Happy New Year!!

2011.  What a year for this family.  I can honestly say this has been one of the most challenging and emotional years of my life.  I feel so blessed to have added our precious boys to our family.  They bring all of us so much joy.  Our lives have changed enormously in the course of this year and as I sit here a few minutes from midnight, I am so grateful for everything God has blessed us with this year.  I look forward to what 2012 brings. 

Happy New Year!

Maybe Next Year

So.....despite my best intentions...Bunny got sick too.  He got croup.  Thankfully, he was tough and is back to his sweet little self.  Daddy and I never fully caught anything so I am very thankful for that!

Once everyone was healthy...about 3 days before Christmas.... I was staying up late making gifts and wrapping presents.  Then my computer got sick!  I still don't have it back.  All of my editing software is on the other computer, hence the lack of posts.  Not that I took any pictures.  What is my problem?  Baby's first Christmas and I got nothing.  Seriously, not one picture.  I am a terrible mom.  I think Auntie took some when she was here so hopefully she shares.

I suspect the exhaustion from the sickness kind of killed Christmas for me this year.  I am bummed.  Fortunately we have made up for it this week.  Daddy's home for the week and we have spent lots of family time together.  Today was the big spaghetti and meatballs night.  Daddy, Boogie and Baby spent the day in the kitchen making our feast.  They did a great job and the dishes!  What a treat for me!

It's going to be very hard for me to get back into the swing of things next week.  The boys are on a fabulous sleep in and take a long afternoon nap schedule (doesn't mesh with pickup and drop off. boo!) and I have had a partner to help me feed a baby this week.  Next week it is back to super mom again.

Bunny and I did manage to finally get his blood taken this week for his thyroid test so I now I am just waiting for the results.  I am so squeemish when it comes to blood.  I was scared out of my mind.  I pulled out of the driveway and immediately began shaking.  I did not stop until we were done.  He did great though.  I was afraid his veins would be too small and it would be traumatic but they found a good vein in his arm and it was a breeze!  He barely cried and I shielded my eyes and never saw blood.  Phew!

I promise to post more and get more stories up soon.  We never did get around to taking 9 month pictures.  Fail again! Now it seems silly to do it because they are practically 10 months.  I think I got a few pictures of them this month so I will just have to choose one as an official 9 month picture.

Until next year...


On Hold

Sadly our 9 month pictures and updates are on hold while we try to get healthy.  A nasty something or other has been beating us down this week! 

Boogie had a cough last week but she never got a fever.  I finally kept her home on Friday because she had been up all night coughing but she seemed okay otherwise.  Then Baby started in.  First a cough then a fever and runny nose.  Baby tends to have everything go straight to her lungs so I have been whipping up home remedies right and left hoping to avoid bronchitis.  I think we licked it.  She seems almost herself today.  Very slight fever and barely a cough.  She sounds like she has a cold and I think it's adorable.

Buddy also caught it and the poor guy has been miserable. (sorry for the crappy camera phone shot)  Fever, slight coughing and major runny nose.  And he is teething...finally.  It has been a hard week for him.  My independent boy has been quite clingy.  He even skipped breakfast yesterday and we know that is not normal behavior for Mr Piggy.

Bunny has avoided it so far but he is making me nervous today.  He has been happy and charming all week being a very good sport and playing by himself while I try to play nurse to everyone.  Today he doesn't havee a fever but he is grumpier than normal and he sounds congested.  I'm praying he can get rid of it quickly because I don't want it to get out of hand and us to end up in the hospital. 

I have been able to stay somewhat healthy all week.  I have been drinking a concoction of Green Tea, Bragg's apple cider vinegar, raw honey and cayenne pepper and every time I start to feel congestion it wards it off.  I feel pretty bad today but I think it's because I did not get a good nights sleep.  I was jumping out of bed every time Buddy made a noise and finally ended up letting him sleep with us.  I seriously cannot afford to be sick.  Being healthy is important with 4 kids and ultra important when they are sick!

Hopefully, we can all get it out of our system before Christmas!


9 Month Appointment

Today was our first appointment with our new doctor.  I was up late last night stressing and writing my lists of questions and googling to make sure I had all the right questions.

