Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ladies!

Wow! My baby girls are TWO today! Thinking back to when and how I found out I was pregnant with twins:

1) Found out I was pregnant (OK--this is good! No troubles getting pregnant--yeah!)
2) Went in for an ultrasound at 8 weeks to check "viability and dates" (I recently sustained a miscarriage and was "paranoid" for this pregnancy)
3) I am alone, all alone in that ultrasound room as Mike had to work a night shift the night before
4) The ultrasound tech says to me, "First off, I want to tell you that you are having twins...." (the room goes black--what?? What did she say?
5) The sobbing begins. No, the hysteria begins! I am crying so hard the tech can hardly do her job. She asks me if I am OK. I say, "NO!!!!!" OMG! What have I done?? Are you kidding me?? We don't have twins in our family? Are you sure? OMG! Will they be full term?? How will I ever breastfeed TWO babies at once! OMG!
6) She sends me on my way with pictures of my two little beans that I instantly fall in love with. (BTW: They had hearbeats of 180 and had all the needed parts to continue with pregnancy)
7) I call Mike (he doesn't answer, of course; he is sleeping!)
I call my sister in law Lea! She says "OMG! I didn't know you were pregnant!"
I call Mike (he doesn't answer, of course; he is sleeping!)
I call my sister and she doesn't answer.
I call Mike (he doesn't answer, of course; he is sleeping!)
I call my BFF, Jen. She says, "OMG! Are you kidding me??"
I call Mike (he doesn't answer, of course; he is sleeping!)
I call my mother in law. She says, "Yeah! I am so excited!"
I call Mike (he doesn't answer, of course; he is sleeping!)
Breathe, breathe, breathe......

Dear Miss Mag Pie,
You are definitely the big sister. I love your energy, amazing vocabulary, and your beautiful, beautiful smile that lights up the room. You looked so familiar when you arrived; you are a spitting image of your big brother Gavin. Your nose! OMG! I love , love, love your cute little button nose! I could stare at it all day long! Happy Birthday, Big Girl! Mama and dada love you to the moon!!

Dear Miss Molly,
Oh, Miss Molly! And you! You definitely are the baby and I just love that about you. I love how you take your sweet old time growing up. It's all about you and what and WHEN you want to do something. You have taught us so much about "slowing down and taking things slow" so thank you! I love your ability to put a smile on any ones face that meets you. Happy Birthday, baby girl!






Two years later...what an amazing first two years it has been!

No, the tech was not kidding! I had twins!

What I did was drop two eggs!

Yes, they were full term (thank GOD!!) 37 weeks and had to be induced! That was a first for me. They would have stayed in there for at least 2 more weeks!

Breastfeeding went WONDERFULLY!!! (even with me being forced to go back to work at 6 weeks! yes, that's right; SIX Weeks! There should be a law..) Maggie was breastfed for 8 months and Molly for 13 months! Way to go, ladies! You make mama so proud!

No, there are no twins in my family. It was just a fluke! What a wonderful fluke it was! I am the luckiest woman ever!

Buddy Walk 2008

The day of Molly's first buddy walk was absolutely beautiful (80's and sunny!). We raised the $1000 that I wanted-yeah hoo!

Miss Molly fell asleep before the walk even began and slept through it. Poor little sweetie, she was just so tired and HOT!

She had a total of 21 people on her team. Mostly family and two of my very best friends. Thank you all for walking and supporting Down Syndrome! Thanks to all who made donations. I love you, guys!

Some of Molly's Team on the walk

What can I say? I am sooo cute!!

My Cousin Seth, Big brother Gavin, and friends Megan and Lauren

Me and Auntie Pam

Me with Auntie Sheila!

Ohhhh! Me with my uncle John BEFORE walking through the arch at the start of the Buddy Walk....

Me and by Best Friend and Sister Maggie in our wagon

Seriously, Auntie Carie! I've had enough! I am HOT and I am tired and I just want to go home!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

31 for 21 Challange!!



