Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Times are changing...

I put all our Christmas stuff away today. Even got the tree down and out of the house by myself (okay, Keanan "helped"). It felt good to get it all put away. This means that tomorrow all the baby stuff comes out. There really isn't much that comes out of her room; just the pack n play, swing and car seat to be installed in the car. Hard to believe her due date is in 4 weeks. Really, I would like her to come anytime after 2 weeks.

Keanan has been in a testing mode lately. He tests EVERYTHING I say. It seems like he spends most of his day in time out (not really, just more than before). This is making me a little anxious about having 2. Please keep me in your prayers!

Zac's life is .... interesting at the moment. He has been dealing with some of the emotional consequences of losing his leg more lately. Please also keep him in prayer in regards to his work.

This last year has been very hard for us. And with baby girl coming soon, it seems that 2010 might be just as difficult. Praise God that he is our rock! Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sooo......much.......stuff.....

I spent this morning completely reorganizing all of Keanan's toys to make room for all the new stuff he got. Oh my goodness that kid got spoiled! A tricycle, a table and chairs, bouncy horse, little people garage, remote control car, little people bus, laptop, doctors kit, finger paints for the tub, swords (for daddy and Keanan), MORE mega blocks, just to name a few...... geez! My mom and dad also spoiled me a lot too! =)

We spent Christmas Eve at our house with Zac's family over for dinner and presents. Christmas morning was here at home and then Christmas day was at my parents house with my family. We even got to skype with Mathew and Elizabeth who are living it up in Hawaii at the moment. I ate WAY to much junk at my parents house, but it was sooo good. Before presents my Dad read the Christmas story and we sang happy birthday to Jesus - the real reason for the season. Good times had by all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pictures!

35 weeksFamily Christmas PicThe Vawter MenLove this kid!

35 weeks

Wow, only 5 weeks until my due date! Technically, she could get here anytime between 3 and 7 weeks. I am very ready to be done being pregnant. I am not super uncomfortable or anything like that, just ready to be done.

I had my midwife appointment today (missed the one yesterday, grrr). All was good. When she first measured me she said I was measuring a little bit too small so they wanted to schedule an ultrasound to check on everything before my next appointment. After feeling the baby's position she said the baby is all cock-eyed to the side so she remeasured me and said I am fine. Yay, no extra ultrasound to pay for! She is still small, but within the normal range.

Keanna and I have been busy cleaning today for Zac's family to come tomorrow. Tonight we will take a break and FINALLY go visit the Ireland's and see baby Jadon - I am SUPER excited!! I will get Zac to take a belly pic tonight and I promise to post that and other Christmas pictures later on this evening - I am too tired right now and am going to take a nap!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bobcat Alert

Keanan and I just saw the bobcat in our backyard. He was just strolling through and went into the woods by Keanan's swing. Of course the gun that usually sits by the backdoor for this very reason was not there and the shotgun was not loaded! I might have had a shot! Now Keanan keeps looking out the window saying "no, no big cat" and stomping his foot (that is what Grandma does to the puppy!)

We are getting ready to go to my midwife appointment and then up north for Zac's cousin's wedding. Busy day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A very Christmassy weekend

We have been pretty busy this weekend. Saturday morning we went out to the lake to visit with my grandparents. Keanan got some cool presents and even got to play a little bit with his 2 second cousins, Spencer and Carson. Home for lunch and a nap. Then we were off the the Neeley's for a Christmas party. Keanan even got to participate in the white elephant gift exchange where he received a "cool" hat from a Chinese exchange student, complete with fake braid.

This morning we all made it to church and even dressed up! Have to get more than one wear out of the outfit I got Keanan for Zac's cousin's wedding on Tuesday! We took some pics by our tree that I will try to find time to post tomorrow. Home for lunch and a nap. During Keanan's nap I got to talk to my brother who is on leave from Iraq in Hawaii for two weeks. Today is he and Elizabeth's first wedding anniversary! They are enjoying their time together and hopefully he should be home for good in about 3 months.

After Keanan woke up we headed to Spanaway to drive through "Fantasy Lights." Keanan and I enjoyed it, Zac claimed it was ghetto like most things in Spanaway. After our drive we went to Grandma and Grandpa's for pizza, way to much candy (mom made divinity!), and some playtime with Lucy. Keanan even got a bubble bath in Grandma's cool tub.

My sickness is almost gone so I hope to go visit the Ireland's sometime this week. We are in for a busy one, as most of you are too. 5 days til Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ahhhh

I feel a bit better now. This morning Keanan and I got to meet our friend Cassie from the APA forums. We had a nice chat about baby stuff over coffee (she is due the day after me!). Then we headed over to the doctor and I got some antibiotics to fight this sinus infection. Next it was lunch with Daddy since we were in town, then off to the post office to pick up some packages and a load of Christmas cards. When we got home Keanan headed off for his nap while I started diapers washing and mopped the floors. Now that all my chores are down I am sitting here with the netbook and some tea trying to relax. ahhhhh

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Frustration!!

I am going to the doctor tomorrow morning because I just can't seem to get rid of this cold. I think it might have turned into a sinus infection or something. The coughing is keeping me from sleeping and since I'm sick I can't go visit the Ireland's and see baby Jadon!!! I also don't want to go to Keanan's class at the museum tomorrow and make others sick; we haven't been there in weeks! Sucks!

Keanan is much better, nose only runs when he starts crying or something (which was pretty often on this day of meltdowns over nothing in particular). Grrrrrrrrr

On a happy note: our black sectional couch is gone! Yay, our family room is back to some type of normal.

Congrats Irelands!!!!

Jadon Gregory Ireland was born this morning at 6:32am!!! 9 lbs 4 oz, 20″ Long We are soooo excited to meet him! See Greg's blog (link on the right) for more details.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I fluffy-pink-heart him!!

Last night when we put Keanan to bed we wnt through our normal routine of bath, jammies, book, prayer, and kisses. He then looked over at me and touched my face and said "Mommy pretty." Then he looked over at Zac, touched his face and said "Daddy fuzzy." How cute is that?!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Coming to the end

I think Keanan and I are at the end of these horrible colds we have been fighting. It doesn't seem to slow him down at all. Just add lots of snot to a crazy boy and that's what I have been chasing this last week. I feel much better today than I have in a while.

We had a fun weekend despite our sickness. Saturday was spent with my family playing many rounds of Settlers of Canaan and eating dinner together here. Sunday we spent the day with the Ireland's , again playing Settlers and eating food here. Hmmm, maybe Zac and I will play again tonight. We are really hooked on this game at the moment!

Other than that, nothing new. I am trying to enjoy our routine before it gets turned upside down by the baby!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ugh

I think Keanan and I are both coming down with colds! Just what we need right now...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Small Baby, Zorb, and other random goings on...

I had another midwife appointment today. Keanan is getting very used to going there. As soon as we got into the room he patted the exam table and said "mommy sit"! When the midwife came in he went over to the drawer to help her get out the tape measure, I didn't even know it was in there! Baby girl is measuring small. We will see how she is at my appointment in 2 weeks and possible get an ultrasound to make sure everything is good, I am sure it is. She moves ALL the time and I have been having more braxton-hicks contractions, annoying.

I am loving the new detergent I got for our cloth diapers! It is made (really re-labled) by the makers of our diapers. I think we have finally solved our stink issues! Now on to another problem. Keanan has been peeing a lot at night. He is leaking onto his pj's a little bit too. So I was doing some research on how we can stuff the diapers to make them more absorbent. Right now we use a large microfiber insert with a small microfiber insert all wrapped in a hemp/cotton insert. I discovered this new diaper insert material called zorb that is supposed to be really good. The one I ordered in sewn between layers of bamboo fleece, which is also supposed to be absorbent. So we will see how that goes.

