Tuesday, August 28, 2012

An Overdue Update

I realized a few days ago that I was long overdue for a post!  So much has been going on and having two children has really changed our lives.

An update on Daniel:

Daniel has been doing well.  We do feel like we are finally seeing some reaction to adding Tic-Tac to our family.  It’s been little in a big way.  Small remarks here and there, like just the other day when I told Daniel I couldn’t Beyblade battle right then because I had to lay Tic-Tac down and he commented “Yeah…because mom’s always have to take care of the babies.”  Remarks like those, let me know that he is being effected and that we need to be sure he is getting what he needs from us.

Daniel started school and while he loves school, we’ve had so many snafus in just the first week.  He fell off the bus, tripped over a friend in gym and smashed his face and smeared it across the gym floor (all in one day), fell asleep on the bus after school and missed his stop, and the teacher told me he seems to be more interested in everything else except packing his bag up at the end of the day.  Just yesterday we packed his lunch (at HIS request) and then he bought a lunch and brought home the ruined food.  I’m hoping this is just all part of the getting back to school routine and that this won’t last. 

Daniel has also entered the world of video games.  We limit his time, and when his time is up, he’s none too happy with us.  This is a very new phase for him, but I hope he gets over his attitude soon!!  On the other hand, we’re teaching him Super Mario Brothers (yes, the really OLD version!) and I’m enjoying it. 
Finally, if you didn’t see it already on Facebook, Daniel’s kidney has almost completely healed.  This is truly a miracle as even the urologist was speechless when he reviewed the scans!!  He said “You’re obviously doing something right,”  to which I responded with, “Prayer”.  We do still have to deal with the wetting (leaking), but now we know why – I’ll save the medical terminology for another post.  The good news is that he goes to the bathroom, because if he doesn’t he could blow his kidney back up.  So, for now we have yearly scans (non-invasive) and follow up appointments with the urologist and nephrologist, just to be sure everything is safe!!  The nephrologist even said she’d like to study Daniel for education purposes, because she was thrilled with the kidney healing, but even she admitted it wasn’t worth it to put him through any more invasive tests, to which we totally agreed!!

An update on Tic-Tac:

He’s doing well!  We know at this point, that he will remain a member of our family until at least January.  Things are complicated, but at the same time easy.   I can’t explain further, but maybe one day I will be able to.

He is still cutting teeth and always gets congested when he does.  We’ve been to the doctor numerous times, been on several antibiotics and have been up late at night snuggling with a baby that feels bad. 

In the interim, he’s stopped combat crawling and now crawls on all fours.  Thump, thump and he’s quick!  I love it!!  He’s pulling up and now trying to walk around things by holding on. 

Food is going better.  We’ve quit all baby food and are just feeding regular food.  I’m a pro at smashing everything.  He loves potatos, bread, and peant butter crackers.  He is not a fruit or vegetable eater, but we keep trying.  He’s gained 7 pounds in 3 short months!  Noone can believe he’s the same boy.  I wish I could show some photos of his hair.  It used to be straight and short, now it’s all come in and it’s curly and long and Troy says he looks like a mini Einstein!!  We do need to get it cut, but I love those baby curls.  I brush the curls up and back and Troy smoothes them down.   It’s a fun competition we have ging on!!

An Update on Troy:

It’s looking like back surgery may be in the future.  I’m really worried and I would appreciate some prayers. 

An Update on Me:

Hmmm…see above for everyone else!!  I have no idea what I’m doing most days anymore, I just take it as it comes!!

Finally a few photos to break up the monotony of my updates!!


Stacy, Pat and Aidan said...

Sounds like normal fun family time!! I think it's a stage for Daniel. I saw the eye roll the other day for the first time. . .Aidan loves Mario Brothers too!! : ) Have a great rest of the week!

Dede said...

Looks like our kiddo is not the only one growing UP. Daniel looks so much older and taller since the last pics I saw of him. I don't know what it is with the attitude changes but Liam goes through cycles like that too. So envious of the green in the bus picture. We are on water restrictions here and all the lawns are gone. :-(

Chris said...

Glad to hear about Daniel's miracle. We will pray for one for Troy's back. And so nice that Tic-Tac is doing very well.

Thanks for the update!
Chris & Danica

Smilen Champ said...

Hi My name is Jenna
Your kids are handsome prince’s, cute blessings, special earthly angels, and precious gifts and miracles. I will be praying for Troy and for Daniels kidney's. Daniel is an amazing, brave warrior, courageous fighter, smilen champ and an inspirational hero.
I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, and 14 other medical conditions.

Here is a new poem I wrote, it’s called it takes courage:
It Takes courage to love
Like a dove
It takes courage to fight,
It takes courage to do what’s right
It takes courage to stay strong,
When things go wrong
It takes courage to write a song
It takes courage to live
It takes courage to give
It takes courage to fight this beast
It takes courage to be brave
It takes courage to smile and wave
It takes courage to keep positive
Keep on fighting!
It takes courage to win!