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28 degrees this morning. 20 freaking 8 degrees.

Being a military family, we’ve been stationed all over the United States. We’ve lived on both coasts, in the northwest, the southeast, New England (GO PATS!), and now we’re in northwest Florida. We’ve lived in Florida for 8 1/2 years now and this is the only place half of my children remember as being home so even though I’ve done my fair share of shoveling snow-covered driveways, starting the car to defrost a half hour before we have to go anywhere, thawing the tiny fingers and toes of children while they sip crock-pot cocoa, saying no for the tenth time to the 4 year old who is begging to go outside to make tunnels and snow forts even though he’s wearing a full leg cast after breaking his leg sledding, most of my kids have spent the bulk of their lifetimes living it up in sunny beach weather.

So I wasn’t surprised when Sam came running inside this morning with some sheets of glassy ice, completely amazed that everything had frozen overnight.

Mom, look! This is amazing!

There was one piece where there was a bee frozen inside but it broke and the bee was no longer encased before we could get a picture. Lucy(5) came back inside after about 2 minutes ripping her fuzzy gray jacket off proclaiming with irritation, this jacket is NOT KEEPING ME WARM!
I replied with, You might want to think about wearing shoes if you plan to go back outside.
Because she was barefoot. 

And Maggie(3) wore her warm boots like she was told and promptly lost them somewhere out in the backyard.

My kids definitely don’t know how to do winter.

In related news, it snowed briefly last night somewhere in our town. Joe saw the heavy flurries while he was at the gym but we didn’t see anything here at the house.

The frigid temps aren’t here for long, though. It should be back up in the 70’s by the end of the week and I am definitely looking forward to that.

 

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31 for 21 Day 22. Life is normal.

Since having Lanie I’ve run across many online discussions where people imagine that families who have a child with Down syndrome can’t live normal lives or do normal things but that really isn’t true at all.

Matthew is number 4. His team lost tonight and that was hard but we were all able to go watch the game and cheer him on.

It was cold and we’ve discovered that Lanie is much happier in cooler 55-degree weather. I’m not, which is why I don’t have a picture of her from the game. My hands froze over early in the evening so here’s a picture from yesterday where Lanie was talking with Gabe.


I know this post was supposed to be about physical therapy tools but that’ll have to wait. It was a long day and I’m just too tired.

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31 for 21 Day 15. I Love Lucy.

When I started blogging through October for Down Syndrome Awareness Month I mentioned that I would probably have some posts that weren’t all about Lanie. This is one of them because I feel like it would be wrong of me not to blog about Lucy on National I Love Lucy Day.

Yes, today happens to be National I Love Lucy Day and I mentioned this to Lucy yesterday because I thought she’d think it was funny.

She absolutely fell in love with the idea.

And because I could not squash her enthusiasm, and because I actually do love Lucy, we watched a couple of episodes of I Love Lucy this morning and then I took my personal Lucy along with me on all of my adventures today.

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She thoroughly enjoyed just hanging together at Sam’s football game even though it rained on us and it was windy and our hair was damp and blowing around in our faces and there were ants and Lanie was a little bit fussy and all of us were hungry.

And just to wrap this short post up properly, here’s a picture of Lanie.

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Because babies who sleep with their butt’s in the air are totes adorbs, people.


If you want to participate in the 10th annual 31 for 21 grab the button on my sidebar.  Big Blueberry Eyes is hosting it and you can start anytime in October so don’t worry if you’re late. You don’t have to have a child with Down syndrome to participate.  You don’t even have to know a person with Down syndrome to participate.  Really, you don’t even have to write about Down syndrome. Just write every day in October and dedicate it to 31 for 21. And grab the button and put it somewhere on your blog or your Facebook or tweet it or Instagram it or anything really. 

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I still have my other kids

There has been so much going on with Lanie that I’ve neglected to post much about the 9 other children running around here so here’s a cute picture of some of them.

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Maggie’s duck face…  Kait taught her to do that.
Funny not funny.

