Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Ta da! Our newest Cria!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wide eyes!!!

Poor Josiah, his eyes had to be dilated for two full days in order for the eye dr. to get a good diagnosis. But, prognosis glasses or surgery...for now. We will be making trips to the eye dr. every 6-8 weeks to make sure his eyes don't deteriorate quickly. He will need glasses or surgery in the future, he's just too little to keep glasses on right now, plus he gets sensory overload when anything like hats, sunglasses, towels, etc. are placed on his face or head. He literally starts thrashing and eyes tear up! Poor baby. To combat this, I do a lot of deep tissue massage on his head and face.
We also may be looking at braces for his feet. I will be making another Gillette appointment for the summer. He is getting a little thumb brace to help correct that tightness.

Oh, we have a new cria! (That is a baby alpaca). She was born last week, and is adorable!

Just a little update from our busy household!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Helping our Josiah...

We had our meeting here with all the specialist from our county program, it went very well. The results of his delays seem a little overwhelming on paper, but once we started on goals for the next six months, it seems very doable.
He is between 5-7 months behind in various areas. He will be turning 11 months this next week. He is still my toting baby! He is either on my hip, on my back, or propped up pillows and blankets. I do have plenty of helping hands most of the time. It is great having so many children willing to help their little baby brother. It is also easier with a baby at this stage in our lives, as far as so many willing hands.
As little as Josiah can do right now, he has shown some progress with a few motor skills. We are constantly doing physical therapy of some sort, with him. This week he was able to stay in the crawling position for a minute, once we placed him there. This is pretty big, since his trunk streangth is so low. I have been doing message on both his feet a lot, and we are working on correcting his thumb posture on his hand so he can learn the finger pinch method of picking things up.
Looks like we will be going in for another surgery for his adenoids. His breathing is so congested and stuffy all the time, just getting worse. We are just waiting on what the pediatric eye specialist has to say about surgery on his eyes. It would be nice to get these surgeries done at the same time.
In the meantime, he is such a gem! Always my smiley boy, big wet kisses and hugs, so funny to watch him discover how to make others laugh! I cannot put into words how much I love my baby boy! He is such an amazing gift! At times I am so overwhelmed with what God has given me. What an awesome God to serve, what a calling I have as a mom!!!! I can't wait to see what He has in store down the road!

Monday, April 7, 2008

A few updates...

Josiah has been evaluated by our county for services, and it looks like we will get quite a bit of help to get him caught up. He has been such a trooper through all the dr. visits and evaluations, everyone comments on how "good natured" he is. He is such a sweetheart! We are excited to see how God will work in his life!

I went to an alpaca convention this weekend, ALL BY MYSELF! I even stayed overnight at a hotel! I learned a ton about our alpacas and can't wait to get them on our farm, which by the way...WE ARE STILL LOOKING!!!!!
It is getting a little frustrating with the hobby farm search. I spent at least 20 hours a week looking, driving, at hobby farms. It has been over a year now, and we are still looking!

Spring is finally here! The birds are becoming active with their singing, and the weather is getting very nice to be out in. (I hate the cold)! I can't believe that May is just around the corner, and my Andrew will be graduating! I can't believe my first baby will be going to college and on his own. I still don't feel old enough to have an 18 year old! It's really a weird feeling!

I know I don't have much to report, but wanted to put a fresh update.