Friday, July 22, 2011

In the Past 3 Months...

I have been sooooo busy (and a little bit lazy) which would explain my lack of updates.  But, due to many "complaints" (Ahem...Lori and Aunt Karen) I felt it was high time I let everyone know what has been going on our lives. has been really boring and uneventful for the most part.

I finished another semester of school at the beginning of May.  I feel like I had a lot going on in May but now I can't remember a single thing that I did.  I started another semester of school in June and it has been a whirlwind ever since.  I am only taking two classes but when you have to get in the same amount of work in two months that you normally do in four months it feels like a lot more than that.  So needless to say I have been unbelievably busy with school work.  As part of an assignment for one class I had to spend 20 hours at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.  There is a regional center in Birmingham which is where I was.  It was a very enlightening experience.  The first day we went to the Lakeshore Foundation and the kids did the rock climbing wall and swam.  The second day we went to the zoo and the last day we went to the Botanical Gardens and then bowling.  It was amazing to me what these kids could do.  I mean climbing a rock wall and diving into a pool with no sight is very brave to me.  Just goes to show that a child with a disability can still do all of the same things everyone else can.

Back in June I had a bit of a health scare when I found a medium sized lump in one of my breasts.  My fears were almost immediately put to rest though when I consulted Dr. Google and decided that it was likely a fibroadenoma.  That was exactly what it felt like and it didn't have any of the characteristics of a "bad" lump.  I scheduled and appointment with my doctor and he thought the same thing and sent me to get an ultrasound.  The radiologist agreed but said it was pretty large so I decided to go ahead and have it removed.  The surgery was yesterday and I was in and out in no time.  They sent the mass to pathology but my surgeon said it looked just like a fibroadenoma so that's most likely what it was.  Should get the results for sure though some time next week.  

We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago and me being the horrible mother that I am took ZERO pictures.  I did take one video of her swimming though.  It took a full day of screeching but I finally convinced Belli that she would not sink with her floaties on and she finally let me let her go.  After that she had a blast.  Fortunately my mom did take a few pictures so at least I have something to remember the trip!


It was a really fun trip although I forgot how much I really REALLY hate sand.  And I also realized how difficult it really is to have a child with a physical disability.  I mean for the most part Belli can pretty much do everything kids her age can so sometimes I almost forget she has a disability.  She's just a little bit slower and she gets tired quicker.  But she had a really hard time walking in the sand and I had to carry her a lot.  But as you all know it's really hot at the beach and it's hard lugging around a 30 pound kid.  So it was a little frustrating at time.  But still, everyone had a lot of fun.

Belli has also taken to dancing lately.  I posted this on my Facebook so those of you who I am friends with may have seen this but if not it's worth a look.  Very funny!

Health wise Belli is good.  We will see both ortho and neuro sometime in August so there are no new updates since the last time I posted about them.  She did have her well check up this week though and everything looked good.  She has finally broken the 30 pound mark at 30 pounds 8 ounces. 

On the school front she will be starting back at her public school in August just one day a week and then will start going the other four days to our church preschool.  I am VERY excited about this because I am taking three classes in the fall which means I will need to do 60 observation hours and with Belli in school 5 days a week I will have plenty of time to do them.  This will be my last semester of classes and I will be doing my student teaching in the Spring.  Hooray!!

I think that is all for now.  I promise I won't go so long without an update again.  Belli's birthday is coming up so I am sure I will have a post about that.  And then another one in August after her check ups with her ortho and neuro.  Hopefully they will both be good reports!


  1. THAT was adorable!! And, the picture of her leaning against the wall with her shades on? LOVED it!
    Good to "hear from" you!

  2. Hey girl, Love the beach pics!! She is growing so quick :) I cant wait to get E down to the beach this summer (prob after Piper is born) but you are right.. the sand is my worse enemy as well.

    PS thanks for updating now I feel like a slacker ;) Talk to you soon!

  3. I haven't looked at your blog in about a year for lots of reasons - but what progress she has made! You have to keep focusing on the positive and everything Belli does well - and sometimes you forget the difficult parts of the journey. Reagan is 32 and it would drive us nuts remembering all of her struggles - her mom has always tried to see what she CAN do well - which mainly is SOCIALIZE and bring together the amazing diversity of people that she does - and LOVE! Stay encouraged - I know it can be difficult - and you yourself are an encourager.

  4. wow, it has been a while since you've updated!! so glad things with Belli are going well. she is getting soooo big! and glad that lump wasn't anything major. hope to see you around again more! :)

  5. Long time no talk! I thought about you guys the other day because Perron broke his arm and we were off to Children's to see Dr. Doyle. I know you guys see that group too and it make me think about you. Hope all is well!