Friday, September 26, 2008

Constraint Induced Therapy

Here we go, as if it weren't crazy enough around this house lately.... P.M. is now on day four of her constraint induced therapy. She did very well with the casting and the first night asked twice to have the cast "off". She settled with the answer that is was stuck and hasn't asked again since. She has been much crabbier the last few days, but I would be too. It seems to come and go, depending on what we're trying to do. Puzzles I dread. P.M. can't quite manipulate the pieces and it is difficult to even grab the little pegs to pick them up. Once she has them where they belong she is too frustrated to turn the piece and slide it into place. Also, I gave her a sippy with handles to make it easier to use since the sippies are too wide to get just one hand around them. She still has a lot of trouble lifting them all the way to her mouth and will assist with the casted hand. The same goes for eating, her biggest trouble is utensils. Finger food isn't too bad, she can cram things into her mouth, but aiming a spoon is much harder. We help her when we can, but really try to encourage her to do it herself, with our support. My plan Monday is to bring a frozen Kids Cuisine meal to therapy and have her eat it there.

I am going to miss my parents. They came for a week and it was so nice to see them again (my dad hadn't even seen P.M. in person yet!!). It was fun to have them to help out and get the kids to school, dressed, fed, etc. I enjoyed having my mom fill me in on Days of Our Lives :) and keep me company when Daddy was gone at work. I miss adult interaction!!

It is going to be a long month, but I know it will be worth it...... also, that cast HURTS when you are accidentally in it's way!!! I will be posting updates on P.M.'s caringbridge site, and later when it's done I plan on posting some video I've taken from different times during the month.

Keep us in your prayers for patience, P.M. as well as mom and dad!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

He's Here!!!

Announcing J.C. Fraase. He was born Friday, September 12 at 7:34 PM. He weighed 6 pounds & 11.7 oz and was 20 1/4" long. He has the cutest sandy brown hair. Daddy was promoted to Sargeant at just after 6PM. We stayed for the ceremony, then headed straight to the hospital. We checked in at about 6:45 PM....good thing we didn't wait any longer I guess. I was 8 cm when we got there. My midwife was already in the building and hung out in my room knowing she wouldn't have to wait long. Becky, my friend and co-worker was able to be my nurse and doula and Abigail, another friend and co-worker, stayed to help and took all the first baby photos (including me cutting the cord!!) I am so thankful to everyone who helped!!

The kids love him, and M.D. can't put him down.

Here's some photos.....

Hubby arrived at 8PM thinking I'd still be in labor!!

Abigail does J.C.'s footprints

A.M., M.D., P.M. and

He'll have some hospital photos here soon. Yep, I helped take them ;)