Saturday, August 28, 2010
Chef? What, you don't chew on all the food before you serve it?
Doctor / Nurse - She has gotten great at saying "ahhh"
Entertainer / Musician - She is always drawn to musical instruments and enjoys singing & playing.
However, topping the list right now is Master children's librarian! She loves to get ALL her books out, sit in the middle of them and "read".
Come on who wouldn't take their child to story time at Alayna's library?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
~So very thankful for fall like weather. We have been able to get out and walk and play at the park.
~A piano, we found a piano! A sweet lady was retiring and moving to a Caribbean island (must be nice eh?) and gave us a great deal on her one owner Baldwin. She was hoping that it would go to someone who had a child learning to play. Aidan is super excited to start piano lessons next week.
~Alayna's fine motor skills are coming along nicely. She is loving using her utensils so much that she will pick up a cheerio that has landed on her tray and put it back in the bowl so she can scoop them out with her spoon.
~We have had so many people join &/or donate to our Step Up for Down Syndrome team.~I am thankful for my sweet husband who doesn't even mind when I blow off cleaning or errands or even skip going to the grocery store in lieu of a park date with Alayna!
Hope you have had a great week, don't forget to leave your thankful....
Monday, August 23, 2010
Alayna & I walked into a doctor's office for a visit for me. I had only met this doctor one other time a week earlier but, in that meeting we discussed that I have daughter with down syndrome.
She happened to be 30 minutes late and apologized saying it was an emergency with one of her children. I immediately said, " I hope everything is ok" then the doctor said, "oh it was nothing really, actually it is just a retarded story"...and went on to explain how her daughter forgot to take something to school and she had to go and drop it off at the school for her.
Now there are millions of adjectives in the world. On this very day as I am standing there holding my sweet daughter she HAD to use this word?
I could have kept my mouth shut and walked away but (you know me better), I believe God specifically put me in this truly uncomfortable position to help me grow and to help me advocate for my daughter.
When she paused I immediately said, "Our family doesn't use that word and we would appreciate if you didn't either". She quickly said, "Oh, I would never use that word in reference to someone who IS intellectually challenged."
This second comment hit me like a ton of bricks. Here I was face to face with someone I didn't really know, with whom I hadn't built a rapport, who obviously is educated but, she really thought that is was ok to use this word if she wasn't referring to someone with special needs.
I explained that it is never ok to use this word. I explained how hurtful this word is and how easily people throw it around.
Her next words then were heartfelt, " I am so sorry for using that word, I should not have used it and I am deeply sorry."
I have no idea if this doctor will think twice about using the R word again or not. My prayer is that she not only never uses it again but that she also goes on to advocate that others not use it either.
Please help eliminate the use of the R word in everyday speech.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
~A great visit with my 96 year old grandmother yesterday. She LOVES Alayna. Alayna made her day today by sitting on her lap and playing patty cake and giving her high fives. Very sweet to watch.
~Alayna starting back to school today after a nice few weeks off. We are blessed by all the teachers and therapists who work with her. They are all top notch and love her dearly. (Please pray for her speech therapist, Valerie who had surgery this week and won't be with us for a couple months).
~Awesome piano teacher for Aidan that decided to start teaching again at just the time we were praying about lessons for him. God's timing is so amazing.
~Sibling love - I love to sit back and watch Aidan & Alayna interact. Especially when one of them is sick or hurt, they immediately comfort one another. She is over the moon when he picks her up and hugs her after he gets off the bus. This morning when I got up I found Aidan in Alayna's crib with her making her giggle. Don't get me wrong they definitely have their brother / sister moments already too. I guess that is why when I see how much they really do love one another it melts my heart.
Please share one of your great moments from your week that you are thankful for...
Monday, August 16, 2010
We went to see our friends at Urgent care (they do love us as we are keeping them from going out of business during the recession.)
Thankfully after a rapid strep test that came back immediately positive he was given a round of antibiotics to help him get back on the healing trail.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
As a teacher I know that when a student can teach something to others they have truly learned it. So much to my delight Alayna decided to teach her babies how to use the potty this week.
First, you sit on the potty while reading your potty book!
