we were told by Dane's therapist, Michelle that it would be different today, that Dane would be with her supervisor, and he would be tested to see how much progress he has made. She said that she would be in the room so Dane would feel comfortable, but that she would not be the one "testing" him. Not sure why the assessment was today... if it is just a random day or if after so many sessions it is done. Michelle said it was a big day, a formal report would be written on what the supervisor found, several "tests" would be done and blah blah blah. I have to admit I was nervous. I asked what happened if Dane "failed", or if he didn't cooperate.

Michelle laughed and said that if he "failed", then his sessions would have to be evaluated and they would have to figure out different exercises that needed to be done. And she said worst case scenario if the supervisor didn't feel that Michelle was helping him then he would be assigned to another therapist. When she said this I just about died. Michelle is AWESOME!! And Dane absolutely loves her, and is so comfortable with her. She has the sweetest nature, but somehow manages to get him to do what she needs... she is tough, but so loving to him! But, she assured me that SHE KNOWS Dane has improved a crazy amount, and that it would be good for some one's else's eyes to see his progress since she is with him every week. She didn't seem worried at all! But, you know I am the worry wart of the family...

SOOOOO... Dane did awesome!! And he actually surprised Michelle with new things that she hadn't seen him do before!! I wish I would have had a tape recorder to remember all that Michelle told me, because it was a lot. But, I listened as well as I could, and as soon as I got into the car I jotted down things so I wouldn't forget. Dork I know. She compared everything to when he had his patient evaluation done before he started his therapy. I knew he had made progress, but when you see him everyday you forget what he couldn't do before...

So, let's break it down: here comes the boring stuff... and in no particular order

- when laying on his belly before he could only bring the left leg to a vertical position 90 degree angle... now his foot can completely touch his rear making an 8 degree angle. Also while laying on his stomach they are able to rotate his leg back and forth moving the hip joint with no discomfort at all.

- standing near a table if Michelle tried having him stand on just his left leg he would rest his stomach on the table to help with the weight on that leg, and now he can stand without assistant on just the left leg, stand on the left leg while kicking a ball with the right foot as well. The left leg is still quite a bit weaker, but she was amazed at how much stronger it had gotten

- when sitting on his bottom he would have to have the leg straight out in front of him, now he is able to bend and sit frog legged.

- before Indian style sitting was completely impossible, he would fall backwards or immediately try to straighten the leg because of the discomfort but now can sit in a perfect Indian style position with no assistance and no pain... the goal was for 3 minutes, and he passed that by a long shot (he got distracted by a toy, and they had to actually move him out of this position to do something else)

-he can now sit on his knees resting his rear on his heels of his feet

-Before bending down to pick something up would require him to stick his leg out like a kick stand, and now he is able to squat. he still sticks the leg out occasionally, more than likely it is a habit. But the fact that he could squat was great. The scar tissue was causing him to not be able to do these positions. He still is putting more weight on his right side, instead of equal weight on both sides when he squats, but she saw a major improvement. before it was about 90% of weight that he would put towards his right and 10% on his left, and it is now about 60/40

-before he was not able to kneel with his left knee up...could not bring that knee up at all to make a 90 degree angle, and now he can kneel with no problems with the left knee up while kneeling on the right knee.

-stairs was a big issue before. He would only use his right leg to climb stairs, so he didn;t have to put weight on his left. He still likes to use his right, but when they would force him to use his left he was able to do it. Before when she would force him to use the left she would have to hold down the right and then he would have to use her entire arm to push up with the left, because it was so much weaker. Now when she holds down the right he only has to use one finger of hers to help him push up with the left. This sounds confusing, hard to explain, but MAJOR improvement. The left leg is getting a lot stronger!! Before he wasn't even able to bring the left knee up high enough to take a step up on a stair. Now bringing the left knee to a 90 degree angle when standing to take a step isn't as much of an issue.

-his walking has improved greatly also. Before he would walk with most of his weight on the right causing a small limp. Now he has gotten much better at walking with equal weight on both legs... not perfect yet, but once again huge progress. It is getting less noticeable, and for people that don't know what happened usually are surprised to find out because they don't notice that he walks bad.

