Monday, January 18, 2010

We couldn't be more proud!

Now, I have 4 kids so you might think I would know exactly what to do with Ethan but NOPE!!! Dealing with his needs has made me feel like a first time mother and completely clueless but with the help of this Sweet Lady, Ethan's Occupational Therapist Ethan is now moving all across the floor! He is almost 14 months old and we are so proud!!!

And he is into everything! He has a room full of wonderful toys but all he wants to do is move himself over to this cabinet where I keep my nice Southern Living Dishes. If I had a dollar for every time I have had to move him and tell him No this weekend, well let's just say I could get a LOT of my favorite Starbucks Lattes....

But who am I kidding? We wouldn't want it any other way and we couldn't be more proud!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

10 Years of Marriage

10 Years Ago......

This Mother helped This Daughter get ready for....

This Father to Walk his First Born Daughter Down The Aisle....

To This Man.....

While These Girls Stood By Her Side...

And She Married The Man Who Made All of Her Dreams Come True...

But Before They Left to Start Their Life, They Had To Eat Cake...

And Dance....

And Throw a Bouquet.....

And Be Silly....

And They Drove Away To Their Happy Every After.....

Friday, January 8, 2010

What a Week!

This has been a week from you know where in our house. Ethan had a great day on Monday at the babysitter's house. I picked him up and fed him dinner and than all you know what broke loose - literally :) He started throwing up and I don't mean just a little bit I mean full on projectile, head spinning out of control throwing up. You get the picture, I'm sure...

He started running a temp and continued throwing up all night. With Ethan anytime that he runs a temp over 101 he has to be seen by his doctor to rule out any infection. So off we went on Tuesday. When we got to the doctor his temp was 103.6 and his heart rate was 186. I began to mentally pack my bags for the hospital. They did blood work and cath to catch his urine and it all came back great. He just has a "virus". Great news! The doctor said that since we were so "aware" and medically "with it" we could take him home but if he got worse we should take him to the ER. Not exactly the title I always wanted growing up but I'll take it.

On Wednesday, he couldn't keep anything down and continued running a temp. He slept a lot and we were giving him enfacare with a medicine dropper to keep him hydrated.

Thursday morning he woke up in a great mood, no fever and hungry as a moose. He ate breakfast, played, ate lunch and I took him to his Neurologist appointment that we had scheduled for 3 months. The neurologist said that even though he very behind developmentally he was glad that was moving along and not going backwards. Good News! He is going to see another Pediatric Neurologist at Children's Hospital who is going to do a test on his brain waves and muscles soon in hopes of a diagnosis. Everything was going great and than after dinner the fever came back strong and so did the throwing up.

So here I sit with a sleeping baby and wishing I could sleep but I am so grateful to have him and am also very sad for a local family that owns Romp & Roll where Anna Claire had her birthday. Their sweet little butterfly died yesterday after a very courageous battle with cancer. Read more about them here. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Now for a smile - how about this GREAT picture that my wonderful babysitter of 9 years took of Ethan...

I could just squeeze these big ole cheeks all day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A review of the last decade in the Hamilton House...

What an exciting 10 years it has been! Sit back and enjoy the last 10 years in the Hamilton House....


January 15 - Chris and I are married!

November 19 - Jacob Christopher is born


We bought our 1st home together!


November 19 - Elizabeth Grace is born


Jake's 1st day of preschool


We vacation in Nags Head with the Glasscock family, this is the first time the kids went to the beach!


We took the kids to the Smithsonian Zoo in DC


November 28 - Anna Claire is born


We took the kids on their first trip to Disney!


December 5 - Ethan Graham is born and spends the first 25 days of his life in the NICU/PCN


Ethan undergoes 4 surgeries in 2009 to repair his ureters

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,

But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,

and by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.