This evening Conner brought a pillow, a blanket and some stuffed animals downstairs. They were all "packed" in a box and he announced that he was going camping. I asked where he was camping and he told me that he was camping in the middle of the living room.
We''re enjoying our day here. It''s been a rather peaceful morning which is good because Eric is exhausted. The kids opened their presents and Eric and I each got one this morning. Every body is very happy with what they got. The kids have been enjoying them all morning.
Favorites seem to be the shovels because the older kids spent nearly an hour out shoveling anything they could find that needed shoveling. We have the cleanest driveway on the culdisac! I''m enjoying it while I can because the time will come that they think shoveling is a chore instead of a game.
Caleb is playing with his new trucks and a little football that he picked out earlier this week. He also got a pair of little snow boots and when he opened them I said, "Wow" so he spent the next few minutes walking around saying, "Ow... Ow... Ow..." Eric and I had a good giggle.
Katelyn was given some "makeup" which has us cracking up. She put it on this morning and I took lots of future blackmail pictures. Her face is currently nearly completely covered in pink and purple. And stickers... the box came with a sheet of "body stickers" which I think were meant to be sticker earrings but they''re currently *all* on her face. She had a bunch of fun though and as I reminded Eric, it''s limited quantity so she won''t look like this every day. :D It sure is cute for now though! We''re going to see if it lasts past her nap this afternoon and are considering letting her wear it to the Open House at my parents house.
Conner is just learning to recognize his name and knows it starts with a C but didn''t realize that Caleb''s name also does. So he accidently opened two of Caleb''s gifts. He liked them but understood that they''re Caleb''s (after a little explaining...).
We had some gluten free pancakes for breakfast and haven''t decided on lunch. Today is all about relaxing and so far we''re succeeding!
Katelyn told me this morning that because it''s getting close to Christmas, we needed to have a new design on the page.
Now she wants me to type about "Me, Conner and Caleb". Which means that she wants to see all 3 names as I type. Katelyn. Conner. Caleb. Now she''s happy. :D
Caleb passed his follow up appointment yesterday ("type about Conner too..."). He''s eating regular meals again, has almost normal stools. And most importantly, he''s acting perfectly normal again.
This year for Christmas, my 3 kids are buying gifts for three of their cousins with a one dollar price limit. Eric took them to Michael''s last night as my shift was ending and they wandered around the store looking for something to buy. It was cute to see what the picked out. Conner''s was based on his interests. Katelyn thinks Josh will have fun with hers (I was kind of surprised at what she picked out... it''s a bit odd) and Caleb''s was probably the only one that was truly age and person appropriate. He thought he was picking out for himself though. He didn''t like when he had to give his gift up to the cashier.
Since his fever, Conner seems more confident in his talking and interaction. I noticed it right after he was sick when he kept talking over Katelyn in the van. Usually he lets her do the talking while we''re there. But now he gets upset and tells her that it''s his turn to talk. But what was interesting was hearing him on the phone while I was in the hospital with Caleb. He sounded so much like Katelyn with his sentence structure and word choices.
Caleb ate a pretty good lunch yesterday... some yogurt and a "granola" bar. He wouldn''t eat for me though. He just wants to nurse. I''m going to claim that it''s because he only eats if I''m not around. He''s nursing right now.
I''m scheduled to work today which means I need to stop nursing him in about 15 minutes. So he has that long to get as much nursing nutrition into him as he can. And then it''s solids and bottles/sippies for the next 6 or so hours.
Caleb even slept through the night last night! That gave me some much needed solid sleep. I was awake or restlessly sleeping the entire night while we were in the hospital. Add in the 2 or 3 am blood draw and you can imagine that it just wasn''t very restful for me. It made work yesterday very difficult because I was simply exhausted. I think today will go so much better for me. I''m still tired but it''s tired, not exhausted.
With the extra nursing that I''m doing, I need to drink more water then I am right now. I''m just not remembering to drink extra. My skin is so dry as a result. Just incredible.
Ok... off to focus on Caleb for a bit before I have to leave for work.
Quick summary: Caleb and Conner both were sick on Tuesday. Conner had been sick on Sunday too.
By Wednesday morning, Conner was completely over the bug but Caleb had gotten extremely dehydrated overnight. I called the ped, the ped didn''t have any appointments until later in the afternoon so I was told to take Caleb to the ER. We were admitted overnight to help rebalance his electrolytes and to rehydrate him with an IV.
We were discharged around 7:00 Thursday evening. Caleb still had a fever and was obviously still sick but there was nothing that the hospital would have done that I couldn''t do at home at that point.
Ok... you''re now up to date.
Caleb''s been refusing anything by mouth except for nursing which you can imagine has made the last couple of nights rather sleepless for me. This morning however, he woke up with his fever gone and he drank a couple of ounces of water from a bottle. His stool this morning was still very loose but that''ll likely take some time to work out of his system.
That''s all good news since I''m working this morning! It would have been rough otherwise. I''m hoping that the kids let Caleb sleep for most of the morning and then I''ll be home mid afternoon to nurse him again.
Today the kids are painting models. I started working part time seasonal at Michael''s and the other day a mom came through the line with a cute wooden model for her 3 year old son to try. She commented that it was only a dollar. Only a dollar? I''d seen these kits before but not realized they were only a dollar.
So yesterday the kids and I went there and the older two each picked one out. Katelyn decided on a tank. As in, an army tank. And Conner picked out a biplane. There was lots of looking, picking out, putting back, picking out another and so on. But they finally decided and are thrilled with their choices.
Yesterday was gluing. Today we''re painting. We could have painted first and that would have worked (and was what was recommended) but this is turning out well because the kids can see where the colors are going as they put them on instead of simply painting a bunch of pieces of wood and then magically having those colors end up on the model.
Katelyn thinks it''s great that she can wash out her paintbrush in a cup of water and then start out with a clean brush again. Conner just thinks the water is another thing to dip the brush into. He also mixes his paints on the paint plate so nearly all his colors are mixed to some extent.
Conner was so excited about his airplane that he took it up to bed with him last night and I had to bring it back down to the table so the glue could finish drying.
All in all, I''d say that this was two dollars *very* well spent.
Hmmm... as I watch Katelyn, I think she''ll be up for painting before gluing next time. She''s being very careful and really enjoying this.
There''s nothing quite like having your 4 year old decide that she needs to help you with a sudoku... and realizing that she knows what she''s talking about. Hmmmmm....
