Friday, February 26, 2010

Busy week

Ty had his 6 month check up today....we were a month and a half late because our pediatrician had an emergency that took her out of the country for three weeks and then we delayed it while Ty was on antibiotics for impetigo. Anyway, our big bundle weighed in at an impressive 19 lbs 1 ounce. He was in the 75% for weight. He is 28 5/8 inches long (90%)! He is hitting 9 month milestones and is predicted to be walking before his first birthday. The appointment went well. He likes Dr. Rezaei.

My little decorative end table went into time out Thursday. Ty has been interested in knocking it over when he's being held on the couch or in my rocking chair. This week he decided he also likes pulling it over when he's on the floor. For safety reasons, the table is in time out. I miss having a place for my cup of tea.....Ty's not concerned.

We had a little guest all week. Sarah stayed with us while her mommy and baby brother were in the hospital. She is 4 years old and Kate loved having "a lot of sleepovers" with her. By last night, they were bickering like sisters! Both girls cried when it was time for her to go home this evening. Baby Matthew appears to be doing better as well.

Greg's parents visited yesterday. They are home from Florida for a few days. The weather in Dayton does not encourage them to visit more often! It has been a crazy winter!

Erin started her new job last night. She's given up babysitting after school and is now assisting a coach in a local gym teaching three year old gymnastics. She loved it. She is working for some spending money and gym time. She's thrilled for the opportunity. Right now, she works on Thursday evenings but will be needed more this summer.

Greg was in a minor fender bender this morning....not a good day for him. Praise the Lord no one was hurt and the damage to the vehicles was minor.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Growing Old Together

Greg and I got to laughing at ourselves today. He is always stiff after sitting for awhile as a result of the arthritis in his entire body from his accident 10 years ago. Ten surgeries will do that to a person! I have Psoriatic Arthritis, which was diagnosed and treated as Rheumatoid Arthritis for a few years. I am only stiff when I wake up in the mornings or when I have been still for a while. He was limping into the bedroom to wake me and offered to help me up, which ended up pulling him over! We were a mess! I giggled as I told him that I vowed to grow old with him, I just didn't expect to be old so soon!
The blessings in all of our "premature aging" is that Greg is still with me to grow old together. It is nothing short of a miracle that he's here, working and functioning. My diagnosis being changed is a HUGE blessing. I no longer face the threat of ending up in a wheel chair as a result of this disease! I deal with some pain and stiffness but am not even taking medication at this point! It is a huge financial and medical relief. God is good and I am blessed to be growing old with my best friend. (Greg just called me a sap and pointed out that Kristin is 180 miles away!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Doesn't it just figure?

I had the great idea that I could use leftover paint from the little girls' old bedroom to paint the laundry room. It is a pretty, fresh sage green and would be a nice compliment to the tan and red kitchen that is immediately adjacent. Long story short, I am half way through the job and out of as we know it.

Several months ago I dropped the vacuum down the stairs and broke some tiles in the foyer. Over time, more and more of them are broken so we need to scrape them up and replace the broken tiles. Apparently the sub flooring is not level and there are tiles that are literally hollow underneath. Nice. We are trying to decide if the entire floor has to be removed or if we can patch it....I am leaning toward an oak laminate since I know how easy it is to maintain. Grout is not my favorite! So, just in case you wondered, Dyson vs. Ceramic Tile= Dyson wins

Poor Erin went outside to shovel off her trampoline and take advantage of the beautiful weather last night after church. She apparently frightened a nest of moles or mice in the process and sent them all running. She was terrified and paralyzed with fear, screaming for a half an hour while the rest of us were busy in the house unaware. For my OCD daughter, this was the worst form of torture! She won't likely be out after dark again for quite some time! We are treating the yard for our new mole issue as soon as spring arrives. If that doesn't take care of the issue, we may have to invest in some outdoor cats.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ty's new trick

Ty always wakes up between 5 and 6am for a quick diaper change and bottle. He goes right back to sleep until around 8. This morning; however, after he was back down I heard a lot of grunting and odd noises. I assumed we would be changing another diaper but when I went to peek in on him, I discovered him standing in his bed! He started trying this latest skill yesterday using me for balance. He was clearly very proud of himself. It is funny how he is so determined to achieve something once he discovers it is possible. I took down the mobile and Greg will be helping me lower the mattress today.....he's growing so quickly!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Total Cuteness

Erin took Makenna with her to a high school basketball game tonight. We've been stir crazy this week with entirely too much snow so getting out to socialize a bit appealed to them both. They looked so cute in matching Floyd Central tee shirts. Makenna felt like a big shot getting attention from Erin's high school friends.

