Thursday, April 28, 2016

Failure to Thrive - Part 8

We skipped the 6 week follow up visit due to heavy snow and unpredictable roads, but we we're also tired of the constant discussion over Evie's eating habits and we were making good progress at home on her eating habits.  She was finally taking a bottle regularly in February and we had switched to Pediasure when she refused regular milk after turning one which provides extra calories.  Her diet consist of the highest calorie foods we can get her to consume, making sure every bite counts because sometimes she only wants to eat 10 bites so we show her the highest calorie items first.  She likes scrambled eggs with cheese, for 2-3 days and then doesn't want it anymore.  She'll eat bananas for 2-3 days and then not want any more so variety seems to be the key.

Her next visit was April 5th for her 15 month check up and we are thrilled to say the doctor was finally happy with her weight gain, she had gained almost 3lbs in 3 months.  We are now on a normal schedule of follow up visits!

As you can see from the chart below, she's still below the curve but the line direction appears on it's way to hitting the chart soon.  The doctor said to keep doing what we are doing and that's the best news I could have heard!  After the months of praying and working with her to eat we are so tremendously thankful for her progress.  This might be my last post on this subject.  I just wanted to write a series on this in case anyone else is struggling with this issue.  There is not a ton of support online and it's hard to know what to do in these situations because you can't reason with a baby.  You can't force them to eat when they don't want to.  It feels so incredibly helpless.

There are situations where medical intervention is necessary and I don't want my blog to be taken as a message of avoiding the medical care.  We had 2 prior girls who had followed the same track record so we were fairly certain that this was normal behavior for our child.  Our 2 prior girls had a pediatrician in Florida who was familiar with our family history and part of the problem with Evie's situation is that we had moved to Maryland and our new pediatrician did not know us.  If at any point we had been told to take Evie to the hospital we would have complied.  We are thankful our situation never came to that point and she was able to progress naturally.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Facebook - please stop trying to be so helpful!

On a scale of tech savvy,  I probably rate about a 7.  I'm on a computer 8-10 hours per day and I work from home and solve all my own tech related problems, I've set up our computers and other families so I know my way around office tech.  I also utilize all the popular social media sites with an average time of maybe 1 hour collectively per day and I've blogged since 2007.  I know how to fix many basic things that break, but that doesn't mean I don't find myself getting tripped up when things change unexpectedly.

Recently I've found an issue that is highly irritating.  Facebook is slowly creeping into every aspect of my digital world.  I've seen for awhile now that anything I google, or search for in Amazon shows up as an ad in Facebook.  Okay fine, I've gotten used to this.  But then I started noticing recently that Facebook is offered as an alternative to log into a new site.  Let's say someone posts an interesting article and you think, oh that sounds interesting, only to be met with an annoying pop up sign in here page.  It gives you the option to sign in through Facebook, okay let me swat this fly out of the way and click yes, suddenly I'm getting emails from this website.  Oh great, another chain of spam, it's now a swarm of flies to swat.

Today I forgot my password to Pinterest.  I was sure it was through my Twitter account originally so I put in that information, not working.  So was it Facebook I used?  Oh dear, now I'm doubting myself.  Guess I'll log in through Facebook.  I see my face appear, must be my account.  But wait, they want me to pick things that I like, that's annoying, my feed should already be there.  So I click on the obligatory likes and suddenly I'm faced with A NEW PINTEREST ACCOUNT.  What??????  I guess that means I didn't use Facebook to access my original account and now I suddenly have a new account.  Another fly to swat.

I say this to simply point out that with all the "helps", sometimes Facebook is creating more annoyances than support.  Now I'm off to figure out how to access my original Pinterest account AND close this new one.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring Egg Hunt 2016

Easter is hectic y'all.  Between church and making the most awesome ham ever along with trying to recreate memories of mom's Lemon meringue pie that has the meringue folded into the pie mix which proved beyond my capabilities at the moment, I had no time for an Easter Egg Hunt.  Mother in law had sent a box of lovely gifts and I assumed (wrongly) that the children should be quite fine with this.
They were not.

