Monday, July 26, 2010

So much going on

Thought I'd type a quick post.  It's my birthday today!  Not actually why I posted.  We have had so much going on.  This last weekend we said goodbye to Nick, Joy, Cade, and Ava. (Matt's sister and family) They moved to Iowa.  I can't express how much we are going to miss them.  This is now the 3rd closest person that has moved away from us in the last 6 years, 2 being in the last year.  You don't realize how much time you spend with someone until there gone.  I know that we will see them and thankfully we have phones and the internet to keep in touch.  But there is nothing like sitting face to face sharing a meal or COFFEE with a dear friend.  Also Matt and I have been really thinking about living more simply.  This last week I got rid of most of my plastic products in our kitchen.  Wasn't as hard as what I thought it would be.  The worst part was when Matt said " Hey, those are my favorite cups!"  LoL, leave it to Matt to complain.  So I traded the boys for his.  We are having some other thoughts too, but can't say just yet.  We are very excited about it, so we'll see what happens.  Well, better go clean the house.  It doesn't just happen on its own.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My little guy is 5!

Today is Levi's 5th birthday!  Words cannot express all the feelings that go into this day.  It is amazing how your mind can replay things from 5 years ago.  From the 8:00 a.m. call saying that he is being born, to the 10:00 a.m. call saying that he's here!  The feelings of not being there to hold my son, horrible.  I ached to hold my baby.  The call when we are an hour away saying the Birth Mom has changed some things and she wants to meet us first.  Then she'll tell us if we can see our baby.  To walking into the hospital meeting the foster Dad for the first time.  The time of meeting the birth Mom, and knowing that God was leading us and holding me up.  Hearing her say we could go see OUR baby now!  Walking into the room, meeting our foster Mom and our baby's Aunt for the 1st time.  And then the best moment!  Having Sandy place little Levi in my arms and hearing her say "Levi, meet your Mommy" (I'm crying right now and can't see the screen)  Seeing Matt's face, as he looked down at his new son and trying to hold back his tears.  Watching Caleb stroke Levi's forehead and saying "I'm a big brother now".   Having to leave the hospital with my baby there, after just holding him for 20 minutes.  Heart wrenching.  The feelings of going to a new house and staying with people we didn't know, but knowing that we had just meet 2 very special people that would help mold us and change us forever.   Realizing that we had to stay in Green Bay for 33 days, and Matt having to go back to Ohio to work.  Leaving me with our 5 year old and a new baby that was going through detox.  Thank the Lord I had Dennis and Sandy!  The day that we walked into the court room and had to face the birth parents and agree to raise him as our own.  Words can't describe that feeling.  Giving the Birth Mom a hug, and telling her thank you for giving us such a precious gift.  Priceless.  And finally, kneeling down by the couch begging God for that phone call saying we could bring our baby home.  But knowing that we had to leave our new family behind.  Our foster parents became our family why'll there, and I will forever be greatful to them!  Those are the feelings that go into this day.  The day that God placed our precious son into our arms to love forever.  We love you Levi John!  You mean the world to us.  You may not have come from Mommy's belly, but you came from God's hands.  And He lovingly placed you in our arms and our hearts this day 5 years ago.  Happy Birthday, Little Love!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our Story