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Lucy’s creative juices flow. Sometimes.

I like to keep modeling clay around for the younger kids to squish and manipulate. It really helps build stronger hand muscles in children who have a hard time shaping their letters with a pencil.

Lucy(4) really doesn’t need the hand strengthening but she enjoys squashing things and always gets involved when the clay is out. Sometimes she makes a snowman or a monster face or a pendant.  Here is the one she made for herself a little bit ago.  I helped her put the jump ring on it but the design is completely her own.  It’s a flower.

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Cute, right?

So when she said she was making one for me this time I was pretty excited.

Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom…
Um…  I made you a necklace too.  Do you think you can put a hole in it so I can put it on a string for you?

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She brought it over and plopped it down in front of me.  The thing probably weighed a good 4 or 5 pounds.  I told her that she was such a thoughtful girl and a giant pendant was the sweetest idea while all the other kids did their best to contain their laughter.  She took it really well when I told her that being that large it probably wouldn’t dry out well and that it would likely be too big and heavy to wear on a string or a chain around my neck.  Her solution was to rip it in half.

It would also appear in the picture that she’s been eating the clay but she wasn’t.  That brown stuff around her face was hot chocolate.  It was 50-something degrees outside that day and we all needed some warming up.

The weather has been a little better.  By the weekend we should be in the 70’s and I can live with that, I guess.  I’m excited for more Spring-like temperatures, which should arrive sometime next month.
83 degrees, please.

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Catching up. Again.

It has been a really rough two weeks.

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, the kids came down with some rotten colds and while I’m a big proponent of letting a fever run it’s course I found myself administering ibuprofen at night, all night, just so we could all get some sleep.  And then, just as the littles were getting better I got sick and I have now been ill for two weeks.  The doctor said he thought I had strep throat and didn’t see the need to test for it, but just started me on a round of antibiotics.  After two days I felt so much better but my cough is still in my chest and keeps me up at night.  I have another appointment tomorrow so we’ll see what they say about that.  I know coughs can take a while to get over.

Okay.  I’m finished complaining now because this is just some of what I have to be thankful of in the mornings around here.

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These little girls are 2 and 4 and they are just about the funniest things ever.  They were making the silliest faces at each other but I didn’t catch the best of them because Maggie stops whatever she is doing if you point a camera at her.  She is a ham, but likes to look directly at the camera.

I did get this silly one though

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Lucy is much more dignified, but being almost 5 can do that to a girl I guess.

Here is another 3D ultrasound picture of Laney from last week.

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I realize her face looks smashed on one side but it really isn’t.  It was just the way she was laying and rolling at the time of the pictures.  I’ve noticed that 3D ultrasounds are a cross between very, very cool and very, very creepy.
I wish we had gotten pictures of her hair, which would appear she has in great abundance already.

My polyhydramnios has crossed over into severe territory and has to be monitored weekly right now. It’s annoying but really isn’t causing any problems and the benefit of having way too much amniotic fluid is awesome 3D pictures.  All the techs seem to love me because it’s very easy to get good pictures.

And her lips – OH MY GOODNESS.

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Funny Lucy.

I gave Lucy, our 4 year old whipper snapper, a couple of scrap pieces of paper and told her she could either put them in the trash or draw on them. She chose to draw a beautiful red flower and then wrote a little something down in the bottom right corner.

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She brought it to me all rolled up and asked me to open it and tell her what it is. I did and told her I really liked the beautiful flower she drew. Then she said I had to read the little something down in the corner. Out loud.

I said, This is a beautiful red flower that I drew for my mom.
Then she said that I needed to read the rest of it and I told her that it was a little bit difficult for me to read the writing and she said, Well, I can’t read it!

She is so funny, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally, and we are laughing more and more as she grows up.  She is so much like her older sister in so many ways – Kait has always been able to get me to laugh.

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I so love having girls in the house.

 

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So many questions were answered for me.

And here we have a conversation between my second oldest and my second youngest.

