Nothing but great news, news worthy of obnoxiously typing in ALL CAPS!
Ben is a movin’ and a groovin’. If we had carpet, he’d be crawling, I’m almost positive. He’s making leaps and bounds in his development, which leads me to…
His 9 month appointment was this morning. He looks great, is 19lbs 7oz, and is hitting a lot of 9 month milestones. He has a few delays – eating solids, sitting up from laying down, pulling to standing, etc – but nothing we can’t handle. FINALLY, to have a real live doctor tell us that all the work Ben did in PT this summer really paid off…yeah, that was awesome.
Cold and flu season 2014-2015 will be an extremely different story than last year. You know how we sacrificed my job, our finances, my sanity and many other things to keep Ben at home and away from harmful germs the past 9 months? Well that REALLY paid off too, because he’s too strong to even qualify for Synagis (yay!) and…NO LOCKDOWN!
We still have to be extremely careful and cautious with germs, meaning we will tell you to wash your hands or tell your kids to wash their hands, or tell your kids to stay away from the baby if they have a runny nose, and we ask that you stay away if you’ve been sick, and we will be wiping down all surfaces in public places with sanitzer and wipes, and we may skip out on some crowded events and holiday stuff (yeah, the list is long, I know) but…we can have visitors! We can leave the house! The walls have busted open, mostly because I’m knocking them down.
It was worth it. All the stress and sacrifice that brought us here…so very worth it.
And to top off the list of incredible news – we’ve been going round 100 with one of our hospitals, applying for their last ditch effort they offer for assistance. We weren’t expecting anything, because at this point, nothing has come through for us from hospitals. You know the drill, you read my blog. Not 15 minutes ago I received an email that after reviewing our application we qualify for 50% ASSISTANCE! This means that our $2,500 bill just got sliced IN HALF!
We can leave the house.
We get some help.
Ben is developing beautifully.
We kept him healthy.
We can treat him like an (almost) term baby this winter.
Our marriage grew stronger in the face of all this crap.