Has it really been nearly a year since I last posted?
It really does feel like time speeds up when you have children.
In my last blog post I shared with you that Jude's g-tube was removed. I am honestly in awe that we are fast approaching one year since he gave the g-tube the boot.
Honestly, he hasn't looked back. He's been eating and drinking just fine...and just like any other (picky) pre-schooler. He still has his favorites (Chick-fil-a nuggets, bagels and fruit) but I've also figured out ways to sneak his least favorites (veggies) into his every day meals (green smoothies, etc.).
This time last year we were in the middle of isolation season. This year is Jude's first year with permission from his pulmonologist to leave isolation and face winter illness head on. I must admit I was extra nervous about his entry into the world of RSV, the flu and serious respiratory illnesses...especially this year with the flu reaching epidemic levels. But, thus far our little guy has handled it all rather well. He has had a few colds here and there...but he has avoided the flu. Please join us in praying that the flu will stay FAR AWAY from our household.
He continues to see a few specialist about twice a year. And in December he finished up working with his favorite physical therapist. He is tall (96th percentile) and thin...but always hungry and eating.
Jude loves his class at church and enjoys the kid room at the gym I've joined. And next year he will spend a few days in preschool. Come on lungs, show us what you can do!
Jude turned three last month and it felt like a normal (remember when I prayed and prayed for normal days?) party to a fun three year old. He had a small, wonderful Mickey Mouse themed party with our closest friends and family.
Thank you for continuing to follow Jude's story and pray for him. It has meant so much to have friends near and far continue to cheer Jude on. And thank you for joining us in praying for the other CDH kiddos and families that we've met along the way. Please keep praying for them too.
And lastly, if you are reading this blog as a parent expecting a CDH baby: please feel free to comment or send us an email. We'd love to support you on this journey.
And now, for some pictures! :)
(these are out of order...not sure how to fix that)
Cute little guy with mouse ears
3 years old! Blowing out the birthday candles!
This is one of my favorite photos of Jude because it shows just how pesky he can be.
He was supposed to be taking a nap when I snapped this photo.
Jude LOVED Christmas this year. He has been asking all year, "Is it Christmas yet?"
His favorite thing to do at Lowe's.
Happy sweaty boy at the apple orchard.
Loved celebrating Halloween together
So happy together!