Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isa. 9:6)


We are so thankful to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour! We really try to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas...Jesus Christ. We are trying to start family traditions and deciding how we are going to handle presents, Santa (or no Santa), and everything...it is a lot to discuss and decide. At the end of it all, we just want Hugh to know the true meaning of Christmas - we pray and hope we will model this to him. Hopefully, he doesn't see my tantrums when Santa doesn't bring me what I asked for...kidding.


So, one tradition we are starting is one present for each child (right now, just Hugh) and eventually, we'll do small stockings for our children. So, we went all McDonald's over in the Saylor Crib and got Hugh a play tent/tunnel with lots of balls...yep, think play area at McDonald's...it is awesome (I must have been REALLY tired when I ordered this...kidding!). Hugh loves it and it can fit into really compact bags (except for the super fun balls)...just wish I could figure out how to get them to be compact. I got a bike and bike trailer...they are awesome. Just wish I could ride a bike like I was ten again. He cleaned up at his Grandparent's and got lots of wonderful gifts. He got some awesome flashcards - they have the word in five different languages...Jake and I will be fluent in Spanish, French, and German before we know it...well, at least we'll know all the colors and farm animals. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas with lots of family...we missed our family who do not reside in Arizona...and this was the first Christmas in thirty years that I didn't see my parents! They had a wonderful time in Alaska and we were glad they were able to be with my brother and his family. So, we'll have another round of Christmas with my parents! We are so blessed!


Hugh is doing so much better with his walking...he really started to pick up on Christmas Eve. We think he was trying to show off for his Aunt Melissa...guess he has a thing for blonds. So, maybe we will have a walker soon. Ah, we love this sweet baby! So, we debated on going to Zoo Lights this year and at the last minute, we decided against it...and went to Glendale Glitters. It was the better decision...for sure. All Hugh wanted to do was crawl around and be crazy...glad we saved ourselves the money...better to be crazy for free. Maybe we'll venture to Zoo Lights next year...we'll see...still betting our son will be crazy...for sure.


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

We Like to Thick-it, Thick-it!


It has been a great week for Hugh and us all. It started out with making gingerbread houses at his aunt's house, and I don't like to brag about my son, but his house was awesome...I think he may be gifted. He learned that you could actually eat off of it...even better. However, unlike his mother - this child will eat two pieces of candy and it will be enough...what happened to him? He has a favorite Christmas toy...a Snoopy snow globe...loves it. He is still taking steps...on his terms and giving up crawling is WAY in the future. However, he will walk for Gummy Vites. He has learned to open more cabinets and the kitchen drawers...ah, yes...we are so proud. He has also learned that if the cleaners are placed in the perfect spot in the cabinet, he can still reach them and pull them out (with the locks) with his skinny arms...darned skinny arms. So, now he just opens his toy cabinets and dumps out ALL of his toys...it is so awesome and we LOVE it! He loves to stand up in the grocery cart and it is always a wonderful feeling to look over and see your fourteen month-old standing up in the cart...I am sure the people watching think I am an AWESOME mom! He is starting to think that he only needs one nap a day...too bad for him that we run a dictatorship over here and his vote doesn't count. He continues to crack us up with his playful spirit and silly personality. He is very sweet except with people at the grocery store...he gives them a very serious scowl. We love this baby and we are so blessed!


We met with Dr. P (GI) this past week. We decided that Hugh will remain on thickeners until he is two. We do not believe the radiation is good for him, so we are delaying another MBS test until he is two. I am sure the test at two will go splendidly well since he was SO cooperative (yeah right) for this last test...I told Jake the next test is his. Dr. P started mentioning maybe running some other tests (like scoping him or a head CT), but we decided to wait at this time. We decided that if he has not outgrown this by two (which would be unheard of per Dr. P), then we would explore running other tests to figure out if something else was wrong. Dr. P mentioned that Hugh could have severe food allergies that are only presenting their problems on the inside rather than showing any outward signs...scoping him would show this. We have seen God's incredible faithfulness over the past year and we know we will continue to see His faithfulness. We are thankful we serve a God who is in control because we know how easily we lose control...we wouldn't want anything to be in our hands. We would continue to appreciate your prayers.


