Friday, February 22, 2008

Why I put my stock in Children's Mercy!

As you know, Claire went in for an ultrasound a few weeks ago. I reported the results were "inconclusive" but didn't report the full truth. Because we were waiting on a second opinion, we chose only to tell a VERY select few people. The original tech (in Springfield) was "unable to detect a uterus or ovaries" was what I was told. As you can all imagine, I was devastated. My MAIN JOY in life involves carrying and raising children! (Well, not so much carrying with Cohen but that's neither here nor there.) I couldn't imagine knowing at the age of 3 that your daughter would never be able to conceive! But I had made peace with it and talked to God a lot. I knew for a fact that he was with us every step of the way. I prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed. We went today for a second opinion in Kansas City......and guess what?????? IT'S ALL THERE! The found everything and nothing extra! Dr. Spade said that everything looked very good and right on track! We still have the MRI on March 17th just to rule out anything with the pituitary gland. Claire was AMAZING today. We didn't tell her where we were going as we have decided it is much easier that way. We pulled up to the parking garage and she said, "HEY, wait a minute! This is the doctors office!" Once I convinced her that we HAD to go in and show Daddy how she could change the color of the ceiling, she was sold. She was so cooperative and sweet. We were so proud of her today. She is just growing up so fast. We ate at the Crayola Cafe and got a few little treats at the Crayola Store and headed home. We stopped in to visit Papa who had surgery today to hopefully restore some blood flow to his hand! We are waiting for our own wing somewhere! But, that's our story and we're sticking to it! Thank you Jesus for always putting the peace in my heart that I need to deal with this stuff. I couldn't do it otherwise!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pancakes with Pop!

Claire and Daddy before School!!!

This morning was "Pancakes with Pop" at school. Claire was excited for Daddy to take her to school and she wasn't exactly pleased to see him go. My mom said that when they dropped Drew off, he was very aware that the day wasn't a normal day so he started to panic. Claire instantly sensed this and started telling him, "Now Drew, it's going to be okay." She comforted him and even did her impression of a bull in order to put a smile on his face. I couldn't be more proud of my girl if I tried! Don't get me wrong....she keeps me HUMBLE! But man I love her!

I used the opportunity to spend some quality time with my little boy. We played with the train table, read some books and even squeezed in a little Baby Yoga! I find that I don't spend near as much one on one time with Cohen as I would like, but I have learned to TREASURE the moments I get with my little man. I love his little personality. My favorite book to read with him is "Hug." It is a picture book about a monkey who sees all kinds of animals hugging their mommys. He goes to each set of animals and asks, "HUG?" Then at the end he finds his mom and they live happily ever after. Every single time I read the word "hug" Cohen throws his arms around me and lays his head on my chest! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! He is such a sweet little soul.

Here is a picture of him eating a new grilled cheese recipe I got from my "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook. (Thanks Uncle Broshus and Aunt Scotti!) It is full of recipes that use vegetable and fruit purees in order to sneak in extra vitamins and nutrients. Cohen LOVED this new sandwich! Claire on the other hand asked me if I had burnt it. I said, "No, why?" She said,"Well, is that why it tastes so bad?" What is crazy is she is my GOOD eater! She loves fruits and veggies...apparently just not on her grilled cheese sandwiches!

And Grammy, this pic is for you!!! Cohen has CURLY hair! It is usually straight when he gets up in the morning after sleeping on it but after is crazy curly! It is fine and blonde like mine was but he's got his Daddy's curls! He's gonna need his first haircut but we will wait for Grammy. She gave Claire her first haircut at 8 weeks and believe it or not, she needed it! All this Grammy talk makes me miss her. Love you Grammy!!!!!

If you don't watch Ellen, you won't get this. If you do....this is Claire's impression of the "marshmallow game." Tune in to Ellen tomorrow if you want to see what I'm talking about. They play the game everyday and it is hilarious!