Wow, can you believe my baby is turning 2 this Wednesday? Where has the time gone? She is growing up so fast. We had her 2nd birthday party on Saturday. This was her first party with friends so we kept it small to see how they would do before we have a bigger get together. We invited two of her friends from kindermusik and one that lives down the street. All of them have Down syndrome and are close in age. I am so happy that she has friends that are close with the same diagnosis. We also invited 2 other friends, but they were sick and not able to come. We hope we can have a playdate later this week with them. The kids had lots of fun playing. Then we opened the presents. All of the kids got in on the fun.Then we had some lunch and of course CAKE and ICE CREAM!!! Sarah loves Winnie the Pooh, so that was her birthday theme. Everyone had a great time. Sarah napped really well after the party. That night we played in the balloons. Of course both kids wanted the same balloon at the same time. I think Sarah got the balloon! All in all in was a great day!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I overheard the following conversation between Elijah and Nana last night.
Elijah: I go to soccer tomorrow.
Nana: Do you have a soccer game?
Elijah: No, not a game. We go and play and listen to the coaches. We have to do what they say.
Nana: Oh, I am coming to your house Friday and I will be there for your first game. I am going to yell Yea! Go Elijah, kick that ball.
Elijah: No, you might disappointment me and I will miss the ball.
Nana(trying hard not to laugh) Oh, well then I will do it softly.
Elijah: No, the other kids might hear you.
Nana: Oh, ok I will wait and cheer for you in the van after the game.
Elijah: Well, not too loud the other kids might hear you and get disappointed.
Obviously he meant distracted not disappointed. He is so cute trying to use big words. I don't know what is up with this and why he is thinking about being distracted. Guess we will have to see. He is growing up so fast. This morning he showed me that he no longer needs a step stool at the bathroom sink to reach. I think he grew a foot over night. I figured he was fixing to have a growth spurt. He has been eating us out of house and home.
Sarah is still on the mend. The doctor called on Mon to tell us she cultured positive for salmonella. I was so upset. We narrowed the timeline down to the Thursday we traveled to IN through the Saturday we traveled back. Needless to say we only ate breakfast at home during these 3 days. More than likely she got it at one of the restaurants we stopped at. I was livid at this point. We did decided to treat Sarah since she tends to get things so easy. She was over the diarrhea by Saturday, but I wanted to make sure she was really over it. I am going to take her back for another culture after the antibiotics to make sure it got all of the salmonella. They said salmonella is really on the rise and for the most part they can not figure out where it is coming from. Scary to think it is so rampant.The kids start school(Mother's Day Out at church) next week. I am so EXCITED!!! I know my excitement is more than the kids, but I am trying to control it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well, we finally decided Sarah needed to go to a toddler bed. She has tried to climb out of the crib several times recently. I got the bed Saturday and set it up on Sunday. I figured I would let her play in it a few days, then use it at nap times for awhile, then make the move for night time use. Well, Sarah had other ideas. I put the bed together and moved the furniture around. Sarah climbed in the bed and said nite-nite. She had just gotten up about 1 hr prior to this, so I thought she was just saying it was for nite-nite. She continued to say nite-nite. She then laid down and shut her eyes and waited. I asked her if she wanted her music, "yep" was her reply. I turned on the music and then asked her if she wanted the lights off. She opened her eyes then and just looked at me. I turned off the lights and she giggled. I shut the door(we always shut her door when sleeping, she is such a lite sleeper). She stayed in the bed. Elijah and Daddy were gone during this and returned about 10 minutes later. When she heard them she started giggling and I could tell she sat up in bed, so we went in. She started telling Elijah it was her nite-nite. She was so proud of her new bed. She refused to sleep in her crib last night. She had to sleep in the toddler bed. I was a nervous wreck. We did put an additional side rail up and I am so glad we did, she was at the bottom of the bed last night we I checked on her prior to going to bed myself. She has used the bed all day today and tonight after supper while I was cleaning up she tried to climb back in and play. I had to move the side rail and she got up and sat and played for about 30 minutes in her bed. She is so cute. I am so sad, my baby is growing up way too fast!!!! I also took down the wallpaper border between the yellow and white paint. The room looks so bare without it. I will post tomorrow about my plans for her new big girl room makeover!
Yep, #7. This is taking forever! Will we ever finish? I am so tired of this and all of the fussing and whining that goes with it. Hmmm, I bet you think I am talking about our code brown situation. Could be, but thank God we did finish that on day 6. Sarah has not pooped since Saturday morning. She is almost back to normal. She even pitched a good two year old temper tantrum this morning because I made her bite her breakfast bar instead of breaking it into bites. She lost. I just ignored her and she came over and bit the bar and ate it. lol, what an attitude!
