Friday, November 20, 2009
Two weeks ago we took Kristofer to see a photographer and the picturse are grate!! so here are few....he looks so grown only 8 months old :)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Here are a couple of videos of Kristofer and his workouts. The buckets are his favorite toys at the moment, when i shot this video he had already been playing with them for 20 minutes sitting uppright like in this video. When i took him away from the buckets to change his diaper he got preety mad.
I noticed when i put all the buckets together...placing the next biggest after the other etc.. he would shake the apart untill they would all fall out of each other.
He did this tree times so i decided to shoot a video of as he did it for the fourth time.
He turns 7 months next sunday and we, and the doctors/therapists that we have met are all very excited about his progress.
His kindergarten did an evaluation on him, which we have not recived on a document, but the lady that he spends most of his time with said that his motorskills are slightly above the average 6 month old (with no disabilities) so you guys can imagine how excited we are. Few things are a little below average, including his vocal ability, which has improved alot since she did that evaluation.
He now says ; da da da da...which is not daddy in the Icelandic language but i´m still pretty happy about it :D.
He also makes a car like sound with his lips... I haven´t got it on tape but i will post it later.
Well just this single video this time as it appears to be very slow to upload.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
And here is Kristófer in his walker for the first time, he even figured out how to push himself forward....but just a little, we will practice this more. Kristófer is also trying to sit on his own now and this weekend he sat all by himself for 3 minutes! So hopefully he will be sitting soon!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The kids in his class are from 10 months so he is the youngest. He has this great woman named Gréta that takes care of him that is specialized in children’s development and he loves her already so I don’t feel so bad anymore. He has started eating all kinds of food even bred and I feel he has grown a few months’ since he started going to preschool. His physical therapist also comes to the preschool to exercise with him so when I pick him up and we go home I can just be his mom and nothing else and that I love. Before I always felt bad that I was not training him enough or we did not do this and that….and I didn’t enjoy being his mom as much as I do now. Also they use sign language all the time, when they sing, read and when they talk to each other and I love that, Kristófer can then talk to the other children later on as they all will know the signs This school is not only for kids with special needs, but there is one other boy there who has down syndrome and he is 3 years old and hopefully him and Kristófer will become friends later on.
And another thing….before Kristófer was so sensitive about other children talking or crying that he started to scream and he would not stop until he would turn red and blue….now he’s gotten used to that cause of the other kids at his school that I can now take him everywhere without worrying that he would go bananas!
Well I just wanted to share this with you guys…..hard to let your child go so little to preschool even though I know this will only do good for him!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
My dad advised me that it would be good for us to babtize Kristofer right away...just in case anything would happen, so Kristofer got baptized by my friends father which is a minister in our church on a saturday afternoon at he NICU.
My father and i share a passion of motorcycle and cars. Well its my fathers fault that i have the same passion ;) but thats ok i love it.
When my dad was young he bought his first motorcycle in 1974. He was 16 then and the motorcyle was a 1974 HONDA XL 350.
Few years ago my dad was searching for the same type of a bike as a winter restoration project. And one day he did...he was on eBay...like most of the time and stumbled across the same type of motorcycle he had when he was young. That bike was in Ohio....and we live in Iceland. But that was ok since he was going to the U.S. anyway to buy a new SUV for my mom.
He picked up the bike and shipped it to Iceland.
Kristofer Karl shares his middle name with his grandfather and my litle brother Jonas Karl. They all own motorcycles....but not me ;)
My father with the brand new bike back in 1974
The Karl´s together on the Honda,
Hopefully Kristofer will be able to drive his motorcycle one day....
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
After a lot of thought about If we should have the early ultrasound or not at 12 weeks we decided that we wanted to have that done and check if everything was ok with the baby. Most people that I know have had that test done and you just get used to the idea that this is something that is the part of the program, so going to that screening without even the thought is very common with couples here in Iceland. At the screening she was measuring the neck of the baby and it took her a very long time….she said something about that she felt the neck was kind of thick, thicker then usually and that we have to have a blood test done. She talked about some numbers that we did not understand at the time that my probability of having a down syndrome child would be high as I was very young only 26 years old if she only took my age and the thickness of the neck. I was shocked and could not believe this, as I went to this screening just because and never did I think about that something would be wrong with my baby and the news was hard to take. I went to the blood test and went home cause I had to wait for at last 2 days to get the results. I went home and called my mum, we cried and talked about the possibilities if something was wrong with my child. When the blood results came back I had already made up my mind that I would not be having this child if the likelihood of down syndrome would come out high. 2 days later I had a phone call from the nurse telling me that the blood results were real good and that the likelihood of having a baby with downs are not high at all as they were 1/723 and that I would not have to worry about anything at all as I was young and healthy. At that time I did not understand this probability formula that calculates these likelihoods and I was just happy to hear that my baby was fine and I didn’t have to think about something being wrong.
