Sunday, January 29, 2012

And the countdown begins...

 10 more days till Elliot's one! 

The last couple of weeks have been fairly uneventful.  Byron and I are slowly but surely getting the hang of our ever-so-busy second semester schedule between learning who is taking Elliot and where and whats for dinner, haha.  Elliot is still crawling all over the place and pulling himself up here and there on his toys, but not so much on higher items such as the coffee table.  We are seeing the more timid, not so much of a risk-taker side of Elliot, who is afraid to fall once standing and scared of the pool.  We tried taking him to Mulberry Pool, which is an indoor pool in town and he started crying (or for the poor people there, screaming!) once we walked out of the locker room.  He wasn't so much scared of the water, but the pool area was a little loud and too much for his little sensory system.  We will have to try it again though, since he is in LOVE with bath time. 

He is still on again, off again with his helmet.  The abscesses seemed to be all healed up, he wore the helmet for a week and then it started rubbing his little noggin' off with the helmet again.  We took it off to have it "fixed" again and this weekend, so far so good, until tonight we noticed 2 more who knows.  Lots of two steps forwards and 8 steps back!  Since we at least understand the abscesses now, they don't seem too bad and I'm sure in a couple of days he will be all healed up. 

This week Elliot also had his 12 month well visit with his new pediatrician (yes, that's right, Dr. Elliott retired, sigh...), and she seems wonderful already.  So drumroll please...Elliot's official 12 month weight is....22lbs3oz which places my baby boy in the 50th percentile!  CRAZY, our child looks huge, we were totally surprised by this, but at least he is right on target.  Now his height on the other hand is 31 inches which is in the 90th percentile, so seems like Elliot will be just like daddy, tall and skinny. 

On another note, someone special out there, who wants to remain anonymous has done something incredible for our little family, we hope you know how much this means to us and we can't thank you enough...

 Check out Mr. Personality

Shaggy do...pre first haircut

Happy helmet head

post haircut handsome

Check out my 8 teeth!

Elliot's new favorite squinty-eyed face

oh yea that's another lovely face he makes at his mama

"oh mom, you sure are hilarious"

When your arms are full, just use your mouth to grab toys

"Are you guys seriously going to leave me up here unattended?"

"Clear Solo Cup"

This photo looks like mommy when she was my age

Always getting stuck

Happy boy in the bath

Exploring under his crib

Monday, January 16, 2012

What a year... from bad to good to great

Have you ever played the game, "What were you doing this time last year..."?  Byron and I play this game from time to time, especially this year with Elliot.  For instance, we have said, "This time last year, we could sleep in whenever we wanted", "This time last year we could pick up and go to the grocery store in 5 seconds, now it takes 10 minutes to get out the door".  Ok, so where is Jamie going with this.  I played this game this morning and got a little teary eyed.  This time last year, I was 35 weeks pregnant and experiencing some stop-me-in-my-tracks pain, that I was told by the midwives was just baby boy experimenting with dropping and getting ready to arrive...well my mama instincts tell me that this time last year is when Elliot's head started to grow.  Just a guess, but I don't think Elliot was experimenting with dropping, I think Elliot's growing noggin' was getting stuck...

Then it brought me to, WOW, little did Byron and I know that 2 weeks later we were going to be delivered some of the most painful news we had ever heard.  I think we like to try and convince ourselves that it was all a blur and that we don't really remember the weekend from hell, but really and unfortunately we remember it a little too well.  I remember the ultrasound, the techs face and poor eye contact, the doctor walking into the room tell us little boy wasn't going to make it (obviously he proved her wrong), myself saying multiple bad words, looking at Byron wondering if this was a dream, calling my mom, being escorted out a back exit, naming Elliot on our drive home and trying to eat stew for dinner.  Even writing this feels like a little therapy to me, haha... I think that Byron and I are different people now because of that day, but not in a bad way just a different way.  Last February 4th, was a hard hard day that we try to erase from our memories and I noticed that at first we thought about that day EVERY day and now I can say that sometimes a week will go by and I won't think about that day at all.  Although Byron and I realize unfortunately that we can never get rid of that memory, hopefully we can make EVERY future February 4th another day to remember with positive memories.

Alright, alright, least we all know how that bad day turned out, Elliot is a fantastic miracle that is surprising us daily with his growing personality and mad skills.  I try not to relive that yucky Friday but sometimes its therapeutic to just look back and realize how far we have come and how lucky we are and we can't imagine our lives without him.

