Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Fruits of Therapy

Today was another fabulous mail day!

I've been waiting for this necklace for ages, it felt like. Happy day!!


This is where I got it from: http://urbanupcycling.blogspot.com/search/label/spina%20bifida%20awareness%20necklace

Thanks Kari! I love it!

It's a multi level therapy moment for me. It's not just a cool new necklace, but it means I'm opening up myself to talking about it with people that don't already know. This is new. You'd sort of think I'd be good at talking about the fact that my son has SB, given that I have a blog where I blab about it endlessly, but I don't actually talk about it much. It's invisible when you look at him, and I have left it that way. But, now he's 8.5 months old. He's not crawling. He's not sitting up independently even. This is when it stops becoming invisible. 

Big breath. Here I go, out into the real world.

Give me strength.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am a Doula

Aaaaaaand.... we have movement.

I sort of felt like a birthing coach today. It was a bit strange. Quadruplets.

I'll leave it at that.

Thanks for all the advice and tips. His doctor can't see him until Friday (I guess not pooping for 2.5 weeks is not really a big deal?), so I called the clinic nurse for advice and got some Lactulose.  Worked much better than the Lansoyl. Problem solved! He's just lost 5lbs. ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Therapy

King and I have been doing some therapy lately. We've both been better for it.

His is free. Mine is getting very expensive.

His is weekly with someone else, daily with me. Mine is weekly out of my house, daily online.

His is physical. Mine is retail.

Oops.

Why is it that shopping makes all the blah go away? Who knows, but it's sure working like magic around here. In my defence, most of it is stuff we *ahem* need. Like clothes. I've mentioned before how overwhelmed we were with gifts and kindness when Kingsley was born. As a result, between those gifts and hand-me-downs, I've barely had to buy a thing for Mr. K until now. And oh, what fun it is! This guy needs a whole winter wardrobe! For once, I am not at all annoyed that the Canadian weather switched from 30C+ one day to 14C the next (literally) because it meant I had to go shopping because he had nothing to wear!

He's also needed new toys, since (drum roll...) he's finally playing with them! Happily, I might add. No more forcing toys into his hand and cheering as he swung them around trying to figure out how to release. He's actually picking them up and banging and pushing and doing all of the things he's supposed to be doing with them. Except mouthing them, but we'll get there. Probably just in time for germ season. Anyway, now I'm on a mission to find any and every toy or apparatus to keep this ball rolling. See? Our therapies are intertwining here.

I've also been buying myself a new wardrobe. This being at home thing is complex. Usually, I have my work wardrobe (ha! better known as 'Maternity Clothes') and then weekend stuff, and when I'm on maternity leave I just have 'fat clothes' and the slow building of nice clothes that will fit me for 2 months before I'm knocked up again. ;) Now that I'm home and my children's insanely busy lives prevent me from being slovenly at home, I need an actual casual-wear wardrobe.  And since I'm almost done losing this lovely baby weight, I have outgrown the fat clothes and I figure I should start shopping for non-maternity, non-fat clothes. So, I have. 

Then I had to get a few photobooks, and new prints of the fall pictures for our walls.  Jeff joined in the therapy movement by buying himself an entertainment system that gives him ridiculous joy. So, I had to help with a bit of redecorating, naturally, to show my support and all.

And then Rachel's school decided to help support my therapy by sending home Scholastic book orders. Mama Crack. I started my Christmas shopping. 

Truly though, in keeping with my new favourite books 14,000 Things to be Happy About and  The Book of Awesome (another recent purchase!), I bought myself a notebook today to start writing down all of the little things that do make me happy and that are absolutely awesome in my life right now. Starting with how fabulous a crisp, empty journal feels in your hands. And watching a baby wake up in the morning and do little baby stretching and scrunchy faces and moans before slowly opening their eyes, taking a moment to focus, then bursting into a gorgeous I LOVE YOU MOMMY smile that melts your heart.

All in all, it's made going to get the mail a very exciting experience. I get a little giddy when I open the mailbox and see the key for the bigger parcel box. Who knows what joy is behind that door? 