The pregnancy went on and I was feeling good and so excited about the new family member…..
I was due on February 26th, and on February 26th at 7am I told my fiancé that our baby was coming…..I was very excited and I told him that this is as perfect as it can be that he is coming on the exact date and all!! 26 hours later a baby boy was born, a baby that was not expected and not so exciting. At first we did not realize what it was that was wrong or if anything was wrong at all….but I told my mother that was there that he was very strange…. Few ours later after we went into our private room at the hospital the doctor came in the door, I was nursing Kristófer and we had just finish saying how proud and happy we was…..the doctor started looking at him and doing all kinds of test on his body reactions and muscles, after few minutes of silence he asked us if we though he was strange, strange I though??? No I don’t think he is strange at all…..not anymore at least, I just though that this little baby was tired after all the hard work of getting into this world and he would just have to rest. We told the doctor no, and then I asked him if he though he was strange? He told us yes…..and that he thought he looked like baby’s with down syndrome. Down syndrome I say?? And repeat myself few times……he told us yes and that he would have to take a blood test to confirm it, and there he was out the door.
I sat in the room and looked at the baby and thought that I could never keep this baby!! He had down syndrome and that was not what I had planed for my baby, and something like that would/could never happen to us!! We sat in silence and started to cry….our lives were ruined !!
We called our parents who came right away to the hospital…nobody spoke a word and everyone thinking what to say or think. We cried…..and then I said that I could not keep this baby, I did not want to hold him or touch him and I just wanted to tell the doctor to take this baby and I was going home and in a while I would just have another one. Then I thought I would have it adopted….but did anyone want to adopted a baby like that?? The doctor came in again and told us that he had to take the baby to check his heart because 50% of baby’s with downs have a heart failure and need a surgery. We went with the doctor to check his heart and he was talking to an intern what was happening and that he would explain to us later, thoughts like “I hope he is that sick that he will not make it” came to my mind and looked at my baby that had only been in this world for few ours. I thought it would be best for all of us if he would just not make it, because life with down syndrome is no life at all! The doctor told us that he needed to stay in the NICU so they could keep an eye on him, he also needed an extra oxygen, and then he explained to us what he saw in the ultrasound, Kristófers patent ductus arteriosus was still open and his aorta was very tight so the bloodstream in the body had a difficult time to get to all the extremities. I did not know what that meant, I just thought that he was very sick.
When Kristófer stayed at the NICU I hardly wanted to touch him or take care of him, I just wanted his father to do everything that needed to be done with him. We felt like he was not our baby but we felt sorry for him so we had to take care of him. He was so little and weak and he just laid there in his glass box, with parents who did not want to keep him at all and that thought it would be best for everyone that he would not make it!!
After 5 days at the NICU the doctor told us that tomorrow we might just take him home, he was doing so well that they trusted him to go home. I thought the doctor was crazy, I didn’t want to take him home at all, what was I suppose to do with him at home?? All alone?? No doctors or anything…..I didn’t trust my self to take him home and I did not want to, I was also very scared of being alone with him. When we came home it was all very strange, no glass box and no tubes or monitors peeping at you all the time. The breastfeeding was hard but I thought to myself that I was not going to give up. I was very numb and didn’t know what I felt……but time went on and so did my feelings towards Kristófer, I started to feel that I did care about him and that I was so happy he did not need a hart surgery. I thought I could never love him, but he was proving me wrong time by time.
Monday, August 17, 2009
and sleeps like a baby!
I recommend infant swimming to all parents, especially if you have a baby with special needs. I see a big difference since we started going to these classes on Kristófers development. The stimulation they get from the water is really good for them and it also makes movements easier for them and of course the parents enjoy it a lot!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
The other day when I was searching the internet I found the page of Down syndrome new mama, I was looking at the pages and I start chatting with one of the mom on there that just started a blogg, so we have decided to join this blogg and tell our story here and hopefully we can share some experience on here as others do.
So this is a start.....more to come :)