Thursday, January 27, 2011

1st MRI

HI Everyone
Jadyn's sedated MRI was yesterday, Wednesday and it went well. She was sedated with an oral medication and did not need an IV, which was great. It took a bit to get her to sleep finally because she wanted to explore the MRI suite but she finally passed out and we got breakfast during her scan. We took her home where she slept on and off most of the day. Today she was back to normal.
Now the wait comes... our follow up neurosurg appointment isn't until Tuesday, Feb 1st so it's a LONG time from now. I'm trying not to worry about it. Jadyn is doing great. She started walking on her birthday and has taken off from there. I keep track of those milestones considering her brain issue of course. She is doing awesome though. We couldn't ask for more :-). I also did a very good job not measuring her head every month. I took a two month break. I measured it at 12.5 months and it was slightly above 97 where it was back in November so we seem to be on the same track.
Jadyn switched to whole milk about a week after her birthday. It wasn't an easy transition but now she drinks it down in one gulp. She is such a good eat and good drinker. I'm dreading when the doctor tells us we have to start weaning from the bottle. She LOVES the bottle. She gets excited when she sees it. She always has! She likes to eat.. who can blame the child?!?!?!
We had a nice vacation but it was too long without Jadyn. It was nice to sleep in, hang out together and have someone else cook but we missed our little lady. I was happy to be home plus the weather wasn't great so it wasn't totally horrible coming home. Although we did come back to Baltimore with snow on the ground and another round coming for us. We also came back to watch the Raven's totally lose it to the Steelers. What a let down!
Anyway, keep Jadyn (and her parents sanity) in your prayers for good news on Tuesday. I'd LOVE to be released from the neurosurg for more than 2-3 months at a time. It'd be wonderful.
It's time for bed so I'll try to get a birthday picture on here sometime this weekend.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know... it's been a long time. Life has been super busy in November and December. Before we knew was Thanksgiving. Then it was Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, Christmas, Jadyn's 1st birthday, New Year's and then Jadyn's birthday party. Yes, beyond busy!!!

Jadyn is doing well. She started taking a couple steps toward the end of November or beginning of December (I should written it down!) so we thought for sure she'd be walking by her 1st birthday. Well she didn't really progress throughout December. She just kept doing her 4 steps and either falling or sitting down on her own. She progressed a few times to 6-7 steps and that was about it. On her birthday though she was walking all around... 10 steps was her max but she is now starting to try to walk wherever she wants to go and when she falls, she just crawls the rest of the way.

Christmas was nice but too busy for a almost 1 year old. Our Christmas Eve is always busy with many houses to visit. Jadyn was up until 11 pm and had a rough sleeping night. Christmas Day was much more relaxed and easier although she doesn't like to nap at others houses when people are around... I guess she is too nosey!

After going back to work a couple days, it was Jadyn's 1st birthday on December 30th. She spent the day with me and Jay. We took her to get her 1st birthday pictures at JCPennys and then to "That Bouncy Place" in Forest Hill, Md. She had a good time there. In the evening we had the grandparents, great grandparents and the Durbin's over for cake and ice cream. Jadyn wasn't too into the cake. She had a couple bites of it and that was about it.

We decided to stay home on New Year's Eve and had a few friends over. With Jadyn's 1st birthday party the next day, I wasn't about to stay out all night long and not feel well the next day. I'm happy with my decision... I think Jay might still be upset about it, lol.

Jadyn's birthday party was nice...busy for me, but nice. I thought it was getting ready to turn into a disaster as the party started at 5 pm and at 4 pm I had two crock pots of frozen meatballs and three pans of frozen bake ziti. And we had planned to be at the hall ready to go at 4 pm, lol. Thank goodness for friends and family to help get the last minute details together. We decided to buy a moon bounce for the party and for Jadyn to have. I hate renting things that we wouldn't be able to use again. It seemed to be a big hit with the kiddos. Jadyn was a little scared because there were too many kids in there but later on when it cleared out, she had a fun time.

That about sums up the end of our year. It was a great year for the Cox's. We are really, really blessed. Mom and Dad need a vacation after Christmas, New Year's and Birthday so we leave on Friday for vacation. I'm already sad that Jadyn won't be joining but I really need this vacation, lol. We'll be cruising out of Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to two spots in Mexico and Haiti.

Jadyn's 1 year appointment is on Wednesday, Jan 19th, her sedated MRI is Wednesday Jan 26th and her follow up neurosurg appt to review the MRI is Tuesday, Feb 1st. Already dreading the MRI because I just don't want her to go under anesthesia if it's not necessary but I don't have too much of a choice I guess. I told the doctor that if he feels it's necessary then I guess we'll agree to it.

Well, Happy New Year to all our friends and family. I hope 2011 treats you great.