It was 11 degrees here this morning! I am so glad for our heat pump! However, when I was taking a shower the water pressure really started to die. Zac thinks a pipe might be frozen in the garage so he riged up a tent over the tank and water softener with a heater. Hopefully that solves that.

The last couple days we have stopped using the monitor when Keanan is sleeping. It is taking some getting used to for me, but we have to do it sometime! We are not buying a new one when the baby comes. We also discovered that Keanan has learned how to open our doors. Now we need to buy those childproof things for the front door and garage. Always something. I think he is awake from his nap, so off I go.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Zoo Lights!

We made the trek to Zoo Lights last night with the Johnson's and Grandma and Grandpa. It was pretty amazing. Very cold and a ton of people but Keanan and Lucy seemed to enjoy it. Here are some pics:
We also got a new couch today (thanks Grandma and Grandpa). Here is Keanan enjoying one of it's features.
And just for fun (he's so cute!)

Keanan Video

Here is Keanan dancing and saying his name.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Baby Boy...

is one and a half years old today! Where has the time gone? He is such a goofy, smart, little boy -I think we'll keep him around for a while! =)

Here are some Keanan updates:

- He now knows his name and if you ask him will tell you. We are working on the "Vawter"
- He loves to run, jump and dance - especially "river dance" that Auntie Jess taught him
-He can say over 150 words (we counted) which is crazy considering the average for a 2 year old boy is 50!
- He is starting to put 2 words together
- He is about 30 pounds - almost too heavy for me to pick up right now!
- He loves to read books and is starting to read them back to me
- His favorite friends to play/fight with are Esther and Lucy
- He is starting to get interested in coloring
- He is starting to pray on his own (so cute!)
- His hero is Daddy, but he always runs to Mommy
- He knows just how to push our buttons and is becoming an expert at time out
- He is amazing!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Snow and tree pics

Here are some pictures that Chris took yesterday:
And one of our tree from my phone:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree!

We rode along with Jess and Casey today (followed by the Ireland's) up into the Elbe Hills to cut our Christmas tree! This year we even made it into the snow! I had every intention of taking pictures, but once we got up there Zac and I were just trying to survive.

Zac found it VERY difficult to walk in the snow with his leg, he still did it though. He is very tired and sore from the day. I also had much trouble because the snow was so deep. Trying to step in it and pulling my legs out really hurt my SPD condition. I'm going to need to make a trip to the chiropractor this week. Keanan was very excited about the snow, until we got out of the car. He got freaked out when he would sink in it, even a tiny bit. So I had to carry him, which also complicated things with my hips. Zac found the tree on his own because Keanan and I had to go back to the cars after only a little bit.

He ended up finding a really cute one. It's the smallest we have had, but that is good for me this year. I am sitting in front of it now, all lit up and decorated. I went a little crazy when we got home and put up all of our Christmas decorations except for the stuff in the kitchen. I am tired and probably going to pay for it tomorrow.

So we shall see how long it takes Keanan to knock down our tree. He has done good so far and we keep telling him to touch with one finger (there is no way he is not going to touch the thing). Pics to come when I have more energy!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Family Pictures

Here are some from Thanksgiving. We will see what we can get up in the snow tomorrow.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

We had a really nice Thanksgiving with Zac's family at our place today. It was the first time that I have made most the food and I thought it ended up very yummy! We got some great pics that might make it onto our Christmas card as well. Keanan wasn't to crazy about our feast but really liked the fruit salad with marshmallows. Afterward he and I both got to take naps, ahhh!

Hope everyone had a wonderful day with family and friends! Now it is time for Christmas decorations! Yay!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Visit with the Jacobson's

Zac's best friend from high school, Michael, and his wife, Sarah, are in the state visiting Mike's family for Thanksgiving. It worked out that they were able to join us for our small group Thanksgiving dinner last night (yum!) and come back to our house to spend the night. It was really nice to visit and I know Zac was really looking forward to it. We were able to see them about 9 months ago in Phoenix, but more often would be nice.

I am so glad Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I am really excited to eat! We are very thankful for all the love, support and prayers over the last year. So many blessings! Praise be to God! Have a wonderful turkey day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Court Update

Everything went well in court and Zac got the ticket deferred. This means that it will be off his record and we won't have to pay it as long as he doesn't get a ticket in the next year. However, he did have to pay $150 in "administration fees" for the deferment. Better than $500!

Court

After the accident Zac received a ticket for about $500 for negligent driving. He has decided to go to court and ask the judge to reduce or eliminate this fine, considering he has already paid soooo much due to the crash.

His court date is today around 2:30pm. Please be praying that the judge is understanding. We really don't need another bill!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day Off!

Zac and Keanan just left to spend the day in Mossyrock. This means I am alone! Woo hoo! I am going to get my nails done with Chris and then my only plans are to nap and take a bath!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ready, Set, Clean!

Keanan stayed the night at Grandma and Grandpa's last night so that Zac and I can get stuff ready for his family to be here for Thanksgiving. It was SUPER nice to sleep in, but now the work starts.

Here's my list for the day: clean the kitchen (normal daily thing), wash and strip diapers (about a 5 hour process), steam clean the family room carpet, dust, regular laundry and fold, empty out my dead flower pots, and weed the flower beds.

Zac wants to clean the gutters, mow the yard, weed eat, and fill in some pot holes in the driveway. Oh and maybe do some work under the house that he has been putting off. I better go wake him up so we can get moving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

30 Week Belly Pic

Here it is. I look tired because I am and it was a no-makeup kind of day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

30 Weeks!

Wow, only 10 weeks to go! And this poor baby still has no name! Don't worry, we are actively working on that. I am VERY excited to meet her and not be pregnant anymore. But on the same level I am scared out of my mind to have TWO little ones under two. I keep telling myself that millions of women have done this and not completely lost their minds; just partially (that was for you mom). Belly pic to come tonight when Zac gets home from work =)

Keanan is embarking on the pleasant world or the terrible twos. Yesterday we were playing with his mega blocks and he kept taking them from me with an intense "mine!" Not sure where he picked that up. So we were working on sharing with mommy yesterday...

Zac is still dealing with the emotional repercussions of losing his leg. A little more in the last week. Please keep him in your prayers.

Hi Mathew! Miss you. Did you get the stuff I put in mom's package?? =)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Non-Newtonian Fluids

Tonight we had some fun with cornstarch and water. Zac mixed it up and we all sat on Keanan's play mat on the kitchen floor and made a mess! Keanan wasn't sure at first, but then really got into it. It was neat to see him explore this weird stuff. If you handle it quickly and roughly it is more of a solid. If you are gentle and slow it is a gooey liquid. Zac pointed out that the viscosity changes with pressure. Good idea Daddy! We are excited to do more stuff like this as Keanan gets older. Grow little brain, grow!

In other news: Zac broke his leg last night (the fake one) while he and Keanan were out in the dark looking for deer with the spotlight. The knee part came loose from the socket. Zac emailed Garth right away and he met us at his office today to fix it. So awesome of him to do that on his Saturday. It took about 2 hours and then we went to Cabela's to look at the animals and have lunch. Zac had an ostrich sandwich! Keanan and I were not so brave. We didn't get back home until 3, way past nap time, but Keanan did great! A fun family day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One Pound!

