Friday, March 29, 2013

Flashback Friday Easter Edition

The year was 2006. Jaina was 4 and Jayce was 11 months old. Location was Grandma Kim's bench in their backyard.

Different year (2012), different bench (the other one rotted), and add a baby. What a difference a few years makes.

Seriously, Spring... where are you? Look at the short sleeves in these pictures? The green grass? The flowers? The green leaves on the trees?

Here's hoping for Spring-like weather this Easter weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

14 Months

My baby is growing into a toddler.

But since she's not officially walking, I'm not going to call her a toddler quite yet :)

She is pulling up to stand like a big girl, though!

I took Jocelyn for a Physical Therapy evaluation at the local hospital Pediatric Rehab center.

The good news is that the therapist concurs with the neurologist, family doctor, and orthopedic specialist.

She simply has weak ankles. Otherwise known as loose joints, hyperflexive ankles, ankles have a wide range of motion, etc. No matter what you call it, her ankles do not have the stability to support her weight.

The PT recommends therapy plus bilateral orthotic braces. We are looking into ordering them soon.

As far as the therapy goes... well... at over $400 a session (which our insurance does not cover whatsoever) this is one little girl that is going to have to get better on her own.

The PT that did her evaluation understands our insurance problem. She sees it a lot. She was kind enough to show me how to work with Jocelyn at home and gave me a printout of 8 exercises I can do with her in the mean time. Her belief is that when Jocelyn gets her braces, she is just going to take off.

Now, we still don't know why Jocelyn was born with weak ankles and slight hypotonia in her leg extremities and trunk. Low muscle tone is certainly a red flag for all sorts of disabilities. The label "Aspergers" has been thrown out there by three separate professionals based on their experience working with kids on the spectrum. It is really too soon to tell. We will continue to monitor her closely over the next months and years. I am a big believer in Early Intervention. If there seems to be a problem with her in any area of development, we will be all over it in a heartbeat.

For now, though, we are just going to enjoy our baby girl that is growing up way too fast. And love her bunches. Its very easy to do!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Week in Review: Instagram Photo Dump

I'm finally getting around to cleaning the pictures off my camera phone. Probably some of these pictures are from this past week AND the week before, but that's okay.

Honestly, all the weeks kind of run together when you have kids. We live for the weekends around these parts.

Weekends mean fun, no alarm clocks, staying up late, movies, friends, eating out.

Monday through Friday just means packing lunches, dragging kids out of bed, shuffling said kids to school, piano, and sports. Trying to figure out what to cook each night.

Blah. Can you tell that I don't want Monday to roll around any time soon?

Here's what we've been up to:

Celebrating St. Patty's on a Sunday was quite odd. We are fortunate that our county finally allows alcohol sales at select restaurants within city limits. 

Jaina thought Brian's shirt said, "Genius". HA!

I normally make pancakes on Sunday. I tried to be a little creative since it was a holiday. I'm gonna be honest. It was a lot more work and took a lot more time. Probably not going to do this again any time soon!

Little Miss needed to nap despite us going grocery shopping during her usual nap time. Thank goodness for  babywearing!

The day before St. Patrick's day, it was GORGEOUS outside. The high was 77. The kids helped Brian wash the van. Jocelyn was free to crawl through the water and the dirt. Except that we live in the South so it wasn't just water and a little bit of gray dirt. It was red clay.

I thought the stain wouldn't come out at all. I went to my friend Google and found a suggestion for Murphy's Oil Soap.

I'd say it works!

I also cleaned the playroom after having a bunch of kids over to play. When this picture posted on Instagram, two friends commented that they had no idea our playroom rug was in Spanish. Here's the backstory on the rug if you want to be amused for a second :)

We've also had Spring Soccer season start. The first practice was beautiful and sunny. The second practice was 39 degrees and overcast. BRRR!

And now for some random pictures of Jocelyn. I know its unfair that she gets to be the subject of the majority of my instagram photos. That's just how it goes when the big kids are in school. And, I might add, my big two aren't always willing subjects. Especially Jayce.

Another week closer to Spring Break! It can't get here fast enough!

Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day 2013

I intentionally left my rouge patch of clover growing in my yard live so I could take pictures of my kids in the clover for St. Patrick's Day.

Jaina was the only one that liked it. She said, "I really wish I could find a four leaf clover!" And then she found one. I guess it was her lucky day :)

I know it looks like Jocelyn was okay in the clover, but she really wasn't. Brian finally took pity on me and stood behind me and the camera to get her to stop crying. 

Jayce was in one of his moods and absolutely refused to smile. He had a rough weekend.

And a not-so-great attempt at a pic of all three of my kiddos....

We didn't do much for St. Patrick's Day this year mainly because it was on a Sunday. I did make Rainbow Pancakes for breakfast that morning.

Then later that night, I made Brian take me out on a date to Delany's Irish Pub. My mom took a family photo of us before we left.  Yes, I know the recycling boxes make a distracting background. Jayce refused to be in the picture if it wasn't taken immediately in the playroom. Again, he was in a mood.

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Jocelyn Takes a Stand

It started with a pair of shoes:

And a little bit of help from mom(and the coffee table):

And a lot of effort and motivation on Jocelyn's part:

But she has finally pulled herself up to standing, on her very own, a handful of times now.

Her favorite place to pull to stand?

The bathtub. Oh my.

I haven't yet gotten a picture because I'm paranoid that as soon as I pick up my camera, she is going to slip and fall in the tub and bust her head right open.

Um, maybe I wasn't ready for her to stand quite as much as I thought!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ten on 10: Lazy Sunday Edition

As far as Sundays go, this was the least exciting one ever.

Two of my church nursery families couldn't attend my neighbor's church yesterday so they decided to give me the morning off.

We literally laid on the couch for the better part of the morning. Jocelyn wasn't feeling 100% so I got a lot of cuddles.

9:30 AM:

10:30 AM:


We got up off the couch long enough to grab some lunch in the kitchen


Back on the couch....


Jaina was a tad bit more productive than the rest of the family since she had a friend over.

1:30 PM:

No Picture. I forgot.

2:30 PM:

Sunday grocery shopping with the family. It did not go well and I eventually left Brian with the big kids and took the baby to the van.


No Picture. I forgot.


No Picture. I forgot.




I shoot a few quick pictures of my neighbor to document her pregnancy.


Bath time for baby

So, it wasn't a complete failure this month. 8 out of 10 ain't bad! (Even if I did skip a few hours!)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Time for Spring, um, Winter Baseball!

Our first practice was two weeks ago, in February, and it was only 43 degrees. Now that Jayce is playing on the 8U team, his practices are 90 minutes long and sometimes don't start until 7:30 PM. That's cold and late for this family!

The coaches this season are AWESOME and are completely patient and understanding of Jayce. I hate to think of my little guy needing extra help, but its never so obvious as when he is on a team sport.

He's already gotten some great advice at developing a hitting routine. "Ready, one, swing!"

And advice on how to catch a ball in the outfield so it doesn't pop back up and hit him in the face. Which happens to be one of Jayce's biggest fears.

Although my little guy only got a chance to bat one time during yesterday's game, and even though he struck out, he handled it like a champ.

He is already improving and we are only a few weeks into the season.

I can't say either sister was impressed with the game.

The Tornados (which was Jayce's suggestion for a team name) lost 7-5.

But it was a really good game. Everyone played their best. There were no sad faces (Well, except for Jayce on the end, but he was more tired than sad).

I'm so proud of my little baseball player :)