Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kayla 5th Birthday Video

Finally its done...Happy Birthday Kayla!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sanity Secrets

Every wonder how I can keep sane with so much going on? As I slowly get more and more white hairs rooting through, I have been cashing in my sanity activities more and more as of late. One of my sanity secrets is getting the kids in bed by 8pm. This allows Steve and I to sit on the couch and go through our weekly PVR list of: Greys Anatomy (ok this is my show, not his), Desperate Housewives (he watches it too, but will deny if asked), Undercover Boss (Canada and US - not sure how we got addicted to this show - maybe cause its gives us a glimpse into other people's hardships and makes us feel less alone), Parenthood (my all time favourite show!), Dragons' Den (we keep dreaming that we're going to come up with the next big idea), and some reality talent show like X Factor, American Idol or Canada's Got Talent. Of course, there always HGTV and the home reno shows (for me) and hockey, golf and baseball (for him). We'll sit down once or twice a week and veg for a few hours like this!

My other secret to a sanity is shopping for clothes for the girls. In my head, I think I have reasoned that if I dress Lauren in cute outfits than perhaps I'll be less worried about her or she'll appear more "normal".  Illogical, makes absolutely no sense, but for some reason I have convinced myself that this can be done. So I shop and shop for Lauren although she has tons of hand me downs from Kayla. I love buying Lauren shoes, partly because I'm still over the moon that she is walking (although its been almost a year), and because I think toddler shoes are so cute and you can never have enough.

Another sanity check of mine is doing late night runs to Walmart and Loblaws. Open till 11pm, I love shopping there late at night, walking aimless up and down every aisle looking at the most random crap. No nagging of your own kids asking how much more longer you are going to be, no running into other people's kids, and no husband looking bored stiff or playing with the blackberry. Its my time to look at whatever I want and feel guilt free as the kids are sleeping and the husband is at home enjoying the game with a beer in hand. I hum to the music in the store, try on some Joe clothes, look through every inch of the home decor aisle at Loblaws and the makeup aisle at Walmart (although i don't wear makeup), flip through a few magazines, and then grab a fun snack and go home.

Of course another sanity saver is writing this blog. Since I can't remember who "knows" and who doesn't (I have the worst memory), I always feel odd when someone innocently asks me "How's Lauren?" and I'm scrambling to try and recall if they know and how much they know so I can give an appropriate response. With blogging, I can write the answer to "How's Lauren" freely. Writing helps me to makes sense of thing and is good way to just drop the stress and worry of a situation in the writer's airspace. I hope that in writing I am putting another reader at ease, that they can relate to the situation and feel less alone. I follow a few special needs blogs and while their children have very different diagnosis than Lauren, it nice to know we all have moments of triumph, moments of tears and moments of fear.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lauren's 1st Haircut - Pictures

Lauren got her first haircut on Friday, compliments of a hairdresser that volunteered to come into her nursery school and give kids a new-do. Here are some pictures, we love her new bangs!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Its Been Awhile

Its been awhile sine my last post primarily because I've been studying for an exam. Now that its over with, I've finally have a chance to upload some pictures which I'm super proud of.

Here is Lauren at the museum over March break. I wasn't expecting her to be interested anything at all since last summer I had my bubble broken when I took her to the aquarium in Vancouver, expecting her to be interested in looking at all the colourful fishes and instead she spent the whole time sitting in her stroller and looking and fidgeting with the belts in her stroller. She barely even looked up the entire time we were there and I was so disappointed. So this time, I had no expectations. I equipped myself with plenty of snacks to "entertain" and interest Lauren. But boy were we surprised. Lauren loved the museum, especially the birds and animals and she spent most of the time walking about on her own, pointing and laughing at all her furry friends. She had an amazing time and really made my day. We've rarely seen her so excited and animated before!

Kayla and her friends Olivia and Sebastian. Its amazing how this trio, who only see each other every 8-12 weeks can just get together and pick up as if they had seen each other just a few days ago. And while they have different personalities and interests, they get along amazingly.

Steve celebrating his birthday March 23rd with family and his two girls. Always patient and accepting, he is a super dad to them, and they will always be daddy's little girls.

Me celebrating my big 35 birthday with the family. Gosh I can't believe I'm 35...

Lauren, 2.5 years old and 21 pound, 4 ounces. She eats like a champ but somehow the weight just doesn't stick. Past concerns by her dietician and pediatrician have led us to test her for everything including celiac disease and cystic fibrosis. Everything has turned up negative, thankfully,.....I guess its in the genes. Gotta love her little pot belly and those thin rail arms. Lauren is starting to really enjoy bath times. She has learned the art of pouring and can spend hours pouring water from one container into another!

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