Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Alex loves hard floors, he taps his fingers on them. These pictures were taken at my grandmas house where he had plenty of hard floors, and a black lab to tap as well.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Since we are in the high chair for so long, we read, read, and read some more. Alex loves books, loves to turn the pages, and I have every one of them memorized. Here he is reading 5 little ducklings.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Not so long ago I could leave my 5th basket of folded clothes on the floor because my not so mobile son couldn't get to it.........but now I have a helper!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I wonder how many other parents are at home today, who used to go to church, or would really like to start. However, your child's needs are much too great for the church to handle. Or maybe you simply fear your child would be too much of a distraction for the class, or maybe you are just plain scared of what people would think or say about your precious differently abled child. So here we all sit.
The Sunday machine roars on without us, people shuffling around, in a hurry, sometimes angry because things aren't flowing, somebody spilled on their Sunday best. The stress level is high in the car, but pull into that parking lot at church, the smiles are pasted on.
The Hallelujahs, and God bless yous are said, and the stress of the morning melts among the songs.
A few amens are shouted out when the message is about reaching out to those in need, who are hurting, however, those who are alone go unreached, and midway through the smiles, that hungry stomach growls, and eyes look at the clock, minds start wondering about what food will fill their bellies just as soon as that guy is done talking.
He is finally done, and the race to get the kids begins, not forgetting to say God bless you, as one fights through the crowd of people. Out the door, and off to the favorite restaurant of the week. So is the Sunday Machine.
I used to be a part of it, I grew up in church and I believed that if people really wanted to go to church then they would be there, and I judged them, and made my own opinions on why they weren't there, and I thought that if someone couldn't get there, or had a need, the church would not let it slip by. The church however, lets lots of people slip by, and people continue to form opinions on why they arent at church.
This morning I think of you mommas whose children need so much medical attention you couldn't leave them in a room with 10 other kids and one teacher, and feel safe. Your children who are so delayed the other babies in the room would trample yours, whose children are loud, rock, and at home its like a rhythmic song, but in public you just want to hide.
In a perfect world every church would have special teachers, or volunteers to be an aid to special children, or rooms for differently abled kids, and parents would feel safe leaving their babies. The church would find a way to get you to church. The phone would ring, visits would be made. In a perfect world parents wouldn't feel they needed to protect their children from the blank looks down on their child in a place so filled with love.
The world isn't perfect though, and so here we sit. Sunday morning again.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Joel has the tummy thing, throwing up, no appetite, for almost a week.
One week to the day after he is better, Alex gets it, and it lasts for a week.
A week later (this Monday) I throw up 3 times in about 8 hours, felt fine, so I convinced myself it was a pregnancy thing. Wednesday Joel refuses snack after school, which was left over cupcakes, if you know Joel, you know this is weird. Thursday (last night) Joel throws up, early this morning Adam throws up.
We are going on 3 weeks with this, has it lasted this long in anyone's house? I'm telling you if Alex gets this again I will lose my mind. He just cant, he has just started eating well again, it took about 5 days to get him eating like he was before he got sick. He cant get this again. Don't you build up some kind of immunity once you have had it. Joel clearly didn't. HELP????
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
This weekend was so busy, not only was it Joel's birthday weekend, but it was the weekend of the mothers volleyball tournament here in our town. Each school 7 elementary, the junior high, the high school, and alumni moms, each have a team, or several teams depending on the amount of moms that play. I know what you are thinking, moms volleyball??? No, no it is competitive, and there are some gray haired moms that can knock the ball down your throat. Our team played a total of 29 games Friday night through Sunday. This pregnant body is tired, but I am proud to say we got second place, out of 18 something teams!!!!! Out for a walk, it was so nice today!
Sunday was Joel's 5th birthday. I cant believe how much he has grown, and that he will be going to kindergarten next year. My 9lb 10oz baby, isn't a baby anymore. On Saturday we had a pool party with some friends from school at a local hotel, and Noah, Joel and I spent the night. Then on Sunday (his birthday) we opened gifts in the morning, and had a family party that night.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
He is still pretty touchy, and fussy, but I'm so thankful I am able to keep him hydrated. I did some thinking and his first throw up was Friday, along with the fever, then he seemed fine on Saturday, so I figured he was fine. Anyway, again I am hoping we are already 5 days into this thing, and about done with it.
