Sunday, December 25, 2011


My babies.

This is the best picture I could come up with. Crusty noses, dirty faces and all. Poor kids were tired from the 9+ hours in the car over the last four days.

Merry Christmas from our zoo to yours!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

everyone has the sniffles

There's nothing like Christmas with sick kids. Well, this is a first, but it still stinks! I tell you, I hate that my kids are passing germs left and right. I liked it much better when my kids were never sick, but I guess we had to leave our bubble at some point. Rhys had Botox done again Monday and was nauseous and puking all day yesterday. He had no fever so my first thought was that it was related to the sedation. Then I second guessed myself and thought maybe he had a bug. He was acting exactly as he did from the sedation with his MRI, and was more or less dry heaving by the end of the day because his stomach was completely empty. I think we decided it wasn't related to the versed, but instead the Botox. His lovely doctor called him in an Rx for the nausea yesterday afternoon. One dose and ten minutes later he was perfect. He woke up great this morning and was good all day long, no meds necessary. He had no problems with his first round of Botox, and he didn't get nearly as many this time so I am wondering what happened. Hopefully we can control it with the nausea meds next time if he reacts badly again. Other than that he has a cough and drainage. Zoe has a runny nose, but is otherwise fine, and my poor little Beckett is also coughing with drainage. If Zoe doesn't keep her grubby little fingers out of his mouth (and sippy cup and toy kitchen spatula) when my back is turned I'm going to have to tape mittens on her hands!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

please vote!

I never ask anyone to do this, but here is my exception. Several weeks ago this couple was featured on the national news. Maybe you saw it. If not, there is a news clip on the link below. They offer modified tricycles for special needs kids who need a little extra help. They operate only on donations, and each tricycle is provided to children free of charge. This man and wife donate their time for this effort. The lady's name is Connie Hankins. And I just had a conversation with her, during which she asked if I'd go to this site and vote for her to win a new car. Yes, a new car. She was nominated by her daughter and she is currently in second place. I told her I'd do even better and I'd post it to Facebook and my blog. It takes about two minutes, because you have to register, but please take the time to go to the page and vote! You can vote once a day through the end of the month I believe, and for your vote to count you must vote for both an individual and a non-profit. I do not know these people personally, but as the mom of a special needs kid I very much appreciate what they're doing.

Friday, December 2, 2011

chattering like a magpie

Zoe is full of things to say.

Here's what we hear around here these days...

momma - "maa-ma"
dad - "dah da"
Nonna (grandmother) - "nonna"
Rhys - "wees"
baby - "baby"
ball - "ba"
water - "wa-wa"
wash - "wa-wash"
please - "pease"
cracker - "cacker"
truck - "cuck"
car - "car"
Dora - "orah"

"me" - when she wants something for herself
she signs "please" and "more"