Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Well we are coming upon the end of the year. Christmas is over. We seen lots of family and the kids got SO much. They really had a good Christmas, which is great. We loved getting to spend time with family and friends. One of our big gifts this year was a family pass to the Cincinnati Zoo. I wanted a gift we could all get use out of and that we could enjoy all year long. This will be a great opportunity for plenty of family time. This pass was the best choice. Just this month we have been twice. I love seeing the amazement of the kids seeing the animals. Sometimes the animals even interact with the kids, which makes the experience so much better. I love seeing them smile and hearing them laugh at the animals. We took a trip today. We got there shortly after opening, and we got to watch some of the animals eating, which was pretty cool to be able to experience. Also in the cat exhibit there was one of the cats that was playing with Bella, my 6 year old, by pacing with her and if she stopped it stopped. We call Bella that cat whisperer. The white Bengal tiger was on a roll today. He was upset over something and kept roaring. It made the kids quite excited to hear the sounds. We hope to have many more wonderful experiences at the zoo this upcoming year. If you haven't been and you are in the area I suggest making a trip as the Cincinnati Zoo is a wonderful zoo.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
2016 has all but come and gone. This year has been one heck of a year, that's for sure. Silas turned 1, Louie, turned 4, Kaya turned 5, and Bella turned 6. Silas got diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and had his decompression surgery right before his first birthday. The girls have had so much fun with girl scouts. We made a trip to Gatlinburg which was a lot of fun. We also went to Indianapolis and went to the Children's museum and visited the speedway. Louie started his second year of preschool. Kaya started kindergarten and Bella first grade at Crosby, but we decided home was a better option and are now doing great in online school here at home. Early in the year Kaya got diagnosed with scoliosis and recently we found out she has a condition similar to Silas's Chiari and Silas got tubes in his ears and can finally here us. In the coming year we will find out so much more with everything with the kids. In January we will see if Silas will need glasses, Kaya sees the headache clinic for her really bad headaches, and Silas follows up from his tubes. In February we start the psychology journey with Louie see if he has an intellectual disability and see if he is autistic and he sees the CP clinic again. March Kaya will be 6 and she sees neurosurgery to see what they want to do with her condition. In april Silas turns 2. He sees the developmental dr again as well as the CP clinic. May Bella will be 7. Kaya and Louie will have their check-ups and we round out another school year. July the boys go back to genetics and we should start testing again to see if we can find a diagnosis for everything. Should have answers with that by October. August silas has his yearly MRI and neurosurgery appointment. It will also be Lou's birthday, only 1 more year until he is 30!! november will bring mine and Louie's birthdays, me 28, Louie 5! Merry christmas everyone and Happy New Year. Let's finish this year out great with family and friends and see what 2017 has to bring.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
We recently visited the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Monday, November 21, 2016
We got the pleasure of previewing the new Disney movie Moana and were very pleased with it. It is a movie about a 16 year old girl named Moana who takes a journey to both save her island and to find herself. The actors really bring life to the movie. They could not have picked a better voice for Maui then Dwayne Johnson. The music is amazing. It really adds to the movie and has some amazing songs that really catch onto you. This movie is one of the best movies I have seen from Disney. It is the perfect mix of laughter and seriousness. It also has an amazing message for everyone. It teaches everyone to follow their dreams and believe in yourself. If you want to do something, go for it. There are no boundaries to our dreams if we just follow them. Gender or age doesn't determine what we can do. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't follow your dreams. This was my daughter's first movie they had been to and it was able to hold their attention the entire time. Being only 5 and 6 this is quite a feat. They have seen just about every Disney movie and even they say they loved the movie and that it was the best movie ever. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone and it is a must have for my Disney collection.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Do you have kids who complain about the seatbelt being uncomfortable? Here is the solution. The hugdoll is a safe way to make kids comfortable in a seat belt. The seat belt goes thru the middle of the doll and the strap rests on the tall part of the doll. Kids love them to cuddle while keeping them comfortable. Great for long car rides. Easy to use and kids love them. My daughters love using it and ask to use it.
Monday, April 25, 2016
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Friday, March 25, 2016
March is cerebral palsy awareness month, and today, march 25 is national cerebral palsy awareness day. My son Louie, who is 3, is my precious cerebral palsy warrior. I will start by answering some common questions. What is cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders caused by damage to the brain that affects different motor functions resulting in physical disabilities. This damage can be before or during birth, or even in the first years of life. Louie's cerebral palsy is due to bacterial meningitis at 2 months old. What are symptoms of CP? There are different symptoms of cerebral palsy that can range in severity. A few common symptoms are: . difficulty holding head up . rigid or twisting limbs and body . loose or flacid limbs and body . missing developmental milestones Many people with cerebral palsy will experience other issues like seizures, vision or hearing problems, speech problems, and learning difficulties. Types of Cerebral Palsy: There are different types of CP... •Spastic: The most common type of CP that affects about 80% of people with CP. Depending on what parts of the body are affected, spastic CP can be described differently. •Spastic Diplegia/Diparesis: This is when there is an abnormality of or increase in muscle tone in which one or more extremities (more often the legs than the arms) is held in a rigid or tight posture. People with this form of CP can have trouble walking without support as the tightness causes their legs to stiffen, turn inward, and even cross at the knees (known as scissoring). •Spastic Hemiplegia/Hemiparesis: This type affects only one side of body and is more prevalent in the arms than the legs. •Spastic Quadriplegia/Quadriparesis: The most severe form of spastic CP which affect all four limbs as well as the other parts of the body. •Dyskinetic: This includes athetoid CP, choreoathetoid CP, and dystonic CP. It is most often associated with abnormal, uncontrollable, writhing movements of the arms and/or leg. People with these forms of CP may experience a variance in muscle tone and from too tight and rigid to too loose and floppy. •Ataxic: This type of CP is characterized by poor balance when they try to walk unsupported or with quick movements like writing or reaching for small objects.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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