Here comes trouble!

This time, I'm not actually talking about Ethan ;) Aiden has hit a milestone that for some, was probably hit a little earlier than 16 months old. But considering all that our little man has been through - this is quite the accomplishment - and another way he is showing us that he is going to catch right back up to where he needs to be.

Aiden started pulling himself up on furniture this past weekend. Any couch. Any chair. Any table that is within arms reach. His awesome hands have grown less and less sensitive and he is discovering all of the cool things he can do with them. He is crawling faster than fast. He is cruising across the coffee table to reach for the remote control if left mistakenly unattended. He is slowly but surely figuring it all out. Before we know it he will be walking.

I'm definitely a proud mommy. I mean, how many other parents can say that their child can undergo 4 major operations in the last 7 months, starting at the age of 9 months old and the last one being just a month and a half ago, and already push himself to do things that some have told us would take months and months to do. He is a constant inspiration in my life and I know many others.

As for Ethan, I think his role as a big brother will only help Aiden in his development. This child can speak in full sentences and tell me stories that if typed would consist of 3 or 4 paragraphs. He has a memory that extends far beyond mine (I'm talking remembering something somebody told him 2 months ago or a moment that occured before I even realized he could remember things).

One of his very favorite things to do is read books. At a birthday party a couple weeks ago there was a huge castle bouncy house. What was my two year old doing? Sitting inside the bouncy reading the book he made me bring in from the car. Seriously.

I won't go so far to say that he is a genius...okay yes I will. What a role model and motivation Ethan will be for Aiden. Although we are well aware that Aiden may follow in his footsteps at a different pace than Ethan's, we will never be the parents that will baby Aiden because of his diagnosis. He will be treated just the same and pushed to be the best Aiden that he can be. Period.

(Okay, okay, those of you who really know my little Tazmanian Devil know that Ethan isn't all "book worm-nerdy-nerdy". This kid has spunk. And more energy than, God I don't know - something that has an exorbitant amount of energy. But isn't there some study that says that really hyperactive kids usually turn out to be super smart??)

Anyway...a lot going on in the next couple of weeks. Including (but not limited to): trip to NKY this weekend, 6-week post-op visit to Dallas next week with both boys and my mom and sister, overnight girls night with my friend Audrey in Owensboro next weekend, trip to Michigan the following week...and on and on and on. It never stops! And I love it!


  1. and just what exactly are we going to do....pool, mani's, ahhhhhh...CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

  2. Great blog Taryn! Your detailed explanation of Aiden's journey is inspiring, especially as a medical student. It's interesting to see what it's like from the family's perspective, not just learn about some of the things you've discussed from a textbook.

    As for bookworms, I seem to remember that although you didn't exactly flaunt it, you were always one of the brighter students in our classes in middle school and H.S... That apple didn't fall far from the tree!

    I hope all is well with you and yours!
    Laura Rue Jacobus