Monday, June 28, 2010

Eli and His New Glasses

So.... about a month ago I started noticing something wrong with Eli's left eye. I had noticed that when he is trying to focus on something that his left eye would turn in. Also when he is looking and talking to me, he's not actually looking at me. He has been looking past me but obviously focusing on me.

I thought I was the only one noticing it til Courtney's 3rd birthday party. My friends husband asked her what was wrong with Eli's eye. I knew then that this wasn't just in my head and he needed his eyes checked.

I took him to his family doctor and she sent a referral to get his eyes checked.

We took him to an ophthalmologist on June 21. He did really good at first, but a 2.5 hour visit with any small child is bound to end badly. After they dilated his eyes, the appt. was absolute torture. He did not want to cooperate at all. The eye doctor had to have someone come in and help hold his head still. Let me tell you, my 19 month old son is one strong little boy!

They diagnosed Eli as farsighted. Farsighted children have the ability to use the focusing power in their eyes to see clearly at almost any distance without correction. Occasionally, the farsightedness (hyperopia) is sever enough that the eyes become "lazy"; doctors call this amblyopia. If this occurs, the eyes do not have the stimulus to develop good vision.

Moderate farsightedness can cause some children's eyes to cross. This is called accommodative esotropia. Correction of the farsightedness should begins as soon as the crossing is noted and glasses must be worn all waking hours to prevent a permanent eye misalignment, or strabismus. If the eyes become permanently misaligned, surgery may be required to straighten them.

This is the category Eli falls under. He has been prescribed glasses and has to wear them all waking hours, which is not easy by any means. He has a follow up appointment in August. They will check then to see how the glasses do with his eyes. If they see no improvement they we will discuss surgery. I thought it was only in his left eye, but come to find out it's both. He is crossing both of his eyes, trying to focus on objects close to him. So a patch was out of the question.

I have to say, he looks so darn cute in his glasses. But I do hate that he has to wear them. I'm hoping and praying everyday that the glasses will correct his eyes, but with him being moderately farsighted, the said it could go either way.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Entering to win a Zak! Designs Giveaway!

My friend Jessica Jetter is doing a give away for Zak! Designs 6 piece dish set. I am entering to win it bc the kids love the designs and it is very durable. We already use Zak! Designs for the kids. My daughter has Tinker Bell's plate, bowl, cup, fork, and spoon. My son has the Cars design of the same dish set. The only thing that I don't like about it is, that on the cups the designs have faded and worn away. Other than that I have nothing to complain about it. I love the cute little designs and my kids are always fighting me when we go to the store to get new dish sets for them. I hope I win this give away. It's my first time entering something like this, and trust me it's not been easy for me lol! I've been getting lot of advice lol!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Courtney is 3

Wow... Where has the time gone???  On June 13, 2007 I was admitted to Anderson Hospital for induction due to my high blood pressure. She put me through absolute torture til June 15, 2007. Early that Friday morning I was finally told that they will be performing a c-section for delivery. She certainly was determined to come on her own time. Courtney Anne Thomas was born June 15, 2007 at 9:56 am. She is my angel!

Three years later and she still has the attitude where she does things on her own terms. I joke saying she is turning 3 going on 16! We celebrated her 3rd birthday June 12, 2010. She had a wonderful time. It looked like Christmas for her once again. Most of her family and all of her little friends all came to celebrate with us.

It does not seem at all possible that she should be three already. I remember her birth like it was just yesterday. I can still remember the sounds and the smell and all the emotions like I just lived it recently...
She may be more than a hand full sometimes, but I am so proud of her. She is such a smart, bright, determined, independent little girl. Soon enough she will be starting school and will no longer be able to stay home with me. I will enjoy the next year with her home while I still can :)