On a new note, just yesterday Elliot pulled himself up to a standing positioning and now that he has done it once, he has been doing it all day.  He is also babbling up a storm and I think "singing".  Its really fun to see new cognitive skills (sorry that's the speech therapist in me).  When we ask him if we can have a bite, or kiss his ducky, he actually lets us...its really fun to notice him understanding requests.

A little over a week ago, little boy's incision just did not look good...especially after it was looking amazing.  We decided to take the helmet off, get ahold of the doctors and see what was going on.  Now, listen to how amazing our doctors are...we e-mailed them on a Friday night, got a call immediately from Dr. French who just told us to keep it clean and let her know if it gets worse.  Then Sunday, it definitely looked worse and so after Dr. French and I texted back and forth she then called in an antibiotic for Elliot.  It seems as if his stitches inside are abscessing.  We took him down to Children's this week and had them officially check him out and yep they are abscessing.  Luckily we were told that his brain and shunt will not get infected from the incision infection AND after a week on antibiotics he is looking SO much better.  He will probably be ready for his helmet again mid-week.

Elliot is also officially a movie star, haha.  During one of his helmet appointments, DEX yellow pages was at the clinic videotaping an advertisement for the group and Elliot makes an appearance.  If you want to check it out try this link,  and then watch the video.  Its pretty fantastic.

Byron and I are both back to work and in full swing of second semester and already looking forward to summer.  We are gearing up for Elliot's 1st Birthday and just enjoying every weekend we have together.  Enjoy some photos...


This next video is a blast from the past, we were looking at videos this past weekend and this one just floored Byron and I..Elliot was just 2.5 weeks old and I made this video to send to Byron who just returned back to work and was missing Elliot.  His head is HUGE in this video, Byron and I have no recollection of it ever looking like this...haha, we never thought it was this it makes sense why the doctors would say it was pretty serious, ha.  Look how far we have come...

Thanks Chris and Ann for my new sweet boot...I'm such a cowboy!

I don't need toys, I just need a clear plastic cup...

Eating is a whole new experience

But mom, look how cute I am with cottage cheese in my hair

Elliot is very resourceful and when his hands are in mittens he uses his mouth to hold ducky

On his knees playing

Getting close to standing tall

and off I go...

their's our cute naked boy

cute buns

Brotherly Love

These were taken at Children's, the top photos in November and the bottom are post-surgery...Incredible!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday and Happy New Years to US.   We have had a fun and eventful last couple of weeks.  We celebrated Christmas in Colorado this year (thank you Elliot!) and we had my mom, dad, 2 sisters, brother and sister in law and my new nephew Max, grandma and Uncle all here.  I had a little anxiety imagining how Christmas morning would go with that many people in our little went just how it should have, organized chaos. 

Then I celebrated my "golden birthday" this year, haha.  The siblings all went skiing at Eldora while grandma and grandpa were in 7th Heaven with the babies all to themselves.  Then we rang in the New Year with my mom after we convinced her to stay a few days longer (trust me it didn't take much convincing).  Overall our holidays were jammed packed with family and we enjoyed ourselves. 

Elliot's helmet came in last week and we have already had 3 appointments to tweak it and make sure it fits well. He is tolerating it beautifully and already sleeping through the night with it on.  Unfortunately, after only a week of having the helmet...his helmet and his head smell like a teenage boys feet.   We are kicking back, relaxing and visiting with as many people as we can before work starts back up Monday.  Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!
Elliot has learned how to kneel

Snuggle time with Daddy
Going after the presents


Elliot is not so sure about Mommy holding another baby

Elliot giving baby Max a Christmas pinch

Reading books with Grandpa

Uncle David and Grandma

Merry Christmas from the Straws

Christmas Morning

After getting every toy sold at Toys R Us, Elliot still decides to play with his brush

Byron's homemade gift to Us (and no its not a coffin)

Santa was good to us

Auntie love

Elliot's new thing is to give open mouth kisses to everyone

My brother and nephew Max

We switched babies

Baby Max isn't sure about his Auntie and Uncle

Elliot giving Mommy Birthday love

Grandma dressed me...

For Christmas Elliot got 4 new teeth and enough drool to fill a bathtub

You can get a little glimpse of his incision
Helmet head

So sweaty from the helmet

I love food!