Sunday, September 28, 2008

Messy House

Messy House
it's not that I'm
ignoring you

I see you,
I feel you,
more than I let on

Messy House
I can hear you
whisper, beckon, shout my name

But I ask you:
What is a house wife to do?

I comfort babies at night
I run after toddlers by day
And, in the evening
when the children have drifted off to sleep
it's just you and me.

Messy House,
you are a mountain to be scaled
at 9pm when my body is heavy

I want you to be tidy
I long for womanly perfection

Messy House
your dishes and laundry
bury me in guilt.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

2008 Buddy Walk

Saturday was our third year at the Buddy Walk! We had a great time. Many friends and family came out to help celebrate Charlie, and all our friends in the community who have Down Syndrome. This was the first year Charlie was able to walk at the Buddy Walk. This was also my first year helping out. I had called the event organizer to ask if we could help with set-up or tear-down, and instead she asked me to share a few encouraging words about Charlie! I will admit, I was a bit nervous, but really, sharing about my kids comes WAY to easy to me!LOL I could go on and on. This is in essence what I shared with the crowd:

Charlie was 2 months old when we learned he had Down Syndrome. I remember the doctor telling me the diagnosis over the phone. I asked him, "what do we do now?" His answer was, "Just keep doing what you are doing." And, that is what we did.

Charlie is a natural part of our community. He fits right in. He has many friends in preschool and playgroup. When we walk into his classroom, many of the children go out of their way to great Charlie. When we are in the supermarket, the checkers know him by name, and they know he gets to be in charge of the receipt. At church, people stop what they are doing to come over and say "hi" to Charlie and Calvin. Charlie is able to define his relationships with other, and he is accepted just for who he is.

When my husband and I found out Charlie had Down Syndrome, we were a little scared. It is Charlie who has shown us that everything is just right they way it is.


Here are a few photo's we snapped at this year's event:

Here is an overwhelmed Charlie. There are FAR to many people at the Buddy Walk for his comfort level. Oh well, by the end he is always having a good time!
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Walking with Mommy and Daddy.
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Charlie and his sweet little friend Brooke.
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And just for kicks, here is Brooke and Charlie last year.
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And here is Charlie in 2006 at our first Buddy Walk. Boy, we just can't get a smile out of him at these events.
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Thank You to our friends and family who came out to support us and to celebrate Charlie. God made Charlie just the way he is, and he is perfect.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Healthy, Busy, Happy

Well, we are all healthy again. Finally. Boy, if it wasn't Calvin feeling crummy, it was me. We kept trading off sickness for about 3 weeks, but I think we are past all the yuckyness now. In the mean time, we kept ourselves way too busy.

A week and a half ago we had a pre-transition meeting for Charlie. When kids with special needs turn 3, their therapies and services get all switched around. In fact, turning 3 is a BIG deal for a little guy with Down Syndrome. In the next several months we have many Developmental Assessments to schedule (Bailey Developmental Assessment, OT assessment, Speech, Gross Motor, Oral Motor ), and quite a few routine exams to do (eyes, ears, body, neck x-ray, blood work, possibly a sleep study, and a swallow study). All this information will be compiled and will help us to make some very important decisions: Where will we send Charlie to preschool (special ed preschool, regular preschool, regular preschool plus an aid to help him...); What type of therapy does Charlie still need and how much; What type of additional services would benefit him... It is all feeling like a little bit much. I mean, isn't Charlie just a little kid afterall? Oh well, we charge ahead.

My birthday was last Friday. I had a fever, again, but we managed to have a little fun. We went out to a noodle house I love, and had beautiful cold noodle salads. Then we went to pick up a bike trailer I found on Craigs List (a real score).

Saturday we had a honest-to-goodness b-day bash with family. Not only was it my b-day (observed), but it was Calvin's 6 month old b-day. We went out to a fancy restaurant. (Well, not too fancy. We did have the kids with us!) Then we all came back to the house for cake and a sporting game of Yatzee. (Word to the wise, avoid uncle Russell if you ever want a chance of winning at Yatzee. He got two of them!)

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I'm 28 years old. You know if you would have told me when I moved to the North Coast what my life would be like in seven years, I would be blown away. A steadfast, fun, amazing husband (who took the kids so I could sleep until 10am on Saturday!!), two beautiful sons (the cutest kids ever!), Down Syndrome (a path I had never considered, but am so thankful for), a wonderful community and town that I live in, the opportunity to stay at home to watch these two spunky boys grow... My life is beautiful. I am thankful.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Culprit

Calvin has a double ear infection. He is actually feeling much better today after two days of antibiotics. No more fever, back to his playful, smiley little self. I feel so bad that he went the whole weekend without any relief. I had assumed his fever was due to a virus because I had come down with a fever of the same grad on the same day as he. Mine went away within 48 hours, his hung on. Now we know why.

Little piece of family trivia: Charlie has never had an ear infection, and in fact has never taken antibiotics. This is my first time treating an ear infection as a mom.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sick

100.6 to 101.9 fever for four days + no other symptoms at all (well except cold hand and feet) = What?? Our little Calvin has really had a rotten couple of days. We have a doc appointment this afternoon, so we'll see if we can figure this out.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sitting, Rolling, and Giving His Opinion

My Calvin really is just the most darling baby you ever did see.

A little story: We were sitting on the couch in our church/coffee shop (it's 2 in 1) after the service last Sunday. Calvin was perched on my knee, chewing his hands. A customer walked in and happened to look our direction. Calvin first looked at her like this

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and then did something like this

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The woman, who looked pretty tough with tattoos and piercings all over, put her hand to her chest and just sighed. "Wow, you really made the rest of my day," were he words to Mr. Friendly.

Yep, that's our Calvin.

When people describe him they use words like: intent, smiley, focused, social, chubba-wubba, happy, and always good for a laugh.

I am just so amazed by him. I could watch him all day long. Just 5 1/2 months olds and he already has preferences for certain toys in the toy basket. He loves to sit on a blanket in the living room (pillows all around, he's a little tippy just yet) and go through the toy basket one toy at a time, pausing to play with his 'favorites'.

He rolled over for the first time last week, and rolled over for the second time this afternoon.

He's a screamer. He squeals, sighs, screeches. It is really so cute to hear this high pitched little voice coming from our big, big baby boy.

Did I mention he is wearing 9-12 month clothing already? Last night we ran out of clean jammies for him, so he wore Charlie's stuff. It fit pretty decent.

Oh, and he got his first tooth yesterday afternoon. It is on the bottom, center. The one on the right. What a busy guy!

Man, I just love this little fella.
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