Oh, The Places He’ll Go!
We want to first apologize for not posting as frequently as we would like. Sometimes getting caught up in the daily routines of life makes you forget to just sit down, relax, and write a blog post to fill in family and friends of Mason Man’s progress! Sit down and relax? We wish. There doesn’t seem to be much time for that lately in the Snow household.
Everyone always says “time flies,” but you don’t really understand that until you have a child of your own. We cannot believe our son is about to turn one. You would think this year would seem like an eternity with everything we’ve been through, but that is not the case at all. This year has absolutely flown by! With that, right now, our biggest hurdle is getting everything in order for Mason’s 1st Birthday party this Sunday. We are having it at our home because Mason seems to feel a lot more comfortable in familiar settings. Admittedly, we are a family of procrastinators, so we still have a lot of work to do!
As for Mason, by the grace of God, he continues to thrive. He is still “technically” a little behind developmentally, but he continues to amaze us each and every day…and that is an understatement. When we think back to when he was born and look at where he is now, it’s almost like we are looking at two different people. In a sense, we are a little sad that he is turning one and moving farther away from the baby stage, but to see all the progress he has made makes us the proudest parents in the world. Here’s a little list of some of his current progress:
- For months after he was born, he had very little movement in his hands and his thumbs were basically locked into the palms of his hands. Now, he literally will grab anything and everything in sight and he constantly has to have something in his hands. Mom’s hair is definitely one of his favorite things to grab hold of.
- He’s not crawling yet, but he is getting ever so close. He prefers the “roll” method right now, and uses it every single time we set him on the floor. We can’t take our eyes off of him for a second before he is gone.
- He finally is able to hold his bottle by himself and drink. This is a pretty big accomplishment for him and it also gives us a little extra free time. And even more remarkable is that Mason, with a little help from his therapist, can now drink his juice from a straw. For a kid that was hooked up to a feeding tube through his nose when he was born because he didn’t have enough strength to suck, I would say this is quite impressive!
- Mason Man isn’t saying mama or dada regularly yet, but he is starting to show us a lot of non-verbal communication. The newest one is raising his arms when he wants to be picked up. I’m sure that is a very common thing with most kids his age, but to us, it’s just another encouraging step forward in his progress.
- As of this morning, Mason officially has 6 teeth! Chompers over here is sprouting teeth like wild fire.
- We took Mason to Phoenix Children’s Hospital this morning to get a Barium Swallow Test. They do this to see how he handles his liquid intake, basically to see if all the liquid he swallows is going down the right pipe. We were hoping that he would be able to stop taking his food thickener, but that will have to wait. He is still at risk for aspiration, which means liquid could bypass his esophagus and go down into his lungs. Not a good situation at all, but he will get another test in 4 to 6 months to see if it’s getting better.
That’s all for now. And we promise to try and update this more often…this past month has been hectic. We hope all is well with everyone. God Bless.
The Snow Family