Ok, back to what I was talking about. Can you guess what it is? It involves a hard pointed surface breaking a soft tender surface. Yep, a tooth! We finally have a front top tooth!!!!!!!!!! It has taken us over a year to get 7 teeth. At this rate, Sarah will graduate high school with her baby teeth. We have two bottom front teeth, all 4 first molars, and now a top front tooth! Sarah can bite in the front instead of using her molars to bite once this tooth comes completely in!! Irene, Sarah's feeding and speech therapist, will be so happy.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sarah's diarrhea has increased tonight. She is still running about a 100-101 fever. The last 2 poops have me worried. They are mucous and have red streaks in them. She has not had anything red in days. My gut instinct is blood. Doug thinks it looks like blood too. Not a bunch, but some none the less. The on call doctor said to bring her in to the office in the am. I know I will be up all night checking on her. If I see more I am taking her straight to Vandy. I am not going to wait until morning. She is acting ok and is actually drinking some tonight. She also ate some supper. I have the diaper for them to test in the morning, man do I pity the nurse having to open that diaper. Her poop really is foul smelling. Please pray for Sarah and for the doctor to just say mommy is over-reacting. I am so praying for the over- reacting diagnosis!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Hmmm, not the tires on the van, but Sarah's diaper this morning. Man, I have never seen so much poop in all of my life. Not to be to graphic, but to paint a picture of the scene if I may(stop now if you are squeamish). I smelled the deed when I picked her up this morning. I really did not think she had pooped. Sarah has a hard time pooping(I know TMI). She poops once every 2-3 days and then only if she is on the potty and strains, no matter the consistency. She just has low muscle tone. So back to this morning. I laid her on my bed to change her diaper, remind you I still think it is just a wet diaper and she has gas. As I remove her pants(why didn't I put her in a gown last night?), the poop went flying out of the pants on the bed, on me, on Sarah even more. She had poop all the way down her legs. Her pants did not feel wet when I picked her up so it must have run when I picked her up. Needless to say I am gagging at this point. As I begin to clean her up, she poops more. Watery poop that goes everywhere. Ok, I am really gagging at this point. Not fun. I got us all cleaned up. Cleaned up the bed, the floor, the bathroom floor, the cloth diaper. Why, Oh why does my child have to be allergic to disposable diapers? She has not had any further diarrhea today(Praise the Lord-reminder to self-need to reread the blessing post from the other day!). She now has a fever and is very fussy and whiney. My baby feels bad. Please keep us in your prayers that we have a speedy recovery and no one else gets sick. I am having flashbacks from our last illness where everyone got the stomach bug at the same time and we were remodeling and they wanted to take out my washer and dryer. In fact this was the last time Grandma was at our house, hmm maybe Grandma is the problem! I think Grandma is having second thoughts about visiting us. I think she is having flashbacks too! Sorry no pictures today, brown is not our best color!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sorry I have not posted in awhile, we went to Grandma's this past weekend. Grandma came home with us, so she will be here this week. We had a great trip. The kids actually were ok. We set up the DVD players again, but did not hook them together. Both kids got to watch their own movie and that seemed to work better. Sarah enjoyed Baby Signing Times and Wiggles and Elijah enjoyed Hermie and Clifford, and others. Mommy and Daddy
went crazy listening to two movies were very happy that they did not have to hear whining and crying. Friday we had a party for Elizabeth and Amanda's 21st Birthday!!! All of the family was there and we had a great time. Here are a few pictures of the kids playing with Grandma's toys. The second picture Sarah is feeding the baby a bottle. She moved before I got the shot, but this was her favorite thing to do. Guess I now know what Elijah can get Sarah for her birthday!! While we were there we went to Walmart and they had booster seats on clearance so we got one for a great deal. We wanted one for our trip to Fla so we could get everyone in the van. I really did not want to put Elijah in a booster seat this early. I wanted to keep him in the car seat with a 5 point harness until he was grown, but for some reason all of his friends parents have already put their kids in booster seats. All I have heard is Abbe and Abigail have big seats. He had to, of course, use the booster seat immediately. Here he is in his big seat. Yes I had tears in my eyes, he is growing up TOO FAST! We now have the seat belt adjusted so it does not hit him so high. I hate to admit, but I really am liking this booster seat. He can buckle himself in and out without help. It is much easier and faster.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sarah took her first independent steps tonight! She took three steps several times! She was so excited. Maybe not as excited as ME!!!! Here is a video of her success. WARNING: You might want to turn the volume down a bit. I was kinda loud and enthusiastic in my praise. My baby did it!!! I told those skeptics she would walk before she was two. SHE DID IT!!!!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Today Elijah signed up to play upwards soccer. This is a church league. The kids all get equal playing time and are rewarded for their efforts. The program will teach him the game, good sportsmanship, and biblical teachings. He is so excited. Today they had evaluations. Basically the kids do some basic maneuvers to determine their playing ability. They will then form equal ability teams. I being the good mom took the camera to capture this moment in time. Yep, you guessed it. I forgot to take the camera out of the diaper bag until the evaluation was over. lol. I would forget my head some days if it was not attached! I did have Elijah pose for a few pictures, just pretend these are motion pictures! Here is one of him after the evaluations. He was tired. Sarah got to enjoy the swings! Doug got recruited to help coach. Wow, what a day. Elijah had to practice soccer as soon as he got home. He is so cute talking about it. He wanted Doug to
pretend being his coach and then he had to be the coach.
