Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Evening at the State Fair

Fall is just around the corner, I can smell it. Fall is my fave so I'm totally cool with it. Before we give summer a big smooch and send it on it's way we spent an evening at the Utah State Fair. Fairs, I mean who doesn't love them? Carny rides and games, food that will give you the runs and salesmen that persuade you to buy mops you don't really need. Finn was brave and rode his first carny ride with dad, he was so cute going round and round. We got some delicious food, navajo tacos (what's more American than a navajo taco?), pulled pork sandwiches and deep fried taters. For dessert? A frothy nutella shake. Um yes! We tried our hand at a few carny games, I totally won a fish. I acted out the entire scene from My Girl when she drops her carny fish (I didn't really drop it, just reliving my favorite childhood movie). We named him Gill and we stopped by Walmart on the way home to buy him a home and some food. On the way out we got sucked into one of those tents that has all the weird crap you can buy. Last year we spent like an hour watching a cooking presentation, I was all ready to fork over hundreds of dollars to be the new owner of those incredible pots and pans. Luckily the husband was there to talk me down. This year the mop guy sucked us in, it was the chocolate sauce on the floor that did it. So we caved and bought the mops. I guess we need a new mop anyway, right?

It was a fun, spur of the moment night and luckily the rain held back until we left. Oh and did I mention the Beach Boys were performing? Fist bump!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Finn's Story

I have many posts about Finn and his updates but I thought it'd be nice to have his whole journey down in one place. So here is his story, more like our story.

Finn was born on a sunny Saturday morning in April of 2012. He was a healthy 8 pound baby with no problems and no complications. I'll never forget the first time I saw his squishy face, I just knew we were going to be best friends and that he was special. At 6 weeks old he started crying. A LOT. He cried everyday for many hours regardless of what we did for him. His pediatrician chalked it up to colic, whatever that really is.

When Finn was 3 months old we started to notice he wasn't progressing much. He couldn't hold his head up at this point, sitting up or on his belly. His eyes would cross often and he rarely smiled or looked at us. And all at once the insanity began. His pediatrician was just as concerned as we were so she sent us to multiple specialists and set up many tests. Over the course of 4 or 5 months we went to a neurologist, muscular neurologist, two geneticists, two eye doctors, eye test specialist and many physical therapists. We have done an MRI, multiple EEGs which tests epileptic activity, a spinal tap, muscle biopsy, hundreds of blood tests to check for syndromes and genetic conditions and an eye test. Every test came back normal except for his EEG which came back abnormal but inconclusive. We noticed Finn making strange startling movements. We came to the conclusion that Finn was having some kind of seizure. The doctors couldn't confirm this but we felt this was the root of all his issues.

The first year of Finn's life were hard on us. We were at some kind of appointment at least 3 times a week. Along with his incessant crying, most days we just barely got by. We were afraid, we didn't know what was wrong with our baby. We didn't know if his life was in jeopardy or if he'd ever be able to walk, talk or see. As time has gone on Finn's crying spells have stopped for the most part, he is progressing at a slow rate, but hey progress is progress. He can now hold his head upright, sit upright with assistance, roll from back to tummy, has much better use of his hands and legs, babbles and makes lots of sounds and he seems more aware of his surroundings and the people around him. We are so grateful for these little milestones he's hit recently. With the help of his physical, occupational and visual therapists, Finn is making great improvements.

We took a nice long break from testing and specialists but we are now jumping back on the test train. We've noticed Finn making strange movements, especially at night when he's trying to fall asleep. Also, now that he is two his doctor would like another MRI done of his brain because it is more mature and would be able to tell us more now that he's older. He is currently having a 72 hour in home EEG which monitors brain waves and any potential seizure activity. This coming Friday Finn will be getting the MRI. He will also be getting some blood work done to test for some other genetic syndromes as well as a hip x-ray to make sure his hip sockets are setting correctly. Testing is hard and can be taxing on us emotionally and physically but we are hoping to get some answers and make sure our Finny is doing alright. And if we don't get answers then that's ok too. Finn will be Finn and we love him the way he is. I tell him all the time he's a magical guy. My little Magic Finn. He brings so much joy to our lives and the lives of others around him. He has a very special spirit about him as all special needs people do.

We are so grateful for the love and support of those around us and those far away who have prayed for and thought of Finn. Prayer is powerful stuff and God's plan is perfect. I thank Him everyday for giving me this sweet boy. I truly NEED him, Finn is my rock.

Love you little man, thanks for being you.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The 24th at the Cabin

The 24th of July is a big holiday here in Utah. It's the celebration of the settling of the Salt Lake Valley, we take it very seriously with lots of parades, food and fireworks. So basically just another Independence Day. This year we celebrated at our cabin in Oakley, we spent 4 days playing around in the water, the boys fished and we soaked up the mountain air. Kamas is a small town near Oakley, we went to their annual parade on the 24th. I love going to small towns, everyone knows each other and life just seems to be more simple. We tooted around Smith & Moorhouse, a small but beautiful reservoir, ate lots of good food (including the best gas station donuts you've ever tasted), took Finn on his first hike and played in the river behind the cabin. It was so nice to get away from the city to relax and spend time with family.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend

As a kid, The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays. I think it's all about the traditions, we grow up doing certain things and as we continue to do them it places a stamp on our hearts. Over the last few years, our traditions have changed a bit, due to marriage, Finn and other factors but I'll always remember the 4th as a kid. Like a scene straight out of The Sandlot.

This year we went back to my roots a bit. We skipped the Murray Parade because Finn doesn't do mornings. But we went to Murray Fun Days, which wasn't as fun as I remember it, Finn wasn't impressed either. It was just too dang hot. We then spent the day with family bbqing, bouncing, water sliding, volleyballing and enjoyed street fireworks after dark. Oddly enough, Finn was digging the fireworks.

We kept ourselves busy this weekend with other fun activities. We went to the new Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. It was cool but crowded, I don't love crowds. The kids thought it was fun though, Finn loved the water table. He sat up all by himself and played next to cousin Aubrey in the water.

On Sunday we spent the day in the Canyon with all the family. I'm so smitten by these Utah mountains, I feel so at peace when I'm up among the trees and fresh air. It's nitty gritty therapy. We ate a lot, because that's just what we do. We played by the river and in the trees with the kids. Ate some more and sat around the fire roasting starbursts and pizza rolls.

Happy Birthday Murica. We love you and all your glory.