Thank you for praying!

We are so thankful for all of you! Thank you for your prayers and support!

Judah’s doing new tricks! ūüôā He’s waving and “giving 5” – we are rejoicing!

Love you all!

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50 “dives”

We have officially completed 50 “dives” in the hyperbaric chamber. ¬†It feels great!

Thank you, once again, to so many of you who helped make it possible for us to do these treatments each day. ¬†We are seeing results!!!! ¬†And it’s exciting!!

Here is a list of some of the progress we’ve noticed since beginning the oxygen treatments.

* More energy.  Not only does Judah seem to have more energy; but Chad and I feel more energized after our 90-minute sessions in the chamber.  With that energy has come a better mood.  He seems happier and is adjusting better to his surroundings and to position changes.

* Judah’s babbling more. ¬†He’s making new sounds and new inflections in his voice. ¬†AND he’s imitating our sounds!!

* He’s interacting more! He reaches for our faces and playfully interacts with us. ¬†What’s even more exciting is seeing him interact with others outside of our family. ¬†Yesterday during vision therapy Judah was hilarious… and he knew it! ¬†He was in such a playful mood – it brought joy to all of us.

* His left side continues to show more movement. ¬†He’s kicking with his left leg. ¬†His left arm is loosening up. ¬†And he’s doing a better job grasping objects with his left hand.

* Judah likes toys! ¬†We’ve waited so long for Judah to play with toys. ¬†He has had a couple of favorite toys in the past; but lately he’s become more curious. ¬†Yesterday he was exploring a new toy – he’d pass it from hand to hand, then lift it up in front of his eyes to look at it. ¬†YAY!!

* Judah’s eyes are straighter. ¬†They still dart off to the left side, but this is greatly reduced. ¬†(Please continue in your prayers for his eyes and his vision. ¬†Doctors are still determining the cause of the darting we’re seeing in his eyes.)

* Judah is eating better. ¬†His gag reflex is almost non-existent now. ¬†Praise God! ¬†He’s anticipating the spoon and able to swallow easier. ¬†(Please pray for Judah as he learns to eat textures, learns to drink from a bottle or a sippy cup, and eventually learns how to put food in his mouth by himself.)

* Judah can roll either way from tummy to back.  And can now roll from his back to tummy!

* He’s tolerating tummy-time much better! ¬†It’s fun seeing him realize that it isn’t so bad after all!

Thank you for your continued prayers.  And thank you for all of the encouragement you bring to our family.  We are thankful for each and every one of you.

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“I thank my God every time I remember you.”

Step by Step – a Miracle in Progress

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I am currently inside the hyperbaric chamber – our 39th “dive.” Judah does so well during his treatments. It’s the grace of God!

Judah continues to surprise us with new abilities. Yesterday I placed him on the floor near some toys and walked away. A few minutes later Chad was walking past Judah and immediately froze when he saw what Judah was doing.

Judah was about 18 inches away from where I had placed him. He rolled from his back to his tummy! He’s rolled that way a couple of times in the past; but every time he did it he immediately rolled back onto his back (his position of preference for sure). If we wanted him to stay on his tummy we’d strap him into an anti-roll device. But yesterday was different. He rolled onto his tummy, propped up on his elbows and happily played with toys in front of him. Chad and I watched him for quite some time and praised God for this victory.

We love seeing Judah intentionally make effort to move! We love seeing him play with baby toys! We love seeing him interact with us! We love hearing him babble! God is working mightily on Judah’s behalf!

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling!!

I’m SO EXCITED!!!!!!! Judah rolled from tummy to back on his left side. I feel so silly that I’m doing a happy dance and screaming through the house, but this is a BIG DEAL!!!! While I know other children his age are crawling, walking and talking by 18 months I’m choosing to celebrate each little milestone. All this time Judah has been able to roll from tummy to back to his right side. In order to roll the other way we’ve had to help him by straightening his left arm and showing him how to do it. But tonight it was as if something clicked and Judah was intentionally rolling towards his left!! We rolled across the living room laughing and screaming and praising our little man!!!

“…from glory to glory…”