This morning was a whirlwind.  I knew I had scheduled our appointment optimistically early for our 40 minute drive but  I didn't think it would be a big deal.  And it probably wouldn't have been too bad except that I remembered in my 30 minute window between dropping off Boogie at school and leaving for the appointment that Daddy had mentioned yesterday that we were out of espresso.  Didn't this just happen to me a few months ago and I swore it would never happen again?

I tried to leave early and hit a Starbucks drive through but the 2 on the way were too busy for my tight schedule.  So I went in uncaffeinated and haggard.

BUT I LOVE our new doctor so far.  He is organized and competent and he listens and he doesn't try to tell me what to do.  I told him my children don't get the flu shot and he said "okay" and not "you are going to bad parent hell!"(my old Dr didn't actually say that but I'm pretty sure she thought it).  The issues he didn't know about he said he would look into.  I believe him too.

Buddy is doing great.  The best news of the day was when the Dr said he sees NO HYPERTONIA.  You can't even imagine how happy that made me.  I'm actually tearing up as I type this because I have worried about him for so long.  I know that he used to be stiff so I don't know if it was the baby yoga or he just grew out of it (yoga is my guess) but I am so relieved.

When Bunny had his evaluation, his social worker commented that Buddy still holds his hands in a fist at times and he STILL isn't crawling with his belly off the floor but the Dr says he is perfectly fine and that he is just excitable and is probably faster on his tummy. (and more comfortable because we have hard floors).  He is not worried at all.

And just because we were talking about it Buddy crawled to me with his belly off the floor tonight.  He has been pushing things around while on his knees the last few days so maybe something clicked.  Oh yay...now he will be even faster.

My main issue for Bunny was to get his thyroid test.  Babies with down syndrome are supposed to get a thyroid check at birth, 6 months and a year and then every year after that.  I read that before his 6 month appointment and then the dr argued with me that he didn't need it and said she would look into it.  Obviously she never did because I never got a call and it is standard protocol.  You can see why I changed doctors.

We are going for the blood work on Wednesday.  I am not excited.  I am a baby when it comes to blood and add to that my tendency to cry when my babies get shots and I know it is going to be an ordeal.  But we need to get it done.

Bunny has had that annoying rash on his face for weeks and I have driven myself crazy trying to find the reason.  He says it is just a "down syndrome rash".  He says it does not look like an allergy to him and to not worry about cutting more things out.  He also told me a few more things to try.  Hopefully we can get him cleared up!

We also got our OT referral and will be getting an audiology referral.  Bunny passed his hearing test in the hospital but they like to stay on top of it because a decline in hearing could mean fluid is trapped in his ears which is a very common thing because  babies with down syndrome typically have teeny tiny ear canals.  If he can't hear he can have a speech delay so we need to be vigilant.

Overall he said he looks great and is in perfect health.

Both boys had a nice big weight gain.  Buddy is in the 50% for height and 30% for weight (up from 10-25).  His head circ is 60%.  I told the dr that he is growing into his Swedish head nicely and he should be at 90% at the next visit like his sisters.

Even little Bunny who is below 1% for height and weight (but still hanging onto the typical chart for dear life) has a head circ of 15%.  You just can't keep a Swedish head down.

I have to say, the older the boys get the trickier these well baby visits get.  By the time the Dr came in the room Buddy had the paper on the bench torn to shreds.  I held him and sat on the bench while I talked to the Dr and Bunny was on his back next to me.  5 minutes in he decided to flip over and nearly gave the Dr a heart attack.  I know he is not going to flip off the bench but he sure didn't!  Once he was on his belly he kept trying to eat the shreds Buddy had created for him.  Then while the Dr was examining Bunny, Buddy was screeching at him trying to get his attention because he was so jealous.  Oh and Baby was there too.  Quite a zoo.  I'm glad we only have to do this every few months.

Pictures and updates later this week!


The AG

We have a theory in my family on my dad's side that we all possess the "annoying gene".  I believe my Aunt R is the one that discovered/named it but we all agree that we seem to possess an innate need to annoy/pick at people.  In a playful way of course.  In fact, my dad prefers to call it the "playful gene". 

