Farewell 2012!

I cannot believe another year is coming to a close! I seriously think once you have kids it’s like someone presses fast forward on your life.  We’ve also been so busy this year it’s no wonder I have no idea where the time has gone.  Braxton has come so far this year and we’re so excited to see what 2013 has in store for him.  Cruising? Walking? Talking?? Eating?! All of the above??! Only time will tell.  Braxton is doing so well and doing everything in his own time.  With every milestone, we celebrate with him and everyday I’m amazed to witness all that he’s accomplished.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Oral Feeding – Before we ran into issues, Braxton was able to drink 4-5 ounces from a bottle and eating 4 oz of pureed foods 3 times a day!! We were fairly certain he’d have his G-Tube out by the end of the year…unfortunately, he had a major regression and stopped taking anything orally.  He’s making some progress now and we’re hopeful we can get him back here.
  • Rolling Over – Braxton was about 9 months (March 2012) when he was finally able to roll over from front to back and back to front.
  • Unassisted Sitting – Braxton was finally able to sit up on his own without assistance (pillow, boppy, mommy etc) at about 10 months (April 2012) he was a little wobbly for a while, but by May he had it down pretty well.
  • Up on All Fours – It wasn’t too long after rolling that Braxton started pulling himself up on all fours and rocking getting ready to crawl (even though actual crawling came much later)
  • Getting from a sit to crawling position – Braxton mastered this at about 13 months (July 2012) and was able to get himself from sitting down to his belly and up on all fours getting ready to crawl.
  • Pivoting from all fours – Once Brax was able to get up on all fours he wasn’t able to crawl, but he learned to pivot himself around to get where he wanted to go
  • Scooting Backward – Backward movement is important developmentally, and we were so excited to watch Braxton finally be able to scoot himself backward to get where he wanted to go. He’d scoot a little, sit up, get down and scoot some more until he got where he wanted to go.
  • Crawling – And finally, at 15 months Braxton started crawling.  He is all over the place now!
  • Kneeling – Now that Braxton can crawl he can get himself to a kneeling position to play with toys and back down to crawl to the next toy
  • Pull to stand – Braxton is now pulling up to a standing position on toys and furniture! Getting back down is still a little scary, but he’s getting better.  It won’t be long before he’s cruising along the furniture and then running away from us!
  • FIRST BIRTHDAY! – Braxton turned ONE June 24, 2012 – amazing in and of itself. He wasn’t supposed to make it home from the hospital, so to see ONE was a true blessing. As is every day he is here with us.

Medical Stats: 

  • I wish I’d kept better count, but we’ve had about 3-4 specialist appointments every month this year. Looking at our calendar this year I count about 48 appointments with specialists. [Feels like we were in the pediatrician’s office every 2 weeks due to Braxton’s congestion, so that adds quite a bit]
  • Therapy – I think starting at the beginning of this year we were up to 2 visits weekly for Speech and Physical therapy.  We started Occupational Therapy in August, adding another 2 weekly therapy visits.  That’s 6 therapy sessions per week for Braxton.  Thankfully, we have in-home therapy sessions, so we weren’t driving all over town for therapy.  We also had Vision therapy through the school district that came out twice a month.  She brought out Orientation and mobility services twice a month as well.
  • Next year, I’ll actually tally everything up…this year, I just know it’s been a lot!
  • Braxton had to go under anesthesia twice this year, once in April to have his ear tubes placed and probing & irrigation of his tear ducts.  An ABR to test hearing was also done at this time.  In May, he had a light anesthesia to have the ABR repeated since the first one was not accurate due to fluid draining from his ear.  The second time was in August when he had his hand surgery and another ABR to confirm his hearing results.

So, I started this blog on August 19th this year and we’ve had about 8,700 views in just 4 short months! You guys are awesome for visiting and reading and taking this journey with us!! WordPress put together an awesome little stats page for me to share with you and you can see that below.

Some of my personal favorite posts are:

Some of YOUR favorite posts were: [based on most page views and not listed above]

Some of my favorite pics this year: 🙂 

Stats from WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! MAY 2013 BRING US ALL BLESSINGS AND HAPPINESS!

4 Comments

Filed under Family, Kids and Family, Life, Special Needs Child

4 responses to “Farewell 2012!

  1. I live your blog thx for sharing:) you are an amazing mommy way to go Braxton in 2012 happy new year can t wait to see many of his accomplishments this year

  2. Vikki

    Love, love, love!! Keep up the great work. On your hardest days, remember; You Are a Great Mommy!!!

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