Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer living.

"So," you may be saying to yourself, "Amanda sure is slacking on her blogging lately." 

To you I say... this is true.

"How," you may ask, "is it that during the school year while you are schooling 3 children, have many doctors appointments and a much busier schedule do you manage to blog more than during your current summer break?"


Plain and simple. I am being lazy. We have had quite a few days out and about and we have all been loving, let me say it again - LOVING - not having any school. I've been catching up on quite a few projects that I've had laying around and again I will say that I am just being lazy. Gloriously, wonderfully lazy.

Of course, as you can imagine, Theodore is ALL OVER THE PLACE so he keeps us quite busy per usual. But with no other pressing priorities, it almost seems.... doable. It's lovely. It really is.

Our nursing has been quite regular lately and that has allowed us to get out of the house. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I do no feel in the slightest bit guilty for leaving little man at home. It's nice to have a breather. For us, that is. Every time we get home the nurse makes sure to say that he's had her up and down a million times and she can't take her eye off him for a minute, and that now she is ready for a breather. But she loves him and he is so darn endearing it's hard to be mad at him for long. Of course, it's also not hard to get mad at him quickly because sometimes he can make your life seem like a nightmare. How anyone can do that in 2.2 seconds flat I'm not sure but he has a way about him. As soon as he starts coughing my insides tighten up and words that no one has ever heard come out of my mouth. I'm just being honest here, folks. Ben doesn't even understand why it bothers me so. Maybe no one can understand it, I'm not even sure I understand it. It just does and I don't feel like psychoanalyzing it. So there. 

Get off my back and enjoy a couple pictures from today :)

Checking out a praying mantis.. from both sides of the glass.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Those days.

You know those days where you're quietly sitting in your living room and suddenly two bloody children come running inside screaming, one holding the back of her bloody head and the other frantically yelling something about an arrow....


..... me either.

But hypothetically speaking, IF that HAD happened, I'm sure it would have ended with a serious big brother talk about awareness, a not so huge mark on the back of the head (heads are dramatic- they bleed a lot), and then lots of cleaning of hands, heads and floors from what could have looked like a crime scene. Also, I'm sure that had this happened, it would have been discovered that the arrow did not come out of a bow, it just so happened to hit the hypothetically unnamed child just right to cause a huge scare and some pain.

I feel pretty certain there is no good transition into any other topic, so I'm just going to do an about face and move on.

Theodore has been doing extremely well lately. He's had a few minor ups and downs including a necessary dose of steroids, but other than that we have been in the clear. He is CONSTANTLY on the go. He NEVER STOPS. He's broken more humidifier bottles (a necessary piece of equipment) than I can count and has left us in a few predicaments over that. He had a doctors appointment yesterday and all went well. He is still short and still has small feet but he's growing well. Hopefully the braces for his feet that we ordered should be in soon and, theoretically speaking, that should boost his ferver and ability for walking. Again, not sure that's a great idea, but whatever. I do want the kid to walk so hopefully I'll find something that will boost my ferver and ability to keep up with him. 

Other than that, we are enjoying our summer. Hope that you are too!

Friday, June 7, 2013


The Destructor has come.

I'm not sure the pictures do justice to the amount of mess this really is. But he sits in front of his toy shelf and pulls out all those toys 50 times a day. 
This is the destruction before construction phase I mentioned a few posts ago. And if I were smart I would probably just leave the toys out. Keep them scattered across the room. I don't care. I love it. 
(Probably only a few of you caught the reference I just made.)

But I'm not smart. Or I do care. Or both.

I insist on cleaning up behind him all the time. 

I can't walk across the room without picking stuff up, or putting the toys back in the basket, or lining up the books again. One day it will click for him. One day he'll do it on his own. I'm just not sure when. I'm still waiting for my older three to learn that lesson. I have a feeling I will go to my grave cleaning a path the whole way. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013


I'm not sure why these don't have any sound, but even without sound you can see how utterly adorable Theodore is. He is definitely a little ham and he LOVES LOVES LOVES phones. The first video shows him doing the head crawl thing I was talking about. And standing on his head, yeah, he likes to do that too. The second one shows him saying no. Over and over again :) He clearly doesn't know it means "no" but I think he likes the way the world looks when he does it. 

I'll stick these in the "Watching Little Man Grow" tab as well so you can find them easily if you wish. 

Monday, June 3, 2013


Today marks the end of a 12 day vacation. 12 days!! No, we didn't get to spend the entire 12 days at Disney World or anything, but Ben didn't have to go to work, it didn't involve the hospital, and everyone got to sleep in a day or two. 

It was wonderful.

We also celebrated our 10 year anniversary :) THANK YOU to the Woods, the Gorins, and Kelly for watching Theodore so we could get out. And the Lecompte's for taking care of the dog and chickens a time or two :) And everyone else who was vital to our coordination in actually getting out of the house. 

Ben and I got a few nights ALONE and even got to take the kids on a midnight run to the beach. (Of course there will be pictures of that. You'll be able to find them everywhere per usual: The Fam tab, facebook, etc.) We met up with cousins there and had a blast. 

Theodore was left at home for all of it and I don't feel guilty in the slightest.

Not in the slightest, and you can't make me.

We did take him to a Memorial Day get together across the street where he experienced a swing for the first time.

He wasn't so sure about it at first, but as you can see, he warmed up pretty quickly and spent a good amount of time in it.

We are almost done school and hopefully things will slow down here a bit and I'll be able to give a little more attention to this blog. But for a quick update: currently Theodore is coughing and coughing and coughing. One day last week it was like a switch was flipped. He went from completely okay to fussy and yucky and we weren't sure what happened. Later that very day we got an alert that air quality was low. I'm not sure if those things are related but I would not be surprised.  But on the bright side, a few days later his nurse left an open bottle filled with water (which we did not know) within reach and, yup, he reached it. He proceeded to spill it all over himself, including down his trach. Four to five hours of serious coughing and suctioning ensued. He still hasn't fully recovered from either event.

Things can't be too easy, you know. :)