I had an appointment with my midwife office today and in the last 2 weeks I have only gained a pound! Yay! Baby girl is doing great and the midwife said she has her head down ready to go.

Keanan has felt her kick a few times and thinks it is funny. However, he then tries to kick her back. We will have to work on that...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Getting ready...

Keanan and I were not getting along well on Friday so after his shot appointment (I got my H1N1 shot at the same time) we headed to Target on the way to Grandma's for more retail therapy. I bought a few things for the new baby and Keanan got new plugs (paci's) because his were gross!

Zac also brought home an awesome book that we are borrowing from a co-worker, Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. When I was pregnant with Keanan we did the normal full day childbirth class at the hospital. I thought I knew everything and was ready to go after that. After having given birth to Keanan I realized (and more now when I have been thinking about it) how unprepared I really was.

We are slackers this time and not taking any classes, but if we did - we would take a Bradley method class. The book is awesome. I am actually reading it this time instead of skimming it (that's what I did last time). There are exercises to do (which I am doing right now) and practice sessions for labor and delivery that Zac and I are doing together. It is all about husband-coached birthing, being completely relaxed - something you have to practice, and completely natural. Totally recommend this book and method for anyone wanting a natural, drug-free birth.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Good and Bad

So the good news... today I have officially hit 3rd trimester in this pregnancy! Yay, just 12 weeks left until we meet this baby girl! I am starting to get things ready. This week I organized some music to take with us to the hospital and wrote up our birth plan. I even made a registry on Target.com just so I can get an idea of what we still need (mostly clothes).

And the bad news... today I have officially hit 3rd trimester in this pregnancy! I remember this part from last time. I am starting to get pretty uncomfortable already and am dealing with some insomnia. Keanan seems to get more whinny and clingy the farther along I get; probably just in my head. 12 more weeks seems so long!

Once we get to 30 weeks I will post a belly pic =)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cheese

I really want to make some cheese. I miss it. It takes a good chunk of time though, something I can't seem to find.

I also want / need to weed the flowerbed and steam clean the family room carpet. Sigh.

Not enough energy or time in my day. Zac says I am crabby and need a nap. Sigh again.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I never did really like this holiday as a kid / young adult. So much evil associated with it. It is way different with kids of your own though. I love seeing Keanan get dressed up and get all excited about it!

We have had a pretty chill morning, besides me going into Safeway to get my flu shot, yuck! Tonight we will make an appearance at "Trunk or Treat" put on by our church and then head into Grandma and Grandpa's house so Keanan and Lucy can enjoy their crazy sugar high together! I think I will limit him to 2 pieces of candy or something.

We had a fun visit with our friends, the Carpenter's, from college yesterday. Their little one, Alisha, was quite taken with Keanan (she is about 6 months old). He was very silly for her!

Be safe tonight!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Econobum

Well, my new diapers came today! I got them all pre-washed and Keanan wore one before bed. The design is pretty simple, which is what I expected considering the cheap price. I feel really old-fashioned using them because they are just a prefold (old school cloth diaper) that lays in a cover and snaps on the kid. Zac said they look like dust rags (his mom uses his old diapers for dust rags now). I will have to get used to the snaps, I love my velcro on the BG's! It held up fine tonight. We will see how I like them over the next few days. I'll only be using them around the house though. The BG's are way cuter and easier to use out and about.

Off to bed I go. I am tired after a busy day of cleaning. We have company coming for dinner tomorrow and I still need to mop sometime in the midst of going to Keanan's class and getting dinner made.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Long appointment today

Today was the longest of my appointments with the midwife. I had to be in the office for at least an hour to do the test for gestational diabetes. I also was tested for anemia (which I have) and got my rhogam shot (my blood is RH negative). Baby girl's heartbeat was great and she is still measuring on the small side of the normal scale. And I have only gained 16 pounds! I am pretty sure I was more than that at this point with Keanan.

I chatted with the midwife about our little episode on Monday. She is running some tests, nothing serious. If those come back negative, she said it could just be the pregnancy hormones doing weird things to my body. Not uncommon. So we shall see.

Keanan was really good the entire time we were stuck there. Then we drove to Grandma's house and spent the day. Grandma even made fried chicken and rice a roni with gravy (my fav), yummy!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Silly Kid

When Keanan went to bed for his nap he had his blanket and his puppy. I just went up there to tuck him in and this is what is on the bed now:That is two stuffed bears, a large stuffed frog, 4 books, and some random kitchen toys!

Monday, October 26, 2009

All is well

Everything is fine. I'm glad we went in and got checked out. My water had not broken, which is what we and my midwife were worried about. I have a normal appointment on Wednesday so I am sure we will talk about it. Yeah for good doctors and my mom who broke all speed limits to get here to watch Keanan!

Pray

Please pray for me and baby...I am heading into the hospital...leaking a lot of fluid.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Videos

Here we are gutting Keanan's pumpkin:

And one for Uncle Mat:

The Pumpkin Express

Yesterday we went with Ann, Brian, Lucy, Grandma and Grandpa on the Pumpkin Express! It was so much fun! The kids loved the train and picking out pumpkins. They both kept their costumes on the whole time too, pretty amazing. Afterward, we went back to Brain and Ann's and carved the pumpkins. Keanan was a super good boy all day. There are more pics on the Picasa site as well. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Retail Therapy

Okay, I feel a little better now. I just bought 12 more diapers! These are not the same Bum Genius pocket diapers that I have 30 of, but a new line by the same company that just came out. They are called Econobum. Pretty much a one-size prefold with a one-size cover. Click HERE to see.

I am tired of pushing potty training with Keanan. He had it down pretty good a while ago, but we are not back there yet. So I am not going to hold my breath that he will be potty trained by the time this baby gets here. Therefore, I needed more diapers so I won't have to wash every day. These seemed like a good way to go. And being a cotton prefold, they will help Keanan feel when he is wet. His other diapers wick the moisture away so he can't feel it. Maybe that will help a bit in the potty training area.

Do over

This is a no good, very bad, horrible day!!

Zac woke me up a few times in the night. Keanan woke up an hour early. I had a cold shower and only got to wash my hair. The vacuum sucked up the rug and made a loud noise, so now Keanan is freaking out when it is on. Keanan was in his undies when I was trying to vacuum and peed SOMEWHERE on the carpet. He has not been listening well. I told Zac that I am on strike and not making dinner. In my stupidity, I put Keanan back in some undies after he peed in the potty. Two minutes later he peed on MY chair in the dinning room. While I was cleaning him up my soup boiled over and now my stove is gross. Baby girl is making it harder to breathe today. Keanan just dumped a bunch of raisins on the floor. It is only 12:30! I need to go back to bed and start over, but there are no sheets on my bed because I had to change them this morning. AHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harborview Visit

Zac had an appointment in the amputee clinic this morning at Harborview. It was pretty much uneventful, according to him. He walked around, they thought everything looked great, refilled his pain meds. and left. He is scheduled to go back in about 4 months. That is unless his stump stops shrinking sooner than that. In that case he will go back at that time to get the prescription for his more permanent, fancy leg. We will see how it goes.

In other news. I took Keanan to the doctor this morning for this ongoing cold that has been plaguing him. We were worried that it had moved into his lungs or was an ear infection. Turns out he has a sinus infection, poor kid. So he is on antibiotics for 10 days. Hopefully that will take care of it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A video for Uncle Mat

Wow!

