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In search of a Spring garden.

I took the little kids to pick out some flowers at our local nursery and let me say that it was so much more expensive than Lowe’s.  I am all for shopping locally but, seriously, it was prohibitively expensive and we’re on a budget around here so I can’t drop $300 for the same thing I can get at Lowe’s for $75. I just can’t.

So we did what we could and I let each kid pick out two small flower pots at the local place and decided we’ll have to head over to Lowe’s to get the rest later.

Jesse only wanted blue flowers and when he found them he was finished.  Lucy could have wandered around the nursery all day long talking to herself about how much she loves all the colors and smells.  Maggie just wanted to reorganize all the pansies and bring home one of everything.

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Just looking at this picture reminds me of how much I spent on some simple flowers and makes me cringe just a little but these three had a lot of fun and you can’t put a pricetag on that, right?
Actually, I can. And I did. And it was ridiculous.

 

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Out at the farm

We’ve been more busy than usual lately and while that means that I have much more to blog about, it also means I have less time to blog.  I used to be able to hammer out a blog post in 3.2 seconds flat but something happened to the writer in me and I am no longer able to do that for some reason.  I still love to write. I long to write. I just can’t seem to fit it in but where there is a will there is a way or some such nonsense, right?

We went to a friend’s farm on Saturday.  They weren’t in town but Kait was farm sitting and there were a ton of baby animals that Maggie just had to see.

She couldn’t even be bothered to stop for a picture because COWS! so I barely got this picture of Lucy and her.  She wasn’t able to hold still enough for more than that.

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Until we were getting ready to leave and she became very upset and made many statements about her feelings.

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“I just want to stay here with Kaity.”
“I just want to stay here and pet the cows.”
“I just want to stay here for a really, really long time.”

Turns out that all the mamas had put their babies down for their afternoon naps.  The sow was very protective over her piglets and you don’t mess with a mother pig. The calves were sleeping too and a couple of the mama cows made it quite clear that we’d better not wake their babies.  I experience this feeling every single day so I understood.

Kait said she was taking a picture of a different cow and this gal just walked up behind her and nudged her shoulder for a selfie.

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And she got some pictures of the babies while we weren’t there.

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The 1-year-old was clearly annoyed by his younger brothers’ antics.

And the piglets.  Kait said she sat on a fence at a safe distance because that’s a big angry pig right there.

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Hopefully, I’ll be able to take the younger kids back out there this week for a better look.

One particular cow took a liking to Rabbit.

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She kept trying to rub her face on him and wrap herself around him. He told her he was a married man but it seems she took that as a challenge. It was quite humorous.

Joe met a Lady.
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Lady is a dog.  She’s a Great Pyrenees and she is so sweet and much larger than she looks in this picture.

Super friendly cow again.

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And Gabe with Lanie.  He was holding her most of the time so I could take pictures.

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She was super smiley until we took her over to see the animals. Then she just stared and stared at everything and everyone.

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Before we hiked it out to the animals I got a bunch of pictures of her being super happy and adorable in her new Carters duds.

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I’ll write about my new love for Carters and Oshkosh in another post because what they are doing in the T21 community really deserves some extra attention.

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She’s growing and learning and achieving milestones and I’m so proud of her.
And just like her typical counterparts she’s curious and wants what she wants…

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And often what she wants is to put leaves in her mouth so she is actively learning the word no.

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I had a picture of everybody walking out to the pasture but it disappeared and that is disappointing to me.

Can you tell I have a better camera? I appropriated one of Kait’s Nikons and now if I snap enough pictures I can usually get a few decent photos. That’s the type of photographer I am.  Just point and shoot and shoot and shoot.

And hope for the best.

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I remember being so excited about Kait losing her first tooth until she actually lost it and then I felt incredibly sad and ever since then, whenever one of my children gets that first loose, wiggly tooth, I get all excited with them on the outside while, really, I’m dying a little bit on the inside.

Today, Lucy lost her first baby tooth. Actually, it’s her second because she knocked out a tooth when she was 2 but it’s her first baby tooth to fall out and I’m feeling all sideways about it.

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You can see in the picture that she already has an adult tooth pushing through.

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My sweet baby girl is growing up so danged quickly and I cannot even stand it. I know that this is life and this is how it is supposed to happen.

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And I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

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But I don’t understand why losing baby teeth has to hit me so hard.

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The library and back again. A large family tale.

We went to the library today.  We haven’t been in years, not that we haven’t tried.  For some reason the library tends to call to us to make a visit on days when it’s closed for unscheduled librarian meetings or book inventory or we forget our proof of residency requirements. Again.

Today, however, we hit the jackpot.

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Not only was the library open, but we were able to get library cards and check out books.

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And the place was almost empty because public school was in session and homeschooling definitely has its perks in times like this.

Lucy was so confused by how the library worked.  I think she was trying to look at as many books as possible before we left because she didn’t realize that when I said we could borrow any books she wanted to read, she thought I meant just while we were there.  I figured it out after her 7th or 8th book and told her that she could pick some to take home.  Her intensity immediately calmed, she picked out 4 books to take home, then started showing Lanie some board books.

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Lanie was particularly fond of one particular book and spent about 5 minutes completely enthralled with it.

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She used up every bit of her energy on the little starfish page, which is funny because that’s one of her nicknames.

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Then melted into a pile of exhaustion, nursed for a few minutes, and fell asleep, which was appropriate because today is National Public Sleeping Day and we were in a public library and she was sleeping. I should have gotten a picture.

Matthew found a book quickly, then Maggie snapped him up to read something to her.

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Sam and Jesse were all but silent the entire time. Seriously. I showed Jesse where the dinosaur books were and he was content to quietly look at all of them one by one and Sam sat and read one book, the first in a new series he’s now excited about, the entire time we were there.

Other than Maggie being noisy and wanting to check out every single book in the juvenile section and stacking them in great piles while I was distracted by reading a ridiculous book to Lucy about a kid who ordered a penguin from Santa Claus (I’m sorry Librarian and I hope we got them put away properly), we had no anomalies while we were out and about. Unless you count our Whataburger experience. We don’t eat out often but when we do they never get our order right so a gold star goes to Whataburger for getting it correct the first time today.

And we’ve been home for about 2 hours now and I think we’ve managed not to destroy any borrowed materials yet so that’s new.

Before I go, I would like to make a public statement that I am firmly against not being able to check out reference books because when a teenage boy who has already graduated high school wants a math textbook for fun, you let him have a math textbook. And Ben wanted the Guinness Book of World Records but no, it was for in-library use only. I call foul on that one. What a dumb rule.

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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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