Our Pride and Joy

Our Pride and Joy

Friday, January 24, 2014

Love for Watson

It's amazing how time flies when you have kiddos. May 6th 2013 was one of the BEST and most STRESSFUL days of my life. The first month I was supposed to be in all and enjoying every second of this sweet baby but all I could think of was this Surgery he was going to have to undergo at 9 months old. Well it took me about 7 weeks to really realize that God was in control and stressing and worrying would never change the outcome. Everything happens for a reason and I had to snap out of it and realize if I didn't I wouldn't enjoy the first year of his life. The most amazing time of any babies life when they change and grow the most. I must say the last 8 months has had its ups and downs but we have done an amazing job at enjoying every second of him and trying our hardest to not think about this Surgery until we absolutely had too. Well Watson will be 9 months old on February 6th and it is getting very close to Surgery time. We are of course as any parent would be stressed, scared, nervous, and quite honest ready to get this over with. Watson is the happiest baby EVER and I have no doubt he will be just fine with all the prayers and support we have gotten from everyone around us. I know the Lord does things for a reason and he has given us the most beautiful gift. The gift to see things in a different light. Watson may need a major skull surgery and he may even need another one down the road, but he is here with us, jabbering, breathing, smiling, laughing and that is all I care about. We are so fortunate for that.

Today we went in for our Pre Op Appt and everything looks good. I feel very educated on what is going to happen and so thankful we are so close to such a wonderful hospital like ACH. It is the hardest thing in the world to know your child's life is in the hands of two doctors but I know the lord will have his hand on Watson and those Doctors every step of the way. His Surgery is officially scheduled for February 24th. We need all the prayers we can get. I just want to say I know that the lord works in Mysterious ways. He got us to Arkansas where we are surrounded by the BEST most SUPPORTIVE family and we really wouldn't be able to handle all of this on our own. We are so lucky to have such a close bond to our family here. We will never be able to say how grateful we are for all of you who have really shown us the true meaning of family. I Love you all so much! Here is a few pictures I will share of our Pre OP Appt today.

Mommy and Watson :)

Daddy and Watson :)

                        A few of Watson's Warriors :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Nothing can hold US down!

Happy New Year everyone! 2013 was definitely full of some ups and downs but are ready to start out this year strong, well somewhat strong. Our boys had a wonderful Christmas and Santa was very good to them. And of course all of our Family sent and got them all kinds of goodies :) I am now trying to put everything together for Weldon's bday party coming up the first week of February. CANNOT believe our baby will be 3 years old. My how time flies when your having fun! He is getting so big, with lots of attitude and sweetness. More attitude then sweetness but boy does he love his momma :) Mainly until momma is getting onto him and then he loves daddy :) We are very fortunate to get all the time with both of them that we do being self employed. We have had a pretty eventful last few weeks. Weldon made his first trip to the ER. He was running at Mimi and Papa T's house, tripped and slit the bottom of his chin right open. Scared me to death but once we got there luckily it wasn't bad enough for stitches and they were able to glue it shut! We probably should invest in that stuff, I think it may come in handy in the years to come :/  He was definitely a trooper, this kid is all boy and nothing can stop him :)
                                                                                                   Sweet Boy :(
                   He stayed so still when the doctor started
                               Waiting for the doctor..........

As of now his chin is all heeled up and may just leave a little scar. He is fearless and I'm gonna be in trouble with him one day. Hoping he grows out of that and starts to be a little more cautious, ha not gonna hold my breath. :)

As for Mr.Watson he is getting too big! He still has two teeth, crawling (everywhere), pulling up, and saying Momma, YAY! He is such a great baby and always happy! We started noticing some twitching in his face and some Muscle movements that seemed to be getting more consistent lately, so I called his Neuro Surgeon's nurse to ask about it. You can believe I was panicking to here the word Seizures. I know some people deal with these their whole life but I personally know nothing about them. I was thinking muscle spasms or even maybe just developmental movements, so at first I didn't really pay attention to it, until the last few weeks when it progressed and got more regular. She didn't know for sure of course but with his Cranio and us worried about pressure to the brain occurring we took him in to get checked out. The first thing they needed to do is rule out Seizures and the only way to do that was to hook him up to do a video EEG. I said lots of prayers that night and by morning the Radiology Doctor came in and told us from what she had observed he is not having Seizures (thank u LORD!) but she did let us know he has some Involuntary Movements, also could be known as Stereotypy, which for anyone that has never heard of this its pretty much when you have uncontrolled movements "tics". Which are happening more in Watson's face and upper body, and usually happen when he gets excited or frustrated. Until yesterday I had never heard the term Stereotypy. They asked lots of questions about his Development and I was proud to tell them he is right on track with where he should be. In some cases they can grow out of  this, in others not.  It is scary looking up terms and not knowing what you will find, good stories and sad stories. I didn't expect to leave the hospital feeling relieved, but knowing these episodes are not damaging his Brain, that they aren't seizures, and I didn't leave the hospital with a prescription for medication is such a relief. We have done very well with being at peace that this is all part of a plan that god has for Watson. Life isn't perfect. Life isn't typical. We all have our unique challenges, experiences, and blessings. We have faith in letting Watson thrive in the life God has planned for him. Thank you everyone so close to us that have been there every step of the way, all the suppport and prayers. Please keep them coming in the next month as we get ready in preparing for Watson's surgery. Here are a few pics from the Hospital. All those wires can't hide this cuteness! :)