Well, I am now an employee at Michael''s. I applied for a seasonal position to earn a little extra money for Christmas and for bills and stuff. I figured that if Eric improves enough to go back to work by the time that the seasonal job is done, then I have no feeling of obligation to continue. But if he''s not back to work, then hopefully I''ll either be offered a permanent position or I''ll be able to start looking for a full time job somewhere or (hopefully) will have everything worked out with Long Term Disability.
Either way, this works out well.
So nobody try to embarrass me while I''m working, OK? :D
Caleb is officially walking. He is going 12-15 feet at a time. He doesn''t do it all the time though... especially not when I want to show him off. But he does it enough that if you''re around him a little, you''ll see him doing it. Now I just need to get a picture of it.
He always starts at a wall or something where he can support himself. He''s still not up to standing himself up from sitting in the middle of the floor.
The monkey just hit the elephant and was put into time out by Katelyn. He''s not happy about this and keeps trying to get out of timeout when Katelyn isn''t looking. The elephant is trying to encourage the monkey to get out of time out and Katelyn is getting frustrated because the elephant is supposed encourage the monkey to obey.
The particularly funny part of all of this is that Conner and Caleb are not involved.
Katelyn and Conner decided that the chicken I was cooking was just too long of a wait. So Katelyn decided that she wanted Tacos while they waited. It''s reasonable, the chicken just got put into the oven because I forgot that I didn''t have onions for it and becuase I was letting it thaw.
I got her out a taco shell (btw... hard shell tacos are usually GF) and then she decided that since I didn''t have any taco meat cooked up, she would just use lettuce and cheese. I expected her to get out Eric''s salad lettuce but instead she pulled over a chair so she could reach my baby spinach. The two of them are now eating tacos made with baby spinach and cheese in a hard shell. It''s really a rather health snack! I was impressed with them for deciding on that.
Katelyn just informed me that the way you eat these is to eat the "taco stuff" first and then eat the shell. Now you know.
We were planning on going camping with our church this weekend. It''s an annual thing but we''ve not gone before and this year, after seeing how well Pennsic worked with the kids, I decided to go.
Unfortunately, Katelyn got sick on Wednesday night. She seemed great yesterday except for sleeping a lot so I decided that she must have recovered quickly and spent this morning packing. Katelyn was acting great this morning with a renewed appetite and everything.
Then this afternoon she went out shopping with Eric and my mom and she threw up all over everything in Eric''s truck.
When I told Conner that we weren''t going camping because Katelyn was sick, he first said, "Oooh," very solemnly. Then he thought for a moment and said, "Mommy, Caleb not sick!" When I confirmed this he said, "You, me and Caleb go CAMPING. Kateyn (how he says Katelyn) stay with DADDY!"
Apparently he really enjoys camping. :D
At this point we''re going to stay home though. It''s supposed to get really cold at night and though I was all packed up for cold nights with extra bedding and super warm pj''s, this just pushes things over the edge into not going.
I told Katelyn though that I''d see if there was another (semi-)local SCA camping event that we could go to when she was better.
Her biggest concern was that if her friend Gannon came over, that I tell him that she can''t play because she''s sick. Since I know his mom reads this (Hi!) I''m pretty confident that he knows this. She''s sitting on the couch in her pj''s right now watching some Thomas DVDs.
When the kids and I were at Pennsic, we attended a small baptist church there. Today I got a letter from them. I''d filled out a visitor card but wasn''t expecting anything since I lived so far away, I just wanted them to be able to record that we''d been there.
What surprised me more then getting a letter though was that it was personalized! Completely! It wasn''t just a fill in the blank on the computer form letter.
Here''s part of what it said...
"This letter comes a little late but we did want you to know how much we enjoyed having you with us while you were at Pennsic. it was great getting to know you and having you share with us in Sunday School and worship."
"I hope the weather was not too difficult on all of you as it seems like we have to get some thunder and lightening while Pennsic is going on. With all the rain we have had since you have left it almost looks like Spring with everything green again. Cooper''s has transformed itself back to normal look and this week they are hosting a car show."
Wasn''t that nice of them?
So.... if you are in the Slippery Rock area of Pennsylvania, then check out Zion Baptist Church. :D It''s very friendly and welcoming.
This morning we went out to the Farmer''s Market, to Meijers and then to Kinko''s. That pretty much took up the entire morning.
Then becaues bananas were on sale, the kids all decided to fill up on them. That worked out well because I did a quick turnaround and we were off to the library. We spent the afternoon there until it closed.
Poor Conner never got a nap in with all of that so when we came home, he lay down and fell asleep on the couch. All on his own.
I''ve tried waking him up a couple of times and even offered him cake. Candy worked but then he went right back to sleep. I''m going to wake him up again for supper and see if he will stay awake long enough to make it to bedtime. The next time he tries to fall asleep, I"m going to make him go to his room to sleep on his bed.
Even Caleb is exhausted. He usually likes a morning nap and then is awake all afternoon and into the evening. He didn''t get that and so he''s more soundly asleep then even Conner.
If both of them fall asleep easily after supper then Katelyn and I are going to read books together.
Every day before breakfast, I have the kids clean their room. It''s their breakfast chores and doing this helps keep things a lot cleaner. They each have a part of the room that they''re responsible for.
This morning Katelyn apparently hadn''t slept quite enough because she first spent about 15 minutes telling me (whining) that it was too much and she needed help. Then when Conner decided to help her out, she started crying (tantrum style) that she didn''t want any help and wanted to do it by herself.
Eric and I just had to laugh when we heard that. But we solved it by having Conner sit on Eric''s lap until Katelyn finished up. If she wasn''t cleaning though then Conner was going to help. He enjoyed his daddy time so he didn''t mind.
Caleb just popped his 5th tooth. It''s on the top and on his left, right next to his other two teeth on top. He also has figured out how to click his tongue and gets excited when other people click at him. He likes to echo tongue clicks.
Conner is happily eating his cereal right now. Katelyn is upset because we''re out of the kind that she wants and I''m not instantly jumping into the car to go buy her more.
Apparently I hit the longest that I''m allowed for an entry so I''m finishing up here.
The first bus we took - the short yellow bus - went around the lake where we had walked the day before. The kids were enthralled though. While on the bus we found out that the children''s theater was doing their play in a few minutes so we were dropped off at the tent and watched it. The kids enjoyed it and I heard Kately reciting lines from it throughout the rest of the week. It was a Grimm''s fairy tale called "The Water of Life.
