Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Right now our family has so many things up in the air. We totally feel like we are "in between" so many different things right now. Our move to Colorado is getting closer with about 3 months until the packers come to pack our household goods. We have finally started to feel more excited about moving, and more okay with leaving Minot. We have always loved living in Minot, and no one has ever heard us complain, unless it was wishing for more snow :). But lately, so many negative things have been happening, that we feel ready to just move on and start our next chapter. We are probably the most excited about buying our first house in the next month or so...something we have been wanting to do for the last 10 years, but are now finally in a place where we can and not be stressed, as we are now 100% debt free! We can't wait until we finally have our own home and can make it ours. I am sure we will post a big announcement when we have everything finalized.
Update on Abby:
We just had the girls parent-teacher conferences and of course Abby did amazing. Her teacher refers to her as "the perfect student". She is reading over 2 grade levels ahead of where she needs to be and all of her other subjects are scoring well above average as well. She has been going to a "gifted and talented" program for the last two years which she LOVES. Right now her favorite subject is still science (mostly biology). She has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up. Most of the time she says she wants to be some sort of animal doctor or maybe a zoo keeper.
As far as her health, it is remaining about the same. She still continues to sleep walk 2-7 nights a week (started as a toddler when she moved out of her crib). Her night terrors had completely gone away a couple of years ago, but have started to come back in the last few weeks. The sleep walking still remains, even after a 6 month time frame of it only happening once or twice...it started back up pretty often about a year ago. Her migraines are completely under control with her medication, down to 1-2 headaches a year. We did find out she might possibly have some sort of asthma or other bronchial issue as we found out she is having a harder time running and breathing at the same time. If she does, it's very mild and we are trying out an albuterol inhaler for a few weeks to see if that makes a difference.
Update on Jordy:
Jordy's conference went great as well. She is right around where she should be, and even excelling in a few areas. I think right now, her biggest struggle is reading (as it is for most kindergarteners) and we definitely need to work on it more with her. We read to her every single night, but I know we need to push her to sound out and read words more often. Last weekend we went on our trip to Grand Forks, ND to meet with a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. We found out that she does NOT have Perthes Disease, but she does have some sort of genetic disorder with her hips and possibly other places in her body. Usually these cases are presented with short stature, which would explain why she is so small. We really didn't get much information at all because he said we need to go to a genetic doctor to find out exactly what it is. She needs full body scans as well as genetic testing to find out which marker is showing up abnormal to know what we are dealing with her. Honestly, we didn't care for this doctor at all. He barely even looked at Jordyn. In fact, he thought she was a boy, after coming into the room (I get that she has a gender neutral name, but she is wearing pigtails and earrings, and he didn't even look at her). Honestly, how hard is it to glance next to you and see what your patient looks like? We do appreciate his knowledge and that because he is a specialist, he could tell right away looking at her hip x-ray that it was not Perthes (apparently, they look very similar, so our pediatrician still did a good job catching that something wasn't right!) This explains why she hasn't really had much pain as this condition usually isn't accompanied by pain. He suggested waiting until after we move to Colorado and have access to one of the best hospitals in the US (Denver children's hospital) to see a genetic specialist and find out more information. Either way, it sounds like nothing really will be done, it's basically just so we know what her condition is. He said most cases, once you hit your 40s, probably need a hip replacement. So as of right now, we are pretty much back to square one as far as what Jordyn has, but it's nice to know she will probably not need any sort of surgery or treatment during childhood.
Update on Geoff:
I think Geoff is probably more anxious to move than any of us. He has been working much longer hours with a much higher workload the past couple of months and he is getting burned out on always having extra work thrown at him non stop. We just keep repeating "3 more months". He is testing for his next rank in a couple of weeks, and we think he has a really good chance of making it this year. He has worked very hard to get where he is and I know he is excited to see what changes come with his AF career as he moves up in rank. Ultimately, his goal is to make Chief by 20 years. He is excited to be going back to his intell career and starting a new job in a new place. Right now he is taking a semester off of school so he has more time to study for his test. His hearing aid is still not working for him and at this point probably never will. We will probably have his metal stump removed and test out a brand new device that is pretty much his last hope of him ever being able to hear from his right ear. He doesn't really have much free time lately between his longer work hours and studying for his test, but hopefully that will be changing soon. He is very excited to buy our first home and all of the stuff that goes a long with owning a home (so many project ideas). With his new job in Colorado we are hoping to have more time to travel and do fun little weekend trips since there is so many more things to see and do close by.
Update on Me:
Well, after 6 weeks of weekly blood draws, my blood levels are finally back to pre-pregnancy and we are now waiting on blood work to tell us if I have any sort of blood disorder. 11 tubes...11 tubes of blood they took this week for these tests! Part of me hopes they find something, because then, I will have an answer. A reason why we lost him. Right now I am mad at my body. I am mad that my body formed a blood clot and made us lose our perfect little baby. I know I had no control over the situation, and I did nothing wrong...but we lost him because my body did something wrong. He was strong enough. He held on until the very end. He would still be safe and sound, growing stronger inside me right now. This is the longest it has ever taken my body to heal from a miscarriage, which is to be expected because I was much further along, but I just want it to be done and to feel back to "normal".
Right now....I am just tired. Flat out tired. Emotionally and physically. I feel like I have just been going from one doctor appointment to the next between the four of us. I am the one factor that never changes in each situation, and even though I wouldn't have it any other way....it's exhausting. I am blessed to be able to be there for every appointment, every phone consultation, and every "Mommy, my legs hurt more today." Of course I would rather us not have to go through all of these trials, but I am thankful that we get to be together as a family, and that we are where we are supposed to be. I am thankful for the doctors and the knowledge they have. I am thankful for the Air Force and the medical coverage they give us so we never have to pay anything out of pocket. I am thankful for the family and friends who love us, pray for us, and support us.