Since it has been so long, I thought I would update you with a "Tidbit" post...
***The girls are officially out of school for the summer...YAY! The unfortunate thing is that I've heard the words, "I'm bored" way too many times already. We have no exciting plans this summer, so I'm afraid it's gonna be a LONG one!
***Matthew is all over the place and into everything! Such a huge blessing but boy does he wear me out! He still desperately needs a brace for his right leg/foot to hold his foot in position and stretch his achilles tendon, but insurance has denied it. Why did they deny it? Because he doesn't have a diagnosis of diabetes! Is that not the craziest thing you've ever heard?!?!? I guess a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy isn't enough. We are appealing this, and it's super frustrating! The brace is $2,000 or we would just pay for it out of pocket. The other thing is that when he outgrows this one, he will need another and so on.
He still goes to physical therapy every other week, and we have just added occupational therapy every week to our routine. He needs help with his right arm/hand and has some eating issues we need to address. I can't say enough good about the therapists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. I feel truly blessed to have their help with our little man. We also had a speech evaluation recently, but they determined he didn't need it at this time. We will reevaluate that in 6 months.
***Emma Grace turned nine in March! I'm a terrible mom because I didn't do a blog post or wish her a happy birthday here on my blog. Jessica is turning 13 this coming Monday, and I hope to get posts for each birthday done soon. Jessica actually gets to spend her birthday at the beach! She has been invited to go with a friend, and while I'm sad not to spend her special day with her, I'm excited for her. I feel bad for Emma Grace, though, because she turned down a beach trip with one of her friends at the same time because she didn't want to miss her sister's birthday. :(
***Gib is officially finished with his specialist's degree from the University of Georgia...YAY! He is still working through the middle of June, and we will be happy when he is home for the summer. He is super excited about a trip to Las Vegas with his brother and cousin in June. I'm glad he's going with them because that's one place I have absolutely no desire to visit.
***I've been super sick with pneumonia. They originally thought it was bad bronchitis, but it turned out to be more. After three different antibiotics and a round of steroids, I'm finally feeling better. I honestly wasn't sure I was going to make it at one point and just wished they would put me in the hospital for rest and IV antibiotics. Apparently it wasn't bad enough for that, but it would have been nice. I'm just SO thankful I'm feeling better!
I really want to take a beach trip by myself this summer, but I'm not sure that's gonna happen. Everything is so expensive! I'm trying to think of somewhere else I can go that is nice and relaxing, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I just want a few days to relax, be selfish and do whatever I want to do! :)
***The Angel Babies 5K went great a couple of weeks ago. I ran despite
being sick, which wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done, but I was
determined to run for my boy in heaven. I had a terrible time and the
course was hard, but thanks to one of my BFF's, Jenny, she pushed me and encouraged me through the whole thing. She could have smoked me but stayed by my side the whole time. Thanks JC!
We had 20+ people as a part of Team Grady. I appreciated each
and every person who donated and/or took the time and made the effort to be part of
that day with us. Again, I'm SO grateful for my family of friends, and I'm SO thankful that family isn't defined by blood alone. Here are a few pictures from that day...it was HOT!!!
That's all for now!