Then we stopped back at camp (about 100 yards of walking), got new water and waited for a different bus to go by. This was the long yellow bus and it went up past the battle field and through parking. Katelyn got to see where the van was (she''d been asking about it all week) and decided that she didn''t want to walk to the car. We saw where we camped last time, and we got a nice look at the battlefield.
While we were on this bus, the rain started again. I knew the tent was closed up tight so we just enjoyed the ride until the driver needed to go on break. So he met up with the short bus again, let us run over to it and the short bus took us back to camp.
The kids got a nap in during the rain. I''m so grateful that most of the rain occured either at night or during a logical time for a nap!
Friday was hot again and except for a very short rain that took the humidity out of the air, it was dry. So everybody in camp had clothes and bedding drying. Clotheslines were hung up all over and any method that could be rigged together was used to create a surface to dry on. Many people had clothing that was wet from simply sitting in the humidity. I got bedding dried out again, clothes dried and packed and even got most everything else packed up in preparation for leaving on Saturday.
Then the kids and I took a walk out to the merchants, watched the bridge/river battle (that was fun watching the taunting going on) and even played at the playground for a bit.
I bought the kids a pint of ice cream from the camp store and we all stood around it eating it straight from the box. The kids were as excited about eating from the box as they were about the ice cream itself.
We also stopped to watch a magician using balls and cups. It was hilarious and Katelyn really got a kick out of it. Conner didn''t care much but Caleb was clapping right along with everybody else. And laughing.
On the way back we watched some of "A Lion in Winter" that was being put on by the adult theater. It was very well done and had Caleb not decided to cry, we''d have finished watching it. When the kids are older, they''ll appreciate things like this more!
Throughout the week we saw a lot of various music groups that were great. Wolgemut, Teribus... those were the most recognizable among SCA people Wolgemut is from Europe and they come to Pennsic every year.
We came back yesterday exhausted but happy. And dirty. The water on site is full of iron and it oxidizes very quickly. It also coats the hair and colors things a shade of red. So the first thing we did was get everybody clean. The van is half unpacked and everybody got dry sleep.
I don''t have many pictures though because I was nervous about taking the camera out of the tent since it was threatening to rain nearly all the time. However, we had lots of fun and at the end of the week Katelyn told me that she wanted to stay at Pennsic all year.
We''re back from Pennsic. It was a ton of fun, a little scary at times and very wet. VERY wet.
Apparently Pennsylvania was having a drought before Pennsic and after Pennsic, well... the 12 inches they were missing managed to show up that week. Or so it seemed. I''m not entirely sure how much rain we had exactly but there sure was a lot of it. The only day that we didn''t get rain was the day we packed up to leave.
We arrived late on Saturday and set up in the dark. As we drove up to the campground and could see the pavilions all set up, Katelyn and Conner were cheering with their arms up in the air. Katelyn could remember the other Pennsic she was at and Conner was riding on her excitment.
A number of men from the encampment helped out with unloading and setting up and then one rode up to the parking lot with me so that I wasn''t walking back in the dark. His wife sat with the kids. I ended up at the very back of the parking area but that turned out to be a good thing because there weren''t as many cars there making mud tracks today. I had nice grass to drive out on and though it was slick it still allowed me to get out.
The first night went well, the kids slept well even with the excitement of being there.
Sunday we set out to church for the morning. There''s a small Baptist church that has been partially surrounded by Pensic so we walked up there with the wagon for Sunday School and church. Caleb was the only on in the nursery that morning so he got to be in the toddler class. Apparently he did very well and had lots of fun. My 3 kids doubled their toddler/preschool class though. I was told that it''s usually bigger but people were either on vacation of working at Pensic.
Church was fun though. There were 3 other people there that I identified as being from Pensic and everybody was very welcoming and invited me back for next year. They apparently get a kick out of their annual oddly dressed neighbors.
After church we headed back and saw that the children''s battle was going on. We went over to it and Katelyn managed to participate in just enough to earn some treasure. This year the kids got blow up sabers. Katelyn came back with hers and then dragged Conner into the line to get one. The rain started on the way back to camp and I was glad for the sabers because we spent the afternoon in the tent waiting for the rain to end.
I was most impressed with the encampment though when it came time to make dinner. Andlecamp (the encampment of the Barony of Andlecrag) has a trailer that has 2 heated showers built into it as well as a full (2 gas stoves with ovens) kitchen. Running, heated water! It was wonderful. I didn''t have to cook over the fire this year which was great.
Sunday supper was an amazing middle eastern feast prepared by a Lady in the cammp who happens to be a professional cook. It was sooo good. She said she''d share a couple of the recipes with me. Katelyn spontaneously went over to her to tell her how good it was. Which tells you how amazing it tasted.
On Monday we watched a battle in the morning and went to the children''s tent where Katelyn learned a way to make braided cord. It''s a norse technique and makes a great game for 2 kids or a kid and an adult. We went back to camp and I set up a plastic pool for the kids because of the heat. The kids were soaked and happy... and then it rained. Things cleared up for supper which was another really yummy feast (lemon chicken). Caleb couldn''t get enough of the chicken. I think he ended up eating 2 pieces by himself.
Monday night was when we had our first heavy rain. And that was when I discovered that my tent doesn''t handle rain well. Instead of shedding it properly at the ends, it collected the water. The top of the tent is like a dome tent and the extra water weight caused the top of the tent to collapse. I had woken up in the middle of the night and as I was laying there, all of a sudden the corner of the tent was on my shoulder. The kids slept through it but I was not impressed with the tent at that point.
We had a couple of minor leaks but nothing really bad. I''d brought extra bedding so we were good there.
Tuesday... more rain. We did get some time out looking at the merchants though. Someone made and hid little bunnies made out of washclothes for the kids. The Pennsic Independent had an article about this saying that these bunnies were safe only for children under 12 to handle and that if an adult touched them, they''d attack immediately. Katelyn made sure that everybody under 12 that she saw had a bunny. She was very good at finding them.
Unfortunately, the rain that happened during the day kept all of our wet stuff from drying out.
That evening after the kids were asleep, a good Lady came by announcing to use that 2 different severe storms were heading directly toward us. I was *not* thrilled with that news since I already knew how my tent held up during a hard rain. With help from men from the emcampment though, a tarp was thrown over it and we used extra good iron stakes for the tent.
I also had an offer that if anything serious happened to the tent, I could take the kids and sleep in another couple''s pavilion''s floor. Their pavilion had survived the prior hard rain with zero leaks.
