Thursday, February 25, 2010

For the Love of Scrapbooking!

I got to get away to a crop this past Saturday--it felt great rummaging through my supplies to find just the right thing for each layout. And it felt really great to use the creative side of my brain again!!!









Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Poor Little Fella

Jackson's been running fever off and on since yesterday morning. He plays a little bit, but he mostly wants to snuggle with Momma. I'm hoping it's his teeth coming in and nothing more serious than that . . . also hoping it's over soon!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Test Drive

video

After lots of debating, praying, and thinking, we've decided to pursue the power chair route for Clayton. The change is still very scary, but that's a whole 'nother blog post . . . we were able to look at our first one today, and Clayton was just about to come unglued from the excitement! He wouldn't even let the salesman get through telling us about all the gadgets--he was READY TO DRIVE! We tried it in the house, but he just isn't that great of a driver and he doesn't stop when told to do so! We took him outside even though it was cold, just so he could have at it with no limits. The whole chair was a bit big for him, but those details would be changed on his actual chair. The joystick was a little far from his reach--I'm not sure if he went in reverse because of this or simply because he liked "backing it up" better than going forward. At any rate, he was having a blast and was sad to see the chair go back into the truck. As for us, we're more overwhelmed than ever with the decision. We're praying we find "the perfect chair." And praying it actually exists!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something So Little

I'll admit it. I've always been a bit jealous of my friends when they mention dropping their kids off at another one of our friend's houses just so they could run this errand or that, go to an appointment, etc. With Clayton's medical issues, I've never had that luxury. Many people were willing, but most knew Brian and I were leary simply because there were always the "what-ifs." And just when we decided to branch out of our comfort zone, Clayton had his first seizure which sent us back into protect and isolate mode.

So over the years, that's basically left us with only my parents as trained and ready babysitters. And even they get burned out--and hey, maybe sometimes I want to do something with them for a change!! Not to mention they both work full time and some of these times I'm needing a babysitter is while they are at work . . .

I can't remember when Rhonda and I clicked, but we did. We went to the same high school, but weren't friends then. We go to church together and somehow last year we just all of the sudden became good friends. She's just one of those people I feel like I've always known.
I think what I like most about Rhonda is that she's not afraid of Clayton and definitely not intimidated by his medical conditions. She kept him when I was having Jackson and I didn't have to worry a bit. He absolutely LOVES being with her--he starts squealing like crazy when he finds out he gets to be with her WITHOUT me!!

And so it was again this week that I was reminded how something so little can mean so much to me------I needed to go somewhere Wednesday and couldn't take both boys (I'm just not capable of pushing a stroller and wheelchair at the same time). Rhonda immediately volunteered to keep Clayton and I was able to go without worrying about managing both boys. It's something so small, but I drove away from her house feeling so NORMAL.

NORMAL. Are we finally there on our own terms??? If not, we're getting really close.

Thanks, Rhonda. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

There's a New Game in Town

Once a month, the local homeschooling group meets at the bowling alley. We went for the first time in December and also made it out this last week. At first, Clayton was a little overwhelmed by the new environment, trying to figure out what was going on. But this last trip, he really got into it and even WON the game! Guess that means we'll have to make it a priority to get to bowling every month so he can get even better!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Back to Square One

Well, after a horrible nights of sleeping last week, Brian and I broke down. The last two nights have been spent doing things the old school way. When Jackson came home from the hospital, Brian and Clayton ended up sleeping in our bed, while Jackson and I slept in the extra bedroom. Out of desperation, we're back to that. And even though it's totally dysfunctional, I've slept better the last two nights than I've slept in a couple of months!!! Jackson wakes up and I just hand the bottle over to him with no drama (although he still snacks way too much each night!). And Clayton sleeps soundly through on the other side of the house. Not that he had an uneventful night--Brian said it took him a couple of hours to get to sleep even laying with him. We'll do this until Clayton's new bed gets here in a couple of weeks. We've got that long to get his new room painted and ready to go--and to talk it up BIG TIME! Hopefully he'll be on board for the change!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday

Not much to blog about, but thought I'd better write something so the blog won't go stale . . .

**Jackson's into everything--he especially loves the fake grass in the pot of the ficus tree. Yeah . . . love picking that up constantly!!

**I've changed Jackson's clothes three times today and Clayton's twice. It's only noon--why can't they stick to one change of clothes a day? My laundry pile just gets higher and higher.

**Speaking of laundry, Clayton's medport on his line was open last night when we turned the pump on. That means when I noticed it an hour later that an hour's worth of formula had pumped right onto the bed and floor. Nothing like changing the sheets at 11:00!

