Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Joshua & October Catch Up

Well the month of October was crammed with anything and everything, so I have lots to blog about and little time to write it all! Here goes....

October 10th: Joshua had his eye surgery to loosen the muscle that allows his right eye to rotate more freely. It went well, it took about 2 hours total and when he woke up he was very much ready to get home. He recovered very quickly, by the next day he was almost 100% playing with his toys, eating a lot, and getting lots of love from mommy and daddy. The success of the eye surgery is not evident yet and could take up to a year to see the results.

While he was under, the cardiologist wanted us to get a echocardiogram of Joshua's heart so she could better understand the reason he has a heart murmur. Unfortunately the results were ones we did not want to hear. It seems there is a membrane growing inside Joshua's heart that should not be there. Right now the membrane is not causing a problem, but eventually as it grows it can and will obstruct the flow of blood. The only way to fix this, is open heart surgery. Those three words scared me a lot for the weeks following, but Josh and I have talked about it and feel that we can handle it. The timeline for this is unclear, because we don't know when the membrane will become big enough to cause problems, so it could be a few years or several years. A good estimate is by the time he is 5 it might be time, but the doctor didn't want us to hold her to that. So for the time being, we are not focusing on that and just enjoying watching our little guy grow.

First thing in the morning trying to take his mind off eating breakfast

Getting our stats before heading back

Putting on our special gown

Lots of anklets and bracelets for Joshua

Now for some better news:

October 27th: Joshua's 2nd Birthday Party!

With the pregnancy, I decided having Joshua's birthday party earlier rather than later was the best idea, so this year we decided to have a Halloween birthday party. All of Joshua's buddies came over dressed in their Halloween costumes, it was great! Joshua was a dinosaur and some other costumes included a cow, princess, peacock, another dinosaur, and astronaut. The kids decorated pumpkin cookies, played games and ate lots of candy from the pinata. It was fun and 2 hours for a toddler party is just the right amount of time =)
Minnie Mouse with the birthday boy
Cookie Monster Cake for Joshua
The sweetest dinosaur
Dinosaur and Peacock
Joshua's best bud the cow
The cow's sister...newborn bunny!

The astronaut
The younger dinosaur of the group
Pinata Fun
Princess decorating cookies
Dinosaurs love cookies
Opening presents is exhausting

Batman (aunt Kimmy) chasing Joshua

Grandma and Grandpa with Joshua

This dinosaur was not happy with all the pictures

 October 31st: Happy Halloween

Joshua had his first Trick or Treating experience. He actually really liked it and didn't want to go home. His favorite part wasn't the candy, but ringing the door bells at every house. What a silly boy!

Ready to go!

Trick or Treat!

Baby Number #2 Update:

Baby 2 is doing great, and mama is doing great! No problems here. Baby is growing perfectly, blood pressure has been normal, and the arrival date is officially scheduled for January 15th.....unless he or she naturally decides to come earlier. If the baby does stay put until the 15th, Grandpa Berry and the baby will have the same birthday, so that would be pretty neat. I am almost 30 weeks, so 9 more to go at the most!

28 Weeks

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2 Year NICU Reunion

We had our first NICU reunion yesterday afternoon. It was at the hospital right accross from the NICU which was a bit surreal. I had not been to the NICU since last Christmas and seeing those very familiar doors made me a little teary eyed. Joshua and probably about 50 other families joined in on the fun. The party was circus themed, so there were lots of carnival games for the kids to play, all sorts of foods and candy, and lots of excitement! I was most excited to see the doctors and nurses that had cared for Joshua during his stay, and their reactions to how big he is now was priceless. Looking around, you would have never guessed all the children there were at some point in the NICU. We recognized some of the babies that were next to us in the NICU, caught up with families we had befriended and reminisced about the "NICU days." The best part about the party, was being able to take Joshua home afterwards. It was a good feeling walking past the NICU doors with Joshua in my arms.

Here are some pictures from the reunion...
On our way up to the circus!

Mommy where are we?

The NICU is where the little babies sleep

Welcome to the Circus


I like this ring

Joshua fishing for some candy

He caught a big ring pop!

Bobbing for duckies

We were here a while....splashing is the best game

Knocking over the cans

He didn't want to throw it, he kept handing it nicely

Snack break

Bean Bag toss

They let them start pretty close haha

Hey where did it go?

The BEST Neonatologist, Dr. Foster!
 I can't say enough about how amazing Dr. Foster is! She has such a kind heart and loves what she does, and she was Joshua's angel in the NICU. It was such a pleasure to see her and thank her again for all she does.

Going Home feels good

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rain Boots & Fun!

Today I bought Joshua some rain boots and no sooner did we get home that is started to rain, not just rain but pour!! So I thought we would take advantage of the situation and have some fun! This little boy loves the rain!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Weather and Pumpkin Crumb Cakes

After weeks of triple degree weather, I think summer is finally over and today we welcomed some much needed cooler weather. The highs have been around 70 degrees and today we had some nice light rain. It was sooo nice, so I took advantage of the weather and decided to bake some fall treats. First on my list, thanks to Pinterest, delicious pumpkin crumble cake.

Josh took Joshua out to play in the rain, and when he got back he was soaked! He worked up quite an appetite, and lets just say he loved his fall treats!

I had some extra batter left over, so I decided to make some mini pumpkin cakes for Joshua to snack on as a treat!

Mommy those look really good

Joshua, did you ask if you could have one?

Mommy can I have one?

Ill help myself

Thats amazing!

I turned my back and he grabbed another....

Trying to hurry and hide the evidence

What cake?

Joshua sharing another with mommy

Baby says thank you Pinterest for the delicious recipe!