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
ASU attire in preparation for tonight's game, horsey rides in the kitchen, Halloween decorating, visit to Grammy and Papa's house, In and Out lunch date and Conner's birthday party at the park!
And the greatest part of the day was John PLAYING kickball with the rest of the kids at the party (and joining in the relay races....on moms back!) It sure made this Mom and Dad proud. The smile on John's face (and on our hearts) was priceless!!!!!!!
The kids slept great last night, woke up happy and hungry and ready to start their day. I have a feeling it's going to be a good week:)
And since I haven't really updated much about John's progress since his SDR surgery, here goes....
He's doing fabulous. His legs and feet are much more flexible. He is 100% more sturdy and get this....he's gained 6 pounds. Can I get a woot woot?!?! Prior to surgery his weight stayed around 33-34 pounds for what seemed like forever. His pediatrician said he was burning so many calories fighting against the spasticity in his legs. So now that the spasticity is gone his muscles aren't working as hard and he's packing on the lb.'s. He's still one of the smaller ones in his class but he definitely isn't a pip squeak. I think he's just perfect!
Love my 40 pounder!!!!!!!!! And my 25 pounder too!!!!!!!
I swear my baby boy looks like he's ten years old in this picture.....how did that happen? Time, please slow down!!!
Now that John is off at school all week long, I sure LOVE the weekends. Let the count down begin....five more sleeps until we get to do it again:)
Even though we miss Johnny terribly, sissy and I are enjoying our one on one time. She's my little sidekick and loves shopping. Every time we are at a store she'll point to things and say, "Hopie likes!"
Ohhhhh and I think fall is in the air. It's going to be in the 90's this week....brrrrrrrrrrrr!
As you know, we were told that John would never talk due to the severity and location of his brain bleed. So as you can imagine, every word out of his mouth is music to our ears.......and boy is he funny. I absolutely LOVE his sense of humor (he got that from his Papa Lindley.) I have no idea where he comes up with these things.
At any rate, I need to write down some of the things he says so I never forget them...
John: "Mommy, repeat after me."
John: "I totally rock!!!"
Mommy: "John, do you know the difference between a boy and a girl?"
John: "Ya, boys wear a hat."
Mommy: "John, what do you want to be when you grow up?"
John: "A doctor so I can make people feel better. Sissy is going to be a hammer so she can work just like Daddy."
He also told me this morning that his music teacher is not mean or mad. Hahahaha! And my all time favorite was tonight.....it literally made me (and my BFF) tear up.....
Auntie Brittany was sitting on the couch with John talking about his day and what not. John mentioned that his Daddy ordered him two new smurfs and Britt said, "Wow, your Daddy is super Dad." John said, "No, he's not super Dad. He's just Dad." And then there was a pause and he looks at Britt and says," And he's my best friend."