I stayed up and read to see what happened with the tent. We were good until the roof caved in again. Except that this time the fly flew off along with the tarp and one strut bent. The top of the tent under the fly is mesh so the rain just came right in. I ran out to get the fly back on, ran to the other pavilion (they were awake) and they came to help with the kids. All 3 kids were taken to that pavilion, and the rain suddenly stopped.
I got things rearranged in the tent and water sopped up with towels (already damp... they still hadn''t dried) and we stood around trying to figure out if the 2nd storm was still headed our way or not. Caleb was wide awake at this point. The other two went right back to sleep. I was soaked so I changed. With Caleb awake and needing to crawl, I went back to my tent and left Katelyn and Conner where they were.
No more rain that evening. We later heard that the two storms had most likely combined. Whatever happened, it was some pretty strong wind and rain and I was grateful that the tent was staked down as well as it was. The tent had really been flapping.
Thankfully Wednesday started out hot and dry so we were able to dry out (finally) for the most part. The kids and I went to the children''s party in the afternoon and I put them down for a late nap to prepare for Moonlight Madness which is when the merchants all stay open until past midnight and have sales and stuff. The performers are all out too so this is one evening that I keep the kids up late.
Just after the fell asleep, I stepped out of the tent wondering if what I''d heard was thunder. It was, because within 2 minutes we had a downpour again. People were dashing around trying to rescue the last items they had drying. And other people were running like mad trying to get to cover because the rain had started so strongly and suddenly. That rain only lasted about 10 minutes though and then stopped as suddenly as it had started.
The really cool part about that rain though was that when it was over, our camp filled up with swallows and dragonflies. They were everywhere. Going between the tents and pavilions and even under some of the shade flys. It was really fun to watch.
No rain during Moonlight Madness. We all were grateful for that!
The kids got to watch a juggler who not only juggled flaming torches, he did it while standing on a big ball. We bought some sweet potato fried (yum!) and also watched a couple of different musical groups. We also watched a glass blower for a while which was pretty cool.
Thursday morning came up very foggy. It was pretty though to see all the tents in the fog. Katelyn asked for some hot cocoa but this morning she refused milk. She''s good about holding hot stuff so I let her hold the cup until it cooled off. She sat down to do so. Unfortunately Conner decided to "bother" her. That''s the term Katelyn used. He spilled the hot cocoa onto her lap. I heard her screaming as did the Baroness. She was closer so she pulled Katelyn off the chair and pulled the tunic off and I got Katelyn cleaned up. That''s when I saw a couple of blisters forming. I threw some brun gel onto it, dropped Caleb off with another family and then put Katelyn into the wagon with Caleb and off we went to the Chirurgeon tent.
This is a tent staffed by EMS but helped out by SCA folk who are doctors or first responders in non-SCA life. She went right in and they took a look at it. By the time we got there, the blister''s had grown but no new blisters were there. They put silverdine on it, put gauze on and complemented me on knowing about burn gel. They said that she was acting much better then they''d have expected and the burn was not as bad as they''d have expected from such hot water.
Since this made walking a bit painful for Katelyn, we sat around camp for a bit listening to a children''s version of D&D going on that involved fierce bunnies searching through a cave looking for jewels. It was cute to listen into. And the kids were very sweet with Katelyn, Conner and Caleb even though they were all elementary or middle school aged.
Then after Katelyn started to perk up a bit, I asked her if she wanted to go for a bus ride. There are 3 buses at Pennsic that go around picking people up and dropping them off. It''s a long walk to get around there so this is a huge blessing especially for people who aren''t able to walk far.
Caleb just discovered how to make kissing sounds. It''s adorable.
The older two are up attemping to "rest" right now. I''d love it if they fell alseep. I''m not holding out much hope though because they woke up so early this morning that they collapsed mid afternoon and I struggled to wake them up. They were OUT.
I''m going to start packing the van this afternoon though. I have most everything on a tarp in the garage and ready to load. Everything else will either fit into a plastic crate that I''m putting into the van or it''ll be bought at Meijer this evening.
Eric went on the youth group bike trip this afternoon. No idea how he did yet. It''s a long ride and he''s not in shape because of not being as active during the day lately. The ride was supposed to be 40+ miles. He''ll be tired tonight!!
Poor guy.... Caleb started screaming this afternoon. He went from happy baby to screaming at the top of his lungs baby in a moment. I tried nursing him and then (after he didn''t want anything to do with it) checked his diaper. I started to change it and his butt was so raw that I didn''t even want to put a wipe on it. So up to the tub we went. He was dripping blood. Eww! It appears that the cracker from the weekend isn''t out of his system yet. I''m used to him clearing up in a day or two from his reaction when I eat wheat. It makes sense that when he eats it, it''s a stronger reaction. But still... poor guy!
We''re madly packing and gathering things for next week. The plan is to leave Saturday. Sewing is nearly done, I''m getting equipment around, and then tomorrow we''ll go shopping, go to the library (for books on CD) and pack. Then it''s an early start on Saturday.
Katelyn and Conner were so excited about it that they insisted on sleeping in their "camping clothes" or as Conner says, "Namping cothes". And then they got upset at me when I told them that I needed to wash and pack the clothes today. I can''t complain about excitement though! But... I''ll mention that they are so wound up that they''ll be sleeping *very* well on the trip. They''re just not sleeping during naps or at bedtime and they''re waking up way too early in the morning for me.
Caleb was up quite often last night. And fussy while he was at it. He has a bit of a rash from a cracker he got ahold of on Sunday but we bypassed most of that when he pooped in the shower. So it didn''t have a chance to sit on his skin. But he still got some rash. We just assumed it was that.
But he just spiked a fever. He was acting pretty out of it this morning and now I know why last night was so rough and why this morning was rough. He''s been sleep and drinking a lot. And nursing a lot.
We''re headed to Pennsic in just a few days!! Yikes! I''m finishing up some sewing and getting started on packing. Eric suggested this year that we put a tarp in the garage and then anything that needs to go to Pennsic goes out there on the tarp. This is making life a lot easier for me since now as I set things aside to pack, I don''t need to worry about them wandering off or being played with. *much* better.
I still need to decide what all we''re eating though. And actually write down the list of things I need to buy. Belts... sandals... things like that. Not absolute necessities but they''d sure make life easier on me if I get them.
Conner and Katelyn are so excited about going. Katelyn remembers it from last time that we went. Conner doesn''t. But he is just riding on Katelyn''s excitement.
Speaking of Pennsic, I was talking last weekend about how many people were at Pennsic and I got it wrong... last year the final census came to 11595 people. So not quite the 14000 that I''d remembered it being. I was a few thousand off. It''s still a huge number of people though!
