Thursday, September 17, 2009

Still here...

Yes, we are still here and doing well! The last 2 months have flown by and we've been busy enjoying lots of 'end of summer' activities. I get on the blogs and read about all of our friends every day, and I can't believe I've gone almost 2 months without posting here! Some of our end of summer highlights include: Fun times with cousins, grandma and Nana & Pacaw, free summer movies at the mall, visiting with all the heart families at the annual summer picnic, spending lots of time outside and at the park, going to the county fair and rodeo, welcoming home good friends from Iraq, and a great cardio appt. for Teag!

Gavin started his first season of t-ball which has been really fun to watch- go cubs!
He also officially started preschool this week, and loves it! I had a hard time leaving him the first day but he did great.One of my favorite things we did as a family last month was our trip down to Hood River, OR. Gavin's birthday is this week and he has a passion for anything on wheels- especially trains. So as part of his b-day we took a trip down to Oregon to ride the Mt. Hood railroad. None of us had ever been on a real train, and I think Trent and I enjoyed it as much as the kids! We got to ride for an hour to a little fruit farming town, get off to explore for half and hour, then ride back. In the fall they have a harvest train where they take you to a pumpkin patch to get a pumpkin then load it back on the train for the trip back. In the winter they have a similiar x-mas tree trip and also the Polar Express! I think we'll be headed back to Hood River soon!

At the end of July Teag officially graduated from physical therapy! She's walking,climbing and running everywhere and its amazing- we're so proud of her! We still go to OT once a week for feeding therapy- which remains our biggest issue. Teag will be 18 months on the 21st and still weighs around 18 1/2 lbs...
Recently I noticed that her teeth, mainly her front tooth has been sensitive and causing her pain. I'm starting to wonder if this is why she has such a hard time eating. Now that she's talking so much more, she's started to touch her front tooth and say "tooooof!" in a sad voice. One of her front teeth came in discolored and missing the enamel and my dentist told me it was probably from one of the meds she was given in the NICU... He dismissed it as minor and said that her permanent teeth should be fine. But now that she's uncomfortable I made her an appt. for tommorrow morning with a local pediatric dentist who can hopefully help her!
Teag had a cardiology appt in August and everything went well. No echo, ekg or even meds adjusting which made me a little uneasy but they don't want to see her again until Nov!
We have a busy week ahead with more appts. and a construction party for a special boy! Thank you for checking in on us after we checked out for so long!


The Simmons Family said...

I love the update!! I'm so glad to hear that Teagan is doing so well. She is such a peanut compared to Owen at 25lbs. The great news is that she is doing it on her own without tubes.... horray for that!! :)

We need to follow your lead and go on a train ride. Owen is obsessed with "choo choos". It looks like ya'll had a great time!

Good luck at the dentist!!


The Hands said...

Wow, look at all those teeth. Hope their able to do a cap on the tooth or something to help her out. Sensitive teeth are no fun.

Sounds like you have had a fun summer. The train sounded like a lot of fun. It just dawned on me that our family should try to take advantage of some of the fun things that are available here in AK. It's so easy to just get caught up in "living" that you don't explore what's around you.

Hope you're feeling alright and have a bit more energy. Gav looks so grown up waving goodbye to you.

Katie said...

So glad you finally posted!!! Yay! We're looking forward to coming down tomorrow for Gavin's big party! See you then, the boys can't wait :)

Marcia said...

The update is awesome! I miss you guys so much! The kids are growing up so fast! I'm glad you are getting to do some fun things as a family! Love you! Mom/Grandma

Bonnie Lisama said...

I found your little Teagan's blog today, some would say by chance, but I know it is a God thing. My little friend Rudy has HLHS and when I was reading his blog tonight, his father mentioned several kids he checks on and prays for, and he posted a few links. Sometimes I check out these new kids and add them to my prayer list. I read about several sweet kids, and on each blog they list their heart friends. I found Teagan there. My family prays daily for our friend Rudy with HLHS. We will now add your little Teagan to our list. My daughter's name is Teagan too! She is 8 years old, she has never met another Teagan and she will be happy to find out that there is another beautiful little girl sharing her name. It sounds like you live near Seattle WA, my parents live in Port Orchard WA. and we are flying up there soon for a two week visit. We will ask them to add your Teagan to their prayer chain at church as they are wonderful prayers as well. May God bless your Teagan.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, the train ride looked like alot of fun. I'm so glad Teagan is doing so well!!! I want to see halloween pics of the little goblins!
Love Aunt Karen.