Getting Back To My Creative Self

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Being creative makes me happy!

The past few years have been a little rough and somewhere in there I lost touch with that part of myself. Too much time was spent worrying about Jameson and making sure he would be okay. And not to mention five pregnancies, doctor visit after doctor visit, and of course all the time spent raising funds for prosthetics. But now things have calmed down and we are so blessed to have two beautiful healthy children, a new house and I am proud to say that Jameson is thriving and doing amazing!

With our new-found down time and a bigger home I can get back to doing healthy activities with my family. Some of those activities involve arts and crafts and ” do it yourself” projects! With a Bachelors’s Degree in Design, I like to think of myself as a creative person and I could not be more excited for all the possibilities!

My boys are still a little bit young for most of the projects I have in mind, but I love the thought of one day being able to create something together.

With that being said:

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With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to take all the pickle jars (about eight of them) that I saved this last year (I was pregnant ok) and turn them into colorful jack o’lanterns or rather “jar” o’ lanterns!

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THE LAST STEP:

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Easy peasy!

 

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Back At It… For Now!

It’s been a while since I last posted. One word describes our little Davis Family right now- CRAZY!

We’ve had two major life changes. The first being (of course) having a baby and second we went and uprooted ourselves after spending nine years in one place. It all happened a few weeks after Jack was born. One evening we had a brief discussion about feeling like we needed more room and up and decided to move to a new home right then and there. Our old house was feeling a bit small with the birth of our second child and after an opportunity to move to a bigger place presented itself, we went for it! The whole move was last-minute for all parties involved and needed to be accomplished in less than three weeks.  In retrospect, we probably should have thought it through a little more, but the excitement of a new home had us believing that it wouldn’t be that bad!

Boy, were we wrong. Not only did we have more “stuff” than we thought, it was over 100 degrees most of the days during the move, two-year olds don’t help pack (they unpack), newborns are needy (lol),  power outages and storms caused us some damage, and surprise- many people were unavailable when we needed help. If I would have had the money to hire a moving crew, I would have paid them a million dollars.

To say the least it was a really tough move, but we did it and we love our new home! There are many great things about it. We have lots more space and there is a fantastic view of the river nearby. We are still in the same city, but in a new area which is much closer to my husbands work. Overall, we are so happy we did it, but greatly looking forward to when we can finally get settled in. We still have a little ways to go.  image

 

Jameson is now two and a half! He is talking up a storm and can count to ten, most of the time (sometimes he skips over nine and ten and goes straight to fourteen).  He has a new room with airplanes and he is soon to have a toddler bed and to be potty trained. We hope.  With all this moving hoopla and baby brothers it has been quite the busy summer for Jameson. But we have managed to squeeze swim lessons in there and fun times at grandma’s pool. He also continues to be quite brilliant when it comes to wearing his prosthesis. Jameson is an amazing kid with a new hair style to boot!

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Jackson is now almost three months old! He is nearly 13 pounds and quite chubby and cute. He is such a sweetie who smiles all the time probably so that he can show off his adorable double dimples. He loves to watch and listen to his big brother play with Mike the Knight and tell him stories. We like to call him Jack most of the time. And just yesterday he started to giggle, even though he has been cooing and squealing for a few weeks now! imageimage

Jim and I just celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary! We have lots to give thanks for, we especially love our boys and feel so very blessed! image

The Countdown Is On!

In three weeks, give or take a few days, we will officially become a family of four! We could not be more excited! Jameson, however, has no idea what is about to rock his world. We have prepped him as much as we can, but I have a feeling that he thinks I just have a giant belly now, no big deal. This mysterious baby brother we speak of is apparently in dad’s and his tummy as well!image

Meanwhile, we have been very busy getting ready for baby and trying to spend as much time together as just the three of us. We also decided not to make any major changes to Jameson’s routine until after he and baby are settled into their new “world” for a few months. At that time we will work on moving Jameson to a “big boy” bed, potty training, and travel back to Portland for an adjustment/occupational therapy for his prosthesis. Speaking of the prosthesis, we continue to wear them daily and he now knows exactly how to open the hand! The process is steady and he is well on his way to understanding their importance.imageimage

We have been enjoying our time together before our lives get a little bit more crazy. The weather could not be any better, spring has been beautiful here in the Northwest! Jameson received a playhouse from Grandma Diane, which he loves! Jim is building a potting bench for me (currently in search of an old window and rusty old shelf brackets to add to it), and with the little energy I have left, I am planting a patio garden.😀image image image image image image image image

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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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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