I am about 3 dresses away from being done with the sewing for Katelyn. And two that need to be hemmed. Of those final 3, 2 are cut out and about 1/3 done with the sewing and I ran out of the fabric I was going to use for the last one. But at JoAnn''s today (I needed thread for the 2 I''m currently sewing) I found some great fabric on the clearance rack that will make the 3rd dress for her. And maybe another tunic for Caleb. He''s just enough bigger then Conner was at Pennsic two years ago that Conner''s stuff fits but doesn''t cover the legs very well. So if I get done with Katelyn''s dresses tonight, then Caleb gets the leftover fabric turned into tunics for him. If I don''t finish up, then Caleb will do just fine with what he has.
Yes, it''s late. Caleb is still awake so I''m taking advantage of the time to post.
Caleb''s birthday was today. Can you believe it? The year has gone so fast. I commented today to a friend that it feels like we''ve just jumped from from one complication to another. From the NICU to finding out about Katelyn and gluten, to Eric hitting his head... But the good news is that everything has been stuff that we can deal with.
In March, after Eric hit his head and I realized that I had to keep track of way too many appointments for him, I bought new pages for my planner. As I was putting them in and taking the old pages out, I found a page where I''d written down information so I could be accurate when we went to the OB and found out about the first SCH. I started mentally reviewing the memories of the pregnancy week by week as we discovered complications and then saw them resolve, only to discover that it came back... and I realized that I was approaching today. His birth.
One of the things that has surprised me as today approached was that I found myself focusing on today as the anniversary of him entering the NICU instead of focusing on today as a reminder of God''s faithfulness. I''ve since found out that this is pretty common for NICU parents. The first birthday is particularly hard and it gets easier after that. I wasn''t sure how to handle the intensity of those emotions though. I think that if I''d heard about this from a NICU parent before I had Caleb, I''d have thought that it was crazy and a bit overboard.
I found myself starting to dread the first birthday and that bothered me.
But things have worked out surprsingly well. Today has been a very good day with lots of fun.
To start with, we had sponsored a day at WCSG. This is a local christian radio station that we listen to a lot. Caleb''s birthday was available so we chose it last fall but we didn''t think about it much after that. Then I got a phone call asking me about what they should say for the 60 second spot that they do throughout the day. I wasn''t sure so I chatted with the person and he wrote up an idea. As I was reading it though, I realized that I wanted to go a different direction then he''d written. I wanted to mention the reason we chose Caleb''s name because it reflected God and all that God had done to keep Caleb safe through everything that happened before he was born.
So the radio spot ended up going:
ERIC AND KIMBERLY LARSON HELP SPONSOR WCSG TODAY AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR LITTLE SON, CALEB, WHO TURNS A VERY SIGNIFICANT ONE YEAR OLD! CALEB''S ARRIVAL WAS ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL. HE ENTERED THE WORLD ON THE HEELS OF A WHIRLWIND OF HOSPITAL VISITS, BED RESTS FOR MOMMY AND CLOSE CALLS! ERIC AND KIMBERLY SHARE: “Caleb is our miracle. He joined our family six and a half weeks early. Caleb''s name means "faithful" and we witnessed God''s faithfulness throughout his pregnancy. Caleb''s entire arrival was surrounded by prayer and an outpouring of help from our family and friends, as well as our wonderful church family at Oakwood Bible Church. Just as the Biblical Caleb relied on God''s faithfulness when he faced giants in the hills of Promised Land, we pray that our Caleb might also learn to rely on God''s faithfulness in the face of what “giants” may cross his path in the days to come.” GOD BLESS YOU CALEB, WITH ALL OUR LOVE FROM DAD, MOM, KATELYN AND CONNER. BIRTHDAY WISHES TODAY FOR CALEB LARSON NOW ONE BIG YEAR OLD WITH THANKS TO THE LARSONS TODAY''S DAY SPONSORS HERE ON FAMILY-FRIENDLY 91.3/WCSG.
After I approved the final version, I realized that I wasn''t apprehensive about Caleb''s birthday anymore. Cool, huh? I suppose it''s not really a surprise... when I focus on God, my attitude really improves.
So today... we like to have a big family birthday especially for the first birthday. Usually this is just cake and icecream, sometimes easy food or snacks. It''s a fun time to get together and celebrate. But this year, 3 family members wouldn''t have been able to attend because of a mission trip so we decided to do a small one today and then do a get together later when everyone can come.
So this afternoon, the kids and I went out and bought a cake mix and a present for Caleb. Conner especially got a kick out of looking for something that Caleb would like. I don''t think that he realized that Eric and I had already discussed and decided on what we were getting him and I just had to find it. He picked out a ball (Winnie the Pooh), a toy airplane, some blocks, a stuffed animal, even a babydoll. Katelyn thought we should get some numbers so that Caleb can learn to count.
What we bought was a walk behind toy that converts to a little ride on toy. We used to have a walk behind toy that helped both Katelyn and Conner learn to walk. But the plastic cracked so we threw it away before any of the kids got hurt on it.
While we were driving, we heard the radio spot about Caleb (I''d forgotten about it) and Katelyn cheered becasue the radio knew that it was Caleb''s birthday. I cried happy tears because it was such a beautiful reminder for me that this day was about God and what he had done.
We got home and the kids helped me wrap it with white paper and then they decorated it with crayons. They got a kick out of that.
Then we made the cake. Gluten free of course. Katelyn and Caleb both react very strongly to wheat. Eric frosted it (he''s really good at that) and we sat down to eat it.
It''s tradition in our family to let the birthday person play with the cake on their first birthday. Caleb was excited about this. But as soon as he put his hands in the frosting, he got a huge face of "Ewwww! This is slimy! What do I do???" We just cracked up. He finally got the idea to taste it and then he spent his time trying to get the frosting off his hands and into his mouth. What a mess. He even ended up with the frosting on his eyelashes!
He never did make it through the frosting and into the cake. His first taste of the cake was when Eric took pity on him and gave him a bite from a fork. We cut him his own piece though and then he really dug in.
What a mess. But what fun.
He got a bath right after... no other good way to clean him off. There was just too much chocolate on him.
He opened his gift and we had fun playing with it as a family. Conner *really* likes it. He (Conner) even carried it up to his bedroom to try to sleep with it. I had to remind him that this was Caleb''s toy and that it wasn''t going to spend the night in Conner''s room.
So... in the end, despite the initial apprehension, this has been a really great day. Low stress, lots of fun, pretty last minute, but a wonderful reminder that the focus is on God and all that he did to bring Caleb to us.