The gene makes us want to come up behind someone and tap behind their knees so their legs turn to jello or tickle them when they least suspect it.  We just can't help ourselves and I'm afraid I got a double dose.

Boogie has become quite aware and self conscious this year at school.  She has told me that she will no longer wear her hot pink coat I bought her last year because it makes her stick out (They wear uniforms).  She wants me to get her a new plain jacket.  (This actually breaks my heart because she looks like a big adorable valentine in her pink jacket.)

Everyday at drop off, the minute we enter the parking lot she tells me to turn off the music.  If Baby and I are arguing she tells us to be quiet.  She does not want any embarrassment when they open the door for her.  Well, I just can't help myself and I have started to tease her when we get in the parking lot.  I say "Baby!  Let's warm up our voices.  Me me me me me me me me meeeeeeeeeeeeeee"  Baby has quickly caught on and joins right in.  Boogie immediately freaks and screeches for us to be quiet.

I know it's the good ol A.G and I just can't fight it.  My child self would be so disappointed in me.  That would have horrified me as a child as well. 

I'm sure in 20 years or so Boogie will be doing it to her kids at their drop off.  She has a big dose of AG in her DNA.  I'm sure my own mom will get quite a kick out of this.  The story will sound all to familiar.


Bunny Update

I don't want to say too much about Bunny because his 9 month update is coming up but he did have his 6 month Early Start evaluation last week and I wanted to update his fans.

I am happy to say that he will start occupational therapy as soon as we get a referral from his new doctor.  I was hoping for more therapies so this makes me happy.  I do as much as I can with him but I feel like I need more direction.
I have heard that evaluations are hard but for this one was not too bad for me.  He is a few months behind in gross and fine motor but I am well aware of that.  I think having twins I have a unique perspective because every minute of every day I am faced with the reality that he is behind a typical almost 9 month old.  I am never caught of guard with this information.  It's just the way it is. 

I was so pleased that he scored higher than his age in the cognitive area.  If that is going to be his strength I am A-ok with that.  He will be able to figure out solutions to his gross and fine motor struggles.

I really wanted help with feeding.  He eats mostly the same thing as Buddy but I am more careful of chunky textures with him because he is not practicing chewing like Buddy does.  I just want direction because it is important to me (obviously) that he learns to be a good eater and I want to make sure I do everything I can now to help him.  Feeding issues aren't covered by Early Start but it can fall under occupational therapy along with gross and fine motor so it seems like a good fit.
We recently switched insurance so we now get a few sessions covered by insurance which is nice but we have to get a referral first.  I recently switched the kid's doctor because I wasn't comfortable with the way our old doctor was handling Bunny's needs so the poor new doctor is going to get barraged with questions and referral requests at the boy's 9 month appointment.  I might as well come in with guns blazing and get a reputation for myself right?

Personally, I think what he needs is a little more love.  You can tell he gets none of that around here.


Time is Flying

People keep reminding me that it has been a long time since I posted.  I know and I do have things to say I just don't have enough time to write them down coherently.  We had a schedule shift.

Part of the fun of having twins is the need to be flexible and change up schedules when something isn't working anymore.  I felt like all I was doing for a few months was feeding the boys (solids and breastfeeding) every five minutes.  Actually, I'm pretty sure I wasn't just feeling that way I actually was!  So, in the last few weeks I have been feeding them breakfast at 10 and then skipping their solids lunch and feeding them at 4:30 BEFORE I make dinner.  I was tired of being so stressed while I was making dinner because babies were yelling at me.  I give them larger portions and they seem to be just fine with this arrangement. 

It also means they go to bed earlier.  This is also nice but it means I save ALL my chores until children are asleep.  Which means I have less time at night for blogging and such.  By the time my chores are done (which includes my invoicing work) I am pooped and just want to watch tv and drool.

So the blog may be a little touch and go here for awhile.  My days are much happier on our new schedule so if I only post here and there until it shifts again then I'll just have to deal with it.

