Friday, August 29, 2008

A blast from the past...

Surfing through my pictures today, I stumbled upon a few pictures that I find to be quite alarming.....

I think this was taken when I was 34 1/2 weeks pregnant with the girls..


I remember this one. I was 36 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Two days prior to my induction at 37 weeks..



People would look at me say "OMG!" constently!! I thought they were just exaggerating their response to "how big I was". Now, 40 pounds lighter, I can see what people were staring at! I couldn't even find a maternity shirt that would cover my belly and look half way decent. That sweater was an XL and looked ridiculous!

Ahhh....it feels good to be done having children.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

And she's off....

It has been such a proud parent day for Mike and I today. Mike is so good with Molly in regards to her therapies. He works with her on her fine and gross motor skills daily. He usually leaves the OT/feeding issues to Mommy but I don't mind.

Today during Therapy hour, Miss Molly took FOUR independent steps, stood up and clapped for 15 or so seconds (once she starts clapping, she usually falls right down), and stood up from a sitting position without the use of an aide! Go, Molly Go!! She may just walk by the time the Buddy Walk comes!

Molly has been climbing up stairs for quite a while now (I think since 17 months?) but has not learned or have any desire to learn how to get DOWN the stairs. She gets frustrated so I usually put this on the back burner during therapy. Today, I told Molly to crawl up the stairs to go Night Night. She went up three and then went down three. Yup! That's right! That little stinker moved her short little extremities right down the stairs without a second thought! I was so excited that I just had to tell Mike about it. Know what daddy had to say?? "Oh, yeah. We have been working on that. We just practiced that last night." I had no idea she was mastering this skill behind my back. Good job, daddy!

I am so proud. So proud of Miss Molly for all her newly attained abilities. So proud of her daddy for helping her be the best she can be...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

He said what??!!

This past week, my husband, Mike, was talking to a gentleman whom I would say is in his mid 60's. I must mention that this is a man that I have a lot of respect for and is a kind, fun loving guy. They got into the conversation of Molly and how well she seems to be doing. He then started talking about another family who also has a child with Down Syndrome and said, "their mongoloid can swim to the raft in no time at all." Being that I was born in the 70's, not really understanding what the term "mongoloid" meant, I laughed. I laughed that he was naive enough to use this term so lightly in the new millennium; after all, I find this man to be quite entertaining and laugh at his comments on a regular basis. I know enough that it was a term they used to describe DS children in the 60's. I told Mike that I think that is was an offensive term like the "R" word. Mike thought is was worse. I can't imagine that because now days the "R" word sends shivers down my spine. So...I googled the definition:

Monogloid: Anthropology Of or being a major human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as yellowish-brown skin pigmentation, straight black hair, dark eyes with pronounced epicanthic folds, and prominent cheekbones and including peoples indigenous to central or eastern Asia.

also offensive: Adj: of relating to Down syndrome. noun: A person affected by Down Syndrome.

Enough said. I guess I need to gently break it to my friend that he should stick to the term "Down Syndrome".

Monday, August 18, 2008

She smiles...finally!

I don't get a lot of good pictures of Maggie. She dodges the camera and literally runs away laughing at you. It is very frustrating. This past weekend, however, I must have caught her in a good mood because I got quite a few good ones. Some of which I wanted to share with you.




We had our first annual block party this past weekend. We had a lot of fun and a good turn out. I apparently forgot to keep the camera out once the water slides were down but I did capture most of the kids on the slide.

Friday, August 15, 2008

As if....

I wasn't already busy, aready crazy.....
My boys have decided (I agreed by default) to add to the Velander Boxer family!

Meet Buddy!






Buddy is 2 years old and housebroke. I enjoy that part of him. He still has some "puppy" in him but listens very well and is generally a pretty good dog. He sleeps next to the bed and if he has to go potty, he will nudge you; it's kinda cute!

First it was double the diapers and double the love, now....double the dog food, double the work---LOL!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Finally got control of Molly...

Molly's favorite video is "Baby Signing Time". She would watch it all day long if we let her. The problem we have with her is that she is always standing right in front of the TV. We can scoot her back and she just crawls right back to the TV. While at the cabin, being frustrated because I can't get her to stay away from the TV, Mike discovers a cute little Molly size chair and sits her in it....



You see, she doesn't know how to get out of it! Hee! Hee! What a perfect solution. I was tempted to steal the chair but figured Rick and Sarah would notice! Off to Target we go to purchase Molly's restraint! LOL....

Trip to the happy place...

Sorry that I have been MIA for a while. I left my camera at my parents house and just got it back today. We had a good time at the cabin and then spent a couple days at my parents. Memories were made as promised. Gavin caught his very first fish; a very exciting moment for a 5 year old! The boys had a blast on the 4-wheelers, and the ladies (all three of us) relaxed and watch the loons and ducks swim in the lake while swingin on the swing. I hope that Sarah and Rick will allow us to visit again.