Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm Back! An Update...

It has been quite a while since my last post and I have received a few emails from people wondering how Isabella is doing. I thought I would give ya'll a quick update on our family, and hopefully get back into blogging again.

The other day James and I were talking about the time we decided to start trying for another baby when Xander was about 15 months old. Looking back I NEVER would have dreamed that just 10 months after we made that decision we would be thrown into a whole new world full of therapies, surgeries, appointments with different specialists, and never ending hospital bills. Life is 10 times crazier than I ever would have imagined it to be with two kids. I sometimes feel like I am in WAY over my head, that I am in no way qualified to be a mother to Xander and even less qualified to be a mother to Isabella. I have these two precious children who look to me for everything. It's truly amazing. On the days that I feel overwhelmed I just have to pray. I look into those sweet adoring faces and just thank the Lord that they are mine. That he blessed me with two beautiful kids and pray I will be mother they need - the mother He knows I can be. In all honesty I would not change a thing about our crazy life. I love that my two and half year old LOVES to learn, loves to sing and dance, and is learning to READ!! Letters and numbers seem to come easy for him, and I am so proud of the little man he is becoming. On the other hand I watch my 6 month old fight and struggle to reach milestones that come so very easy for other babies and I am SO proud of her. She works so hard day in and day out to the point where she literally falls asleep during therapy. She is a fighter for sure and she is an inspiration to me!

Xander has been going to a Mother's Day Out/Preschool Program three days a week from 9-1 at a church near our house. I struggled with putting him in for three days, but I know it's the best thing for him. He is able to have a set schedule and I do not have to drag him to all of Isabella's appointments. I was able to schedule her therapies on the days that he is in school so it works out for everyone. Isabella currently has OT on Monday mornings. Speech on Tuesday mornings (at our house). PT, OT, and Speech on Wednesday mornings. and then PT on Friday afternoons during Xander's naptime at our house. I know 5 hours a week of therapy does not sound like a lot, but factor in driving time/getting ready time and it consumes most of our days. I am SO thankful that she gets 5 hours a week. Arkansas is one of the best states for early intervention ~ another reason I am thankful God called us to move here!!

Isabella just had her 6 month check up last week. She is right on track with growth. Still in the 25% for height and weight and 5% for head circumference. She weighs 14.6 lbs and is 24 inches long! She is so tiny compared to Xander who was like 19 lbs at 6 months old!! She had to get 5 shots and her foot pricked for blood. 3 shots were the regular immunizations and one was a flu shot and the last was a shot called Synagis which is for RSV that she will have to get once a month from Nov-April. She is considered high risk for RSV because of her heart defect.

Isabella at her check up...

And just to be fair... One of my handsome little guy!!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am praying my kiddos don't wake up too terribly early with this time change in the morning!

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