Archive for May, 2009

Summer Vacation Begins

Friday, May 29th, 2009

It’s officially summer in my mind, weather (pun intended) James Spann (our local man with the weather plan) would agree with me or not b/c school is out here.  I would say no more early mornings but evidently my kids haven’t got the memo on that yet.  If the mornings are still going to be early then at least they can be lazy since we don’t have to be anywhere at any certain time.  Well, that is until Vacation Bible School starts and then there’s Cooper’s baseball camp, oh and then there’s some therapy days and doctor appointments scattered in and around our summer.  OK then, except for ALL those days then we really don’t have to be anywhere at any certain time.

So let the games begin….and every now and then scattered in and amongst the “That’s not fair,” “Give that back,”  “He hit me,” and the beloved “I’m telling,” I occasionally get “Thanks mom,” “love you, mama,” and “that was so fun” and that makes it all worth it.  I’ll leave you with one other sweet taste of summer that makes all I do worth it too. 


Have a great weekend!

Recap of the Weekend

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Finally, I get a chance to blog about our Memorial Day Weekend.  Oh, no not b/c I haven’t had a chance it’s b/c I forgot my camera and have been so bummed that I can’t post any pictures.  Well, problem solved, we were with Chad’s family this weekend, so I have confiscated my mother-in-law’s camera, maybe it will be a while before she notices it’s gone and I can keep it over here and pretend it’s mine.  I love it b/c it’s one of those digital cameras that actually takes the picture when you push the button as opposed to ALL the other ones where you get about a 2 second delay, are y’all feeling my pain, cause I hate when that happens. 

Anyway, I digress, back to our weekend.  We have had Daddy off work for so long (5 days) that tomorrow is going to be a painful dose of reality for me.  It’s been fun though.  We had friends over Friday night and all the boys (they have 3 as well) were outside until dark.  Gotta love it when the kids are so tired that they really don’t protest very much when it’s time to go to bed. 

Saturday morning we left for Atlanta, for a cookout with Chad’s family.  I’m pretty impressed with us we didn’t get up until after 7:00am and left at 9:30am and that included showers for all 6 of us and packing for an overnight stay and believe me Miss Sassy doesn’t travel lightly.  We figured we could do without a lot of things if we happened to forget them, but we knew we couldn’t leave out any of SK’s things, some of that stuff you know isn’t sold at your local drugstore, we would have just been coming home.  We did well though, we didn’t leave anything behind except my camera of course.

Saturday was spent with lots of family, lots of cousins playing and lots of good food.  The rain held off for the most part, only one or two passing showers and then all the kids were right back at it.  It was actually nice the clouds hung around so it never got too terribly hot. 

First they played in the sand…

Next, they raced around the backyard…

Look at those faces, I wish they knew how to have fun. 

As you can see Grey just likes to be driven around…

…or dragged around, whichever.

Oh, I’m sorry did y’all think baseball season was over?  Oh, no they play it everywhere they go…

Finally, our day ended with a 3 year old version of a battle-royal…

They just kept chasing each other and then piling on top of each other, it was hilarious.

What about my little sweetie, what was she doing while all of this craziness was going on around her?  Being adorable, of course.

SK did so good on our trip.  She had a bit of trouble going to sleep Saturday night, but overall she was an absolute angel, even in the car, she did great!

Monday was a bit dreary here so we spent most of it playing an intense game of Star Wars monopoly (or as Jacob calls it bonopoly).  Yes, I admit it we have Star Wars monopoly and I will not defend Chad by saying that we got it after we had kids, b/c we didn’t.  Also, I am not ashamed to say that I beat them all and am now the reigning champion for 2 games running, Queen Amidala and I rule the Galaxy!  Ok, I’ve gone to far now, haven’t I?

We are entering our last week of school and our last week of regularly scheduled therapy, I think I just heard SK cheering in the background.  Yep, it will officially be summer here for us, when the kids get out of school on Thursday.  Thanks for checking in on us.