For family and local friends... dont'' worry. We''re still planning to have a birthday party. We''re just not sure when! You haven''t missed out on it. Afterall... we didn''t even have ice cream tonight! And it''s just not a birthday party in this family without that!
We just got home from fireworks. The kids had a lot of fun. Conner didn''t like them at first though. He said that they hurt his eyes. I encouraged him to lay down and put his head on my leg and close his eyes. He did this and they didn''t bother him so much (though we did hear him ask a couple more times to go home and "I don''t like this"). He fell asleep about halfway through... proof that my son can potentially sleep through anything.
I''d brought the wagon with me and so I put him in it and covered him with the blanket that we''d sat on. He said that was his favorite part of the fireworks... sleeping in the wagon.
Katelyn prefered the "Christmas Fireworks". Aka... the red and green colored ones. Katelyn spent most of the time snuggled in with her Aunt Sandi since my lap was full.
Caleb just enjoyed them all. He didn''t like sitting in the wagon alone though so I grabbed him and he spent most of the fireworks snuggled up against the leg that Conner wasn''t using. A few times though he crawled off to play with his cousin Sarah. They both really enjoyed having each other there. It''s fun to see them interact since gestationally they are basically the same age. It''s nice to see how similiar they are in what they can and can''t do and in how they want to spend their time.
I laughed at my parking spot this year. Usually we''ve parked on a side street because the parking close to where they set them off (the football field) is full. This year I decided to go ahead a see if anything was available. It was worth a try. As I drove in, I passed the side of the school and it looked like a driveway into a garage of sorts with a sign that said, "No Parking School Hours". This was definitely not school hours so I went ahead and parked there. It was probably one of the best parking spots I could have found. It was definitely close!
We even saw a family from Katelyn''s "Itty Bitty Basketball" class. That was pretty cool to see them.
This afternoon and the evening was spent at my parent''s house. They provided Brats and Hot Dogs (and salad) and everyone else provided a dish to pass. It was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed it. And we made good use of the picnic table that I''d bought in the Smokies. I''ll post about the smokies later... when it''s not so late at night...
My "required" sewing for the weekend is done. I''d still like to do a couple of other items but I feel good about what has been finished. I''ll let the rest just fill in the time after the kids are in bed and I''m not packing.
Last night I went to my first local SCA meeting since I moved to this area. I was pleased with the people I met and the tone of the group. Not that I''d expect any less but it was encouraging. I was so pleased that I even brought up the idea of going to Pennsic to Eric last night. I have until the 15th to pre-reg. So that''s when I need to decide by. It''s important to pre-reg if I go becasue the pre-registrations are what decides how much space the group gets to camp in. With the 3 kids and me, we''d count as 4 people and that adds a lot of space to the encampment. If we don''t pre-reg, there''s no space in the encampment allotted to us so we really shouldn''t go.
I did find out last night about a good place to buy a pavillion... think Eric would buy one for me for my birthday? :D I''d need a little help getting it set up but there''s always help available at SCA events. Even if you show up after midnight... And what a hoot it''d be to go camping in at a non-SCA event/place with a pavillion.
Today is clean out the van day so that I can get things packed tomorrow and Thursday. Then we''ll leave to go camping on Friday early in the morning. I was told last night that I need to get there very early on Friday to get a good spot for the tent. Unfortunately the rest of the local group is camping in the "period tent" area and I have a Sam''s Club Special which definitely doesn''t count as a "period tent". But it works and fits the family well. So I''m happy with it.
Conner is excited about watching the fighting and I think Caleb is too. He spent all of yesterday evening watching the fighters practice and trying to play with their equipment.
Yay! Caleb''s fever broke! It went rather high and was longer then I expected for a high fever but now he''s resting and sleeping and just generally acting like he''s healing. I have him dressed warmly and he seems to find it very comfortable.
Katelyn made us lunch today. She first made baked potatoes (I handled the oven and hot pan) and then she gave each of us a bowl with shredded cheddar cheese, pieces of a cheese stick (Mozz) and some raisins. Yep... raisins. As a baked potato topping. I helped her cut up the potatoes and that was our lunch.
Conner didn''t eat his though. Just before we sat down to eat, as he was coming to the table, he fell and split his lip. Two spots. Poor guy. So he ate two popsicles for lunch.
Btw... it looks like the kids and I are going to be going SCA camping again in a week! I''m very pleased with this. Katelyn has outgrown all her clothes in a big way so I''m sewing her some new ones. She has one complete outfit right now but I should get another underdress done and another overdress.
I *think* I made Katelyn''s overdresses before in such a way that they''d make tunics for Conner but I''m not sure. I tried one on him and it was a little short. But it worked. So I''m hoping to get at least one new thing sewn for him before next weekend.
Caleb will just wear Conner''s hand me downs this weekend.
I don''t think there''s enough time for me to make new before the weekend since I want to do more planning to get a good nursing gown ready. We''ll see though. If I get an assembly line in place for the kids'' stuff then I might have all week to work on some for me. :D That''d be really nice if it works.
Caleb has his first real fever tonight. He wasn''t feeling real well today and was nursing constantly. Needy would be a good way to describe it. Then his head started feeling warm and now it''s slowly extended throughout the rest of his body.
Honestly, I''m surprised it''s taken so long for him to get his first fever.
Eric and I keep thinking back to the other kids'' fevers. Each time they had one they seemed to do something new right after. That or go through a growth spurt. It was as though a fog lifted and they suddenly took a step forward in their development though. It was fun to watch. The growth spurt fevers seemed to center on the joints. Especially for Katelyn. We could feel the temperature difference between her joints and the rest of her. It was amazing. This one isn''t that way so we''re excited to see if Caleb is like his brother and sister in this area.
In the meantime, Caleb is getting lots of snuggles and lots of nursing time. And after I dug out some warm pjs for him, he''s sleeping very comfortably right now. Surprisingly so. I almost hate to wake him to take him upstairs to his bed.
One of my neighbors will get a kick out of this story (and you know who you are!). :D Yesterday I taught Katelyn how to clean windows. She was trying to wash the window with a dishcloth which was just making a big mess.
I taught her to make a Mickey Mouse face on the window with the window cleaner. She sprays 3 times and with those sprays makes a pattern of 2 ears and a face. Then she wipes it up.
This has made perfect sense to her and today she very carefully got out all the window cleaning supplies and wanted to do all the windows again. And she even remembered to spray a Mickey Mouse face on the windows.