Some random facts to catch you up:

1.  Our Christmas cards were in my hot little hands by Dec 1st and yet they are sitting next to me still wrapped.  Best intentions people...

2.  In order to save money I am making lots of Christmas gifts this year.  We now have a nice large exacto knife slice in our kitchen table.  Oops!

3.  My mom has a way better phone than I do.  Hair too for that matter.  I need a haircut!!

4.  I'm obsessed with the fact that we need a water filtration system for the house.  Daddy basically told me when pigs fly.

5.  I hate being cold.  The 30's is like the Artic to me.

6.  My Christmas shopping is done.  Big fat pat on the back for that one!!

7.  I'm turning into my mother.  I now print coupons.  I actually saved her lots of money at Target yesterday! 

8.  Baby is obsessed with toe jam.  She checks the babies toes for toe jam 5 times a day. 

And on that note.....

I have a Bunny update that I will hopefully get to tonight.  I have to journey out in the frigid air to return something because I bought it online and then the next day I bought it in the store.  How is that for mom brain??


My Turkeys

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to post why I am thankful for each of my children.  I spend lots of my day being frustrated or overwhelmed by them and I think it that it is good to stop and remember why they are so special to me.

My firstborn.  She made me a mom.  I am so thankful for her quick wit and wise insight.  Friends used to tease us that we read her a dictionary at bedtime because of her word choices.  She uses words in context that most 1st graders do not dream of using.  I am thankful for her tender heart and compassion.  I am thankful for her studious side and her drive to do the right thing.  She is at the age where it is fun to go out "just us" and we have a great time together. 

I am thankful that someone in the house gets that scaring people is THE FUNNIEST THING EVER

Baby girl.  She made me a "real mom" (as in you aren't a real mom until you have 2 kids).  I am thankful for her enthusiasm.  She has lots of energy and always gives it 100%.  I am thankful for her independence.  She is happy to try new things and has no problem leaving mom to be with friends.  I am thankful for her willingness to lend a hand.  99% of the time when I ask for her help she gladly gives it.  She is the perfect partner for our mornings at home. 

I am thankful that someone around here also understands that bad smells must be identified and taken care of immediately!

The first boy to make me a mother of boys.  I am thankful for his independence.  He is easily entertained as long as he has room to crawl and things to discover.  I am thankful for his good naturedness.  I never thought I would be posting that!  He has turned from an angry little infant to a happy/smiling/giggling boy.  I am also thankful for his love of sleep. 

The first to make me a mother of a child with 47 chromosomes.  I am thankful for his joy and enthusiasm.  This boy RADIATES joy.  Of course he has his sad angry moments too but most of the time he is a ray of sunshine.  I am thankful for his cuddliness.  Boogie was a cuddler and Baby and Buddy are NOT.  There is nothing quite like baby cuddles to make you feel better. 

I am thankful for all of my kids and how being their mother has made me into a better version of myself.  I know I still have plenty of room to grow and I am sure I will get lots of practice. 

And in the spirit of thankfulness, go read this beautiful post made up of pictures of children with down syndrome and why their families are thankful for them.  You may recognize a certain boy.


Buddy at 8 Months

Buddy rarely smiles for the camera.  He is always looking for mommy's face behind it.  He was in rare form yesterday!

Where to start?  This is my active little guy.  He wants to be on the move!  He has no time for hugs, kisses, tricks.  He just wants to crawl around and get into things.  He is still not crawling with his belly off of the floor.  I am going to have him practice on some stairs to get his cross patterning down when we are at my parents on Thanksgiving (they have carpeted stairs).  My reason for this is that he has started pulling to stand lately and I do not want him skipping his developmental steps.  Crawling should come before walking.

He continues to charm the masses.  He is a total flirt and is constantly trying to divert attention from Bunny back onto himself.  I actually believe this will be a good trait for him to have.  I don't want my precious boy to get lost in the shuffle.

Still no teeth but I can see them all right there.  His gums are no longer smooth but nice and bumpy.  I can also see an eye tooth coming in.  It looks like we may have marathon teething.

His favorite word is mama.  Melts my heart.

He is very curious and has a talent for hunting out the things I don't want him to get into.

