Sunday, November 29, 2009

So much to be thankful for...

Im a little late for Thanksgiving, but I thought I'd say how much I am thankful for this year. It's incredible how much has happened in 2009, but I am so glad that everything worked out the way that it has. I think I have become a better mother than I ever would have dreamed. I am so thankful for my husband and kids. I feel so blessed. I'm thankful to our donor family. I think about them just about daily and the gift they gave my family. I'm thankful to have the family and friends that I do.

Malakai is just growing up before my eyes. It's amazing to watch his mind grow. He's starting to say words. He started saying "baby" then "Papa" now he's saying "ball" I was looking at a book with Makena and Malakai last night and there was a picture of kids playing basketball. I asked him "Malakai, where is the ball??" And he pointed to it with his pointer finger. He just seems like he shouldn't be able to do this yet! I know he is 14 months old, but I just feel like he's so much younger! I couldn't be any more proud of him. With all that he's been through, you'd never know it. People are amazed at how sweet his personality is. People who don't even know him can tell that he's a very laid back, sweet kid. I just love him!

Makena starts "school" tomorrow. Josh and I have made the decision to enroll her into part-time daycare. We think she needs the social aspect of being with other kids. I am going to start working for the company some, and so we decided to enroll her into a preschool/daycare. We'll have the option of taking her everyday, but probably will only take her 3-4 days, part time. Malakai will be going to the office with me, so we'll see how that goes. The first few days have been ok, hopefully they continue that way.

I am going to attempt to get my Christmas tree up tonight. We'll see how that goes, it's already almost 7 and I still have to get both kids put to bed. So hopefully, hopefully I can get that done! I got almost all of my shopping done on Black Friday. Rita and I met at 4:45 am and shopped until about 3:30. We had a blast and I was so thankful to get alot of it done! Now to get the tree up, wrap presents and plan Makena's birthday :) I can't believe my baby girl is almost 3!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Few Trick or Treat pictures

Here are a few pictures from Halloween. Kena was a "kitty princess" and Kai-Kai was a cowboy. She looooved going trick-or-treating. She'd walk right up to the door, knock, step back and wait. She wasn't shy about digging into the bowl to get some candy and skip back to us. Daddy kept Malakai nice and warm in a blanket and then we had a great meal at Nana & Papa's house, complete with more candy!

My two cuties all dressed up
She could hardly wait to go!!

Up fresh from a nap and looking handsome as usual

We decided to take the kids to the zoo the day before Halloween and were surprised to arrive and see they were doing trick-or-treating. She no longer cared about seeing any animals, it was all about the candy! HAHA...Here's a cute picture I got of the two of them together

A beautiful tree at Sarah's house that I wanted to get our picture taken in front of but by the time I made it there, the rain had taken most of the I had to kneel for the picture, but turned out OK, I guess :0

Gonna try this one more time...

I have literally tried to update my blog at least 4 times and for whatever reason (not sure if it's Blogger or my computer) they never seem to post! I don't even realize it until I go to make another blog and see that my older post never showed up. Very frustrating...

Anyways, I haven't updated in what seems like forever. Malakai is growing and changing every day. He's cutting jaw teeth right now, bless his little heart. We didn't even see them until tonight and he was brushing his teeth and started to cry. I looked in his mouth while he was screaming and see THREE new teeth. Poor baby :( Two jaw teeth and one next to the teeth that are already there.

Let's see, what else is new. First Steps came out yesterday and he has qualified for both developmental and physical therapy. I really don't think they'll have to come out much at all. He just needs some muscle stregthening and he'll be good to go :) He's learned how to get onto his hands and knees and push himself from that position to sitting. Next will be learning how to pull himself up and then start coasting along furniture. I'm not at all worried about him. He's had alot of hospital time and I know he will catch up! He loves to throw a ball and lately he's been "cleaning up" It cracks me up! I'll give him a basket and about 6 balls and he will proceed to pick each one up and put it in the basket. He's also been saying "Don't" and "Stop" As well as throwing up his arms when you say "Touchdown" and he can "show you his muscles" It's so cute to watch him grow into a little guy and away from his baby tendencies. I think we're going to be getting a hair cut soon. His length is getting a little out of control, but I really don't want to see his soft baby hair go yet. So we'll wait a little longer :)

Makena, Malakai and I all got our H1N1 shots today. It gives me a little peace knowing we have the vaccine, but also I worry about the lack of time in studying it all. It's so hard, but I'm at peace with the decision! Both of the kiddos were troopers. She got real nervous when we went into the room, but as soon as it was over the lady gave her a sucker and she was fine. Malakai was the same. He cried, saw the sucker and was happy again :) I have such brave kids!

Malakai had a few liver friends, Eden and Eli, recieve their "Gift of Life" on November 10. They're both doing well and I am so glad to see they no long have Biliary atresia and are on the road to being normal, healthy kiddos :) Keep it up, little ones! I can't wait to see pictures of chunky, healthy babies!!