Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hurdle Jumping

I think I've finally gotten a hang of this blog thing. I changed it up a bit and made it a little bit more fun for me. You'd think after almost 100 posts I'd be a pro but I still feel like such an amateur.

We've been super busy lately. I feel like my head has exploded and now I'm the one in charge of picking up the pieces. It's hard to find your head when you don't have one. I have so much on my mind right now that I'm going to try to make this post as organized as possible. With that being said, lets start at the beginning.

We have so many people following our story. Our journey that is not only Baby Michaels life, but Zoey's, Jaron's and mine as well. This journey is not a short one, and it's in no way easy. I can tell you that it is so, So worth it. Is it horrible that I question it sometimes? The what ifs? I don't like looking back at what we've been through. I've tried a couple times reading some of the earlier posts and I can't get through the first paragraph on any of them. Every time I go to select a picture to add to my new posts I see this picture of Michael. This picture is so hard for me to see. I've been trying to work up the nerve to post a then and now. To show people what this baby has conquered. He's changed so much and has become so much stronger. We all have. I never in my life thought that I would be sitting in this spot telling the world of the everyday hurdles that I jump over. Sometimes the hurdles are taller and catch me totally unprepared, but I get up, dust off, and start running again.

A couple of weeks ago our clothes dryer went out. Our family has been wonderful and has worked with us on getting our laundry done. It brought me closer to my parents. I was able to spend that time enjoying my parents playing with their grandchildren. I also got the opportunity to "Google" how to clean a washing machine after finding a diaper had been in the previous load. Not fun. We finally got enough money together to find one on craigslist and I am in laundry heaven! I've done about ten loads in two days. Hurdle one - Cleared

About a week ago our microwave decided that if the clothes dryer was going, then it was going to. It's hard not having the convenience of an instantly warm meal. Warming up leftovers on the stove is not really my forte (they burn quickly). I'm getting used to it though and don't see us getting a new one soon so I've sucked it up and decided to pretend it's not there. So far so good. Hurdle two - Cleared, but messy

And now, The kids are sick. They've picked up the cold going around. There was no way to hide from it. Keeping them locked in the house is just cruel, and believe me, Zoey lets me know when we've been inside too long. Michael is losing his voice and Zoey is coughing and sneezing. This morning it was worse so I decided to call the nurses line which of course led me to Kaisers waiting room. Ears, throat and lungs are clear on both. We are just working on the congestion which leads us to continue on what we were already doing. Hurdle three - Mid jump.

I've become a photobucket junkie. For those of you that haven't been on that site it's awesome!! It makes all my pictures look awesome! Well - to me. Last week I was able to take my youngest brother up to Chautauqua in Boulder. I got some great pictures and it was so much fun getting out of the house. I didn't even have the kids with me! That is still a rare occasion.

Michael has been eating his rice cereal once a day and he loves it! Starting tomorrow we go to two times a day. I'm hoping this helps with his reflux. I can't tell you how important it is to have a working washer and dryer when you have a baby with reflux. We also get to see his Physical Therapist tomorrow and he loves getting that play time with her. We get to show her his new trick. He throws his hands in the air when he hears "Champion!". It's hilarious!

He is my champion. I am so proud of my family. We have overcome so many obstacles and run in to new ones every day. A big thanks to everyone that has given us a boost over these hurdles. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. We love you <3