He is such a peanut.  He weighs 18 lbs now.  The jeans in the picture above are 6 months.  The waist is HUGE on him but the length is almost short.  I don't think he will ever be chubby because he is already so active.  I was trying to get a picture of his plank.  He often goes into a plank from this position.  The boys wants to run I swear!

I wanted to show you his very long guitar ready fingers.  This thrills daddy to no end.  He has great guitar playing plans for this boy and since Buddy already seems to love the guitar it should be a natural fit.  He loves to make any kind of noise with his fingers.  There is a cardboard box in the boys room and he loves to sit and drag his fingers across the box to make noise.

And I have to be on constant watch for this.  He wants to eat everything!  Do you know how hard it is to keep the floor clean when you have 4 kids?  He is quite a piggy. 

He looks balder this month but he actually has lots of fuzzy hair it is just super light in the sun.  Like Bunny, we all love this boy to death.  The girls love that he can sit with them now.  They volunteer to be the one to sit behind him to make sure he doesn't fall.  He doesn't really need that anymore but I love that they want to help.

Both boys are the perfect addition to our family.  We are so lucky to have them!

Bunny at 8 Months

It's hard to believe my boys are 8 months!  I feel like I just wrote their 7 month post!

Bunny of course continues to be a delight.  This boy just radiates joy.  I love that when he sees me his face completely lights up and he does a happy yelp.  It makes dragging myself to his bed at the crack of dawn (6:30am on the dot) totally worth it.

He doesn't have many new tricks this month but one new thing he does is that when I lean my face towards his he reaches his chubby little paws towards my face and pats my face.  I love this!  He also LOVES hands and always wants to grab people's hands.

Both of my boys have been eating solids for a few months but I am definitely more cautious with Bunny.  Because he is not sitting on his own I don't put him in a high chair yet.  I think we are almost there though.  He is doing much better at sitting in a supported position.  In fact, we have started putting the Bumbo in the middle of the table with him in it at dinner time so he can be part of dinner (Don't worry he is not left unattended! ha )

He definitely has food preferences.  He has decided he no longer likes squash and when I try to feed it to him he turns his head into his seat so I can't give it to him.  I have to mix it with fruit.  I think it's because it is so bland.  He likes lots of flavor.  I'm hoping that we can get some help with his eating.  He still slurps his food off of his spoon so I am nowhere near comfortable trying anything but purees at this point.

I finally managed to weigh the boys the other day and Bunny weighs 15 lbs.  The 3 lb difference is sticking.  It crackes me up.  They were EXACTLY three pounds apart when i weighed them.

Most of Bunny's days are spent on his belly babbling about this and that.  He loves to yell.  If I get down at his level and yell back he gets so happy.  He gets peek a boo now and loves to play peek a boo.  He will sometimes hide his eyes and I haven't been able to figure out if he is doing it intentionally or not yet.

He's still working on scooting but he does roll around.  He loves toys with lights and bright colors.  Buddy tries to steal whatever toy Bunny has.  Thankfully, we have been working for months on Bunny's grasping and he can hold his own.

We all just love this boy to death. (Well except maybe for Buddy who is jealous of any ounce of attention that his brother gets.  He better get over that fast!)

Conversations with Boogie

(Today right after we picked her up from school)

Me:  How was school?

B: Good.  A second grade boy was admiring me.

Me: Admiring you?

B:  Yes.  I fell on the playground and he came over and asked if I was okay and if I needed help up.  I said no.  Then he just stood there admiring me.  I don't know why.  Well, I do have really soft skin.

Me:  Was he cute?

B:  MOM!  I said he was admiring me!  I was NOT admiring him.  He asked me if I needed help.  I am perfectly capable of getting up myself though.  Maybe he was admiring how strong I am.

My Life in Pictures

The shirt says it all


Efficiency is Overrated

So imagine my horror when I pulled into the Target parking lot yesterday and saw an employee dragging a huge line of carts with him into the store.

Why is this horrific you ask?  I know...it sounds efficient.  But here's the thing, I have 2 baby car seats to get inside the store.  I can no longer carry these 2 car seats at one time because the boys are so big!  I think together with the car seats it's about 50 lbs.  50 lbs that is moving and kicking. 