I just saw my ticker for today and I only have 100 days (give or take a few) until this baby is born! Crazy. Defiantly not ready for this yet.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Research Study

Way before the accident Zac saw an interesting article on Slashdot (news for nerds) about a doctor that had done nerve work on an arm amputee and they guy could control a prosthetic hand with it. This doctor's name is Todd Kuiken. Turns out he is friends with Dr. Smith (Zac's surgeon) and so when Zac talked to Dr. Smith about this before his surgery he was totally on board. We had hopes that Zac could get in on some of this research when they start doing it for legs (controlling his knee and foot with the nerves that Dr. Smith embedded in his hamstring). Well Zac looked up Dr. Kuiken's info and emailed him on Thursday night. Below is the email that he got back the next morning.

Hi Zac,

Thank you so much for contacting us and for your interest in our research! We would love to have you participate sometime in the next year. We have just started a 5 year project to design an neural interface for powered leg prostheses. Your targeted reinnervation procedure has the potential to help control the powered ankle. We have one other patient who has had similar surgery. With our virtual leg system he was able to control his missing knee and his missing ankle in a computer generated leg model—it was quite exciting. We would like to have you visit us some time next year after we get the powered prostheses up and running. Then we would hope to have you come for a full week and we’d keep you quite busy with a whole series of experiments. We will pay all of your hotel and flight expenses and be able to give you a $200/day stipend for food and cabs.

As you recover, please try to move your missing ankle in all directions to strengthen the muscles when they reinnervate. Let me know when you feel like you get good muscle contractions when you try to move your ankle. Please feel free to ask any questions, of course, we will give you any information we can.

Best wishes,

Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD

So exciting! Zac is going to be in regular email contact with him to work out details and such. Please keep this in your prayers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fluffy Mail!!!

Yeah! They are all washed and ready to go. Here are some of them:
And the rest up in the baby's room. Keanan doesn't get to wear these ones.

Oh UPS man......

where are you!? I am taking a break form cleaning for a minute. I have been looking out the window all morning waiting for the glorious brown truck to pull up with my large box of new diapers! As of 4am the tracking info says it is out for delivery. We are probably the last on his run though so I won't see them until like 5pm or something horrible like that. In my excitement I have already bagged up the old diapers to give to the Ireland's, so Keanan has about 4 to use until the new ones get here. I am so bad at waiting! I will take a picture of the wonderful new fluff once they get here =)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A fun weekend

Ahh...it was actually semi-relaxing. Zac even got to nap both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday I went to Chris' Pampered Chef show and bought come cookie sheets. It was nice to be out of the house by myself. Saturday night the Ireland's and Roger's came over. After putting the kids to bed we visited and played a very funny game.

Sunday we went to church with my parents in Graham. Zac wore pants for the first time and you could hardly tell he had a fake leg. Afterward, we went back to their house for the Seahawks game and nachos. Keanan and Lucy had a ton of fun playing together. Good times.

Hi Elizabeth. =)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Disclaimer ( this is Zac )

<rant>
Honestly I'm really uncomfortable with the fund.

I was asked before it was created, and after much discussion, thought & prayer I consented. So why am I uncomfortable with it? Several things, first - there are many people that need financial assistance much more than I do. Second, the loss of my leg is a lifestyle change of which has many different faces - maybe I don't "need" a jeep, I can live without a chia cream latte.

Why did I consent to the creation of this fund? "There are people that love you to the moon and back" ( Becky said that ), this is a way in which some would like to express that love so I will not deny them that.
</rant>

-Zac

Leg Fund

Many people have wanted to help us out in the course of the last two months with all the accident craziness. Besides meals (provided by the MOM's Club), prayer (provided by everyone), some car work (provided by Casey), and Keanan watching (provided by my mom); there hasn't been anything else that we have needed. Well, some amazing folks in Mossyrock have decided otherwise.

Zac grew up in Mossyrock and it is a very, very small, close knit community. There has been an overwhelming desire to help him out in some way but since we live almost 2 hours from there this has been difficult. So Becky (pretty much Zac's second mom) took it upon herself to set up a trust fund for a new leg in Zac's name at our bank, Chase. Please only give if you feel called by God to do so. We are blessed and humbled by the outpouring of love we have received. God is so good! I don't know how all of it works, but below are the details:

CHASE BANK

It’s under: Zachais Vawter – Irrevocable Trust Agreement - # 2935949921

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So far so good.

So Keanan spent the last two nights without his plug, and he just went to bed without it again. Naps are a little harder for him to settle down, so he had it yesterday for his nap. He napped without it today at Grandma's house until he was coughing so bad that I went up and gave it to him.

Poor kid, his cold has turned into a cough, only when he is laying down. He had a rough night last night. I rubbed some baby Vicks on him tonight and the humidifier is going in his room, so hopefully tonight will be better.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Great day for Keanan!!

So Keanan went to bed almost an hour and a half ago....WITHOUT HIS PLUG!!!!! He didn't ask for it or whine or cry or anything. We did his bath, pj's on, read a story, prayed, he asked about Grandpa, Nanna and Grandma (we said they were at their house going night-night), gave kisses, and then he waved night-night to us and we left! CRAZY! I watched him in the monitor and he just layed there and went to sleep without it! We'll see how long this lasts.

The only time he was in a diaper today was during nap and when we went to the store. And he only had one accident! He loves his big-boy undies =)

On a down side, he didn't eat his dinner - heh, you can't win 'em all. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good!

Adventure's in diapering

So my diapers (we do cloth, BumGenius One-Size Diapers) have started to stink! Right after they get wet they REAK of ammonia. This is commonly caused by detergent buildup (i.e. using too much detergent and then not rinsing it out enough) which I thought I had figured out in my wash routine. Grrr.. now I need to figure out a new routine. I think our well water isn't helping things either. So today I am washing and stripping them (hot wash in Dawn dish soap and bleach with about 1 billion rinses) which is a pain, but necessary. That means Keanan is wearing his big boy undies until nap time, so far so dry!

I am just doing some thinking out loud..... the manufacturer recommends this washing routine:
1. Cold wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent (we use Tide Free and Clear)
2. Hot wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent
3. Extra rinse.

Here is what I am going to try:
1. Quick wash on cold, no detergent (this rinses out nasty stuff and gets everything good and wet for washing. Since I have an HE machine it makes everything heavier so more water will be used in the actual washes)
2. Cold wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent with an extra rinse.
3. Hot wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent with an extra rinse.
4. Quick wash with no detergent and an extra rinse.

I will also do the whole Dawn and bleach thing once a month (I was doing every other month). We'll see how this goes. Off to restart the washer, again...

ETA: Going to switch detergents as well to see if that helps (thanks for the suggestion Em). Evidently Tide is not the best for the dipes so I am going to try All Free and Clear (it's the only diaper approved detergent that Safeway carries). If that doesn't help, I'll order some of the recommended ones online.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Update on us...

I haven't been so good about posting lately. It seems that the bigger my belly gets, the slower I am getting at EVERYTHING! Annoying. Things are going well here...

Keanan has transitioned to his big boy room like a pro. No issues with staying asleep at night or anything. He did fall out of the bed the first night, but there was a blanket on the floor so he just slept right through it. He is talking like crazy! So many new words all the time. Right now he is working on helicopter, sometimes we can actually understand it! He is also loving to dance and do the motions to the kid songs CD's that we have. He goes and stands by the speaker and says "mus" to get us to turn it on. That or he says "bus" over and over (wheels on the bus is his favorite song). Zac and I are getting the songs stuck in our heads.

Keanan and I went to "class" on Friday at the Hands On Children's Meuseum. He loves it there. He painted leaves and we pressed them on paper for the craft time - so cute! I really like the teacher, we are going to try to go as many Friday's as possible.

