Hello Old Friends

No, I didn’t die. I’m alive and well and exhausted and stressed and here.

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I’ve been gone since late November. Due to some pretty insane and unforeseen circumstances, I decided to take a two-month hiatus from my blog. I then extended it by a few months, out of sheer laziness!

But I’m here, and I’m ready to get back into the blogosphere!! So much has happened, so why don’t I just start by filling you all in?

Well, in December, amidst the aforementioned craziness, we celebrated our first Christmas with Owen! We had such a blast and got so many awesome photos! My favorite gift, by far, was out new Boba baby carrier!! We’ve gotten some great use out of it so far!

We also had our first Valentine’s Day, and my in-laws graciously watched Owen so Marshall and I could have a date night. I got drunk. Lol!! It was much needed, and a great time with my hubby.

Owen and I traveled to California in March. My parents were driving down, so they invited us to join! It was the longest, most sleepless week of my life, but it was such a great trip. We got to see so much family that Owen has never met before, and at one point we had five generations in one photo! We went to the Sacramento Zoo one day, and got to feed a giraffe! I’m really happy that I get to stay home with Owen and that I get opportunities like this one.

I also opened up an Etsy shop in March!! The name is StampAndCocoaDesign! Stamp because I’m making stamps, Cocoa because I’m a chocolate nut…so, ya know, pretty fitting! If you like me, go check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StampAndCocoaDesign

About a week and a half ago, Owen had another EUA (exam under anesthesia). It went so well that his doctor doesn’t need to see him under anesthesia for six months!! Praise the Lord.

And, last but not least, my sweet, funny, happy boy is turning one in ONE WEEK! Aaaah!! I can’t believe it!! He’s walking, got six teeth, and is growing like a weed, but he can’t possibly be one year old yet, can he? We’re planning a really casual party for him for next weekend, and I’m pretty excited!

Well, I’ll leave you all with a photo dump, and I’ll be back next week! Good to see you all again!



Glaucoma Update

On Friday, Owen had an appointment with the eye doctor at OHSU. This was not his surgeon that we saw a little over a month ago, but this was the eye doctor who first diagnosed Owen’s glaucoma, and sent us straight to the surgeon.

She originally told us that Owen would most likely need glasses at this point in his life, so that was my big question for her: Will he still need glasses???

After checking the pressure in both of his eyes, and watching how he focuses under different lenses, she informed me that she doesn’t see glasses in his near future! His eye pressures were excellent. As long as his eye pressures remain excellent, and he seems to be seeing fine, glasses won’t be necessary for a very long time!

When we first found out Owen had glaucoma, I felt like I was caught in a whirlwind! One day he’s fine, the next he’s getting surgery! And we just began to pray. We had our family praying, our church praying, and even random strangers praying. And God has been so faithful. He’s answered our prayers and has taken such good care of my sweet boy. I am so grateful that God has helped us through all of this, and that we are surrounded by such awesome prayer-warriors!

Surgery for Owen

On Monday I took Owen up to OHSU for his EUA (exam under anesthesia). He had his surgery in August, an EUA in September, then the EUA this week. This week’s was different, though.

At his last EUA, Owen’s doctor said that his surgery on his right eye seemed to be successful! His eye was healing and looked exactly as it should!

But…now there was concern for the left eye.

I felt like I got a punch to the gut. Again. I was certain that this appointment would be no big deal. When we scheduled the next appointment, we scheduled enough time for the examination and for surgery. The idea was that they would re-examine the left eye, then perform surgery right then, if it appeared that glaucoma was, indeed, present in that eye.

Needless to say, we were asking for a lot of prayer. My baby had already gone through one surgery. I didn’t want him to go through another.

So, when the doctor came out to see us after only an hour with a huge smile on her face, I knew God had heard our prayers!

She informed us that they would not be doing surgery on the left eye, because it doesn’t seem to have any glaucoma! And, in fact, the right eye looked as if it had never had any glaucoma at all! He might not even need glasses (which, just a month earlier, was going to be a necessity)!

As a mom, the last thing you want is for your children to fall ill or need medical attention. But we were incredibly fortunate to have caught Owen’s glaucoma so early, and to have this outcome. God is amazing and He’s looking out for my handsome little man.