Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's New Wednesday

 NOTE: This was ready to go on Wednesday! I woke up in the middle of the night and remembered I had not posted it yet-tis life I guess!

It seems that spring is finally here....well until tonight. The temperature has been hanging out in the 70's the last couple of days,  this in turn means sneaking in and out the front door when Keegan is hanging out inside so he doesn't get all upset from not being outside OR slipping in and out the back door so he has no clue what is going on. On Monday we spent 3 or 4 hours straight out on the front porch! That is a long time to swing and play on the ground without being able to pee, cleanup inside or eat! The weather is supposed to turn more seasonal (i.e. 40's and 50's) starting tonight so we are going to try to take advantage of this last nice day this afternoon.

  • Keegan stood for 10-15 minutes at the ottoman during PT on Monday. Patty and her student were very pleased. Yea Keegs!
  • Saturday he tried to pull himself up not once but two times on the ottoman to get his toy! When I told our therapist she was over the moon!
  • During speech last Friday, Toni, our therapist was very happy with his eating techniques. He is moving his tongue (like mentioned last week) to the left side but need to work on the right a little more. He is also starting to stick his tongue out to get stuff off his lips.
  • He LOVES the Nuk brush that our therapist uses::note to self, need to get one off the internet::
New Things
  • This week not only can Kee point to where his head is, he has learned where his belly is and points to that! Now we have started to work on where his toes are, hopefully by next week I can report on that!
  • Kee tried Cheerios for the first time this week, he is loving new foods!
  • Now he is going both forwards and backwards in his walker-plus turning around. Yesterday I was pricing stuff for our yard sale and turn around to see Keegan has taken our paperwork out of the buffet and its all over the ground minus the piece he kept in his hand as a souviener.
  • We put the legs on Keegan's little activity table, while he can't pull himself up yet he loves sitting down and playing with it. It helps him sit up taller and focus on things at a higher eye level.

  • Still have the rash, I called Riley today and spoke to a phone nurse. She let me know that I can have Dr. C handle it and call Riley with any questions. I gave him some benedryl to see if that helps and have been putting a steroid cream on it. The steroid cream isn't really doing much-not getting better or worse-so i am going to try his antifungal cream for a little while and see what that does.
  • His next MRI is May 12th, its our one year tumor ressection anniversary and I am super nervous. If you pray can you start praying now?
  • We have an endocrinologist appointment at the end of May and have to do our 3 hour drive there 3 hour drive back trip, no looking forward to that.
The Family
  • Our anniversary is the 29th, we have been married for 3 years! So much has happened in the last 3 years it feels like just yesterday.
  • We are getting things together and ready for our annual yard sale, I will use the proceeds to buy new clothes for the family for our vacation in July.
  • Speaking of vacation. Ry, Keegan and I are taking a trip to Florida (St. Pete Beach) in July, we are very excited and looking forward to swimming with Kee in the ocean and the pool in the house we have split amoungest everyone!
So many new things happening all around! Here are some pictures from the past week:

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Boy and His Dog

So this video was shot Friday the 18th. Keegan was playing on the floor and Lexus (our obviously older Beagle) came and sat right next to him, a first for her! He stuck his hand out and started petting her. I was astonished so I got the camera out and started to roll. It gets pretty funny when he tries to push her away and then lays his head on her. Its kinda a long video because I didn't want to stop filming, so if you have to time to watch the whole thing please do, it will brighten your day I am sure!

A Boy and His Dog from Keegansmommy09 on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's New Wednesday

So I think I am gonna do away with Wordless Wednesday for now and starts "What's New Wednesday". Every week I am gonna try to document things Kee has learned, new foods and our general "doings". I feel this will hold me a little more accountable to post and let everyone know what is going on-sometimes I just get in the rut and either forget to post or just don't have the energy to do so (I know lame right?!?!?!).

