Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My First Father's Day.

First off, look at the banner image... Does anyone remember the first time i took a picture of the G-Man on that chair... he was just a little squirt and had to rest his head on the armrest, not anymore! He's getting so big!!!

So its been a week or so since Father's day and haven't had a chance to share, so here goes.

That week, Leigh got Grey his first set of paints and paint brushes, However, the paintbrushes were not really used. Apparently Grey prefers to express his visual inspirations thru that of finger painting! and thats just what he did. He painted me two amazing paintings, paintings I will frame and keep for my entire life. These are by far more valuable than any other piece of art or design I own!!!

Here's a couple pictures of him working on this intense design solution!

And here's the final Masterpiece!

I still can't believe Leigh let him get all "dirty" with paint. I guess she knew I'd really like it! :) She was right. So after Grey gave me his paintings, we played for a while.

Later that day the family took uncle Jake's boat out and Grey had his first "swim" with daddy. I'm not sure what he thought about it, I still think he was a little self-conscious about the dorky life-jacket mommy made him wear. I think i heard him say something like, "Come on mom, this thing has a dorky turtle on it and my name's not Kent, why does it say Kent on here?"
Anyway, since his maiden voyage we've discovered he is a big fan of the water and even likes being dunked!

So after a busy Father's Day what else is there to do then to take a nap!

My First Father's Day was amazing and look forward to so many more!



Monday, June 22, 2009

Appointment Update...

Greyson had a VERY busy week last week and I thought that it was time to update all of you on how his appointments have been going. First, he had his 4 month check up with the pediatrician (we still can't even believe that he is 4.5 months!!!) All went well there, he is weighing in at 15lbs 10oz. and is 26 inches long...50% for his age in both...we'll take it! :) He also had a head ultrasound and a check up with his neurosurgeon to check on his shunt, we are VERY happy to report that his shunt is working just as it should be! I have to say that whenever anything is just a bit different with the G-man my first fear is always that shunt! If he doesn't eat as much as he usually does, or sleeps a little longer, or cries just a little bit more than normal, I immediately feel his soft spot just to make sure that it feels ok, I don't know what I'm going to do when that soft spot closes! I guess that is something that will always be in the back of our minds. Anyway, back to the appointments...:) While we were at the SB clinic to see the neurosurgeon we also saw one of the other doctors there, he says that Greyson is doing GREAT!! He was very impressed with his head and trunk control (all of that tummy time is paying off!) Speaking of tummy time, Greyson is not a huge fan of it and has started rolling from his tummy to his back! He has been doing this for awhile now, but it is becoming much more of a regular thing! I think he sees how happy I get whenever I see him do this, and he knows that it is the best way to get out of that tummy time! We have been working on rolling from his back to his tummy, but he's not quite as good at that yet. We also had a kidney and bladder ultrasound and an appointment with the urologist. All is well in that department as well! His kidneys are growing as they should and not too small or enlarged and everything is still looking healthy! I'm always a bit nervous for these appointments knowing that cathing will most likely be in our future at some point, but the longer we can put it off the better! :)

Well, I think that it is for our appointments. Like I said, it was a very busy week, but one filled with good news! :) Greyson just continues to do so well and we are amazed by him every day! If we only knew what life would be like with him, we could have saved ourselves A LOT of worrying in those months after we found out about the spina bifida. Life is so good. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Trip Up North

So this past weekend Grey made his first real "road trip". We all packed up and headed north with some friends to Boyne City. We weren't quite sure how the G-man would do, but figured when he fell asleep after traveling a full city block, we thought we might be in the clear for the full duration of the trip. Although when Leigh told him he had to ride in the backseat for over 3 hours this is how he looked at us. :)

As to say, "seriously..., you want me to ride in my car seat for how long?" hahaha He was a champ though, made it all the way to Boyne city and the minute the car stopped, he woke up and was ready to go!! (eat that is) :)
Anyway, the entire weekend was incredible, great weather, great friends, great place to stay (thanks tom and jess!) great food, just a really nice time to relax and get away. Grey seemed to have a good time as well. And guess what, he pretty much stole the show. Even when I ventured out on the water to rip it up wakeboarding...sure enough he was on the dock gettin all the attention. I mean, come on, I nearly pulled off a 360...look at me!!! hehe :)

so here's a few pics from the weekend.

This last photo just shows off our amazing parenting skills...when the little dude has to spit up, just hold him over the dock. :) haha.

