Welcome to our little space on the net! This blog is just about our family life, and began as a way to keep family and friends updated on what was going on with my pregnancy with our first son, Gage. We've since added Evie to our family, and I continue to blog about family life, car seats, spina bifida, and anything else that catches my attention.

The Kids

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Gage is 4!

And has been for over a week now!  My excuse is that I can't find the white tiger.  He's in the attic, I know.  I just don't know which tied up black bag he's in.  Oh well.

He just keeps growing and I can't stop him!

Here he is at about a week old in the NICU

 At 2.4 months old during the whole EVD/shunt infection thing:

Looking like Daddy at around 4 months old

Playing in the pool, 10 or 11 months

First birthday at the Bears' Game

Learning to use his walker at about 18 months

Sea World April '09, 20 months

Walking at 2

Halloween 2009

Meeting Evie Jan 2010

Fishing last summer (almost 3)

3 years old

3 years old, last fall
Surgery Day, Jan 19 2011

Easter 2011

Playing in the woods by our house yesterday

Gage has grown and matured so much in the last year!  He ended 2010 concerning us with losing function again, so in January, just after Evie's 1st birthday, he had surgery again.  We decided in the midst of all of this to take him to see Dr. Boop, in Memphis.  Dr. Boop has a lot of experience with complicated kids with spina bifida.  We have been so happy with him!  Surgery went well, the cyst that was causing problems was removed, and Gage recovered quickly

He didn't regain lost function this time like he did with the last surgery, but he has slowly improved.  He (usually) works so hard in therapy and now likes to "run" (read: fast-walk) wherever he's going.  Yesterday during our walk in the woods and down to the creek, he really did well on some rough ground that would have been impossible for him a year ago.

Gage continues to prove how smart he is.  He's picking up phonics quickly.  He loves to ask about to work out family relationships.  He knows that Maw Maw is my mother and Nana is Daddy's mother.  When we sing at church, he wants the song book turned to the correct page number.

He is still the friendlies kid I know.  He has started saying "nice to meet you" when he meets a new friend.  He loves Bible class and our preschool co-op days.  He is usually sweet to his sister, and hugs and kisses her as often as he takes something away from her. 

I can't believe I have a 4 year old!!  It has been such a blessing to be his mother!


MaeMae said...

....and he is bless to have you and Tony as parents. We got to do the birthday party and he melted my heart over and over again. He loves hello and "disklikes" goodbyes. When he looks at you with those big eyes and starts touching your hair and your face saying that he needs you to stay....oh my - heartbreaker! He loves so big and I cannot believe he is four. Love to you Gage!

Not Just Another Mommy said...

Aww...I can't believe he's 4 already! He's come so far, and looks like such a happy little guy. Someday we'll make it down your way and he and E can play :)

Oh, and love the Halloween costume!