This is soemthing that I am actually excited about. October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. Each day of the month, I will be making a blog entry to honor Trisomy 21; hense, "31 for 21". I will be sharing my personal story about my journey with Molly and DS related discussions/topics/stories. Not everyday will reflect down syndrome as I do have "drama" in my life on a daily basis that I will need to share as well--LOL!

It will be a challenge for me to blog every single day as I work full time AND 12 hour shifts so the days I work are short and fast ones but I will make an effort! Enjoy!

Maggie visits mommy's work..

Maggie had such a hard week last week. She was quite irritable and cranky, up at night and just not feeling well. Overnight Wednesday, she developed a fever on 104.5 and I could not get the fever to break. Through Tylenol and Motrin and a cool bath; nothing seemed to work. She would wake up SCREAMING, then settle, then up again. My nursing intuition told me that she had a urinary tract infection. I brought her into the clinic on Thursday morning and sure enough, she had UTI. Her white count was very high and her CRP (a generic test that tests for inflammation in the body) was way, way high! We electively placed her in the hospital; the floor that I work on. I was too uncomfortable with her high temps and she was vomiting and I was worried that she would become dehydrated. Thank God we did. Her fever remained high until we were able to get an IV placed, then the temp gradually went down and we were able to maintain her temperature without the "spikes" of 104!

We were discharged on Saturday afternoon after a lot of convincing the doctor to let us go "early" as we had Molly's Buddy Walk on Sunday morning (that is a later post).

I am happy to report that she is close to normal, no more fevers and is eating and drinking again. Her white count and CRP are decreasing. We will see the pediatrician this afternoon for a hospital follow up.

Mr. Gavin loves to go to Mommy's work because of all the fun toys to ride on! LOL!




Poor Maggie!! Isn't she so sweet?? Nanna took good care of her on Friday.






Grandpa Jerry came to visit Mag's. Molly loves to play with grandpa and take his hat off, glasses off, and pull his hair..

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sleep Issues...

So, the mother of 4 needs some advice!

This is where Maggie sleeps at night:



She is laying next to Molly's crib. She is all of a sudden refusing to sleep in her bed. Sleeping in her bed upsets her. We put a gait up at her door so she doesn't get out. That upsets her. We close her door. That upsets her.

She wants to sleep with Molly in her crib but there are a couple problems with that:
1) The crib is way too small for two toddlers
2) Molly pulls hair and Maggie would not have any left if I let her sleep with her sister.

We thought of putting Maggie in with Gavin as he has a full size bed. The problem with that?
1) She may keep Gavin up at night and he is a big kindergartner and needs his sleep.
2) Maggie OR Molly may miss each other and not sleep well without each other.

What is a mother to do??

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Medical Update on the Boys...

This past week, Austin had a visit to the dentist. He had 5 cavities!! That seems so unbelievable to me as we go to the dentist every six months. It turned out that they were all mini cavities, therefore, he didn't even need Novocaine. Wow! What a brave boy! They put sealants on all of his molars so hopefully we won't have to deal with this in the future.

Gavin seen a Urologist down at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He tends to have a real issue with "urgency" since he's been potty trained at age 3. It turns out that he has:
1) An unusually small bladder. The usual bladder holds at least 90ml's of urine, his is lucky to hold 40ml's.
2) He has a thickened bladder wall, causing it to "spasm" which, in turn, causes the urgency he experiences. Seriously, this little guy will go to the bathroom 4-6 times an hour. I swear he spends half of his day in the bathroom.
3) They believe that he is constipated. This also puts pressure on his bladder, making his issue worse. I am not that convinced that he has an issue with constipation as he doesn't have accidents and goes 1-2 times a day. (sorry if this was TMI-he! he!).
PLAN: Start him on Miralax (a stool softener) for his constipation and Detrol LA (a muscle relaxant) to help with the bladder spasms.

Ummm....Not sure I agree with the plan above. Especially with the Detrol LA as it hasn't been trialed in the pediatric patient. Gavin only weighs 39#. He seems so little to be taking a big boy medication. I have a call out to his primary pediatrician to get her thoughts on it.

