Sunday, June 28, 2009


In the past few weeks, we have seen Eden signing more and more each day. We have been signing to her since she was a few months old, but until the past few weeks, we really didn't know if she was understanding what we were saying and signing. From a developmental standpoint, this is HUGE! I now feel sure that she is starting to process language (both spoken and signed). She signs "more", "all done", "bye, bye" and claps (for "yah" and "good girl"!). It is so sweet to see her do this and is such an answer to our prayers for the Lord to continue to develop and mold her mind. She is learning and I couldn't be prouder!

We had Eden's 18 month well check this week and she weighed in at a whopping 18.5 lbs:) I forgot how long she was, but she's only in the 30% for height, so I'm not sure if she got the tall gene or not! Dr. Herriott was pleased with how she is progressing with her milestones and we walked out of there with only one referral! Nothing new though, Eden just needs another renal ultrasound to check her kidneys. When she was a few months old, she was diagnosed with Grade 1 Hydronephrosis - which is likely related to her tethered cord issue. Its nothing that we will have to do anything about and could even improve with age, but they just want to do a renal ultrasound every year to check and make sure its not getting worse. We'll have that done this week, as well as Eden's ENT appt and hearing aid check. We also had a follow up appointment with Dr. Rice (her general surgeon) this past week and he gave us the all clear and said we didn't need to follow up any more unless she starting have problems - this was bittersweet too as I'm glad to mark another doctor off our list to see, but truth be told.... besides Dr. Herriott, he was our favorite:)

So, I promised details about Tampa a few posts ago. At this point, we are still hoping to be there by August... we are following up with job leads and praying that the Lord provides a job(s) quickly. We will keep everyone up to date as soon as we have more definite plans! We would certainly appreciate your continued prayers!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

many faces of Eden

just a few of the faces we've seen alot of lately:)

happy i just had a bath face

i'm trying to make a fishy face face

i'm gonna get you face

saying 'mama' face

i'm so happy i could scream face

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I'm trying to figure the whole twitter thing out, but just in case you twitter and want to follow me (and my many shameless store plugs!) my twitter name is "edensmama".

Nothing new this week. Josh has Runners Camp (which sadly got rained out today) and I'm looking forward to the next two days at home with Eden. We've got one playdate/lunch planned with an old coworker and I can't wait! I think its going to be a low-key week, at home, with lots of snuggling and crafting:)

The next two or three weeks will be filled with follow up appts, including her 18 month check up!!! Crazy its already almost been 18 months... I know, I can hardly believe it either.

More pictures soon:) I promise.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

a day with dad...

School ended this week for Josh (school = job). Since he is home for the summer, I decided to work a little more (two more days to be exact = three days total). I know it may not sound like a lot to many of you, but frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed this week with all the little things I ordinarily get done during the day. After a little rearranging, and Eden's fever canceling a few therapies, the week turned out to be a little less hectic than I anticipated.  Josh has Eden duty when I'm at work and he documented part of their day on Friday: 

The day started with a visit to Waffle House... I'm not sure by the picture if she was having fun or not, but according to Josh, she had a blast and loved the waffles (minus the syrup - I gave clear instructions that she was NOT to have syrup).

Josh had his first real experience taking Eden to one of her therapies alone! According to Josh, Eden took a 3 hour nap that afternoon - I think he wore her out... she never naps that long for me:) 

It has been so hot around here, so we've put up a SMALL kiddie pool outside and today was the perfect day to spend in it. Eden LOVES the water, but the sun is another story... if I could get her to wear her little baby sunglasses I think she'd do better!

Eden is standing so well on her own, though she still can't get to standing by herself... YET! She's starting to TRY to cruise along her toys, but is still very unstable. Her braces should be in this week, which will hopefully help with this too. Its still so amazing every time I see her do something new. I'm so proud of her! 

2 days left for the YART SALE... free shipping on everything in the shop. And lots of Buy 2, Get 1 free sales... check it out for more details... today, I've been on ETSY for 1 year and yesterday i hit 200 sales!!!!! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Busy Lizzie... wait a minute...

As a child, I was given the nickname "busy Lizzie" (among others)... I think Eden is following suite. She has gotten quite busy lately and it into EVERYTHING! It is amazing how quickly she can get from one spot to another. Her newest facination is doors. She loves them. It doesn't matter what form it takes: bathroom door, bedroom door, cabinet door, front door, door on a toy... you name it, it could keep her entertained for a while! Only once has she closed herself in her room when I was on the outside and then sat behind the door for quite a few minutes before she finally moved and I could get in!

(mastering the iPhone)

Two weeks ago, we spent the afternoon at Vollmer Farms and picked a HUGE bucket of strawberries. It was such a great way to spend the afternoon and we all got our fill of strawberries, including Eden.

I ended up freezing most of the ones we brought home - 4 - 1 quart bags to be exact. I have a feeling they're not going to last long though once I purchased this new attachment for my KitchenAide... we had homemade Strawberry Ice a few nights ago and it was so yummy. I even let Eden have some and she was instantly a fan! (Organic strawberries, sugar and water... ingredients for dessert I can feel good about!)

Check out the shop... I'm having a YART SALE (no, I did not come up with that name)... its an etsy-wide event and I decided to take part to get rid of some of my stock before we move (details soon).  ENTIRE shop has frees shipping until 6/14.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

introducing... TRUTHlets !

I finally decided on a name and couldn't have done it without the help of my previous post and the following comments! I didn't go with any of the exact names you came up with, but it definitely got my brain going and I finally landed on TRUTHlet!  I'm awarding the giveway to both Kacie and Melissa because they both creatively used TRUTH in their suggestion - why couldn't I have thought of using Eden's middle name:) Girls, I'll email you later, but be thinking of the verse you would like and what color(s)!

And for the rest of you... you can now purchase them in the SHOP. I will be adding more as the week goes on and I always love custom orders (a specific verse/quote and specific fabric)... I'm still trying to figure out the best way to list a custom order, so if you have suggestions, please let me know! 

AND if you place an order between now and Sunday, its FREE SHIPPING for blog readers!!! Just add "edentruth" in notes to seller at checkout and wait for me to send you and invoice (don't follow the paypal prompts).  If you're local, they're $10 since shipping would be free anyway:) 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

dad's little trackster

I think we have a *healthy* competition going on in our home... I'd like to to think that we're equally introducing her to our passions - hoping that she shares in them one day:) In case you can't see whats on the T.V. screen - its track and field... of course! (and I promise... we don't usually let her sit this close to the television).

I still can't get over how much hair Eden has - it seems to grow so much every week. We're starting to get a real problem on our hands though - this is what the morning bedhead looks like... I need to purchase a few more bows as we've seemed to have lost all of the ones I ordered last summer except the green and purple ones (of course, the ones that match hardly any of her outfits).

So, my last post was (yikes!) 10 days ago! Every week, I have intentions of being better at blogging, but somehow the weeks get away from me so fast:) I will have a winner to the giveaway last week... I'll announce the winner and the name of the bracelets later this week, as well as have the available in the SHOP!!! Thanks for all the great input and to those of you who are already sporting them:)