Monday, March 31, 2008
What She Ate: I don't want to say. Ok, nuggets from Chick-fil-a. I'm trying to quit, but it's hard.
Ever just feel like banging your head against the wall?
The cat is still gone, so I need to figure out some sort of sign solution. I feel like a degenerate letting my cat run off with no collar and no microchip.
And, for whatever reason, Charlie is refusing to participate in his therapy. No sitting, no head control, no nothing. I thought maybe I was imagining it, but he did it today for the physical therapist too.
I'm just so frustrated.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
What She Ate: So far, not a thing--I need to go get something soon.
My husband's step-mother is an amatuer playright. She write several plays a year and has won many awards. Tonight she's having a "reading" of her current project. It's one of those deals where people give feedback in the end. Anyway, I've agreed to read one of the parts.
I am not an actress.
I don't think I can do a Southern accent on command (when I'm nervous, abosolutely).
There are going to be actual actors and actresses at this thing.
PS: Still no cat and it's been four days. I feel like he's OK, but I'm going to go and post signs tomorrow. I am worried that another family has adopted him--he's very friendly and fluffy and I can see why someone would want him. When he gets back (see, optimism), I'm going to get a microchip put in him. Sigh.
Friday, March 28, 2008
My husband had three best friends in high school. One, his oldest friend, lives in the area and we see him and his girlfriend on a pretty regular basis. One has moved off to Atlanta. The third is a bit more complicated.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The reality isn't as great. At first Charlie HATED it. Well, mostly he hated being put in it. Then, he thought it was super-cool to be wheeled around the house. Then, he just acted confused. He's supposed to stand in it ten minutes twice a day to stretch out his hamstrings and prevent him from losing bone mass. He's a little too small for it (darn short genes), so we had to do some finagaling. This belong to a former client of our OT's who donated it when her daughter grew out of it. Charlie will use it until he grows out of it.
So far, he's not terribly impressed.
I also bought him a Baby Safe Feeder today too. He likes that a LOT better than the stander. Here his is trying some grapes.
PS: Still no sign of the cat--three days seems to be the magic number for cats. If he doesn't turn up after three days I'm going to lose it. So far, I've patrolled the neighborhood and checked the Animal Control's website--no luck. I left out some food, but all I got were a lot of ants. Hopefully, this is just a little vacation and he'll be back by the end of the weekend.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
What She Ate: Half a ham and bacon sandwich, sauted potatoes, and a Caesar salad. I don't know what I'm having for dinner. . . whatever they have available at the concert.
I really love my son's therapists and I know that it is very important for him to see them on a regular basis. For this reason, it takes something incredibly major for us to miss therapy. I've actually only cancelled one therapist one time and that was because Charlie had the weakened immune system and this particular therapist brought lots of items that were handled by a many children. I just thought it was too risky.
So, today when my BIL and SIL who were visiting from Florida called to say they wanted to have lunch, I was very disappointed that I wouldn't be able to go. They, my husband, and my MIL were all going to go to this cute little cafe that specializes in breakfast, but also has some great lunch food.
Charlie had a dual therapy session planned: his OT and PT were going to come jointly and asses and discuss equipment, braces, splints and the like. It was going to be a pretty big deal and like I said before I NEVER cancel therapy.
Well, I may not cancel, but the therapists do sometimes.
Today, I got lucky. One had a sick kid and the other had a meeting she didn't know about. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them just didn't feel like working the day after Easter, but that's OK with me--I got to go to lunch.
Yum. Yum. Yum, and my BIL picked up the tab. Doesn't get any better than that.
Tonight, I'm going to a roots music concert. My husband is all about this type of music, so I'm going to put on my happy face and pretend that I'm not completely exausted from the weekend. I'll have a good time--I'm just tired.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
What She Ate: For lunch I'm going to have a decadent pasta of one type or another. For dinner, I'm off to my MIL's who's cooking dinner for us and for my husband's brother and his wife. They're visiting from Florida (lucky bastards).
Ok. It's Friday and I'm off to do things like eat lunch with my family, so I'll fill today's post with videos of my lil man.
First, here's one of him prop-sitting. The last time we videoed his progress he could do it for over fifteen seconds. Down below, you'll see that he's now doing it for over a minute. So far, he's not sitting independently, but he has made so much progress. Go, baby go!
The next video I'm going to put up is one that I think addresses Charlie's vision issues perfectly. Charlie does have vision, but it's confusing, so he tends not to use it as much as he could/should. The doctors are fairly certain that he's blind on one side (hemianopsia). This is pretty obvious if you're around him for even a short amount of time. Also, he tends to not look at things unless he really wants to. He's perfectly content to rely on hearing and touch. In this video he's kicking his kick mat, which he really loves. He's smiling, enjoying himself, and because I'm on his "bad" side, he hasn't noticed me. When I talk, you'll see him look all over and then locate me with his eyes. Once he's discerned my location it's back to fun and kicking. No more looking needed.
Finally, here's a video of part of our stretching routine. We stretch both hamstrings several times a day. I've found that if I sing while we do it, he loves it.
Yes, I know I sound like a complete dork, and no, I don't always talk like that. That's my baby voice.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.
What She Ate: Vegetable soup. For dinner I think I'm having a Lean Cuisine BBQ pizza.
I decided that I need to make some lifestyle changes.
Basically, I need to put better stuff in my mouth.
I would say that I need to diet, but I know better than that. The minute I put myself on a diet I start craving enchiladas. Before I know it I've driven to McDonald's for some chicken nuggets and I'm persuading my husband to take me out ot eat.
