Friday, July 11, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
One of our favorites is going to the zoo. Isaiah's face lights up when he gets to see animals up close. He really loves the big aquarium, the bears, and the monkeys. The first time we walked away from the monkeys I told him to say goodbye and he started pouting and had a tear in his eye. What a goof!
Isaiah also enjoys spending time in the water. He's always loved his baths. We were recently able to get in the pool at Grandma's house and he thought that was pretty awesome. I found a pool therapy float for him that goes around his neck to keep his head above water while he can freely move his limbs. He didn't mind the float, but it was a little big for him and therefore couldn't be trusted to hold him up on it's own. Still helpful though. We'll have to try it again soon. We would have tried the lake last weekend, but it was chilly and Isaiah doesn't appreciate being cold and wet.
Isaiah loves to ride Grandpa's four-wheeler. As soon as he hears it start up, his legs go flying and he screams and giggles. We have no choice but to take him for a ride. But don't worry, we hold on tight, don't go far, and drive really slow. He thinks it is one of the greatest things on earth. He doesn't stop smiling and laughing the whole ride.
Isaiah may not be able to do as many things as other kids his age, but his joy for life and true happiness make up for any physical disabilities that he has. We are so blessed to be Isaiah's parents and we thank God for this special blessing every day of our lives.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
We decided to take a little break from therapy for the summer. We have learned a lot of things that we can work on at home, and it is nice to not have to run to multiple appointments every week. He hasn't made too much progress lately, so we hope that talking a little break and working on what we know for a while will help him later on.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Isaiah is doing well. We've been working on using switches for communication. He has a button he can push that says "more" and another that says "all done" so he can let us know what he likes to play with. He is getting better with practice and is able to get his arms to push the buttons about half of the time that we use them. You can tell he gets excited when he does it, which is super adorable. It's easiest to do this in his wheelchair, which we can't get in the house now, so it will get much better after our move.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
While we are used to being stressed, the stress of selling our house takes a normal stress level and multiplies it by 100. We have to have it constantly picked up and clean, we have to leave for showings, and now we have had a couple offers and had to go through inspections and the whole deal. We are waiting to hear back on it still. I just want to get it over with. Moving is also stressful and I just want to get settled in somewhere that Isaiah can be mobile and our live can be easier.
Here's a pic of the cutie to tide you over until next time.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Ok, there were way too many pros vs. cons of getting the minivan. Apparently my "coolness" factor doesn't hold a candle to the praticality of the minivan. Whatever. They are kind of badass in their own special way.
A spot of good news for this Thursday morning... we have been approved for a CADI waiver for Isaiah! This means that we will be awarded funds to help us pay to have our minivan modified to accept Isaiah's wheelchair, and we will be able to make some improvements to our house to make it accessible, and it will be paid for on our behalf. We are so blessed!
I can't wait to cruise the streets with my little Isaiah smilin' in the back of our sweet minivan watching Max and Ruby. We haven't picked out our van yet, but we are pre-approved for our car loan so it's only a matter of time. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as it happens. In the meantime, here is a cute one of Isaiah!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Well I decided I must be getting old this month. I used to LOVE decorating for the holidays. Getting the tree out, putting on all the ornaments, putting out other Christmas decorations and making the house look festive. This year, all I could think about was how dreadful it would be to have to put all these things away after Christmas. And dust and vacuum around them. I might be turning into a Grinch. But we put our stuff out anyways.
We are still working on getting Isaiah a wheelchair. We finally got to try one we like last week, and decided to order it. It’s called the Zippie Iris. It has all the features we really wanted. It’s super adjustable, it has tilt, it has the smaller wheels, and it is relatively compact. It could take up to a month to get the actual wheelchair, and then it could take a month to have the custom seating done. So we still have time to think about the vehicle we will be getting.
Here are a couple of our family pictures from this year (courtesy of Uncle Josh).
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Since Isaiah had his initial evaluation, we are going to be trialing some wheelchairs in the coming weeks. I'm pretty excited for this! His stroller had been working for us, but as he gets bigger it looks like it is less comfortable. We need something that will keep his body aligned and make him comfy when we are out and about. We probably won't use it at home much. Especially since we have that lovely split level house.
The great debate that comes with the wheelchair is the discussion of getting a new vehicle or two. Right now we have two sedans and neither of them will easily accept a wheelchair. There are some that you can take apart, but it isn't easy and it would be much more convenient to just put the whole thing in the vehicle together when we go places. This leads John to suggesting that we add a minivan to our household.
Now, in my whole entire 28 years on this planet I have been telling myself that I will NEVER drive a minivan. I mean, who really WANTS to drive a minivan? Nobody. They are ugly and lame. There is no such thing as a sexy minivan. I told him the only way that I would drive a minivan is if we filled it up with kids. He did not like that response. I feel pressured.
Do I have a logical reason for not wanting a minivan? No. They are cheaper than a lot of trucks and SUVs and they can get better gas mileage. They are roomy and comfortable. They are easily accessable. They can haul things. They can pull some things. But I CANNOT picture myself driving one.
I'm thinking a SUV or truck will do just fine. I can make it work, right? I can't see why not. I just don't have much of an argument there. I don't know who will win the debate, but I'll keep you posted as to what we decide.