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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Summer Adventures

In the calm waves of Ian’s success, I have neglected to update his BLOG. Somehow, I have less time. Now I know that sounds pretty silly, that I somehow thought I would have more time with my a healthy toddler..... but I had always thought I would have more time to dedicate to these types of things when I was worried about a sick child. The truth is, I’m too busy letting him do the things he deserves to do, and that more than makes up for the little time I had before. Our summer was fairly low key, but the fall has been slammed, week after week, with outings and trips. Let’s wrap up the summer first...


SENSORY FUN

Ian had a weekend filled with lots of painting fun. We worked on using them as a sensory activity. He was not thrilled with the finger painting, but we were able to get a few good minutes. His favorite part was dipping the brush in each of the four colors before painting.




And speaking of sensory fun... Ian had really been enjoying popsicles lately. While he has yet to finish one on his own, he enjoys sharing them with daddy. Working on the cold temperature has actually helped him with other foods. He will not eat some of his breakfast fruit purees cold, and even likes them that way at times. He very daintily tastes the popsicles, so the juice is usually everywhere..... but that even brings another sensory therapy into play..... tactile. He is still very icked out by the whole concept of ‘sticky.’

Yummy!!


“FIELD OF BEANS”

Later on in the month, Ian was able to spend a few great hours at a local park while we were visiting my hometown. He often plays on the ‘age-appropriate’ toys/lot, but we all know he would rather go climb with all the big boys. This time, the ‘bog-boy’ equipment happen to be empty, so we took a stroll over for him to climb... his favorite! He had such a great time running and jumping from piece to piece. It felt so good to see him having such a great time. THIS is what summer days for a toddler should be.




There was a high school baseball field behind the ‘big-boy’ lot. The park is actually on the grounds of my old high school. He and Tommy walked over and began playing on the field. Tommy had Ian hitting balls with his pretend bat. Once Ian learned that he got to run after “hitting” the ball, he picked up pretty quickly. He wanted to stop at each base and celebrate! He even had some fun standing up on the pitcher’s mound. I could see the little-league-baseball-coach gears turning in his head.





APPLE PICKING

As August came to an end, we made an apple picking adventure. Since the fall was going to be so full, we were left with an August day. Thankfully, the apples were awesome! Ian had a wonderful time picking them from the trees. We even caught him having a few snacks. It was a pretty amazing thing to see him biting into an apple in the middle of an orchard. He didn’t want much to do with the delicious apple crisp and apple cake we made, but enjoyed it more directly from the source!





TRIP TO THE BEACH

A local beach has a wine festival every year. Tom’s parents are members of an association that volunteers at the festival. For the second year in a row, we have been able to go as a long weekend family getaway. Since it is late September, and we are in Virginia, we certainly were not swimming in the ocean, or even lying out on the beach. Ian was initially excited about seeing the water. He did like the sand and wanted to walk around in his bare feet (another sensory (hurdle I never thought we would clear.) Once he saw, heard, and felt the cold water, it was all over. Not only did he want nothing to do with the water, but anyone who was down close to water really upset him. Thankfully, we were able to fill the weekend with miniature golf, french fries, walks on the boardwalk, and games... all of which he enjoyed.






A FUTURE STUDENT

On the way home from the beach, we stopped to walk around our old college campus at Salisbury University... or Salisbury State as we knew it. So much has changed and it was like being in another school. But, parts of it still felt very homey, and it was sweet to be back with Tom in the place where we met and became so close. The large administrative building in the front is lined with gorgeous white columns. Ian looked so small sitting on the front stairs of such an overwhelming building. It was pretty neat to see him running around our old campus.




As our summer came to end, I felt like our family was finally breathing in what felt like a huge breath of fresh air. It was refreshing, calming, and hopeful. Ian was stable all summer and we were loving every minute of it!

BEANER IS THREE! 9.3.2013

Ian celebrated his third birthday right after labor day. It is overwhelming to think of the journey he’s had. When I look back, it seems like a long, winding road, with lots of detours, obstacles, and bind-curves. This year, Ian was old enough to know and understand that it was his birthday, and get excited about it. We had a few family parties for him, and a small quaint singing on the day of his birthday at home.

Birthdays are a bit different for preemie moms. They are usually filled with lots of tears, trips down memory lane, and reflections of the years past. While this is true for any parent... the minds of preemie moms (and the parents of other sick children) are usually filled with ventilators, surgeries, IVs, and hospitals. This year, we had A LOT to celebrate! Ian has made enormous progress over the last year and has been thriving since May. He has gained almost 10 pounds in the last year and grown 5 inches..... nothing short of a miracle! I can tell he is feeling better than ever!

This year was a bit special. In the preemie world, doctors drop off the “corrected age” somewhere between two and three. Corrected age is how the medical community adjusts your child’s early birth to the “should have been born ________.” The corrected age is the age from the child’s due-date. In Ian’s case, they always subtract 11 weeks from his age. For Ian’s doctors, the cutoff age was two for weight-age-adjustments, and this year (three) for height-age-adjustments. This year, Ian is no longer “corrected” for anything. For a preemie mom, it’s like your child’s first graduation!

Ian, Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!!!

Ian actually did eat a bite of his Fig Newton "cake"


Hugs for best friend Riley XOXO

Sillys with Grandpa

Arnie!

Cruising with my new bubble mower