Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Where have I been

I think my last post was right after we came home from the hospital from Caden's Surgery. He did great and had very minimal pain. The worst of it came a few days later when he developed double ear infections and thrush in his mouth. We were able to get him treated quickly enough and you would never know that he had surgery. I know that we are all miracles from God but when I look at my children, my boys in particular I can see the miracles God has done in their lives. Evan went from an infant with repiratory issues and not sure he would survive his first year to a happy, healthy eight year old boy. We were just talking about it the other night and he still remember the night a little over 2 years ago when he got saved. I have seen God working through him and know that he is going to do great things with him. Evan is a compasionate person and desires to please our Lord. Hannah enjoys our family devotion times each night and in a way she holds Jason and I accountable. She is very strongwilled (I am still trying to figure out who that came from) and will not go to bed until we have done Bible & Prayer. We always finish our devotion time singing a few songs. All three kids love to sing, clap and dance around to the songs. Caden has come from the little boy that was on life support the first few weeks of his life to a happy, active 15 1/2 month old boy. He is doing new things every day and enjoys jabbering and singing songs (not that we understand him) he does say a version of mama, dada, yes (and shakes his head), Hannah, Evan and we are pretty sure we heard a thanks the other morning when Jason picked him up out of bed.
Anyway back to what he have been up to these past few weeks, my husband has asked several times why I haven't blogged so here it goes.

We laid low the first week we came home from the hospital to help Caden recover and because he had the ear infections and thrush. At the end of that week our neighbors moved and the kids enjoyed watching them load up the moving van. The next morning the neigbors came back to do some cleaning and I heard Hannah yelling out the door to them telling them "You don't live there anymore" she is such a crack up and the things that come out of her mouth sometimes are hilarious. The other day as Jason drove by our house to turn around she hollered out to him "your house is over here". She is constantly trying to convince me she is older than 2 1/2 and is dying to drive the car and she wishes she could sit in the front seat. The other morning we were getting ready to take Evan to school and she told me she would stay home and when I told her she couldn't stay by herself she told me she wouldn't Caden would be there and she could watch him. Don't worry, she went with me.
The next week was filled with doctors appointments (post op, speech and so on) and we went to Costco a few times. I have managed to do some cleaning, dishes, laundry, floors (looking at my house right this second you wouldn't think so).
Then this past weekend the neighbors (who don't live there anymore) had a garage sale, it was nice weather so I decided to throw a few things out to sell. I spent 4 hours out and made $12.00 but then I spent $6.00 across the street so I ended up with $6.00. It was a really good deal what I bought, they were selling an entire bin of Barbies, clothes and accessories for $1.00 (for the bin and all) then they were selling a Barbie house for $5.00 (in another bin) the bins alone are worth more than what I spent on them. Now with the barbies that Meagan handed down and these Hannah will be more than set with them. I have been letting here play with part of the house and with some of the barbies, she really has had fun.
I have been spending alot of time with Evan doing homework, he has a book report coming up in the next few weeks. God provided a good portion of his tuition so we decided to reenroll him back at the Christian School.
Yesterday the new Karen Kingsbury book came out, the last in the Baxter family. I bought it and stayed up until 1:00 AM and finished the whole book. Jason doesn't quite understand how someone can read an entire book in one sitting, hey all my work was done and the kids were in bed! I have another book to read but will wait a few days so I don't over do it!
Here are some pictures from the last 3 weeks, the batter died in the camera while we were at Caden's surgery and I just charged it yesterday. You will notice I don't have any pictures of Jason, we hardly get to see him anymore. God has provided continual work for him, it was to a point he was told they had little work and he has gone to working full blown. PRAISE GOD


Right after they gave Caden the Happy Juice


This is about 3 hours post-op. He was already wanting to drink juice from a cup. We spent two days in this bed.


My handsome 8 year old



She must not be getting her way

oh look she is happy again

He is starting to walk more and more on those "chicken legs"

This is the bin of stuff I bought for a dollar, filled to the top!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hospital Stay Day 1

It is 1 AM and the baby in in the bed next to us has been crying for at least 45 minutes. He is 19 days old and it is starting to ware on us. Jason has to be up for work in about 5 hours and is trying to be patient.

Caden is doing well, he has not required alot of pain medicine and he seems to be doing good on tylenol with Codeine instead of the morphine. He drank a cup of apple juice but has not had much interest in another cup. We will probably start some solids in the morning if he will tolerate them. My prayer is that we will be able to go home tomorrow but I expect to be here another night. The surgeon said she got alot of the palate put together and he does have a small gap but that is expected. When he has his bone graft in 7 or 8 years they will close the rest up.

Please continue to pray for his healing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Caden's Surgery

Please pray for Caden's Cleft Palate surgery on Thursday September 4 at 11:45 AM. I will update when I can.