This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007!

John's 3rd Christmas was FABULOUS! We were able to venture out and spend time with both our families yet still have time to relax on Christmas morning.

Santa was VERY good to us....we all made out like bandits and enjoyed spending the day playing with ALL of John's new toys.

John actually got the hang of opening presents this year....only problem, all he was interested in was eating the wrapping paper. Silly boy!

Christmas Eve



My poor baby had, had enough...he was soooooo tired:(

Christmas Day







As you can see by the pictures, we had a wonderful Christmas! We are already sad that it's over and can't wait to do it all over again next year:)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

HELP!

Please, someone help me....my child will NOT nap and I am losing my mind. I KNOW he is not ready to give up his nap because he is clearly exhausted but he has been fighting it for over a week..ahhhhhhh!

Anyhow, with that being said, I don't have enough time to write about our Christmas. SOOOOOO, I will leave you with yet another GREAT X-mas photo.

The infamous John and Grandpa (mouth open) photo!



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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sneak Peak

We are off to watch Santa Claus 3, but I am leaving you with a little glimpse of our WONDERFUL Christmas!



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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

All I Want For Christmas Is...

...a new button!!!
Well, Mommy made her first call to 911 today.....but, luckily half way through the call I was able to cancel it.

Here's how it went down....

John's button (G-tube) came out today......while Daddy was at Home Depot:( I didn't panic, just pushed it back in and waited for Daddy to get home so we could change it together. We have about 7 extra buttons at home so there was really no need to worry (even though we've NEVER changed it before.) However, things didn't go as planned.....pull the old button out, slide the new one in, and then fill the balloon with water. Sounds simple, right? Well, once we got the old one out, we could not get the new one in and John was SCREAMING in pain because we were trying to force it in. We tried numerous times with NO luck. We were about to make the trip down to Phoenix Children's but we were afraid the hole would close before we got there, so I called 911 in hopes that the paramedics could help. Thankfully though, Jamie was able to get it in as I was talking to the 911 operator.

Here is a picture of the old button. The part at the bottom (that is torn) is what we call the balloon. When filled with water (using the side valve on the top), it holds the button in place. As you can see, the balloon popped.



Needless to say, it was a scary few minutes, but now John has a beautiful, new, clean button for Christmas!!!


AND, this incident comes after another scare last night...the little bugger pulled an ornament off of the tree and it shattered all over him. By the time I got to him, he was covered...head (mouth) to toe. I am thinking we may find a little sparkle in tomorrows poo:)






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Friday, December 21, 2007

Seriously!

I think my little man has given up his nap....SERIOUSLY! We've gone 4 days now with NO nap at all. My poor mom is exhausted (she's been watching him all week.) We're not giving up though...any and all suggestions are welcomed!

Here are a couple pictures of John EATING pretzels....SERIOUSLY! I still can't believe it and yes, we are eating on the floor (don't worry it's clean)....but, if he wants to EAT on the floor (or anywhere else for that matter) then the floor it is:)




This is John's newest face.....too stinkin cute!

Don't you just want to kiss that little face?

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

My New Ride!



Thanks Grammy for John's AWESOME B-day gift! He (we) love it!




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Thursday, December 13, 2007

We're Still Alive!

We are still here, still alive, and doing FABULOUS (minus the cold Mommy picked up at the Church Christmas concert.)
Let's see, where shall I start????
Well, for starters.....I don't feel too guilty about having to cancel John's birthday party anymore because.....we are still celebrating! In fact, he has received a new gift almost everyday since his birthday....AND, it was 2 weeks ago!

NOOOOOO....John's not spoiled:)

We are not going to be able to walk in this room before long....especially after Christmas!

We also received John's Pony Walker this week. This one is actually a loaner until ours arrives.

Other news:

John had his 2 year check up yesterday and he now weighs 23.8 pounds! His Pediatrician still cannot get over how good he's doing.

