Sorry I have been quiet lately. My internet isn't working at home so it is difficult to update. That and trying to work full-time, go to school full- time and raise two wonderful little boys. The past two weeks have been a blur but here is what I remember of them:
-Jacob had his birthday party last weekend. I have some wonderful pictures to share with you once I have reliable internet again. The party was wonderful! We went to the YMCA where Jacob had seven friends and some wonderful moms join us. Our good friend, Diane, also came along and was a huge help to me. The kids had a great time swimming, eating cake and playing in the inflatable obstacle course in the gym. The kids ranged from 2 to 8 years old. They all had fun with each other and most knew each other before the party. I haven't decided what to do about M's birtday next May but a party at the Y is a definite possiblity.
-Jacob had an appointment with the eye specialist. The eye doctor was the last person to convince that he doesn't have a terrible disease called Sturge Weber syndrome. Thankfully, he doesn't. There are no signs of glaucoma or other problems. No seizures or muscle weakness and no signs of brain lesions. Woo hoo! The doctors and I already pretty much knew this but apparently milder cases can sometimes hide until around age 4. He is now 4 so it has been ruled out. We don't have to see the eye specialist for 2 years. We will continue with laser treatments to the port wine stain but that is to help prevent problems and for cosmetic reasons.
-M is still with us and his case is progressing. It will actually be taking up a lot more of my time and energy in the near future. Of course, I can't discuss it here except to say it is progressing. I love M and can't believe how far he has come in the short time he has been with me. He definitely fits into the family well and feels like he belongs here. Like all children, he needs permanency and hopefully he will have it soon.
-Jacob continues to do well in his preschool program. He is now writing his name, spelling his first and last name and reading most of the alphabet. I am no longer worried about learning disablilities or other things related to his history and malnutirition. He is a surviver and shows it every day. Both of my kids are amazingly resilient.
Tonight we are off to a play farm to celebrate fall. Then Sunday we can go back with our church if the weather is nice. It is suppose to rain and be cold though so I guess we will wait and see what happens.