My blogging habits haven't improved at all, maybe I'm getting even worse. But the good news is we are busy having a lot of fun this summer...so much so that I'm hardly online.
I decided at the beginning of the summer that we were going to have an active summer. Everyday we do at least one thing that gets the kids moving. Mostly that means riding bikes to the park or swimming, and we've done a little hiking too. I think we've been to the park nearly every weekday this summer and we've gotten in several swims too. It's been great!
Josh is doing so well. He keeps right up with everyone. He hasn't been napping for who knows how long and not long after surgery re-potty trained (he had to wear diapers briefly because the Lasix was making him pee SO much). His behavior has also been improving lately. He's definitely acting more like his silly old self again. The further out from surgery the happier he's been. He has done great going back to his class at church, which was a challenge after surgery, but I think now he's doing better than ever on that front. It helps that he loves his teacher. She couldn't be any sweeter, he's so lucky to have her!
Josh has been gaining weight more easily for the first time in his life & he's starting to look like a big kid more than a toddler these days.
Life is good. Life is ordinary! Can't complain about that!
As you can see in this picture, he gets blue when he's cold...but his coloring is much better than before!
Hope everyone out there is well...sorry I have been so bad about keeping in contact with so many of you. I'll be better after summer. Promise. :)
We have created this blog to tell Joshua's story. Josh was born in 2007 with a congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS - only half of his heart developed) & has undergone 3 open heart surgeries, pacemaker placement as well as surgery to repair his paralyzed diaphragm. He had a very rough beginning, and has hit some bumps along the way but amazes us every day with his ability to live a very active life. Follow us as we try to keep up with him!
forms short sentances never stops talking continues to climb up everything is a peacemaker w/ his sisters weighs 23.5 lbs
at 19 months joshua
loves to swim speaks quite a bit climbs up everything loves to camp tries riding his tricylce, but needs some help
at 18 months Joshua
can catch a ball runs everywhere he goes ever expanding vocabulary climbs like a mountain goat eats anything in sight (like a billy goat) beats up his Dada very coordinated says "what the?" when something surprises him
At 17 months Joshua...
anxiously watches for Semi-trucks as we drive & yells "tractor" when he sees one walks the whole way around the block reminds me he needs his meds hides toys in the toilet (this is bad)
things I've found in the toilet:
a football blocks a full roll of toilet paper mulitple empty rolls a small soccer ball
At 16 months Josh...
says 15-20 words 'Amen', 'Grandma' & 'Doctor' (his newest words) winks roars like a tiger follows simple directions communicates very well with & without words jumps on the trampoline (with adult supervision:)
At 15 months Joshua...
wrestles his big sisters helps clean up (a little anyway:) tries new words and sounds daily isn't as scared leaving mommy's side flirts like crazy makes animal sounds
At 14 months Josh...
weaned from breast milk walks say 10+ words puts 2 words together feeds himself can crawl at lightning speed makes anyone smile 9 teeth (3 are molars)