Zac hasn't been wearing his leg much. He had to get some adjustments done because it was hurting. He also needs more special socks to wear with it. I think he is nervous about hurting his stump. He started PT this week and has exercises to do everyday. Zac says yee-haw.

Still un-named baby girl is doing well and moving a lot. We have her named narrowed down to two choices, but nothing is really hitting us. We might have to wait till we meet her!

We went to the Wilcox Farm Harvest Fest today. It was pretty fun and we got free omelets! There were tours of the farm in a hay wagon pulled by a tractor so we got to see how they process the eggs. Keanan really liked the tractors.

That's all for now. We are off to Mossyrock tomorrow.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ahhhhh

Keanan has been napping for 3 blessed hours! Thank you sweet Lord. Hopefully he will wake up in a better mood, it's been a crabby morning around here. We still have to clean the bathrooms and make dinner before Dad gets home...running out of time...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

He's moved.

Tonight we have officially moved Keanan into his big boy room! Grandma bought him a night light today so I decided to make the move. We got home and I hauled Zac's dresser upstairs all by myself (it was light) and got all Keanan's stuff out of the nursery. Now I can make that room girly! Keanan cried a little when we put him to bed (this is his first night in the toddler bed) but then was quiet and we haven't heard him since. Hopefully he will sleep through the night!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Crazy!!

Okay, so this day started with me having a cold, ugh! Keanan and I went to story time at the library, which he loves! It was our first time this year since things have been so wild. Came home, had lunch, Keanan took a nap - all was good.

Tonight we had small group so Jess (Zac's sister) came over to watch Keanan. We were gone about 30 minutes when Jess calls. Something happened and she needed stitches, but Keanan was okay. We came back home and turns out while they were eating dinner Keanan spotted the bobcat out the window! Long story short: Zac drove her into the ER and Keanan and I went back to small group. Zac doesn't really want to discuss the details on here, but Jess is okay and the bobcat ran off we think. No - it didn't attack her.

On another note; Jess brought the CUTEST dress for baby girl! Here is a pic.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Zac's New Leg!!!

Here it is!!

1 and 1/2 hours and counting...

until Zac meets with Garth and hopefully comes home with a leg! Please be praying that the socket fits perfectly so he can bring the leg home.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grrrr cats

So yesterday I got two cats off of craigslist. Keanan and I got home with them about 5pm and they stayed in the little house I made out of a rubbermaid container until I went to bed. When I woke up they were gone and I haven't seen them since. Stupid cats. I paid $10 for them, which is fine, but I also put some Frontline flea stuff on them that cost a lot. Grrrr.

We are having a mice problem under the house which is why I got them. They were going to be outside only. So now it is back to craigslist to find some more.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

owww

Zac took his shrinker sock off a few nights ago and here is Keanan's reaction (isn't he cute in his big boy undies!):

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Monday, September 21, 2009

He's back!

Zac sat on the porch with his gun for awhile after this. Yikes. He could easily get Keanan. For a much better view of him, watch it full screen after clicking the HD button.

ROAR!!!

Keanan's costume came in the mail today!! Oh my gosh he is the cutest freaking lion in the universe!!!!!!! I put it on him and he was walking around roaring!! I'm going to save the pics until we get closer to Halloween; just wanted to give everyone something to look forward to! =)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Nice Quiet Weekend

Ahhh...it's been almost relaxing around here. Yesterday we stayed home and I got the house cleaned up, made cookies, played with Keanan and hung out with Zac.

Last night after Keanan went to bed I was off for Ladies Night with the other gals from our small group. We did facials, ate food, talked and watched The Office. So nice!

Today we made it to church (only 20 mins. late), came home for lunch and Keanan went down for a nap. He is still sleeping and it's been 3 hours!!! Zac headed for Tacoma with brother-in-law Casey to pick up some furniture items we are getting from his Grandma's house. They include: headboard and footboard for us, dresser with mirror for us, cedar hope chest for still un-named baby girl, and a set of folding chairs. He won't be home till late so I need to figure out something for Keanan and I to do after he gets up.

It's going to be a busy week around here so I am enjoying the calm before the storm!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lattin's Farm

We went to Lattin's today with some friends. All the kids loved seeing the animals and running around. We had lunch there and then Keanan crashed in the car.

Zac tried on his first socket today! It was pretty good, but they are making adjustments and he will try it again with a leg on Friday! If that all fits well he will wear the leg home!! Please pray that it all goes well and fits perfect.

Pics from the day:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Warning - TMI (poop)

Every single diaper that I changed today was full of diarrhea poop!!!! Ahhhhh, so gross!! Usually Keanan only poops once a day, in the morning in the potty. This is not cool. He is either sick or teething or both! Poor kid.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Zac was cast today!

So we spent today driving everywhere! First to Graham to drop off Keanan at Grandma's for the day and then up to Harborview for Zac's last appointment with Dr. Smith. Everything went great there and Dr. Smith wrote him a prescription for his leg and physical therapy.

Next I had the privilege of driving into the heart of downtown Seattle so that Zac could meet the former owner of his car at her bank to get the title. Of course there was no place to park so I proceeded to circle the block until they were done. Then to get back to the freeway I had to drive up crazy hills in a stick! We made it, but I ended up freaking myself out so much I started crying. Zac has promised me a shoulder rub for causing me stress.

Then it was on to Olympia to meet with Garth, Zac's prosthetist. We gave him the prescription from Dr. Smith, he took some measurments, and then cast Zac's stump so he can make the socket. On Friday Zac will go in and try out his first test socket!!! He should be in his temporary leg within 2 weeks!!!!!

The other cool thing is that Zac's work is switching insurance at the end of this month. So this temporary leg will be billed on the current insurance and his fancy permanent leg will be billed on the new insurance in a few months. Working the system... =)

From there we drove back to Graham to pick up Keanan. He has such a gross nose because of his cold, but was good for Grandma and Grandpa. He only got whinny when we got there, go figure. We ended up getting home around 9:30pm. What a long day!! I am tired of driving.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mini Vent Time

Usually I have a pretty good attitude about everything, but it is all coming down on me right now - or so it seems.

Everything is getting much harder for me to do as I become more pregnant. And I have to do a ton by myself. I hurt my hips last night moving the carseat out of Zac's car. Keanan has a cold and is not sleeping well. I had a panic attack last night thinking about having another baby in this crazy mix. I don't know how I am going to do it.

I know that God will give me the strength that I need each day - it is just really hard right now.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Seriously

Who gets sunburned in September in Washington??!!! Oh...me!! Sheesh! I slathered Keanan with sunblock yesterday at the fair but failed to do the same for myself. Ouch, my poor shoulders!

Friday, September 11, 2009

We did the Puyallup!

Fair, that is. It was the first day of the fair today and we could get in for free from 10am - noon. What a good deal! Well, everyone else in the state of Washington also thought it was a good deal! Oh my gosh, so many people. I don't think I have seen so many strollers in one place in my whole life.

We went with 3 other moms from our small group. It was fun to see the animals and watch the rides. The kids all did great. Keanan slept for about 15 minutes in his stroller. He was a crab on the way home and is napping now.

I have two requirements when going to the fair: have strawberry shortcake from the Fisher's scone wagon, and eat a Krusty Pup. Both fulfilled. Yum! So we did it, all for under $20; good day.

PS: We have narrowed down the name choices for baby girl to two. Sorry, we are not sharing them until we decide =)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ultrasound

So yet-to-be-named baby girl looks great! She is on the small end of the normal range for measurements. Here are a few pics (sorry about the quality, I took pictures of the pictures):

We are having a girl!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Half Way There!