So, I fell victim to another one of my "nevers"...you know the statements, "I will never...do this...or do that." So, I got an overnight bag (aka big purse)...I decided that sometimes you just want to carry one bag with all the "stuff" in it. For a moment I saw my future and I got scared...I know once I go big, I am not going back...and that is very sad. I see my mom with the forty pound purse...and me saying, "Really, you need to carry your check book (who takes checks?!?), your entertainment book, eighteen pens, six packs of gum, candy (this is a good thing), a water bottle, glasses, contact solution, tapes, used kleenex (she swears they are just crumpled), and the list goes on." I cannot become my mom with the back breaking purse...I just can't do it (see, I didn't say never). So, this never just gets added to the list of other nevers...pointy heels (yep, still wear them...they will never go out of style in my book), ballet style shoes, big sunglasses, headbands,... So, I need to stop using the word "never"...haven't I learned my lesson yet?!?


Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the Christmas season! God is good!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Steps...(as in Multiple)


Yep, he has taken multiple steps. He is so cute when he does...all shaky (kind of like how you walk after someone spins you round and round)...we are so proud. And then I got the Facebook curse (really only thought there was a blog curse), and he doesn't really want to do his "steps" any longer. Oh well, we know he'll give up the speed crawling one day...however, that would mean he would have to give up his semi-pro career in hand soccer and that would be a bummer. We had his "big" test at PCH this past Monday and unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of change. The radiologist actually stopped the test because he saw him aspirate (the liquid going down the airway and not coming back out). Hugh didn't seem to notice. God has protected this child from any respiratory problems, which we are very thankful for. We are back to 100% thickeners with everything now because of the true aspiration. So, we'll meet with GI and determine the next step. We don't really think we want to continue the tests because of the radiation he is exposed to, but we'll see. Thanks to you all for your prayers...we really appreciate them.


So, besides the steps (as in multiple)...what else is new with Hugh? Well, he loves the Christmas tree, which is being protected from Hugh (finally found a good use for his super fun play yard). He likes to try and pull ornaments off the tree or throw things into his super fun play yard. He loves dogs...and Jake almost talked to me into getting one...cutest Bullmastiff...loved her...oh, and then I woke up and realized that I don't EVER want a dog (don't worry, it was just a brief lapse in my better judgement...it happens from time to time...oh, like today when I put my rings on top of the car because I didn't want them to get sticky when I put gel in Hugh's hair (yep, so vain...he practically begged me for the gel)...and then when we were a mile from the house, I noticed I wasn't wearing my rings...shoot. God is gracious to me and my rings were in the exact same spot on the car roof.). He has this new fake laugh he likes to show off, it is very funny. He has finally learned how to give hugs...or a Hubey hug, which is him laying his head down on you or anything...his puppy, his bike, his blanket, the couch, the floor, whatever. Honestly, I love it...melts my heart!


We are so blessed this Christmas season!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Crazy Fun


So, what is new with Hugh? Well, he is finally eating again now that the never ending cold has finally ended. We have his big test at PCH tomorrow...hoping that all his muscles in his throat are fully developed. However, they have told us that if there is no change - it may just be his swallow (and they assume one of us has the same swallow...I guessing he got this wonderful trait from me). So, all the thickening and expensive therapy for nothing...awesome. I guess we'll see tomorrow. He has been standing independently...very impressive. He has taken A step! Several times I might add...not all at the same time, but A step at several different times. I know, I know...you all are SO amazed. Maybe we'll start 2010 with a walker...heavy emphasis on maybe. We continue to see his personality come out more and more...we love it. He continues to mimic a lot of my faces...wow, I really need to smile more and quit the smirking. We are loving every minute with him...he is so much fun.


We were blessed this past weekend with a sleepover with two of our amazing nephews. This is the third year we have had a nephew/nephews spend the night...it is so fun. The rule is as soon as they are potty trained, they can spend the night. So, Eli says to me (he is very smart), "Logan is potty trained and with your rule, he should be here." I explained to him that his Mom didn't think I was ready to handle four kids and he says, "Yep, you wouldn't be able to handle Logan." Too funny. Logan - you were missed and you are coming next year...I know Jake can handle it. We had lots of fun with games, the Wii, too much sugar, VHS movies, a Christmas party with our small group...lots of fun (and craziness) all around. My favorite line from the weekend - from TJ, "I loved Robin Hood. It was the best movie." He makes me smile - the movie is from the 80s. Of course, I wanted to document the weekend...at the last minute. So, I bribed the boys for pictures because they kept telling me how much they hate pictures (especially Eli...he kept telling me how much he HATES them, I believe the evidence below contradicts his story).