Tooth number 4 arrived last night. Eric and I had been checking all day because we could see how close it was. But it hadn''t broken skin yet. Then last night (late) Caleb got incredibly fussy and wouldn''t sleep. I felt in there before heading downstairs and it hadn''t broken through. But then a little while later after he''d played for a bit, it had.
There aren''t any others that look close at this time. So we should have a break from the massive drooling and the congestion for a while. Caleb is much happier this morning and tried out his new tooth by eating some egg yolk. He just wanted to be like his older siblings who were also eating egg.
I forgot to mention in my last post about our Memorial Day. It was full to the brim. But lots of fun.
Originally we''d planned to go to the zoo. The kids and I... Eric was going to cut wood. Then Glenn and Sandi stopped by to ask about parking in our driveway to walk to the parade. And they wondered if Katelyn could come to. In the time it took to get Katelyn around and the wagon ready to go, I got the other two kids and a snack around and off we all went. I was rather proud of Katelyn and Conner. Katelyn walked almost the entire way and Conner walked a good majority. They''re getting ready for our trip to the Smokies!
The kids enjoyed grabbing candy that was thrown to them. They hadn''t been expecting it so it was a nice surprise for them.
I also taught them to clap for all the soldiers, retired or current, and all the soldier vehicles. They don''t know about why we celebrate Memorial Day but this seemed like a really good start to understanding.
After that we were tired, but on the way back my neighbor was thinning out her Hostas and offered us some. These are cute varigated ones that have little leaves. I''ve been admiring them over the years so I was excited to be able to get some. We planted them and did a little weeding while we were at it.
Then... Eric called and wondered if we wanted to meet him for hot dogs and marshmallows cooked over the fire. Of could we wanted to! So off we went for that. We ended up spending most of the afternoon over there and then came back home, ate dinner and the kids collapsed into bed. We''d neglected a nap with all the activity so they slept very well.
However, we took Tuesday off. We needed it.
We are still planning to get to the zoo though! We renewed our membership to it so I''d like to get there at least 3 times this summer. Our zoo is on the small side but it''s very well done. And the size makes it perfect for toddlers to walk around.
I was reading another blog yesterday and Sloppy Joe Potatoes were mentioned as a favorite meal. This sounded interesting so I made it for lunch today. It was *really* good. Basically it was baked potatoes with sloppy joe mix put on top. We added cheese to ours. The kids loved it and agreed that we should have it again in the future.
Even Caleb loved it. I let some cool and then put it on his tray and he just ate away.
Speaking of Caleb and eating, last Sunday was the Pig Roast at church. After seeing how much Caleb at at his Aunt Laura''s house on Mother''s Day, I filled up a plate for him and then transferred it to his plate. He attacked it. If you don''t believe that the word attack would be the best description, just ask anyone who was at the table with us. It was definitely an attack. He ate all of it, more then the other two kids. And then just sat there with a glassy stare as all the blood rushed down to his tummy.
He came home that afternoon and nursed (yes, more food!) and fell asleep.
All of us fell asleep that afternoon except Eric. Eric went out and cut and stacked wood all afternoon.
Stacking/cutting wood has been excellent for Eric. He is active but he''s not around random noise from the kids (and he wears ear protection) so it''s like he''s in his own world. He can also take breaks as needed. It''s working out really well for him and I think it''s helping his brain heal even further.
Katelyn and I are working through FlyLady (flylady.net if you haven''t heard of her) to help us organize the house and chores. Conner just sort of goes along with what I tell him to do but Katelyn is taking an active role in it. I could tell today that she understands it when we finished our "morning list" and as she crossed the last item off, she exclaimed, "It''s all crossed off! We can go to the library now!" I hadn''t planned on the library today but perhaps we''ll do that after the kids take their "rest"
Wow. I hadn''t realized how long it''d been since I updated.
Katelyn is out biking with her dad right now. Last time she went out biking she saw Conner fall while going down a hill and now she''s decided that she needs to walk down every hill that she comes to. This makes a bike ride take a very, very long time. Eric is trying to help her get past this mental block.
Eric is excited though... he can drive again! He took his driving test on Monday and on Friday got the phone call from his doctor saying that he was approved to drive again. Yesterday was the first time he drove anywhere by himself. He found that he thinks a little slower then he can drive when it comes to figuring out where to go. But he does very well driving when he''s either following someone or when he''s being told where to turn. He''s getting better though and this is good evidence of that.
Yesterday was a picnic with the local celiac group that I''m a part of. That was a lot of fun. It was nice for Katelyn especially because she could eat everything there. Even the chocolate chip cookies. And all the food was sooo good. We''re going to pass around the recipes. It''s amazing how good eating gluten free is. It sounds like I''m giving a speel when I say that but it''s true. This food was amazing. The kids had fun playing with all the other kids too. We even found out that one of the other dad''s there works occasionally with Eric! That was fun to discover.
Katelyn and Conner are currently at the table eating turkey sandwiches after a long (for them) bike ride.
We went out biking as a family this evening. Eric towed Caleb in the trailer and rode next to Katelyn while I rode next to Conner. Conner is quite a bit slower then Katelyn right now but he does very well. Especially when you consider his age.
The sandwiches were made on some gluten free bread that I made this afternoon for them. I don''t make it all that often but I probably should do it more. They were really excited about the idea of having sandwiches like their Dad eats.
Hmmm... what to update on.
Caleb is pulling himself up to standing. He''s become quite profficient at it too. He''ll go from sitting next to the couch to standing and then back to sitting in no time at all. He''s not balancing yet but he sure is good at standing next to things.
He''s also had a cold for the last week or so. We got him healthy for about a month and now he''s back to being congested and coughing. I asked the chiropractor to check his ears when we were there a week ago and while there was fluid in one ear, there wasn''t any infection. That''s good. Now to just get rid of the congestion again.
I hadn''t mentioned that Katelyn had Kindergarten testing a few weeks ago. The school notified us that she had an appointment so I decided to go even though I knew that she wasn''t old enough for kindergarten next year. The cut off is that the child must turn 5 by December 1 of that school year. I wanted to know what sort of things they were looking for though and to see how Katelyn did with those criteria.
She did very well.
She didn''t go through all the testing because they stopped when they asked her how old she was and found out that she wasn''t old enough. But for the parts that she did do, she was ahead of most of the kids testing that day. For example, they asked her to identify letters of the alphabet in a random order. She thought this was very easy and got all of them correct. The tester told me that Katelyn was the first child that day to get them all correct!
Needless to say (but I''ll say it anyways) we are very proud of her.
