Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

"I found my thumb!" edition:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Quick Takes

No fanfare here this week - just some simple quick thoughts running around in my brain. I have to put them down before they fall out again.


My little Joey is doing really well and growing fast. His next surgery, the big open-heart one to close his enormous hole, will be October 14th. Prayers are more than appreciated - they are how I breathe. Thank you.


I am in love with my new camera. No really, it's my fourth kid - I bring it everywhere, I'm highly protective, and I sing it to sleep at night. Just kidding. A huge thanks to my in-laws for an awesome digital Nikon D3000. With as much of a picture-taking fanatic as I am, it is wonderful to have high quality pictures of my high quality kids. I wasn't sure if it would be too much camera for me to handle, but not only can I take good pictures, it helps them be great pictures. Now if Nikon would like to take that as an endorsement and offer me free stuff then I'll hold a giveaway. Don't hold your breath, though; it was just my opinion.


3 kids, ages 3 and under. Only 1 of them is in diapers! Please don't think that I'm bragging - after working hard at it with Bella she is now dry even overnight. The week that Joey was born Anastasia took off her diaper and went pee in the potty. (Or, "peeeeeeee pooooeeeyyy" as she tends to loudly pronounce.) The next day she wouldn't let me put a diaper on her. In 3 months I could count on fingers (and I have the usual number) the number of accidents she has had. Now I have 2 girls in big-girl panties, which really just means I have 2 girls announcing they need a "potty pause" in the middle of Mass. See, don't be that jealous.


I actually put both girls in the same room to nap today since they had already fallen asleep in the car. They share a room overnight, but usually I don't tempt fate with the naps. I figured that I would get some laundry put away instead. So I promptly came down to get on the computer, and now, 25 minutes later, they are both awake and playing. That's the end of that; we'll leave the extra crib up in the guest room after all.


This summer has been really hard on the girls. When Joey was admitted to the hospital it was completely unexpected. They then faced 4 weeks of us going back and forth, them staying at home with Gram and unable to visit because he was so sick in ICU. Then he came home and we worked at establishing normal life again. Then he was back in the hospital for another week unexpectedly. Anyone have experience with this? I think they're coping well, but I still wonder if anyone has good resources. Especially since we will go through this again in just a few weeks.


Figures that there's a infant formula recall. Joey is the first on formula (after 3 months of breastmilk with complicated feeding.) Just in case I didn't hate the whole formula thing anyways, now I'm checking to see if my little cardiac kid has been eating with bugs. Awesome. (P.S. I'm not actually worried. Just annoyed at the irony.)


Welcome Fall! How I used to despise you, deny your very existence! Now I welcome you with open arms and great excitement. Of course, today is 93* and we're going swimming.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Being Three

... Is Helpful

... Is Loving and Gentle

... Is Abundant Silliness

Check out those purple fingernails! She's been waiting a while for those :)

... Is Getting Brave and trying new things
... Is a word of discovery with a strong dose of independence.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Joey Update

Please pray for Joey, again! We came in this morning for his second cardiac cath to dilate his aortic valve, and things did not go quite as planned.

Patrick posted on the Joey Blog, so please take a moment to check it out.

Will try to update more as possible, but again we'll be in the hospital for a few days. Hopefully just for more monitoring.

St. Joseph, Pray for him!!!