"God doesn't give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn't take a special family, it makes a special family."
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The Winwards

The Winwards

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bathtime

Tanner now is a big fan of bubble baths! He is getting better at getting his hair washed as long as I "style" it and show him in the mirror. His latest "dew"......





Tanner laughs at pretty much EVERYTHING! All it takes is 1 funny face, or sound and it sets him off! Love it!
He loves to splash and ususally does it all of the time. But when I get the camera out, it would seem that he has to be prompted.......... but he still does a good job hiding the "goods" :)


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Silly September Boy!

As Tanner would say....
September has been full of fun for me! And I loved every minute of it! At 21 months old I talk a lot! I will copy pretty much everything mom and dad say, so they better watch out what they say! I constantly liked to say, while pointing... Whoa.... Wook at Dat! I am looking more and more like a little boy and no so much like a baby. My hair has filled in nicely, and is sandy blond. My eyes have stayed brown, so Mom has a brown-eyed blond headed cute boy. I know I'm cute if you ask me! I now weighs over 24 pounds, and is 35 1/2 inches tall! Almost 3 feet and not even 2 yet!
Mom was once told by one of my doctors that most spina bifida children are short in stature. I don't think this one applies at all to me.


I had my first ice cream cone! I loved it so much I just had to have Mom's too!
When Mom objected.... I thought it was pretty funny! Mom says I'm such a goofball!

Ohhhh! I'm so excited to say! I'm pleased to announce...........that....... Oh, I can hardley contain myself...... scroll down please!


I can eat with a spoon now! Yay for me! Mom is really excited too! Go figure that cheerios with milk is easier for me than anything else!

I also pull to stand all the time, and am getting strong! I like to climb and try so hard not to fall! Because falling hurts! Believe me, I know!


I also love to "read" books! I do it a lot, and Mom is proud of me. :)


Maple and I are getting along a lot better now than when I was little. She still growls at me sometimes, so I chase her with my cars and trucks. She runs away, and I think its so funny!
I give her hugs everyday because I love her.


Don't tell Dad, but the other day I stole a cookie off of the table..... shhhhh.... It was so good!
Mom caught me in the act........ I hope she doesn't tell Dad... cause I think the cookie was his.... I'll just give him extra kisses tonight to make it all better.


Oppps! I fogot about all the chocolate on my face. Kinda hard to hide that! Where in the world is a napkin when you really need one!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Camping

We all went camping over Labor Day weekend. Grandpa Ken, and Grandma Pat thought this was a GREAT idea!

As ususal Tanner stuck with uncle Don..... He loves his uncle Don!


He didn't want to be with anyone else!



We went camping at Christopher Creek. It was nice and reminded me of Utah camping. We had a lot of fun, and plan to do it again.



Monday, August 30, 2010

August for Tanner

August for Tanner was another exciting learning time. He is constantly amazing me with all the things he can do and all that he "copies" me doing.
Here he is "talking" on the phone. It's so fun to watch him put the phone completely behind his head and start blabbering away!



He also still loves to suck on his toes! He is obsessed with his feet! He is learning that they aren't toys, and that he shouldn't hurt them, slowly! his feet are pretty stinky at times, and who knows... Maybe they really do taste good??


He is getting more and more into helping. Loves to help put clothes into the dryer and play with the drum light switch. So inventive!


For some reason he will put bowls, plates, cups, you name it on his head.... but he won't wear a hat!


This last picture I just like because it shows how he ususally looks at me when he is "up" to something! He is such a ham!


Tanner is 8 months old, loves books, trucks, and getting into things! His favorite people right now are mom and grandma. He still loves his stander and is getting stronger and stronger. He is quite the picky eater and lives off of mixed vegetables, pasta, and peanut butter sandwiches.
I love my little man!



Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tanner July Update - 19 months

July has been full of adventure for Tanner. He is constantly learning new things and loves to get dirty! If he is not getting into things around the house, like emptying the cupboards, scattering toys and books everywhere, "helping" with the laundry..... He is playing in the dirt outside! Tanner loves the dirt! He would probably eat more if I would allow it! :) He is learning how to use different sand toys, and has mastered getting covered in dirt from head to toe! Tanner is also getting into building things, he loves legos. He also loves trucks and anything with wheels. And he loves water! He is having more and more fun in the tub and pool, but still hates to get his face wet. He says new words all the time, and is growing as he should.
Tanner is now 19 1/2 months old, weighs 23 1/2 pounds and is 34 1/2 inches tall. He is becoming such a big boy! And is so cute too!









We have been able get a couple of Standers (standing frames) to help Tanner get stronger to stand on his own. The one with wheels we are borrowing from his physical therapist, until we are able to get one just for Tanner. Needless to say, it took about 2 seconds for Tanner to learn how to roll it around, and saying that he loves it is an understatement! He would probably stay in it all day if I would let him! I love that he thinks he is playing, but he is gaining strength while doing it!




This is a stationary stander that was given to us by another mom that has a spina bifida son from Texas. Thanks Kari! I "met" her on my favorite online support group, the spina bifida group on babycenter.com. Best support group and bunch of parents ever! Greatest source of information and understanding! Doesn't he look so big in it?










Friday, June 11, 2010

California

Ok, so December 2009 I won 4 park-hopper tickets on the radio (Mix 96.9) to Disneyland!



And I never win ANYTHING! So I ws so excited. Disney was also doing the give a day, get a day promo for Disney tickets. So we set thigns up so that Don & Arcelia and their 2 kids, Emily and Allen could go with us. Only 1 ticket and 1 park hopper upgrade needed to be bought. Great deal if you ask me!



We ended up going the first weekend of June, and we had a blast! The package also included a 2 night stay in a disneyland hotel. We ended up getting upgrading to the Disney Californian Grand Hotel for free due to no space at the other hotels. It was quite nice and close to the park, which made things very convenient.


Below are some of my favorite pictures and some of Tanner's too! W


Mater from the Movie Cars - Tanner loved the character parades! So enthralled by them!



Amazed at the effects and all the bubbles!



Tanner loved this turtle, just kep pointing at it, and saying Oh, ook! (look)




We were able to take Tanner with us on almost every ride. On the rides he couldn't go on we did "child swap" so we didn't have to wait in the long lines twice. It was nice!


Tanner liked the river safari ride, and but he also didn't really know what to think.



Tanner loves his Uncle Don - He was stuck to him like glue most of the time! Thanks to Don, Tanner had a comfortable time.




Here we are just beyond the front entrance to Disneyland. The Mickey face is made up of all flowers. Very cool!




Sitting down for a breather in front of the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue in the square.






Went to see Mickey inside his house in Toon Town. Tanner wanted to see Mickey, but was afraid when he say how big Mickey really was! LOL - too cute!





Tanner really didn't know what to think about Goofy. He probably thought he was just that - Goofy! Ha ha - I know dry sence of humor!



Near the end of the trip, everyone felt that this hat fit me the best. I do love Goofy!

We also went to the beach. It was pretty, but very windy. Tanner HATED the wind! He buried his head on my shoulder most of the time we were there, and screamed if he was put down. I don't know which scared him more, the wind or the waves. It was also quite chilly with the wind, so we didn't stay as long as we wanted too.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yay!!!!

Tanner had his 6 month checkup with his Orthopedic surgeon today, Dr Segal. Tanner no longer has to wear the ponsetti afo's and the brown bar! Yay! He just has to sleep with his afo's on which he does anyway when he naps, so it works!



As you can see, Dr Segal is wonderful! He always gets down and plays with Tanner on his level. He and Tanner are balancing shoes on their heads, to see which one will fall first! It was too cute! Luckily one of the nurses had a camera on her, and she snapped this one and emailed it to me. Had to share - I love it!