March...

Hello! It's March already and I seriously can't believe how quickly this year is moving. In just a few short months, Reed will be two! Which reminds me, I still haven't shared his birth story yet...Once we make the changes I want to make to the blog ( including some lifestyle posts) - I'll share!

There have been so many updates and amazing milestones Dex has made that I could probably write about 15 posts today but I'll spare you the month long read for another day, haha!

One thing I did want to share on today's post is how important being an advocate for your child is. Declan has been receiving private therapy sessions since birth and it's been one of the most beneficial aspects to his development. Now that he is in school we have access to school based programs ( in addition to his private sessions through insurance ) and we are so grateful for that. He is actually attending a preschool just for kids with Special Needs.  When we first received his IEP ( Individualized Education Program ) he was approved for School based Speech outside of the classroom and we were thrilled. One area that we really pushed for was Occupational therapy as well. Initially we weren't approved for the school based program even though it was highly recommended that he receive it. We were okay with that at first because we knew he was already getting two days a week privately , but we also knew he would need more. We prayed that his teachers and staff would really notice the need he had for additional help and boy, did God answer our prayer...



His previous teacher pulled us to the side and provided us with some advice, which we absolutely heeded and a few days later - we had new meeting for an amendment to his IEP. After our meeting we walked out with an OT plan at school for him and we are so grateful. 


I say all of this because of the realization that being your child's advocate is SO important. Even if you have typical children, you are their biggest and BEST resource. Don't hesitate to ask questions and push for the things you know your child needs. One of the hardest things for me to do is really speak up. It's something that I have been praying that I can overcome and God has really been showing me how to do this. Starting with my own children- and because I have been able to do that it's helped in other areas of my life too. Man, God is good! 


(Valentine's day fun )

You all are so amazing and we thank you so much for following our journey... We do have a few prayer requests below.

Please pray for:

- Dex's upcoming surgery ( don't have a date set yet )
- His respiratory system ( we had a recent bout with pneumonia and he still has a lingering cough )
- For his social skills to really develop positively ( He started baseball! More on that soon )

XO- Dex


Four...

It's been such a long while since my last post and I'm sorry about that. I will get better in the new year! We have been so busy that we haven't even had the chance to take Christmas photos this year! 

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Dex's 4th birthday! While we love to celebrate his birthday in a big way, this year we decided to keep it super small . One of the reasons being, Dex can get easily overwhelmed with tons of people and we wanted him to feel as comfortable as possible. Even singing happy birthday can sometimes cause him to cry or feel uncomfortable so, we really wanted his experience this year to be one that would give him great memories. A handful of family members, cousins and the park made for his perfect day. Here are a few snapshots from the big FOUR and then a few prayer requests to follow... 


His birthday is pretty close to Christmas. So close, that we already had decorations ready for photos, ha!


Baby Brother loved the sand at the park. Dex's teachers made him that sweet hat at school the previous day and he did not want to take it off!


Loving his balloons ( the #4 balloon is literally still inflated in his room).


 His actual birthday was a school day so of course we had a little phone photo shoot at school :)


We went for birthday pancakes after school and we didn't want to forget to include baby bro, Reed in the pictures. 


A few prayer requests...
  • We recently learned that Dex will actually have to have another surgery in the next few weeks. We would love your prayers for a smooth procedure and easy recovery.

  • This past week Dex had a little health scare which led us to the doctor for the some meds, and an intense breathing treatment. Although Dex is pretty healthy normally, we can't take chances with his respiratory system. His oxygen levels dipped below a comfortable and safe level and he needed to be monitored closely.  We would love your prayers for a quick healing and that his airway opens up for easy and smooth breathing. 

  • Pray for mama. The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a challenge. Not only with raising these amazing babies but personally as well. I ( mama) would love your prayers that the Lord will really mold and make me in the way He's called. That I can be that better Mom, Wife, Sister, Daughter and friend. 
 You all have been so supportive of us and so loving of our special son. We love and appreciate you more than you know. Have a very Merry Christmas and we will see you all in the new year!









Excitement



I know, I've been really bad at keeping you all up to date with Dex! I promise I'll get better :) Also, I'm still working on adding some lifestyle sections to the blog. Stay tuned! 

So, this summer has been pretty fun for Declan. We decided to try swim lessons for the first time since he's been loving the water lately ( one of the things we prayed & thanked God for ). We always have to feel things out day by day for him but we knew swimming would bring the same excitement each day.  Our local parks offer swimming lessons throughout the summer so, Mike researched a bit and found that one of our local pools had an adaptive class! If you're not a special needs parent, you might not know how hard it is to find a decently priced recreational class for differently abled kids- so needless to say we were ecstatic! We immediately signed him up and once we arrived to our first class we were even more impressed. It was a one on one class! This was music to my ears and rainbows to my eyes. ( I seriously looked around to see if a unicorn would pop out ) 



Declan took right away to his instructor, Kaitlin, who was just the absolute sweetest. She was so gentle and never forced Dex to do anything he did not want. She kept him calm and he felt safe with her. Thank. You. Lord. 



Today was the last day of his first session and we just thanked Kaitlin for having a heart for kids like Dex, for really taking the time to get to know him and for simply being kind to us. We are already looking forward to the next session and thank God each day for Dex's ongoing amazing progress. 


Excited about his swim certificate!