Today I am 20 weeks pregnant. Crazy! This pregnancy is going so fast compared to Keanan. Probably because I am so freaking busy! Tomorrow at 9:45am we will hopefully find out the gender of this little one!! Ahhhh, so excited!!

This morning Keanan ate cheerios with milk for the first time all by himself. Such a big kid! Here is a video:
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shots

Keanan had his 15 month doctors appointment today. He weighs 26 pounds and got two shots. He was not at all excited about the shots, but got some McDonald's fries out of it so I think he's fine.

I am very tired today and just want to take a nap. Unfortunately Keanan slept a bit in the car on the way home and is not tired. yaaayyyyy

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Car!

Zac got a car tonight. He and Brian drove all the way up to Seattle to look at a few. He ended up getting a Mercury Cougar. Brain says it is pretty nice. I have not seen it yet. Keanan and I just got home from Graham and Zac is still driving.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Good Weekend

Besides having trouble finding a car (now Zac is looking for a Mercury Cougar), it's been a fun weekend.

Ann, Brian, and Lucy came for dinner last night. Keanan and Lucy have sooo much fun playing together. Keanan was crazy (jumping off the couch on his head...) and silly. They both went to sleep really quick.

Today we made it to church and Keanan didn't cry in the nursery! He and Esther had fun running around and climbing under tables after the service. Zac's parents and Casey came over for lunch and the rest of the day. It was good to see them after their month long vacation. We had salmon for dinner with rice-a-roni and canned green beans (thanks mom and dad!). Jess made it over after dinner when she got off work. Good times.

Keanan has gotten better about his naps the last 2 days. Yay!! Zac is in the best spirits I have seen him in since the accident (I think he missed his family).

God is so good!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fun Morning

This morning Keanan and I went into Olympia to check out the Hands On Children's Museum. Oh my gosh, this is kid paradise!! There is so much to do, Keanan had a blast! He got a bit upset when we had to leave. We are definitely getting a membership. Every Friday they have a PlayWise class for parents and kids with a preschool teacher leading us through activity stations, story time and a craft. We won't go every Friday, but I am super excited!

After we left the museum we picked up Zac from work and had a picnic lunch in the park! This was our first family picnic. It was pretty much a perfect morning. =)

Keanan is napping right now, although it took an hour to get him down. He freaks when I leave the room (he is in his toddler bed). So after 10 minutes of him wailing I went back up and we read some more and sang some more songs until he was asleep. Then I can sneak out. This routine is not working for me...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

15 months....1 week to go

So today Keanan is 15 months old. He was a little booger too. Only took a 30 min nap and then cried in his crib off and on for the next hour. Grrr. We had some fun this morning going to the park and tomorrow we are going to go check out the Hands On Children's Museum in Oly in the morning.

As of today we only have 1 week until the ultrasound of this new baby! Think pink everyone!

Zac finally got to look at the CRX today. The guy was a scammer and the car was no good. Now Zac has a call in on one in Portland. We must get a car by this weekend because his parents get home on Saturday! He didn't sleep much last night, worried about money. I know that God will supply all of our needs. Please pray for Zac to have peace and for us to be wise with what God has given us.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Blah

I am tired today. I do not understand how Keanan has sooo much energy all the time. He is wearing me out. He is also testing me, a lot. And although it would be way easier to give in, I am trying my hardest to be consistent and stand my ground. It is draining.

Zac has an appointment with the car guy tomorrow. This guy is young and seems pretty flaky. I hope it works out. It sounds like we might have to sell our Jeep to have enough money to pay for the leg. Sucks.

So...my mood is currently blah.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

No car yet...

Zac didn't get to see the car today. The owner just got back from the Bahamas and was recovering; rough life. It should be tomorrow.

Zac's company is changing insurance carriers which is good for us. The new plan is slightly less sucky in paying for a leg. Zac is in the process of trying to get another insurance plan on top of that to help cover costs. Please keep that in your prayers. With a $50,000 leg every 3-5 years things could get really tough.

Keanan was really good for Auntie Jess tonight while we were at church small group. He was super silly when we got home. Such a goof ball.

6:30am

We had a pretty good day yesterday. Kind of the norm. Every Monday I go to the store (I clean one part of the house or run one errand everyday to break things up so they will actually get done), so we did that. We also got to go to the Coffey Place and visit with Mariah, love her! Chris came over to visit last night as well, long overdue!

At 6:30am Keanan woke up, what the heck! I went up, got him out of his crib and laid down with him on his toddler bed. He went back to sleep! At about 8:15 Zac and I heard him on the stairs. He was just sitting on the landing waiting for someone to get up. =)

My plan was to go to the park today, but it is raining (which is good for my poor plants). So I am not sure what our plan is today. Zac is supposed to be looking (and buying!) an automatic Honda CRX this afternoon, yea! Pray that this goes through.

Here is a good blackmail video of Keanan. It is easier to have him wear these when he has his undies on =) I am such a mean mom. I recorded it with my phone so quality is not that great.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rain Coat Pics


Office

After over a year, our office was cleaned today!! You can see the floor! It is amazing. I will post a pic tonight since I can now get to Zac's computer without tripping over things.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Daddy's

According to Keanan, I own nothing in this house, everything is "Daddy's"! Zac thinks this is really funny. I told him he can clean "his" toilets!

It was raining this morning (yay!!) and Keanan wanted to go outside, so he wore his raincoat for the first time. I will post a pic later, super cute.

I am off to do some long over-due Pilates.

Friday, August 28, 2009

One Hour

That is how long my child decided to nap today. Usually it is 2 or 3 hours, a nice break for mom. When I heard him upstairs I went up to try to get him back to bed. He would lay there for a minute, then get up. Then lay down, then get up. Finally he got up and grabbed his undies that were on the floor and brought them to me, like he wanted them on (he was in a diaper for his nap). I gave up but wanted him to play up in his room for awhile. So he played by himself for an hour and I slept for about 30 minutes on his little bed! He even brought me his puppy when he saw I was trying to rest. He also opened up all the Disney VHS that we have upstairs and brought me any coupon or little ad paper that was in them. Quite a mess.

I was really nervous about Keanan being a terror for the rest of the evening. Then Zac was late getting home. Then Zac needed a nap. Things were not looking good. Keanan was pretty decent however. I, on the other hand, got nothing done today and am totally wiped out! Yea for the weekend.

Getting back to normal...

Not too much to report. Yesterday Keanan and I stayed home and played and vacuumed (which he thinks is playing). This morning we made it to toddler gym in town. This was the first normal kid thing we have done in a month! He had a blast. He loves to watch the bigger kids. I was asking him when we got home if he needed to go potty and he starts heading outside saying "daddy, daddy" and pointing to the bushes. I was confused at first but then realized he was telling me he wanted to go like daddy!! Now he is napping and I need to clean the bathrooms.

Zac has been having some "zingers" (his description) in his leg. Some brief intense nerve pain. He is going to try to work 6-8 hour days next week. He has also been shopping for an automatic Honda CRX to commute back and forth to work. This is the car he had when we got married, he loved it. He has some leads, so we will see. We just need to get something that he can drive before Labor Day when his parents get back from vacation and need their car back.

Here is a random Keanan pic, just for fun. Grandma was asking him "how big is Keanan?"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Shipman's

Our friends Joe, Emily, Ashley (2 1/2), and Jacob (2 months) spent the day with us up from Texas. It was so great to see them! Zac and I actually met through Emily while at Saint Martin's. Wow, that seems so long ago.

