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I’ve Been Tagged!

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My friend Sarah tagged me to blog 6 random things about myself.

Here are the tagging rules:

1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Write 6 random things about yourself
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
4. If you are tagged, DO IT and pass it along

1.  I have a "stay-home-mom" uniform.  Truly, I wear the same basic
thing every day with variation in color only….it is a ribbed tank top
from Old Navy with yoga capri pants and flip-flops.  Ask Joel, hec, ask
anyone who comes to my house in the middle of the week unannounced.  To
complete the look, my hair is in a ponytail and I have on no makeup. 
No, I don't put on makeup to go to the grocery store or Target or to
run errands.  Why bother?  I have two small children under the age of
3….people look at me sympathetically already.  Why pretend that I
have it all together?  By time daddy comes home, mascara will be
smeared down to my nose, my hair will have stiff "spit up" crusts in
it, and my shirt will have who knows what from whatever was consumed by
the children since breakfast.  The uniform just works.

2.  I wore a back brace in high school.  I have scoliosis and
wouldn't you know it?  A back brace was prescribed my first year of
high school…PUBLIC high school….I went from being a uniform-wearing
(maybe that's where it came from?) eigth grader in a small, 18-person
class, to a public high school filled with clothing options, mandatory
gym class, completely new peers and a back brace.  It was terrifying! 
I wore that thing 18 hours a day my freshman and sophomore year.  It
went from my neck all the way down to my hips; I wore a man's
undershirt underneath the thing to prevent chaffing!  My back pack
often got caught on it; it was impossible to slouch; guys would jam
their fingers trying to flirt and "poke" me in my stomach; I creaked
when I walked; slumber parties turned into "let's try on Em's back
brace and lay on the floor to see who can get up the fastest."  Did I
also mention that I wore braces and had an interesting jaw contraption
that looked like shock absorbers in my mouth?  I was the bionic woman
for roughly two years. 

3.  Everyone reminds me of someone I already know.  I inherited this
trait from my mother.  Truly, when we meet a new person the
conversation goes, "I looked at so-and-so today and you know who they
remind me of?  SUCH-AND-SUCH!  Yep, just like them!  Except that their
hair is different and they speak with a Southern accent.  Don't you
think?"  There you have it.  Now, let me share my newest one with you. 
Here goes…..I looked at Sarah Palin today and you know who she
reminds me of?  BONNIE HUNT!  Yep, she looks just like her!  Except
that her hair is brown instead of blonde and she wears glasses.  Don't
you think?

4.  I am addicted to dessert and have gotten pretty creative when
there's slim pickins.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  My
standards are frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, ice cream, brownies
or some kind of pie.  So, let's say the cookie dough is polished off
and momma needs to go to the grocery store.  Step into my pantry….got
chocolate chips?  Sugar?  Oatmeal?  Waffles?  Bread?  Cinnamon?  Canned
or fresh fruit?  Peanut Butter?  Ok, good.  There are several options
here.  Why not make a mini-cobbler with the fruit- top it with brown
sugar, cinnamon and butter…sprinkle with instant oatmeal and
microwave.  Melt the chocolate chips with some milk to thin it out and
pour it over a toasted waffle that is spread with peanut butter.  Or,
if you have vanilla ice cream, that would work too.  Why not make a
piece of cinnamon toast or try your hand at home made sugar cookies
instead of the Pillsbury kind?  ….And throw in some chocolate chips. 
If you have those little guys, you're well on your way.

5.  I can't dance.  Really can't.  Wish I could- aspire to be cool
and smooth about the whole thing, but it is lacking.  Joel won't go
with me to take lessons, so I'm afraid I'll always be the girl at the
table eating her second piece of wedding cake instead of droppin' it
like it's hot out on the dance floor….

6.  I am very silly- borderline crazy.  Not surprising my toddler is
as well.  Not crazy in a bad way, but wild-and-crazy in a
people-don't-always-get-it thing.  For instance, I write songs for my
children about everything.  Yet another trait I inherited from my
mother.  It can be about anything: eating, sleeping, driving, bathing,
animals, friends, etc.  Let the titles speak for themselves (thank you,
Nana, for writing some of these and passing them along):
"Have a Little Drink Bear"
"Riding in the Big Car with My Mom"
"Ay-dahs!"
"A Punkin is a Punkin"
"Witches aren't Real" (from the Halloween repetoire)
"Do-do-dee-do-dee-do-doooo"
"Night Night Song"
"Zebra Song"

Here are the people I'm tagging:

1.  Mariana
2.  Amanda
3.  Gillian
4.  Amy
5.  Becky G.
6.  Becky K.

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God made…

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"Mommy, God made the fluffy clouds…and He made Mr. Golden Sun too!"