Because list form is easy to read and write I am gonna try to do bullets to its easy to follow! So no further adue:

  • PT-While Keegan is not crawling yet we are working our way both towards crawling and walking, if you can believe it.
  • PT-He can go from a sitting position down to his side and back up to sitting (this means he is gaining muscles-yea!!!)
  • PT-He can also stand and hold on to the couch with no assistance-I sit there just in case but he can hold this position for minutes without a rest-how is that for stamina!!!!
  • OT-He can take the parts of animals out of his leap frog magnet barn and put another animal up to make a new noise-HUGE accomplishment.
  • Speech-We are working with him to make more noises. Right now he is pretty limited to Ugh Huh, Dadda, & mama. We are focusing on animal sounds.
  • Speech-He is moving his tongue to the side and out to his lips more, our therapist is ecstatic! This means as he gains more muscles to eat he is learning how to move his tongue so he can move food to the back of his mouth!!!

New Things:
  • Kee is now eating things other than thickened pureed baby food! We have moved on to the word of cottage cheese w/ and w/o fruit chunks (chopped way down), mac and cheese (homemade and Kraft) and we have given him quite a few bottles of Organic Vitamin D whole milk (he is still mainly on formula)
  • When you say "where is Keegan's head?" he puts his hand up on top of his head, we are currently working on where is Keegan's belly and toes. Hopefully I can report on those next week.
  • He is LOVIN the outdoors (while this is nothing new), I felt the need to mention it because while the weather warms up we are bringing him out on the porch more and more to enjoy the sunshine and change of scenery. We brought him in on Saturday for intermittent breaks and he got VERY mad and started crying and would not stop until he was brought back outside.
  • Keegan is now in love with Sesame Street! We have moved on from the BackYardigans(thank goodness because we have watched EVERY.single.EPISODE. of all three seasons on Netflix on demand 2,671 times!
  • His collar bone is healing up nicely, we went to the doctor today and the xray showed the break to be healing.
  • He currently has a rash on his belly. I had Dr. C take a look at it today, he thinks its just contact dermatitis; I was afraid that it had something to do with the milk intake.
The Family:
  • Daddy is going on the annual Men's Hiking trip this weekend, it leaves Keegan in my hands all weekend, thank goodness I have mom's help along with my sister Abby.
  • We worked on landscaping out front in our home on Saturday since the  weather was so nice. We figure if we EVER want to sell our house in the next couple of years we need to work on curb appeal since we have pretty much redone the inside!
  • My garden is coming along nicely (well "technically" its not a garden yet). Almost all my starters have sprouted and we are just waiting for a few more weeks until I can plant them outside-I just need tips on how to keep beetles and weeds down once we move them. (any and all advice is accepted)
That's pretty much it for our for our first installment! Please feel free to leave me feedback and what you would really like to know and see. I am kinda going into this blind but feel like I want and need to give my followers and lurkers more updates!

With Love,

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Growing a Garden-Yes Please!

There are WAY to many pesticides and chemicals used in farming today. I had never really worried about it until Keegan got sick. Cancer has a way of making you look at the environment around you and everything that has and will be ingested. Because of this I have decided I am going to "try" to grow a garden in our little urban yard.

I got the idea from a friend of mine. She posted on facebook all her little started plants that she is tending to like small little babies. She is more of a veteran when it comes to this whole gardening thing so I asked her advice on some issues. What to plant was one of my biggies. She told me what she had planted and what yielded the most crop. I asked her if she thought baby jars with the little peat discs were suitable for starter plants and so on.

On Friday night, after Ryan and I went on a date, we ran by Wal-Mart. I picked up half a dozen seed packets and little peat discs. On Saturday I planted our little seeds in the baby food jars. I planted lettuce, carrots, peppers, beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I am happy to report that after a day of sitting by a window with the blinds up I have some sprouts!

The second batch was planted on Tuesday the 8th. I need to plant more but I am low on baby food jars. Here are some pictures of the first batch that was planted.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011