This weekend is Joel's birthday, we don't want him sick for that.
I hope its over soon........
Sorry no cute wordless Wednesday pictures when there is pukes.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
As you can tell from these pictures I took last night at bedtime, Alex is feeling better.The last picture I took as I walked in to lay him back down, its what we do every night. He pulls up, then cries when he cant see to get down, so we go in and help him, he goes from crying to making this sweet smile in a matter of seconds, as soon as he sees us he smiles. I guess this could lead to a potential problem in the future, but we are so glad he is pulling up to things, and we don't pick him up and play, or even cuddle, we just lay him back down.
With lots of sleep, and extra water at night Alex made a complete turn around. No more fever, no more vomit, no more, well he still is a little grumpy, but I think that is the tooth coming in the right side of his mouth, the drool and chewing on his finger tells me that.
My second born will be turning 5, next Sunday. I cant believe it, I remember the day he was born so clearly, like it was yesterday, but that's for another post.
I'm not sure how I got away with not reporting to you how my doctor appointment went last week. The heartbeat was in the 150's, and everything continues to look good as far as I am concerned. Ive gained more weight than I should have at this point, but that's how this pregnant girl rolls.
The weather has been so nice, I can taste spring. I'm ready to get out of the house! Take Alex on his first bike ride, and go to the park. This week will bring colder weather, but it will come soon! So back to The regular things of the week, well, no! Now I get to start packing boxes! What fun!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Adam and I both have junk, goop, snot whatever you want to call it in our heads. We aren't feeling well at all. Joel seems totally better, and somehow Noah has missed it all.
Oh how I wanted to meet my RTS family, but not like this. We would have been miserable!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Hi everyone, momma is sick, so I didn't want to bother her by getting out of bed last night, so I waited until this morning. I've got good news and bad news. I'll go bad first. The bad news is that because momma and Joel are still sick, and daddy feels something coming on, and who knows what that means for me, we aren't driving to the Wisconsin Dells this weekend to meet all my RTS brothers and sisters. We are all very sad, momma was so excited to see all the other mommas, and cry and hug, and talk. I was excited to hang with my boys Will, Max, Noah, and Caden, and meet my girl Addie, but next year will come, and we will go then.
The good news is that not only did we sell our house yesterday, but we bought one too! Last night around 10 our offer was taken! So mid April we will be moving. This is great news. The house we are in now is small, too small for the five of us, throw in another little dumpling, and we are busting at the seems. We are so excited!
Since momma has been so lazy with the blog this week I added a video of me reading a book with daddy. I LOVE TO TURN THE PAGES, I know when daddy is done with the page, and I'm ready to get to the next, sometimes I will repeat what daddy said, just for practice. So, I will leave you with my rendition of Mrs. Spiders Tea Party. Have a great weekend, miss you so much RTS family, go down a water slide for me.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We got an extremely low offer on the house, in fact if we go through with it, we will end up paying money to get out of the house. So, we aren't sure what we will do yet, it was very disappointing to say the least. We have to move, we are busting at the seems here, and one is still on the way. Today we will know more.
Video to come!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So much has changed in a year, I don't look at other families with all typical children and wish that was me, no worries of health, getting irritated and my very mobile baby, and needing a night off. I don't secretly wish Alex wasn't who he is. I was so full of guilt a year ago, how could I love someone so much, and want them to be so different. I was angry at the isolation I was in, the lonely days and nights in the hospital.
A year ago, I was grieving, I was angry.
Today, I find myself walking past that typical mom, and imagine her thinking how lucky I am. I get to be Alex's mom, I get to have this blessing in my life, and for the rest of it! I find myself grateful for the future Alex has, what fun we will have, taking each day in like its all new everyday.
As we keep moving into this second year of Alex's life, and as I move into the 30th year of mine, I am honored, and proud to be the mother of Alex, and all that comes with him. There is no grief!
When I watch the video below about Alex's first year of life
I remember the pain I felt especially in those first few months, but that's all, I just remember it.
Alex first year 2007-2008
Here's to turning 30, to change, and the deepest love I have ever known!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We have also found a house that we really want, and might be getting an offer on our house this week, so we are holding our breath, in hopes!!!!!
Tomorrow I go to the doctor for a pregger check up, and I find myself holding my breath. Is there really a baby in there?
So today I'm just holding my breath, waiting.
So much big news to come.........