Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday! (Week #22)

I haven't written a blog since early November and to be honest I don't know where the time has gone. Brayden is doing quite well and his vocabulary is exploding as well as his imagination. He is pretend playing age appropriately and is overall making leaps and bounds with his development.
We enjoyed Christmas with our happy and healthy Brayden and I can't put into words how grateful I am for those memories. We celebrated his birthday on Sunday (a week early) because I couldn't get off work this weekend and we had an awesome day and Brayden got some awesome presents! For the first time ever, he was excited to open his presents and has been actively playing with all of them.
His 3rd birthday marks exactly two years ago since we learned he had a brain mass and started our oncology journey. It is amazing to see how far Brayden has come with so many odds stacked against him. I get pretty emotional thinking about the day we got those first MRI results because there were so many unknowns. I had so many fears that day and while I still have some of those same fears a lot of them have changed which I think is good.
Currently we are doing a lot of transitioning and we have said goodbye to our friends at the Marion Hope Center as well as our First Steps therapists. It's an exciting yet bittersweet transition because these friends have been with us since the beginning and I am sure we will miss them being in our home from week to week. I am eternally grateful for all of the guidance they have given us over the last 3 years and I know that they have made a huge difference in Brayden's development.
Brayden's first day of school is on Tuesday and the bus will be here to pick him up shortly after 0730. I was amazed at how many school supplies a 3 year needs for school as there were too many to put in his backpack so I dropped all of his supplies off before Christmas break. I am both excited and anxious for him, and I hope he likes riding the bus as much as I think he will. I am nervous for him because I know how stressful new routines can be and he tends to get overstimulated in new environments with too much going on. I am sure I am just being an overly protective momma but I can't help it. Two years ago I wasn't sure he would be well enough to ever go to school but he has certainly surprised me as well as everyone else. I am sure I will be waiting impatiently  in the parking lot for them to bring him out to the car when school is over at 11 :) Then we will be headed off to clinic which may prove to be interesting because the clinic tends to be pretty busy in the afternoon, but this will be our new routine...... I am excited for Brayden to have more consistency in his daily routine and I am hoping this will allow him to make even more progress developmentally and it will also allow us to (hopefully) tackle potty training as our many attempts have not been successful to date. Wish us luck on that endeavor :)

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