Sunday, February 28, 2010

More Pictures

I'm FINALLY uploading some more pictures. :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/

Enjoy!
Terra

Friday, February 26, 2010

Benjamin Rolling and Clapping

I can't believe he's almost one! Just two more months! Here are some videos of him rolling around the house (before he started army crawling) and clapping by request. :)





Take care,
Terra

Friday, February 19, 2010

Family Health Updates

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to try to update you all with everything from the last month or so. I have several pictures and videos to upload, just not the time to do it right this minute. First, many of you have been asking about our health, here's the scoop.

Benjamin just finished another round of antibiotics for his 3rd back to back ear infection. Hopefully that is taken care of. We go back to the "helmet doctor" Wednesday and the "head doctor" the following week. It's possible he may only be in the helmet a few more weeks. We'll see what the docs have to say.

Hannah has the typical snotty nose. But when doesn't she? :) Other than that, she seems completely healthy now. Her post-op ear checkup was great. Thanks to the pneumonia, we now own a nebulizer.

James seems to be fairly healthy, though we recently learned he has high cholesterol. So we're working to lower that.

I have finished my first 3 BPPV treatments. I initally started with two positive ears and a negative center (positive is bad/negative is good). This last visit, I was positive on the left and center but no longer on the right. So in a sense, that's two steps forward, one step back. BUT, because I'm no longer positive in both ears, I can try some at-home therapy for the next 4 weeks instead of in office. I have exercises that will take about 20-30 min that I have to do twice a day. In four weeks, I go back to the office to see if I've made any further progress. This also means no neckbrace for at least four weeks! Pending no crazy dizzy spells of course. Whoo hoo!

So there you have it. Our funny/always sick family! We've hit 3 1/2 deductibles already this year. And we have a pretty hefty deductible. But God is good and He continues to provide! We praise the Lord it "seems" we're on the upward swing of sickness.

Until next time...
Terra

Monday, February 1, 2010

Family Updates

It's been a busy, busy year so far! In January alone, we counted 12 visits to some sort of doctor, hospital, surgery, etc. Whoa. Hannah got tubes and Benjamin got a helmet to round out his noggin. One week later, Hannah got a slight pneumonia and Benjamin got an ear infection. The fun continues....

BUT I also got a diagnosis for my biggest health issue! After 5/6mo of testing, I was diagnosed with BPPV. You can read my recent post on that for details... I had my first treatment this morning. Overall, not complicated. I'm a bit nauseous/lightheaded with a potential headache in the works...otherwise, okay. By God's grace, I have lots of wonderful friends/family helping us through it.

Benjamin had his 9mo well check the other day. He's just under 50th percentile for height (whoo hoo!) but just under 10th percentile for weight (despite the fact he eats all the time!). He's average with progress. Doc is not concerned that he's not crawling yet (cause he rolls all over the place). Hannah was not crawling at this age yet either. Overall, he appears to be in good health so that's a praise! The "helmet doctor," as we call him, said he may only have to wear the helmet for another 5 weeks. That's exciting. We'll see. It's really not that bad. Just a bit bulky and stinky (from where his head sweats). And it's a little harder to cuddle.... :)

Hannah is doing well. She loves to sing now and is enjoying learning new songs. She's very helpful and does a great job picking up when I ask her too. She's definitely a girl (and a child of mine) in that she can cry at the drop of a hat. That takes a bit of grace on my part for sure. She makes me laugh all during the day though so it brings sunshine into our home.

James is still working hard at Meijer. Nothing new and exciting to write about there. But we're grateful for the job. He continues to serve part-time as a corporate chaplain and he's now an official non-staff pastor at our church.

God is good and we are grateful! That's enough of an update for now. New videos coming tomorrow. New pictures on our flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/

Take care!
Terra