We''re also proud of her for her Cubbies work. She finished her book this year and not only did all the required work, she said the extra verses at the end of the book. And she still remembers most of the verses even from the beginning of the year. We definitely have to work on some passages this summer.
I''m looking for something that she can build off of later. So perhaps a chapter in the middle of a book or something. There are a lot of good individual verses for a child to memorize but I''m hoping to find something that she''ll find applicable now that will be good to continue memorizing around as she grows older too.
A side benifit of this is that I''ll be memorizing these verses too. That''ll be good for me.
Conner is still all boy and then some. He loves to be outside. Especially if his bike is involved. Chairs in our house are meant to be jumped off of (in his opinion) and baby brothers are there to be wrestled with.
Speaking of wresting... I don''t think I''ve mentioned that on here yet. Conner is so gentle with Caleb but he really wants to be able to wrestle with him. Soo he does. Conner will do things like "body slam" his brother but instead of landing on Caleb, he''ll land on hands and knees so that Caleb doesn''t get hurt. It''s so cute to watch.
Conner also enjoys making up games that Caleb can play with him. For example, Conner will play tag with Caleb but Caleb is always "it". The rules (as Conner as defined them) is that Conner will crawl to one part of the room, then wait for Caleb to get there, they''ll both giggle and then Conner will crawl to another part of the room to repeat the process. Caleb just loves it.
He got a coat in the mail last week (a warm columbia winter coat) and insisted on wearing it outside. Hood up, zipper zipped, all velcro closed... in 70 degree weather. It was adorable. I let him do that for a while and then managed to convince him that he didn''t *really* need a coat when the weather was *that* warm. It took some work to convince him.
Totally out of the blue this evening, Katelyn told me, "Mommy, you need to have a clean heart to go to heaven and live with Grandma Shields."
It took me a bit by surprise.
But as we talked more, she told me that a dirty heart has sin. Sin is doing things like being mean to your brother or your cousin or your mommy or daddy. And that to get a clean heart you invite Jesus inside.
Then she got a little sketchy on the details but she knows that Jesus died so we can have a clean heart.
I asked her if she had invited Jesus to live inside and she told me no.
Later while we were talking to Eric, she told us that Grandma Shields has a clean heart because she is living with Jesus. And that Jesus came and took her hand and pulled her up to heaven.
I cried when I heard her say that.
We''re going to talk to her about the details of salvation more before we ask her again about deciding for herself. But she sounds close.
Another prayer request before I go into news of the kids...
Dawn is a friend of mine who I met online who is currently in Kazakhstan trying to adopt her son. Her adoption was approved and all legal hoops had been jumped through except one... the 15 day waiting period. This is 15 days after the court date where the adoption can legally be appealed. An hour or so before she was to pick up her son from the orphanage - so just before the exact 15 days were up - a man showed up claiming to have power of attorney from the birth mother and was contesting the adoption. Dawn has been living in Kazahstan now waiting for a legal ruling from higher courts on her adoption. She has not seen her son during this time.
Today was supposed to be the court but for various wild (and amazingly unbelievable) reasons, the date has been postponed until the 19th. Pray that Dawn stays strong and that God will show his hand in a mighty way!
Now about my kids...
Caleb continues to enjoy the freedom of being able to move to where *he* wants to go instead of being stuck wherever I put him. Today when the kids and I were waiting during Eric''s therapy appointments, Conner was playing with Caleb by crawling to various parts of the room and waiting for Caleb to join him. There were giggles and grins from both boys. I really enjoy seeing them playing with each other so well. I pray that continues. They are so close in age that they''ll either grow up to be best buds or best enemies.
Katelyn and Conner and I made butter last night. It tastes so sweet! I''ve been noticing the last few weeks that our milk is creamier then it was during the winter and we''re getting more cream rising to the top. So I poured some of the cream off a few days ago and let it separate more. Then I carefully skimmed off the top cream and put it into the food processor. Katelyn and
Conner (as usual) watched carefully and tried to guess what I was making. Then they took turns running the food processor until I decided it was done.
I scraped it all out and let them taste and guess what it was. They guessed ice cream first. Then yogurt.... and frosting... I finally told them that it was butter. Conner promptly wanted to eat it all with a spoon. I let him lick off the scraper.
Katelyn ran up to Eric and told him "Milk makes butter!" That was my goal. That they learn that butter is made from milk. I was shocked when we went to IKEA a bit ago and cafeteria worker there told me that the meatballs didn''t have wheat or flour in them... they used bread crumbs. But then Katelyn told me that her Dad''s milk comes from Sam''s Club and her milk comes from cows. But she was also 3 when she said that. Anyways... I''m determined that the kids learn at least some of where food comes from before it comes to the grocery store.
Plus it was just down right fun to do with them.
Now I should make them some gluten free bread (Bob''s Red Mill has a superb mix!) so that they can enjoy their fresh butter.
Last Friday we got a call telling us that the bone marrow recipient from when Eric donated needed another donation. On Monday we found out that because of his head injury, Eric is not allowed to donate for the next year. Eric was just crushed when he heard that news.
We talked to the parents that evening and it was wonderful to talk to them but they could use prayers for their son.
Jonathon (the recipient) is 4 years old and has spent the last four months of his life in the hospital due to problems with his bone marrow no longer producing platelets. The last two weeks have been in ICU on a ventilator. Until he gets a new donation, blood transfusions are keeping him alive. It''s been a rough time.
Please pray that a new donor is able to be found for Jonathon and that his body heals.
Now for news about us.
Eric is still off of work and will be until at least the 17th. That''s when we have another doctor appointment for him and will find out what the doc thinks of his progress. He''s still very sound and light sensitive and too much of either of those can overwhelm him. Background noise of any kind makes it nearly impossible for him to think. He still has episodes of amnesia with his short term memory and those are especially hard on him. He''ll be sitting somewhere other then the house and suddenly not be able to figure out where he is. Even if it''s someplace he''s familiar with like church.
Eric still goes to therapy 3x a week and is improving each week but it''s a slow process.
I''d been asked how he was doing by someone who reads here so I thought I''d update everybody.
This evening Eric put Caleb into the Playschool car that we have and he rode around the livingroom in it while Conner pushed. Caleb just loved it. He grinned the entire time.
He''s really enjoying his new mobility but his brother and sister are having to learn about putting favorite (not chewable) toys up and out of reach. Anything within a foot or so of the floor is fair game to Caleb. Yesterday Katelyn declared, "Legos are not chew toys Caleb!" as she pulled them out of his reach.