Thursday, May 31, 2007
Attack the chocolate chip banana bread (because your mommy has her priorities screwed up and thinks taking pictures is more important than giving you more food).
Conquer the chocolate chip banana bread.
No Grey's tonight. No nothing. I may have to do something enriching, like read. Or go out to dinner with my mom. Whatever.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Lion (LauraA) filled me in on Project Runway. It is my favorite. It is one of the reasons I pay for cable. It is not on until the end of fall/beginning of winter this year. That kind of makes me sad because I need something fresh to offset all of the season finales. By the way, what is up with House dumping it's entire cast??? Can they do that?
Monday, May 28, 2007
Random question--Does anyone know if Project Runway is coming back and when? Am I living in a black hole? Why have I not heard?
Sunday, May 27, 2007
AND she found me a free vacumn! I'm just going to send her some moola for shipping, and she is going to find a box. AND there is another something on its way. Best day ever!
Little man took a nap from 3pm-6pm, so we are on our bazillionth viewing of Toy Story (after Nemo). I should not let him watch all this TV.... but we did go on like four walks to do laundry and blew bubbles and ate popsicles. So it's not like we spent the ENTIRE day on the couch.
Such a stud in these. Very "big kid." And they are wide, which is good cause he has his momma's square feet.
Got to pick these out at Christmas from The Salvation Army Toy Drive. Again, light-up. The velcro went bad fast, which was not good because it was very distracting and irritating to Punkin.
These look like giant shoes in this picture. $7 at Penney's.
"Spi-man!" We heart these, but they are already too small--I only bought them a few weeks ago.
Church was a little crazy today, but not as bad as last week. He laid on his back on my lap with half his body upside down throughout the sermon. Loves being upside down. And then right after the sermon he fell asleep. The really bad part about church? I accidently wore a shirt with a rip in the back--and David insisted we go up for the children's message, so everyone saw my ripped shirt! The really good thing about church? We made it out without any donuts!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I had the big parent-teacher conference today. Isn't that funny--he is 28 months old and he has a parent-teacher conference! When he was six weeks old and starting preschool, he even had a locker! I would post a picture of said locker, except that it is on the broken computer. =( No worries--all info and pics are salvagable, I just need to bug the guy who said he would do it for me.) Anyway, his conference went well. Of course it lasted about 40 minutes because I can't shutup. But I like the system they use to evaluate kids. It includes pictures of them in the classroom demonstrating various skills. I have one from 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, and now. Very cool to see all of the changes, and get a glimpse of his day. And even though he wasn't meeting most of the milestones, the overall tone was very positive and all of the pictures showed him being successful. The language of the report is very accessible, and the format is easy to follow. Much easier than the reports from psychologists, I must admit!
Anyone want to give me a new job? Something with benefits and no weekends and a chance to use the pricey college tuition for which I am still paying? And perhaps a decent salary to pay off said tuition. I have a degree in English and History (okay, you can chuckle) and a minor in Women's Studies (did I hear you snort while you laughed?). I know, I know.....at least it's not philosophy. =) (Seriously, stop laughing at me! I don't wanna go back to school. No no no no. No.)
the other lion
|Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)|
Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.
Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Bored with Idol tonight. Bored with The Bachelor thing. Bored Bored Bored Bored.
Went to a family night at the preschool. Very fun. They had a petting zoo. Even if I had brought my camera, there would have been no opportunity for pictures. He insisted that I hold him except for about 15 seconds, during which a small goat approached him and the Kiddo starting biting his wrist and turning away in fear. So that was enough of that. It was pretty cute, though, when he saw the ducks. And he called everything else a horse. Afterwards he walked right up to his friend "Deddie" and sat down to eat THREE hot dogs. After each dog he would run up to his teacher (working at the food table) and yell, "Manada!!"
Did I complain about gaining weight? Hmmm. Maybe some ice cream will make me feel better.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Apparently Punkin felt he needed to defend himself: gbk,op'[;p;yuhjerdcrwdi['p;
But I am a good mommy. I even cooked! From scratch--there were no bags or boxes or cans involved! I even sliced a pineapple! Check it out:
Sunday, May 20, 2007
After church I ate a delicious club sandwich at Wendy's and we went home to nap. Then I did some laundry and spent a bunch of money at the grocery store. $14 for a box of 80 Luvs diapers. I love it!
