Thursday, November 30, 2006

Grandma Wright couldn't wait for Christmas day to give Matthew this adorable little rocking horse (it's actually a Zebra). Initially, Matthew wasn't too sure about being placed upon his mighty steed. After mommy & I hummed a few bars from a cowboy song, the perpetual smile was back on Matthew's face.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Grandma Wright got this rocking chair for Matthew. Here, he displays his best "Dr. Evil" pose.

Matthew is never far from his books...

...Or his toys. This picture was taken at 8pm which is perilously close to his bedtime but, as you can see, Matthew is still wide awake.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Not even the recent cold spell could keep Matthew from playing outside in his Jeep. Mommy loves to bundle him up in this sweatshirt because there are little ears on the hood.

If you're not quick on the shutter release, all you will get is his back.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

1-2-3 Happy Thanksgiving!

As you are about to see, Matthew had a great day! He was so active that we had to grab him for this picture. I'm sure it will remind Grandma Sue of the time she stopped me in mid-run for a quick photo when I was little.

Always the baby antagonist, Uncle Keith engaged Matthew in a growling contest during this family portrait attempt. "RRRROOOAAARR!"

While the cooking was afoot, Grandpa Frank read to Matthew from his favorite book.

The kitchen was bustling with activity. In fact, the ladies were simultaneously using the ovens from three houses. It's a good thing we all live on the same street. Auntie Kim looked as though she could be hosting her own cooking show as she carved the roast.

Though Uncle Mitch claimed he was just supervising, we all know he was sampling from the menu while Auntie Kim wasn't looking.

Auntie Gabrielle came outside to make sure Uncle Keith & the boys weren't burning the house down while frying the turkey.

There was never a need to worry. Ever since we won the "Battle of the Birds", the men have been proficient poultry preparers. We had help this year, however, because Grandma Wright Marinated the whole turkey for two days in a special recipe.

Grandma & Grandpa Wright couldn't wait to get their hands on Matthew.

Grandpa Wright was anxious to show Matthew his sporty new truck.

After all the visiting, Matthew was getting tired. Like a pro, Grandma Wright rocked him to sleep in a chair that has been in the family for 4 generations.

Grandma did such a good job that Matthew was napped-out while we all ate dinner.

After his nap, I snatched up my boy for another King family photo...

But Mommy had imbibed a bit too much in her homemade Burgundy punch (just kidding, this is a picture taken mid-blink).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The act of a child eating a Cheeto is likely a non-event in most households. But for us it signaled a major breakthrough! You see, in addition to his many challenges, Matthew also has an oral aversion. Six months of uncomfortable tubes in his mouth (and a feeding tube which ensures he is never hungry) has left our little guy with no desire to eat. Most offerings of food are greeted with swatting hands and a sour expression on his face. Ever vigilant, Terri keeps on offering things to Matthew in the hopes that he will eventually show interest. Well thanks to a week of steroids to treat a respiratory infection, Matthew has been receptive to his bottle and today he tasted & nibbled his first Cheeto!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

The King Trio paid a visit to Aunt Gabrielle & Uncle Keith's house today. Terri snapped this shot after Aunt Gabrielle put an elf hat on Matthew's head. Every time he tried to pull the hat off, he only succeeded in pulling it over his face. Everyone had a laugh at Matthew's expense.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Casey came by in his suit today to visit with Matthew. The relief you see on his face is from having just completed his oral board for Corrections Officer.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Matthew received his monthly Synagis shots today. His nurse practitioner, Ryan, didn't want Matthew to associate him with ouchy shots. So he covered his face with a mask and drew a smiley face on the front. As you can plainly see, Matthew wasn't impressed.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

After thanking God, how will we ever be able to thank KVBC for getting the story out and LVMPD (Metro) for pushing the cap through??? A thousand "thank-you's" seems so inadequate.

My eyes tear up every time I think of our little Whomagoo being able to continue receiving the best medical care possible. It is truly an intolerable thought that it could very well have not been this way. What a relief that I can now safely push that fear quickly out of my mind.

No parent should face this fear. You, Mike, and Matthew have put a face on this unthinkable situation for all similarly situated families in Nevada. How fabulous it will be when this legislation can make a difference in some families lives and they, too, can breathe a sign of relief.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Matthew's story was featured last night on our local NBC news station. The reporter, Beth Fisher, and everyone behind the scenes did a great job of bringing to light the difficulties in providing for a sick child. Here is the link to see the news clip... CLICK HERE

Sunday, November 05, 2006

During the week a Rams bib is fine. But come Sunday...

...Matthew & I are all 49'ers!

To give Mommy a break, us boys headed off to Uncle Keith's house for a football day.

Uncle Keith (the diehard Rams fan)tried to scare Matthew right out of his "home colors".

Matthew wouldn't be intimidated and stood up for himself in the face of his sizable opponent.

After the sports altercation, Matthew got down to the business of play.

While Matthew will likely become a prolific phone talker like his Mommy, for now he is content to simply gnaw upon the antenna.