Oh well, I tried to get some shots...kudos to people who get great shots of their multiple children. Oh, and this is what happens when you give a six-year-old a camera.


Ah, we love these boys. Hugh had a blast...looking forward to lots more in our future...or, I guess until they become "uncool". We wish all of our nieces and nephews lived here for sleepover fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thankful


We were able to spend this past Thanksgiving as a family and with lots of family around us (missing a few located in Alaska, Tennessee, and Flagstaff...you all were very missed!). It reminded me that we have so much to be thankful for...the list is unending, but I thought I would share some things we are thankful for.


Sleeping babies. SLR cameras. Crazy boys. Small spaces. Pre-lit Christmas trees. Microwaves. Internet. Random people's blogs. Clean babies. Clean house. Handmedown clothes for Hugh. Dried fruit. TV online. Parks. Swings at the park. Working from home. Eye drops. Stuffed animals. Food Network. Comfy couches. Biggest Loser. Walks. Salt. Red meat. Hair ties. Contacts. Sunglasses. Grandmothers who watch grandchildren. Animal free home. iTunes. HOV lanes. Hybrid cars. Coupons. Pacifiers. Balloons. Big beds. Clean sheets. Folded laundry. Homemade trail mix. Crispix mix. Vacations. Cake cookies. Melissa's cupcakes. Christmas music. Quiet. Jobs. Our home. Books. Seeds. Herbs. Plants. Trees. Meals in a bag. Crockpots. Self check-out lanes. My mom's on-line Blockbuster membership. Good food. Candy.


Like I stated, so much to be thankful for...but what are we really thankful for? Friends. Family. Hugh's smile and laugh. Generosity of friends and family. God's Word. God's perfect and holy Son, Jesus Christ. Our salvation through Jesus Christ. God's promises to His children. Our hope. Our love. Our life. We know that everything else will fade...all the "stuff", but our salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ is for all eternity...like I stated...lots to be thankful for, more than we could ever repay.


We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

They Come at Night...


The sickies that is...they always come at night...and not just "night"...the middle of the night. They came around 2AM and only stayed for a short time, but then they came at 4AM and didn't leave. Why do they ALWAYS come at night? Why not come in the late morning or mid afternoon? Oh, well. So, as I was holding our little guy in the middle of the night and I was thinking about how much I wanted to be sleeping...and then Christ reminded me to be thankful for the unexpected and to show compassion (Mark 6:31-37). I was reminded that I won't always be able to hold my baby and snuggle him...especially in his time of need. I was very convicted about how selfish I am and am so thankful that Christ has forgiven me...and continues to me forgive me...even when I am selfish. Honestly, Hugh seems just fine...congested and not eating (drinking...just not eating). Who knows...maybe it is teething?!? When in doubt, teething always works. We are hoping for a better night and that the sickies stay away (but not the teeth...we want (and Hugh needs) the teeth to come)!


We were excited to be able to be a part of our family dedication tonight at our church (no worries to any moms...we don't bring our "sick" baby into the nursery...we don't roll like that). We are so thankful God has blessed our family and it is our greatest desire to live for His glory and for our son to know Him. We desire to live this out everyday and for God to grab a hold of Hugh from a very young age. We are thankful to be a part of a church that is cross centered and we know we will be faithful to pray for our family.


And anything new? Not really. As Hugh approaches his thirteen month, he is still perfecting his crawling form. He still has to fit through every small space...the smaller the better. He has started pointing a lot...pointing is not rude to Hugh. So, we explain every item he points to. He still loves to play outside, loves to be silly, continues to be all boy (laughs every time he farts or burps...seriously, are boys just made that way?!?)...and we love him more and more each day!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

All Things Small


So, I decided to post today and Jake told me I am still doing a weekly post...just not calling it a "weekly" post. Whatever. Hugh is a total boy. And, what does that mean? He thinks he can do anything. Like fit into really small spaces...under beds, under chairs, in his play cube...and the list goes on. So, rather than save him (I figure if he can get himself in...he can get himself out), I take pictures...because it is too funny. Why are boys made with the "I can do anything" gene? He is already thinking that he knows better than his Mama...well, he is crazy...just like his Mama.



