Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quinn is ONE!


I returned from another trip out to see the kids this week. It was so fun to see them again, and they are growing up so quickly. This trip was extra special as Quinn celebrated his 1st Birthday on February 17th! Although I haven't been around Quinn nearly as much as I would have liked, it has been so rewarding for me the last few visits to really begin to feel a stronger bond with him and know that he actually knows who his Daddy is too. Quinn is such a sweet spirit, so good-natured, and an absolute joy to be around. He is inquisitive, loves "gadgets" like phones and buttons, loves climbing stairs (and often tries to jump off of the last stair), loves his big sister Aryn, loves being outside and eating snow, and warms up to about anyone. He has struggled at times with ear infections, his laryngomalacia, and reflux, but he has handled it for the most part with great strength and always maintained his smile and peaceable character. He got tubes in his ears last month which have helped his ear infections, and it looks like his laryngomalacia is finally starting to gradually subside as well. In fact, Sara reports that he actually slept entirely through the night last week (which had not really happened yet). So, here's to a healthy and happy second year, Quinn! I LOVE YOU!

Quinn enjoying some of his new presents with Aryn.
A trip to the library with Dad.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Belated update

(This was a draft that I never finished, but figured I'd publish what I had anyway.)

A little update:

1) The Holidays were so fun! It was so nice to have extended time off work to be with family in New Mexico and the kids in Utah. Thanks to everyone who made it wonderful.

2) Quinn has been struggling with his health really since he was born. His laryngomalacia has kind of haunted him since birth, but he's managed it OK. However, he's also had bad reflux. It doesn't make him spit up, but it has impacted his eating and his sleeping for months. He's also had frequent ear infections that have thrown off his balance and caused him discomfort especially at nights. He's such a sweetheart and such a great-natured kid that it's kind of hard for me to really even know there is a problem because he is so pleasant. However, Sara has assured me that the good-natured boy that I see during my visits isn't even close to what a dream he is when he's totally healthy. We finally got him a surgery to put tubes in his ears which will hopefully elminate his ear infections, and Sara has been laboring diligently to try and figure out the right medicine for him and what dosage is appropriate. Hopefully, we'll get everything figured out soon and he'll grow out of his other conditions so he can just be the happy, easy-going kid that he is.