-Laying on his back before his knees could only be pushed a tiny bit having the knee straight up in the air 90 degree angle, and now his knees can be pushed up all the way to his chest. Also while laying on his back his legs can be turned in multiple angles with no discomfort. The hip joint can be turned externally and internally now... before he showed that any kind of rotation of the hip would be uncomfortable.

I probably forgot some stuff, but the jist of it is that his therapy is working, and his hip is improving, and his assessment showed major progress! Michelle did mention that it is a slow process, and most of that is due to his age. If he was a couple years older it would be easier because he would understand why he needed to practice these techniques at home, and why he needed to do certain things. But, I honestly don't care if it is a slow process!! I am just thrilled that the scar tissue is getting loosened up, and he is able to do more and more things that kids his age do! I'm so thankful that his therapy is working, and that he has such an awesome therapist!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

And This My Friends is Definitely BLOG WORTHY

Exciting News...



We have been waiting for a couple months to hear these words...



So much hard work has taken place...



Lots of long nights...



Entire weekends spent apart...



But, it has been totally worth every minute of it...



Today, Kevin got an email...



And it made today a day to celebrate...



Are you ready????



I know we were!





Can all just say Hallelujah!!! It has been a LONG road, but Kevin has completed his masters program!!!!! 19 months of hard work, determination, late nights, lots and lots of research have all paid off!! I am so proud of him, and all that he proved he could do. The program kept him very busy, but he always managed to balance his time well. He always put us first, which meant usually he would have to stay up til the wee hours of the night to get his work done, and this was all after he worked full time. The last couple months has been the hardest, and extremely frustrating. The entire program Kevin had excelled with flying colors. Making high A's on every paper he submitted. He had professors tell him that they would help get his papers published in history journals. I say all this not to brag about my smart husband, but just to show how well he did. He had 6 seminars all with different professors, and had to write several papers for each. It came time to write his final paper which by the way was 50 pages long. He worked on it for months and months, and had to do so much research to gain enough information to write about his topic. Let me just back up and say that this last professor, the one who would be in charge of this paper was not on the student's side. He made it quite clear that he DID NOT GRADE FAIR, THERE WOULD BE NO A's etc. Major arrogance going on for sure. Well, sure enough he turned down Kevin's paper, and told him that it was not what he wanted. So, Kevin kept marching on, changing the paper to what the professor "supposedly" wanted. Kevin worked on it for another month.. turned it in, and same thing. Once again the professor said nope not going to work, pretty much saying opposite from the last time. On this last paper they didn't get an actual grade. It was pass or fail. And this determined rather they would pass or fail the program. Frustrated, Kevin was at a lost with what to do. He finally got a hold of the professor, and the professor admitted that he was not clear to ANY of the students how he wanted the paper written. He told Kevin that the entire class was having to re-work on their papers. Makes you wonder why this guy didn't just say what he wanted from the beginning. Lots of time wasted!!! But, Kevin figured out what he wanted, and was able to change his paper in only 2 weeks.

AND HE PASSED!!!!!! So my hubby is done!! We are so excited!! It is going to be so nice having Kevin around in the evenings and weekends!!! We go to Vermont in June for Kevin's graduation!!!! CAN"T WAIT!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Not really Blog worthy... But I blogged anyway


Could he look any sweeter than that?

We had an eventful, and very fun weekend. And, so now on this Sunday evening we are a little pooped. Saturday morning I started off the day with a massage... it was my valentine's day present that I still hadn't used... and it was very well needed. While I did that Kevin mowed the grass and Dane played in Kevin's truck. That kid could play in his truck for hours. It's crazy.

