Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookie Day

First thanks again for the suggestions on the crafts that I can do with Caleb! I got a lot of great ideas! Already started an alphabet word line. I will take pictures of it when I get it hung up and as we work with it!
Well it was a big day here yesterday. What a great day. I started the day by getting my hair done, much needed. Thanks Alana-it looks great, love ya tons! Then I went to the store to get some groceries. This was the first time that we did not wipe down the groceries, very weird as wiping them down with viral wipes has been the norm. So hard to break the habit even though you want to so much. It will take some getting used to. You become somewhat warped. You even think when you get the item out of the cupboard that 'oh this is one of those items we didn't wipe down this time', 'should I wash my hands'...you become very obsessive compulsive regarding cleanliness. We are adjusting...it will take time. I can't imagine how hard it will be when we stop some of the other restrictions that we are doing...baby steps...

Next was cookie making time. Brian was off so this worked out perfect. We did sugar cookies and peanut butter kisses and Caleb really like watching us decorate the cookies, he really liked to undecorate them. Another first! We had a blast.
God Bless you all!!
God Bless Caleb!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thanks for the ideas

I did receive some great ideas on some approaches and items to try to get Caleb to drink. Thank you everyone so much! HE LOVES TO EAT now so if we can only do that for drinking and get that feeding tube out I would be ecstatic. I can't believe that when he first came home we dealt with his central line, IV, too. WOW! What he has been through. I pray that he can continue to make improvements and keep fighting. I also pray that his immune system continues to improve. I am gonna write his docs at Duke today to just get some feedback. We are still living in complete isolation for his safety, but just want to see if they have any suggestions on anything that we may be able to do with him now and if we can take him anywhere.

Also, if anyone has any craft ideas that I can do here at home with Caleb I would greatly appreciate. You can only play with Playdo and coloring books for so long. So any suggestions for crafts would be great. I think he and I will make cookies tomorrow while his daddy is off. OH and also I am going to get my hair done tomorrow! WOHHOO so exciting, I haven't had it done in about five months so it could use some work.

Well, I gotta go, I will post pics of some cookie making tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Advice and Suggestions Much Needed!

So as many as you know, Caleb has an oral aversion due to what he has been through. We have in the past year been able to finally get him to eat, however, we cannot get him to drink. I am asking for any advice from others on what worked for your child on getting then to drink (i.e. sippy cups, straws, types of juice, therapy, etc) Please help! We want to get this feeding tube out of Caleb and get him drinking on his own!

Thanks in advance!

God Bless you all!

God Bless Caleb!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Second H1N1 shot but no second round immunizations

So I took Caleb to go get his second H1N1 shot yesterday. The doctor wanted us to wait another month for his second round of immunizations though. He did great, he is now figuring out that every time I take him there he gets a shot, so he got pretty upset as soon as I took him back, poor guy. But he is also smart enough to know that as soon as I pull his rain cover 'germ shield' down he is safe from anyone touching him and calms down immediately. He is too cute. What a smart boy! It was freezing cold, windchill was below zero when we went, yikes. Of course, I got the typical comments/stares on the elevator when we were in there regarding him being under the shield. One gentleman stared and said, 'well that's interesting' I said 'yea, he was born without the part of the body that makes your immune system so that is how we protect him from germs' he then said 'wow, what are the odds'...I then said 'well he actually has two very rare syndromes, that makes him the sixth case in the world'. He then said 'wow you all should play the lottery.' uh...Yeah...ok

Anyway, Caleb is becoming quite the mimicker lately. He is trying to say words that we say. So that is fun. We especially like that we know that he now recognizes who 'ho ho' is, Santa. I am not sure he totally gets what Santa does, but one step at a time right?!?

Also, I am excited that we will soon be able to see our families again. My mom and dad are planning to come this weekend and the countdown is on for the rest of the family of when it will be safe for them to come and visit. We are so very excited!

I am still frustrated with the isolation precautions. I know it is what we have to do to protect Caleb, but all of us would like to do things outside of this house. I also know that most importantly Caleb would benefit and prosper so much if we could get him out of this house and do different activities. Again I know in time these things will happen. But quite frankly the phrase 'in time' is not specific enough for me anymore.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

An outing leads to some frustration..

So we HAD to get out of the house lastnight. We all are suffering from SEVERE cabin fever. So we hopped in the car and went to cruise through the festival of lights (for those of you not from the area-a local resort has Christmas light displays throughout the park that you drive through and look at) Well...Caleb was shocked when we went outside but got excited when we got in the vroom vroom, his way of saying car. {I am happy he was excited to see the car, as usually the only time we go out is to take him to the doctor.} So off we went the three of us. Well, halfway throughout the lights we spent most of the time talking VERY loud to Caleb as he was trying to go to sleep! It was so so nice to get out of the house. So nice! It is a little bit of tease to go out though as we don't go out.
Well speaking of going out, Caleb will be heading to the doctor on Thursday morning to get his second round of childhood vaccines and to get his second H1N1 shot! I am so happy to hear that the H1N1 virus, for now, seems to be not as widespread. Hopefully it can stay that way. I know the seasonal flu is soon to start spreading, but Caleb has gotten the seasonal flu shot so I am a little less freaked out about that one.
So I have to start to wonder, when can we start leading a normal life? I wonder if anyone will ever give us the 'go-ahead' When can we go to to a department store with Caleb?, when can Caleb go see Santa?, when can we go get professional pictures taken of Caleb?, when can we take Caleb to the grocery store?, when can we stop wiping down all of groceries?, when do we not need to take showers every time we leave the house and come back in?, when do we stop having to worry about the mail as 'dirty'?, when can Caleb go to some therapy groups? When can we have normalcy? I know I don't usually show my frustrations on here, but it has been over three years now and wow three years...Yes I know it is better than living in a hospital room, but when can we start doing some normal things? I have tried not to be somewhat jealous of when others can do things but it is tough. I see pictures of other friends' kids with Santa or getting their professional Christmas portraits taken and it is hard. I would love to take Caleb to a movie or to a parade or to a local Christmas show, but we can't....When can we? I just know that Caleb is missing out on some awesome experiences...I know in time...but when?

Since Caleb can't go see Santa I brought Santa to him...for those of you who have kids try this out. Check out Caleb's video http://portablenorthpole.tv/watch/391301f6b0b943ca023324bf2593dea8. If you want to make a video for you child go http://portablenorthpole.tv/home

Sorry just would like to start having some normalcy...

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Vaccinations, Train, Ornaments

Well, thanks to a good friend, Nicole, our families have been given the opportunity to get the H1N1 vaccine so they can come to the home and visit. They couldn't come until they were vaccinated as it was not safe for Caleb. Well the last couple family members were vaccinated yesterday, so the countdown begins as to when they can come visit. NINE days and counting. We are so excited to see our family again. We have been in seclusion, and I must admit it is Cabin Fever times a million. We are so excited to see you all! We miss you so so much!

Bri got a hold of his old train from when he was little and we weren't sure how Caleb would take to it, but he did! It was so cute! The boys set up the train and Caleb got used to it pretty quick! He even takes the cars off the track and plays with them, big step sensory-wise as sometimes this warming up step can take a couple days!

Caleb and I made Cinnamon Christmas ornaments yesterday and he didn't really get into it, but he did watch. I don't think he wanted to touch the 'dough' as it was a weird texture. I did try to get him to help me roll the rolling pin and he wasn't having that either. At least it was something different for him to do/see. I have got to get my hands on more craft-like things like that for us to do!

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!