Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Look at that boy. Sitting nicely with the pumpkins we accidentally grew in our garden. All happy to be helping mommy out by carrying them to the front porch. That boy? Throws fits and is sassy?
We had 15 people in this house sleeping all at once, so that should be a selling poing when we put the house up for sale, don't you think? Our basement was wall-to-wall people, but we did all survive the weekend. My mom and dad also installed a new light fixture in our dining room and painted our kitchen (THANK YOU!)
This year there was the addition of a bounce house. If that doesn't get your preschool/toddler crowd excited, you have many other options, but this was our first stop. We stayed for awhile while the boys got sweaty and #1 and I got wind blown. We were, after all, standing in a big field with nothing but the bounce house to stop the gusts. Although it made it to nearly 70 deg yesterday, the wind really kept things chill.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It has been very hectic here. I had to go to the hospital earlier in the week because of a migraine, we are getting ready for a garage sale, and a few other things are going on...I will post when I get time. (ha ha)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Heather over at "It's Twinsanity" needed some comic relief after a bad day today. I left her a comment, and then decided to share it on here. We are also having a very stressful time, lots of changes, and I am spent...but nothing compared to having 6 kids and my husband deployed!
Snug was running around this morning with nothing on, as is his favorite morning activity, and I told him to hurry up and put on his underpants because no one wanted to see his bare bottom.
He very seriously replied "I don't have a bear bottom, I have a BOY bottom" and then proceeded to try and inspect behind him to make sure it was indeed, a boy bottom.
Please pray for Baby J as he has Roseola. I had a couple of Draycare kids have it last week, Snug had a very mild case earlier this week, but Baby J had no fever and was eating like a champ. I thought perhaps it had passed him up. It was not to be. He woke up from his nap today with a fierce fever (103.? can't remember the . part) and that was taking it under his arm pit, which I think is hard on an little guy. I took it there after rectally it was 104.7. He also woke up from his nap with the rash from head to toe. The rash means you are NOT contagious...but it usually comes after the fever. He got them together. Anyway, please pray because his ear surgery (tubes) is a week from tomorrow and he is not allowed to have anything buy Tylenol. Typically Tylenol doesn't even touch his fevers, we always have to chain it with Ibuprofen.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Anyway, just wanted to leave a quick update on how things are going with Baby J (what are we going to call him when new baby arrives?). Currently he is getting weekly therapy sessions to help with some sensory processing issues. It has helped remarkably, as some of you know I was at the end of my rope with him back in September. He is a much calmer happier kid now that I am "giving him what he needs". We are finding the balance between what is sensory processing that needs therapeutic intervention, and what is naughty 15 month old behavior and needs a different kind of intervention.
Out in public is where we (usually) have the most success with him. Being that he is sensory seeking, being in a very stimulating environment usually holds his interest. The problems arise when there are stimulus he doesn't like (touching his hair, rubbing his skin lightly, hearing running water, or you initiating physical contact) or things get...well...boring (here at home). Not that there is ever a dull moment. In my mind there is WAY more than enough going on, however I don't enjoy tons of stimuli. For Baby J, when everyone is here doing the routine, he gets to being his special self and antagonizing everyone and throwing fits all over.
It may sound pretty normal, but his fits are not (at least not what we tolerate at this house) and the way to stop them is also not. We do quite a bit of squishing him with a pillow, tossing him on the couch, rocking him in the (soft) rocker so his head bangs against the back, patting him firmly on the head, and smacking his bottom, back, soles of his feet. I swear I am going to jail for child abuse.
Many of these techniques are probably "do not try this at home" due to the fact that we are trained how to do it safely...so please don't try it on your children when they are outta control (or on mine if he is for that matter!)
My next update might be from a jail cell, but Baby J has settled down enough that he can follow a few simple directions, shake his head "yes" and "no", imitate some facial expressions, and say "ough-oh". HUGE progress for him :o)
P.S. he broke the 21 lb mark (again) this week. He had gotten there briefly before, but was hovering at 20 lb 12 oz for about a month or so. All this walking and climbing has him burning calories faster than ever! However, he is a CHUNK these days!