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31 for 21 Day 30.  Busy day.

Today was jam packed with busy.  We went to church, had a reformation feast with food and games, came home to get ready for our weekly Sunday dinner that has turned into quite a big deal because a bunch of my adult kids’ friends have found out that we cook a bunch of food on Sundays and now they sneak in each week to enjoy some of our home cookin’.

Sunday’s have become quite enjoyable. And crowded.

Because it this I wasn’t able to do much picture taking with Lanie but did get this one of her being happy.


She’s done quite a bit more smiling for the camera lately and I’m loving it.

Tomorrow is the last day of October. Hopefully I don’t forget to post my last 31 for 21 challenge post.

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31 for 21 Day 26. Therapy.

Tomorrow is Lanie’s first actual physical therapy appointment.  She’s been evaluated and it has taken weeks to have that evaluation approved by the therapist and Lanie’s pediatrician and her insurance to get her into regular physical therapy.


Lanie is very close to sitting up some days, and other days she goes boneless every time I try to work with her.  I’m hoping her therapist will give me some tips to help get her sitting up because I know she is almost there.


She’s also behind on holding toys. She’s very interested in them, she’s just slow to reach out and grab them. Naturally, she’s behind in this area because she didn’t have useful sight for the first 2 1/2 months of her life. I’m very hopeful that therapy will help close the gap so she isn’t so behind here.  
I’m planning on posting more about my physical therapy hopes for Lanie after her appointment.  I’ll also post a list of tools and toys we already use to help in her development.

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31 for 21 Day 25. Lessons in mothering.

Caring for Lanie has brought out the nurturer in Maggie. She’s been giving her baby doll more attention lately.

Feeding your baby is what your belly button is for anyway, right?

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31 for 21 Day 23. She’s so cute.

It’s a bit blurry, I know, but this picture of Lanie in her glasses is just too cute not to post.

She still doesn’t love her glasses but she’ll wear them for a little while now before she rips them off.  This time she was even smiling about it all.

Jeepers I love this little girl.  

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31 for 21 Day 18. The other kids have things too.

Gabe and Sam both have suspicious moles on their backs and were referred to a dermatologist because skin cancer is a real thing.

Turns out both of their moles, while unusual, aren’t so scary yet and they don’t need removing are this point.  This was a relief for sure.

We have more appointments for monitoring lined up but for the most part, we were told there is nothing to worry about.

Lanie was with us and all the commotion kept waking her from a peaceful sleep.

This is her not being amused.

Edit: I wrote this after 11 pm last night in an attempt to get a post up before the day was out and I was very tired and my grammar and spelling and sentence structure were horrible.  I try to blog how I speak so some unusual sentence structure is intentional, not error. But, good grief, I left out complete words. I hope I got them all fixed.

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31 for 21. Day 16. This one is about Maggie. 

This is a picture of Maggie with an absolutely giant birthday cake.

Today is not her birthday. She turns three tomorrow but we celebrated her birthday today because our family is always whole on Sundays. We don’t really do huge birthday parties but we ended up with 21 1/2 people here and 8 pizzas and a giant cake. It was awesome.  Maggie thought it was Christmas. 

She got a pink balance bike and I asked her if I could have it.  She quickly said no.  Then she smiled and gave Lanie a kiss on the head and said, but Lanie can have it.  

It was so sweet.  

It was a great day and now I’m exhausted and ready for sleep.
Goodnight.  

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31 for 21 day 8. Life goes on.

We were at football games all day and while I have a good post idea in my head there has been no time to type it out so here is a picture of Lanie sitting in my lap during Matthew’s game.

Football does not amuse her.


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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Freakishly large vegetables make me smile.

I cannot resist buying these giant zucchini’s from my egg guy at the farmer’s market every Saturday.  The first time I got one and I sliced it, breaded it with a seasoned coconut flour (almond flour would have been better but I was fresh out), and fried it on the stove in veggie oil. We ate the slices straight up, and I put some on bread and made a sandwich. They were so good.

This past weekend I got two and made giant sausage and cheese zucchini boats.

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Don’t they look great?

Actually, I don’t like sausage unless it’s in the form of pepperoni so I didn’t care for them but the people in my family who like sausage ate them up.  Matthew and Maggie had a particular fondness for these and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

I kind of winged the recipe but if you’re interested, here is what I did.  I sliced these behemoth suckers long ways, scooped out the zucchini innards, and mixed that all together in a frying pan with already cooked sausage, a can of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and some shredded cheese.  After it was good and hot I let it cool for a few minutes and then added a mixture of about a cup of white rice that was left over in my fridge, 3 beaten eggs, maybe a half cup of milk, and some grated Parmesan.
I scooped my mixture into the boats and baked it on a cookie sheet at 375 for 35 minutes, topped it with some provolone, and then baked it for another 15 minutes.

I’ll definitely try this again but next time I’ll use ground beef or chicken. And maybe I’ll add bacon.

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Meet the newest addition

Well, she’s still got 12 weeks before she’s ready to be born but at this point we can already tell she has her dad’s chin and those seriously chubby cheeks that most of our babies have been born with.

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You can even see that she’s pouting while she’s sleeping, similar to Maggie when she was a newborn.

The technician was doing a regular ultrasound but switched briefly to 3D for no other reason but because Baby Lanie was laying so perfectly.  I’ve heard that clear pictures like this one can be an upside to having polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid).
The polyhydramnios is irritating but I’m certainly not complaining about the picture.

She’s already stinking cute for sure.

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This is how we do turkey around here.

I don’t remember what prompted me to put bacon on my turkey a few years ago but it’s been the only way I cook our Thanksgiving bird ever since.

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Layering the top of this 22 pounder with bacon was the only right thing to do and since we definitely want to do the right thing that’s exactly what we were doing at 9:30 this morning.  Ben took care of that job this year.  He’s becoming quite handy in the kitchen lately.

Happy Thanksgiving, people.  Now go forth and eat and be thankful.

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