Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Big news.

Are you ready for this????????

Theodore knows where my nose is!

Okay, I may have pulled you in a little with the "Big news" title...

I'm excited anyway :) If I ask him where mama's nose is he touches it. And not just a whole handed palm touch but a purposeful one finger touch. 


Update on Theodore's skills:


High five



Rolling his hands like in pat a cake

Pushing a ball and chasing after it

Petting Idaho

Sitting upright on his knees without holding onto anything

Feeding someone with a spoon

Understanding "no"

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few but every single one makes me proud. He just keeps on going :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I mean, really.

If you follow me on facebook and/or instagram then 

this will be a 


But if you don't then let me just show you

what you are missing out on. 

Is he not the cutest thing ever?

I mean, really, who can stand it?

I think if he entered any baby contest, save for healthiest kid alive,

then he would clearly win. 

Our own little hipster.....

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

I pick things up.

I told you I was back. 

You're welcome.

My brain is feeling a little scattered today. Not in a bad way it's just all over the place so this post will probably reflect that slightly. There's a lot of non important things rolling around up there.

For starters:


That's his new thing. Dump stuff out and put the container on your head. Too funny.

You'll see in the second photo that he is wearing shoes and socks and that's because he got the braces for his feet. It's some serious foot wear, especially for these hot summer days, but he really doesn't seem to mind. I'm not too sure why I got to choose from several patterns what the braces looked like because they are totally covered, but whatever. We got him camo anyway. 

Okay, onto the next subject. Guess what kept me up for like an hour in the middle of the night a few nights ago. The Bay Bridge. Yes this was caused by the car that went over just the other day. Don't roll your eyes yet! I don't mind the bridge. Never have. Never will. I drive over it just fine without fear. It's a road. You drive on it just like you drive anywhere else. So what's the problem???

I now have children. (Children are the cause of many sleepless nights.) I realized that if we were to go over the side of the bridge there is no way I could save them. Theodore has a direct tube to his lungs; he'd be a goner right away. No chance. And the others...there's 3 of them... well, I don't need to relive this over and over. And I'm sure that those of you who hadn't thought about this yet will now be thanking me as you're awake at 2am trying to come up with a Bay Bridge survival plan. 

But since I don't forsee us going off the side of the bridge (and even if I did forsee it) there's not a thing I can do about it. Why worry about tomorrow, right? 

Speaking of death (nice segue, no?) Ruthie asked me the other day if daddy would give a gun back to a bad guy to save my life. (Ah, a police officers family's life.) My answer - no. No way in the world. Simple as that. Nor do I expect him to. Although, I'm not gonna lie, I kind of do expect him to figure out a different way to keep me alive. I know you will, Ben! And, hon, you have my complete support to act honorably and for the greater good.

Moving away from the macabre now.....

Actually, I've got nothing. These are the things that run through my mind and make up a day in the life of Amanda. Aren't you glad you're not me?


Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm ba-ack.

I said last time I have been one thing and one thing only this past month:


Well, maybe that's not entirely true. I've been lazy towards anything that hasn't been purely required or purely fun. For example, all of the kids school books have been researched, ordered, and received. And that is NEVER fun. At least not for me. Talk about panic attacks. And other than maintaining everyday life that's probably the only thing purely required that I have done. 

Our purely fun list has been much longer; a few projects that I had sitting around have been worked on with much progress, we've had many beach or pool days with the kids, I started running in the mornings again, sleep overs - sleep overs- sleep overs. And the kids- they are swimming under water!!! This is a huge deal. Our poor kids have not been able to be around water much in the last few years, obviously, so they've had a slight fear of it. Which only crushed their father who is at least three quarters fish. But this year they have taken off. We've had two beach days and they literally played in the water the entirety of both days. I'm not talking out in the swells or anything, but getting splashed around and knocked over ALL day. And then the pool. One thing has made a huge difference in their comfort in the water.


I kid you not. I guess it takes away the element of the unknown and these kids who wouldn't even dunk their heads for a split second last year are sitting on the bottom of the pool, waving and spinning around under the water, learning to swim, even just seeing how long they can stay under water. Daddy is happy happy happy. And so are they. And that makes momma happy. 

