Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's My Party!

My birthday was this past Sunday, which means it was mommy's night out!

OK well it was more like my Saturday night out with my best friend Andrea – but we had an absolute blast!

I thought I'd post a few choice pictures from that night in chronological order, see you guys get a good idea of what all went down :-)

Getting ready to go out. 

My birthday gift from Andre. 

Looking cute at dinner! 



Restaurant #2 getting sung to and humiliated. 

Andrea joins in the fun. 

Pool time! 

Just me being pool fierce. 

Underwater selfies!

Traditional birthday tattoo, only this year I did it myself! 

Truly one of my best birthdays yet! 











Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Life With A Medically Fragile Kiddo

Having Dottie has been such a blessing in my life. She's taught me patience in the hardest and best way possible. She's taught me how to speak up for my babies, and myself. She's taught me in such a clear and consistent way, that life is short and fragile, and to grasp these mundane moments of mommy-hood and really appreciate them. 

Then there's days like today that are hard. Just plain hard. When both of the babies are sick with some type of respiratory junk, when we have breathing treatments for both of the babies every 4 hours, plus multiple medications. 

Having a medically fragile child like Dottie can be challenging. Something like what the kids have now, some typical respiratory junk, can send her to the hospital for several days. Like I said, it's just hard. 

And here's where the worst part comes in. Our pediatrician whom we've been with since Johnny was 2 weeks old, and whom I love dearly and have the highest respect for, is talking about pulling Johnny from preschool. 

With flu season coming up, and knowing kiddos bring home every possible bug they can home from school, I do see her point. 

Our main goal is to keep Dottie off as many meds as possible, to keep her home and not in the hospital. 

But then I think about how excited Johnny is when I pull up to his school. I think of the pride on his face when we come home and pull his school work out of his backpack and talk about it and hang it up on the garland I put in his bedroom especially for school work. 

I think of how his teacher gives me updates every time I pick him up from school, and how he literally doesn't want to leave, putting his little hand up to me and telling me "No!" when it's time to go. 

He loves going to school. And I feel that he needs his own 'thing'. One thing that's just his and his alone. Something that he looks forward to every week, and gets excited about. 

He's not going to school so I can have time off from him 8 hours a week, he's going to school because I want him to enjoy the idea of school like I never did. I don't want him having anxiety or stress when he thinks about school, I want him to be encouraged and to actually look forward to it. 

I want him to be independent (not that he has any issues with that aspect, frankly). 

It's one of those things - do I pull him from something he honestly loves and enjoys, to protect the family and especially Dottie, or do I let them both catch and suffer every little bug and possibly the flu when it strikes every year ? 

What do I do when he's 5 and it's time to start kindergarten ? Do I home school and keep him isolated (not that all home schoolers are isolated - but he will need to be in this scenario because of Dottie). 

None of it's fair. Dottie having panhypopit isn't fair. Johnny possibly not living what most would consider a normal childhood because of Dottie isn't fair. Having a chronically ill child who will have her own challenges that I've not even touched on in this post, isn't fair. 

One of my main concerns in life is to afford BOTH of my kids as normal an existence as possible. 

I want my babies to be babies, and be carefree like they should be. They are both very young now, and it's challenging to say the least - what will it be like in 4 or 5 years ? Or 3 years ? How do I find the balance that being in this unique situation so desperately requires ? 

Sorry to get so deep on this post. I typically like to keep things light and fun, talking about birthdays and fun events like Day Out With Thomas - but this is real. This is my real, real, messy life with two kiddos, one of whom is medically fragile - and the other who just wants to be your typical toddler with boundless energy and curiosity. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Johnny Goes To Preschool!

Mid-September, Johnny started attending preschool two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

There are 6 students in his class, including himself, and all of the teachers in the school have degrees in Elementary Education, Bachelors degrees, along with several years of in school teaching experience with preschool and school aged kids.

Johnny on his first day of Preschool
What I like about his preschool, is that they have a pretty tight schedule, which is intended to get him used to the structure of attending school full days when he's older. 

His schedule goes a little something like this: 

8:45-9:15 Arrival, Greetings, Table Toys and Puzzles 
9:15-9:30 Shapes and Colors 
9:30-9:45 Wash Hands 
9:45-10:00 Snack
10:00-10:30 Playground 
10:30-10:45 Wash Hands/Specials 
10:45-11:05 ABC's and 123's 
11:05-11:15 Restroom/Wash Hands 
11:15-11:45 Lunch 
11:45-12:15 Activity Center 
12:15-12:30 Theme Craft 
12:30-12:45 Circle Time
12:45-1:15 Story Time/Pick-Up 

I really love that they keep the kiddos busy with many activities and there's no time for them to get too bored with one thing. 

Johnny's teacher, Ms. Kelly says that he loves helping her clean up, stays on task, follows directions exceptionally well, and is very empathetic to other students who are having a hard time at drop-off. 

He loves going to school, and gets so excited when we pull up on school mornings. 

I feel that going to preschool will not only help Johnny with his social skills like learning to share and taking turns, I'm also hoping it will help with his verbal skills. I definitely believe that he's already using his words more, so hopefully within time his vocabulary will grow and he will become more comfortable speaking and conversing with his class of 5 kids and us at home. 

Did you send your kiddo to preschool ? If so, was it a good experience? 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Day Out With Thomas

We recently spent a Day Out With Thomas! 

Johnny was a bit shy to meet his idol, Thomas. 

Not only was there music, there were food booths, picture opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt, there was also a craft area with stamps and a play area with Thomas themed building blocks, and a very substantial gift shop. 

Daddy bought Johnny the wooden Deisel 10 to go with his set at home, yay! 

Waiting in line to ride Thomas!

Great old train. 

After the train ride Johnny was ready for a big nap. 

Mommies like trains too. 

Although it's free to attend the actual event (ours was in Burnet,TX) and parking was free, tickets for the train, food, and of course gifts from the gift shop all cost. 

We paid $20 each for tickets on the air-conditioned train car, but they also offer slightly less expensive tickets for the open-air cars. 

We all had such a great time meeting & riding Thomas. I'd definitely recommend this event for any kiddo who loves Thomas or even just trains in general. 

For the Day Out With Thomas schedule and ticket pricing, click here

**This blog post was not sponsored or endorsed by Day Out With Thomas in any way. All opinions and photos are my own.**

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