**And speaking of nightime, Brian and I get no meaningful sleep these days. Between Clayton's nightmares and Jackson wanting to snack all night, we're about to pull our hair out. Last night Clayton started SCREAMING and scared the daylights out of a slumbering Jackson. Clayton recovered as soon as we went in and turned the lights on, but Jackson was a ball of nerves for the next hour. :banging head against wall:

**And on that note, why is it that during the day Clayton is all about doing things alone (when we pulled up to Hobby Lobby yesterday he told me to take Jackson in while he stayed in the car with the music!), but the moment bedtime comes, he suddenly can't live without me! Every. single. night. You can't leave him until he's fast alseep or he has a major meltdown. And I'm not talking about an "I need attention meltdown," it's an "I'm scared to death!" meltdown.

**Someday, we'll be like normal folks and put our kids to bed and go to our own bed and sleep, sleep, sleep. Won't we??? Someday???

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Snow Days

We got our second snow of the season this week and it was totally unexpected. Slight snow flurries was all I heard. Woke up to heavy snow Monday morning and by the end of the day, we had six inches. (I know my friends up north are laughing, but six inches is a lot around these here parts!). It's still quite chilly, the wind is harsh! We ventured out to eat lunch and run a couple of errands, but now we're back home snuggled up under our blankets. I think more "flurries" are in the forecast, so we'll see how long it takes for everything to melt--doesn't look like it's going to be the usual "here one day, gone the next" this time around.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Jackson @ Eight Months

**four teeth with a fifth on the way
**into everything--especially things he can bang to make noise! (cabinet doors mostly)
**loves, loves, LOVES his Momma! (pretty much wants me in his sights at all times!)
**thinks his big brother is quite funny--loves to laugh with Clayton
**loves his fruit, tolerates most vegetables
**wants his Daddy to feed him supper (this is at the same time that Clayton is wanting Daddy's undivided attention after being at work all day)
**loves to go swimming in the big bathtub--I think he could stay in there until his skin wrinkled away!
**doesn't sleep well because he's too busy snacking throughout the night. who said formula makes babies sleep better????
**wants to take a cat nap a couple of hours before bedtime just to make it harder on us!
**is very jealous of Clayton, we spend most of our time around here making sure everyone gets equal attention!
**has hair that usually looks blonde, but in some lights has a red tint to it, just like his Daddy's.
**has beautiful blue eyes to match the rest of the family =)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Officially On the Move

Jackson's been hard at work trying to figure out the crawling thing. And after a couple of weeks of just barely scootin' along, he's finally gotten it all coordinated together and he's on the move! He still spends a lot of time shaking his booty in the air before he gets started, but he's gotten to where he can follow me into a room and is even starting to reach for the things he shouldn't. Things are going to get interesting in a matter of days!
Here's to the miracle of babies who can get into everything!!!


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

T-O-N

A couple of weeks ago, we finished up the letters of Clayton's name in our Letter of the Week program. We've been busy and I wanted to share what we did for those of you who use these resources. For the letter T:


On the bookshelf:
My Truck is Stuck
Big Truck, Little Truck
Tiger Can't Sleep
Tiger Trouble!
I'm Mighty! (book about a tugboat)

Song of the Week: I'm a Little Teapot


Our math lesson for the letter T was about triangles. I used flashcards for this and I made triangles with play-doh. I've also started using Starfall as a supplement to our lessons. Again, a lot of repetition, but Clayton asks for it everyday when we are finished reading our books. He wants to do something on the computer and these quick lessons from Starfall get his attention.

Next on to the letter O. I am so happy to report that by the end of the week Clayton knew that an octopus has eight legs. We also worked on opposites as an extra lesson. I basically just said them out loud each day and Clayton caught on--I wish I had taken the time to get some flashcards with pictures though.


On the bookshelf:
Oliver's Milkshake
The Ox-Cart Man
And to wrap things up, the letter N. Clayton absolutely loved The Napping House by Audrey Wood and I'm thinking we'll need to invest in our own copy of the book.


On the bookshelf:
The Napping House
Too Much Noise
The Best Nest
Noah's Ark

Song of the week: Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter by Ron Brown


To help with the writing, we are using a LeapFrog Scribble & Write. Again, Clayton is a lot more cooperative with writing as long as it's NOT ON PAPER! He did these last two N's with minimal assistance from me (just steadying his wrist). And then he got rebellious there at the bottom--he can only do it so many times and then he is DONE!
For math, we discussed coins (NICKEL) again . . . he can sing the song to me, but he can't quite make the connection to labeling the different coins and their value quite yet. We'll get there, though!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Snow Much Fun!

Cliche, I know . . . but when we took a little outing to the field behind our house, the boys did love it! Brian doesn't like that we spent so much on this stroller and use it rarely--but when you need it, you need it! Clayton got to experience the snow close up since the stroller has the all-terrain capabilities his wheelchair is lacking. We just plowed right through the snow with one person pulling, another pushing, and Clayton laughing the whole way!