Saturday, October 22, 2016

GQ with the Leg Cross

Bridger has some little quarks that just get me everytime.  Right now, this is one of them.  He has this thing for crossing his leg!  It's the dang cutest thing ever!  It never fails-- in his carseat, everytime he falls asleep, he first has to cross his leg.  In his wheelchair, I will find him randomly crossing his leg, too.  Mr. Leg Crosser--- you are the cutest!

Kindred Spirits

So many stars have aligned for our family to meet the Jeppson family.  We have had TWO separate and distinct experiences that have led me to believe that we are being brought together by angels from the other side.  There is no other way to explain it.  Seeing these boys together is something that will leave you speechless with your heart about to explode.  And notice their hands, that was all on their own.   I wonder what these two would say if they could talk with each other.  They are both unable to speak, but their actions communicate volumes. .  The stories they would tell....  Someday.  I know we will get to hear all about it.  I can hardly wait!!!

Mr. Popular

A couple weeks back, two of my darling friends and I had a lunch date.  Of course, lunch dates do include kids tagging along, since that is the stage we are all in. ;)  Entertainment was the I-pad. I loved how these sweet boys who are all super close in age gathered around Bridger and were showing him how to play.  It was the sweetest sight!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Rock N' and Roll N'

Look at him go.....

Miracle on Wheels...

After months and months and millions of prayers--- a miracle happened.

Let me back up.  Back in January this year we had another insurance switch.  Also, at that same time I was questioning whether or not Bridgers stroller/wheelchair was the right fit for him.  He hated to be in it, and at times would only last 5 minutes.  I met with multiple agencies trying everything in my power to find a way to get him a new wheelchair, one that was low to the ground, one he could push, one that would be comfortable and also one that would help push him to have more core and neck control.  After running into countless dead ends, I finally threw in the towel and decided I would fight the fight in another year or so.

Well----fast forward to July of this year.  I took Bridger up to Shriners and while there we met with a NEW employee working in the wheelchair department.  He instantly was my favorite, from the way he communicated with Bridger, his genuine interest in his health issues, and his concern for making sure Bridger has the best seating possible.  

During this appointment he proclaimed- "I will create a new chair for him with all the bells and whistles you want."  I could have just hugged that man!  I wasn't expecting this at all, so I was beyond surprised and excited.  It just confirmed to me that our prayers are heard and answered --- in due time, in his own way.

It took just a couple weeks for Shriners to work their magic and then we headed back up to pick it up.
Brecken tagged along with me to help me.  I was amazed at how well Breck handled things- from catching Bridgers puke on the car ride multiple times, to helping pack luggage to and from our room, entertained Bridger while we were in all the waiting rooms, and so much more.  Plus, I loved spending time with him.  He is at such a great age and so fun to be around.  We had some great conversations.

The last few trips north we have been staying at the Ronald McDonald house.  It is such an amazing place and I'm so glad I finally gave it a shot.  We feel so blessed to have that place so close to both hospitals.  It makes our appointments so much more doable knowing we can stay close by and not have to get up and leave by 4 a.m.

This trip in particular when we checked into our room we found the cutest gift awaiting us:
This bag chucked full of awesome goods:
FINALLY--- the moment we had been praying and awaiting.   (Notice Bridger looking up?)  There guys right here are our miracle workers:
And just like that, Bridger aged 5 years!   This day was SO much fun taking him around in his new wheels-- watching him figure out how to push the wheels by himself made my heart burst with joy!  It didn't take him long at all to start experimenting with pushing himself.

And judging that smile---- he is very happy about his new wheels, too!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Number Three!

Cuz' turning three is kind of a big deal when you're Bridger.  Honestly, a few years ago, I wouldn't have ever guessed we'd see this day come.  I'm SOO grateful for the three years we've had our angel boy.  I've learned so much about life from this sweet thing.  It has been the most difficult, yet most rewarding three years of my life thus far.

We kicked it off with the week prior spending three days, just the two of us.  Bridger had multiple doctor appointments that spanned over a couple of days and we also had a big photoshoot with the amazing Season Atwater.  We had so much fun together--- as you can see-- he loves going to doctor appointments! ;)

And I love our dinner dates--- where I eat and he plays and puts his feet on the table. We get all kinds of weird looks, and I'm totally okay with it.

Now, because Bridger was turning three- it's kind of a monumental moment.  Sadly, he is now done with receiving Early Intervention services....  I'm so heartbroken to lose these amazing resources.  We've come to love every one of them.   They have been like family for the past two years.

Kelly- Physical Therapy

Brian- Occupational Therapy

Jennifer: Deaf PIP

Pam: Blind PIP

MacKayla: Intervener

I never got a pic of Bridger with  his Speech and Play therapist...Man, I'm horrible!  But they were both amazing to work with as well.

July 20, 2016----- PARTY TIME!

We invited the whole fam and some friends over to celebrate with us by having dinner, playing games, having cake, and opening presents.

Pinata Time-- GO BRIDGER!

Bridger was spoiled with all sorts of fabulous gifts, thanks to all those sweet family and friends that came.

And here is the party crew----Love them all!

I think it's so neat he had two sets of Great Grandparents there!  I had to capture it.
And two of the best grandma's there too:

Bridger you are SOOOO loved!  You are my hero!  Happy #3 and many more to come.....

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