Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sometimes being a parent is hard. Sometimes you feel like you have somehow failed your child, although deep down, you are really trying your all to help this tiny person grow and develop.
Today, Lincoln is being evaluated for the early intervention program.
You may recall in Lincoln's 2 year stats post, I mentioned I was concerned with his speech. Although his pediatrician told me what he considered "typical" for a 2 year old, any and all information I have researched, says otherwise.
According to everything I have read, Lincoln should have at least 50 words. Not only that, but he should be stringing together 2 or 3 word phrases. He absolutely doesn't have 50 words. I made a list for his 2 year appointment and came up with 38. HOWEVER, he is not consistent with those words at all. For example, he can say "apple." He hasn't said "apple" since this past summer. He CAN say Momma & Dadda. He's done it. Does he do it, ever? No. He'll typically say "mum mum mum" when he's really upset. But, does he just come up to me and call me "Momma?" No.
And about the 2 or 3 word sentences...he doesn't have any of these. He will say things like "uh oh" and "oh wow," however, those aren't considered 2 word phrases.
Don't get me wrong, it's not like Lincoln is silent all day long. He talks nonstop. He has his own little language that I adore! Unfortunately, I cannot understand a word he's saying.
Is this frustrating? You bet. But it's really starting to get frustrating for Lincoln. And what parent wants to see their child frustrated? I knew as his Momma, and his advocate, I had to do something.
So, last week I contacted the Early Intervention program in our area. I had a short phone interview where they asked me a bunch of questions. I really wasn't expecting this process to move so quickly, but I am very pleased that Lincoln will have his evaluation, in the comfort of our home, today.
I have all our paperwork filled out, and we are all ready to meet with the evaluator.
When you think of your child having a test, you would think you'd want them to pass it with flying colors. While I wish this were the case for Lincoln, I also want him to be able to get any and all the help that he needs.
Maybe he won't qualify for the program. But I have to do this. For him. For my sweet little boy. I have to trust my Mommy instincts.
My husband wasn't all on board with this process. He wanted to give it more time. Well, we've been giving it more time as far as I'm concerned. And if Lincoln needs help, then the sooner the better. Why wait? It can't hurt him.
Am I nervous? You better believe it! Part of me feels like I'm being scrutinized as a parent. Like somehow I'm not doing "my job" correctly. While I know this is not true, you cannot help but think those things.
The bottom line is, I want to give Lincoln the very best. He deserves only that. The absolute best that I can give to him.
We will see what happens today, and then we will go from there. That's really all we can do.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
So, yeah. Moving on.
I've been wanting to try Bare Minerals for quite some time. I just never wanted to spend the money, ha! It's so funny. I can go buy a ridiculously cute, but pricey outfit for my son, or buy him the latest toy I know he'll love, but I now have trouble spending money on myself!
Well, I decided it was time. I did some heavy shopping at Sephora online. As much as I love going into their store, I prefer buying from them online because you get free samples. And who doesn't like free samples?! So...I went a little nuts.
Not only did I get the Bare Minerals starter kit, but I also decided to get this super cute kit from Stila that included a blush and TWO lip glosses! Umm, yeah and that's not all. I also splurged on some lip gloss from Nars, in the shade "Orgasm." I'm going to be honest. I probably bought that gloss because of it's name.
Anyways, here's my loot!!
I can't wait to play with it all! I figured, I'm 30 years old....I NEED some good stuff for my face to keep it looking young & fresh ;)
Now for a poop saga...
Lincoln was going on FIVE FREAKING DAYS of not pooping. Yeah. Way too long, needless to say. I sent the hubs out to get some suppositories. As much as I didn't want to do it, I knew my boy needed some help, not to mention relief! The suppository was like magic. He seriously went like one minute after I gave it to him....and then he ended up going THREE TIMES MORE!!! Yeah. That's a lot of poop.
I think it might be time to place a call into his pediatrician. This is the third round of not pooping. The last two times were four days, this time five. I don't know what's going on. His diet hasn't changed. I was also giving him miralax every flippin' day, as well as prune juice. Nothing worked.
He was a very happy boy once he got that out of his system. Obviously. He was all backed up, my poor boy.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Although Lincoln is only two years old, it's amazing watching him try to be just like his Daddy. If Jared is busy doing something, Lincoln wants to be right there with him. He is already trying to make his Daddy proud.
I think this picture speaks for itself. I just adore the way they're looking at eachother. This is my absolute favorite picture of my boys.
I'm linking this post up with Growing Up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday. Share your Daddy & Baby photos by linking up too!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Here's a bunch of randomness that's on my mind...
- Tomorrow is my 3 year anniversary of my thyroidectomy. Which also means I've been cancer free for three years! That was one of the scariest days of my life. I am so thankful that it's behind me.
- Remember how I told you all that my BFF is [finally] pregnant?! Well, she found out she's having TWO sweet babies!! TWINS!!! I may or may not have already started shopping for my nieces/nephews! She's documenting her pregnancy, to follow along click here.
- My aunt is getting married in October and my sweet Lincoln is THE RING BEARER!!! I'm just a little excited! I'm willing to bet this is going to be one event we will
wantNEED to video! I cannot wait to see my little man in a little tux :)
- In other news...one of my mommy friends just launched a brand new spankin' blog. Lincoln and I were lucky enough to meet up with her and her adorable little girl last spring. I'm looking forward to doing it again soon! Check out her new diggs here.