I love you, Ella girl!

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Bath boy

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Seth enjoys his baths

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Video: Roll Over Day for Seth!

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This was the day that Seth mastered the roll over from tummy to back.  He did this multiple times.  I caught this one on film.  Rejoice with us!  He’s exceeding our expectations!

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Video: Instructional video – swaddle technique

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This is a demonstration video of how we calm our babies down and/or get them ready for sleep at the our house.  The techniques are found in this book if you are interested.  I’d avoid the toddler book he has written as it seems a bit over the top to us.

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Biggie Boy!!

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He can already stack blocks! 🙂

Seriously, could he be any cuter?  Seth had his 4 month check up today and he was 14 lb, 7 oz and 26 inches long.  He was 12 lb, 12 oz this time last month and grew an inch as well.  Looked back at Ella’s baby book and he’s the same size she was at 6 months!  He’s keeping in the 100% height and 75% weight on the DS charts.  Way to go Seth!

Dr. Shaffer said he was doing really, really well (I can’t hear it enough!).  He is unable to see inside his ears because his canals are so small (think the width of a coffee straw).  Joel and I’ve been reading up on the possibility of fluid standing in the ear drum that may never go to infection, but could impede their auditory learning, so we asked for a referral to an ENT.  The doctor gladly gave us the name of a group of pediatric ENTs at Texas Children’s.  I’ll be making that appointment soon to check him out and keep a look out for it.  We’ve just read so much about how important it is that they hear clearly in the first two years, as that makes a big difference in speech and word patterns with therapy.

We have an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist tomorrow at 1pm at Texas Children’s.  The doctor will read through his ecocardiogram from the NICU when he was born and explain things to us.  Shouldn’t involve testing.  Once again, there’s not been anything that would lead us to think something is wrong with his heart, but we’ve read and been told by our pediatrician that it would be wise to have a full work up done.  The report did name some “minor abnormalities” so we want to know what they are and if there are any long-term implications.  I feel a little anxious about it and will be glad to check that off the list.  

While we were in the waiting room at the pediatrician today, we met Cody- a little two-year-old boy with Downs.  He was PRECIOUS!  Cody was running all over the waiting room, doing typical toddler stuff.  I started talking to him and he immediately grabbed his cup of milk and ran to get in my lap where he hugged on me and Ella and sat with us to read books for quite a while.  He was with his dad and grandfather and I was able to compare notes with his dad on ECI work, therapies, etc.  Cody didn’t have many words yet, but they were doing sign language with him to communicate, which I plan to do with Seth.  He was a ray of sunshine and such an encouragement to me to see a very normal little boy running around in his high top Air Jordans, greeting people at the door with a toothy grin, sharing his toys with Ella, picking up things that dropped on the floor and trying to escape from his daddy!  Glad too that our pediatrician has him just two years ahead of Seth….along with several other DS kids from what Cody’s dad said (from what I’ve read, it is rare that a pediatrician would have more than one or two DS kids in a lifetime career).  

I was able to share with him how the Lord has used Seth in our lives.  Cody’s dad said they were surprised at birth with the DS diagnosis and from the way he talked, they would test on any subsequent pregnancies so they could “make a decision” if another child had it.  I told him that we had a pretty good idea he had it and there was never any decision for us- we were going to keep him because it was God’s plan.  “Oh really?!  Wow….that’s…..wow!” he exclaimed.  I shared with him the significance of Seth’s name- “chosen by God.”  I was blown away that this seemed to be new information to him- as if he’d never thought of it as a part of God’s plan.  I guess it’s so easy for people like me to be in my church bubble that I fail to remember that the majority of the world doesn’t think like Joel and me.  Anyway, Cody’s dad ended up agreeing that it was all part of God’s plan.  I knew the minute I saw Cody that the Lord made a divine appointment for us in the waiting room that morning….and sure enough, a seed was planted.  I just had that overwhelming feeling from the Holy Spirit that I needed to start a conversation with this family and I’m so glad that I did- everyone in the waiting room had the chance to hear that conversation too and I hope it spurred them on to think if anything else, about how precious these little lives are that the Lord has entrusted us with.  

So, now I’ve added sweet Cody and baby Trig to my prayer list…..a couple of Seth’s “brethren” as Joel says.  I just can’t tell you how excited I am that Trig Palin’s story has been making the news recently and we’re praying that the Lord uses it to provide more and more opportunities for people with DS and other disabilities.  I don’t think I would have given it a second thought this time last year…..my, how things can change so quickly.  Thank you, Lord…I wouldn’t go back for anything.

Be blessed and love God-  Em
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It’s the Little Things

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I promised candy if they’d hold hands for a picture. Ella was all
about it- Seth wasn’t quite so sure…..

Ella can be bribed

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