Happy 3rd Birthday!

Wow it’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I started gathering my thoughts and experiences to be able to put this blog together. It’s was an idea that I pondered while pregnant with my first child, a child that would soon come into this world “different”.  A child who I had not yet met, but a child, a baby that I wanted to protect and shield from the world. A world in which we all know can be cruel, very cruel.

When our son Jameson was born he was absolutely beautiful! Although he came to us missing both of his lower arms and hands, the moment I saw him I was in love. However, that was a day that I had been so incredibly nervous for, not to give birth(believe it or not) but somehow my fear was how would I react to seeing my baby. A baby who was not considered “perfect” in the eyes of society. Honestly, I was worried to death about a lot of things, but as I held him for the first time, all of that uncertainty disappeared.

He was perfect.

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Just like any newborn he kept us busy! I completely forgot about starting the blog.

But then a few weeks went by and we began getting lots of questions. Some nice, some mean. Particularly from people who didn’t know us or our story. The answers to the questions were not always cut and dry and I didn’t have time elaborate. So that’s when I finally decided that the blog was in fact a good idea. I felt I needed to share our journey (a long journey at that). I wanted to give my child a voice since he didn’t have one yet, a fair chance to tell people why he looks like this, and the best way in my opinion was from me, his loving mother who was there and always will be every step of the way. (link to very first post)

When I told my husband that I wanted to start a blog he was hesitant and asked “If you want to shield and protect our son, why put him in the public eye?” It was a good question, but to me it wasn’t putting him in the public eye it was like I said, to give him a voice.

Starting this blog was one of the best things I have ever done. It has connected us to so many wonderful people, led us to once in a lifetime opportunities, and I hope that it has brought inspiration and encouragement to other families like ours!

So Happy 3rd Birthday davisday2day and Happy 3rd Birthday to the amazing boy who is my little superstar!

Jameson Cruz

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Today, Jameson is doing amazing!

He is such a healthy beautiful three-year old! A typical little boy who loves the outdoors, muddy puddles, playing ball, going on walks and hikes, he loves to color, play with play dough, do arts and crafts, all of which can do with or without his prosthesis or what he calls his “helpers”. The way Jameson has adapted over the past three years is incredible, he has exceeded our expectations entirely. We could not be more proud of him!imageJameson is such a love, he loves everyone! He is as social as one can be! Other children are always curious when they first meet him and they can often times come across as unkind. Nevertheless God has blessed Jameson with the ability to let it all roll of his back. All the questions and stares have never seemed to bother him. I pray that he can always be this confident and unafraid.

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Jameson attends preschool one day a week and he loves it! This fall he will start going two times a week. I wish it were more only because he wakes up everyday asking “are we going to school today?”

Last May, just after Jameson turned two we were blessed with another baby boy! Jameson is a wonderful big brother, he and his little brother Jackson have a fascinating bond already. I love seeing them interact together. It is quite magical.

 

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imageHanging out with his dad is one of Jameson’s favorite things in the whole world. I adore seeing the wonder in my son’s eyes when he watches his dad work on projects or shows him how to shoot a basketball. Jameson is always eager to learn. I love that about him.image

imageJameson is intelligent, kind, and funny. He often comes into a room and says “I love you guys”!  His vocabulary is really impressive, in fact he never stops talking. He loves to sing, count in Spanish, watch Peppa Pig, build race tracks with his dad, take his toys apart, and is considerably fond of tools. But like any three-year old there generally comes fits, cranky times, and selective hearing. Nothing out of the ordinary, but to say the least he is very head strong and knows what he wants and usually knows how to get it.

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We have been incredibly blessed by Jameson and would not change him for the world. He is now aware that he is not exactly like everyone else, he says to me “mom, I don’t have fingers, but you do, and dad does, and Jackie does”, and  I say “that is okay, you have your helpers. They have fingers, and just like you they are so cool!” He looks at me for a moment and says, “yeah I am cool!”

We still have many challenges ahead of us but it is nothing that prayers, perseverance, and love can not get this little boy through.

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Jameson has my heart.

imageHappy three years of life you have a very bright future ahead! We love you Jameson Cruz Davis!image

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Jameson on “The Doctors”

When Jameson was just ten months old we were very privileged to tell our story on the television show “the Doctors”!

Wordless Wednesday

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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

Jameson At 20 Months

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Jameson is:

  • Busy!
  • A happy little boy who is always laughing and smiling (but of course still has his toddler moments)image
  • Learning parts of the body-he can point to and say: eye, eyelash, nose, ear, mouth, belly button, and feet
  • Very sweet, loves giving hugs and kisses
  • Super friendly, not shy at allimageimage
  • Can count to 3 🙂
  • Talkative; newest words(besides above)- string cheese, please, thank you, buh bye, night night, baby, help me, ho ho ho cause that’s what Santa says, and he can tell you when asked what various animals say!image
  • Amazing at using his short arms (picks pieces of thread off of the floor and can screw bottle caps off and on)!
  • Wearing his new Myo’s everyday for a little bit and knows that he does not have to wear them if he does not want to (while they are on it’s always fun and games and very positive)image
  • Silly, likes to fake laugh to get others to laugh!
  • Very well-behaved in the Church nursery!
  • Into books
  • Eating finger foods and drinking from his cup all by himself without prosthesisimage
  • Going to be tall (we think) already wears 2T !!
  • Such a joy to be around! We are blessed!imageimage