Friday, August 8, 2008
For months, ok almost a year now, we have been trying to get Sarah to walk behind a push toy. She has not been able to do it. She leans too hard on it and it moves too fast and she falls. Today we were using it in therapy to get her to walk holding just one hand. She reached out and grabbed the toy and took off. She walked all the way across the room and back and more. She was so proud of herself. She was grinning from ear to ear and giggling. I was jumping up and down with joy. I am so proud of her. Now that she can do this, I think her confidence on walking will go up and she will be walking soon. I would love her to walk before her 2nd birthday! One more month. She can do it!!! Here are a few pictures I got of her walking:
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I was awakened a little after 6 this morning to the weirdest sound. I could not figure it out. At first I thought is was Sarah shaking her bedrails trying to stand-up, but it was different. Then I hear Sarah grunting(she does that sometimes when she is doing something hard). Then I hear her fall and began to cry. I rush in the room and she is lying on her back in the bed crying. I think that she just fell trying to stand. I comfort her and then put her back in the bed and tell her it is too early to get up(I don't do good if I get up before 7a.). As soon as I closed the door I hear her stand up, so I peeked in. Sarah stands up, then uses her feet to climb the rails of the bed like a monkey. I stopped her as she put one leg over the top of the rail. Great, now she can climb out of her bed. I was hoping to keep her in the baby bed at least 6 more months, maybe a year. I can not remember what we did when Elijah did this. I know we tried several things and ended up putting him in a full bed with rails around it and then about 6 months later Jennifer gave us the car bed they had built for Tyler that he had out grown. The sides of the car come up higher than the mattress, so he has rails. He is still sleeping in this. He is a roller, so I am not ready to change. I don't think Sarah will stay in a toddler bed. I think she will get out and crawl to the door. Maybe, just maybe this will be like other things she does. She will do it once or twice and then not do it again for awhile. Oh please, let this be what happens!!! We will see what happens at nap. Hmm, guess I better start looking at toddler beds. Her birthday is coming up, sounds like I will be redoing her bedroom for her birthday present!
Monday, August 4, 2008
The kids had a great time at A's birthday party. They were so worn out when we got home. Sarah took 2 naps this afternoon. They both love the inflatables and Sarah especially loves the slide. After having fun in the inflatables we had pizza and Hello Kitty cake and ice cream. Here are a few pictures of the fun:
We are working with Sarah on pacing with her speech. This will help her to talk at a normal rate and pattern. Here is how the conversation went. Dashes are used to emphasize the pacing.
Me: (pointing to myself) mom-ma, (pointing to Sarah) Sa-rah, (pointing to her doll) ba-by. (pointing to Sarah)Who is this?
Sarah: (shakes head no)
Me: mom-ma, Sa-rah, ba-by(pointing appropriately).
Sarah: ite(right) yeah. Puts her hands up in the air and then claps for me. lol
At this rate, we should have the pacing down by college!!(Yes, God willing I am planning on college for Sarah. I will not allow the Down syndrome to define her or what she will accomplish). Sarah has said her name a few times last week, but is refusing to say it now. In her own time. She is standing on her hands and feet more and more now. She is also getting braver about walking and will "hold" onto the wall to walk now. The kids have a birthday party at pump-it-up today for A who is 4 today!! I will try to remember the camera and get some pictures to post.Please remember a precious baby today. Emma is having open heart surgery this morning. She was adopted from Ukraine this spring. The surgery is very risking for this precious angel. She also has Down syndrome. For more info or updates, please click on her picture to the right here on my blog. Thanks.