Keanan and Ashley had lots of fun playing together. Ashley would tell Keanan what to do, and he would try to wrestle =) Jacob was so cute and gave us lots of smiles.

Hopefully they will move up here soon so we can see them more often!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stump Shrinker

Whew!! What a busy day!

The appointment with Dr. Smith went great. All the stitches are out and one of the prosthetic guys (John, he's from South Africa and calls me madame) fitted Zac with a stump shrinker. It is basically an elastic sock that goes around the stump. Zac says it feels way better. Zac was also able to "fire" one of the two nerves that they implanted in his hamstring. This was very impressive. They were amazed at how well he is doing and that he is already back to work. He has another appointment in 3 weeks. For this one we have to bring in the leg plans from the prosthetist so that Dr. Smith can review and sign off on them. Then they will start working on the leg.

So striaght from Seattle we drove to Sound Prosthetics in Olympia to meet with Garth and his assistant, Random (that is honestly their names). Zac was happy with them, so that is who we are going to use. Garth is going to start on the leg plans for Dr. Smith. Turns out, the leg that Zac really wants will cost around $40,000 to $50,000 and last from 3-5 years. Insurance only covers $10,000 a year. This is a problem. I think he should get the best, it's his LEG! He is not so sure now. We will see what happens.

After Olympia we drove back to Graham (stopping for Zac to get a haircut) to pick up Keanan from my parent's house. He got to spend the day with Grandma and Lucy. He took a dive off the slide (crazy boy) and Grandma saved him by his sweat pants. He still got some grass stains and a little cut on his head.

After he woke up we drove back to Tumwater for Zac's company picnic. There were so many kids, Keanan had a great time. He especially liked the bubbles. He bit it again on the slide and had a bloody lip, but he didn't seem to mind. Then we drove back home (by we I mean me doing all this driving) and Keanan had a bath and went to bed.

Now Zac and I are hanging out and waiting for our friends Joe, Emily, and their kids to show up. They are up visiting family from Texas and are staying the night with us tonight so we can hang out tomorrow. Yea!

I will try to post some pics of the stump tomorrow. Good night!

Here we are again...

Sitting at Harborview waiting for the doctor. Zac is going to get the stitches out in a minute. I was looking over my posts and realizing not very many have pics, kind of boring. I will try to get better about that. Here is Zac wondering why I am taking his picture:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bugs

Keanan has been so funny today. We went to get his shaggy haircut this morning and go to the store. He was really good (the sucker from the stylist helped this). He has been a little monkey since we have been home! He has been climbing and standing on everything, and he usually doesn't mind when he falls. The most impressive has been the big rock that is out in his play area. He was out there with Zac, found a toe hold and hoisted himself right up! Here is an older pic of him with the rock, it is really big!



























A gross part of the day is that we found a praying mantis on his play work bench. Yuck!!! Zac and Keanan thought it was very cool. Here is a pic (not that great, it was with my phone):

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cabelas

We spent the evening with Greg, Chris and Esther at Cabelas, dinner, and a party barge ride around Lake Lawerence. Zac wanted to get a special chair a Cabelas so we all went along. Keanan and Esther loved looking at all the stuffed animals and the fish in the tanks.

After that we found a mexican resturant that, to our surprise, served kids for $.99 on Sundays! Keanan ate a lot of chips and made a nice mess of his dinner. Then we headed back to the Ireland's for a trip on the party barge. It was a fun evening; Keanan came home, took a bath and went to sleep really easy. Zac came upstairs to read him a book and help put him to bed (fist time since the accident). =)

Better

Things are calmer here today. Zac kinda reached the end of his coping skills yesterday. He said he feels like a paperweight. We had a good talk this morning; and Keanan slept in till 8!

We are both looking forward to the doctor's appointment on Tuesday, break out of the status quo. I think he is just really ready to move on.

New Pictures

Well, they are not really new; but I just put some pictures of Keanan up on the Picasa (use the pictures link to the right). They are from our day on Alder Lake and some others I stole from Ann. Haven't really had time to take pictures lately, but I will try to be better.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It was a very bad day

Please pray for us.

Cold

So Keanan and I are sharing a cold, yuck! Hopefully Zac doesn't get it. I really want to go do some kind of family outing today; we will see if Zac is up for it. Right now Keanan and I are eating breakfast and he is still sleeping.

Last night (while watching the final Stargate episode) Zac got to feel the baby move. I am so not ready to take care of 2! Hopefully I will be in 4.5 months! I'm sure that Zac will be able to help more (and go up the stairs) by then. God's plan is perfect =)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nap, or lack there of

I worked my butt off today and got the house cleaned. I was looking forward to a break during Keanan's nap; but after mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms and getting in the shower, I hear him coming down the stairs! He only slept for an hour! Usually it is 3!! Ughh! No quiet time for mom today.

MOM'S Club

If you are a stay at home mom you really should join your local MOM'S Club. It stands for Moms Offering Moms Support. These ladies have been wonderful in this time. They are bringing us three meals a week until October 2! Crazy! They are so sweet and encouraging.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Zac, happy birthday to you!!

28 years ago my crazy, awesome, amazing, wonderful, hot husband was born! Thank you for being alive (please stay that way for a bit)!

No news is good news

I was driving home this morning and realized I hadn't posted in a while.

Yesterday Keanan and I made the trek to Graham (in the Jeep!) to spend the day with Lucy and Grandma. They have so much fun playing there. Grandma has way more toys than we do! It was hot and the Jeep does not have air conditioning so Keanan and I stayed for dinner to let things cool off. Zac had a nice quiet afternoon at home watching Stargate season 10 and napping. His phantom pain was pretty intense last night, the morphine helped and he got the best night of sleep so far.

This morning Keanan and I headed off for Olympia for my appointment with my midwife. They are really kid friendly so Keanan did really well playing with all the toys and books that they have. Everything looks great! Heartbeat was 150 and the baby kicked the doppler a few times. Our ultrasound is scheduled for 3 weeks, September 10th, to find out if this baby is a boy or girl!

Keanan and I came home, had lunch, played for awhile, and now he is napping in his toddler bed again. I fell asleep up there with him for about 15 minutes, guess I need a nap.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Right now...

my little baby boy is sleeping in his toddler bed =( He is getting so big, so fast!

Monday, August 17, 2009

He's crazy

So after Keanan woke up from his nap he was a walking terror! The Ireland's came for dinner and he wouldn't eat a thing. He cried about everything and kept melting down. He really wore me out today. I was supposed to go to the store tonight, but I was so tired after I put him to bed there is no way that is happening. He was kind of on the crabby side all day, now that I think about it. Even when Lucy and Auntie Ann came to play! Maybe it is because he went to bed at 9:30 last night but still woke up at 6:30. Lord, let him sleep good and long tonight!

Zac did his first half day at work today. It went well and he is getting all caught up. The drive went fine too. He was really tired when he got home and took a nap. I need a nap!

Chris cleaned my kitchen, so I don't have to worry about that tonight. And Greg took the garbage out, all chores done - I think I am going to go to bed early.

Ahhh...

Zac is at work, Keanan is sleeping, all my chores are done, and I'm bored! It is so nice! =)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Driving!

As I am typing this, my crazy husband is out driving his parents car (it's an automatic). Yes it is dark, and yes he doesn't have a right leg! This should be interesting. Zac wants to go to work tomorrow, but he doesn't want to have to do it around Keanan's nap times, which is what would happen if I have to drive him. He "forgot" to ask at his doctors appointment about driving, so technically they didn't say no. Oh man. Okay, he just walked in the door, so he is still alive =)

In other news, we made it to church again this Sunday. Keanan has started to throw a fit in the nursery when I leave, but I checked on him later and he was okay. When we got home Keanan and I took a nap and Zac watched a movie. Keanan slept for 3 hours (thank you Jesus!), it was awesome.

