Friday, July 17, 2015

Bryan Update!

Bryan has now been our son for NINE MONTHS!!

How is THAT possible?!

Bryan is doing AMAZINGLY well! He loves playing with his siblings. He is getting stronger. He is a good eater - although he is still 29 pounds - but he has grown 2 inches since he came home. Bryan is an easy going, happy child - we are so blessed! He can understand what we say - but understanding his speech is hard (we catch maybe 25%?). He isn't  potty trained yet - we tried a bit this summer and decided to wait a bit longer.


 Bryan LOVES playing outside and will frequently get his siblings to push him up and down the driveway in this little car :)


 Since Bryan's speech is coming a little slow he had a hearing test just to rule out a hearing issue and thankfully passed just fine! We will give him a few more months at home before we start speech therapy.

We are still waiting on insurance approval for genetic testing.

We are still waiting to hear back from the dental department to find out where Bryan will best be treated for his extensive dental work.


 Look who is using his walker ON the wood chips!!


 Bryan is able to walk around the playground to each of the places he wants to play! Freedom for him - and mom and dad :)


 Bryan is even getting strong enough to use his walker on the grass a little bit - assuming it is flat and cut :)


Bryan was THRILLED to take a kayak ride with Jamma! He was SO excited to ride on a BOAT!


Bryan's first time playing on the beach!

He LOVES the water and the outdoors!


Bryan playing at the sprinkler park. He is getting really good at using his walker and walked ALL over!


and the BEST for last....

Bryan LOVES swimming!

Bryan had a few aqua therapy appointments before vacation. With Jamma's help he has turned into a fish! He LOVES the water!! 

AND it is soooo good for his muscles/core strength!

Luckily Jamma is a fish too so she takes the kids swimming almost daily during our vacation month - win win - since cold water and bathing suits are not my idea of a vacation!

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Standing is Stupid!



I *love* this blog post! 

It is a quick read and I encourage everyone to read it - especially those parenting a child with a special need.

It is only natural to get excited when Bryan takes a few independent steps.....but I have always felt it was a little bittersweet when the kids and I get so excited and cheer him on.

On one hand - it is EXCITING and Bryan is EXCITED to be walking....

On the other hand is it really "everything"?! What if he never walks independently? And we have put so much emphasis on walking.....

Does it mean Bryan has less value? Does it mean we love Bryan any less?

We LOVE Bryan just the way God CREATED HIM!

Blessings, Sandy