This summer has been a 'real nice surprise' and I am so thankful.  

Theodore has also taken off this summer, as you can see in the two videos. He's getting taller which now makes him at that table level where he wants anything and everything he can see. He also appears to like learning about Tanks and Armored Vehicles. We haven't had too many issues with him thankfully, other than the random swelling of limbs, which appears to have resolved itself. 

And, man, I thought I was kept busy keeping up with him before. Oy vey, it has just begun. :) There isn't any new news on the school possibility as of yet, but it still looks just as likely. 

My plan is to start getting a little more scheduled so as to have a smooth transition into the school year and keep you all updated on a much more regular basis. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer as well! 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Head down!!

I think that the true colors of a parent come out when their kids are sick. We have 2 1/2 sick kids.

In unrelated news, I don't think I'm meant to be a parent. 

We must have caught the back end (not literally) of a stomach bug. And the poor kids are paying for it. Let me take you back a day so you can fully appreciate our happenings as of late.

Two days ago I notice that Theodore's left leg is slightly swollen. Probably not noticeable to anyone else but it caught my attention. That same day he suddenly gets flush, like really really flush and hot so we give him ibuprofen and put him in bed, where he sleeps. Soundly.Then yesterday I notice that not only is his left leg still swollen but it has increased and now his left arm is also swollen significantly. On top of that, he had another incident where he suddenly turned super red all over and felt hot. So I took his temp, but it was normal. And on top of that, not only is his left arm swollen but it is intermittently getting really hot to the touch.Only his left arm. So now our concern has become clots. After many calls between the doctor, the husband, the PICU, and the  hospital we are headed into our local hospital to have a doppler study done of his blood vessels to make sure there are no clots. HUGE THANKS TO THE VASCULAR TECH WHO STAYED AND DID THE STUDY. Without you we would have had to go to Baltimore. 

So the results show a clot, right? Wrong. They show nothing. Not a thing. Everything looks clear. We should breathe a sigh of relief, right? Wrong. We are left wondering what is causing the left side of his body to swell and change temp. Also, if you will recall, when we were in the hospital in February he had a study for clots that came back negative and within 24 hours he had large slugs in 3 different veins. *shiver*

A husband home from work early, a rushed night, a stressful few hours, and an unforseen conclusion and the night is over. 

The good news is that Theodore's mood is normal. Happy happy happy. Today he has done well except he is still swollen and had a slight fever. He is also in need of his vent tonight which he hasn't needed in a month.

This brings us up to almost present time. And believe it or not, Theodore was the 1/2 kid I was talking about about earlier in this post when I referred to 2 1/2 sick kids. This could be a first. 

I'm gonna cut to the chase. We've had 2 kids puke tonight. We've dealt with puking before but todays was looooooooonnnnng and drawn out. It was a little "my stomach hurts" and "I think I have gas" and "I'm going to take a nap" all day long. Nothing drastic. Which, quite honestly, I prefer. It is much easier to handle in my opinion. Nothing drastic until I have 2 kids asleep on the bathroom floor because they both think they're going to puke any second. Neither do. No, they wait until they are getting into pajamas to puke on their floor. Or, with a bucket next to them, with a bucket mind you, they puke all down the side of their mattress. All after 9pm. And maybe that doesn't seem late to you, it's not really. But when you wake up at 5 am like my husband and had a night like our previous one, 9 pm might as well be midnight. 

And one of those little stinkers, at 11:30pm is still awake because being sick scares him, and I just know that I have a long night ahead of me. 

So, to you supermoms out there who just keep smiling while cleaning up puke, I salute you. I watch you from the other side of reality and realize that I will never be you. I will never enjoy having 2 1/2 kids sick, or losing sleep, or making apparently unnecessary runs to the ER. I will just be happy with not cursing in front of my children in these situations or not letting them hear me complain about them to my other half (or, lets be honest, anybody who is unfortunate enough to walk through the door at that moment). I am a questionable parent and I accept that. What's wrong with being questionable anyway?