Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Edward!

Happy New Year!  This holiday season was absolutely filled with head-to-toe excitement.  Eddie had a wonderful Christmas.  As parents, it was magical to watch his excitement growing with each December day.  Making cookies, wrapping presents, sitting on Santa's lap, finding "Elfie" our Elf on the Shelf, decorating the tree, attending Christmas Eve Mass.... EVERYTHING was meaningful to us.  And Eddie really, REALLY enjoyed watching the Polar Express 47 millions times too!

We are still on break from going under anesthesia with Dr. Shields until the end of March/early April, but we had our first official visit with Dr. Andreas Marcotty here in Cleveland, his new pediatric ophthalmologist on January 2nd.  I was dreading this appointment for weeks - a new office and new surroundings for Eddie, the eye drops to dialate his eyes, new nurses, the exam..... we were there for 3 HOURS.... but it all went very well!  Dr. Marcotty was so nice, so patient, and so good with Eddie.  He made Donald Duck noises and talked to him and played with him.  We went through Eddie's entire medical history yet again, and Eddie was actually a champ while receiving his eye drops.  He only cried for a few seconds and then said, "It's not that bad, Mom!" and laughed! After a partial vision test, they were able to say that his right eye is about 20/50 and that his left eye, well, is simply not a "good" seeing eye."  He reiterated that he absolutely needs to wear he glasses for protection of that right eye. He made some adjustments to his glasses' prescription, and since they have an eye glasses shop right in the lobby we waited for the glasses.  I ordered 2 of his regular glasses and we also ordered a pair of sports goggles.  Dr. Marcotty wants him to wear the sports goggles while playing around in the back yard, going to the Little Gym, recess at school, etc.  The goggles aren't ready yet, but I hope Eddie likes his new pair!

Eddie is really into tools these days.  Actually anything that begins with the letter T- tools, trucks, trains, tractors.  He is obsessed, and Eddie was spoiled rotten once again this year with a ton of presents from his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course Santa.  On an average day, this is what he looks like walking around the house!

And he is totally loving the snow.  I am already itching for some spring weather, but I am afraid the spring in Cleveland will not be arriving for many more weeks.  Luckily, Edward enjoys getting outside.

His nursery school class even played in the snow!  I saw this lovely poster in the hallway when I dropped him off the other day.  All of the kids in his class were shoveling, or making snow balls, and what was my Edward doing? Making a snow angel!  Haha!  I thought this was so funny!

He loves his nursery school teachers and his friends.  He is going to nursery school now Thursday and Friday mornings for 2 and a half hours!  I could cry every time I pick him up because he is so happy.  I am overwhelmde when I think how far he has come, and now he is doing everything a little boy should be doing- playing with friends, making snow angels, making memories. So naturally I invited his little class and few close friends over to our house to celebrate the birthday boy!  He had such a fun day!  He was so excited to blow out the candles.  I can't believe we have a 3 year old!  We are sooooo grateful for our sweet boy.  We love you to the moon and back Edward!

3 years ago we welcomed a 1 lb 12 oz baby boy.  We were in shock. We we heartbroken knowing that you only had a 50/50 chance of survival.  We cried.  We prayed.  We watched you everyday, grow and develop and surpass all expectations.  You are AMAZING and we have been enjoying every minute since January 19th 2011!