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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Making Everyday Memories

Some of my favorite memories of this year so far…

The moment Jackson was born. So amazing to have done this twice, I feel incredibly blessed.

Jackson’s smile. To die for, loving those double dimples.

The fun adventures we have experienced recently in our new neighborhood.

Jameson’s smile. Love that handsome little boy.

Watching my two sons bond. Even at this young age I can tell that they are going to be best friends.

And us. Our little family of four.

 

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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)

Needing New Hands Already?

Jameson, my precious little cutie patootie!

Jameson, my precious little boy!

My husband Jim and I were a little shocked the other day when Jameson’s prosthesis would not fit. Gosh, already? It was a little unexpected that our little guy out grew his first set of passive arms so quickly. Yes, kids grow fast, but goodness we’ve got a wild weed here! I guess I should not be surprised because he has worn size 12 month clothing since about 9 1/2 months. We just thought for sure he would be in this set of arms until the fall. Keeping up with his wear schedule at this point is pretty crucial in the whole process of learning how to use the prosthesis, adjust to them, and tolerate them. This process will get him ready for his really important next set, his myoelectric “hands”. Ideally, he will be ready for the myos at 18 months.

Luckily, we have been scheduled right away for the next available appointment at our prosthetic company Advanced Arm Dynamics. We leave this next week. Of coarse, they were wonderful and said not too worry they will adjust the prosthesis and get Jameson back on track! This major growth spurt was not at all a shock to AAD. I on the other hand, am still a little surprised. Or maybe I am in a little bit of denial, I want my baby to stay a baby. Don’t all mothers want that?!

My other concern is that he is probably going to need a lot more prosthesis than we originally expected.

A major question now is this: just how many sets is he going to need? Jameson is a growing boy and a fast one at that. Looks like we’ve got a long journey ahead of us with fittings, fund-raising, and faith that we will be able to provide our son with what he needs to lead a more normal life.