Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Picnic at the Park

Will & I met up with some friends at Elmwood Park this morning. He's quite the socialite, and enjoys being with other kids. However, he is going through the whole separation anxiety phase, so can't say he's real excited about many people holding him other than Dave and me these days.

Many of you have been asking how he's recovering after surgery - he's doing exceptionally well, and is most definitely back to his normal self. I took him to his follow-up appointment with the surgeon yesterday, and he gave us a great report. Will wasn't real happy when he lied him down on the examination table, and he let the surgeon know! In fact, he was afraid that Will's "yelling" would scare the other kids. It seems to me we have a passionate little boy who isn't afraid to speak his mind...we'll see where that road leads ;-)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

3 Cheers for Spring!!!

So thankful the warm weather is FINALLY here! It's been an exceptionally long & cold winter, so we've been soaking up every last little bit of sunshine we can...going on extended stroller rides pretty much daily. We also enjoy sitting in our rocking chairs on the front porch...yes, that's right...I said rocking chairs ;-) I joke with Dave and say that when people drive by our house they probably assume that an old couple lives here, but I gotta be honest...I love rocking away on our porch.

Above is a pic of Hank and I on the porch while I was pregnant with Will.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Will's Surgery

Will had surgery to repair a hernia about two weeks ago. It's something our pediatrician caught when he visited us in the hospital after Will had been born, so we knew early on that he'd most likely need surgery if it didn't correct on it's own. At 6 months when there was still no change, we met with our surgeon and decided to schedule the surgery. Thankfully the procedure itself went well, and was successful, but he did have some complications afterwards. When he was coming out of the anesthesia, he had a hard time breathing normally, so they had to put him on oxygen for 30 minutes...thankfully we didn't know it was going on, but when they told us afterwards what had happened, I was scared. Then to see our sweet little boy in pain and not acting like himself as he was wheeled into the recovery room, it was kind of a scary thing. For some reason his heart rate was really high for a few hours following the surgery, so they monitored him closely. I held him the whole time as he tried to sleep with doctors, nurses, and the anesthesiologist coming into the room every few minutes.

Thankfully, his heart rate slowly lowered to a more normal number, and we left that evening. We were so glad to be home. It gave me an appreciation, and more than anything - compassion - for children and families who have to spend days and weeks, and even months at a time in a hospital room. We were only there a day and we were exhausted! Thank you, Lord, for a healthy little boy and a successful surgery that is now behind us!

Such a personality!

Not sure where this personality came from, but it seemed as soon as Will turned 8 months, he turned into a clown. He's always been a very curious little guy, but for a while we were starting to wonder what his personality was going to be like, because he seemed so serious...always trying to figure everything out with a furrowed brow. Now he does things all the time to make us laugh - funny faces, laughs, and just being silly. If he does something that makes us laugh, he'll keep doing it and then he'll giggle when we laugh as if he's thinking, "I'm so funny!"

Will does not stay in one place for a second. He isn't crawling quite yet, but he's working really hard...rocking back & forth on those hands and knees. If we lie him on his back, he'll immediately roll over to his tummy. If we put him on his tummy, he gets up on his hands and knees. If we pick him up to hold him he pushes himself off and twists his body around to see anything and everything around him. He especially gets a kick out of our pug, Hank. If he's sitting next to him, he stretches his hand out to pet him (and for some reason, always reaches for Hank's eyes...i guess they are pretty weird looking, so it's only natural!). Hank is really good with him, though, and he'll just look at Will like, "Why do you keep poking me in the eyes?!"

I feel like I say this all the time, but I can't believe how fast these last 8 months have gone. We're having a great time with our little boy, and are enjoying the warm weather...finally! This summer we've got a few trips planned, which will be fun, but we're also looking forward to spending a lot of time at Grammy & Grandpa's (Dave's parents) cabin not too far from here. It'll be fun to take Will on boat rides, and I know Dad & Grandpa are looking forward to taking him fishing when he gets older, too :-)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Remember me?

Um yeah, so as you can see, I started this blog awhile back and am finally getting back into it. To be honest, I was a bit uneasy about starting yet another webpage to communicate with, but hopefully it'll be a fun project rather than one more thing on my to-do list.

Stay tuned...