Now he's supposed to be sleeping, but he keeps coming out to check on me. I wish I could help him calm down. I just don't know what else to do! AHHH.
Okay, have a good Monday all.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
This crazy contraption was on sale. Lights up and spins. Need I say more?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
And then, about two weeks later, you open up your trunk and are greeted with a delightful aroma--The Poop Shirt.
L-O-V-E (yes, mom, i am still single. jennie had this on her blog, and i thought it was interesting.
I feel loved when...
The Five Love Languages
My Primary Love Language is Quality Time
|My Detailed Results:|
|Acts of Service:||6|
|Words of Affirmation:||6|
About this quiz
Unhappiness in relationships is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. It can be helpful to know what language you speak and what language those around you speak.
Tag 3 people so they can find out what their love language is.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I guess he's claimed a specific yellow triangle on the circle carpet at school. Whether someone told him to sit there at some point or he just saw in it a potential that the orange squares, green circles, and other yellow triangles were missing, he chose it for his own. And ya better not try and sit there. Cause my guy ain't backing down from his yellow triangle. Uh uh no way. (BTW, no one has an assigned seat on the carpet. He is seriously doing this to himself.)
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's been a good day, but a little stressful because we weren't home much. The little guy is getting worse and worse at dealing with being away from home. So by the time we went to church and Sunday School, ate lunch at a family-owned place, and took a very late nap, he did not want to leave again to go back to Oma and Opa's to hang out with a bunch of our friends. He actually looked at the room full of people, shouted "no!" and buried his head in my shoulder. Now he is happily chilling out with Woody and the rest of the Toy Story gang before bedtime. He keeps grinning at them like they're in on some joke. Sometimes I just wish I knew what he was thinking!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
At school he went over and showed me the dollhouse. "House." Then he ran over to the bucket of people and said "duys!" (guys) and took them to the house. But you could tell he didn't know what to do next. So I showed him how to put the guy night-night on the bed. He thought that was pretty cool. I love to see the imaginative play even in the smallest amounts--even if I have to show him what to do. And I love that he loves purses!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Had a very difficult talk with someone today. It went better than expected, and I never cried or got emotional at all. I was very calm and rational and diplomatic. Now I think I deserve to have a drink later as a reward.
Random question: Do you wash new clothes before you wear them? My mom insists on it, but I am the opposite. I hate washing them for the first time because I feel like they are never the same after that. This policy excludes swimsuits. Gross.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
p.s. The grungy looks-like-it-used-to-be-yellow thing in the corner is Ducky, punkin's BFF.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I have nothing to say! I thought I did, but I have been staring at the computer for about 40 minutes. Later.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I think every mommy should get respite care. I am loving this. I just enjoyed a ceasar sandwich on an asiago bagel and am surfing the net with my new laptop via free wi-fi. This activity is not toddler friendly. So exciting.
I was a zombie at work today, and so was the teacher I work with. We did nothing academic. We just played all morning, went to the library, went to recess, ate lunch (it's teacher appreciation week so we got pizza), read a book, and put the kids down for a nap. I almost earned my $9.40 an hour.
Punkin is struggling at school, but I think some progress is being made. It's so hard because I feel like I have to teach everyone how to work with him when they should know already. Why am I teaching his teacher??? Why am I teaching his pediatrician??? Why??? The sad part? It is just the beginning.
The coolest thing about this blog thing? I am meeting more and more Fragile X mommies! Hooray! So read their blogs, too. They are amazing women.
I think I have lost all my brain power now. I need to run to the video store to see if I can rent Toy Story on DVD. My VHS of it started fading and then Toy Story 2 got eaten alive by my VCR, which also broke. And the little guy just can't cope with the change in his routine. We ALWAYS watch "Woody" after school, and he keeps asking for it and crying. Ei Ei Ei. I ordered DVDs online, but we have to wait for them to ship. Life is rough when you're two. I mean, think about it. A two loves doing things over and over and over again. And kids with FX/autism love to do things over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. And he is a two with FX. It is not pretty at our house. He repeated "off, off" and pointed to the rug I inconsiderately and irrationally decided to move from the bedroom to the living room until I finally yanked it off the floor and returned it to its rightful home.