The Multiple Title Post

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Hey y’all, this post is going to be free from medical updates, recent doctor visits and free from progress or lack thereof in therapy.  Nope you will not find any of that here in this post (and it’s not even a “Not Me Monday” for those of you who are avid blog readers like me), this post is just going to be FUN!

As you all know from the two previous posts, we have been having a rough couple of weeks with SK, so with Daddy being off work on Wednesday of this week, we made an executive decision…..we ditched school, therapy and work for some family time!  At the time we really didn’t know what we were going to do, we were just going to do something and boy did it turn into quite the adventure. 

Our morning started calmly enough we took the kids to a late breakfast at IHOP, which Cooper declared he liked better than Cracker Barrel breakfast, not really sure how I feel about that but it was super good.  We then headed out to Oak Mountain State Park to see what kind of adventure we could find. 

Our first stop was the petting farm and hence the first title that today’s post was going to be “When Farm Animals Attack.”  There are going to be several different titles today b/c I could not choose just one and they all spoke to a different part of our day, so indulge me on this. 

Do you notice someone conspicuously absent from this picture?

No, it’s not SK and no farm animals did not attack SK, contrary to what it looks like in this picture.

It’s Grey, no farm animals didn’t attack him either, but he acted like they might at any moment and kept at a self imposed “safe distance” from them at all times.

This probably didn’t help Grey’s firmly held belief that all the “cows” were going to eat him.  We’ve really got to work on farm animal recognition with him, don’t we?  P.S. Grey, there weren’t any cows there at all….goats, sheep, horses, yes….cows, no. 

Sophie Kate’s first pony ride, awwww!

Cooper loved petting the baby goats, I’m sorry Grey I mean “cows.”

I had to throw this one in there just b/c it’s so funny to me.  He has no clue how small he is, I love it!

So sorry, this is going to be a long post, I’m just going to lay it out there for ya, but we had quite a day.  Title #2 courtesy of Jacob is “This is just like Survivor.”  Yes folks, next we were off to “hike” to the waterfalls and by hike I was thinking leisurely walk.  Wow was I sorely mistaken and I mean “sorely” in every sense of the word.  Y’all seriously it was only .4 miles.  I know you are all laughing so was I until I found out that .3 of the miles were down steep ravines in which we were literally scooting down on our bottomers.  Now, I have to pause here b/c this is eerily reminiscent of another questionable judgement call Chad and I made in this post

Alright, back on track here, props definitely go to Chad, who carried SK on his back in the baby backpack.

It was sooo worth it though once we got to the bottom and absolutely made our kids day. 

One of my very favorites of the day….

Our picture of the day b/c it goes perfectly with our word of the day…FUN!

It’s called brooding, not mad, right?

Daddy and his baby girl

What I hold most dear on this earth….

SK post “hike” and by hike I mean the toughest .4 miles (.8 round trip) one can possibly do in one day, ha ha!

Y’all I am seriously not exaggerating until we got back on the nice wide path that led us back to our car, we were literally going straight down on the way to the bottom of the falls or straight up (which I actually found easier) like bear crawling on our way out of the falls.  I have never in my life and Chad did it all with (grandparents this is where you all must stop reading) SK on his back, SK and I think he’s the man!  The boys had the time of their life despite let’s see…one bloody nose for Grey, not Jacob, I know y’all are surprised at that one.  Jacob did get in on the injury action though with an unfortunate reinjury to an already torn up knee.  Oh, yeah that thing’s going to be looking pretty bad by the weekend.

The third and final title for today’s post also came from my son Jacob, “Take it like a man.”  Can y’all believe he said that to me on the way up the ravine on the trip back?  To which I promptly responded, “I’m not one,” to which he said, “Then take it like a woman,” to which I quickly quipped back (and ladies don’t be offended by this, please know it was in a moment of weakness) “I AM and now we are all going to sit here and rest on these benches until your daddy figures out how to get the minivan down here to rescue us”—–that really happened and do y’all know that I did the whole thing in my yellow box black w/white polka dots flip flops?  Cut me some slack, I had no idea that was going to be on the agenda when we left that morning, but boy do those little babies have a story to tell now.  P.S. Chad, I’m getting me some new yellow boxes out of this. 

