Friday, August 14, 2015

Cast Free!!!

 Thank you for all the prayers and support! Our little guy has no more cast!!! First thing he insisted on doing upon arriving home was pee in the potty. He's excited to get his life back. Jimmy was just as excited as Colton when he saw his baby brother without a cast. "Now he can play with me, and we can run around!" Winston, the dog, even seemed pleased, and followed Colton all over the house until bedtime, and then crawled in bed with him. Now begins the journey of gaining his muscle back and learning to walk. Knowing him, it shouldn't take him long. We're so very, very happy to have this thing pretty much behind us.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spica Cast Removal Day!

 We are so excited because the day has finally come where we make the trek to Rochester and hopefully get this cumbersome green thing removed and likely replaced with something a little less restrictive.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

We Do Loud Really Well

A few weeks ago (already!) my sister from Nebraska and her family made the trek to the Wisconsin neck of the woods where the rest of our family resides. Between my parents, the siblings, the spouses and significant others, the kids there's 21 of us. And that doesn't include the gazillion pets between all of us. In my family, this spells out a recipe for a lot of laughter, a lot of loud, and total randomosity on tap.

Of course the 4 year-old girl cousins would be capable of convincing the 2 year-old to pull them around in the wagon. 

 I don't have daughters, but I do have nieces. It's so fun when they let me do their hair.

 The 4 year-olds.
"Baby Toads" are a favorite.

 And so was horseback riding.

 Quesadilla burgers on the grill.

Sisters! We tried to take a normal picture. There are probably hundreds. This is the only one that turned out relatively normal. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

How to Make a "Peanut Butter and Honey Sanzy"

...with extra peanuts. 
First, you take 2 slices of bread and smear peanut butter on one. Tasting the peanut butter ensures that it is indeed delicious. 
Spread thoroughly, and then sprinkle with peanuts. 
Drown it in honey. 
Place second slice of bread on top. 
Be sure it is properly aligned, and then you may consume to your heart's content. 

When finished, repeat the above steps. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spica Cast: Week 2

Hey Guys! Just wanted to post a quick update that's a bit more cheerful than my last one. I snapped these after Colton's "bath" this evening. As you can see, he seems to be well adjusted and possibly even loving the new digs.

He's a real soldier when it comes to the army crawl. This kid's getting some impressive upper body strength! He has also figured out how to roll over, which completely delights him. It makes my mama heart a little sad to think how excited I am for him to learn these super simple things... Things he already learned as a baby. But this is all a part of the journey, and if he's going to be proud of accomplishing these new milestones, then so am I!

We have had a lot of long, long, long, long wakeful nights, but I think we may have discovered the ultimate level of comfort for him when we moved his mattress to the floor, enabling him to sleep on his tummy, thereby giving him the ability to safely adjust himself on his own a little more. So far last night was our first successful night, and here's to making a habit of those.

We're counting the days down to our cast removal appointment in a couple weeks, and prayerfully hopeful that there are no complications or delays. While he's been such a trooper about handling the restrictions of a body cast, he still talks about wanting to go ride his car and play in the water and run around. That makes me want to cry. I'm still going to see if they will replace the spica with bubble wrap though.

So in closing, maybe we adults could all work on embracing life--bad or good--with the same enthusiasm of a 2 year-old. Perspective is everything.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Week's Adventure: Femur Fracture

It's been quiet on the blog front this week because there's been a lot of adventure on the home front. And not the fun kind of adventure, even if it did all begin with a tent.

In a freak accident, our Colton spiral fractured his femur on Monday morning when he tripped over a tent doorway, landing us in Rochester where he went under anesthesia and had his bone re-set in a cumbersome hip spica cast. It's been a long week, full of a wide range of emotions, not a whole lot of sleep, plenty of coffee (for mom and dad), and a lot of pain for our poor little guy. We are learning the challenges of finding creative ways to keep a two year-old comfortable, cool, entertained and relatively happy in spite of his terrible circumstances. Oh, and clean and dry. It's been interesting, but he's such a tough little guy and all the love and support of our friends and family has made this so much more bearable.

I'll share more as time allows. Thank you for the prayers.