Thursday, January 2, 2014
If every "Tanner" had an "Anne"
I know it has been an extremely long time since I have written. Like 2 years long! So many times I have wanted to sit down and quickly type something up but even a few minutes seems hard to come by sometimes. Today, I got the ultimate surge of blogging energy brought on by our sweet Tanner speaking his first word. He is a truly amazing child. He continues to beat the odds!!! As I rolled in the door 15 minutes late (again) after picking kids up and running errands I was greeted at the front door by Anne, Tanner's nurse. She was grinning ear to ear and not even bothered that I was late again. She said she had the greatest video to show me. There, I watched with her our amazing Tanner wave and say "bye". I became overwhelmed with emotion. My eyes filled with tears as I hugged Anne. As I hugged her I thought of all the times over the last month where Tanner would just make the "B" sound and every single time Anne said "Bye". Anne is with us 40 hours a week. When she is not at school with Tanner she is here at home with him. Usually I'm buzzing around the house cleaning, doing laundry, taking care of the other kids, painting letters or one of the other million things that need done. The whole time she is giving Tanner the one on one time he needs and deserves. This last year Tanner has made incredible progress. He's doing some signing, chews and swallows food, pees in the potty, poops in the potty, and took his first steps all with Anne helping us every step of the way. More families with special needs kids should be approved for nursing. Having Anne here allows us to be great parents to not only Tanner but to give his siblings the attention they need. All the while Tanner getting everything he needs too! We are so blessed with a loving, dedicated nurse and an amazing, determined little boy. I hear so often what amazing parents Justin and I are. We appreciate that so much and love being Tanner's Mommy and Daddy. I just had to point out what an amazing nurse Anne is.