It was a great day, so good for us, it totally hit the spot and the boys are already begging to go back, that’s the true sign of a good time.  Priorities guys, we can’t take any of our “stuff” with us, God, family and friends are what we need to hold close to and these 5 are my blue sky.

I posted more pictures from our day in the photo album, there were just too many for this one post and also on my Facebook page if you are on Facebook.

Thanks for checking in on us, have a great Memorial Day weekend!   

Old Wounds, New Wounds

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Wow, it has rained here all weekend long.  It was weird not to have any baseball games this weekend.  We are officially in the home stretch, it’s tournament time, win or go home, or in the case of Cooper’s league, win or lose twice and then go home (yeah for the double elimination tournament).

I seem to be clinging to baseball this season b/c it really feels like the only normal thing in my life.  We have gone through quite a bit with Sophie Kate this week and I feel like scabs have been pulled off of old wounds and they are hurting afresh once again.  I find myself looking at her and thinking to myself how unbelievably beautiful she is and about all that she could have been instead of just loving her for who she is, I hate when I do that to her.

I keep having these “this can’t be real” moments and we ended up with 2 of them last week.  The first one was the results of the swallow study that was done last Wednesday.  Sophie Kate is silently aspirating her food.  Really?  I can’t feed her anything by mouth?  Is this really happening??  Is she really going to be fed by a tube for the rest of her life??

The second “this can’t be real” moment was Friday with SK’s physical therapists, it  involved something I have been dreading for a while now.  The wheelchair talk, I can’t even type it much less say it w/o crying.  Pushing my own child around in her very own wheelchair is overwhelming, I cannot even picture it my mind’s eye.  Oh, but I get to pick out the style, the color and can even get her name embroidered on it, yippee!!!!  Can you feel the “I can’t wait” in my voice??  Maybe I am being too sarcastic and vague here, let me be clear….I HATE THIS!!!

Is all of this really real?  God, are you really going to let her be just like “they” said she was going to be??  It’s too much….

Don’t tell me it’s going to be OK

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Just going to warn you guys, it hasn’t been a good week here, proceed at your own risk.  You want the bad news first or the “that really sucks” bad news. 

Ok, we’ll start with the bad news first.  SK and I went to see our favorite urologist (doesn’t everyone have one) on Tuesday (May 12).  Sk still has the same kidney stone that she has had in her left kidney for going on 8 months now.  It is still in the exact same spot that it was 4 months ago and then 4 months ago from that.  Her urologist feels that it needs to come out b/c it can cause other stones to form the longer it remains in there and he also feels that if she can get rid of this one there may be a chance that she can remain kidney stone free, which would be great, if this weren’t the bad news post.  The problem is the location of this one, it is in the worst spot possible, of course it is, it’s Sophie and he cannot get to it w/o great risk to SK’s plumbing if you will.  So we are waiting another 3-4 months to get this checked out again in hopes it may be in a different location, unless she becomes symptomatic (unexplained fever and vomiting, can’t wait) which would mean it’s on the move.  Bad news for Sophie is that he thinks this is a pretty decent size stone for her to pass and he thinks she will be symptomatic with it but at least then he said it would definitely be in a position at that point where he could remove it easily.  That now concludes the very boring kidney stone update that I thought y’all couldn’t live without.

Onto the “that really sucks” bad news.  Sophie Kate went to feeding clinic this past Monday, which actually went fine.  They wanted her scheduled for a modified barium swallow study (mdss), it determines what kind of things are safe for SK to eat and swallow from liquids to thick consistencies like pudding and honey.  SK had her swallow study done on Wednesday and the results were not good to say the least.  She failed the swallow study and is not cleared to have anything by mouth for 6 months when they will do another swallow study in hopes of I’m not sure what.  I don’t have the energy to go into all the details about this right now.  Everyone was shocked and by everyone I mean her therapists and me, no one saw this coming.  Even the Occupational Therapist that was doing the study told me just before we started that she could tell by looking at her that she wasn’t going to fail.  I am so sad, I have worked so hard on her oral feeding and now what…..I can’t believe this, see I told you it really sucks!!    

