Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
4. Jacob is vocal! And when I say vocal, it isn't just noise that comes out but more like a blow horn at times. He likes to be loud! The other day he was playing a game, with himself I might add, where he would stand on one side of the room and count, in Jacob-speak, and then run to the other side and laugh hysterically. I tried my best to get it on video but he toned it down a bit for the camera. He is definitely a character to be not to be reckoned with. My next goal is to get his singing on video.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I am sure I have told many of you that Elizabeth is very timid when it comes to riding her bike. Well something got into her tonight and off came the training wheels and she was on her own in no time. AJ took his training wheels off this past weekend and he was pretty quick to catch on. I think peer pressure must have been the key. This is a major even in our household and I am so proud of these kiddos!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I think my little man was feeling my pain yesterday as I discovered him passed out on the rocking chair in my room as I helped Mike get Elizabeth off to soccer. I did eventually have to move him to the bed as the deeper he fell into sleep, the more he slid to the edge of the chair. This no nap thing is really catching up to him!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
The above quote was taken from a blog about a mother with a special needs child in need of many surgeries, therapies and procedures.
My children have only had to endure minor surgeries but none the less, I feel the same way. Looking back on them now, I am certain that it was much more traumatic to me than it was to them but going through it was heart wrenching - each and every one.
I also have utmost respect for my mom and her ability to survive day to day with a disabled child, needing many surgeries as a small child and still to this day enduring many procedures and therapies that many of us would find excruciating to go through and heart breaking to watch as a parent.
I am doing this post as a way to shed light on the experience of a child having surgery. Erin's sweet little boy will be going in for surgery on Tuesday and she needs support and prayers from all! Please refer her to her blog for more info.
On to my stories. First we have Elizabeth. For those of you that did not know her as a little girl (and by little, I mean younger than three), she had what is called a hemangioma above her left eye. A hemangioma is a benign growth of blood vessels. They are in the category of birth marks and rarely cause problems - much more cosmetic than anything else. That being said, we decided to have hers removed. Our thought was that children can be very mean and we didn't want Elizabeth to have to deal with that. (I also have to add that she actually had a total of three but we only decided to remove the one above her eye.)
Anyway, back to the surgery. In preparation for her surgery, we went to Build-A-Bear to make something special that she could have at the hospital. I had read once somewhere that this was helpful with children and made them feel safe. She picked out the bear and dressed it in scrubs. She told us it was her nurse bear that would take care of her and keep her safe. We also let her bring her favorite blanket with her.
In the end, her surgery was easy and she recovered very well. By the time we made it back home in the afternoon, she was asking for chicken nuggets from McDonald's as a special treat. She was pretty sleepy the next day but never had any pain. She did encounter some itching when the incision started to heal but I just kept Vitamin E oil on it and that helped quite a bit. The doc also told me that would help the scar be less noticeable as well. She has healed great and looking back I am very happy that we made the decision to have it removed.
On to AJ:
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures to go along with AJ's surgery as I was the only one with him and didn't have my head on straight enough to think of taking pictures. AJ was tongue tied and was showing signs of speech delay. It was recommended to us by a developmental specialist and a speech therapist to have his tongue clipped to see if it helped. I have a hard time even calling his a surgery as they only clipped his frenulum (the small tag of skin under your tongue) but, he was put under general anesthesia for it and this is where my mommy emotions kick in.
My experience with him was much of the same as it was with Elizabeth, with the same drugs and the same procedure for putting him under general. We let him take his blankets as well. The BIG difference was when he came back - he was psycho! I am not exaggerating here! As I stated before, I had been warned about how kids react when they wake up but man - this little guy was M-A-D!!! It took two nurses and myself to hold him down so that he wouldn't hurt himself from all of the flailing and thrashing that he did. He also just screamed, not cried, but screamed for about 30 minutes. To my amazement though, you could see the effects of the drugs wear off as he gradually came around to his normal self. It broke my heart to see him like this and know that there was nothing that I could do but wait.
When we got home in the afternoon, he was back to his old self. He didn't show signs of sleepiness but I think that was because he was only out for about 5 minutes.
Jacob was my most recent experience with surgery. I did a post on his surgery here. I'm not sure if I was just used to the effects of the drugs or numb to it all but I found myself laughing at Jacob most of the time before hand because he seemed so drunk and happy. They did run into complications with his. (He had to have reconstructive penis surgery - isn't he going to love me for posting that?!) So much as the same as Elizabeth, we waited a lot longer than they said it would take and every foot step that I heard down the hall I would jump hoping they were coming to get me to see my little man. The waiting is horrible. I tried reading, eating, talking to my mom, watching TV, pacing and so on but the minutes just tick by so slow.
At last, after almost 2 hours, the doctor came and got us and let us know how things went. He took us back to recovery and this time I could hear him screaming down the hallway. It kills me to hear them scream but I know it was the drugs. He was inconsolable and mad. For him, having his blanket over his head was the only thing that calmed him down. I must say that the nurse in recovery bugged me this time as she kept telling him to calm down. Jeez lady, he's only one.
In the end, no matter how upset and cranky they all seemed, I know that I as a parent made the right choice.
Erin, I wish you the best with your little guy tomorrow and I will be thinking of you. Hang in there and know that what you are doing is because you love him and want what is best for him in the end.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
9. Now that I have scared you with that, I LOVE READING GLASSES! As I'm sure you can figure out, I am at the computer a lot during the day. As my age has gradually crept up there, I have noticed my eye sight changing. So off I went to the eye doctor. That is a whole other story for another day. But, anyway, he is putting me in reading glasses for my time on the computer and I am in love. I can actually see what I am doing - amazing huh?