Friday, September 12, 2008

She gets it....

She really, really gets it!

Sarah Palin stated in her acceptance speech for VP on September 3rd (OK, I am little behind but hey! I've been busy!), "From the inside, no family ever seems typical. That is how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other-the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenges. And children with special needs inpsire a special love."

In the September 15th edition on PEOPLE magazine she states, "It's the way life is suppose to be. Everyone has battles, but not everything has to fit into a mold of perfection. Fulfillment and joy go much deeper than that."

AMEN!! VERY, VERY well said! I love how she views her life with baby Trig! It's so down to earth and honest!

You know, it takes one to know one sometimes. People who do not have a child with special needs miss out on something so special and yes, the "Special love" we feel for them is amazing and cannot really be described. I am not saying that I am voting Republican this year. I consider myself an Independent, but she amazes me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Molly's Buddy Walk

Molly's very first Buddy walk is fast approaching! The walk is September 21st at Como Park in St Paul. I am getting so excited to network and meet people of all ages with Down Syndrome. Molly's team consist of 16 people so far. If you are interested in joining our team, please do! I would love to have you walk the 2 miles for Molly. She is definitely worth it! Also, if you haven't made a donation and would like to, you can click on the link to the right or mail it to Molly at home. (if you do not have that address, please email me at tracyvelander@yahoo.com and I will get it to you). Any amount would be so much appreciated to promote Down Syndrome Awareness and Acceptance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School....

Oh, each day tells a story. It started off pretty smooth this morning. Austin got off right on time...





Then Gavin got up. We had to walk to the end of our block to catch the bus. The bus was to arrive at 8:37 so I get the ladies loaded up in the Burley and start walking down there at 8:27.....




Took a couple pictures of Gavin while we are waiting for the bus (all the while anticipating pictures of Gavin getting on the bus the first day of kindergarten)...





Then the neighbor comes out and says that the bus came early and we missed it. So, instead of getting bus pictures, I got pictures of Gavin walking into the school, the first day of school.







Such is life!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Last Summer Trip of 2008!

This past weekend, spur of the moment, we went up to my parents farm. We figured we better go "one last time" before school starts as we probably won't make it back up there for months.

There was a parade in the town Mike and I got married in so we stopped there first. It was short and sweet and the kids got LOTS of candy! Mike, Gavin, and our puppy Lexy were actually in the parade with some family. Gavin loved throwing all that candy...

Grandpa Jerry with his newly rebuilt Tractor:


Cousin (my nephew, the kids' cousin) with his new Gator he got this summer


And the very proud Gavin with daddy and Lexy



Then off to the farm we went for a hay ride. Always enjoyable and relaxing.

Maggie with Uncle Al

Miss Molly with the wind in her hair


Mike and my mom (sorry mom, I love this one of you!)


Mr. Million Dollar Smile

The men looking at the tower. Not sure what was so intriguing but a fun picture.



I don't know what it is about the country. I hated LIVING in it growing up and now I find that I hate LEAVING it.

Ahhh, back to school tomorrow. It's so sad that yet another summer has flown by us.

Monday, September 1, 2008

We are toddlers now....

With stepping out of infancy into toddler hood comes bumps and bruises a like...

Maggie has been in her "Big Girl" bed for a while now. She tends to wonder around the room and do stuff. Stuff like wake up her little sister (by 9 minutes only but still, Molly is the baby of the family), dump all of the clothes out of her drawers, play with her babies, you know; girl stuff. Two mornings ago, I woke up to her SCREAMING and found this boo boo by her eye...



I have no idea how it got there?! She kept saying something but the poor little sweet pea was just crying too hard.


And remember my post about Molly learning to climb DOWN the stairs?? Well, this is what happens when she decides to do it not so perfectly on the front steps...




Have I told you that this is my funnest stage they are entering?? I just love all the new things they do, say, explore....