Showing posts from February, 2013

New arm brace...and lots of snow

Look who got a snazzy new arm brace!

We ordered this one, after seeing another blogger friend who's little guy (who also has spastic hemiplegia/ cerebral palsy) was using it.  

We may end up with something different after he sees an OT or PT but for now this makes a big difference.

It helps to keep his left hand from curling under sideways.

....which helps to keep those muscles lengthened, and his hand at a more usable angle. 

...and it just happens to look really cool.    He's pretty proud of his colorful new superhero accessory. 

As it turns out two hands are better than one when you want to feed you're baby.

Check it out!  Lefty is holding a waffle! 

and even a cup.  

Someone is pretty happy with himself. 
This little guy also went to get a bunch of lab and blood work done this morning. My brave little boy had 8 viles of blood taken from his arm and didn't make a peep.  He just sat on mama's lap and nuzzled in while they went to work.  He said "uh-oh"…

2 weeks home! Just life

The last post of our time in China is being interrupted by our time in the present, because I just realized we've been home two weeks now.   Two weeks ago was the first morning we woke up to our new "normal" and I began trying to figure out how to parent five children.  
The "newness" and adrenaline/ elation of the first week has certainly worn off...but at the same time so has the jet lag so it kind of evens things out into a content happiness and dull exhaustion combined.   This week has been more of an attempt to get back at getting done the things we usually home anyway.  
We still haven't had too many outings other than our first Sunday back to church.  I was so glad we were able to make it (especially after more than a week cooped up at home) was wonderful to be back and we had really missed gathering with our Jesus people.  After church we were treated out to lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant by some Chinese friends. It was like…

The Summer Palace - Beijing pt 2

During our time touring Beijing we visited a government Cloisonne factory/ store.  I saw that on our itinerary but I really had no idea what that was until we saw it.  Such beautiful and intricate artistry!

We spent a lot of time on our agency bus. 

Our hotel in Beijing,  The Presidential, was very nice.  This was taken in the lobby, where also spent a lot of time.  We would hang out down here to "facetime" with our kids back home, and wait for our group to gather for our next outings....when you tour with  about 14  families there is always waiting involved. 

Elijah loved the glass elevators in the background of this photo.  It goes up through the high ceiling lobby and then outside.  It was like a ride at the fair, every time.  

Everything was beautifully decorated for Chinese New Year....even the hotel staff. 

Our next stop, the Summer Palace.  The summer vacation home of the Emperor who typically lived at the Forbidden City.   This was beautiful...and would have been ev…