Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Alex!



Our sweet Brother is one!  Hard to believe!

He is such a sweet little boy!  We love him so!





Becca bought him some balloons.  He loved hitting them!


Poor planning on my part – he went to the doctor and got all of his shots and his Synagsis shot on his birthday.  So he wasn’t in the best mood.  He wanted Becca to hold him, but no big Alex grins today.





Grandma and Grandpa Turpin, Grandma Ball, Nathan, and Mandy all came over and had dinner with us.  then we had cake and ice cream, followed by opening presents.





Alex’s cake                                          He’s thinking about whether or not he likes it!IMG_2507IMG_2509

Trying ice cream:                                     Hmm…I’m not sureIMG_2510IMG_2511

Joy got to open his presents.  He wasn’t all that interested.  He just wanted to make sure he got his bottle! :)


Grandma got him a cute church outfit and some band instruments that fit into his hands.  Bella thinks they are wonderful!


We got him some toys and more braille books.


Grandma Turpin got him a card that played music and this fun horse.


Brother’s stats today:

weight 19 lb. 3 oz. (5%)

length 27 1/2 inches long.  (<5%)

head circumference 17 5/7 inches (10%)

At birth:

weight 2.6 lb. (95%)

length 14.7 inches long. (85%)

head circumference 10.4 inches (85%)

I don’t have a picture of him at birth.  I can’t imagine how teeny he must have been!

Today he is a sweet, happy little boy.  He is doing so well!  His pediatrician is blown away. 

He is trying so hard to sit up.  His record so far is 1 minute and 37 seconds.  He is trying to crawl.  He gets up on his knees with one hand extended.  It’s all progress!  It’s so exciting!

On the vision front, he is able to tolerate a full half hour of vision therapy now.  Before he would tire so easily when asked to look at things.  When I hold him and walk around, he faces his head the direction we are going.  We will see where CVI takes us.

He LOVES to jump.  It is his absolute favorite thing to do!  He is such a sweet little boy. He is ticklish!  It’s so fun.  He laughs when you change his clothes.  He is just a delight!

We all just adore him!  We are so grateful he is in our family!

Happy 1st Birthday to you Alex!

Brother! Didi!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

No school, only one therapy, Thanksgiving, Family, a good week

Monday I finished cleaning out Bella’s room, making more room for the kids to play.

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Eating rice rusks – so proud of both of them!

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Playing with the light box


Bath time


Speech was our only therapy this week – re-evals for both girls




Grandpa and Grandma came into town.  Grandma made us this advent calendar.


Beautiful leaves and girls


Working on Alex’s quilt                       


Dinner – Jason and his parents


Working on a puzzle


M&M’s for our game


Decorating for Christmas – Joy got so excited this year!


Thanksgiving at Grandma’s House


Checking out a lollipop


Thanksgiving Night Jason and the big girls went over to the Marissa's house to share in the fun.

Friday we had wings with Grandma and Grandpa.  Bella and her interesting way to use headphones.


Out of my kitchen window, in my neighbor’s yard is a beautiful crepe myrtle tree.  As the sun comes up, it strikes this tree.  It’s beautiful!photo 1 (2)


Saturday morning Sammi was able to go and shadow an OT at a rehab hospital.  This was such a great opportunity for her as she explores what she wants to do when she grows up! :)



We did a little shopping on Friday, but the stores we hit weren’t that crowded!

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Saturday was Aiden’s baptism.  Afterwards the family enjoyed dinner at the Sutherlands.

The girls playing around Sunday morning.


Alex is still fighting the croup at night, but doing great during the day.  He is starting to make some sounds that seem like he is trying to “talk'” to us.  He’s taking turns.  It’s really fun to watch him develop. 

Becca finished her Government course this week.  Graduation is approaching faster than I want to admit!