Friday, January 31, 2014

Ben Update

Ben has been going through a phase lately.  He likes to keep his hat on in the house.  He gets off the bus, comes in and takes his coat, shoes and socks off, runs to the laundry room and puts his socks in the laundry and then runs into the living room and asks to watch "Go-Go" (Cat in the Hat).
I think he got the idea from Abby who, for a couple of days, wore her winter hat around the house all the time.

I thought it was just an at home phenomenon until his preschool teacher started sending me pictures from the classroom :)  She says he "successfully negotiates" keeping his hat on there too.

A week ago Ben set a new record for himself as far as number of seizures in one day.
1 A.M. (just as I was going to bed I hate to admit) I heard him start seizing.  He slept with me the rest of the night and went on to have several more.  By about 9 a.m. he had had 15 total.
He slowed down after that but still had four more throughout the morning/early afternoon.
19 seizures in 12 hours.  15 had been his record until that day.

It was probably Monday evening/Tuesday before we felt like he had his strength, balance and full mental abilities back.  He took several non routine naps those few days.
Every time we see a cluster like this we are worried about regression.  It happens so often with these kids.  So far, we see little set backs such as forgetting or mixing up signs and words but they always come back within a day or two.  Nothing serious.  But we worry that one day it will be serious.

The medical marijuana debate is gaining attention throughout the nation.  I've had several people, including friends, relatives and doctors, bring it up to me.
When I went in for my D&C follow up my O.B. asked me about it.  She said she had read an article where Dr. Sanjay Gupta (a highly respected doctor who used to oppose medical marijuana) said that his hope for 2014 was the legalization of cannabis for medical use.
When Andy and I first heard about this topic a year and a half ago, it was pretty much out of the question in our minds.  However, now, it is a very real option.  We were definitely uninformed at the time and have since learned many hopeful facts.
I want to continue to research and be knowledgable on the topic.  There are so many misconceptions and prejudices about it and I want to be able to be one to educate and support.
I'm sure I will be posting more about this as the issue progresses.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fellows and Frost

I usually like to have a book that I read out loud to the kids at night.
We've done some really fun ones.  One of my very favorites was The Candymakers.
Sometimes Josh likes to suggest our next book.  I gave him the full set of Hardy Boys books a few years ago and he reads them when he doesn't have any other books on hand.  Just recently he wanted us to read the first book as a family.
We weren't too far into the book before we realized Mr. Dixon used many fun, old fashioned words in his writing.  For some reason, I thought it might be fun to count the times that the word "fellow" was used.  We decided to add the word "chum" to the list as well.  Every night we read the book, one of the kids would grab a pen and keep a tally on each of those words.

We ended up with 25 fellows and 4 chums.
It was kind of a fun activity :)

Yesterday was a green air I had to take advantage and go for a run.
It was -3 degrees but once you've been moving for a few minutes you warm right up.
On the way home I could see some whiteness above my right eye.  I pulled out my phone and looked at myself in the camera.  I found a surprising amount of frost on my eyelashes and it just begged for a picture (even though I can't stand posting selfies :).

On a side note: when Andy saw this picture he wondered why I had a picture of my sister.
I had to tell him it was his wife he was looking at :)

The January Clean Bug

Like a lot of people around this time of year I get the clean bug and I want to take care of all those messy corners in my home.
Usually, as the fall comes on, I go through all my kids' drawers and take out the summer clothes and put them away.  With the business of Novemberfest and then Christmas, I just hadn't gotten around to it.  So I tackled it the other day.  On top of summer and winter clothes being in the same drawers, none of my kids have gotten the hang of the art of folding.  
To put it shortly, all 9 drawers were a wreck.
I threw all the offending clothes in a pile on the laundry room floor and did several loads of over the next few hours.

I felt much better after that was all taken care of.

Also, I reclaimed the breadbox.
Somehow, our breadbox has become the catcher of all things little and useless.
Things like fast food meal toys, party favors and so on have ended up being thrown in there to hide them from the kiddos since I didn't want them adding to the clutter in their rooms.  The theory was if they didn't ask for it within the few days after it had been "put away", it was forgotten and bound for the trash.  I guess I got a little behind on throwing the forgottens away.  A week or two ago Andy made a comment about there not being room in the breadbox for the bread.  That spurred my cleaning session.

I'm a nerd and was curious about some numbers.  I divided the items into categories.

Here are my biggest piles...

                       14 bouncy balls...
 10 bottles of bubbles...

8 containers of putty or playdough...

 and 10 plastic rings.

Also, I've been collecting stray socks in a bag in the laundry room for a couple of years now.  I figured it was about time to go through and find some matches :)

Like the geek that I am, I counted how many socks were in the bag and then how many matches I made.  I wrote down the numbers and then promptly lost the paper...of course.
From my memory, I had right around 100 socks and I made approximately 40 matches.  
Pretty good right?

I know this is all very interesting to everyone :)  I just thought it would be fun to record.

Welcome 2014

We welcomed in the new year with just our own little family this year.  It was cute :)
Andy put together a nacho bar for dinner.
Then we watched some Studio C (Josh's fave).

While we waited for the hour...or, the hour before the hour (we were going to celebrate at 11:00 with the kids so they could get to bed)...we played our new favorite game - Sleeping Queens (Thanks Andrus family for the gift).

Ben was content to sit next to me and do Sesame Street on the iPad while we played.

For some reason, we could never catch the ball dropping on t.v. to show the kids.  The channels were all showing other things at 11:00 :(
So, Andy found a you tube video online that we watched and counted down with 5 or 10 minutes after 11:00.  Later we realized the video was from 2011.  Oh well :)

 A little sparkling cider.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Ben couldn't have cared any less :)
This was his position during all of our celebrating.