When we were finally leaving Children’s we got stuck behind the most darling little girl toddling along after her daddy who was walking slowly and patiently waiting on her to catch up.  As much as I tried to get around them, the hallways were too busy and I couldn’t, so there I was forced to watch this precious little girl toddle all the way to the parking deck.  That is supposed to be my baby girl toddling.  Toddling as far away from Children’s Hospital as possible, toddling at the park and in our backyard.  Toddling to the little play kitchen and fixin’ me some pretend food and then toddling to get her babies so that I can help her change their clothes and then toddling to kiss and hug me goodnight before she toddles to her perfectly normal bed in her perfectly normal room.  Toddling everywhere she goes….just know that things are not ok over here and they’re not going to be ok.  God may give us the strength to accept and deal with all this crap, but just know it will NEVER be ok with me!!!!! 

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Hey everyone, we had a very fun weekend here.  We kicked off the weekend with a backyard water gun fight on Friday evening…

Water guns $20.00…

Water shoes $10.00…

Little brother squirting big brother in the face…priceless…

He’s sneaky, but little does he know he’s fixin’ to be on the wrong end of this fight…

Boys + water = hours of fun

Of course it’s not over until someone starts crying….ok now it’s over

After the two middle ones were put to bed, Cooper kept going and going….he was soaked

The next day brought the last of the regular season baseball games, the tournament starts next week.  Jacob got to play pitcher for his team and got an out a home plate.  He has now played second base, center field and pitcher this year, Great Job Jacob!

This is what happens to SK when we are the baseball fields for too long.  Can anyone sympathize with her? 

Cooper went 3 for 3 Saturday, with great hits to the outfield.

Next year big guy, you can be just like them…

 The Dodgers ended their season with a win, way to go boys!

We ended Saturday with a pool party for Jacob’s baseball team.  They were being so silly…

and so darling…

Jacob, with his coach and his trophy.  We are so proud of you!

It was a great weekend here and it is only getting better.  I have already had breakfast in bed this morning, made for me by my sweet family before we went to church and now I get to indulge in one of my very favorite things….the Sunday afternoon nap.  It’s been gone from me for 18 months now and boy have we missed each other.  Let me just set the stage for ya, it’s dark and it’s raining here and I have a tiny red head beside me that has already beat me to the sleeping part and I can’t wait to join him, shhh….Happy Mother’s Day!

I Wasn’t Asked

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

We survived the double header doctor appointments on Tuesday (March 4).  We found out that Grey is as wide as he is tall, 40 pounds and 40 inches.  Seriously, y’all we are going to be cooking 3 pounds of bacon for breakfast for these guys when they are teenagers, if not sooner than that. 

Miss Sassy is up to 24 pounds 8 ounces and is 33 inches long or tall, which ever you prefer.  For those of you who are interested in percentages, SK is 50th percentile in weight and 95th percentile in height, so she’s taller than 95% of children her age, no big surprise there.  By the way, Grey is 95% across the board. 

Yes, they did measure Sophie Kate’s head circumference, but I opted out of that one.  I told them I did not want to know what it was.  SK’s nurses are so precious and so good to us and they know how much that measurement has been upsetting me over the past months.  I decided that it is just a number and as much as I want that number to be in the normal range it isn’t.  SK is not defined by a number or by the size of her head for that matter.  She is who she is…..and some days that is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating to me and then some days I am able to find joy in the small things she can do. 

