Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers

  • I'm so glad it's Friday and I'm so glad next week is Spring Break.  Even though I'm not "off" like the boys are I did manage to get 2 days off so we will hopefully plan something fun to do.  I'm also just excited that I won't have to get their school clothes, bags, snacks, and lunches etc. prepared each night.  I hope it get's warm so I can take them to the ice cream place they love:)
  •  Hunger Games, Monday Night!  I can't wait:)
  • Muffin is currently obsessed with Honey Nut Cheerios.  It's nice to have a change of flavor around here.
  •  Muffin had his little Easter Show at his preschool.  I had to work but the hubs took a video for me.  This kid did so awesome!  I wanted to cry it was so amazing to see him on stage in front of all those strangers(big fear), singing, and doing an awesome job with the had motions.  Way to go kid!
  • Puck.  Is. So. Grown. Up.  Ahhhhh!
  • I fell asleep last night on the couch watching "Failure to Launch" on TBS, it was a really exciting Friday night, what can I say?
  • I've realized that I need to up my game wardrobe-wise for work.  I'm spending a lot more time in the office and now that I'm 36 I need to look the part.  I'd love to hear ideas on how to do this on a tight budget.  Also, I'm not that good at putting outfits together so I usually keep it simple but I love the looks I see other people coming up with.  

Go sample the other leftovers from some great chefs over at Danifred's place!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hurry Up & Wait and wait some more...

I still have no answers about Muffin.  We met the Child Psychologist and she observed him and said she was going to need to score the Autism questionnaires.  I'm still waiting.

Then we went for the follow-up with the ENT on his clogged ear tube.  They said the tube could be coming out but let's try drops for 10 days and then follow up again...meanwhile it's still affecting his hearing but no one seems overly concerned about this but me.

More driving, more hours off work, more doctors appointments, more co-pays:(  I'm sick of it.  I had to pick him up early from school today and when he saw me he looked so disappointed and said, "Where are we going?"  He said this with the saddest face you can imagine.  He is sick of all these never ending doctors appointments...all I could say was, "I'm so sorry buddy..."

In the next 30 days he will be returning to the Pediatric Ophthalmologist, the ENT, the Child Psychologist, and the Audiologist.

Boo. I think I want to cry. What kind of emotional damage are all these doctor appointment causing?

Sunday, March 25, 2012


I feel like tomorrow is the first day of the rest of everything.  Tomorrow Muffin goes back with me to see the child psychologist.  We have all of our surveys filled out.  I have stacks of paper containing all the evaluations he has had in the past.

I just keep rolling the words around in my head...

Does my son have Asperger's?

Is it possible?

But he's doing so great....  Maybe he is just unique.

What would a diagnosis really mean?  Does it really matter?

I guess we'll find out.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers

What a week!  I'm so glad it's Friday I can't even describe how happy I am:)  I worked a 13 hour day yesterday and I'm still tired, totally not used to pulling hours like that anymore.  Now, on to the Leftovers...

*Conversation with Muffin today on the way home from school (He's 5).

Cade: "Is my brain inside my head?"
Me: "Yes. Yes it is."
Cade: "That's why I'm not a zombie?"
Me: "Uh...yes."

*I met with a Child Psychologist today about Muffin.  Just one more professional to tell me what they think about all his quirky characteristics.  More questionnaires for the teachers to fill out, this time it's the GARS and ASDS. We will see where this goes, hopefully it puts my mind at ease.  I'm a little anxious but he has come so far and made so much progress.  Mostly, I just want to make sure he gets any and all services or extra help that he is entitled too.    He will return with me in a couple of weeks to meet her.  

*Today I weighed in at 150.8 lbs.  Which will surely be destroyed after the weekend.  Sigh.  I refuse to give up my wine on the weekends.

*Glasses are working out well, I'm shocked at how easy it's been.  Thank you Heather for telling my about the  it was so helpful as I navigated through this new hiccup.  

