Archive for October, 2009

We did a family photo shoot a few weeks ago at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. It was a great morning and the boys were in good moods. We managed to get quiet a few good shoots thanks to Jeff Franks (www.jeffreyfranks.com)! Here are a few of my favorites….


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Great News!!!

We just received the results of Owen’s MRI and they said everything looks fine and there is nothing to be concerned with. What great news and a huge weight lifted from us.

Now we have to move on to the next issue which started this whole MRI path…. his eyes. We have our next follow up appointment on November 11th and will learn more about the surgery and scheduling of that. We have to determine between now and then whether or not we are going to be getting a second opinion or what our next step is to correct his eyes.

But for now, we are just jumping for joy that there is nothing to be concerned about with Owen’s brain. Other than the fact he’s a little genious of course!! He has been the most delightful little guy lately and changing/growing so much. He cracks us up on regular basis and is walking all over now. Him and Ryan have been best buds lately. They are so much fun together. Well, when Ryan doesn’t push Owen over and Owen isn’t biting Ryan. Other than those types of instances, they are so much fun!! Brotherly love…. LOL!
I promise I will do a blog post with some photos soon. 

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Everything went really well with Owen’s MRI yesterday. He was a little champ! Never ceases to amaze me. Well after they got the IV into him anyway. Jim was a little worried that Owen was going to bite the nurse!! They had a difficult time getting a vein and had to poke him a couple times. Owen was not happy.

Overall the day went well though and after the MRI we hung around the hospital a bit with Dad-Dad Jim and Grandmom Janice. We even had a quick visit with our neice Megan who is on day 9 of being at the hospital for an unexpected surgery. 

Now we have to wait 3-5 business days for the results so you can bet that I will start calling on Monday and every day there after until I hear the results.

I will post again once we have more information. In the meantime, mommy is enjoying some quality “Ryan & O-wee time” today. I took the day off and kept the boys out of school and we’re having a great day!

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Owen has his MRI scheduled for 10am tomorrow morning. I am hopeful and confident it will all go well and the results will show nothing of concern. The actual MRI is going to take approximately 90 minutes and they have to put him under to do it. Please say an extra little prayer for our O-wee. He has a long day ahead of him tomorrow.

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The boys were in such awesome moods today. They were so much fun and made us laugh so hard on several occassions. Owen is turning into a little ham lately and really starting to get a cute and fun personality.

His newest thing is to nod his head yes when asked a question. Today, I was stacking the books to bring some upstairs to each boy’s bedroom and Owen was about to knock a stack over so I said “no-no O-wee. No touch.” But of course he was determined to do so anyway so you knocked it over and looked at me. I said in a stearn voice “O-wee. Did mommy say no touch?” and much to my surprise he nodded his head yes and then gave my a pouty lip as if to say he knew he was in trouble. I couldn’t help but smile. He toddled over and gave me a hug. His version of hugging is to lay his head against you and say “aaaaag” Again, made me smile.

Ryan and Owen have started to play together so well over the last few weeks. They have so much fun together and laugh histerically all day long. If one leaves the room the other immediately goes looking for them. They are definitely the best of friends; we couldn’t have asked for more.

That of course is not saying they don’t fight, but the majority of the time they just absolutely love each other. Today in the car, Ryan said “Look mom. We’re holding hands.” I looked up in the mirror to see them in their own seats reaching across and holding hands with big grins on each boy’s face. Again, made me smile.

Oh, and Owen is now all over the house walking. Still a little unsteady, but has been practicing the turning around moves as well as bending over and picking stuff up off the floor. He’s definitely on the move on!

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I know I’ve been slacking on the updates lately. I looked back at my stats over the last few months and most months were 20+ updates, but September was only 8 and October so far is only 4. It’s not that I have wanted to update or haven’t thought about it, but man what a couple of weeks/month it has been.

First of all I have my big annual HR conference next week. This is the 5th year I’ve planned this 900+ person event and while I absolutely love the client I work for (SHRM-Atlanta), I am so ready for the conference to be over with. I need some breathing room right now.

In regard to my latest stress, it’s related to Owen. My super sweet and snuggly little man. The little guy who buries his face into your shoulder every chance he gets so he can “hug” you.

Well a few months ago we started noticing that his eye was turning in a bit so we mentioned it at his one year doctor appointment and she referred us to a pediatric eye doctor. We went to the first appointment back in September and it was fairly uneventful. They said he has great vision and his eyes are strong and healthy; however, the eye musclea are weak. They said that he doesn’t really fit any category at this time and they weren’t sure the best method to treat this condition of his.

We were told to patch alternating eyes for an hour each day and we would re-evaluate in a month. So that was our month of September and into October. We patched like we were told (most days anyway!) and luckily Owen was a good sport about it. He didn’t mind the patch at all and in fact I think he liked it because it made his eyes feel better when he was wearing it. Let me back up a bit and say that his eye doesn’t turn in all the time; just some times and mainly it happens in the evening when he’s tired.

