Fritz: 15 Months

Molly and Fritz Rochester Minnesota

This month has gone by so quickly. Here are some HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fritz started saying “what’s that?” “all gone” and “bubbles”

  • He claps when we tell him “Fritz, no!”

  • No more crawling, walking like a champ!

  • Dude has his 16 month checkup next week, but when we took him in for a viral rash he only weight 26 pounds, so I’m curious to see if they will be concerned about his weight dropping. I would think this would be totally normal due to all that he is moving around!

  • Adam and I went to New Orleans for our FIVE year wedding anniversary

  • Fritz has his first few tumbles. A friend a daycare rode over him with a bike and then be took a face first diver yesterday. It is so sad to see his sweet little face beat up.

  • I’ve been trying to work out 4x a week! Pure Barre, Pilates and Cardio! I’m loving it!

  • Fritz and I took “mama and me” photos with Twelve Ten Photography. I am so in love with them.

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Fritz: 14 Months

Fritz MRI at Mayo Clinic 14 months for Head Size

It has been three months since I did a Fritz update! He is doing awesome!

We had his second MRI this last month and we got great news back. The fluid around his brain has gone down, his ventricles are still increased in size, but they believe this is just his anatomy (not hydrocephalus) and his cyst is stable in size. He is meeting all of his developmental milestones and everyone, including us, feels really confident that Fritz will be just fine. We go back into Neurology in six months and will do another MRI when Fritz is two! We are so thrilled that the diagnosis of Mega Cisterna Magna was incorrect and that we no longer have to worry about Dandy Walker. I’m so thankful for those that have reached out via email, Facebook or Instagram with their own stories. It is SUCH a scary time.

I shared these words on Instagram:

At 27 weeks pregnant we were told our baby had an abnormal brain. They threw out Dandy Walker Malformation. At three days old they confirmed he had enlarged ventricles, excessive fluid and a large posterior space between his skull and brain. We did a full genetic work up, all looked great. At three months they wanted to do a sedated MRI, we fought back. At six months we did one. He still had increased fluid, large ventricles and a large cyst. Today, six months later, Fritz and I partied in a large white tube for five minutes while I scream sang “Baby Shark”. After meeting with our Neurologist and Neurosurgeon we got GREAT news! No surgery. Cyst is stable. Fluid around the brain has decreased. His ventricles are still bigger than they would like but it appears to be his anatomy and not due to any blockage, so we will go in for another MRI in one year if nothing changes! I share this ALL because we are so fortunate. ❤️ Fritz is okay and Adam and I learned how to face what felt like a never ending obstacle as a team, and a positive one. It’s hard not worry, but we’ve just kept saying, “we can’t worry until they give us a reason to.” ❤️

Frtiz Grimm in Park City Utah

After days later we took Fritz to visit my sister in Salt Lake City. We totally lucked out on the flight out there and had the entire row to ourselves. Fritz slept and was such a good baby. One of the biggest compliments is when people tell you your child is so well behaved or mention they didn’t know a toddler was on the flight. On the way home he was a bit more rumbustious, but the people around us were so sweet. We loved staying at Kate and Billy’s beautiful new house. It was so cozy and my sister has such an eye for detail. I feel in love with SLC. I mean…you walk out of Target and get to see beautiful mountains surrounding you. We went up to Park City for the day and it was a blast. Next time I am definitely snowboarding. Did you know I’ve been snowboarding since fourth grade…and I’m actually good!!!??

This week has been packed with travel for us. I came home from Chicago last week to Fritz taking his first steps! We are working on balance, but he is doing so well and is becoming fearless. This month I am really focused on learning with him. I ordered flash cards and we are DONE with bottles. He currently only has his two bottom teeth, but his FOUR front top teeth are all coming in.Fritz will eat anything and last night I got him a Chik-fil-a kid’s meal and chocolate milk. YUM.

This weekend my mom and MIL are coming to watch Fritz. They asked to have a weekend with him and Adam and I were totally up for it. I can’t wait to see how much fun they have!

Fritz's First Birthday!

This weekend we celebrated Fritz’s First Birthday! I can’t stop thinking about it and honestly one of the reasons is because I am so proud of myself. I saw an image on Pinterest that I loved and decided to go for it! This is my take on it, but I wanted his party to feel neutral, soothing and earthy. I really think is what we got. We threw it at Little Thistle, their private room is beautiful and very neutral. Fritz’s highchair fit in perfectly and I was SO thrilled to find this adorable wood crown on Etsy.

I tagged all sources on my Instragram.

We had about 30+ adults and their kiddos. We served $5 Pizza (the place we got it from is called $5 Pizza and it is delicious!). We had a smash cake made for Fritz and a sheet cake from Costco, people kept coming up to me and asking where we had it made (there cake is THE BEST).

It was simple and for the most part stress free. We got to spend an afternoon with our favorite people.

I wrote this to Fritz on his birthday:

Happy First Birthday, Fritz! The last year has been the most beautiful year I’ve ever known. You came into this world so tiny, so fragile and a bit angry. You taught your dad and I how to be patient, selfless and to not worry unless we had a reason to. The worry didn’t break us, you wouldn’t let it, because you thrived. I love watching you discover the world around you: French Fries, playing ball with Henry, finding the perfect opportunity to jab your finger in my mouth or nose. And your laugh, my favorite sound. You can call me “dada” for as long as you want. I am so lucky you chose me to be your mom. I will love you always. ❤️