As you can see we had such it was an adventure. You should have seen the looks we were getting from people. One lady couldn't help it and she busted up laughing when Stewart had on the Bee suit. She said "That is the biggest Bee I have ever seen" Stewart thought it was so funny. Every time he put something new on he would tell me to take his picture. Its something about Halloween that brings the kid out in everyone.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Brooklyn (Matt & Melissa I used to babysit her when she was a new born where did the time go) swinging Ethan
Alex (Matt & Melissa) pushing Owen
Thanks Joel and Bryn for coming into town and planning the get together we had a great time it was so fun seeing everyone and for everyone else who lives within minutes of each other we need to do this more often.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Watch out folks she might seem nice and sweet on the outside but she can also be your worst nightmare so don't mess with her and her family and she wont cause bodily harm :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Owen, Ethan, Sydney and Preston all geared up and ready for the party!!
Happy Birthday Ethan we love you
He has loved to swing since he was a baby and still does thankfully we live across from the park
Can we say CHEESE
This is what happens when he has to feed himself spaghetti
This always made us laugh. He would do leg lifts in his high chair it was seriously the funniest thing
We got Ethan this walker when he was about 6 months and Holy crap that kid was a maniac. He didn't care what was in his way he would plow right over it, baseboards, toys, shoes, TOES!! We were all so afraid of him when he was in it. We call it the "Toe Torturer" Owen wouldn't dare get off the couch it he was in it. He loved it and would run around the house all day fully content
This picture says it all. Ethan is such a fun, happy little boy. He is active as all get out but I wouldn't trade him in for the world. He has made me a stronger better person. I am grateful for the time we get to spend together just the two of us it is priceless time. I cant imagine my days with out him.
So I have to ask, if the terrible 2's started when he was born when do they end?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
As Many of you know Ethan was born with some small simple eye problems. Being that I am using my blog as a journal I felt it to be appropriate to post on his eye surgery's. It was 1 year ago today that he had the Surgery. For those of you who don't know what happened I will give a quick recap. Ethan was born with a Dermoid (over growth of tissue) on his right cornea and a Dermoid on his left brow bone. I noticed this on his eye about 1 minute after he was born. It took me probably the next 6 months trying to find a doctor that would see what I saw. I finally found one that saw it and diagnosed it as a Dermoid. He was a pediatric eye specialist not a cornea specialist. Since the Dermoid was on his cornea I had to go to a cornea specialist. He referred me to a couple, one of which scared the heck out of me. He told me he wouldn't remove it because he would then have a whole in the place of the Dermoid and said that he didn't feel comfortable working with babies. So why he even agreed to see him I'll never know. I clearly never went back there again. I really wanted to get it removed and felt that is was important that is was removed as well. Thankfully the next specialist I saw said that it needed to be removed or it would case a lazy eye, vision problems, eye development issues and more. I was so glad he was willing to do the surgery ,thankfully at this point Ethan was almost 1 years old, due to the fact that he was going to have to do anesthesia they wouldn't have done it until then. Since there was 2 Dermoids, and 2 doctors, there was 2 surgery's and 2 different hospitals with 2 copays. Oh lucky me the joys of being a parent right. The cornea surgery was done on September 4, 2007 at St Joseph Hospital. The doctor was amazing he did however have to tell us the cons of the surgery, one being that he may not be able to remove it all depending on how deep it was, and the other that he may not have a full circled cornea. Both were scary possibilities but the risk was better then all the other alternatives. To remove it he went in and basically sanded and shaved it off his cornea, it took about 45 mins. I was a nervous wreck. When I saw the Doctor come into the waiting area he had a smile on his face so I instantly knew that the out come was good. He said that he thinks he not only satisfied Mom but Grandma too. They took us back to were Ethan was and when he looked at me I couldn't believe it, it was totally gone, like it was never there before. His eye was a little red that was it.
The second surgery was on September 11, 2007 one week later at Primary Children's hospital. The doctor did incision on his brow bone to remove the dermoid. He said the the growth of tissue was a bout an inch long which is big on a little kid. That surgery took about 20 minutes but man when he was done he looked like he had been in a toddler boxing match and lost miserably. He had stitches, and big black, swollen eye.
Both Surgery's successful!!! No holes in his cornea, no lazy eyes and they said his vision is perfect. Below are some before and After pictures. I can't believe what a difference it made.
Here's Ethan before the Surgery in his cute little gown playing in the hospital bed happy as ever little did he know he was just about to be tortured.
Before: if you enlarge the picture you can see it better, its the white spot on his right eye and the puffy spot on the side of his left brow bone
This is after the second surgery. His poor little eye was black & blue for about a month. I wouldn't take him anywhere and if I did I would get the worst looks from people. My poor little boy had stitched, and a black eye NO I didn't beat him!!
I am so glad that we took the chance and did the surgery's his eyes look so good and we haven't had any problems. When I look at him now and look back at pictures I cant believe I had to do that much convincing to get someone to remove them, they were so obvious!! Moms do know best. Oh well its over with and he is more Handsome than ever.
If anyone every need a pediatric eye or cornea specialist please let me know, Both the Doctors did a fabulous job!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We are large and we are in charge the Whole Fam Damily
(minus Jason who is Utah)
Owen, me, Jim, Austin, Stewart, Ethan, Kayden
Brian, Ashlee, Stacy, Lynsey, Kylee, Angie, Adam, Gma, Katie, Alyssa, & Gpa
Ethan loved coming down the slides until we put him down the one that goes faster then light by himself he was scared to death when he got to the bottom and kept crying "No slide" the rest of the night
Owen, Ashlee, and Alyssa
Even Grandma got in on the action. She climbed through the big tube up to the high slide that goes faster then light. I will save her some serious embarrassment and I wont post the picture of her flying out of the tube slide and landing flat on her back, I will however save it for blackmail :)
Daddy is such a good sport!! Anything to make his boys happy we went to dinner with Stacy and her family afterwards and Stewart some how ended up with all the kids at his table.
Jim Braving the big purple tube with Austin what a good Dad!!
We had a great time, my back hurts from being in the crouched over position climbing through tiny openings going down crazy spinning slides, climbing rope ladders barefoot, but the kids had a great time and slept great. As you can see Owen had a really good birthday now we have to explain to him that his Birthday doesn't last 3 days every year. Thanks everyone for some great memories!!