Sophie Kate is a daughter of the Most High King and her worth is defined by His love for her and to Him she is a big deal.  To her God she is not a diagnosis, she is not a number and she is certainly not a sad, tragic story of how things went wrong.  She is wonderfully made in His eyes.  I am saying this more for my ownself than for anyone else, I wish I could see her through God’s eyes.  I wish I could see the big picture.  Who knows even if I did it probably wouldn’t matter, I would still want her to be healed, to be able to sit up and to walk and to be able to hear her sweet voice call my name, but guess what, God didn’t ask me.  He didn’t say to me, hey this is going to happen but just watch the way I am going to work this out.  Satan intended this to harm you and your family but watch and see how I am going to turn this around for good.  No, I wasn’t asked about this b/c I am human and I would have said “No” to this proposal.  “No” God use someone else’s baby, “No” God bring good out of a tragic situation in someone else’s life, not mine. 

No, I wasn’t asked, but now I pray….Father, let your Glory shine through these circumstances, out of what Satan intended for bad, God, only you can bring forth good.  Father, please continue to work in and around and through and all up and over Sophie’s life, give us the strength to face each day, keep our eyes focused on You and allow us to be keenly aware of Your very real and active presence in our lives everyday.  

Our Girl is 18 Months Old!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

 This is what has been going on with SK since she turned one.

Happy Birthday Sophie Kate!


Sophie Kate is 18 months old today, Sunday, May 3, 2009

Just a Lazy Day

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The days are becoming more and more rare that SK and I actually have a whole day at home to ourselves, no going to therapy and no therapy coming to us.  I’m not real sure how this happened, back in August I had our outpatient therapy down to one day a week and then a therapist would come out to our house one day a week, pretty manageable I thought.  Now we are doing outpatient therapy two days per week, we were doing Kindermusick one day a week (that’s over now) and then still had a therapist coming out to the house one day a week.  That schedule didn’t lead to too much down time, especially when you take into account the things we do at home together.  Girlfriend doesn’t get out of therapy just b/c we are not going somewhere that day, it’s an everyday kinda thing. 

So on this random no “scheduled” therapy day, here’s what SK did in the am……

That’s right take it all in b/c this will probably be the first and only time that my baby girl’s picture will be taken in such an outfit and I use that term very loosely, really I’m appalled and I have no one to blame but myself for this.  Not only is she in her diaper, with no bloomers on (gasp!) but she is also still wearing her pajama top sans bottoms due to an incident that is SK’s fault that happened earlier in the morning, enough said about that.  Then again some days are just meant to spend in your comfy clothes, aren’t they?  Also, Sister, my apologies for the hair, it won’t happen again.

In case any of you are curious as to what our weekly schedule is really like, I’ll let you in on it.  Mondays, we do Wet Tots (water therapy at Lakeshore Foundation), Tuesdays used to be bible study (it just ended) at church followed by lunch with our friends, Wednesdays is outpatient Occupational Therapy with Sally (love her), Thursdays was Kindermusick (it just ended too) but now is therapy at our house with one of our Early Intervention therapists and then every other Friday is outpatient Physical Therapy.  Whew, I’m exhausted now and that is all done between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm which is Grey’s school schedule.  Oops, I forgot to throw in a doctor’s appointment of some sort oh about every 3 weeks, now I’m really done.

Speaking of doctor’s appointments, someone has got one coming up next week b/c that’s how babies get to celebrate their milestones with a well check up to their favorite pediatrician.  Actually we had to schedule a two-for this time b/c I forgot to take Grey when he turned three.  Cut me some slack, I have made a deal with these boys, I have to see so many doctors with SK that I can’t be just going back up there for random reasons like ear infections and fevers (please know I am just kidding).  Anyway, so we have a double header set up for this Tuesday (May 5) for both Grey and Sophie Kate, can’t wait.

We haven’t heard that sweet giggle this week, the one I got to hear for the first time last week, but she is so close to doing it again.  We have been seeing that huge smile break out across her face a lot and that little laugh seems like it is ready to spill over at any moment.  Oh, y’all her smiles are sooo contagious.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!