I loaded him up with Motrin before we headed out the door because I thought he'd be getting shots. Well, he didn't get any shots but he did take a great nap:)

And, the best news is.....we don't have to go back until he's 3! Yaaahhhhoooo!

After the pedi. we went to the Dentist (who we absolutely LOVE.) If you recall, the last Dentist (who I did not care for) took one quick look at him and said, there's nothing we can do. Well, this new Dentist (who had a 27 weeker, 15 years ago) sat with us, listened to our concerns, played with John, examined his teeth, put fluoride on them, and discussed a plan (fluoride every 3 months and we'll talk about capping his teeth when he gets older.) She was AMAZING and I am sooooooooooo glad we found her.

So, if anyone needs a pediatric Dentist, you know who to ask:)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Handsome Boy!




Nothing new to report....just a couple cute pictures of the most handsome boy in the world!


And, yes his shirt says..."My Daddy Can Arrest Your Daddy." Sooooooo, don't mess with my boy:) Tee hee!!!


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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I love the rain.....BUT, just not on the day of my son's birthday party!

As many of you know, it rarely rains in Arizona....so, what are the odds that we get TONS of heavy rain ALL weekend long?

Needless to say, the party (at the park) was cancelled. However, we did throw together a little something for the birthday boy on Friday night.




I still cannot believe this journey started 2 years ago....so, we once again thank you for keeping us in your prayers and for being along for the ride…for the past 2 years!!!

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Friday, November 30, 2007

2 Years Ago..


Well, it was 2 years ago today (at 2:54pm) that our little boy made his arrival.....just in time for the Holidays...smart kid! I can't believe that it's already been 2 years.....but, I also can't remember my life without John in it.

The past two years have the happiest and saddest times of our lives.....however,we wouldn't change it for anything!

So, Happy 2nd Birthday Bubba. You are extremely LOVED by SOOOOOO many people....in fact, just while we were at Speech this morning (for 1 hour) you received 9 phone calls wishing you a Happy Birthday and it's only 9:00am!!!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Cutest Kid Ever!

Thanksgiving weekend was fabulous......with both our families! Uncle Craig and Aunt Alli left on Saturday night. We are already counting the days until we see them again.....Rhode Island (next summer)....here we come!!! Ohhhhh, how we wish they lived closer....it's fun when your siblings are also your best friends!




Anyhow...

*The house is decorated.....inside and out! Have I mentioned that I LOVE Christmas?
*We are gearing up for the BIG birthday party on Saturday (which reminds me...I still need to order the sub!)
*John's PT is looking into getting him a pony walker.

Life is simply wonderful!





Friday, November 23, 2007

Attack Of The Vacuum:(

Unfortunately, John had his first BIG accident today.....I was vacuuming up the pine needles from the Christmas tree and tilted the vacuum up to roll it....John stuck his little hand underneath and the vacuum sucked it right up! It took all the skin off of the top of his hand and his ring finger. He was so brave though....just a few wimpers!

Anyhow, we gave him Motrin along with LOTS of Neosporin and a band-aid on the wound.

He is one BRAVE little man!!!


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

We've come a LONG way since last Thanksgiving.


There are so many things we are thankful for.....our health, our happiness, our supportive and loyal friends, and are AMAZING family.

We received a VERY nice surprise last night.....My sister (n-law) called me to check and see if we received the Texas brisket that my brother sent us (to take to my parents today.) When I went outside to check, guess who was standing there? Uncle Craig and Aunt Alli drove straight through from Austin, Texas to Arizona to surprise us for Thanksgiving. We love you guys and couldn't be more thankful to be spending Thanksgiving with you and the rest of the family.

Definitely the BEST surprise ever and the BEST Thanksgiving too.....all three of them that is:)

I didn't take a lot of pictures today but, here are a few...


Bring on the Turkey!!!
Dancing with Aunt Tracy!

Discussing which song to listen to next:)