*Followed up with the Audiologist this week.  Hearing in Muffin's left ear is reduced.  They think the tube is blocked.  So.....back to the ENT at the end of the month and then back again to the Audiologist.  Sometimes I wish there was a Big Box Style Doctors office where when they find something wrong with you they just send you to to the other side of the office to see the other specialist.  All these appointments, driving, form filling-out, waiting, elevators...and on and on.  Yuck.  I hate the waiting...

*I'm starting to have Spring anxiety since I will have so many work/weekend conflicts.  Trying to avoid thinking about it.  People without kids or young kids seriously don't get how difficult it is to miss soccer games, soccer pictures, birthday parties, etc...

*Someone said to me this week when I was complaining about my commute that it was my choice to move to where I live (about an hours drive with traffic from home to work).  I had to stop them right there.  I moved to where I was so that I could afford a decent home to raise my kids in and send them to a great public school.  We still could only afford a townhouse and I sacrifice hours of my life so that they can live the same style childhood that I did when I was a kid.  The next time someone says that to me I will throttle them. 

Please go show some love to this super smart and lovely mother of 3 and share your leftovers HERE!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mid Week

OK so it's Wednesday and this is turning out to be one of the longest weeks I can remember.  Hubs has been down for a few days with a nasty stomach bug and his mom (our daycare provider) is also down.  That makes for quite a stressful week full of juggling schedules and work.  I've got a on-location work and sales meetings that involve driving and working late plus PTO work and Muffins got 2 doctor appointments.

...and it's only Wednesday.

If I try to look on the bright side then atleast tomorrow is Thursday, one day closer to the weekend. 

Today Muffin is back to the Audiologist after not doing well on his hearing check at his 5 Year Well Check appointment with his Pediatrician.  He just got glasses on Saturday so I'm really hoping his ears are ok!!!

Cade in his 2nd pair.  He prefers the blue but likes to change it up occationally:)
He is doing stellar with the glasses, BTW.  I think he just looks so adorable in them and I'm so happy he has taken to them so well.  I think he likes them so that tells me they are working. 

I need to make more time for Puck.  This is a very important goal for me.  I am way too hard on him and he is being such a good boy in school this year and such a good big brother too.  Puck loves to help daddy cook and yesterday helped me match up all the socks while I was folding the laundry.  I want to nurture our relationship so that it stays strong through those tween and teen years that I know will be here before I know it.

My 1st Love

Being a mom is what I am most proud of.  I hope they always feel how much I love them and how important they both are to me.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Glasses

Yesterday as we were sitting down to see The Lorax I received a call that Muffin's glasses were ready for pick up 2 days early.  I was so excited we went right over to "Wal-you know what".  I'm not really a fan of that place and avoid it at all costs but it was hands down the cheapest place for kids.  Thank you H, I took your advice.  I was able to get 2 different styles of glasses  to make sure he was comfortable and to have an extra pair on hand as I'm sure it's only days before one pair gets busted.  Fingers crossed.  He seemed somewhat excited too.  He was getting all kinds of looks as we were leaving because, let's face it, he IS the cutest kid to ever wear glasses;)  He did point an exclaim as we were leaving, "Look at that!"  I have no idea what he was talking about but he clearly was seeing something he couldn't before.

Cute, it's going to be hard to get an outside shot of him without the glare on his glasses.

He did great all day playing outside while I tried not to constantly nag with, "Watch the glasses, no, stop, don't do that...."  He was genuinely excited to show all the neighborhood kids his new glasses and seemed more outgoing than I've seen him in awhile.  I was feeling great until we came inside and he tried to watch TV and play Mario Gal.axy 2 (his favorite) and said several times, "I can't see."  He was taking the glasses off or looking over the rims.  After doing some research and asking all my FB friends, this may be temporary as he adjusts and if not, we will have the script re-checked in about 2 weeks.
So serious...

Seems to be taking it all in.

Nice view here, they are 2 shades of blue with a white strip around the edges.

He just asked me if he could wear his glasses to school tomorrow:)  I'm feeling a little triumphant.  One more little win for him!