Usually Saturdays is the day that Kevin spends working on his paper the entire day, but for once he didn't have to. So, we went to the mall to get Dane some new t-shirts. He needed more shirts for the days he goes to school. We have had couple nice Polo's ruined, because they either feed him something that stains, or sometimes their crafts aren't so washer friendly. I actually found couple shirts for me... I never find anything when shopping with Kevin, so I was pleasantly surprised. We came home, and relaxed for a couple hours while Dane napped. The day actually went pretty slow considering all that we did. Very nice!
Saturday afternoon, we met with our sunday school class for dinner at a burger place. We sat outside, and Dane had a blast running around. We got to know a lot of fun couples, which was really nice. This hamburger joint had a big pile of dirt, and that's where the kids seemed to gravitate to. Dane was FILTHY. We had to use multiple wipes to get him sort of cleaned before we went to our next destination. He smelled like a little wet puppy dog. The days are over where he smells like sweet fresh baby powder. Nope... like a nasty boy already!! :) Then we headed to Kevin's coworkers house to attend her baby's 1st birthday party that evening. Dane had a blast there as well exploring the house, and bringing all the toys he could find outside for us to see. We stayed there for a couple hours, until Dane started getting a bit cranky. But, for as much as we did yesterday Dane was really good, and surprisingly I took no pictures at either get together! **GASP**

Today, we went to church, and then enjoyed the rest of the day hanging out at home. We had a GREAT weekend. I am not looking forward to my work schedule this upcoming work week.. I work Mon-Wed. Three 12 hour shifts in a row are tiresome... but Thursday will start my 6 days off, so something to look forward to.

this next pic is gross... he was eating a peanut butter cup haha

Thursday, April 15, 2010

21=12

21 days=12 lbs!!!

I just realized that the numbers are the same flip flopped. Ironic... but pretty cool.

just a little diet update:

I am still on my low carb no sugar diet. It is going really well, and actually getting easier to do. I don't have near as many sweet cravings as I did in the past. I still have my days where I would rather eat something high in carbs like enchiladas, or pasta but have not given into the temptation, yet. So, I am just going forward with the no carbs, until I reach my goal. Once I reach my goal I will be able to slowly increase my carb intake.

Whew 3 weeks... this is the longest I have ever been able to do a diet without cheating!! One day at a time... and one pound at a time... just gotta keep telling myself that

A few more...

pictures of my adorable lil man who is cheesing it up





Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2 year check up & Blue Bonnets

Dane had his 2 year well visit today. Yes, we are a little late considering he turned 2 at the end of January. Little communication error from the nurse the last time we had a check up. I was told at Dane's 18 month check up that he was done with shots until he was 4 years old. I thought she said that he was also done with well check ups until he turned 3. So, when he turned 2 I didn't even think twice about making an appointment. My girlfriend Tabitha mentioned bringing her lil man in for his 2 year check up, and so it made me start wondering why Dane wouldn't have to have his. The weird thing is Dane has seen the doctor twice since he turned 2 when he was sick, and they never mentioned to me that he needed to come in.

Anyway, we headed to the doctor with Dane having NO nap today. So needless to say it was a FUN experience. He was pretty much a little toot all day today. But, he is growing and learning everything he is suppose to. Dr Patel wasn't able to get him to do some of the things that were on the list, but I was able to confirm that on a good day he did everything that Dr Patel was checking. For instance, walking backwards, saying more than 20 words, putting 2-3 words together to make a phrase, kicking balls, interacting with other children, able to follow commands etc. Everything is moving on track.

Here are his latest stats:

At birth
7lbs 5 oz 20 inches long

1 year
22lbs 9 oz 29 inches long

18 months
25lbs 1.2 oz 32 inches long

26 months
27lbs 8.6 oz 34 inches long

He is in between 25-50 percentile for both weight and length. The doctor said that he is equally proportioned, and healthy.
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We went to Chappel Hill to take pictures of Dane in the blue bonnets. This is the first year we have done this. 2 years ago Dane was only 2 months old, and so we didn't do it. Last year he was in a cast, so it wasn't done then either. It started off shaky... remember I said Dane hadn't had a nap today. So, he wanted nothing to do with taking pictures or playing in the flowers. Little frustrating. We decided to pack up and leave, because it just wasn't worth fighting him. As we gathered our stuff and started walking to the car Dane freaked out and then decided that he wanted to go play in the flowers. Go figure... But, I was able to get some cute pictures of him in the end.