    I've been wanting to put down our story, but it's such a long story that I haven't taken the time.  Until now. Matt and I were married in 1997, and had everything planned.  Married 2 years then start our family.  Well, two years came and went, no baby.  Finally in 2000 we had our first son Caleb.  Now, we wanted to have another one in two years.  Well, again two years came and went.  We were told that I only had a 10% chance of ever having any more children.  CRUSHED, was the word.  There is a very long story with all of this, so I'll skip that part and go to the next part.  In April of 05 I had a dream that "a young lady was pregnant and wanted to give us her baby boy when he was born."  Now if you've ever gone through this, you know that you have dreams often about getting or finding a baby.  So we ignored that dream and decided to get rid of all our baby stuff, and that we were ok with having one son.  The morning of our garage sale I received a call from a lady at our church.  She said that her pastors from Green Bay had called them a while back and told them of a young lady that was pregnant.  They wanted to know if they knew anyone who wanted to adopt.  After praying, they thought of us.  The baby boy was to be born in 8 weeks and if we were interested we could adopt him.  Well, we felt that this was the right thing to do.  Many other things went into this but it would take a book to write it.  In July, the day after my only brothers wedding we got the call that the baby was on the way.  Words cannot describe how we felt!  So after a 9 hour drive.  We met for the first time, the foster parents (that we would stay with) and our little Levi.  He was adorable!!!  We were told though that this was a very healthy pregnancy.  Well, when we got there and talked with the nurses we were told that he was neurologically under developed.  The Mom did not take care of her self and took in harmful things.  (Won't go there)  Ok, short version.  We were there for 33 days, and we'll just say it wasn't easy.  But I thank God all the time that I had the best foster parents ever!!!  They truly became my family.  I also made a very special bond with Levi's aunt while there.  We still stay in contact today.  As Levi grew we realized that something was not right.  AT 1 1/2 he still was not sleeping through the night, actually getting up 6 to 8 times.  He would run into walls face first and not cry, actually he ran into things or came short from diving into things often.  He would bang his head over and over on the door handles, tile floor, any thing hard.  He left bruises but never cried.  He didn't play, just followed me around and honked like a goose.  He would have fits of rage,  run around with no purpose and hurt us often.  We finally contacted the Help Me Grow program in our county.  Thank the Lord for them!!  We got him enrolled and our journey continued.  His OT believed that he had SPD and speech problems.  At 2 1/2 he could only say Mom.  So we went to a Developmental Specialist.  They were more concerned about his speech than anything and we didn't get much help.  So I took matters into my own hands and started researching.  Everything I read about SPD was describing my son.  But our pediatrician kept on saying he had autism.  I found so many resources, and wrote my own report for my family so they could understand what was going on.  Some of them did not understand and thought we just weren't strict enough with him.  Boy, were they all surprised when I handed them my report and said, "here read this".  It helped so much.  They all started helping once they understood.   I came across the book by Jenni McCarthy and said "oh, my here we go".  We started him on the Gluten free diet and within 3 weeks he was starting to talk.  Now I know that this doesn't help all, but if you give it a really good shot you may see some difference.  Behaviors seemed to lesson a little, but not as much as we wanted or needed.  So the OT and I decided to do some serious therapy.  She came into our home and we set up stations throughout the whole house.  Proprioceptive, Tactile, Oral, and Vestibular.  (Please understand, I live in the middle of a bean field.  There's not much out here.  So to get this kind of help was amazing!)  We looked like a big therapy room.  Every hour I did therapy in proprioceptive, and tactile, every two hours oral and vestibular.  So pretty much all day long.  Thankfully my husband is great with his hands and made a lot of things for him.  We couldn't afford to buy it.  He did really well if I could keep up with it, and keep to a very routine schedule.  But I burnt myself out and starting getting sick.  Oh, did I mention that I was pregnant at this time.  Ya, in July of 07 I got pregnant.  7 1/2 years after Caleb.  Thankfully I have great family and friends and they all started pitching in.  Gavin, our third son was born in March of 08.  And two weeks before that Levi was diagnosed with SPD and PDD-NOS.  I won't type what I thought about all of that.  Now today, we have the PDD-NOS removed and only have SPD.  That's enough though.  They are concerned with Impulsive disorder and Bi-poler.  So now we continue to do therapy, watch Levi's diet (and ours), and pray.  Levi is doing much better!  We did do many other things along that time.  But honestly my hand hurts from typing.  I'll share all that at another time.  So today I have 3 very special boys.  I call them all my little miracles, and praise God every day I have them.  Am I tired? YES!!  But content.