First Birthday!!

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31 May 2011

Yes, as usual it has been far too long since the last post!  Since our last post, so much has happened, the most important of which is that Lukas turned 1 year old!!!  We had a fabulous time visiting the aquarium (he loves to look at the fish and the jellyfish), eating red velvet cupcakes (well, as you’ll see in the pictures, he didn’t enjoy that as much as we’d hoped!), and playing with all the new toys!  Thank you everyone for the lovely gifts and birthday wishes!  It is truly hard to believe that it has been a year already.  We are so blessed to have Lukas in our lives and so blessed by all the progress he has made over the past year.

Since Lukas’ surgery we have seen so many positive improvements!  The best one is just how happy he is.  It used to be that days would go by between smiles, but now he smiles every day!  Every morning he wakes up with the biggest smiles and loves to play before we get our day going.  He is starting to get a bit ticklish and tickling his belly and feet sometimes makes him laugh.  He also loves kisses from Mom, which is fortunate because he gets covered in them whether he likes it or not!

His vision has been improving a lot as well.  He is looking at things more and starting to look at different colors than he did before.  More and more often now he’ll lift his hands to touch something that he’s looking at.  It is very encouraging to know that he will just continue to make progress over time as long as we continue to work with him.  After a visit last month from an expert in cortical vision impairment (CVI), we have been learning more and more about what we can do to keep improving his vision.  She was very optimistic about it and we really have seen great improvements even in the past year.  There was a time when it was unclear if he could see at all, but now he is even starting to look at faces, which can be very difficult for kids with CVI.

Lukas has also been communicating better since the surgery.  He’ll let us know if he is tired or frustrated or if he really needs something.  He doesn’t always communicate when he’s happy, but we have faith that that will come in time.

It is amazing how well he is eating these days!  At this point, he is up to about nine ounces a day of baby food plus four bottles a day.  It used to take him about 30-45 minutes to drink his bottle, but now it usually only takes about 20!  We are starting to introduce him to thicker foods and chunkier foods too, which he is getting better and better at eating.  It was such wonderful thing to be able to give him a cupcake for his birthday.  We are so so thankful that he no longer needs that feeding tube!

At his last check up, we learned that he is in the 90th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight!  He is already 25 pounds, which is just about the same weight as some two-year-olds we know!  He is definitely a big boy and he is already outgrowing some of his 24-month clothes!

Lukas has been doing so well with his physical therapy these days too.  He is really starting to get head control and is even able to lift his head up to 90 degrees at times when he’s on his belly.  He does best right after a nap, but then that’s probably true for most of us!  His therapist has him spend a lot of time practicing rolling, holding his head up on his tummy, standing (which he loves), and sitting.  We have also been visiting the pool fairly often  and occasionally the beach as the weather’s gotten warmer.  He seems to enjoy it, though he definitely lets us know when the water’s too cold!

Well, I think that’s all the news for now.  Below, you’ll see lots of pictures of Lukas’ birthday, some of his physical therapy, and a great video of him talking to his stuffed monkey.  The monkey has his own voice recorded on it and he really seems to respond to that.  Lots of loves to all of Lukas’ fans!

He's lifting his head so well these days!

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5 Responses to First Birthday!!


Anne Jund

June 1st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Great update and photos! I’m so happy for you all. Can’t wait to see Lukas on Sunday.


Gloria Bush

June 1st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. Give him a kiss from Grandpa and Nana!



June 2nd, 2011 at 12:42 pm

He’s such a beautiful baby, and so loved and nurtured by his parents; how lucky he is to have YOU!Thanks for sharing this special day.



G. P. Skratz

June 9th, 2011 at 4:21 am

Ah, wonderful, wonderful! Looks like he had the best birthday with the best, most nurturing Mom & Dad on the planet! Thanks for the uplift, the happy start to the day: that boy does have him some fans!



Mary Dinsmoor

June 15th, 2011 at 10:38 am

Just checked into the site and was so happy to read the good news and see the wonderful photos. He is so handsome and cute. He is also a lucky boy to have such loving parents. His birthday party looked like fun! Thanks for posting. So much love to the 3 of you.

Mar & Andy

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