I'm feeling a little anxious. I always do around this time. It's about time for Ethan to go back to ACH and get more tests/checkups done.
The other day I started to count up the number of times he's been there for all his different medical stuff. You know, the countless renal ultrasounds, the voiding tests, the function tests, the 2 surgeries, the extended hospital stay. But, I lost track. Lets just say he's been there a lot and we LOVE that hospital. Not because we LIKE to go there, but we have to go there and they are great at what they do.
I was going back through Ethan's first box the other day and found his little masks that were used during his two surgeries. Although they were both minor surgeries (in comparison to some.) A surgery is a surgery and I'm so very glad they have gone well for him.
Aren't these masks just the smallest things? Especially that green one. Ethan used that one when he was just 2 months old.
This time around, the tests will be a bit more involved. This time he will not only have his regular clinical appt. but also another renal ultrasound and another VCUG test (to see whether or not he's still refluxing urine.) The last time he had most of these more involved tests he was only 6 weeks old and slept through most of it. This time with a 1 year old, it'll be way different. So....if you would just pray that he gets through it ok, and that we get through it ok and that everything comes back great! Thanks!
This is the first year Jackson has played t-ball. He missed it last year by 13 days, so this year he was good to go. He's on the 3-4 year old team and how cute they are! I love watching them all play. How many 3-4 year olds can "tackle" a baseball? Answer: most all the team!
So, remember this post where I talked about what my office looks like? One snowy, COLD, day in early March, my office looked like what you see below.
Every year or so, we do a bear survey in conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish. This year, I got to attend. This is the first time in a few years I've been since I've always had other things going on. Anyway, it was a single female cub and SO CUTE!
She weighed around 2 pounds, but her claws were super, duper sharp. Take a look!
Back during spring break, I took Jackson to the Jones Center there in Springdale, for some ice skating action. Now, remember, this is the first time jackson has ever been ice skating and the first time in several years I had been. BUT...we DID make it 2 full times around the rink. We may or may not have been hanging on to the side the entire time. I can't rightly say.
We got NO pictures of Jackson actually out on the ice (although he really did go, I promise!) Something about me hanging on to him the entire time and I really didn't want to hit the ice myself and break my camera. So, these pictures will have to do.
After it was all over, I asked Jackson if he liked it and he said he did, but he didn't want to go back until he was much older...like 14 he said!
My husband of 7 years, the father of our two boys and the love of my life! He's a funny guy who can certainly make me laugh, has a wealth of Razorback knowledge, and is very competitive. Hmmm, wonder where Jackson gets it from?
This is our 6 year old boy, Jackson. Aka..the great tormenter. He's a good boy most of the time...very competitive, inquisitive, and can be a bit lazy from time to time. He's a GREAT big brother and an all around good little boy. He makes us smile!
This is our 2 year old son, Ethan, who was diagnoised with a multicystic kidney while in the womb. He was given a 25% chance of developing cysts in both kidneys, which would have been lethal for him. It turns out, Ethan has a duplicate collecting system (2 ureters instead of one on his left side) PLUS an ureterocele inside his bladder. He's had 1 surgery and goes every once in awhile for tests and/or clinic appointments. He's been through a lot in his short life but we're just proud he's here with us!
A 4 year old mind....
August 12, 2009--So, yesterday Jackson and I were down getting the trash can at the driveway and Jackson stopped by the pond and said, "Shhh...Mom! I think there are sheep in the pond!" Of course, these were only frogs croaking but it DID actually sound a lot like sheep!
September 18, 2009--Did you know that Daddy has a voice like this? "RRRAAAHHH!" and mama has a voice like this? "RRRaaahhh!" and baby has a voice like this? "rrraaahhh!" (spoken in Goldielocks and the 3 bears fashion.)
November 14, 2009--Jackson: Mom, why do your breasts have milk in them? Me: Because that's they way God made them and it's the best food for Baby Ethan. Jackson: It sure would have been cool if God would have put apple juice in them instead!