Potty training to me is a gradual process where the child truly decides that they would rather use a toilet than their diaper. Some kids are ready at 2 while other kids aren't ready until much later.
As I was with Aidan, I have no preset timeline of a completed process. We will just continue adding potty time into our routine and hopefully with her interest in it we will continue to have success like we did with Aidan.
Slow and steady wins the race!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Alayna and I made sure we had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for him when he got home. (Yes, Uncle Ed I can be just like June Cleaver at least one day a year for my children!) He was a great big brother and shared them with his sister.
Aidan had a great first day and was a star student. He loves his teacher, met a few new kids that have just moved into the school district and enjoyed being the caboose at the end of the class line up allowing him to close the door and turn off the lights!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
~We had back to school night for Aidan last night and met his 2nd grade teacher (wow did I just say 2nd grade? sniff, sniff) . She seems amazing and Aidan really liked her. Seriously, how could he not she was high energy, super positive and super cute!
We have been blessed with great teachers so far and we thank God for answering our prayers for His hand in placing Aidan in just the right teacher's class that will help him grow, develop and learn best.
~ So very thankful for Aidan & Alayna and being able to stay home with them, it is the best job ever. Also, thankful for the past 3 months that we have had Aidan home with us everyday...I know one little sister who isn't going to like seeing that bus come tomorrow morning.
~With the excessive heat here this week I am truly thankful for our home, AC, and a great community pool that we love (which we will soak in the last day of summer at today!).
~Finally, I am thankful that Alayna has mastered her 3 step walk. She has it down to a fine science, if she stands up and realizes she is more than 3 steps away from you she will get back down and crawl a little closer, stand up and then take her magic 3 steps. Stinker!
We hope your week has been blessed, share a thankful or two...
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Aidan loves to go down the water slides... while Alayna loved playing in the fountains and jumping in the big pool.
After the boys were in pie eating, then watermelon eating contests we went down to enjoy the beach before the service began for a little cooling off.
Alayna loved the sand and how it felt in her hands. Aidan busied himself with all his friends building sand castles, playing in the water and digging for rocks and shells. And of course, he made a little time for snuggles from his sister.
As we only have 4 days left of summer and there is a heat advisory everyday you can bet we will be at the pool!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
~Sibling random acts of kindness - Aidan sharing the last popsicle with Alayna when he really needed it as he didn't feel well, Alayna crawling up behind Aidan and snuggling him when he had a tummy ache earlier in the week, Aidan always wants to pick Alayna up if she gets hurt to sooth her, giggles galore coming from the playroom as the two of them play.
~Alayna taking 3 steps
~One final week of summer before Aidan starts school on the 13th, even though Alayna & I will be super sad to see him leave we are going to soak in the last bit of summer.
* This photo was taken during our worship service a few weeks ago by one of our church photographers, Kerry Erington. Alayna was enjoying the praise band and Courtney Heigele's singing. It was amazing, you couldn't help but lift your arms and praise God.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Aidan: "Mom, you know I don't believe in the tooth fairy, can you just leave the money on my dresser?"
Me: "Aidan, you know I don't have any money, so I can't be the tooth fairy."
Aidan: "Well, just leave your debit card under my pillow then."
Seriously, how do I keep up with this boy? He keeps me hopping that is for sure.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Beatles didn't descend upon us but we had our own British invasion over the weekend as we welcomed Jason's mother (Val), brother (Preston), niece (Kirsty) (from Kings Lynn, England), and his sister and brother in law (Jackie & Wally) who live in Little Rock.
Nannie came to spoil with chocolates from England, cute clothes and lots of hugs and kisses...
We had a great weekend showing them the sites of the city, enjoying some KC barbecue, and enjoying family time together.
They hadn't met Alayna yet as the last time Aidan & I were in England I was 5 months pregnant with her. She warmed up immediately to Uncle Preston (as he looks just like daddy) and was attached to him or Kirsty most of the weekend.
Trust us, Alayna used her time wisely and went from lap to lap making sure she got plenty of snuggles from everyone while they were here.
Our four day visit flew by. We are so thankful to Jackie & Wally for driving everyone up here for the weekend. Safe travels back home and back to England. We love you all.