40 Days of Thanksgiving Day Three: Bobby

I am so thankful for my husband. Most of you know, we met in high school, and have been a couple since 1995. We knew we were going to get married after having only been together for three months, but we decided to wait until at least one of finished college.
Bobby loves to make other people happy. He gets joy from the joy others have. He has this driving desire to make everyone better. It’s amazing to watch him talk to people, to see what he is willing to do for other. Despite this, he puts Landon, Oliver, and I first. Sometimes I worry because I know he’ll wear himself out trying to make others happy. Bobby is crazy smart, although he claims to be just “average” when asked. He takes the time to really understand things that interest him, or things that he feels are important.
Bobby take the time to make sure we have the things we need, and the things that make us happy. He’s always willing to step up and take on issues or take care of our children. He is an amazing father to the boys, he plays with them and teaches them.
I’m so thankful to have a partner in this life who is my best friend, who I love more than words can ever express. I have a partner who is supportive and sweet, romantic and practical, and very, very sexy.

I am so thankful for Bobby, and so lucky to have him in my life!

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40 Days of Thanksgiving Day Two: Landon

If you couldn’t guess that day two was going to be Landon, I’m not sure if you have been paying attention to my journal at all. I am very thankful for Landon.

Landon is such an amazing, precocious, adorable little boy. He’s super smart, super bossy, and very talkative. Landon makes me laugh and makes me so proud.

Landon reminds me so much of me at that age that it is insane.

I am so proud to be his mom, and so lucky too!

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40 days of Thanksgiving Day one: Oliver

I suspect I’m going to fail at doing this every day.

I’ve seen this meme going around, and I think it’s a pretty good idea. There are exactly forty days until (American) Thanksgiving (including today and the day of). So the concept is to post one thing you are thankful for each day.

I’m going to start off Day one with Ollie.

I am thankful for my Oliver. He’s had so many issues, and we came SO CLOSE to losing him. I don’t like to think about how close. He’s such an amazing little boy. He has the best smile, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see him smile. Last night I took the boys to the park, and Ollie was just thrilled to be there. He loved the swings, the slide. He was happy to play, and did not throw a fit when it was time to go home.

Also, he did something he rarely does, something I can’t really remember him doing for me. He asked me to pick him up. Not with words, mind you. But normally he never wants to be picked up, or, on the rare occasion he thinks it might be a good idea, he demonstrates this by throwing himself to the ground, or sometimes just sitting down and not going. Instead, on the way home, he took my hand and reached up with his other hand. And was rather happy to be picked up.

My Oliver is taking up a lot of my time and energy right now, but he is worth it. I love him so much and I’m so thankful to have him.

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Ollie letter 1.11

Dear Ollie,

You are 23 months old. It’s hard for me to believe that you are almost two already! So much has happened in the last two months, and we’ve made some major changes and major progress.

You got to spend your summer hanging out with Laura, and I know you loved it. However on August 15th, you started at a new school closer to my work. The new school is pretty neat, but you had a very rough time with it. You still get upset at drop off, although it has slowly improved over time. Your teachers were concerned because you did not like to interact with the other children and did not make eye contact with them. You have made great strides in the past few months and are doing better and school and seem to be enjoying yourself more.

Because of the concerns of your teachers, as well as some of my own concerns, and the fact that you appear to be lagging behind your peers, I went ahead and talked to your pediatrician about your issues. From there we moved to talking to the Early Intervention team and to an Audiologist.

Here is a list of your Words: 1 Mama 2 Dada 3 Laura 4 Landon 5 Darion 6 Cracker 7 Drink 8 chicken 9 yogurt 10 hey or hi 11 bye 12 see you later 13 again 14 more 15 umi zoomi 16 Thanks 17 there 18. All Done

There might be more words, but these are the main ones we hear and understad. You do babble and make other sounds, but nothing clearly defined, and the words you do make are slurred.

The AZ early intervention team accepted you into the program under the Division of Developmental Disabilities. They have had a couple of specialist out to the house to develop a program, and we will be working with a speech therapist and an developmental specialist once a week on your issues starting in the near future.

The Audioligist says that you do have hearing loss, and that it may sound to you like everyone is talking to you underwater, due to some fluid buildup behind your ears. This maybe related to your seasonal allergies and your snoring as well. Also, your doctor has observed that you have large tonsils and probably large adenoids. We had an allergy test and are working on a solution, as well as received a referral to an ENT. We should hopefully know more by the end of the month, but hopefully your hearing issues are the root cause of your delays, and can be fixed with tubes in the ears.

You have also been a little bit of a plague bearer the last month, but thankfully none of these things have hit you too hard. You had what seemed like a mild case of Hand Foot & Mouth, which you got over rather quickly, but managed to spread to your mom and your brother. Your big brother also brought home Lice again from school. We shaved your head to take care of it, and you are not suffering from any ill effects. I was saddened by your head shaving as just a few weeks early I had taken you in for a haircut. The hair cut was traumatic for both of us, and you struggled and fought the entire time. The haircut was cute, but not perfect. It was a lot of effort to only turn around and shave it off two weeks later.

Overall, you are doing well. You still like to smile and laugh, and it’s the best feeling in the world when you do. I’m not going to lie though, you’ve been a more difficult child than your brother was. You have temper tantrums and severe separation issues. You don’t like other people or strangers, and you tend to have breakdown even worse in public. You can go from happy and laughing to major temper tantrum in no time flat, often for reasons I cannot figure out. I’m hoping that a lot of this has to do with the allergies and your hearing. I know you have good days and bad days with your ears, and that might explain some of our issues. I want to be honest and open about these things with you, because one day, you might be a parent, and I want you to understand in advance that even a child who may take a little more effort is still a blessing and a joy. You are an amazing child who literally can light up our lives with a simple smile. You are adorable and sweet. You love to play peekaboo and give high fives.

I am thankful every day that you are my son, and that you are alive and well. I hope that I can get you the medical assistance you need quickly and as painlessly as possible in order to help you be who you are meant to be. We love you so much.

love always
mama

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