Ty's face is clearing is still obviously there but improving. He doesn't seem to notice and takes it all in stride. He's using his toy basket to stand. His favorite new skill is climbing. All people and toys are speed bumps to be conquered. He is crawling forward finally but still not efficiently. I think he's just in too big a hurry. His newest silly facial expression has him sticking his tongue out as far as it will go and leaving it there. He has it out of his mouth more than in....which complicates him clearing up the impetigo!

I went through Kate's outgrown clothes in hopes of willing Spring to arrive! She's grown so much in the last 6 months! I packed up some of our favorites for a friend's daughter. Included in the box are American Girl outfits three of the girls wore. As I folded them one last time I felt time stand still for just a brief moment. I could just as easily see little Lauren wearing them as Kate who just outgrew them. Time flies all too quickly when I look at the kids. It just doesn't seem possible to have two beautiful teenagers....they were just little girls.

On a "not so cute" front, our fridge appears to be going isn't even 4 years old yet! Honestly, is ANYTHING made to last? I literally prayed over it tonight in hopes it is an easy repair. We got a lead on an honest repair man....that is more than half the battle in this day and age, another sad statement about our world.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This is a day the Lord has made......

Ever have "one of those days"? This week has been rather full of them for me! Our computer crashed taking all my email accounts, bookmarked websites, and our homeschool records with it. If you emailed me last night or today, please resend so I can save your email address in our insight webmail. I will miss Outlook until our wonderful computer guy works his magic on our tower in the next couple of weeks. Ty went to the doctor last Friday when he had what appeared to be a cold sore. I called to ask if we could use Zoverax to treat it. They informed me a cold sore on a baby is typically an indicator of an underlying medical condition so they needed to see him. I took him in to see the new nurse practitioner who called in one of the doctors because she was convinced it was impetico. He disagreed and diagnosed it as a cold sore and recommended we use underlying condition except perhaps the fact that we pay our medical bills! So, the "cold sore" has spread and new white head spots have started. It looked so bad today, I called again and was informed they needed to re-evaluate him. Another two hours and likely over $100 later, it has been re-diagnosed as impetico. He's on oral and topical antibiotic for treatment. I pray it clears up quickly. I looks so painful and quite ugly. I don't like seeing it on my sweet baby's face. If I had the ability to upload photos, I'd post one. He makes the silliest faces these days. He cracks us all up regularly. He weighed 19 lbs today...

We've had quite a bit of snow and been house bound all week. Kate has been rather stir crazy. She has had a couple of funny one-liners lately. On Sunday, I was able to take a "Mommy Day Away" and met my best friend Kristin in Indy for a day of scrapbooking. I am so thrilled to be caught up! Anyway, we were all having breakfast before I left and Kate asked Greg if he was going to like being boss while Mommy was away! The look on his face was priceless! He laughed and said that he can't be boss when I am away because someone always tells him he isn't doing it like Mom! She also started a story last week that began with "one day, when I was young..." Hilarious!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Purity Ball 2010

Greg and Lauren just headed out for the Purity Ball. Lauren chose her dress this year and I think it suits her personality perfectly! So bright and colorful. They are looking forward to spending the evening with each other as well as some of their friends. I realize Greg's hand is still in the photo. He was poking her to make her jump. The only other shot I was able to get of them, they were both sticking their tongues out at each other.....You can dress them up but you can't take them out. The church always does a really nice job of creating a special atmosphere for the event. While they are out, Erin and I are going to dinner. Makenna has a dance with her friend and I have hired my first ever babysitter for Kate and Ty. It only took me 5 kids to make that call! Erin's friend will do a great job....she is such a sweet girl.