Jameson at 11 1/2 Months

I can not believe that Jameson is almost ONE! In 2 weeks, we will celebrate one of the most important milestones in a child’s life. Exciting!!! But, I am sad that my baby is almost not a baby anymore. Where has the time gone?

11 1/2 Months

  • Has been on a baby food strike- will only eat snacks or things he can pick up himself. “I can do it myself” is the look he gives us
  • Loves books
  • Bath time is now in the “big boy bath”
  • His puppies are his favorite walking stuffed animals
  • Can maneuver his walker like nobody’s business, even puts his arm on the back of the seat when backing up! This cracks me up
  • Weighs 21 lbs
  • Loves Peek-a-Boo (who doesn’t)
  • Can stand against furniture on his own (with us close by)
  • Is obsessed with trying to learn to walk
  • If you don’t assist him in his walking for hours and hours, he gets really upset. ( I am going to need a chiropractor soon)
  • Crawling is old news, but still crawls all through the house when we take a break from walking
  • Prosthesis continue to be worn on a daily schedule.
  • And we are looking forward to receiving his Myos at 18 months!

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Prosthesis Fit Again!

Jameson is a fast growing boy! After only 3 months, he outgrew his prosthesis. So off to Portland we went to have his first set of adjustments. We’ve been home a week now and Jameson is right back on track with his wear schedule and PT/OT time. I was a little worried that we would have to start back over from the beginning. But, this little boy surprises me everyday with his tolerance, perseverance, and I can do it personality! What an awesome feeling it is to know that he is so strong-willed and motivated. I am a proud momma.

The week in Portland was great, it was so nice to see everyone again. The staff at AAD feels like family and it’s a place we can go and feel at home. Jameson especially feels right where he belongs when we are there. This trip, we brought his new favorite toy, his walker! Jameson enjoyed being in it between fittings and measurements. He had so much fun zooming up and down the halls, visiting everyone in their offices, and helping Shannon man the front desk:) It was beyond adorable! He was free to roam the entire place, and I might add that you can’t do that at just any office, only the awesome ones!

zooming by fast!!!

zooming by fast!!!

great ot/pt sessions!

great ot/pt sessions!

Special Needs Spotlight

This amazing fellow limb difference mom has an awesome blog that I adore and follow. Her blog is called This Little Miggy Stayed Home and you should definitely check it out. Each Friday she spotlights a different child with special needs and their amazing family. This last Friday she chose Jameson!  Here is the link to Jameson’s Spotlight http://www.thislittlemiggy.com/?wref=bif  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you would like to participate in one of her spotlights or know anyone who would, please email Miggy at thislittlemiggy at gmail dot com.  She asks if you could please include a brief summary of your child and their condition, along with links to your blog and pictures if applicable. Thanks!

Here are some other recent spotlights she has done:
                                                          Albie (multiple heart conditions)
                                                          Mary Cate (apert syndrome)
                                                          Brayden (born with left eye, hearing problems)
                                                          Jack (cerebral palsy)

Green Family part 2 (adoption, multiple kids with special needs)  Green Family part 1 (adoption, multiple kids with special needs)

                                                          Raphael (down syndrome–looking to be adopted)
                                                          Emma-Kate (Pallister-Hall)
                                                          Aviana (traumatic brain injury)

Jameson’s National T.V. Debut!

Our little trip to Hollywood, California

A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, we were contacted by a producer at the daytime talk show “The Doctors”(a Dr. Phil spin-off with more heart-felt and educational stories). She said that our story caught their attention and thought it would be a great fit for the show. After talking to her briefly, she asked if we would be interested in flying down that next week to share our story on the episode “Medical Mindsets That Change Lives”? We were so very surprised. At that moment we were trying to think of how we could possibly just up and fly to L.A. so suddenly? She explained that airfare, hotel, and food would be covered and there would even be a driver to pick us up upon arrival.  So, Jim and I turned to each other and said “Wow, this is awesome, oh my gosh, this kinda thing does not happen everyday or ever!”

As nervous and unsure as we were, we were in! But, I am not going to lie we were a little bit terrified. After all, it is such a personal story for us. Even though we have gone public with local news and many people have read my blog, we still felt intimidated to share our struggles with the ENTIRE nation and not to mention a live audience. To help ease fear and add an element of expertise on prosthesis, Jameson’s Prosthetist Mac Lang was also invited on the segment to explain the science and the many options available today and in the future. Many loose ends at home had to be tied up but we knew that this opportunity could not be missed.

Overall, the experience was incredible! Everyone at “The Doctor’s” show could not have been more kind, encouraging, and professional. Plus, we were able to do a little site seeing, Jameson did pretty good at flying for the first time, and no one freaked out during the taping (as in me, I was so nervous)! Yay!

Our official dressing room!

Our official dressing room!

First time flyer:)

First time flyer:)

Speaks for itself ( @The Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater)

Morning View of LA from our room

Morning View of LA from our room

Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame

Grauman's Theater-"Beautiful Creatures" Premier

Grauman’s Theater-“Beautiful Creatures” Premier

Oh yeah!

After the show

Site seeing

Site seeing

Hollywood!

Hollywood Sign! (you could see the sign from our hotel)

On our way back home, goodbye Hollywood!

On our way back home, goodbye Hollywood!