Friday, December 16, 2011

Shriner's Christmas Card...AGAIN!

It was such a HUGE honor when we were asked last year for Izzy to be on the front of the Shriner's Christmas Card. You may remember this super cute picture that was the cover of the card...

We were asked again this year! Wow! I have been told that he stole the hearts of many and they just had to use him again so everyone could have an update on him. What a blessing that I get to share my precious boy with so many! Here it is!
(Cover of card)

(Back of card)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Legs...with FEET!

YES! We have finally advanced to legs with feet!!! This was a very proud and exciting day for me. Izzy was doing so good with his one helper leg that it was time to move on to a new set of legs. He got to pick out what he wanted them to look like...and of course picked green legs with dinosaurs. Such a boy. It has been quite a process already as there is so much to learn when you have feet that you have never had before! Plus they make him almost 2 inches taller. He is a quick learner and has finally decided that prosthetic legs and walking isn't such a bad thing after all. Don't get me wrong...Izzy has yet to actually choose to wear them on his own, but at least he doesn't fight me like he used to. He is wanting to do everything for himself and putting on his legs is no exception. He is learning quickly how to put them on...and even more quickly how to take them off! He is really enjoying being upright and tall. He can see thing he hasn't been able to before, and get into all sorts of new things. I have Izzy wear them for about one hour per day, give or take. There are days we never use them, and others when we use them much more. I give myself (and Izzy) grace to do whatever fits best for that day.

As you may remember from earlier posts...not buying shoes for this child has been very challenging for my heart, so you can only imagine the joy I had as I was able to buy him his first pair of shoes! Izzy and I went shopping the very day we got them and tried on lots of pairs until we found the perfect ones!

I have always tried to give his prosthetic legs a name but nothing has ever stuck...until now! Izzy named them, all on his own. He calls them his Boys :-) I have no idea where he came up with this name but I love it, and so does he. I don't know if it has something to do with the dinosaurs or maybe the fact that I have called them his big boy legs or told him he is such a big boy now...who knows. But at least we have something to call them now!

Here is a picture of Izzy wearing his new Boys.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Prioritizing my life

Eeeek!!! It's been over a month (again) since I last posted! Sorry friends...but I have been having to do a lot of prioritizing in my life. I am very good at getting super busy and committing to way to much. When this happens I realize I loose focus on what really matters in my life. So the things that aren't on the top of the priority list take a back seat, and whenever time allows I bring them back out. My blog is one of those things. But tonight...I feel like I really want to take some time and write! There has been so much going on with Izzy and I know many of you would love an update! So stay tuned for more blog posts such as...
Shriner's Christmas Card
New Legs With FEET!
Christmas Events
Family Photo Shoot
Physical Therapy
Speech Therapy
Special Times With Family

But for now, I will leave you with this super cute picture :-)