Yes, it is!

Friday, August 29, 2008

We had another house showing today and we already got feedback. The potential buyers did not like the floor plan although the house showed well. I hate this house and I really dislike the realtor who pressured us into buying this house. Oh Lord, please hear our prayers and bring the right buyers for this house. I am so ready to get into a single level home especially for the sake of the kids. Last night, we were upstairs and Ben climbed on top of a toy to get to the gate that we set up at the top of the stairs.
I'm afraid Ben is going to make my heart sink much more than his sister did. He is climbing onto everything. If he had not been supervised last night, he would have gone over the top of the gate and down the stairs. This evening while I was putting detergent in the dishwasher, Ben came crawling over at top speed and promptly climbed on top of the door and just sat there proud like he made a big accomplishment. Tonight under Daddy's watchful eye, Ben climbed all the way up the stairs by himself. He is growing up too quickly.
Jackie is doing well, too. She went to gymnastics class earlier in the evening and Daddy went to his class at SWIC. After we came home from gymnastics, I walked Ben in the wagon and let Jackie ride her bike. I am so proud of Jackie because she rode her bike for a couple of blocks all by herself. I love my kids so much and I am especially proud of Jackie for all the accomplishments that she has made.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jackie's First Day of School




Jackie started school today. She goes every day for 2 1/2 hours in the morning. The bus picks her up and drops her off. Riding the bus is the highlight of Jackie's day. She absolutely loves to ride the school bus and gets so excited when she sees any school bus on the road. Jackie has been experiencing better behavior for the past couple of days. But this evening she was a little more difficult again possibly because she started school and then she went over to a friend's house to play while I went to an appointment.
I went to Bible Study this morning and as I was leaving, one of the ladies waved and said "goodbye" to Ben and he waved and said "ba" back. I was stunned. I knew he could wave but I did not know that he could do and say it. Wow. Then I went to see my friend, Lisa, for a few minutes and everytime she said and waved goodbye, he imitated her. My little boy is growing up so fast. It's so nice, though, to see him develop so nicely. Jackie experienced delays with her milestones due to her mild disability. So, this is really exciting for me to watch Ben develop "normally".
Tim started classes this evening to work toward some sort of systems certification. So, he will be gone almost all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next few months. That's okay, though, because it means better opportunities for him to better support us in the future.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lucy visited the vet this morning for her shots and heartworm blood test which came back negative. Lucy has such a high pitch voice that Tim could hear her from his truck behind me. I had Lucy in the back of the SUV in a crate. I was somewhat worried about what the gate guard on base would think when he heard all the noise. Last year at this time, I stopped at the gate to show my ID and when I looked in the back, there is Lucy sitting in Jackie's car seat. That dog never ceases to humor me. I should take you back to the time when I was traveling with Jackie and I took Lucy with us. I kept smelling something bad and at the next rest stop, I stopped to change Jackie's diaper thinking that was the problem. Only thing was, Jackie was clean. So, back in the car and back on the road we go. Every now and then, I kept smelling that horrible smell. Now I'm thinking that Jackie has bad flatulence. That is until Lucy thought she found something on the passenger floorboard. There she is with her front legs and head/nose to the floor and her hind legs on the seat with her butt up in the air. Then I got a whiff of it. That horrible smell. Ugghh. Between that and her neurotic activity, I was so tempted to look for the nearest animal shelter and call Tim to go get her. We still laugh about it.
Jackie starts school tomorrow. Her teacher came by today to visit Jackie and get her re-aquainted. Jackie decided to show Mrs. Wafer her bedroom. So we go upstairs and Jackie tried to steer Mrs. Wafer to get her Little People out of my closet. The Little People were confiscated a couple of days ago for disobedience. Jackie thought she was being sly by trying to get somebody else to get them for her. Funny girl! Then I was reminded how quickly Ben is growing up. I was upstairs for just a minute or two to make sure Mrs. Wafer knew Jackie's room was and when I went to go check on Ben, he was already coming up the stairs and was on the 4th step. Whew! That was close. He is just growing too quickly. I am really trying to cherish these times with my children because time flies by so quickly.