There is also a curious and enthusiastic 4 year old thrown into the mix who needs a hand to hold to safely make it through a parking lot where big suv's are looking for a spot.

My usual plan of action is to find a spot near the cart holders and grab a cart and load up the boys and walk in, pushing the cart with one hand while grasping the hand of said 4 year old.  However, thanks to the above mentioned employee all the cart racks were empty yesterday.  I stood outside of my van helplessly racking my brain for an idea.  I could put the boys in their stroller but then I would be pushing a stroller and dragging a cart.  No good.

Then I saw my plan.  An older lady was walking out with her cart and her car was fairly close to mine.  I decided I would ask her for her cart.  I was nervous though because I didn't want to just run up to her and freak her out.  She was concentrating pretty fiercely on getting her bags in her trunk.  So as nonthreatening as I could I made my way to her and asked if I could take her cart.

I think she thought I was trying to earn a girl scout badge or something because she said "Oh I was just going to walk it back inside because I need to use the restroom"  I again explained that I had twins in the car and needed it and she agreed to let me have it.  I'm not sure if she ever understood what I meant and I was secretly hoping she would see me in Target and it would click.

It's pretty funny the systems that I depend on to be in place just so I can have a successful shopping trip!

Photo Shoot Fail

Somehow I have a knack for choosing the worst time for a photo shoot.  As the days get darker, our house gets less and less light so I wanted to go outside today.  Bad idea.  The grass was muddy.  The boys were grumpy.  And I used my stickers and can't reuse them.  Oh well.  I'm just going to put them in the same outfits and try again dangit!

I put their stickers on the back so they couldn't pull them off and slobber them this month.  I was going to find a creative way to get the sticker and their face but the boys just weren't having it.  I still think this is cute because it shows how different they are!  Bunny looks way shorter here but Buddy is down further so it looks more dramatic than it is.
But mom you can't see my handsome face!
Look I finally sit for a few minutes!
Hey!  I'm over here!
I'm not sure this is a good idea mom
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Are we done yet?  I'm hungry!
....and over it!
 I'm sure the neighbors appreciated the show I was putting on.  I was on my belly with my butt in the air (because the blanket is small and the grass was muddy!).  I was singing "How much is that doggy in the window" with volume and enthusiasm.  Oh well.  I'm sure we will have better luck a different day.  I need some gorgeous smiles from my boys!


My Life in Pictures

Homemade finger paints thanks to Pinterest.

See?  Pinterest makes me a more fun mom.  It must be a good thing

(And yes I am making my kids "finger paint" with brushes.  So sue me)


Unusual Uses

Bunny's teacher and I have been searching for something to use under his tummy in order to encourage him to bear weight on his arms and get his buns off the floor.

Is this what you want me to do mom?
Yesterday she came over all excited because she had thought of using a yoga mat.  The roll is fairly soft and the texture of the mat is grippy for his toes.  Fortunately, being the home workout freak that I sometimes tend to be, I had one in a closet somewhere. 

I like to sit behind him and put some toys and the mirror in front of him and then get his weight on his knees.  After I do it a few times he does it himself.  His butt is in the air up above.

Of course he has to do superman on his new toy too.  I just let him do it a few times then put his hands back on the ground and encourage him to bear weight on his arms again.

"I don't need the roll to help me mom!  I got this!"

Buddy's New Tricks

Buddy seems to learn tricks in threes.  The video is 2 tricks rolled into one.  "So Big" and Peek a Boo.  His third trick is that today he pulled to a stand.

I was crouched on the floor talking to Bunny and he crawled up to me and got to his knees and then on his feet by holding on to my back.  I am not ready for this development.  He is a little crazy daredevil and not cautious.  He just gets excited and does things and then gets hurt.  The one thing I have on my side is that he is so tiny I doubt he can reach the couch to pull up.  We moved the coffee table out of the family room months ago in anticipation of this day.  Phew!

Oh and I'm lying because he also waved good bye to Bunny's teacher yesterday.  He has never waved to me little flirt!!