And at first, I didn't care, I mean I never had an Easter Egg Hunt as a kid.  Then I started thinking about family traditions and how each year we'd done it since Charlotte was a baby - well her first time was just a bunch of eggs thrown in front of her on a blanket but it was cute.  Then I didn't want it mixed up with Easter because it becomes the same problem as Christmas, one more silly tradition that takes away from the spiritual meaning of the day.

Thus, Spring Egg Hunt was born!  We decided to make it on April 1st this year but husband suggested making it the first day of Spring annually.  I like it.  Kids still get their fun, and it doesn't conflict with our Easter holiday.

It is fun putting eggs all over the yard and letting them hunt.  This year we got smart and assigned a color to each child so they couldn't hog the eggs.  It worked out brilliantly and I highly recommend it!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Open Tomb Day

Happy Open Tomb Day

It's an expression that I first heard from Bob Coy, the former Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale who stepped down in 2014 due to a personal moral failing that was later revealed to be addiction to porn and adultery.  It's been almost 2 years since he stepped down, and I remember it well because it was on my daughters birthday which is coming up this Sunday.

I remember the expression well because Easter was a big deal for Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale attendees.  Every year it seemed to get bigger as the church grew in satellite churches and they stretched to find a space to contain everyone.

During the service, after the singing, Bob would come on stage  and have everyone shout "Happy Open Tomb Day" while doing a stadium wave.

In 2013, our last year in Florida, it was the biggest event yet held at a brand new stadium in Boca Raton, FL.  We went with our 3 kids and enjoyed the after service events which were bounce houses and people in costume.

It's been 2 years since I've heard any news about Bob Coy.  First I heard he went into rehab for sex addiction, then I heard he was under the care of another pastor in another state.  Then I heard nothing.

Bob was our pastor for the entire time we lived in South Florida, from 2000 - 2013 and we grew up during this period.  We finished college, went from our 20's to our 30's, had kids, bought a home, went into debt, learned how to get out of debt through the churches teachings and learned how to deal with major trials like the 2008 financial crisis all while having a family.  Then suddenly our teacher was gone with no news for two years.  It's just very sad.  I'm not going to write about my thoughts on his sin or how I wish things had gone, I just think it's very sad that someone was in our lives, albeit remotely enough that he was also pastoring 30K other people, but then suddenly gone.  It's a death, that's not final because he's still out there, just silent, for now I guess.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Biking in the Rain

Must be a result of being cooped in for the winter, now that Spring has arrived, I can't keep them inside.  

We park our vehicles at the end of the driveway to prevent them from flying out into the street.  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Life is so short

I can't escape death.  Every day, I read about someone my age who has died a tragic death.  I say tragic because it's generally considered so for anyone below the age of retirement and especially with kids.

For the record, I'm 40. 

The latest three that have captured my heart and attention are:

Joey Feek - 40, cancer, musician, left behind a 2 year old

Eric Medalle - 42, tree fell on car while he was driving, Pokemon artist, left behind a 2 and 6  year old

Elise Lachowyn, 48 - killed by dump truck while crossing the road in front of the Javit's center which was hosting the New York toy fair.  This one really hit home because I'm in the toy industry.  She leaves behind a 6 year old.

Death takes good people and bad people.  It doesn't matter if you have things left to do, kids left to raise or families to care for.  Death doesn't care.  When it's your time, you better be ready.  

update 3/31/16
Dino Trubiano - 39, died suddenly the night before twins were born.  Attorney who ran every day and was a vegetarian.  

Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, died in from injuries sustained in the Brussel's airport attack, mother of four.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring is Here!

Every year I try to capture the Crocus's the day they come in but I think I'm a few days late with these photos.  We've had an early spring this year with days in the 70's as early as March 1st followed by a mini snow storm on March 4th then warm again by March 10th.  It's been a little weird but I won't turn down warm weather!