Old McDonald



Today was a great day. The weather was beautiful so Tim took his dirt bike to Missouri. Jackie took a rare short nap in the late afternoon and I woke her up after an hour so we could go to a newcomer ice cream social at the church. Because Jackie had fallen asleep and then the social was at 6:00, I decided to just get dinner after the social. So, after the social, off to McDonald's we go. I guess it reminds her of the song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" because as soon as we paid for and received her food, she broke out into song. It was so cute and funny. She sure can sing, though, and she stays in tune most of the time.
I really do love my children. Thank you, God, for blessing me so.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pica



I think Ben has pica. Seriously I know he does not have pica but he has a way of finding the smallest foreign object to put into his mouth. I scooped out two tiny pieces of foam out of his mouth this afternoon. He loves paper and I cannot tell you how many times I have scooped paper out of his mouth. I do not remember Jackie putting these types of material in her mouth. I know Ben has found something when I see him moving his jaw as if he is chewing gum. I keep things out of his reach but he still manages to find things that he should not have. The foam pieces came off of a pad that attaches to his sister's orthotic. It appears our dog, Lucy, may have gotten ahold of that pad and chewed the small pieces off and left them on the floor for Ben to find. I know Lucy has pica. She loves to eat paper and napkins. Maybe Ben learned that nasty habit from Lucy.

Today, I had a little success with time-out on Jackie. Surprisingly, she actually stayed in the chair where I put her for time-out with very little whining. Jackie is a very strong-willed little girl and lately we have been having difficulty with some behavior issues and discipline. I pray that she will use the strong will for good. Her physical therapist, Julie, pointed out that some of Jackie's behavior issues may be due in part the fact that Jackie has not had a typical toddlerhood. Her life has been filled with appointments to specialists, therapists, tests, surgery, etc. Julie does have a good point. I often wonder if Jackie would be this way if the accident had not happened when she was 6 weeks old. Of course, we'll never know. I need to just count on God to help me get through this time in Jackie's life and ask for guidance in disciplining and loving her.

I signed Jackie up for dance and gymnastics. Gymnastics started again last night and dance starts in a couple of weeks.

Friday, August 15, 2008

In the Beginning

I decided to start a blog to share family happenings with our family and friends. I'll start by giving some background about our family. My husband, Tim, and I were married on February 16,2002 at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. We were transferred to Scott AFB, IL (located @16 miles east of St. Louis) in August, 2004. Three months later, our beautiful daughter, Jacqueline Faith was born on November 1, 2004. I never knew such love until she was born and I was able to hold her for the first time. She was a challenge, though, with having colic for several months. On top of that, she suffered a brain injury when a visiting relative fell asleep while holding Jackie and dropped her. She suffered a brain bleed but we were told that because it was a small area, she should not have any long-term effects from it. Unfortunately, around age 4 months, we noticed that Jackie was not using her left arm and hand and a couple of months later, her doctor ordered an MRI which showed that Jackie was indeed affected by the brain injury which resulted in her experiencing a delay in her motor skill development. Physical and Occupational therapies were started when she was around 9 months old. Speech therapy started approximately 20 months old. She has done phenomenally well since receiving these services through the Early Intervention program in Illinois. She underwent her first foot surgery at the age of 23 months. She will need further foot surgery in the future. After Jackie graduated from the EI program at age 3 years, she was evaluated for the Early Childhood program. Jackie started school in January, 2008 and she loved it. Over the past 3 years, Jackie has brought much joy and of course, frustration into our lives. She is very strong-willed but she is also a very sweet and loving little girl. She keeps me very busy with all her appointments and activities. On the recommendation of her physical therapist, Jackie started doing gymnastics last year and she loves it. For this Fall we signed her up for dance classes in addition to gymnastics.
We believed that Jackie would be our only child until we discovered in April, 2007 that we were expecting another baby. Needless to say, we were quite shocked and did not tell anybody until I was more than 3 months along in the pregnancy. Benjamin James was born on December 10, 2007 and we are so happy that he joined our family. Both of my children are true miracles from God and I feel so blessed to have them. This is coming from somebody who swore that she was never getting married and never having children.
These past several months have been a whirlwind of events. Ben was born in December, Jackie started school in January. Tim filed his papers to retire from the USAF in February and he officially retired May 1st of this year. Tim was offered a job back in January upon his retirement from the Air Force. So after prayer and consideration, we felt that it was the right time for separating from the Air Force. The job that was offered to Tim is the same job he was doing as Active Duty except now he is a civilian contractor. It isn't his dream job but for now, it is where God has placed him.
Bear with me as I get the hang of this blogging.