The hospital is where we’ve been since our last post.  Dan is having a downer time with Crohn’s disease.  I suppose to spare all the gory details we will just say that we are still waiting to see if he will need yet another surgery.  We have been doing ok.  We have been through all the emotions that an impending major surgery would bring to anyone.  But I think we have reached peace and hope for the future no matter what happens.  Although we are definitely praying for the medicine to do the trick so that surgery can been halted for now and forever maybe.  We appreciate everyone’s prayers and faith in our behalf.  And are especially grateful for our wonderful families for all of their help.  Here are a few photos from Dan’s brief weekend stint in the hospital for a continuous IV of steroids and antibiotics.


And now look what our little medicine cupboard looks like.  I guess we are officially getting old.


One night I found Jack in my favorite sleeping position ever so I had to sneak a photo.  Too bad a covered him with a blanket before I took it or you would also be able to see his shirt half way up and his big belly sticking out.  Like Gus Gus on Cinderella.




My absence has really been felt lately and for that, I am sincerely sorry!  The truth is we were up at Dans’ parents house for a good portion of the weeks surrounding Christmas and I forgot my camera there.  But now that I have it back I can post a few photos from Christmas and give a much needed update!

My parents were able to be here for Christmas this year which was awesome.  I sometimes get sad when I think about how little they get to see the boy so I am super happy when they get to come up or I get to go down.  We had a celebration with my parents on the 20th since technically it was Dan’s year for Christmas.  It was fun and Jack loved the wrapping paper.  I believe we took video that night, but not pictures, so you can visit my sister’s blog to check out photos. ( )

The rest of the holidays we spent with Dan’s family.  It was very fun to be all together.  We were able to see a few movies, do 4 puzzles (my favorite!), and ski a few days.  But most of all, we just got to hang out which is my favorite thing.  Christmas was fun.  I realized browsing through the photos that they are all of Jack.  Were me and Dan even there?  I guess he is the most important!


Jack on Christmas Eve with the big pile of presents behind him.


Jack loved the presents for about one minute.  Then he just played.  And once he was bored with that, he ate cereal the rest of the time.  I think I opened about 90% of his gifts.  But, of course, he loves everything.  And we think he is pretty cute reading in his Elmo chair.  He has really taken to the whole basketball thing which is fun.  He cheers every time he dunks the ball.  And since he fell in love with Tommy’s magnadoodle on Christmas, we bought him one of his own with some money from a few Christmas returns.  It was a good holiday despite Dan having to work WAY more than he thought he would.

Soon after Christmas, Jack got really sick and it was sad.  We took him to the ER one night at like 2 am with a temperature of 104.5.  Scary.  He was super sad the whole time.  They had to give him a chest x-ray which made me cry.  So sad.  Turns out he had bronchitis and and ear infection in both ears.  He took about 5 days to be his normal self.  He was super cuddly and really only wanted me which is REALLY rare!  But I loved to hug my boy lots and appreciate so much those who watched him for me for a few hours here and there so I could have a break :o).  Another plus…he slept SO much.  More than he has in his entire life.  We’re talking close to 13 hours at night and two 2 hour naps each day.  I was loving that.  But don’t worry, he is back to his old ways, and I am thinking that transitioning to one nap is just around the corner!

Here are a few more pictures from the holidays.


This is us trying to capture Jack when we say “time for prayer.”  In the first photo, Dan is ready, Jack is not.  In the second you can see his cute closed eyes.  It last 2 seconds, but is cute nonetheless.  And, of course, giving Daddy kisses.


Look at my cute niece and nephew.  They are such good kids and we miss them every second that they are away.


A few shots from today since Jack looked really stylin’ in his new shirt from Aunt Kerri.  And a spaghetti shot since today was the first day that I just let him go at his spaghetti.  Not too messy!