Sunday, May 31, 2009

Maggie's Paint Job

She found the nail polish. She was quite adamant about getting those cute little "piggies" painted.


So hard at work...


...and the finished product! Job well done, Mags!




Friday, May 29, 2009

God Doesn't Make Mistakes

I got this off a fellow bloggers post (thanks, Renee!). I loved it so much, I just had to share!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Waaaay Overdue Haircut~~~

I feel as though I have neglected poor Gavin (his appearance, that is) lately so yesterday, we took him in for a good old fashion teeth cleaning and fluoride rinse. His teeth look great! And today, off the "salon" after school....


The BEFORE (seriously, what a mop head! Poor kid!)









The During (I must say Gavin has always enjoyed getting his haircut)















The Final Result!!!

What a ham!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Summer Fun...


Somehow, even though it was quite windy today with a high of 76 degrees, the kidlets talked Mike into setting up the waterslide. They all had a total blast! I love this waterslide! It's non stop fun for the kids every summer.

Friday, May 22, 2009

It's surgery time

Well, Miss Molly will undergo surgery for the second time in her short life next Thursday.

The ENT said that she continues to have fluid behind the ears and her canals are finally big enough to put tubes in. He has been waiting over 2 years for her tiny canals to be big enough to put in the smallest PE tubes that are available. She has never had an ear infection, just fluid. I am a little confused by this because fluid and otitis media go hand in hand (or so I thought?)

I voiced my concern about her chronic sinus infections (for example, look at her poor nose in the previous post. It is so sore from wiping. One good thing that came out of all the snot is that she has mastered blowing her nose--lol!!). He said her adenoids are swollen which is blocking her sinus cavity, therefore, the only place for the nasal secretions to drain is out her poor little nose. So he will be removing her adenoids at the same time. I am hopeful that this will clear up the sinus issues for her. Again, she isn't a text book case here. She isn't a noisy sleeper, no snoring. I guess you could say she is a "mouth breather" but that's because her nose is continuously plugged.

Another problem solved--yeah!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Preschool--Really?

I (Mike got called into work so he couldn't make it) met with the preschool special education teacher yesterday along with Molly's Birth to Three team for what I thought was to discuss the possibility of transitioning her to preschool in the fall.

Going into this meeting, I was really apprehensive about sending my 25# toddler, whom wears 12-18 months pants because she is so petite to preschool. Little did I know that the "rules" have changed. When Molly was an infant, they informed me that she would be eligible for home therapies until she was almost four because her birthday is September 25th and she won't be THREE before September 1st, which is the cut off for preschool. Nope, not anymore. Once the special needs child turns three, they MUST transition to preschool. Bummer. Real Bummer.

However, after pondering it for the day, I realize that she will get the full time for therapies, instead of having Lisa come to house late, cutting 15-20 minutes off of her 1x/week therapy session. She is entitled to speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy 2x/week for 20 minutes each day. That sure beats what she gets now. I just need to get use to my baby girl getting on a bus (which I doubt I will be able to come to terms with. I am sure I will be driving her) and "going to school!" WHY DO THEY HAVE TO GROW UP SOOOOO FAST??!!

Molly was so excited to color with her new teacher-so cute!



"Whoa! I get to sit on a big girl chair?!"



My pretty girl


"Oh, no! Where's Molly?"...Found her! She took off down the road taking her imaginary baby for a walk--LOL!! Little Stinker!


90 Degrees and a long day for Miss Molly, she was TIRED!



My little big boy



The Queen, looking beautiful, as always...



Maggie with her million dollar smile!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Starfish Saver


The Starfish Saver
As I walked along the seashore
This young boy greeted me.
He was tossing stranded starfish
Back to the deep blue sea.
I said "Tell me why you bother,
Why you waste your time this way.
There's a million stranded starfish
Does it matter, anyway?"

And he said, "It matters to this one.
It deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one.
I can't save them all I know.
But it matters to this one,
I'll return it to the sea.
It matters to this one,
And it matters to me."

I walked into an orphanage,
A young woman greeted me.
She was adopting a little girl,
She was excited, I could see.
I said, "Tell me why you bother,
Why you waste your time this way.
She's only one of thousands,
Does it matter anyway?"

And she said, "It matters to this one.
She deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one.
I can't save them all I know.
But it matters to this one,
I'll help her be what she can be.
It matters to this one,
And it matters to me."

Sweet baby Olive found a home! yeah! One more starfish saved!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stay tuned!