Diets do bad things to me. Plus, it's not just about losing weight. I eat/drink a lot of crap and I don't think that's really good for you.
So, I'm making a few changes:
- No more chicken nuggets
- No more soda, even the diet stuff. I drink WAY too much of the stuff.
- No alcohol except on weekends.
- More water
I should be able to do this, right?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
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Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
What She Ate: Leftover burger from a local place. I ate so much spinach dip last night that I had most of my sandwich left.
People who know me know that I always have a million ideas swirling in my head. I'm an idea person, but it's hard for me to actually get things off the ground. I have three big projects, however, that I am determined to see through.
First up, is a vegetable garden. All this garden time has been spent trying to dig a plot of land for my garden. I've accomplished very little because I'm a huge wimp. No matter what, though, I'm planting this weekend. Hopefully, something will come of this, but either way I'm going to give it a go.
Next, I have Charlie's birthday party. Since I've already started inviting people, I don't think there's any avoiding this one. In three months my little boy turns one. I'm not exactly sure what to do. The only thing I know with certainty is that I want to hang a big sign on the porch that reads, "Miracle Man Turns One." That's not much of a plan. Barbeque maybe? A spacewalk? I just don't know.
Finally, I have Halloween. Halloween is a big deal on my street and the one over. I've heard people estimate that you could have over five hundred kids coming through. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I figure I might as well live it up and throw a party. The kids can run around and trick or treat and the adults can stay inside and eat and drink. It just so happens to be on a Saturday, so it will be perfect. I've decided on a Pirate theme, and I'm trying to figure out how to make the porch look like the side of a ship. This is going to involve some major planning.
If anybody has any thoughts or ideas than just let me know!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
What She Ate: Ugh. Crackers. That's it. I'm just not that hungry today.
Well, I typed a big update after the PT came and then it just disappeared. I have no idea where it went. I'll summarize:
I liked her.
She's my age, graduated from LSU the same year as me, and she has a four-month-old daughter.
She seemed to like Charlie
She's ready to work on sitting, crawling, and standing. I think she wants to order some foot braces.
She didn't think his hamstrings were bad at all and was only a little concerned about one of his triceps.
So, I'm a little nervous because I'm realizing how busy we're going to be with everything. I have a lot of new ideas already and I still need to meet his "teacher" and his speech therapist.
Now I'm going to rant for a second.
I read this bulletin board with news about the town I live in. Someone posted on it that Barack Obama is the Antichrist. This is the second time I've heard this. I am no biblical scholar, but I did do a Bible study that included the End of Days, and I just think this stuff is nuts. The Bible does not say that the Antichrist is a forty-year-old Muslim (that's what this bulletin board post said). It's pretty vague stuff there, and people are free to interpret it the way they want, but I HATE when people say, "the Bible says," and don't use references because there aren't any. The English teacher in me in annoyed.
Monday, March 10, 2008
What She Ate: Nothing spectacular for lunch. For dinner, I had pasta with artichokes, ham, onions and some other things that I can't recall. We tried this place close to our house. Pretty good.
Charlie is having his first visit with his Physical Therapist today--well, tomorrow, actually, but most of y'all will read this tomorrow. She's coming on Tuesday. I'm so excited. I hope I like her.
As for Charlie. Well, I'm always saying this, but I am so proud of that little boy. He is getting stronger by the day. He can play his piano, and we've taught him how to bang two toys together. So far, he's decided that he loves mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and marinara sauce. He is not a big fan or carrots or peas. Guess we gotta work on those vegetables.
I'll post all about therapy after she leaves!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
What She Ate: My MIL made green beans, ham, onions, and potatoes over rice. Wonderful Cajun cooking.
Lately I've been thinking about Mary J. Blige's album, No More Drama.
If the whole Charlie thing has taught me anything, it that we have no need to manufacture drama in our lives. I could go from now until eternity enjoying calm afternoons and lovely dinners.
Facing death. Spending so much of your day in a place where children are sick. Knowing that not everyone will make it. These are real issues.
It's not about petty differences, social status, or ignoring people you don't like.
I won't pretend that I haven't had my share of starting drama for no reason, but those days are hopefully behind me. I want peace. I want calm. I want smiling faces if for no other reason than because it's polite. Life is already messy--let's not make it worse.
So, I've got a new motto: No More Drama! Call me on it if I'm stirring it up for no reason.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
What She Ate: For lunch I had leftover BBQ chicken pizza. For dinner, we had red beans and rice.
Lately, I've started to realize that I'm getting a bit odd in my old age. I didn't notice until the last week or so, but I'm definitely starting see that I'm not as main stream as I once was.
I sort of hinted at, but I wasn't entirely clear when I said that I heat my microwave dinners up in the oven. I don't actually own a microwave. I've had one for years. Someone gave us one when we lived in Texas, and in Arkansas it was a built-in. There isn't one in our current home and it just isn't a priority. We only used it to boil water and to pop popcorn, and right now we don't feel the need to go out and get one. We may never get one. This, apparently, is weird, but I don't see the point on spending money on something I never use.
We are currently without TV. We plan on getting some rabbit ears, but we haven't gotten around to it.
Today, at a hardware store, the woman at the checkout told me that her body had never been the same after having a car accident. I started telling her all about the chiropractor I knew of that supposedly worked miracles. She looked at me and said, "I don't believe is chiropractors." Damn. I didn't even know that was controversial. Insurance covers it, so I felt that was pretty mainstream.
I'm weird, right?
Sunday, March 2, 2008
We might need to practice closing our mouths, huh?
Actually, he ended up doing pretty well, but it took some practice and I still have to pop the things back in his mouth sometimes.