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Weekend Adventures

Weekend Adventures

Note: I wrote this last week and didn’t get to post it. Papa went on a camping trip so Des and I spent Friday all to ourselves and had a nice walk in Alki. Saturday we were supposed to go see the tulips with friends […]

Turning 2!

Turning 2!

Time is sometimes in slow mo and sometimes in fast forward. There are some things in our lives we can’t wait to happen and some things we’re just, “Please, let this moment last forever.” My lovely Desmond is turning 2 years old tomorrow and I […]

Endings and Beginnings

Note: Draft Started 12/31, finished writing the post 1/14

There are a few books I’ve come across where, if I love it so much, I usually wish I don’t get to the last page. I will keep reading, but don’t want the story to end. It is that good.

As for 2013’s last page, I actually am not sure how I feel about it. Something in me, wished that Des would be walking before the year ends, but another part of me knows that it will happen in early 2014.

I am trying to get ready for a New Years party with friends which begins at 4:30. I am currently cooking, haven’t showered, and hoping that Des would keep sleeping. He’s not. I can hear him talking in his crib. Do I want this part to end? Yes. But I know in my heart, that the tough parts of being a momma is just about to begin.

I know I’ve gone through the toughest any mother could have gone through. But the next season of our lives will teach us how to discipline our son and maybe start thinking of a little brother or sister for Desmond. That is a big deal!

PAUSE (WENT TO PARTY AND IT’S NOW 2014)

As I finish writing this post. I realize. I am ready for 2014. There will be lots of milestones, big decisions and growing up that’s going to happen. Our toddler (which I keep calling a baby) will continue to make us proud and happy that we’re parents. He will also keep reminding us that miracles do happen. A reminder that we have a big God that’s bigger than our problems and worries.

I know 2014 will bring more happy tears.  So bring it on!

Photos taken from the Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach.

 

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Happy New Year Everyone!

 

Christmas Rounds

Christmas Rounds

We have come to realize that Desmond LOVES Christmas lights. Every morning when he’s having breakfast, he keeps pointing to the Christmas lights that are hanging on our outside deck. He wants it on and will not stop pointing until I turn the lights on. […]

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

This boy discovered how amazing cookies are. In this photo he’s eating the peppermint oreo cookie. He was in heaven and if I left the whole pack in front of him, he will chow it down like there’s no tomorrow. This boy is the one […]

Thanksgiving Photos

Another late post but better late than never. Thanksgiving was spent at the Island this year. There was a lot of talking, shooting the breeze and enjoying each others company. The two highlights were hanging by the fire and Desmond inheriting his dad’s Brio train set.

Our little guy is the happiest and sweetest boy we know.

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Still Chugging Along

It’s been a while since I sat down to write a post. After that night of crying things have picked up for the better. Like it always does. I believe we all have our moments of low and there’s always a way up. There’s always […]

Motherhood Blues

After a couple of crying episodes at the hospital, at home after Desmond was born, and when we found out that he had a brain bleed, I knew the tears will come again. Once in a while tears will fall as I think of Desmond […]

16th Month Evaluation

16th Month Evaluation

Desmond is at 16 months (14 months adjusted) now and it was time to get his High Risk Check-up at the UW Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD).

This was his 3rd visit to CHDD and I was a little nervous. Well not that I was nervous about what I’m going to find out, but more like, how the heck is Des going to perform well if he hasn’t had his nap yet? The appointment was scheduled in the middle of his nap time and we couldn’t really reschedule it because it’s hard to get all the specialists together at one time.

So for this appointment. It was scheduled for about 5 hours with an hour break in between. We went there with my mom in-law, which I was really happy about because I didn’t think I could do it by myself.  Nick is saving up all his vacation days for our trip to Manila (that’s for another post) so I was thankful that I had some help with me.

There were 3 evaluations, Audiology, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology.  Des passed his hearing and pedia check-up with flying colors. MIL and I had some lunch while Desmond fell asleep in his stroller.  I brought his giant stroller to make sure he gets his nap so he’d do really good on his next evaluation. And he did. During the Psychology evaluation we were told all the things we already knew about Des. So pretty much, needs help with gross motor – because he’s not walking yet, and to continue working on his left side, which is the weaker side.

His right hand is doing so good with fine motor so it will take a bit of time for his left hand so catch up. His language skills are appropriate for his age as well as cognitive skills.  So all good news!  Yay!

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Playing before the evaluations

Who knows how long we’ll have to do PT and OT with our little guy.  I don’t really care how long it takes to get him to where he’s supposed to be. He might not run or walk or dance like everyone else, he’s still our miracle baby.  We will keep on believing and praying for him.  I know that he will grow up to be a smart man.  He will be gracious and he will be a warrior.  God has big plans for this boy.  I know it.  And I am proud to be his mother.

Knowing what I know now about this journey, will I do this again?  Yes, over and over and over and over again.  I will not change anything that happened to me because this miracle boy is where he should be.  In his mommy’s and daddy’s arms.

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“I don’t need to find out how tall I am!!!”
4th of July Highlights

4th of July Highlights

I’m trying to catch up on posts. This one is a month late. Hopefully I’ll catch up before summer ends. 4th of July is a big deal on Camano Island because there’s a little parade for the kiddos.  Everyone’s wearing red white and blue, the […]