Monday, May 28, 2012

Neurosurgeon and Pedi Appt

Addie saw Dr. George on the 21st of May, one year to the day since her first shunt surgery. Her scans look the same as they have since August of last year so I'm guessing it's her 'normal'. Her brain still has a lot of fluid in there but stable vents is our goal so we are happy. Dr. George commented on how she is looking like a little girl now and less like a baby. And on what a 'superstar' she is! They were very impressed with the fact that she's pulling up and cruising and starting to stand on her own. I did mention to Dr. G that I ran into my perinatologist at PetCo and that she had asked about the Dandy Walker diagnosis and when I told her that Dr. G had changed his mind and didn't think the cyst was Dandy Walker related, that she had wanted to know what kind of cyst it was. I finally got George to say he thinks it was an arachnoid cyst. I had asked him about it being an arachnoid last summer and he had said no. So for now, that is what we are going with. Until it changes again. It really doesn't matter though... cus the most important piece of information about her cyst is that it is GONE! Thank you Lord!

 We don't have to go back for a whole six months!! It'll be the week of Thanksgiving before we see them again.... WOW! Seems so far away. I pray that we don't have to see them before our scheduled follow up.

Dr. N was happy with Addison as well. Addie is now able to drink milk and have eggs and all those things that big one year old can do. She weighed 24 lbs, 8 ozs and was 31inches long. So 97% height and 95%. Her head was 51cm. It has slowed down tremendously which is good in my opinion, but we are glad that it is changing at least slightly. She is following the same growth curve, albeit, off the charts, but consistent with her pattern.

She had to have the mean ol' one year vaccinations but as of now, 5 days later, I'm happy to report she had 0 reaction to them. Not even fussiness. YAY!

She's such a little ROCK STAR!!  
In the car on the way to her appointment.
With Dr. George!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Addison!

One year. 366 days of change, and growth, and thanksgiving and appreciation and yes, worry. But mainly so much joy and love!

Addison is ONE year old.

I can't help but look back at where we were last year at this time. All the worry and uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Fear for my child.

I commented to Adam at 9:24pm on the night of the 19th, "A year ago right this minute we were checking into the hospital for overnight observation. I so wish I could go back and tell myself then what I know now."

Adam responded, "Aimee, you wouldn't have believed yourself."

And he is right. I couldn't have dreamt of how our life would be now.

She is doing amazingly well. She's only had three surgeries this year and really tubes don't count. She is just the special little girl God knew our family needed to be complete!!

We had a whole lot of celebrating to do!!

Addie's birth hour of 8:30am crept by unnoticed as we all slept in!!

Just woke up face. Addie generally hangs out in her 'baby jail' while I make breakfast in the morning.

Miss Addie had her breakfast of scrambled eggs, a new favorite, at around 10am! I made sure to make it a priority to get her 12 month sticker pictures taken before the party. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

We were in a mad dash to get stuff finished so thank goodness mom and dad and Melissa were here to help!

Close up of Addie's cake! Inspired by a design I found on Pinterest.

Instead of a smash cake, we just stuck a 1 candle into one of her cupcakes.
Addie's Lemonade Stand! Cute little glass jugs with pink and white stripe straws and pink lemonade punch!

Addie in her party dress!! We tried to match all the colors of her party to her dress. Gymboree clearance item!! SCORE!
Party table! Happy Birthday Addie banner and her 1 through 11 months sticker pics on the wall.
Snack table.
Addie getting reacquainted with her Uncle Jay.
"I remember you!"

2pm rolled around and guests were arriving. We had about 30 people here. Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate our girl's first year!

Addie rocked it out! She loved being the center of attention and she was too stinkin' cute eating her cupcake!
Cake time!!
My new favorite pic of Addie... ever!
My three babies!! Addie would not look up from her cake!
The following series of pics is exactly the sequence in which she ate her birthday cupcake.
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She passed out shortly after opening her gifts and slept for most of her party in the arms of Aunt Maurie and Aunt Sarah.

What a wonderful year it has been! We are SO BLESSED !! Praying for a wonderful, healthy second year ahead for Addie Lea!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

May phone dump

Addie at Grayson's school music program
New PT toy! Addie loves it.
Grayson in the 3rd grade music program.
 I took a very similar picture of Addie in this exact position when she was 2 months old. Look how big she has gotten!!
We may have given Addie a sucker to entertain her while we worked on party stuff.
Pre-night night bottle
Ravioli is yummy too!

Addie took this picture of herself!

Cracker Barrel breakfast - Addie ordered off the kids menu for the first time.
We had to replace the washer and dryer... loving my new front loading ones!!
Standing up like a big girl!
My new Smash book. LOVE it! Between it and Project Life I have all kinds of crafty things to do when I have a spare minute.
Addie has discovered my purse!! Asking for the check book already!
Friday night out ... this time at Mighty Fine! See Jack washing his hands in the background?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First weekend in May - Memaw's here!

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The boys were happy to have some MeMaw time.

Addie's hair is finally long enough to hold a clip without a headband in it! YAY!

Dinner at our favorite taco joint. Bringing some Austin weirdness mom's way!
Mom had a lot of fun at Costco.
Addie passed out in the saucer...