- I have suddenly become OBSESSED with the colors gray and yellow together. Yeah. That was random.
- And last, but certainly not least, I leave you with a poop dilema. Lincoln has recently become super constipated. I don't know what's going on. His diet is the same, and it's not like he isn't active. Yesterday he finally pooped after four days. I gave him miralax in the morning and then made him a smoothie with prune juice. Let's just say my concoction did the trick. I don't like the idea of giving him miralax every day, though. He won't drink the prune juice by itself, not that I can blame him. I just hate seeing him in pain :(
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I never do these posts every week, but I try to do them every once in awhile. I think it helps to keep things in perspective. To take a look at what's going on in your life currently, and be thankful. So with that, here we go...
First and foremost, I am beyond thankful that my Dad is back at the top of the list for his blood type for his transplant. We had a bit of a scare earlier this week that I didn't mention. A few weeks ago my Dad had a routine ultrasound on his liver. That turned out okay, however they found something that could have possibly been colon cancer. Yeah. The dreaded "Big C." He found this out on Monday. They were very proactive and scheduled a colonoscopy on Wednesday. If it was found that my Dad had cancer, he would be removed from the list. He would have to be treated for the cancer and 100% clear before he would become eligible for a transplant.
Well, we already received the results and not only is he free of cancer, but he is back at the top of the list again!!! Thank you God! This is such a relief for my entire family. Hopefully now he'll finally receive "the" call.
I am also thankful for the couple of hours I had alone with the hubs last night. We managed to watch Breaking Dawn [umm, yay for vampire sex!!!]. Loved the movie, but yes, the books are just so much better. I cannot wait for Part 2 to come out in November, because although I know how the story goes, they way they ended Part 1 just leaves you begging for more!!
What are you thankful for this week?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I have probably told Jared a bazillion times that he didn't need to do any of this. He just tells me how appreciative he is of everything I do for our family. Which in turn, makes me swoon all over again!
He stole my heart 7 years ago, and he still keeps me on my toes! I married a pretty darn amazing man :)
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I know, I know. It seems like Lincoln just turned two years old, and here I am already talking about preschool. You're probably all like, "slowwww down Momma!"
However, here in the great state of Connecticut, the cut off age for attending 3 year old preschool is December 31st. Lincoln technically would be able to attend preschool in the fall, because he will be three years old on November 23rd.
I had it all figured out. Lincoln would go to preschool in the fall two afternoons per week. I found the perfect preschool. I even contacted the school to schedule a private tour. Everything was going right on track.
I know Lincoln is technically considered old enough for school in the fall, but really...he'll still be TWO! He's still so much like a baby to me! He'll be one of the youngest in his class!
I cancelled our preschool tour.
Yes, yes I know I seem like a crazy over-protective Momma who refuses to let her son spread his wings and grow up, but....HE'S TWO!!! And to me, that's too young!!! There's still so much I want to do with having him home with me. Call me selfish, I don't care. The fact is, I'm not ready. I cannot do it yet. And honestly, I don't really see any need to rush it.
Lincoln can still learn things at home. Just because he's not in school, doesn't mean he won't develop socially and learn his ABC's. There is plenty I can do with him to help him grow. We can play at the playground, drop in at the library, have a playdate, take a music class, sing songs, get messy with crafts, hit up the bookstore, go to the children's museum....all while he's home, with me.
I don't see this as holding my son back. He's two for goodness sake! I see it as taking time and not rushing into life! It's letting my sweet Lincoln be a rambuncious toddler. It's letting him play like a crazy monster man. And yes, it's keeping him with his Momma, if just for one more year.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Okay. Last week I left you all in suspense. I said I had some terrific news I had to share with you all.
You might remember last year I posted about my BFF finally getting pregnant after way too many years of trying. I never followed up with that post. She ended up miscarrying. And honestly, I was freaking pissed. To struggle for so many years trying to conceive a child, and have all your hopes and dreams finally answered, only to have them all taken away from you as quickly as they came is just pure evil. It's wrong. Bad things shouldn't happen to good people. I only wish that were the truth.
Today I am however happy to report that she is pregnant again! This time she did IVF and it worked on the first try. She's had three beta draws so far, and her numbers have been sooooo perfect! I just cannot wait to see how many babies she has baking in there! She goes for her first ultrasound on February 10th, and I am ridiculously excited!!
She's been blogging about her journey. If you'd like to follow along, click here. I am SO happy for her and her husband!!!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Having a toddler is entertaining, to say the least.
Lately I've been listening to things I actually say to Lincoln. I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you.
"Please don't stick Minnie up your butt."
"Don't fork your toes." [he was putting his fork in between his toes].
"No. The toilet brush is not to brush your hair."
"Please don't stick your toes up your nose."
"Oliver, you're the big brother. You need to set an example." [said to our cat]
"The dinosaur does not need to drink out of Evy's water bowl."
"The dog is not a pony. You cannot ride her."
It just goes to show you never know what a two year old will do! It's always entertaining!!!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
By now, I'm sure you've been seeing your Twitter feeds blow up with hashtags like "JanPhotoaDay." The idea of this "project" is to take a picture every day for the entire year. Sounds easy, right?
Here's today's photo: Day 1: Your View Today: My little Lincoln watching some Toy Story, or "Buzz" as he calls it :)