Zac spent some time out in the sun as well. He saw his reflection in the sliding glass door for the first time since the accident. He said this was depressing. The reality of it all is hitting him more and more. We had a good talk about it. Please keep praying. It is hard.

Our friends the Warner's brought dinner. Keanan had such a good time running around with the boys outside (they have 3). They brought Keanan a toddler bed too! It is so cute up in his big boy room. He climbed around on it and lied down for half a second.

The timing is perfect since I just found out this evening that our friends the Shipman's are going to be up visiting family in Oregon from Texas. They are going to come spend the night with us next week with their two little ones. I am so excited!! We only get to see them every one or two years.

Off to clean the kitchen. That and laundry are my never-ending jobs.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. " - Hebrews 11:1

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blueberrries

We had a semi-lazy morning today. Casey came over to work more on the car, a very long process. The Ireland's also stopped by for a little bit. After Keanan's nap he and I went into Lacey to get him some pj's that actually fit. That boy is growing like a weed! Zac got to have some alone time on the computer, not folding the laundry...

When we got home we had dinner and then Keanan and I played for a bit. He has a runny nose today, which is pretty gross. I hope it doesn't affect his sleeping. The Ireland's came back minus Esther, but with blueberries that they picked today. Keanan went to bed and then we all had icecream with blueberries and got to visit for a good while.

A pretty nice Saturday. I am ready to sleep!

Zac tells me there are about 100 or so people that check this blog everyday. If you are reading this, you are one of them! Thank you for your interest in our lives. I pray that God uses this to encourage you and brighten your day. I know it has been helping me! =)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chocolate

Today was super busy. Keanan woke up at 6am! Not cool. So I let him sit up there and talk and play until 7:30. After his nap we left for a visit at Zac's work, Engineered Software, in Lacey.

On the way we stopped at the crash site. There wasn't really a lot to see. The telephone pole was dented and scrapped up a bit. Zac got out and took pictures. He said there was a bloody towel in the ditch, must have been from him. He was pretty somber when he got back in the car.

We showed up at his work to the surprise of some. Everyone was happy to see him and asking when he was going to come back. He thinks he will try to do some half days next week. We will see.

Then we went out to lunch, which Keanan did super well at considering mom did not pack him a sippy cup for milk or a bib. After that it was on to Graham. My grandparents from Arkansas are up and my sister-in-law, Elizabeth, is down from Bellingham. Keanan had a good nap and then got to play with Lucy, his favorite thing in the world.

We all had a good dinner, except for Keanan. Lately he has not been eating anything at dinner time. I don't know how he makes it till morning. Tonight he lived off of brownies, courtesy of Auntie Elizabeth who had strict instructions from Uncle Mathew in Iraq to spoil the babies. Keanan and Lucy took a bath and then we headed for home.

I am tired! I am not used to driving so much. Zac is going to give it a shot this weekend. We'll see how it goes. I am pretty sure baby #2 has been kicking me tonight as well, pretty cool. Good night world.

Phantom

Zac is having a lot of pain in his phantom leg (the one that is not there) today. It helps a little bit to rub the stump, to remind the brain that his leg is gone. He feels like his toes are being smashed in a cone. So weird.

Last Time!

Last night (or this morning really) was the last time that we have to wake up at 2 or 3 am to give Zac meds! Yay sweet sleep!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

He's back....

Keanan came home this morning with Grandma and Lucy. I really missed him! He has had a good day (he has his bad moments however).

Zac talked to the insurance company today just to check on everything. He thought that they would be covering 80% of all the costs after his $5000 or so deductible; turns out the deductible is only $1500 and there is an out of pocket limit for us of about $2500 and then they will cover 100% of the costs!!! Yay!!! This was super great news!

Zac also talked to a prosthetist in over the phone in Olympia today that sounds pretty promising. He told him about some fancy knee that Zac has been reading about all day. He seems pretty excited about it.

Christy from Zac's work brought us dinner tonight, as well as some movies =) Off to clean the kitchen.

APA Ladies Rock!

APA stands for "American Pregnancy Association". This is a website that I found when I was pregnant with Keanan. There is excellent information and articles about anything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy. Better than that though, are the forums. There are "rooms" on anything you want to know about pregnancy and motherhood. I frequent the June '08 Birth Month and the January Due Dates rooms the most. I also "lurk" in the Cloth Diapering and the Moms in General rooms. Since I have been in the June '08 room for 14 months now I have gotten to know some of the ladies in there. I posted a link to our blog when all this crazy stuff happened with Zac and they have been very encouraging. Well today the UPS man showed up with this from those lovely ladies:




















It was so sweet!!! I had to take a quick pic before Zac ate it (they are cookies!):

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Roomba

Today was very nice. Zac and I woke up late, ate breakfast and relaxed. I got cleaned up and went in to town to run some errands. Casey was here working on the car in the meantime. When I got back we had lunch and then took a nap, so nice.

Chris, Greg, and Esther came over for a visit; bringing a gift card to Still Salon and Day Spa (my favorite place in the world)! It was a nice visit but short. We will catch up more later =)

My Grandma and Papa came with chicken dinner and other lovely things! Zac and I are going to enjoy some pie and ice cream in a minute! It was nice to visit with them. Grandma was so cute and brought her on dishes for us to use and then packed them all up to take home to wash so I wouldn't have to =)

After they left we got to Skype with Keanan and my mom. He is so cute on the video and was kissing us goodnight through the computer. I miss him =( but the day was nice and quiet. Mom is bringing him home tomorrow morning. Lucy will be with her as well so they can stay and play for awhile.

So about 8pm I had a surge of energy and cleaned the bathrooms, mopped the kitchen and dinning room, and vacuumed downstairs (well, the roomba vacuumed, but whatever). Yay, semi-clean house! Off to eat pie with Zac. (He had a good day, by the way. Pain is less all the time.)

Yay!

After over a month, our friends Chris and Greg are FINALLY home!! It was so nice waking up to that news this morning. I am soooooo excited to see them hopefully today.

It was also weird waking up to a quiet house. We have never spent the night in our own house without Keanan since he was born. I am excited to see him, probably tonight.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Busy but good.

As we were pulling into the driveway tonight we realized we had been out of the house for over 12 hours today!

This morning we left and dropped Keanan off at my parents (thank you!!!) where he is spending the night. We then drove up to Harborview and Zac finally got an appointment on the way. We arrived just in time for the amputee support group. This was good, but not worth driving from Yelm for all on it's own. If we are up for an appointment or something we will go again. There were about 15 other amputees of varying natures. They were sharing their struggles and joys of the week. Interesting.

Zac's appointment was at 1pm, but they were running late. So we finally saw Dr. Smith at 2. Everything is looking great with the stump. Zac got the staples out (but not the stiches yet) and got to talk with two different prosthetist. This was very interesting, but both of them are centered in Seattle. We hope to find someone in Olympia to work with. Zac is scheduled to meet with Dr. Smith in 2 weeks to get all the stiches out and then in 2 more weeks to start the prosthetics process.

So we left Seattle at about 3:30, stopped for coffee and headed straight to our church small group. It was so good to be with our friends and the two new babies were there (1 month old and 1 week old). It is so quiet in our house tonight without Keanan, I miss him. But I also need to get some good sleep.