And the verdict is....

So yesterday, Aaron and I had a follow up appointment with his GI Doctor and Nutritionist. They both were very pleased at the progress Aaron is making, he has gained 3.5 lbs and has grown 3 inches!! GO AARON!!! I couldn't believe the results!!! I think my BIG smile said it all :-) Anyways, aside from is steady progress the biopsy results were not in his favor. Can good news ever be followed by good news??!! Even while adhering to a strict diet, Aaron's biopsy still showed that several cells were still present in his esophagus and stomach. Based on the biopsy results his GI Doctor is recommending treatment. The treatment is a steroid and he is required to take it 2x a day (preferably morning and night). The good thing about the treatment is that if it works properly or I should say as expected then Aaron will no longer have to remain on a strict diet. HALLELUJAH!!!! But on the flipside, he would have to take this steriod for a long period of time...we're talking years and years. So my thoughts about this treatment we're scattered, I didn't know if it was worth praising or fearing! But after futher thought we are going to give it a shot, truth is what do we have to lose at this point. Once we get into a routine, I'm sure it wont be that bad at all.

 ~ Things ALWAYS work out :-) ~

What are you thankful for?

Last week Aaron had a homework assignment and he had to write down (well I had to write down) what he was thankful for. All the kids were given a turkey feather and at the end of the school week they glued them all together. They called it their "Thankful Turkey." In order to complete the project I sat Aaron down and asked him what he was thankful for, who he loved, and what made him happy. His response was, "My Mommy, My Daddy, My Juju (his cousin Julian), My Nana, Granny, My Noelle,  Papa, My Patrich, Jazmin, My Kim, Aun Theres (Aunt Theresa), Kendall and Avis, and wait my friends too ~ Brianna, Alec (Alex), Zhane', and Lisa." He also included things such as his vitamins, the vacuum cleaner and his trains. After I wrote down everyone and everything he mentioned, he asked me, "How Mommy happy?" And I told him that I'm happy because I get to see his cute lil face EVERYDAY!!! Everyday I make it a point to remind him how much I love him and that we are blessed to be happy & healthy. Life is good! God Bless <3


In 3 months...

In 3 months, my lil BIG boy will be 3 YEARS OLD!!! It really is unbelievable! It seems just like yesterday he was too little to crawl and then he was walking and now he is talking!!! It brings tears to my eyes when I see how much he has grown! He is learning so much at school and is doing very well! I got his FIRST official preschool report card! I didn't even know they had report cards in preschool! But he is doing GREAT!We have a few things to work on but I'm sure we will have conquered those things before the next quarter! I just can't believe how time flies...he will be 3 then next thing you know I will be waiting for him at the bus stop :-( Ohhh my goodness!!! Crazy! I love my lil pumpkin so much!!!

~my lil lil pumpkin~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

My mom's birthday was yesterday, and I just want to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I don't think she knows how much I love and appreciate her!!! She really is my ROCK!!! Whenever (and let me tell you its often) I need advice or have a question, she is always the 1st person I go to especially when it comes to my baby boy! When I am weak she is strong, she gives me the courage I need so that I can be strong for both Aaron and I. I am so grateful to have her close to me, don't know what we would do without her! We LOVE YOU!!! <3

Make it a habit to tell people thank you.
To express your appreciation,
sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.
Truly appreciate those around you,
and you'll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.

~ Ralph Marston

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God ~ Philippians 1:3

I think its time...

Time to go back to school that is... So I've always wanted to get my MBA but I got pregnant and that put school on the back burner for a while. But I really think I'm ready now. I figure I might as well start now so that I can be finished before Aaron starts school. I know its going to be a challenge especially since I'm not the BEST when it comes to time management. As with everything there's going to be some give and some take, and well... I want to better myself for the future! So now is the time!!! Time to get this graduate program in gear! Ready..set...GO!!!! So I'm going to start the research and if not by Spring then Summer 2012 I will be enrolled. I'm looking forward to this journey :-) School is definitely a challenge but its also very empowering! ~ Knowledge is POWER! ~

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE ~

Don't forget that your education benefits the whole family. For starters, you're a role model: Just by watching you, a child as young as 5 can learn the value of concentrating on a problem. Melissa Berger, of North Hollywood, CA  -- a full-time analyst with an insurance company; a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, getting her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and comparative literature; and the mother of 5-year-old Joseph  -- loves school. "College has made me open to new ideas, kept me intellectually stimulated, and made me upwardly mobile," she says. "And that's all great for my family."

Read the entire article here ~ http://www.parenting.com/article/returning-to-school-the-balancing-act 

Follow Up

So I know I'm very late with the update but turns out that Aaron is doing MUCH better!!! We won't know officially until his biopsy come back but the Doctor said from the looks of everything (esophagus and stomach) that things are looking up!! He said to continue doing what we've been doing! I'm so relieved! God is good, and YES, all the time! <3 The results of his biopsy will come back in about 2 weeks so I'm hoping there are some visible improvements. Aaron did fairly well during his endoscopy, he started to get a lil angry right before they put him under. I don't blame him, he was HUNGRY!!! You are required to fast for several hours prior to your appointment  and his wasn't scheduled until 11:15am, so that last time he ate was at 6:00pm. I wish they would change the requirements but they get a more accurate evaluation if the stomach is empty.

The picture below is from the night of his appointment. He had to have an impedance put in his nose for 24 hours. Which I must say was somewhat of a challenge but as always we prevailed! He had to wear arm braces so that he couldn't bend his arms to try and pull it out. This was a hassle because my poor baby couldn't feed himself. And he looked so hopeless, I almost started to cry when I saw the tube coming from his nose :-( but it didn't seem to bother him too much. The morning following his endoscopy/impedance we went to the Hospital for the removal and he was SOOOOO EXCITED for them to pull that tube out!! He's exact words were, "All better now, Mommy!" I don't know if he was more excited at the fact that he could feed himself or that he could play with his Lego blocks without being restricted :-) So thankful that everything went well and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the biopsy. Slowly but surely things are looking up and we couldn't be more than happier! They say children with food allergies often grow out of them, well I've got my fingers crossed! Oh, BTW Happy Friday :-)



HALLOWEEN ~ First Official ~

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I know, I'm late but HEY...its the thought that counts, right?

Anyways, this was technically Aaron's 1st official Halloween! He dressed up the last two but last year I ended up holding him pretty much the whole time. This year, he walked pretty much the whole time!! My lil BIG boy <3 It was pretty chilly Halloween night so we opted for the sweatsuit skeleton costume vs. the firefighter.

My lil skeleton :-)

<3 <3 <3