Wednesday, December 31, 2008
How to decorate Christmas cookies:
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Anyway, should I feel bad about feeling a little sad? I absolutely adore both of my children, that's not even a question, and I am excited by all Brogan's progress, but in addition to the excitement there is also sadness for me. Sadness for my little girl who, since the day she was born, has had to be coaxed and forced towards developmental milestones which come so naturally to other children, and yet she's born it all so well, and I think she thinks that it's totally normal and that everybody must go to all these doctors and therapy appointments all the time!
I also have been thinking that it was also a blessing that Avery was my first baby. Not only for the fact that it meant I was able to devote all my attention to her and her extra needs, but also because it meant that I was able to avoid just a little bit of the anxiety in a way, because I didn't have a "normal" child to compare and contrast her progress against. Do you know what I mean? *sigh* I feel as though I'm babbling a lot but not actually getting my point across properly... sorry!
Also, sorry for the lack of posts recently....my Mother is visiting until the day after Christmas, and we've been really busy. Poor excuse, I know, but it's the only one I have :)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We decorated our tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I was really fun to have Avery be so excited by the whole Christmas thing this year. She loved the tree, and she loved being able to help decorate it! Also, note how well she is sitting :) We've been working really hard on eliminating w-sitting, and she's getting much better at sitting criss cross. Her posture in that position is getting better :)
Pretty girl, pretty tree :)
Taking the star to the tree...
Putting on the star together :) Avery loved that, and every time she looked at the tree for the whole time it was up she would get excited and tell me how she put the star on top of the tree :)
Our friends the Reedheads sent this super fun little gift set over with my Mother for Brogan, along with some chocolate for the rest of us. Do you think it's British enough?? Haha! I love it! The little plane on the bib squeaks, and the ones on the mittens rattle. I think it's great!! Gabe on the other hand....! Ha, no, he likes it too :)
When this photo was taken on a trip to the park, Avery still needed a little help using her crutches, but since then she has become quite proficient at using them all by herself! She's still much faster and more stable with her walker, but she is able to use her crutches quite confidently now with no one holding on to her. She has made so much progress recently, I'm so proud of her.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Brogan is wearing the cutest little hoodie which we got as a gift from Sebastian and Jenna. Love it! Avery is wearing a shirt and skirt because she didn't want to wear a dress! She's started getting picky about that sort of thing. Well, mostly she doesn't mind what she wears as long as it's not a dress.... funny girl! I gave her the choice of 2 very pretty dresses on Sunday, and she about had a fit saying "Noooooo! I need to wear a shirt!!!!!" Funny, funny girl....
I've been meaning to write about a few things before I forget them. I wish I was better at writing things down... I still have a few pages of my "journal" which my mother wrote in my baby book from when I was litle, and I love those, so I wish I was better at doing that for my children. It's funny to read about things I did and said as a toddler. So that's one of the purposes of this blog. One of the other reasons I've been trying so hard to be better at this is because I've been feeling bad about how bad I've been at staying in touch with family members, etc, so I feel as though this is a good way to at least keep you all up to date with what's going on with me and my family, even if it's a little impersonal. For those of you who are getting automatic emails every time I post, if you would prefer to not get them, please let me know. I've been trying to be a better person in general recently, and this blog is part of my effort.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Gabe and Avery on the trail, while it was still wide and flat-ish :) Avery loved riding on Daddy's back pack.
Brogan and me in the same spot, but facing the other way. Brogan fell asleep after a few minutes of walking, and slept all the way up, which was rather perfect. I don't know what it is about this carrier that makes it uneven - i've readjusted the straps countless times, but he just kept on slouching to the side. I remember Avery used to slouch the same direction too, so I think that it must just have been made a little funny. It's fine when he's facing out, but facing in I have to support him with my arm as well.
Brogan and me at the top. When we got up there, there was a small wedding going on, which was cute. But they were taking up the whole observation deck, so people kept on coming round the corner and then turning back around and leaving. We'd walked all the way up though, so we weren't about to turn around and leave again!! :) So I went and found a bench and nursed Brogan while we waited.
Clapping, tapping her helmet and high fives are all regular parts of the routine :
- It's Lisa. Lisa is great. And She's been working with Avery since she was a tiny little 4 month old :)
- It's less than 20 minutes from our house, whereas we drive almost an hour to get to Many Blessings Farm.
So, while we love the farm, and Avery not only loves the horses and the people, but also the cats and the bunnies :), it just wouldn't be smart to carry on going out there if we have the option of doing it closer to home. Also, it would be less complicated as far as insurance goes, because right now she's getting therapy through 2 providers (Center for Rehab and Development, and Carilion Pediatric Therapies), which her insurance doesn't like and it's a big ordeal to get it re-approved every few months. They want he to only have therapy through one provider, so they would probably like it better if she was doing PT and hippotherapy through carilion. Anyway, that's a few months down the road, so we;ll see how it all pans out then.