It's coming! I finally bought a new camera! So soon! Hopefully, very very soon I will have updated pictures of our lives and kiddos. In the first post of the year, I stated that I would smother my blog with pictures. Then the darn camera broke!

There have been so many little things that I would have loved to blog about but did not have that camera ready to "capture" the moment and ya know, it's just not the same if there isn't a picture to accompany the story.

I can hardly wait. Picnik, here I come!

It's like Christmas around here--lol!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Molly's Corner

Molly is developing by leaps and bounds! I have been meaning to update for a couple of weeks now and everyday, it's something new with her.

From a physical standpoint she is "almost" running. She can kick a ball; not with ease but can do it. She can walk really well now on grass and uneven surfaces. I started putting her in her AFO's more now and that really seems to help her with her stability. I wasn't a true believer in her AFO's when she was learning to walk but now I think they are exactly what the doctor ordered. Her orthopedist had said that once she started walking, she will need to be in AFO's until she is at least 5; I think he is right.

Her verbal expression is nothing short of amazing. I remember writing about how frustrated I was with her verbal skills and now it's a whole "notha" story.

She says new words everyday. They are becoming clearer and clearer. I wish I would write them down as she says them so I can see the transformation but I don't.

The one habit that she has that I wish I could break her of is when she is hungry or wants more she yells, "Numm! Numm!" While she is doing this she is signing "more" and "eat" but I can't get her to say it. That is for another post, I guess.

Two word sentences are a daily occurance now. Yesterday Maggie had her flavored water in front of Molly and Molly said clear as day, "My juice!" Our annoying dog, Buddy is constantly licking her face and Molly is constantly saying, "No, Bah-dee!" Her favorite is, "Go ta seep". Molly loves her naps and bedtime.

Her strabismus is getting more and more pronounced so I am fairly confident that she will be sporting glasses soon. Of course, the ONE pediatric opthamologist cancelled her (6 month follow up) appointment once again so she isn't able to get in with her until June 1st. This MD cancels every single stickin' appointment that I have with her. When I expressed my frustrations with the receptionist, she stated, "Oh, really? I didn't know this was a problem". Whatever people!

We are due to see the ENT next week for a follow up on her ears. So far so good. Not a problem. Because of Molly's small sinus cavities, she seems to be getting more and more sinus infections. I not opposed to antibiotics but I feel she has taken enough now and we need to figure something else out. Every time her antibiotics wear off, the green/yellow nasal discharge is back rearing it's ugly head!

As you can see, Molly is 2 1/2 so it is time for all the specialty follow-ups. I have been quite happy with how healthy Molly has been {{KNOCK ON WOOD}}!!!!! Now that the warm weather has arrived, I hope and plan on keeping it that way.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My {{BIG}} Boy!

This is Austin's spring picture for this year. Amazing. How much he has grown. It makes me sad that he really truly looks like a teenager--boo. But handsome! Love my big boy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Simulated Baby and The Swine Flu

A few weeks ago, Austin had to take home a high tech simulated baby. He had to wear a bracelet that was not removable. Every time the baby cried, he had to place the bracelet on the baby to let him (yes, it's a boy!!) know he was there. We could hold, feed, and help with the baby but Austin had to be within a few feet of the baby at all times. I am telling you, it was a high tech piece of equipment. Taking care of a raw egg is obviously a thing of the past.

I had a great time being "grandma" for the weekend. I totally got a kick out of Austin.
"This baby doesn't stop crying!"
"What is wrong now?!"
"Ugh! I can't even skateboard with this baby. It needs me all the time!"
I just had to laugh. and laugh. and laugh.

Then on Sunday night, the baby woke up several times(he had school that next morning). Monday night after school I asked him how his night went and he says, "I couldn't take it anymore,mom! I just couldn't take it! He woke up at 10am, 12am, 2am, and 4am! I fed him and changed him and burped him and fed him and changed him and burped him over and over, mom! He woke up at 4am and even though I knew he "shut off" at 5am, I just couldn't take it anymore and I put him in the closet! I know that was bad but I had to sleep!"

He got an 81% because of the "missed feeding"! It was so fun to watch him take care of this baby with such precision.

The Swine Flu entered Austin's school last week so between the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, they decided to close the school for 5 days. Austin enjoyed his time off as it was actually beautiful outside the majority of the time and he was able to go to the skate park and bike ride and just "relax". The bonus: He doesn't even have to make up the lost time at the end of the year! The countdown to the last day of school is on!