Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Update on Mitchell

Mitchell is 17 months old today. Where did the time go? The other day I saw a 16 month old boy running and playing and driving his mother crazy and I just squeezed my baby boy tighter. I'm not sure I could handle another active little Jansen right now and was just so thankful to have my 17 month newborn!

Mitchell is doing AWESOME!!! He has made some great progress (that I am so proud of) in the past few weeks. He is REACHING and HOLDING toys. I'm sorry to say, I really thought that would never happen. It has been so intense working those muscles for over a year now, with VERY LITTLE improvement, and now it seems like overnight he can do it, and does it all the time!!!
Mitchell had a great day this morning with physical therapy as he sat for a few seconds!!! I know isn't he cute? Barb is amazing and gets Mitchell to do all sorts of things. We LOVE her!
Oh, those arm and leg things Mitchell is wearing??? He got those yesterday, they are supposed to help stimulate his muscles and joints when he moves and get him to increase movement. He'll wear 'em one week on, then one week off. Jake said "one more thing to help the special kid look more special!"

Mitchell is such a sweet baby. He has no stranger anxiety and will let anybody hold him. I try not to let it hurt my feelings, BUT I do think he recognizes my voice. He loves to be patted and bounced, only while standing. He's about 22 pounds, and is SO HEAVY. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to hold him... He loves toys with lights and soft sounds. He lets us lay him flat on the floor and he'll kick and be happy about it. It's so cute. He's eating baby food 1-2 times a day, but it's very difficult to feed him. He gets very upset if there's too much noise, or just b/c some reason we don't know... so I never attempt with out another adult present. Jake is a pro at feeding and putting him to bed. AND Jake is the one who gets up with Mitchell during the night. (I'm helping Jansen and Reesa, gosh nobody sleeps around here!) BUT last night Mitchell slept through the entire night and didn't wake up once!!! I'm sure it won't last, but it's a start, right?


  1. That first picture of Mitchell grabbing his toy made me SO EXCITED! Way to go, little man! Amazing how all this progress kind of happened at once!

  2. Kell/Jake:

    Hang in there! Mitchie for President in 2044!!!!(He has to be age 35). Or righthand man to the Lord (during the Milleneum).

    Grandpa Jim

  3. he really is a cutie! and really, he has an awesome family!

  4. You guys are so awesome. It seems like just yesterday you were pregnant . . . it has been a long road and you always take it in style. Awesome Job!

  5. You guys are so wonderful no wonder u got such a special boy! i am so happy that you are seeing him grow and develop! happy day! miss u all!-ur not coming down to temecula over Christmas are u??? cuz we are and we'd love to see u! ps- could he be any cuter with his little glasses?!

  6. I'm so happy to see him progressing! I think of you often and wish we could sit together and chat. It's hard to find people that can relate sometimes. Your constant smile inspires me.
    michele (from ohio)