Thursday, October 28, 2010

Speech Evaluation

Cain had his speech evaluation today.  Boy was it a long appointment!!  The appointment started at 1:00 and we didn't leave until 4:30.  Cain was a champ throughout it all.  He was very patient and enjoyed playing with all the toys.  He cracked me up several times during the evaluation though.  Somehow he learned to open the door to the room we were in and tried to escape.  He seriously opened the door, told me and the speech therapist "bye" and took off walking as fast as he could down the hall.  The remainder of the evaluation I had to sit in a chair at the door so he couldn't escape again.  I think he was trying to tell us he was done and had enough of us talking about what words he could say or couldn't say.

I spent a few hours answering the therapists questions and then she had us wait in the lobby for 45 minutes while she scored the evaluation and gave us a short report from today.  We will get a more in depth report mailed to us.  She said the results were that Cain has a mild speech delay.  To be honest with you that thrills me!  We have always been told that Cain may be 3-4 months behind developmentally so a mild delay doesn't phase me.  He will start really talking when he's ready.  The therapist said she was going to put us on the wait list for therapy but Cain may start talking on his own by the time there is a spot open for him to start speech therapy.  He is right on the cusp of really talking and you can tell he gets frustrated when he can't communicate what he is trying to say.  

Overall I think the appointment went well and I'm very happy to have it behind us.

Cain patiently waiting while the therapist scored his evaluation.  Thank goodness they had cartoons to keep him occupied.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

And last but not least......

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

32 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  32 weeks & 1 day
Size of the baby:  She should be approximately 19 inches long, 4.5 lbs and the size of a Honeydew
Total Weight Gain:  30 lbs. (whew...that means I gained about 6lbs in the last 4 weeks!  Yikes!)  And trust me...this picture is somewhat deceiving...I think my belly looks much larger in person. 
Maternity Clothes:  I'm now wearing mostly all maternity clothes.  I still have a few maternity dresses that I'm wearing but the mornings are starting to be a little too cool for dresses. 
Movement:  I seriously think she is trying to crawl out of my belly at times.  And, I'm starting to wonder if she sleeps much because it always seems like she is moving.  This pregnancy is so different than it was with Cain.  With Cain, my placenta was towards the front of my belly so I didn't feel him move as much.  I've enjoyed getting to watch my belly move around.  
Sleep:  I now wake up many times throughout the night.  It has been difficult to get comfortable.  I sleep on my left side and started using a small pillow under my belly this week which has helped some.  I have to get up at least once a night for the bathroom and I seem to get hot a lot during the night.  And I've now learned to just keep TUMS on my nightstand so I can reach them during the night to help with heartburn.  
What I miss:  Being able to pick things up off the ground with ease!
Cravings:  None really.  I've noticed that I'm still eating a lot of cereal (mostly Frosted Flakes) and I'm actually drinking chocolate milk once or twice a day.  This is huge for me because I've always hated milk.  I can only drink skim milk and it must have chocolate syrup in it. 
Best moment of the week:  My baby bedding arrived today!!!!  And I had an OB appointment so I was able to hear the heartbeat.  
What I'm looking forward to:  Picking out furniture for the baby's room and maybe purchasing a glider for her room. 

Here is what her bedding looks like....
I love it!!!  I think I going to use some of the Target gift cards we received after the flood and buy a white Jenny Lind spindle crib (just like in the picture).  And look for a cheap dresser on Craigslist that could be painted and distressed.  And of course the walls will be a light pink!!  I can't wait!  Hopefully we will be back in our house soon after she is born so I can enjoy decorating her room. 

Monday, October 11, 2010


My friend Misti was in Nashville recently for the birth of her beautiful niece.  While she was in town she took some new pictures of Cain.  Misti is not only a wonderful photographer but a super sweet friend too.  She will be back in Nashville for Thanksgiving.  Too bad 'baby girl's' due date isn't a few weeks earlier.  If it had been, I'm sure I would be asking Misti to take family photos to use on Christmas cards.  Maybe I can talk her into staying in Nashville until the baby is born. 

You can see all the pictures Misti took of Cain by clicking on the link below.  I love them all and I'm not sure how I'll ever decide which pictures to order.  I can't wait to be back in our house so I can hang some of these on our walls.  

Misti's photography website......

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 AHA Heart Walk

The Nashville Heart Walk turned out to be a HUGE success!!  Our team "Little Heart Heroes" had around 60 walkers & raised over $3000!  We far surpassed our goals considering we started with a goal of getting 10 people to walk with us and we hoped to raise at least $250.  Thank you so much to everyone who supported Cain, Colby, and all the other Heart Heroes out there.  I also want to send a HUGE thank you to Becca's & Jason's friend Gary Benz with US Imports.  He provided 50 shirts for free.  We couldn't have had these awesome shirts without his help!  We are already looking forward to next years walk.  I feel confident our team will continue to grow & we will continue to grow our donations.
Colby & Cain in their super hero capes
True Heart Heroes

Cain enjoying his ride

I love that Cain walked over the finish line.  I could cry everytime I look at this picture. 

This is been a rough week in the CHD community.  Many of you know I read many heart family blogs and keep up with heart families through facebook.  We are all there to support each other which I think is terrific.  Some weeks are harder than others though.  This week has been one of those tough weeks for the CHD community.   I have been very heartbroken to learn of 9 children who have passed away this week due to this terrible disease.  That is 9 too many!!  I can't stand congenital heart disease and I wish terribly that there was a cure.  Sadly there is no cure and sadly many of our children will never really be "fixed".    Yet there is a lot of HOPE!  I will continue to do all I can to promote awareness and also help provide funding for research.  

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you to those who joined us for the walk and thank you to everyone who sent in donations.  You all had a part in creating awareness of Congenital Heart Defects and helped provide funding that as you can see is SO desperately needed for research.