10. And just for the heck of it because I can't come up with a # 10 - SERIOUSLY!!!
Have a good week!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
On another note - I have no idea why these pictures are so horrible. I did use my little diaper bag camera but they have never been this bad before. I am going to have to look into it because this is ridiculous. Hmmm.
Monday, September 8, 2008
1. Fisher Price Stacker - Advertised as an infant toy, my kids still flock to this one on occassion. I can tell you Jacob will still pull this one out quite often. Makes a great baby gift!
2. Fisher Price Busy Ball Popper - There is something about this toy that calls to kids that visit. My kids don't play with this on a regular basis but I can tell you when they have friends over, that is one of the first one that others pull out. I have debated donating this one but it still gets so much "love" by others that I can't part with it quite yet.
3. Bicycles (for any age group) - From the time they were small and not yet able to ride, we have had the kids on some sort of wheeled device. They love to go outside and hop on for a little spin. What else can I say - they stand the test of time.
4. Leapster - I am not a big fan of video games for kids but with all of the travelling we were doing and the moving, I knew the kids needed something that was easy to transport and they could play with in their seats. We orginally just got one for Elizabeth but soon realized that AJ was able to finagle his way around some of the games. What I like best about the Leapster is that all of the games are educational in one way or another and they can grow with your child.
5. Doodlepad - Future artists dream. We have probably 10 of these throughout the house. We have several of the big ones in the house and I have the small ones in the car for the kids to use while we are driving. I usually keep one in the mommy bag as well for those times in stores or at restaurants that you just need a little something more to tide them over. LOVE THESE!
6. Playskool Magic Tea Set - Remember the dinosaur tea party? Yep, that's the tea set involved. And the tea with biscotti's? And yet another event with the same tea set. Oh - and I'm sure my mom remembers from way back - tea mixed with Cheeze-Its. (Two-year-olds find these combinations appealing - don't ask me why!) My sister-in-law, Amy, sent this to Elizabeth for Christmas when she was two and here we are three years later and it is still in great condition and getting lots of quality tea time hours.
7. Balls - what can I say about balls except that they can be thrown, rolled, tossed, kicked, punted, hit, pitched, squeezed, batted and I am sure there are many other adjectives that I am just not thinking of. Anyway, these are always a great hit with all of the kids.
8. Books - all of my kiddos LOVE books and I am very thankful for this. We have a nightly family reading time before bed and have implemented it for each of them from birth. They have all learned that books are so important and fun at the same time. There is a great post here on some great books that many moms enjoy for their kiddos. I know my kids do rotate through their favorites.
9. Playdoh - No matter your age or gender, it always seems that this stuff attracts people just like flies to, well we won't go there. Anyway, I find myself joining in the creative blob formations that come out of playing with this stuff. To me, this is also a fool-proof birthday gift for kids under 5 that they are guaranteed to love!
10. Rody - So, if you have looked at the link, you probably said. "What the heck is that?" Well, when my mother-in-law sent one to the kids about three years ago for Christmas, that is exactly what I said. (Just a brief description - a blow up, bouncy, ride on cross between a horse and something or other.) Obviously she was in the know that season because the kids still bust that thing out at least once a day and with the layout of this new house they now have a race track to ride Rody on.
11. Tupperware Shape Sorter - I remember this toy from when my little brother was younger and had to have one when I had Elizabeth. I actually ordered it before she was even born. All three of my kids have learned the shape trapezoid and pentagon before going to preschool thanks to this great toy!
I am sure there are others but those are the ones that come to mind right now. I would love to have your feedback on toys that you think stand the test of time. Also, Jacob's 2nd birthday is coming up. Any ideas or suggestions for a kid that doesn't need any toys or clothes? We are thinking big boy bed and swing set (for all three) are going to be the winners this year.
Have a good week!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Elizabeth is a princess. I am sure I have stated that somewhere along the way. But no, really she is a princess - because her Pappy tells her she is. This is what I get told all of the time at least. Anyway, in her many adventures of royalty, she is a tea party addict. Not only does the girl use sugar cubes and hold her pinky out when she drinks her tea, she also has biscotti's on the side (all pretend, of course). Well, I thought, how fun would it be if she was able to have some real biscotti's with her tea so off I went in making some. Unfortunately we ran out of time to have our tea party before this post so I will have to post those pictures later but the little girl now thinks she is on cloud nine being she has 'real' biscotti's.
Anyway, on to the recipes.
White Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti
1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 c dried cranberries
3/4 c white vanilla chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In Cuisinart or Kitchenmaid mixer, combine all ingredients in order listed. The eggs and cups of flour should be added one at a time. Once mixed, divide into three sections onto ungreased cookie sheet. Each section should be about 10x2 inches. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 1 inch slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c white sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg white
1/2 c chopped almonds
2 Tbsp. orange zest
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet. In Cuisinart or Kitchenaid mixer, mix all ingredients in order except the chocolate. Once mixed, place on cookie sheet in a 10x2 in rectangle. Bake for 25 minutes. After baking, cool on rack. With a serrated knife, cut into 1 inch slices. Place slices, cut side down, back onto the baking sheet. Return them to the oven for an additional 20-25 minutes; turning over half way through the baking. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Allow chocolate to cool but not harden before dipping one side of the biscotti into it. Place cookies on wire racks, chocolate side up, until cool and dry. Store in a cool air tight container.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
4. Just to put it in the mind of my husband (or anyone else that would like to donate to the cause), would you get a look at this beauty? Yes, I want one and it so happens to come out in my birthday month. Hmmm, a birthday idea? Just in case you can't read it, it is a Canon 50D.5. Can you believe it is already September? I swear the year has gone by and I haven't even had time to blink. So much has changed but at the same time I still have my constants that hold me to the ground - my family and friends. I love you all!