Sunday, July 27, 2008

Family Update

I figured I would take a few minutes to give a family update since there has been lots going on recently.

Zak: He is a busy man, always non-stop and on the go. He has mastered crawling and is now working on walking. The other day he started to walk around the room using his push toy. He has also mastered cruising, aka walking around holding onto anything he can such as the couch and coffee table. He is in the phase of falling over a lot which means lots of crying and bruises. He still only has 2 teeth. Zak LOVES to eat anything you give him and will beg for food from our plates if he sees us eating. He is trying to make friends with Batman, but that is not going great since he is still a little too rough for him. Zak is very vocal and "talks" all day long. He has now graduated out of the bath seat and into the big bathtub without anything holding him down. He loves to crawl around and splash like a maniac. He has completely given up bottles and is using only sippy cups which is nice.

Ryder: He is such a happy baby. He seems to be content no matter what he is doing. He could sit on the floor for hours and play with the same toy. Although, recently he has started to want to move around like his brother which is great since that gives him motivation to try and master new skills. He is now rolling on his own which is awesome! He has also become pretty vocal and started to slowly say dada. He LOVES his green blanky and sleeps with it every night and at nap time. Ryder still has no teeth. He is doing good with eating, but can't chew on harder table foods yet. He is still getting PT once a week and OT and speech periodically through the Early Intervention program in our county. He is no longer using bottles and only drinks form sippy cups which is nice. He has such a funny personality. As for his genetic testing, we have his MRI scheduled for August 18 at 5:30am because he will have to be sedated for it. We still need to get his blood drawn as well, but everything else is done already. His surgery is scheduled for August 25.

Ben: Ben is still working at Dogwood Acres, but is in the search of a new job. He just recently found out he has hit the max for pay and vacation at his current job.

April: Nothing really new to report about me. I am staying home with the boys during the and looking around for a part-time evening job. I have recovered well from my surgery in June and only have back pain once and a while.

Batman: Yes, our little batman. He is doing well after losing his sister and favorite playmate. He has not been eating great, but we are keeping a close eye on him. He loves being the center of attention except for when Zak tries to chase him and play with him. We are working on getting him more used to the boys trying to play with him, but it is a slow process.

We have finished our move into the house with Tracy & Dave in Millersville. It is so nice to be out of the apartment and be able to get in and out of the house without going through all of the dogs. The boys and I have enjoyed taking Batman for walks in the morning. We all miss Sadey so much and it will just take some time to get used to not having her around. It seems so strange to only have Batman, but he is definitely enjoying all of the attention (except from Zak). We will get a call from the vet when Sadey's ashes arrive so that we can pick them up and have her with us forever. It is amazing how much an animal can touch your heart, you don't realize it until they are not here anymore. I can't believe it has almost been a year since the boys were born. We have been through so much with each of them in the last year.