Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pictures from Jessica




There are several months old but I just saw them on Jess's computer and had to share them. I love his blue shirt and this is before his big hair cut.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas!





Luca's new bike and my new puffy coat also from Grandpa Walker and Nana Walker
John's new drill from his parents

Friday, December 24, 2010

Opening a gift

video

Merry Christmas!











Hello, wanting to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We aren't organied enough to get Christmas cards out. Thank you for your cards and packages! Can't wait to open them tomorrow. Here is Luca opening his new Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve. John and I will have about an hour together tomorrow before he heads into work at 1:30 pm. We will get to have a little brunch and open gifts together. (There is also a picture of Luca and Scarlett at the Christmas Eve service.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Mountains





The other day we had a clear day (which is about one in a million right now in rainy Seattle). Here are a few pictures I took of the mts. from near our house. The zoom was on. The mountains are so beautiful and since it isn't clear often it, we are all awed by the beauty whenever we seen them even though we live here.

Cozy


Nana has defined the word cozy for Luca or maybe Luca for all of us. Reading with a soft blanket on the couch with Nana Nancy will forever be cozy.

Two Peas in a Pod

Two peas in a pod.


Layna came over this morning. They went "sledding" around the living room in Luca's new sled (which he will get for Christmas) and then both wanted to go night-night in Luca's bed. Jess and I are curious if they would actually fall asleep and stay asleep if giving the opporutnity but I don't think we are curious enough to actually try it:) (Maybe if we had a video monitor:) They are

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New AFO's

Luca got new AFO's last Friday. We all call them his "boots". They are the same pattern as the last ones (just a little bit bigger since he has grown.) We are back to the three times a day stretching the feet and taking the AFO's on and off. (Which I don't like that much) Luca often asks for his boots off but then when you take them off he might ask for his boots on. I think he enjoys learning the concept of on and off right now:) My (Katie's) parents and brother Chris are here for Christmas. The arrived last week.

Some of the highlights so far have been:
John, Chris, and Kimi going skiing
Family dinners
Watching Despicable me together (the best cartoon of all time)
Luca requesting to be cozy with Nana on the couch, with a big soft blanket and reading book after book with her
running at Lincoln park
Luca getting to take lots of baths:)
Luca loving all the attention and every time someone leaves the room he asks, where that person went. (ie daddy go?, nana go?)
Katie got to sleep over at her old house with Mari and Beth!

I am sure we will do a lot of other things together this week. Chris and my parents are here until Jan. 3rd. Yay! Can't wait to see Luca open his presents. Will put up pictures soon!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Honesty

There is a lot to be said for being honest, honest with others, and with yourself. I spent some time and tears reading through a blog tonight called Team Ewan. Ewan, mom, Kristen shares her heart and story of her dear son, who lived only a short time. She shares honestly about her faith, pain, hurt, struggle, fears, joy, and life. http://www.team-ewan.com
I know there are a lot of different people who follow Luca's blog and I write to this unknown audience, wanting to make sure I don't step on anyone's toes. So I write mostly about all the good stuff, the light stuff, the things that are easy to celebrate (and with Luca there are A LOT) of those. But I also shield my blog and readers from some of the hard stuff. I decided a while ago that I want everyone to enjoy reading it but I realize that you wouldn't truly know Luca's story (or ours) if you didn't know the pain too. John said it well the other day, "you don't truly know joy until you know pain"
I am going to try to be more open and well rounded. I don' t want to give a false image of rose colored classes, that raising a child with special needs is just easy and delightful all the time. There are huge joys and lots of obstacles. So I am going to try to put my people pleasing ways behind me and write from the heart. If you don't like it, that is ok, there will still be cute picture of Luca on it for you to enjoy:)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Early Christmas Present




I couldn't wait to give Luca his new train set from IKEA. I have wanted to get him a train for a long time because he loves the ones at Barnes and Noble but I just never go to IKEA and that is the only place they are $8 so anyway, I got a set, I pulled it out today. Luca loves it. He needs a little help but tries to do as much as he can himself. He says "self" because he always wants to try it (a few times) before asking for "help please". So sweet.
When we left for Layna's birthday party Luca said "bye-bye train" many times and was eager to play with it right away when he got home.

On the go





Luca is a moving and much faster with these little casts. He scooted two blocks yesterday...which took quite a while but still pretty impressive. I think Luca's middle name is outside which suits me just fine. He was so happy to be outside, I could not get him to look at the camera.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New short casts




We are enjoying Luca's short walking casts. He can't bear weight on his own yet but he can stand for a little while if prompted against the couch or a chair. He loves being able to scoot better, and faster, and being able to stand more easily. One more week till we get his new AFO's! His casts are still to bulky to put shoes over them so his casts are pretty slippery on the floors.
John and Dr. Mosca was very happy with how Luca's feet looks. (I wasn't at the appointment) His feet look much straighter but also are much stiffer. (remember the goal according to Dr. Mosca for Luca t0 have stiff straight feet in the end). Mosca used Luca's feet as his case study at a conference for foot dr. in FL. He was very proud to show the other doctor's Luca's success. We are praising the Lord!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

NEW WALKING casts today

We are very excited about Luca getting new walking casts. Not sure what they will look like yet but we will put up a picture later. It has got to be better than the long leg casts. He is so eager to stand and walk. He has put some nice racing stripes in his current casts, they are pretty trashed after three weeks:)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas tree, O Chritmas Tree





Luca's reaction to the tree what hilarious. He keeps looking at the tree and saying, "nice", "nice", "nice" over and over again. I think he likes it:) We went to a local hardware store, Maclendan's last night and found this tree. It was also on sale which I am always happy about. It is so fun to have our own first Christmas. It is the first Christmas since we got married that we aren't traveling to someone else's house. It is a lot of fun to be home for Christmas.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Luca's slide



John made a slide for Luca in our driveway with old cabinet parts. Luca had fun and I caught a great big smile at the end of the slide! We had a great afternoon together. And we got a Christmas tree this evening. I will put up some pictures when it gets decorated.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Surgery cost

We are thankful once again that Children's has given us financial aid again this year. I got the statement from the insurance agency today from Luca's last surgery. $27,000. The insurance said they would cover $3,000. Wow, that would have been painful. Thankful for Children's Hospital and God provision once again.

Accomplishment of the year

I (Katie) went successfully running with Luca at Lincoln park today. I know that it isn't really that big of a deal but it has been something I am hoping to doing on a regular bases for a LONG time. Last time I tried to run with Luca was maybe last year and a total disaster. I am optimistic that we have turned a corner and are now able to do this activity together. Luca loves to looking at the boat, dogs, and to go fast in the stroller. There is also a long swing ride in the swings at the end of the run for Luca.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

wonderful coincidence

Yesterday, Luca had an appointment at Children's to have a hand dr. look at his thumbs and hands to see if a surgery could help his function increase. The dr. isn't quite sure about the answer but is consulting another dr. we have been in contact with on the east coast and will get back to us about their thoughts and recommendation.
The cool part about our trip to children's was that our friends, Chip and Becky and their son, Joshua, who also has AMC, also had a 4 pm appointment yesterday at Childrens. They live a few hours away from Seattle so we don't see them very often. We got to have dinner together and visit after the dr appointments were over. Joshua and Luca are both very happy, adorable little boys. We are glad for the chance to visit with another family going through this similar exciting and challenging journey. It would also be cool for Joshua and Luca to been friends. Wish i had taken a picture of the boys together. Next time I will.