Friday, 29 May 2009

6 weeks old today and smiling :)

My little guy Taylor such a sweetheart smiling right on schedule!



And my darling lunch was served a little late due to a meeting. A sleep while eating at 1pm

The Rip Stik


It's been raining here the 2 days following James birthday. He was still determined to learn to ride his new Rip Stik. Check out his progress last night it's paying off.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Happy Birthday James



Today my oldest turned 9 years old. I can't believe it's been that long since he was born. He is growing up so fast he wanted a skateboard for his birthday, we got him a Rip Stik. My mom came and made him a money cake decorated to look like a volcano. It was a big hit. My parents gave him and his brother pogo sticks which they loved. They bounced around for close to 2 hours after school i couldn't believe it entertained them for that long. The Rip Stik is going to take some time to learn but Daddy enjoyed testing it out and James is excited about it.

James I hope you enjoyed your special day. Mom and Dad thanks for coming all this way to help celebrate. I couldn't have made his day so special without all your help.

James cake:

My parents and my four amazing kids. Ashley was a little uncomfortable today as she is still fighting her ear infections, Taylor's sleepy and the boys can't wait to get those presents open in the photo below.

The fun learning to POGO around.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

My Tulips



Here's my tulips that i dreamed about last winter they were looking so pretty. I took these a week ago they have already started to fade so I'm glad I took these when i did. I love spring.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Strep, double ear infections & 10 days of fever

On a lighter note..

Here Ashley latest haircut photo's
it's been a while and badly needed...

getting it chopped off

the final product


Well it's been a little while since i found time to blog I've been busy figuring out what's bothering Ashley to no end and keep my up with the boys.

After many trips to the doctor, 10 days of fever which would come and go we still had no idea why Ashley was so sick and miserable. Last week her left ear rum burst the following morning her right ear drum burst. She also started eating less because her throat was hurting. Finally at the urgent care clinic she was diagnosised with bi-lateral ear infections as well as strep throat. She started 10 days of amoxicillin and she is much improved. I was never so thankful for antibiotics. After just one day of it she would allow us to put on her shoes again. I think her ear infections were bothering her for many weeks it just wasn't so obvious at first. I'm not sure why her Doctor didn't see the infection, he suspected she had one but he couldn't see it at 3 visits. Thankfully she is doing so much better now though.

Taylor doing well eating all the time and growing. He has lost most of the hair on top of his little head though.. and now just has hair on the sides and back like a middle aged man. Oh my i hope it grows back quickly.

James also had his share of bike collisions these past 2 weeks as well. He managed to lift his thumb nail right off when he went over his handle bars after rear ending his brother. His thumb is also now on the mend. And i believe he a little more focus on watching where he is going.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Sensory overload

Well Ashley definitely appears to be healthy today however I have another concern.. which i think started a little while ago before Taylor was born. Ashley appears to be very easily overstimulated. I think her Sensory system perhaps isn't functioning so well she is having lots of melt downs which at times can go on for a long time. I know she has had a growth spurt since starting to eat table food and it was suggested to me perhaps her sensory system is out of sync now. Which seems to make a lot of sense to me.

It's pretty upsetting to see her out of sorts at activities she used to enjoy like physio and pre-school. She seems to be triggered by loud unexpected noises, her baby brothers crying (which doesn't happen to often) but when it does is very upsetting to her. The noisy classroom of 15 preschoolers, even physio with a therapist she's been seeing since an infant and used to giggle and smile through therapy sessions with. She is also very sensitive to any shoes being on her feet now this is new and even her beloved My little Pony sneakers which she has been wearing since Christmas and they still fit her.

I was told that i should look into the brushing therapy to help her relax and help her with her sensory issues. I've email her Occupational therapist for some advice on this. I was also told she having tantrums and to place her calmly in a safe place like her crib or playpen to calm down and it works however she gets upset again when we take her out. Which leads me to believe this more of a sensory issue then a tantrum. Any advice on this is welcome especially if you've been through this. Ashley has also been so easy going and happy this change is a little rough on her and mommy.

Ashley's feeling better already!!

Yesterday morning starting out badly with Ashley being sick. She spent the entire day sleeping even though she didn't have a fever and i didn't give her any tylenol. She was clearly fighting something. But she got up at four pm and was complaining ..for food. She ate a light meal watched some tv had more food when we had dinner and was back sleeping by 9pm. This morning she woke in good spirits and is finishing off breakfast. I've seen my boys be sick for 24 hours before but never Ashley usually gets the long extended version of every illness like 6 - 10 days. I'm shocked she just finished a yogurt and oatmeal and is happy we are heading off to physio shortly I can't believe it!!! This is wonderful. All is well with Ashley :)



Friday was a professional development day for the teachers so my boys stayed home since i wasn't feeling well my sweet Damon decided to pick me these beautiful Trilliums from the woods across the street. The flowers look so gorgeous but these are protected flowers in Ontario and I had yet to explain to him it's illegal to pick them. Opps but i am enjoying them



Mighty mom thanks for calling yesterday it was so nice to talk to you again.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

more stomach flu?????

Sunday morning and well i guess it was inevitable but Ashley couldn't keep down her water which i give her before breakfast everyday. I decided she needed to skip breakfast based on that i think she now has caught the stomach flu. Will i ever get a break from this. Here's Baby Taylor sleeping while mommy makes blueberry pancakes for his brothers.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Yippee I won a contest!!!

Just when i thought i was having a rough week. James had a bad case of stomach flu and stayed home 3 days come Wednesday i developed a blocked mik duct pretty uncomfortable it's slowing getting better and manageable thanks to Advil. To top it off Damon woke up today with Stomach Flu.

However I just got some fantastic news it's my lucky day. I entered a contest at a local baby store Dearborn Baby that carries top of the line baby products in the beginning of April and I won!!!! a new high chair worth $150 yippee!!!! This is so great. :) I'm so excited i just had to share. Taylor gets a brand new high chair lucky boy.

Click on the link below to see what i won.
http://dearbornbaby.blogspot.com/2009/05/april-blog-contest-winners.html