Thursday, July 30, 2009

He's come a LONG way in the last 2.5 years!

I recorded this 5 minute video of Sam talking to me and Henry the other day. Not bad for a kid who couldn't even say "mama" at 18 months of age. I am so proud of him I could cry. In fact, there are days when I do cry thinking back to those days of the single tone "babbling" that we hear from Henry at 5 months.

Past updates
February 12, 2009

December 24, 2008

October 23, 2008

September 13, 2008

May 23, 2008

March 31, 2008

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My new favorite blog

This is my new favorite blog to read:

Recruiter Uncensored

VISIT. She's even from my hometown! LOADS of great information.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Prayers for Elliott

My friend Christy's little boy Elliott needs your prayers. He went to the pedi with a slight fever on Thursday, July 23. She though it might be an ear infection. Something didn't feel righ to the pedi. MRI and CT Scan revealed Elliot either has a Wilm's Tumor or Neuroblastoma that is the size of a football on one of his kidneys. Removal is not yet possible due to his high BP. A biopsy has been scheduled. Elliott is 16 months old.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Golf for Jack

I know Jack's mommy through an online mommy group. If you golf and are in SE MI, consider golfing for Jack! Or just make a donation. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why 3?

"things come in threes"

"leaves of three, leave it be"

"I'm going to count to 3!"

and on the popular show, "Charmed" they had the "power of three"

So why 3? I'm guessing because that's the magic number of things that we can remember at one time. When does the magic three come into our lives? Actually it's very early in life.

In fact, I just realized that even feeding an infant is about every three hours.

But I'm more thinking about shows like Oobi, Dora, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso......the preschool shows. Everything is done in three steps. Do you know WHY?

Because when evaluating young children, they look to see if the child can do a sequence of three things, both related and unrelated.

I tested this out with Sam yesterday. He wanted to play, but we were at the doctor's (more on that in a minute). So I told him, "doctor, lunch, play". After telling him 5 or 6 times......I asked him, "we're at the doctors, what's next?" He replied "lunch!"

He's come a long way!

4-year-old Check up stats:
Weight: 36 pounds, putting him back in the 75th percentile since BIRTH
Height: 39.5 inches, putting him in the 50th percentile where he's always been

Physically doctor said he's perfectly fine, glad to know he got the tubes last week and they split up the vaccinations for us. I was positive Sam would cooperate for a needle in each leg, but not two in each. So, when I take Henry for his 6-month check up, Sam will get his other two.

Developmentally, we're calling it PDD due to speech. He'll be going to school here in Mason in the fall. When I have more information on what he's going to be getting there, I'll revisit doing speech through the insurance company in addition to school.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Paying it foward...........

I've been the giver and receiver a few times on this.....for example, when a friend lost her job and her husband was trying to work three to support their four kids, I picked up her baby shower gift, along with fixings for a full meal and a grocery gift card. I purposely asked her not to open the card until I left. I didn't get a half mile down the road before she called me.

Three weeks later, when Eric and I were having a tough time and I found out I was pregnant with Henry, I found a card with a grocery gift card in it, it was from a different friend.

Paying it forward doesn't always come in terms of finances......when I was trying to get the apartment ready to move and Eric was in MI, a friend stopped by to visit. It was time for me to get Sam, but I didn't really want to have to take Henry with me. She stayed an extra 30 minutes so I could leave Henry at home.

Today? today I got home from a trip to the in-laws to visit Eric and I got on my mommy board. I had a message from a friend asking if I got a package. She's in Switzerland, but she had paid attention to something I recently said about shoes. That I buy for comfort, not appearance.

With a 6th lumbar.....that has my pelvis cocked weirdly, I tend to stick with rubber soled shoes and I can never find anything cute.

So, when I was modeling my outfit for an interview I had (no didn't get the job), there was a comment about my shoes. I wasn't offended, I know they're not cute, bt I like them. ANYWAY....later there was a question about size of shoes (because now that makes sense).

And today, I got a new pair of Earth Origins shoes in the mail.

SUPER comfortable, TOTALLY adorable.

I am *in love* with these shoes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sammy's tubes

Sitting with Daddy before surgery.

Sitting with Mama before surgery.
Surgical hats for Sammy and the "twins".

Post-op with Daddy, Sammy was NOT a happy camper at this point.

Everything went really well this morning. We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 and were back home by 9:30! I didn't think it would go so fast, in fact, when they came to get us just 15 minutes after I left him in the OR, I thought something was wrong. Nope, they were just finished is all.

His right ear was a bit worse than the left, but nothing to worry about. He was incredibly cranky coming out of the anesthesia, but once we had him out of the hospital, he was better.

He came home, played on his Leapster for a bit, had some lunch, then passed out on the couch.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sammy's getting tubes tomorrow

Eric will probably think I'm crazy, but yes, I'll take the camera.

It's been a long haul to get to the point of Sam getting tubes in his ears. We were without good insurance for a long time, then the ENT we saw in Orlando wasn't sure tubes would help. Now, though, the ENT here in Lansing thinks it will do a lot of good.

So, Sam gets his first set of tubes tomorrow morning. Not sure how all that will go, but I can assure you that my baby will be asking for his chobby all the way to the hospital and all the way home. Glad I found a comparable juice to give him since Juicy Juice is no longer making their peach flavor. (Welch's has a new small bottle of Welch's Naturals called Peach Planet)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Things I'm adjusting well to:
No ants, cockroaches, or termites.
No geckos.
No screaming kids behind the apartment at 10:30 on a school night.
No wet carpet.
Cool nights for open windows, even in July.
Nice deck/patio to sit on any time of the day.
Parking in a garage.
Two vcrs at my mom's house, one to play and one to rewind

Things I'm not adjusting well to:
7-digit dialing on the telephone, I keep forgetting I don't have to do that here.
Having to decide if it's warm enough on a summer day for Sam to be in the water.
Not having all my clothes together in one closet.
Keeping my children quiet until at least 8:00 in the morning. HA! Not when they're up at 6!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dapper Snappers

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These are the COOLEST thing in the world! I need to get some for Sam for school this fall.