Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring party

Today was Ellery's spring party at school. The kids sang a few songs and then we all enjoyed snacks that they had made over the course of the week.

When Ellery gets on stage, she does all the hand motions and singing but acts a little shy. She had this cute little smirk on her face for most of the performance.




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Song in the morning

The past couple of days I woke up with lyrics from a couple songs in my head. It was only 2 lines from each. Here's what they were:

"Our God is Healer
Awesome in power"

from "Our God" by Chris Tomlin


"Give sight to the blind,
pull the lame up to their feet."

from "Safe" by Phil Wickham

I am pretty sure I know how they got there. (wink)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Supplements


Hooray, we just finished adding Price's last supplement. We had to wait 3-4 days between each supplement to make sure there were no adverse reactions and the process seemed to take forever.

Thankfully, it is going well and Price is tolerating them okay. He gets each supplement twice a day. In the morning, we mix it all up into his gluten-free rice cereal and add applesauce and sometimes bananas. At night, he gets all of them again in his bottle. He also has been getting freshly-juiced carrots in his bottle since he was about 6 months old. He loves it!

In addition, he has a lotion that we apply at night that is not pictured.

So that totals 8!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday rambling

I thought I had turned a corner with the pregnancy nausea but today made me really re-think that. I think this pregnancy has been the hardest in terms of sickness. Or maybe it's just because I have two kids to look after and I can't just lay down and turn on the tv to take my mind off how bad I'm feeling. I had a horrible encounter with Freebirds not too long ago. It has been one food that has sounded good to me but I had a bad chicken experience. I thought I was up for eating it for dinner tonight and made sure to get a veggie burrito. However, I ordered chicken for Price (it's gluten free!) and I was gagging in the car from the smell. Think I will take a freebirds break. Oh, and someone at Freebirds asked me if I was expecting another baby! I have to admit that was very brave. I am at the stage where either I look pregnant or like I ate one too many cookies.

Price is starting occupational therapy. We have an in-home therapist coming to the house and will be seeing another therapist at the center where he does physical and speech therapy. His therapy schedule has gone from 2 days a week to 4 days a week - every day but Friday! It's busy but he needs it and we are determined!

I was slightly dreading his OT evaluation this morning. When you have a developmentally delayed child, it's not fun to hear how officially behind he is, even though I'm quite aware. I had a friend pray for my morning and I said some prayers myself, and the Lord answered. I actually left his evaluation encouraged not in tears! Of course, he tested behind at about a 10 month old level but to me that just didn't sound all too bad. Funny how perspectives change. I am pretty sure I prided myself on Ellery being ahead of the "What to Expect the First Year" developmental schedule. I am very humbled. ugh.

Price did things during his evaluation that I didn't even know he could do and I left with a real sense of what fine motor skills we need to be working on. Our OT said he is motivated and doing the best he can with his physical abilities. I am so proud of him and his hard work. He struggles to do what most toddlers do with ease, and he usually does it with a smile. Sweet, sweet boy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cute Price

My friend, Shannon, took this picture and I just love it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fun news and better days

Very exciting news - I am going to have a niece! Paige found out yesterday that she is indeed carrying a little girl, something I knew all along. They had a really cute reveal which I'm sure she will blog about. Paige has always been a girly girl, loving pink and all things feminine so a daughter will suit her very well. We always joked that she would have the boys and I would get the girls.

Yesterday was a downer day for me except for the excitement about hearing boy or girl from Paige. I'm not really sure why. I just kept thinking what IF Price never walks or talks. I usually never go there but for some reason yesterday my thoughts were out of control. I kept reciting verses and praying in my head, but by the end of the day I was angry, upset, and honestly throwing myself a real pity party.

But...I woke up with a renewed since of hope. Thank goodness the Lord's mercies are new every morning. And as I sat at therapy for an hour I looked around and was ashamed that I was acting so pitiful. I have so much to be thankful for. Other people have it so much harder, but sometimes that still doesn't make it all okay.

And Price had a great physical therapy session today. His therapist must have known I needed the encouragement. And then there is this picture.

He must have rolled 10 feet to get to this plug. Isn't it crazy just how excited I am about him getting into "trouble"? Seriously, when he tries to Houdini himself out of his stroller, I am praising and encouraging him. I will never complain about my children moving or talking too much. When Ellery is talking my ear off and might be getting slightly annoying (did I just say that?), all I can do is thank the Lord. So thankful and I pray I will keep this perspective.

We are also on day 3 of Price's gluten/casein free diet. So far so good except I messed up Monday night. We tried to eat out at Chuy's and I soon realized that eating out (especially at mexican food restaurants) is really not going to work.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Jamaica-mon

We returned this weekend from a fun trip to Jamaica. No one was ready to come home. Ellery was asking if we could live in Jamaica, but only if she could bring her friends to come live with us. We went with my parents (Lulu and Poppy) and my sister and her husband. We ate, swam, ate, played at the beach, ate some more, played games, and flat-out had a fantastic time. Oh, and we celebrated Paige's birthday. Oh boy, do we have some funny stories about birthday cakes!

Ellery rode on a donkey one night before dinner
Price got eaten alive by mosquitoes the first day but was his usual, content self except when he was hungry, of course.

Doesn't she look old? Last time we were in Jamaica she was younger than Price!


She loved the sand and the water. She surprised us all the first day by just getting right in. (She doesn't come from a family of salt-water lovers. Pool water, yes, but salt water, not so much.)


Do you think we brought enough sand toys? Ellery even had a playdate with a little boy her age that lives in Jamaica. He was right out of Blue Lagoon. So cute!

Beach buddies


This looks like it was photo shopped as Price was sitting in his bumbo for this shot.


the fam

and our fam of 4 (I mean 5)!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

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