My Life in Pictures

Found in broad daylight under my babies' slide in the backyard.  I am traumatized because I thought they only hide in dark places.  I now have to neurotically check every toy before I allow the kids in the backyard.  Frightening!!

I Don't Has To

 I am frustrated this week.  I have been feeling really burnt out and I'm sure that that has something to do with my frustration but I can't shake it. 

Bunny has been going through a very stubborn stage with his therapists.  If he decides he doesn't want to do something he will not do it.  Fortunately, as stubborn as he is, he is also very polite.  He doesn't scream or yell....he just locks his body and grunts and gets twisty.  When that doesn't work he gets very charming.  He smiles his big toothy smile and babbles and tries to charm his therapists.

I know that this is normal 19 month old behavior.  I hear "no" from Buddy's mouth a million times a day.  Bunny shakes his head "no" or says "all done". 

What frustrates me is his lack of motivation to do new things.  I finally thought we were making progress with pulling to stand and now he is refusing to do it.  He is also perfectly happy commando crawling and has no desire to try to 4 point crawl.  It's not that he doesn't want to move because he commandos all over the place and loves to explore but he is perfectly content doing it his way.

I am trying everything I can think of to get him motivated to work on things to strengthen his arms and legs.  I pulled out the crawling track last week so he could push his way down.  I took him into the playroom so he could pull to stand at the train table.  We practice the wheel barrow position while he is on my tummy (the only way he tolerates it).  I am just at a loss.  I know he will get there and I know I have to have patience but I just wish I could find a way to motivate him.

I am going to have his thyroid checked.  We are due and I was putting it off because of all his recent hospital drama but I would feel better to rule that out.  I am also going to be vigilant to get some coconut oil in him everyday in case his thyroid just needs a little boost.

Our PT is ordering come orthopedic braces for his feet/ankles to help him not lock out when he stands.  A friend of mine is also going to make him a tummy band so that he has more support and feedback for his tummy.  I hope that these things will give him a little boost and desire to keep working.

He really LOVES music so I've been putting music on in the background when we do exercises.  Tonight I got him to stand for a few seconds and we "danced".  He loved that.  I think I just need to get REALLY creative.

He may have gotten some of his strong will from his extra chromosome but he also got a nice healthy dose of it from his parents.   He has met his match in his mama bear.

I love my little buddy so much.  I just want him to be able to explore his world and participate more with his brother and sisters.  He loves to watch them and engage with them but often gets lost in the dust as they run from room to room.  We will just have to keep chugging along.


The Patch

There are quite a few decent size pumpkin patches in our area, including one that is seriously circus like in its monstrosity (We went there last year and most years before that).  This year I wanted things to be peaceful and easy.  I didn't want to fight crowds and spend $100 to pick out a pumpkin.  I wanted the kids to wander around the patch and have a good time while I snapped away.

There is a smaller patch a few more miles away so I convinced Daddy we should go there instead.  I took the girls there by myself the year I was pregnant with the boys and we had a great time.  He agreed and we loaded up and off we went.  I was giddy as we drove down the lane to the patch and I noticed that the sunflowers were even denser this year.  Oh the photo ops!!  And then we turned the corner......and saw the crowds.

Apparently, this patch is now trying to compete with the other one.  So along with the train ride (which was a must since Buddy is currently obsessed), they had added a petting zoo, hayrides and pony rides.  Of course, the crowds came along with the new attractions.  Not the peaceful day I was imagining.

The girls helped the boys pick out pumpkins.  Bunny tried to eat his and then when it didn't taste good he discarded it.  Buddy carried his around for awhile then decided to upgrade to a bigger pumpkin. 

Of course the train caught his eye immediately.  It is a pretty pathetic train but it's cute and Buddy doesn't know the difference yet.  He just knows it's a "choo choo"

We walked around and looked at all the crazy pumpkins.  I tried to convince Boogie to pick an ugly pumpkin but she wasn't having it.  I think the blue pumpkins are pretty cool personally.

This was our attempt at a family shot.  We even walked to the far end of the patch so that I would have a pretty backdrop and the sun wouldn't get in their eyes.  Boogie was pouting and hiding and no one else was looking.  This is the only shot where Buddy is even sitting down.  And for a walk down memory lane...

Look at how bald Buddy is!! 

I told Boogie if I didn't get a good shot she wasn't going to the petting zoo.  Voila!!  How cute is that picture?  Oh and just to add some fun my lens was apparently dirty (probably from one of my loving sons swiping at it when I got too close) so there are weird streaks in my pictures.  Grrrrr

Wow!  Another great shot.  Amazing how a little motivation gets a good picture.  If only I could convince the boys.

The rarely seen teeth!

I got my pictures so they each got to pick one thing to do.  Baby wanted to ride the pony.

Boogie picked the "petting zoo" and got her money's worth!  We had to drag her out.

Petting zoo owners:  What is with the turkeys!!  What kid in their right mind would pet that??
Buddy of course picked the choo choo.  Daddy took the cutest video of him on the train.  If I can get him to upload it I will post it.  I am camera girl and Daddy is video guy.  He loves videos.

I may have taken him too.  I am a sucker for my boys.

Bunny didn't go on the train because he was perfectly content and the only way to take both boys was for us all to go and that was not happening.  He watched Baby ride the pony and watched a chicken try to eat his pumpkin from the gate and then played in the hay some more.  He was the best behaved by far.

Another attempt....why do I bother?

As we were leaving and I was sweating from the stress of wrangling the kids in the crowds and listening to whining I told Daddy, "Well that wasn't very fun for us but the kids will look back on it as a good memory because they had fun so that's what counts" 

Secretly I am plotting to take the boys to another patch as soon as we get another pleasant day (it's supposed to be in the 80s-90s this week).  I have not given up on my dream for decent pictures of the boys with their pumpkins. 


Boys at Play

Here are more pictures of the boys playing in their ball pit.  It cracks me up how Buddy insists on squeezing himself in there with Bunny.  It's a tight squeeze but we make it work.

 Of course the first thing I did when I lugged home the balls was wash them.  Thank God!

 Bunny will sit in the pit for quite awhile while the novelty wears off quite quickly for Buddy.

He comes back every now and then to grab a ball to throw or annoy Bunny.

I thought I might regret the ball pit but I haven't so far.  I think it's a great tool for Bunny.  He loves the sensory input and it works on his balance.  He also has to crawl over the side to get out.

I think it's a keeper!!

My Precious!!

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Family walk

Slicing and Dicing

...well slicing at least.

I just wanted to throw this out there to anyone who may be in the market for a mandoline.  I purchased this mandoline a few months ago and while it worked fine for the price there is a place on the back of the mandoline that gets food pieces stuck in it.  Yuck.  There is no way to get them out.  Double yuck.  My other complaint is that it doesn't have a thickness guide in inches (like 1/8).  There are just three levels. 

Well, I was running through Costco this weekend and they have started to beef up their kitchen/toy sections in preparation for the holidays.  I couldn't resist walking through and I found this mandoline and chopper set (the one at Costco is red) for $19.99 with an instant $4 manufacturer coupon. 

I'd say my new mandoline works pretty good!  Look at those even slices!  The guard (so you don't slice your fingers.  Ouch) is much bigger and works way better than my old one.  If I am being picky I would say that because of the V shape of the slicer it does slice a tad bit thicker in the middle and it doesn't lock like my other one although it does come with a snap on guard.

So if you want something like this and don't want to buy an expensive one (maybe want is the wrong word.  We all WANT to buy the expensive one right?) then I think this one is a steal for the price.  Check your local Costco!