We love this little boy. He is so fun and is so expressive. People are always commenting to me on his many expressions and his big eyes...we love it. He is too cute. He still loves to play outside and loves to get dirty. It so fun to watch him explore and watch him figure things out. Of course, being a boy, he needs to figure out how things work rather than just knowing they work. He is a biter...Jake thought it was funny to bite him and so Hugh thinks it is funny to bite people...well, Hugh bites like a dog and it hurts...hopefully he doesn't have rabies. He is getting so much better with stairs and has learned how to go down backwards...he is still learning, but so much better. He loves to mimic my faces...especially my smile with the BEAUTIFUL Johnson squinty eyes. I think he is really jealous that he doesn't have my squinty eyes...and can you blame him? Oh, and the blog curse struck me big time...he is a climber. He saw a little friend climbing in the nursery this past Sunday and I am sure was thinking, "I can totally do that. He does...he is having fun...so, why not?" Like I said, all boy...and we wouldn't want it any other way.




He has graduated from his feeding therapy appointments...praise God! God has been so faithful to grow and develop our little guy. He also had his first bottle in eight months that didn't have any thickener!!! This is HUGE progress and we are thinking that we are FINALLY past his swallowing issues...we'll know in a few weeks. He is showing some signs of dehydration and we are really working on it...always working on something. It is crazy how much stress and worry a little person can cause...and it amazing how much God can bring you to your knees and show you that He is who He said He is...and He wants you to depend upon Him. I remember telling one of my sister-in-laws (when I was pregnant) that I couldn't wait to have the baby so I could stop worrying...and she laughed and told me that the worrying hadn't even begun yet...so true. Thank God for His patience and love...we would be lost without it.



(Yep, still spitting at him for smiles.)

Oh, and this last one is a special picture for Jake...so cute...while playing with the electrical socket...whoopsy daisy.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Things We Will Do...


I wanted to get some cute shots of Hugh in his Flagstaff Fire t-shirt and of course Hugh wanted nothing to do with it. He was giving me the "Mama, you are crazy. Leave me alone." looks.


So, of course I started thinking of ways I could get him to smile. I started bebopping (you know, like rapping...yes, I am white, but I am so good at it...and dancing...you should see me dance...just ask my family, I think they still live in amazement of my skills) and playing a game called "Hubey's Shoes" (it is a game where I waive his shoe in front of him and say "Hubey's Shoes" and he tries to eat it...so, now the game sounds a little weird, but it made him laugh like crazy the other night). He gave me some half pity smiles with my attempts.


So, when all else fails...I spit at him.


Works every time.


Still no walking...still has absolutely zero interest. He watches other children and I am sure is thinking, "Good for them." We know he'll get there...or, he could be the kid who crawls into kindergarten with his bottle (no, we haven't even thought about starting to break that habit). So, we just let him crawl all over the place and let him get filthy...and Jake learns to relax knowing that he is crawling all over the ground during swine flu season...ah, such is life.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hoppy Halloween!


So, week fifty-three...kidding. Hoppy Halloween! We were able to celebrate Halloween this year with Hugh and had a wonderful time in our neighborhood with friends. Yes, we dress our baby up...we think it is fun and do not think it is evil. However, now I am going to get on my soapbox for a minute (why?...because it is my blog and I can do whatever I want)...so, we saw kids (ten to twelve years old) dressed in super scary costumes...like the character from the movie Saw...I mean, seriously...parents pay for these types of costumes?!? Okay, stepping off of my soapbox. We had a good time with our little cheetah...so cute. He kept the head piece of his costume on all night...don't think he knew that he didn't have to have it on. Anyway, he looked so cute and it was a very fun night!



And, oh yes...Jake and I dressed up as well...as H1N1 (yep, the swine flu). We knew that not everyone would appreciate our witty idea, but people found it amusing...for the most part. Of course, we got some dirty looks...come on people, laugh a little. Anyway, now we are all battling sinus infections/colds...serves us right for dressing up as the swine flu. Overall, a great Halloween!



Hugh had his one year check up, which meant more shots. He only cried for about thirty seconds since I distracted with some booty. He weighed 21lbs. 15oz. (40%) and was 32in. (90%). He is doing great. We are so thankful to God for growing our little boy and keeping him so healthy!



We hope you all had a Hoppy Halloween!