Also, he can sit quite well now when he is in the mood.

Please notice his big Bugs Bunny feet.  I know it i partly the angle but he does have big feet.  (I still keep a puffy blanket behind him just in case)

Boooring!  On to walking!
Tomorrow is the boy's 8 month birthday!



You'll notice my last post was last Friday night.  What happened on friday night that has kept me from posting all week?  I received my Pinterest invitation.

My sister has been talking about Pinterest for months and I have been trying to avoid it.  I know myself and knew that I did not need another distraction in my life.  BUT I was reading through one of my forums the other day and some of the moms were sharing their Pinterest Christmas wish lists for their kids.  I have used other apps for that in the past but it seemed really easy to use and so I took the plunge.

And then I was glued to the computer all weekend.  My mom had my girls this weekend so I had lots of extra time on my hands.  I know that sounds crazy because I have twin babies but besides the feedings they are pretty easy.  Buddy is active and into everything but Daddy was home to help me keep him out of trouble.

I made a bunch of green, non toxic cleaners for the house.  I have been wanting to do this for awhile so  was happy to find so many things in one place with lots of pictures!  (I am a visual girl)  I was especially excited about the non toxic laminate cleaner.  I had been avoiding cleaning the family room laminate because Buddy is all over that floor and I knew that the Swiffer cleaner I have is full of chemicals.  I am a happy girl.  The floors look great too!  Tonight I used my homeade dishwasher soap for the first time.  We'll see if it works!

My other obsession is ideas for the house.  There are so many creative DIY ideas on there!  I already found a project for the huge wall in my family room.  I just never found the perfect piece to put there and now I know exactly what I want to make.  I seriously have found something for every room in the house.  When we moved in I was in my first trimester with the boys.  We did the major changes but I just never had the time/energy/inspiration/ideas to put the finishing touches on our house.  Now my mind is swirling with ideas. 

Most of the things I want to do are projects (like repainting the cabinets in my laundry room) which means I need Daddy's help.  SO today I decided we need to start with the garage.  If I butter him up by helping him organize the garage and making a nice man cave for him out there then he will hopefully be more willing to help me.  Oh and I will have a nice neat and tidier garage.  Win win.

There is seriously something for everyone on there.  If you haven't taken the plunge you really should.  It makes searching for things really easy.  It's like google with no ads or scams and lots of pictures. 

Tomorrow I will post a video of Buddy doing "So Big!"  It's his new trick. 


Date Night

Bunny was not the only evaluation we had today.  I also had a parent teacher conference with Boogie's teacher. 

I'm pretty sure that the conference went a lot like a conference with my teacher would have gone in 1st grade.  Except Boogie is slightly less shy than I was.  She got glowing reviews and a near perfect report card so we went on a date to celebrate. 

She picked fro-yo and when I was distracted she loaded on the toppings.  She ate about 4 bites before she said she would save the rest.

It's fun for me to bend the rules sometimes and let her stay out past her bedtime and eat a little sugar.  We had a lovely chat about school and she assured me she will keep working hard.  I'm so proud of my little student!

My Life in Pictures

No school means "Haircut Day!"

Evaluation Day

Today Bunny had his 8 month evaluation. We don't get the "scores" back for a few weeks but I know he needs the most help in gross motor.  One of the up sides to Bunny having a twin brother is that I have a better idea of how far he is behind his "typical" peers.  Seeing them together doesn't leave much room for me to be in denial.  I'm not going to get the test back and freak out.

His evaluator and I talked about getting Physical and Occupational therapy for him which makes me happy but we won't even get that ball rolling until we have the meeting with his social worker which is next month.  And then who knows how long it will take beyond that.  Frustrating. 

I will say that I am LOVING his new teacher.  I'm pretty sure she is green but she is so loving and she is determined to help him.  She has actually been reading Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome.  Imagine that. (I doubt his last teacher had heard of it)  She has also been searching you tube for videos to help him.  I love her enthusiasm.  Bunny loves her too.

**Side note: When I searched Amazon for that just now I found this.  I've never seen it before and it is going on my Christmas wish list!**