So we're going to go back a bit...to drum roll please... Easter!
Shortly before Easter, we headed over to Kinder Farms to participate in their Easter Egg hunt. We arrived a few minutes late and missed the little kid hunt but at least the boys got to check out the farm animals and play on the playground for a bit.
Thank goodness for extra adult eyes, because these boys are on the move! Jackson going one way and Grayson going the opposite direction. With Jackson's newly acquired walking skills he was plowing through the crowd to get to the Easter bunny grabbing onto anyone who was on his way to steady himself.
We spend a lot of time in PT working on walking...these pictures are definitely old...we were so excited about the distance he was walking (maybe 10 feet)...now we're walking probably 85% of the time.
We currently spend quite a bit of time not only walking, but working on stairs, walking while holding an object, and standing. Most kids stand before they can walk...Jackson does not stop moving. So even when he's not walking, he'll still be moving, shifting his feet, etc. So we still have a ways to go, but for all intensive purposes, he is officially a walker.
One of the biggest events this spring was Jackson's surgery to have tubes put in and tonsils/adenoids taken out (for reasons I discussed in this previous post). We arrived bright and early at Johns Hopkins...and by bright and early, we're talking 5 am. I requested their earliest surgery (barring any emergencies or infants, etc.) since Jackson wouldn't understand why he wasn't allowed food/drink. Luckily all worked out and we were scheduled for the first surgery of the morning.
But as all things usually do, surgery went wonderfully. Tubes were put in, adenoids taken out (and his sinus cavities cleaned out as they were filled with thick mucous) and those wonderfully enlarged tonsils were removed (something like 90% of the tissue).
I got a call from the waiting room that my presence was requested in the operating room since he was having a hard time coming out of anesthesia. I walked into the room and Jackson was screaming, crying, and violently thrusting his body around. It was horrific and an experience that I don't want to repeat any time soon. This was by far the worst part of the surgery. My presence did not calm him as hoped, and they ended up sedating him with some pain meds. He eventually got himself calmed down and was able to drink juice (a great sign!) before we eventually were carted off to our PICU room for the night (we did an overnight stay since the tonsils came out). Jackson eventually settled himself for a brief nap before a long night connected to the monitors and IV.
|Oatmeal and pudding...a frequent meal post-op!|
A Little of this...A little of that....
My cousin ran a half marathon in DC so we packed up the boys for their first Metro ride into the city...
Mother's Day lunch with family...
|Jackson and Mom-Mom|
|Grayson and Pop|
|Grayson kept picking grass (weeds) and "sticking" it on Jackson|
That's all for now...I feel like this post just doesn't do the last few months justice...but this Momma is tired and wanted to get this post out there before two vacations hit and I acquire a bunch more pics. Forgive any grammar or ramblings...its past my bedtime and I can guarantee I'm not going back to proofread.