Therapy is good for me.
(Yes, I'm going to milk these pictures for awhile longer. They're so cute!!
This one is an hommage to my niece Karis. From Paris. Get it?)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

U-NO-POO

Why Are You Worrying About You-Know-Who?
You SHOULD Be Worrying About
U-NO-POO --
the Constipation Sensation That's Gripping the Nation!

I've always said I could find a Harry Potter reference for any situation ;)

King's got a problem and I haven't got a clue what to do about it. Other than the obvious that is: I'm calling his doctor tomorrow. I've tried everything I can think of and I'm stumped!
It is inevitable that we've ended up here, I suppose. We knew that once Kingsley started eating solid foods he'd go from contant to not at all pretty quickly, so I guess we've been lucky that we had the last two months free from this problem. 
 
But now, here we are. Now come the interventions and possibly another drug. Good times.
 
At least Kingsley isn't bothered by it. He's as happy as ever!
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First Day of Fall

Today is the first day of fall, which can only mean... fall pictures!

They turned out so well! I only have the ones from my camera, so they could end up being even better than amazing.  Learning to edit photo's has brought an entirely new dimension to my photographs that is both awesome and exhausting. I think I could spend weeks editing photo's to do cool things. It's a definite time suck.

Anyway, here are my favourites so far.

Monday, September 20, 2010

PICTURE DAY!!

Today is the day!

Every fall, my girlfriend Silvia and I take our kids to a park and take pictures of them. Exceptional, right? You're probably wondering how this is any different than the other 364 days of the year where I chase my kids down with a camera. Why, coordinating outfits, of course! ;)  And two cameras, instead of just my one. Actually, three, because Silvia brings a second for back up.

I'm so excited. Every August we start planning picture day outfits. It's more exciting than the first day of school! ... Although it just occured to me that this is the first year that I also need to pick out a School Picture Day outfit! EEEK!!

Anyway, I shopped and ordered all the pieces of the outfits and they are ready to go, right down to the shooties. This weekend, I washed them all and let Silvia know we are good to go.

Obviously, I don't have the exciting pictures yet. But, here is a sample of the last 2 years of shots. :)


They were so cute, we had to do it again that year!


Rachel and Eric are BFF's. Rachel is exactly one month older than Eric and they have been inseparable since they were belly babies!

It's really too bad her kids aren't photogenic, eh? LOL!!

Last year, we took the four of them to a park. I decided to bring wings for the girls. Brilliant idea, on my part. I absolutely love these pictures.



Last year, Kingsley was on the inside. This is going to be our first attempt at coordinating five kids for cute photos. Wish us luck. ;)

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Mini's

Time to celebrate some of Kingsley's mini-milestones!

His therapist comes to visit every 2-3 weeks and when she does, she brings some ideas for things he can work on. More often than not, my little rockstar masters the skill the next day. He's so awesome like that. Here is what he's been working on lately.

First, getting him to work on fine motor skills, so sitting up with support so that he can focus on playing with toys. We padded the booster seat a bit so he could do that. And voila! Reading a book.


Then she said, let's get him working on some hand-to-hand transfers now. So, he did that.


Then she said, hey that's great. Now, if he would only play with toys while he was on his tummy. Psssht. Check!


How about playing with cause-and-effect toys? WANH-WANH! (That's the sound this toy makes. See? He's pushing the buttons there. It's quite irritating, but he loves it.)


And lastly, my own goal is to get him to either self-soothe himself at night or to eat more solid food during the day, because this mama is needing a bit more sleep than I'm getting! I know, it's short lived.  I'm fine with it, I'm not going to do anything drastic. But zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... that's me nodding off in the middle of the day. On that note - King has suddenly decided thumb sucking is fun. He hasn't gotten it exactly right yet, but go with it, little man!


He's also getting really good at doing plank pose with his lower body across my thigh and we're still working on that sitting independently stuff. It's funny how the girls just flew through these milestones without me hardly noticing, but with King we go through them one at a time with intention. It's almost like savouring babyhood. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

He's Not Sad



So I'm trying not to be either.

Instead, we went to the fair.



And my baby girl started school. :)


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