Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Good news - the OT & PT came to test Noah on Monday. After testing, Noah is on target & sometimes even ABOVE target, doing some things a 12-13 month old would do...and he's only 9 months. After the testing, we were told that Noah doesn't need OT or PT at this time.
Praise the Lord.
Noah's 2nd opinion with the eye specialist is coming up - this Tuesday, the 24th. Thank you to all who are praying - and continue to do so!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Noah and I spent a lot of time together in the back seat, while Jeff drove...
Are we there yet?

Noah tried out the big jacuzzi tub...
Jeff & I did decide to try some snow activities. I chose to go dogsledding.

My cousin, Jesse, actually was my driver.

There's our team...

We were out for a little over an hour. I loved it & would do it again!

This is the Carriage House - which is where we went swimming, played pool, etc. Sites from our room...
Mind you, we don't ski... but THIS is why people vacation here (our mistake.)

Our timeshare was the the top one, on the left...

It was beautiful, but Jeff & I now know that we are WARM weather vacationers...

Skis, everywhere, except our unit.

Now is as good of time as any to show our frigid vacation up in Canada back in February. This is where we stayed.
Why, oh why, is it snowing tonight?
Abigail, I hope you like snow! Happy Birthday to you.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Dreaming of Spring & Summer's arrival. Jeff has worked very hard to landscape around the house - this is what it looked like last summer. We're hoping for even more lucious gardens this year!
Snow, snow, please go away.
Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies, all gone before Easter even arrived.
You should see all the things I do now...
I must get to my Happy Apple!

There's just something about a child playing on their knees.
Look at what I can do!

Daddy tells me not to touch his plants, though, even if I DO think they're pretty!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I'm 9-months old today!
The Easter Bunny showed up at our house a few days before Easter, to visit Noah. He also waved at traffic from our driveway...
Noah wasn't too sure what to think...

And, our crazy family...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I know that many of you have been praying for Noah & have been waiting for an update. The news we heard last has made it difficult for me to share what is going on. On March 5th we went back up to Buffalo to see the pediatric eye-specialist. The "wonderful" dr. spent about 7 minutes with us & told us this, "He's legally blind, he's likely to be retarded; won't ever drive a car... have a nice day." Jeff & I were left speechless - as we knew he had the nystagmus, but didn't know we'd ever hear "legally blind" - we had never even thought that, for Noah acts like any other happy lil' guy. After contacting our pediatrician, we now have this specialist's 2 reports on Noah: the 1st time he saw him he wrote his vision was 20/800, then this last visit was 20/200 - which is an "improvement of 600." We have a wonderful pediatrician & he has told us that because Noah is only 8 months old, that it's all merely a guess; Noah can't read an eye chart, tell us exactly what he sees, etc. So, the past month has been a whirlwind. A man from the NYS Commission for the Blind has been here, a lady from the county's department of Health, and a TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) was here on Saturday. The TVI was very nice & said that Noah is doing VERY well - he tracks, he picks toys up, plays with them, crawls, stands up in his crib, etc - and we will just be working on helping him see distance better. Likely, when he is 3 or 4, he'll be wearing glasses. She also stated that Noah is a "learner."

It's a lot to take in. I've been doing research on colleges that offer Master's Degrees to become a TVI - which is likely what I'll persue. I'm thankful for Noah, the strengths he possesses, the joy he brings, & that his vision isn't as horrible as that "specialist" made it sound. We have learned that being legally blind simply means your vision is at 20/200 or higher. We are hopeful that his vision will improve; we have a God who is the great physician & healer. We go back up to Buffalo on April 24th to see a DIFFERENT specialist, for a second opinion. Please keep us in your prayers, as well as Noah.