Here's one more photo just cause i love his shirt and love my son!!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Motherly Instinct?

I guess it's that time again...time to update the banner image and showcase just how big Greyson's getting! Admittedly, we kinda set up the shot and kinda put his hands in his pockets. It was hard to resist!

I just wanted to share a quick story about Leigh and "Motherly Instinct". First off there is no doubt that Leigh possesses this thing that many refer to as motherly instinct. I knew that from day one. And truthfully, I'm very thankful for this type of "radar" moms seem to have, becasue I can guarantee there will be plenty of times when I'm clueless about some parenting issue and Leigh will swoop in and just know what to do. It's good to have that on your side. :) I've seen it come into play many times already in the first 4 months and am amazed. Here's the thing though, This weekend Leigh tried to use this "motherly Instinct" on something far from parenting. Let me explain:
Leigh, Grey and I are in the car going somewhere, I can't remember where, but as we often do when we see a car that we like, we typical say something like.
"ohh that'd be a nice car to have someday"
Well I just so happen to say this and made reference to some sort of Pontiac driving by us. Leigh almost disgustedly glanced at me and was like,
"Uahhh, are you serious? I don't like Pontiac's"

I kinda chuckled to myself and was looking forward to hearing her reasoning, of which I knew she had no "real" reason not to like a Pontiac. So I ask Why?
She responds saying,

"I can't really explain...(she pauses) it's just my Motherly Instinct"

Ohhhhhhh OK, that makes sense. Let's just say I'll ask Leigh to leave her Motherly Instinct at home when we do any future car shopping. HAHAHA

Other than that things are good with Grey! In about a week he'll return for a head ultra sound and another visit to the SB clinic. He's a very happy boy and we're getting pretty good at making him laugh!

love to all,

Andy, Leigh, and Greyson :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Hello everyone!!
It's been a week or so since we posted, so I thought I'd update how things are going here in the Gibbs house. And to put it simply, GREAT! Little Grey amazes us everyday, and no matter how tired or drained Leigh and I are, we instantly get recharged when we get a smile or even better, a belly laugh out of him!!! It's funny how the outlook of an entire day can be flipped by the simplest of things...a smile.

So we all had a day off this Monday and celebrated by hanging with the family on uncle Jake's boat. Leigh and I were both a little nervous about taking him on the boat with a bunch of his rambunctious cousins, but we thought if he had all the proper boating attire, he'd be good to go! (see picture) :) Turns out grey, and his mom and dad had a pretty nice time on the lake!


Grey, Leigh, and Andy

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pic Post

We were camera happy this weekend, so we thought we'd share a few.
Grey's getting so big!

love to all,

The Gibbs Crew

Friday, May 15, 2009

SB clinic...

Today we had our first spina bifida clinic. For those of you aren't familiar with this, this is somewhere that you go and get all of your appointments done at once. You see the neurosurgeon, orthopedic doctor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, and a pediatrician who is also a rehabilitation doctor. Our clinic doesn't have a urologist as of right now, but they hope to have that as well within the year. So...as you can imagine this makes for a veeeeeeerrrrryyyyy long day!!! We knew that it was going to be long but had NO idea that we would be there for 4.5 hours. I would almost just rather go to all of these doctors separately, rather than stay in a little room waiting for that long. Anyway...Greyson was a champ and did amazing! He showed off to all of the people that he saw and they all seemed to be very impressed with his head control, tracking of objects, and his overall happy and laid back personality. We met with a new orthopedic doctor and liked her very much. She really believes that Greyson will be able to walk one day, with the aid of braces and perhaps a walker/crutches. This was very encouraging for us to hear. Part of me was a bit terrified for this appointment, with the limited movement that Grey has in his legs, we sometimes get ahead of ourselves and wonder if it will be possible for him to walk. But, these doctors have seen many cases similar, or worse, then Greyson's and they know what they are talking about. :) With every appointment that we go to, the fear of spina bifida gets smaller and smaller. We know that we can handle whatever we are told at these appointments, but news like this always makes us feel good!

Well, Greyson continues to get bigger and cuter every day, and every day we are amazed at how blessed we are to have him. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers for Grey and our family, they mean so much to us! Here are a few more pics of the little man...one with his new boots (AFO's) :)

I hope this finds you all healthy and happy!
Leigh (Andy and Grey)