1) I am fortunate to know many wonderful WS families, but I am concerned for so many right now; I am just keeping up with the medical updates from Blake, Ava, Ava Jewel, Michaela and a few others who also have surgeries coming up. Brady has eye surgery next week, but these other little ones have some major issues that break my heart. Please send all your special prayers out to my fellow WS families.
2) I am thankful for the progress Brady has made over the last few months. His progress over the last year was made evident when we did his yearly assessment through Early Intervention on Saturday. He is scoring around the 12-15 month range, with Gross Motor being around eight months (thank you, low muscle tone!). Everything is a HUGE leap forward and I can't begin to explain how obvious it is to see how well he is doing. We had to LOWER his crib today because when I went in to check on him, he was high kneeling against it, then in front of me he stood up, ready to hang over the edge! Aahhh!!! (Yes, mother, you were right!)
3) I am thankful for all the little buggers who crack me up... especially my nephews Jack and Adam. Jack is three and acts like all three-year-olds which is funny right there; plus he comes out with such fabulous one liners that he has adults mimicking him. Our latest and greatest line is "What the heck is that, Kerry?" Imagine that coming out of a pint-sized little cherub with a serious tone. Michael and I quote him often!
My nephew Adam is 10 and has such a dry sense of humor, he is funny sometimes and doesn't even realize it. He also cracks us up with jokes he plays on himself. It's nice to be able to hang around with a kid who is entertaining. We often "borrow" Adam so Michael has someone his age to play with on trips and sleepovers. They get along like brothers - fighting one minute, loving each other the next. In fact, when they are fighting, I tell them, "Ok guys, time to kiss and make up!" That usually sets the mood back to normal!
4) I am thankful that my niece Amy is in love with Brady as we are and will babysit. I am completely comfortable with leaving Brady with her for overnights as well. She is an amazing person and I am so grateful she is in our lives and not sick of us yet :). As she has grown older, she has become an amazing woman whom I know will bless others.