Monday, May 26, 2008

It’s Working. Believe it.

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? A lot has happened since I’ve last written and I’m happy to say I only have good news to report. Here’s what’s been going on in the land of Elijah...

Nine Months Old
Elijah turned nine months on Tuesday, May 14th. That means Elijah has now been out of my belly for as long as he was in it. It makes me reminisce a little about being pregnant...the overwhelming joy when we saw two lines on the pregnancy test, the love of lemonade (still love it!), and the speculation about having a boy or a girl. It has been wonderful getting to know Elijah on the “other side” and it’s amazing how fast time is flying. Soon pregnancy will seem like a distant memory. The good news is that I’m starting to forget how horrible the delivery was and I can only hope that I’ll continue to forget. It’ll never go away, but the emotional scars are getting less noticeable.

Longest Road Trip Yet
Elijah made his way to Chicago last weekend with his parents (that’s us!J) and his grandparents for the wedding of our friends Bill and Karen. He did a great job for the long car ride, but decided sleep was overrated. He literally took a half hour nap on the car ride down - no more, no less. At least he was a happy boy the whole weekend and had fun with his grandpa and grandma while his parents stood up for their friends. (Congratulations Bill and Karen! We love you guys and hope you’re having fun in Hawaii!)

Full House isn’t just an Eighties Sitcom
We had a lot of people at our house this past Wednesday for an Early Intervention meeting. These meetings will occur once every six months to track Elijah’s development and to make goals for his future. Elijah’s OT was there, his PT, Teacher, and Vision Consultant, a social worker, and the public heath nurse who met Elijah shortly after he was born. It’s quite a lot of attention for a little guy who’s only nine months old.

When the ladies were starting to trickle in, I sat Elijah on the floor in front of me to show off how well he is sitting. We didn’t time him, but we think he sat close to ten minutes, which was more than the three and half minutes I was able to get him to do the week before. (I’ve been able to time him at six minutes since then). The ladies were impressed and Elijah liked the attention. The meeting mostly consisted of discussions on how well Elijah is progressing. We’ll get a report in the coming weeks with goals for the next six months.

The Little Professor
Some of you may have noticed (either in photos or in person) that Elijah’s left eye seems to be crossing more often than in the past. Because of that, we decided to take him to the eye doctor earlier than his twelve month appointment to determine if we needed to do something about it. The eye doc said he wasn’t concerned about the crossing at this point. Elijah’s sight has improved drastically and the reason he is crossing more is because he is trying to concentrate. The big news is that Elijah will be getting glasses! The thought is that if glasses can help his development in any way, it makes sense to get them. We take this as a good thing because it means that Elijah’s sight and development have improved enough for glasses to make a difference. Hopefully we’ll see a jump in his development. I’m pretty sure he’s going to look like a cute little professor either way.

It really is amazing the changes that have been occurring in Elijah’s sight. We went to the eye doctor a little over a month ago. At that time, his sight tested at 20/1400, which means at eight months he was seeing at the level of a two or three month old. A few weeks after we went to the eye doctor, the Vision Consultant came to our house and performed an evaluation on his sight and she tested him at 20/300. That’s obviously a huge difference and the Vision Consultant told us his sight isn’t that far off from what it should be at this age. That’s amazing progress! We could tell the eye doc was surprised and pleased with how much he had improved. The doc said something like, “We went from wondering if you could see to you seeing pretty well!” It’s awesome to have such palpable evidence of Elijah’s progress and we can’t thank you all enough for the continued prayers! :)

Night at the Park
The three of us went to a picnic this past Thursday for families involved in Early Intervention. We had a good time. Elijah had his first experience in an infant swing and rode down the slide with his mommy. He loved it. We were able to meet some other parents in the community and it was nice to spend some time with the people who work with Elijah in a more relaxed atmosphere. The coolest thing for me was when Elijah’s PT came over and talked to us about the meeting we had had the day before (see aboveJ). She told us how impressed she was with his sitting and then added, “I know you guys pray. It’s working. I believe it” (Or something to that effect). We both thought it was a really nice thing to say and really appreciated it.

Time for Bed
I know it’s a long entry. It has been awhile after all. We got back home this evening after spending Memorial Day weekend with Elijah’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. Elijah got to meet some more relatives too and it was a really great weekend. We’re glad to be back at home again and are heading off to bed (that’s where Elijah has been for awhile). Keep praying. It’s working. Believe it! Love, The Wagners :)


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