Jameson’s 2nd Birthday!🎂

Jameson is two!


On April 12th 2012, we were extremely blessed to welcome a beautiful baby boy into our lives!💕I can not believe that was two years ago.

We celebrated our special little guy’s day with family and friends playing in the church gym, enjoying snacks, cake (homemade by me, first attempt at a rainbow cake too) and each others company.  It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon and an awesome Second Birthday Party for Jameson, he is very loved!image

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Two Months To Go!

I thought I would do a little baby Davis #2 update!

32 weeks (8 months)

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Baby is the size of a Honeydew Melon!

He is very active, likes to kick and knee my upper right side & has quite a bit of hiccups!

Heartburn, sore hips and back are my main symptoms this month.

Jameson likes to give my belly kisses (trying to get a photo of that but no luck yet).

Check ups have been going great! Baby is measuring right on track and no NST’s at the end!

8 more weeks! We are so excited!💕

Update on Jameson’s Myo Progress

A few weeks ago we had a wonderful trip to Portland, OR to see the Advanced Arm Dynamic’s team! While we were down there, Jameson continued to learn how to work with his Myoelectric prosthetic arms as well as have some minor adjustments made to them.image

For three days Jameson worked with Kerstin, the Rehabilitation Coordinator at AAD,(by the way he absolutely adores Kerstin)! Everyday she had him wearing his Myo’s while performing various activities. Most of the activities were just fun and games (including a trip to the playground)! Eventually he started showing signs of really getting to know how to make the hands open and close, so she then had him working on basic everyday tasks that can be a bit more difficult without imagethe aid of his prosthesis. Such tasks included: using a utensil while eating, opening and closing doors and drawers, using a writing/coloring tool, and being able to hold something in one hand while doing another thing with the other. imageHe was amazing, he finally got exactly how to open and close the hands! It totally clicked and from that point on he was set on doing it all and to keep going, even moving from one room to the next telling Kerstin to “come on, come on”.  He had three very busy and productive days which of course included snack, lunch, and nap breaks!image

Watching my 22 month old determined to conquer things that most people take for granted definitely brought tears to my eyes. I get emotional about this because from the moment I learned of Jameson’s disability, I too was determined, determined to make sure my child had every possible chance at a less challenging life. This trip really put things into perspective that all of our determination is starting to pay off! It feels so great to be able to finally see all of this wonderful progress. However, I know we still have a long road ahead of us, (I will have to write a whole other post about that) but for now I want to enjoy our little victories! Jameson is such an incredible little guy that we are extremely imageblessed to have as our son. His dad and I could not be more proud of him and our love for him is immeasurable. ❤️imageimage

Myoelectric Arms Are Cool!

For those wondering how Jameson is doing with his Myoelectric prosthetic arms, he is doing great! In fact, he thinks that they are pretty cool!image

I have been meaning to write an update about his current progress, but forgive me, I am 24 weeks pregnant chasing a soon to be 2-year-old while battling back to back cold viruses since Christmas. However, we have managed to keep wearing the arms a few times a day. Jameson is doing a lot better with the dawning process, this was very challenging in the beginning. You need to understand that they are not the easiest to put on and it can take some time to do so. Most two-year olds have very little patience, as is the case with ours. But, with lots of encouragement and praise, Jameson now cooperates beautifully! We are so proud of him!

As I have said in the past, wear time is fun and very positive! If at any time there are signs of distress or he says he’s done, we’re done. During wear time (we usually just do one so that he has the other arm to feel) he can grab and carry items around! But, as far as Jameson realizing how the electric mechanism works, he is still getting the hang of it. He understands that he can make it move, but is not 100% sure just how he does it. We are confident that he will figure it out with time, especially when he is able to comprehend the explanation of it all. Regardless, he is doing very well!

In other cool news, Jameson is currently a spokes model for Advanced Arm Dynamics! imageHe is featured among other patients in the new brochure and marketing video of 2014! We are so happy to be a part of such a wonderful company and could not be more proud to be able to inspire other families similar to ours. Here is the link to the video (Jameson appears three different times) https://vimeo.com/user5106732/review/85483287/fa66786da4

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The Big First Haircut!

Before having kids, I never thought twice about baby’s first haircut. I just figured that you would snip a few locks here and there, save a curl for the baby book and done.  So not the case. For some odd reason it was difficult for me to finally decide to take Jameson in for the official first cut. I guess I was sad it might make him look too grown up and that we would lose his blond curls forever. He is, after all still my baby, who’s not even two! Motherhood definitely does funny things to a person. :)

Well we did it, yesterday was the day. And the hair dresser was fabulous! She cut it just perfect, not too short and surprisingly it seems to be even more curly. I am very happy and my fear that he would end up looking like a little businessman is gone!

Sat in the chair all by himself!

Sat in the chair all by himself!

Adorable but looking a little girly

So relaxed!

He did a great job sitting still!

He did a great job sitting still!

All done!

All done!

In the bath the night before.

The curls are still there!

The curls are still there!

Baby Davis # 2 Is On The Way!

That’s right, Jameson is going to be a big brother this year! We are beyond excited and very blessed to be expecting another baby.image

Yes, this was planned. No, we are not crazy! Jim and I have always known that we wanted children. From the very beginning we dreamed of having a family of our own, and maybe a big one at that. However, we did not know that achieving said dream would prove to be more of a challenge for us than most.

Despite suffering several losses, enduring painful injections (me), and receiving life-changing news that our first would be born with special needs- we have decided that we still want more children. To say the least, it has been a scary decision, but we have put much thought into it and we know in our hearts that it’s the right one for us. After all, our first child, Jameson, adds so much joy to our lives, we could not love him more. AND he is going to make an awesome big brother!

So, lo and behold this past fall, I found myself staring at a positive hpt (home pregnancy test)! I was petrified, this was happening. I knew that I had to pull strength from anywhere I could get it and be brave. This is what we prayed for.

Four and a half months of hard baby incubation work later, we got to see how our little one was doing. A day that we were extremely panicked about, the dreaded mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Having been through so much has really put things into a different perspective for us. Pregnancy is Scary! Joys that other couples share while pregnant are terrifying to us. Normally this ultrasound should have been something to look forward to. Nope. But, we knew what we signed up for. Because we had no real answer for why Jameson’s limb deficiency occurred, many frightening thoughts ran through our minds.  As the tech placed the wand on my belly I cried, a second later a little hand waved at us and she said ” I can tell you right now that I see full arms and legs”!  And…image

The Perinatologist that was there for the scan said he looks great! We could not be more thrilled and are so very blessed! Now, to choose another boy name yikes! So not easy;)image

3-D image, his hands up near his face.

3-D image, his hands up near his face.

His little feet!

His little feet!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats for my blog in 2013! Pretty cool, I had no idea people from all over the world came to visit us! Thank you.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.