Thursday, October 13, 2011

Where does the time go?? TIME FOR AN UPDATE!

Hello!!! Has it really been 3 months since my last update?! Time is flying by!! Well, things around here are a little busy! I have been working part time at Wells Fargo since May, and between that and taking care of a toddler and growing a little baby....I am pooped! This pregnancy is definitely a little more challenging because there is not a lot of down time. Little Dylan sure keeps me on my toes! But I love it!

We just saw Dr. Graham this past week and Dylan labs were ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! Just like him!! We were really encouraged also because Dylan grew a whole inch since his last appointment in June!! This was a HUGE milestone because Dylan has been the same height for about 10 months. He is our little shrimp. We even went and saw an endocrinologist to make sure that the chemo and radiation did not mess with his growth hormones. Sure enough, all of his tests came back completely normal (which is AWESOME) and the verdict is that he is just a little guy!! He is now measuring in at a whopping 32 inches tall and 25.5 pounds. He is definitely healthy and plump, but is starting to look like a little boy and not a baby anymore. He is still not talking (which some say is a blessing in disguise). He says about 4 words....Dada, Dog, Night night, and mamma (but only when in distress!). He communicates very well with sign language and he understands everything we say to him, he just does not verbally communicate. We are going to get his hearing tested soon also to rule out any possibilities of hearing loss...but he seems to hear perfectly well.

Dylan is a ball of energy! He LOVES to run around, especially when he is outside! I am so thankful for the cooler weather because he loves to be outdoors! He even ventured in to the grass this past week during physical therapy and was running up and down the hill in the park. This is another huge milestone because normally he will not even go near the grass and cries when you make him walk on it. Hopefully this was not a fluke and he will enjoy the squishy green stuff!!

Dylan also has a new favorite game. We call it the copy game. But the only catch is that YOU have to copy HIM! He is obsessed with it and it is the cutest thing to watch him interact with others! He usually starts by rubbing his fists together and then he goes to town from there. Some of his favorite moves are crossing his arms, patting his tummy, patting his head, lifting his shirt (usually the women dont participate on that one!), and then drumming on anything and everything that is around him! He gets so much joy out of people playing his game with him and it is quite entertaining to watch!! He has so much personality and loves to show off anytime someone gives him the opportunity.

His favorite toys right now are his Doggy--which travels pretty much everywhere with us, and tupperware! I don't even know why we have a house full of toys! He gets into my tupperware cabinet a few times a day and runs around the house banging it and stacking it. Now only if I could train him to put it back in an orderly fashion...that would be perfect!!

Well, as I said before, I am 29 weeks pregnant, and for those of you who don't know already, Dylan is going to have a baby brother! Yes, another boy in the family!! We are so excited to meet little Andrew Graham! We chose to name his middle name after Dylan's beloved oncologist and we are delighted that we could honor him in that way! Plus, its a really cool name!! Erik wants to call Andrew, Drew, and I want to call him the lil guy will have lots of names!! Dylan has no clue about what is about to happen in a couple months or who will be coming! He is going to be in for a big surprise!! I cannot wait for him to meet his little brother and hopefully he is kind and gentle to him....we will have to work on that a lot! He will probably try to smother him with hugs and kisses! At least thats what he does to other babies that he sees :) We almost have Baby Andrew's room finished and we moved Dylan to a big boy bed! He is doing amazing in it! I could not have dreamed of a smoother transition! We ended up buying a bunkbed that can also be converted to two twin beds and kept the railing on one of the beds. So Dylan's bed has a short railing almost all the way around it! Its almost like a big boy crib!! He could easily get over the rail, but he has not attempted it yet! He goes to bed like a champ and then waits for me in the morning to get him! I seriously think he is the greatest child ever! Besides, if he did decide to climb out of bed, the little munchkin could not open the door because he is too short!!

Well, that is about all of the exciting news that has been going on for the past few months! I am trying to get as many appointments out of the way before December so that I won't have to worry about them once Andrew gets here. Next up on the list are the hearing test, another eye pressure check in November and we need to set up a dentist appointment to check the growth of his teeth! So much to do and so little time!!

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!! We love you!!