So with all that being said, we had his follow up eye appointment a week ago. It was supposed to be quick and we were going to be in and out in no time (first appointment was 2+ hours). So I went alone with Owen and told Jim he didn’t need to come for this quick follow up.

At the appointment it took forever. Then when we were finally seen by the doctor (a different one from the 1st time) he decided to re-dilate his eyes and have another look. So our quick follow up was now going on 1.5 hours and we had to sit and wait for 20 minutes for his eyes to dilate.

So there we were over lunch with no food, no nap and nothing to do. Owen was a good sport about it all, but I can’t say the same for mommy. I was getting nervous and tired and had a ton of stuff to be doing to prep for the upcoming conference.

After what seemed like forever, we were called back and the doctor checked his eyes out again. He determined that Owen’s condition couldn’t be resolved with glasses and that eye muscle surgery was the only and best option.

I managed to not freak out and handled it all very well. I see Owen every day and I know how often it happens and the severity of it; I can see it. And I think I handled the news well. The doctor and nurse were great. They were very informative and very caring. It really made me feel better since I was there alone with a now screaming 1 year old.

When I started to lose it was when the doctor said they were going to schedule an MRI because they needed to rule out anything going on with his brain which could have caused this (aka brain tumor). Ok, I have to admit my mind was gone at this point. As soon as those words came out of the doctor’s mouth, I’m not sure I heard much after that. I was now fixed on MRI, brain and wrong. Those are three words that no parent wants to hear. Ever.

I left the office 3+ hours later and burst into tears. I had a (heavy) sleeping boy in my arms and I was balling my eyes out trying to get to the car which seemed like a million miles away.

At this point, I’m not even thinking about the surgery portion of this ordeal. I need to get through the MRI which is scheduled for next Thursday, October 22 in the AM. That is my focus at this point and nothing more. We are still patching his alternating eyes and we have another follow up in November to determine next steps. They cannot do the surgery until his eyes stabilize which they have not yet. They got worse from appointment one to appointment two so they need to stabilize the condition first prior to even scheduling the operation. Again, not my focus.

I need to get through the MRI and know there is nothing going on with Owen’s brain. I will deal with his eyes and surgery and all of that after we get through this.

I appreciate everyone who has been concerned and shown their support and care. I know how lucky and blessed we are to have such great family and friends. I don’t take that for granted.

So keep Owen in your thoughts and prayers over the next week while we wait for his MRI. Doubtful I will post an update prior to the results of that since I have the conference starting on Saturday and going through Tuesday of next week. I will update as soon as we have the results though. I am confident everything will be just fine; however, that certainly does not stop a mommy and daddy from worrying, stressing and not sleeping.

The main reason I haven’t updated the blog is because I’m trying to avoid the computer. As my friend Tara H. advised me, don’t “Google” all of the various medical terms, surgery, eye conditions, etc. It will only tell me all the horror stories of everything that could go wrong with any of this. I know there are risks as with any surgery and any condition. And we won’t make a final decision on anything until we have all the facts given by a doctor. I don’t want to hear the bad things right now, I really, really do not. I have enough stress and I’m trying to stay positive about it all. I know everything will be just fine. But I can guarantee that Google would tell me all the horror stories which would freak me out and stress me out more. Not necessary. Really not necessary.

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It’s not his primary means of transportation yet, but Owen is finally walking! Since he’s much faster at crawling, he still prefers to do this; however, if we stand him up and let him go, he can walk across the room. He’s not real great at the turning and he’s not real steady yet, but he most certainly is walking.

We practiced alot at Piedmont Park today and he seemed to enjoy it alot. He even fell asleep on the stroller ride back to the car after our morning of family photos. Owen never falls asleep like that. I think it was a combination of the walking, the fresh air and that he’s developed a bit of a cold over the weekend.

You certainly wouldn’t know he’s not feeling well though. The kid is laughing and playing and his normal happy self. He’s just doing it all with a runny nose, cough and sneezing attacks.

He’s doing great at learning all of his animal sounds and now knows what the following animals say: sheep, puppy, lion, tiger, dinosaur, cow and horse. He’s also enjoying adding new words to his vocabulary on a daily basis. It’s so fun to watch him as he gets so excited and claps for himself when he does something new. And Ryan gets very excited for him too!

The two brothers have been playing together more and more and more each day. Owen loves to “attack” Ryan and will climb right on top of him and start wrestling. Ryan is much more of the passive, gentle one and Owen just piles on top of Ryan and smooshes him. But Owen does have a sweet to him as well and when you tell him to go hug Ryan he goes over to his big brother and leans his head against Ryan and says “Aaaaaag” which translates to hug.

I’ll be posting pictures from our family photo shoot at Piedmont Park in the next few days. I’m just waiting for the images from the photographer. But what I saw on his camera, they turned out awesome!!

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