Monday, May 7, 2007
1. I have a full mutation of the FMR-1 gene that is fully methylated (shut off)--just like punkin. So my one X doesn't make a protein that my body needs for development. But since I'm a girl, my other X chromosome happens to make up for it. (It doesn't in all girls.) And, like the doctor at Stanford said, I have lots of other genes, too--not just the FX one. =) And so does punkin.
2. Punkin and I have exceptionally stinky feet at the moment.
3. When I was pregnant, my dad called punkin "Enzo, " as in "Enzo Ferrari."
4. I once dressed up as Phoebe from Friends for Halloween.
5. I am addicted to buying children's books.
6. I keep Diet Coke with lime in my fridge even though I despise diet soda just for my mommy and my friends.
7. Again, I indulged in some jellied cranberry sauce last night.
8. I love taking photos, but not of people (besides punkin).
Now-- Sarah has to do it!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I do not need you to tell me he will be okay. Of course he will be okay. I am a good mommy.
I do not need you to tell me "you never know." I do know. I don't need to feel hopeful that my child's future will change--that it will be a miraculous phenomenon that defys all odds. That he will "get better." He doesn't have the flu. And he is already a miracle.
I love my child with Fragile X Syndrome just like you love your child with red hair or chubby legs or freckles or crooked teeth or a bad attitude.
He is already everything he needs to be.
Friday, May 4, 2007
"But who's going to babysit?"
'Your dad. He doesn't know it yet, but he is."
Maybe it was the cowboy hat, or the energy of the concert, but I like Brad Paisley a lot more now than before I left for the concert. He's pretty hilarious and definitely a great performer. I especially enjoyed "I wanna check you for ticks" during which Kellie Pickler (American Idol) and Taylor Swift (amazing 17 year old singer/songwriter) came on stage in giant tick costumes.
On a completely different note, I really need a new vacuumn...vaccumn....small appliance used to suck up dirt and small particles of yuck from one's carpet. Any advice?
I killed my first spider of the spring. Roar.
My dad had fun babysitting. We brought him a slice of pecan pie as payment.
2. Jellied Cranberry Sauce. It only recently occurred to me that this can-shaped delight is available year-round, not just at Thanksgiving. I am eating it by the can as I ogle over Holly, Bridget, and Kendra.
3. Panacea. The only word I wasn't able to define during a language test Stanford gave me during our trip there for the Fragile X study. It really irked me because I could pronounce it, I knew I has heard it and read it and understood it, but I just couldn't think of what it meant. Roar. It means a cure for all diseases and problems. I won't forget it now.
4. Elmo's Potty Time. One of many movies the punkin is addicted to watching, and I am addicted to letting him watch so that I can do things like make dinner and blog and wash dishes in peace. OH--and even better than discussing peepee and poopoo-- Veggie Tale's Lord of the Beans. It's a veggie farce of The Lord of the Rings. Right now we're watching Finding Nemo. And even though I've watched it every day for four days, I still giggle every time they call the boat a butt. "I'm gonna go touch the butt!"
5. Ice cream out of a plastic cup. Similar to beer out of a plastic cup, it just tastes better. Try it. I think the chocolate syrup distributes itself a little differently. Plastic, though. Not styrofoam.
6. Sponge Bob Macaroni and Cheese. Like the ice cream and beer, the basic product is the same as the original, but it's just CHEESIER. I think it has to do with the noodles. More cheesy crevices or something.
7. The Dollar Store. These things are genious! I bought the punkin 5 books, a coloring book, bubbles, and myself some wrapping paper for less than $10. There is no excuse for parents not to buy books for their kids when they are this cheap.
8. DHS Mommy. I am $40 over the limit to receive food stamps and struggling to figure out how to budget for groceries.
9. Dance. David's latest amusement. I imagine him thinking "Look what I can get my mommy to do!" He dances, then I have to dance. Now we've added "freeze" and "spin" to the game. Why am I paying for a gym membership?
10. Nuk is for night-night. My daily mantra, as much to convince me as it is to convince punkin that he does not need his plastic piece-0-heaven every second of the day.