Friday, February 27, 2009

Garlic Raw Hides!

I'm excited about Lucas' party tomorrow! I also made Garlic Raw Hide Bread Sticks to dip in cheese!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Boy Lucas and Today's Experiments With Food!

My wonderful nephew Lucas turned 8 on Monday!! 8 holy moley!!! Lucas is such a great, talented, caring kido!

He loves to
write songs and
draw and
play video games and
climb things and
loves animals

...he made his entire class Valentines from scratch this year... that's the kind of kid he is! Creative juices ooze from him as does thoughtfulness for others. I love all of my nephews so much.

Here's Lucas when he was about 1!
Here's our little man now!
Well, yesterday Lucas called me on the way to school for a special favor! I have gotten so excited since then! His party in on Saturday and he has chosen a Dog theme... can Indee come, I'm wondering?

Lucas needs some dog biscuits for his party. So I made some shortbread dog bones! It was fun creating them and experimenting with colors and stuff... they look REAL!! I'm excited!

Jack also experimented with food today! Pureed green beans, brown rice and turkey dinner from a jar... turkey dinner from a jar just sounds so wrong! Here are the results of his endeavors!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

For Your Viewing Entertainment... Again

I think my sons adorable... so sue me! I like to show him off!!

These are some recent videos that I find amazingly wonderful!

I really never thought I'd be one of those gushy moms that braged on her kids NON-STOP! But you are what you are!

I love how he finally gives up and just eats it in the end!! Ha!

Oh and for you Lost fans... this is Jack's "Sawyer" look! What a hottie... Jack, not Sawyer... no, not the Jack on Lost... my Jack... but they're ok too!

Apple Sauce!!

Check out Jack's new moves! I'm pretty impressed!

There's always a better way!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oh the possibilities...

I have the morning off!! Sandi is watching Jackson for me and I'm going to take PJ for her one morning this week... so what now?

Do I goof off, work, do chores, shop, read, nap, blog... oh the wonderful possibilities!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Enjoy the pics!

So, my life pretty much revolves around Jackson... I don't think I've ever posted anything that isn't about him since I started taking over Aaron's blog (sorry babe)... i really need to start thinking for myself, beyond my little bugger bear sometimes. Where have all the creative brain juices gone?? I was sitting here earlier trying to come up with something good to write about, but all I kept thinking about was that I really need to post pics of his hircut... so there you go... snip snip!! Enjoy the pics.

First Cut!!

Jackson's hair was getting a little hippie-ish... Following is a photo recap of Friday night as we dehippified him!

Pr-Cut tub pics!
(also referred to as blackmail pics for Jack and PJ 12 years down the road when they are 13 and 17 Mwoohahahaha)

The Unsuspecting Happy Towel Baby
The Cut!!

my face may be worse than Jack's in this first pic!
Uncle Jonathan's somewhat successful attempt at consolation...
confusion...good cookie, but i'm still being tortured!

The Reward!!
how easily we forget the bad times when chocolate chips are brought into the picture!

The Morning After! - What a Big boy!

The longer I looked at Jack's head the more I realized that we had done ok, but a squirmy babe causes a bit of choppiness...I spent a lot of today following him around with scissors and when he was happily distracted by a toy I'd do a little snip here and a little snip there... he never even noticed! I think the next time he needs a trim, I'll just sneak up on him!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Craniosynostosis Graduation Day!

For those of you that may be new readers to our blog I thought I'd do a quick recap on our son's adventures over the past 6 months! In August Jackson had a limited cranial vault... in shorter easier to understand terms, almost 50% of his skull was removed!

Jack at 3 mos old...
Jack at 10 mos. old...We found out a few months prior to his surgery that one of Jackson's sutures in his head had prematurely fused shut...Craniosynostosis. Pretty freaky! After trying for Jackson for about 8 years and finally getting our miracle, this was a pretty surreal revelation for us, and pretty scary one too. The only answer for him was surgery and so we set forth down our crazy Cranio journey...
What an adventure... there is nothing harder than handing your 4 month old over to a team of surgeons so that they can make a hole in his head on purpose! But we did and they loved and took care of him and they are our heroes!

Our Little Hero...
Our Little Hero's Hero...
This is Dr. Genecov, Jack's Pediatric Plastic SurgeonAlong the road we have had the honor and joy to join other families on their cranio roller coaster rides. Feel free to peruse the blog to read some of their stories and see more picks of all of Jack's Cranio Buds! Craniosynostosis effects about one in every 2000 babies. Many come to Medical City Dallas, as this is where two of the best surgeons in the world are located.

The type of surgery that Jackson had was a somewhat less invasive procedure than what we cold have chosen, but left him with a bit of an uncertain growing period. Frist, a good portion of this skull was removed and second, his head had to learn a new way to grow... so Jackson was fitted for a cranial band (or helmet).

It's been a good 5 months now since I've seen my baby's head for more than about an hour a day. But yesterday Jackson received his offical discharge! He is Helmet Free!!! His head is beautifully round (a little bumpy, but who's isn't). I feel like he's had his first Graduation Day!! I have no doubt that our journey with craniosynostosis will never be completely over... if anything we'll be able to share our expereinces with others, but for now we celebrate!!

What a great God we have! He has brought our family and my little man through so much!! Keep praying for him as he grows. In some ways the real test starts now. His little noggin' is on its own from here on out. And pray for me too that I don't try to hard to catch him every time he falls! I know it's impossible for him to never hit his head, but wow it's scary now to have a toddler with such an expensive head!

Jack's Last Cranial Scan (for a good long while anyway!)...
Graduation Day Pics!!