Thursday, August 27, 2009

Big Changes

You know, I feel like I have been working myself to death! I have so much to post and no time to do it. I don't really have the time, nor do I desire the time to post while I am home with the family so here I am so late at night, FINALLY posting about some exciting things.

First off, I must send kuddo's to my Miss Molly.

In the past, Molly's Birth to Three therapists will bring something over and leave it here so Molly can work on that specific task. However, she has not done that in quite a while. (Ummm, maybe because I, no, my kids lose the item that she has "borrowed" to us).
With that said, Molly did a NINE piece puzzle a while back with....drum roll please... PERFECTION!!! Yup, without even "practicing", Molly was able to identify and say each puzzle piece and place in the puzzle ALL BY HERSELF!! She was also able to do string beads independently--whoo hoo! You go girl!!!

Molly picking between the COW and the PIG

Molly being the big girl and putting it in ALL BY HERSELF!!!

Yah!!!! I did it!!!!!!!

Our therapist does not focus on nor does she tell me what "age" a child does each task and for that, I am grateful. Because, really, it doesn't matter and that's what she tells me. What I am saying is Molly does things at her own pace and love it when she masters each and every thing.

Molly is becoming quite vocal as well. She is amazing at signing and is now saying the word that corresponds with the sign. She can say important people's names; "Aww-dee" for Austin, and "Maag-ee" for Maggie and "Bobbie" for Bobbie (her daycare provider).

Molly will be going to preschool in the fall. As I have stated before, I have been really apprehensive about this but my therapist has worked really hard on making this a smooth transition for me and for Molly. I have met with the occupational and physical therapist that will be with Molly each day at preschool at our home and Lisa (our birth to three therapist) will be going with Molly to school for the first week of school to help her.

I must admit, I feel really good about this. Molly is a good girl. She is a sober and mellow little girl and really isn't that temper mental as some. Lisa even stated that. She feels that Molly will do well as she "goes with the flow" and does what she is asked. (for the most part! I mean really, she is almost three. What I mean is she really isn't THAT stubborn, especially have ME as her mommy)
So the bus company has been notified and the FIVE POINT HARNESS has been ordered (as if Mike and I are both working, she WILL have to take the bus to school from daycare--bummer! But I have had to release this fear!)

And last but not least, I had to laugh at this. The school sent us a "what you need for preschool" letter and this is what it required:
Backpack (check!), Kleenex (check!), Paint shirt (check!)

....and diapers and wipes!!!
Ha! Ha! Who would have thought, three years ago that I would be sending a child to preschool NOT potty trained and it was OK?? Having Down Syndrome DOES have it's privileges!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Summer Bargains

I hardley ever attend garage sales. I know that I probably should but I do not have the time, patience or energy to run around to find the ONE GOOD ONE, ya know?

However, one day in May, Gavin's friends family was having a garage sale and he insisted we go check it out. I literally dragged myself to it as it was freezing rain that day, and frankly, was the last place I wanted to be (yeah, I know. Whine, whine!!).

I am sooo glad that I went to that one (and only) garage sale as I found these for $1 Molly wears a size three shoe. That is an infant size so you can imagine the trouble I go through to find walking shoes for her. I can special order three WIDE athletic shoes that work well with her AFO's but sandles are so hard to find with hard soles. Not to mention she is constently taking off her sandles and these sandles she can't take off--hee! hee!! All for $1!

My very good friend from work has decided to move to Arizona. Total bummer for me but I am excited for her. She is getting rid of a lot of her stuff--lucky for me!! Look what I got for super duper cheap!! I practically stole the table and chairs and gazebo from her!
It does come with bug netting but after the millionth time of saying, "Don't touch, Molly" "Don't touch, Maggie". We decided to just remove it and use it on an as needed basis.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

99 balloons!

Something today reminded me of this video. It is just amazing. I not only wanted to share it with others that may have not seen it, but for me to go back and reference. I don't think I need to discuss the meaning behind this video.

Friday, August 7, 2009

A Special Day for a VERY Special Someone

I must confess that I am a Reeces Rainbow junkie. I am also a HUGE Advocate for the Down Syndrome Community. I would like to see all DS people, of all ages, accepted and live a normal life. It breaks my heart that there are so many DS orphans in Eastern Europe and Russia. I can hardly stand to think about what their precious lives will be like once they are institutionalized at age five. With that said...

Back in April-ish, I saw a little girl on Reeces Rainbow named LERA that, for whatever reason, captured/stole my heart. I had an INSTANT connection to her. I had her cute face saved on my favorites list and would stare at her every single day, over and over again, falling more in love with this sweet little girl.

I finally contacted Reeces Rainbow to inquire about her. I prayed for her. I started a blog about her. I checked into adoption financing. Started coming up with fun fundraising ideas. Talked to Mike in detail about my adoption dreams.

While many people in our lives do not understand the WHY'S of this and found minimal support in this, I just knew it was something I wanted to do.

For many reasons, now is not the time for our family to adopt. Expenses, fears, time, and life's circumstances all come to play.

It doesn't change how I feel about Lera. I keep praying that one day I will see "MY FOREVER FAMILY FOUND ME" over her picture. I keep praying that someone will bring her home. Even it's not me, I want someone, so badly to adopt her. It can take up to a year to adopt from Russia and she is getting way too close to going to the institution.

Today is Lera's fourth birthday. She is weighing sooooo heavily on my heart today.

Happy Birthday, LERA!!!!!
I will keep praying for you to find your forever family...