Lucy (3): Joe, I need a herring so I can go cut down a tree in the backyard.

Joe (16): I don’t know what a herring looks like.  You’ll have to draw one for me.

Lucy: Well, I could draw it on paper if I had some chopsticks but we don’t have any chopsticks so you will have to get me some and then I can draw a herring for you.

Lucy’s (eyes suddenly very big):  OOOORRRRR   I could draw the herring with a crayon or a pencil!

She ran away and returned with a sheet of white paper and an orange crayon and then drew something that doesn’t resemble anything that exists anywhere.

Lucy: Wait, that doesn’t look like anything. Hmmm… I’ll fix it.

She added some eyes.

Lucy:  There. Now it’s a scary ghost.

Lucy:  Joe, I can’t draw a herring.  I need help.

Joe took the crayon and drew a simple picture of a fish.

Lucy:   That doesn’t really look like a herring.  It needs legs.

Joe drew some legs on it.

Lucy (laughing): Jooooeeee, that doesn’t look like a herring, it looks like a guy. He needs wings.

Joe:….

Lucy: Wait, noooo not wings.  I was thinking of an astronaut.  It needs wheels.

So, without further ado I give you a herring that can chop down a tree.

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You’re welcome.

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math + months = chaos

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So, when Lucy was a baby, just over a year old, somebody at the grocery store asked me how old she was. I replied that she was about 13 months old because she was.
What happened next confused me for weeks on end.

The lady asking the question shook her head and responded with, Oh, I don’t do months.

I didn’t understand what she meant by that. What does it mean to not do months? Is it some kind of political statement? Is she trying to buck the system? Stick it to the man?
And if not months, what then?

I didn’t ask her what she meant because I didn’t know what to ask and I was hesitant to spark a political argument with somebody I didn’t know in the canned food aisle of the commissary.

It dawned on me a while later, like weeks or maybe even a month that she probably wasn’t making any sort of a public proclamation, and that she was likely saying that she was either not willing to do the math, or was unable to work numbers on the spot.

After my kid is about a year and a half old I’m finished describing their age in months. However, after having nine children I have found that simply saying that my child is 14 months old or 16 months old quite often gives people a mental brain freeze of sorts, causing them to pause for a moment while they work out that 14 months is equal to 1 year and 2 months.
This is somewhat comforting for me being that I, myself, am number dumb.

Now that Maggie is 13 months old I’m prepared for those blank stares when I respond to questions about her age.

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We went to Rabbit’s command picnic on Saturday and it was filthy humid. It was nice that our entire family could go because now that Kait has a job we aren’t always able to be all together for family outings.  She makes up for it by bringing me grilled chicken nuggets and lemonade from Chick-Fil-A a couple times a week.

Even though she came she was only able to stay long enough to eat and get this picture with Lucy before she had to get to work.

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My girls are so gorgeous.

There was one of those playground merry-go-rounds that every kid has a love/vomit relationship with.   It started with just a couple of my kids but, like zombies to a Daryl’s motorcycle, as soon as the thing got to spinning more kids seem to come out of the woodwork.  Then they begged Joe to come spin them FASTERFASTER-NOSTOP-IMGOINGTOTHROWUP!

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I’ve been watching too much The Walking Dead, I think, but what on earth is Daryl doing with a chopper during the Zombie apocalypse?  As Kait pointed out yesterday, Like seriously they have those silent hybrids now.
Gotta keep up his tough guy image I guess.

Kait is just starting the series so all those stupid things we’ve already gotten past she’s just now beginning to question and none of this has anything to do with Rabbit’s command picnic so I don’t know why we’re even having this discussion right now.

We did meet another large(ish) family there. At the picnic, not at the zombie apocalypse.  They have 5 kids and, wouldn’t ya know it, his callsign is Rabbit too.  They were very nice but we have more kids so we win.  I’m still waiting for my prize.

I should probably go now.  I need to research bomb shelters and emergency food storage.

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