Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I have been dreading Evan starting Kindergarten. Due to his heart defect and stroke I always knew that learning issues would be very likely. How could they not be? Most kids get all the oxygen they need to their brains from birth. Most kids do not have damage to a significant portion of their brains. Still, I hid my head in the sand and pretended that Evan's issues were largely physical in nature. I knew this would have to end when it came time for him to enter Kindergarten. I even considered homeschooling him so that I could pretend a bit longer and I could shelter him more from all the potential bullies and mean kids out there. However after prayer and the realization that our personalities are such that I would probably blow a gasket if I was to be entirely in charge of his education I decided that the public schools would be in charge of most of his education... for now.

Evan had his initial evaluation today. He can be very inattentive at times, especially when something he is being asked to do is not something that he really cares to do and that affected the the results. In most of the areas he was tested in he was either at the low end of normal or just below normal, so I do have the hope that he will be able to catch up to his peers with some extra help. He is getting a further more intensive evaluation in a classroom setting for the next two weeks which of course is going to be fun what with the baby coming on Friday an all. It sure is going to be an interesting juggling act but as this is the last evaluation session for the school year there is not much choice. I really wish that we had known our moving fate in a much timelier manner so that we did not have to rush at the last second to get everything done.

I just can't help but reflect on all the crazy and huge things that have gone on in the past year or so. There have been so many massive changes that it has been hard to keep on my feet and rolling with the punches. I really find it interesting that so many things with Evan and the baby have come to a head at the same time (the diabetes diagnosis and Evan's surgery happening at the same time ect). I really wish things would slow down a bit so that I can just relax and enjoy some of it but I am not seeing that happening.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

(late) Sunday Cuteness

The boys dancing around our defunct yard light.

Harry modeling my newly finished mittens. I managed to finish them in time for the weather to get nice and hot rendering them useless until next winter.

This is a very blurry picture of Black Fish and White Fish our newest fish in our tank. The danios we had in there died (probably because I was horrid about remembering to feed them but I have reformed, honest!) so I thought some pretty goldfish would look nice in the tank. Evan likes the black one the best "because it is cute". Harry likes them both equally and they both love watching the tank and squealing over the fish.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nothing seems to go as planned

I got a call this morning shortly before I had to be out of the door to take Evan to a follow up pacemaker appointment in the big city. It was my OB's office wanting to reschedule my c-section for the 1st. Which is one day before my in-laws are coming to town and my husband starts his time off that he scheduled for the baby. Greaat!

Luckily I have a great visiting teacher who was able to watch my kids for the actual c-section (even though we will have to drop the kids off around 6:30 in the morning) and my husband was able to get the extra day off he needed. Plus the Relief Society President is on the ball and going to get us dinners and the extra babysitting that we will need. It has been so stressful scrambling around trying to get everything replanned that I had already planned just because some hospital big wigs decided that my OB needed to attend a conference (one that I am sure was not planned at the last second). I could have gone with one of her partners but I really like her and would feel uncomfortable with anyone else at this point in time.

The upside is that I will be unpregnant several days sooner than I had anticipated even if I am not all that sure I can handle three kids. I guess I should have thought about that before getting pregnant lol!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So any way

Life is chugging along. I had my second to last pre baby OB appointment (eek!) yesterday. I actually weigh a pound less than what I did when I first came in. The Ob is not worried since I do have the diabetes thing going on and I was rather pudgy before going into this pregnancy. It is rather obvious that the baby is growing nicely.

I have officially given up on potty training Harry for now. He pushed the issue to train and he did potty train for a brief week or so but now has decided that it is not on his agenda any more and it is not like I can force this on him, he has to want to do it. The straw that broke the camel's back was Sunday and Monday. Sunday he pooped his pants moments after getting dressed for church. Part of our getting dressed routine is having the kids go to the bathroom before they get dressed for the day so there was no excuse. Then he had another accident as soon as we got home from church even though I had just asked him if he needed to go. Finally after going through two pairs of pants I left him half nekkid and he ended up pooping on the floor (argh!!!!!).

Monday he peed his pants at the OB's office and had to do the entire appointment wet since all my extra stuff was in the car. Moments after getting home and me asking if he needed to go he went in his pants again. I just do not have the the mental energy to keep this up any more and to top it off our washing machine is out of comission for the time being. I put him in a diaper and he did not ask to go potty all afternoon. I am just so frustrated since I know he knows how to manage his elimination when he wants to and he is the one that initiated the whole process in the first place. Sigh.

Just so this blog is not all whining and complaining I present you with some pictures of my cute kids.

Harry at one of the easter egg hunts we went to. He spent more time picking up the fake grass that some kid dumped out of thier basket than actually looking for eggs. I don't have any of Evan because he took off in a totally different direction.

A lot of grass and no eggs in that bucket, but lucking mom found him an egg before they all got snatched up. One of the bigger kids gave harry some of his eggs (with some prompting from his mother) when he saw that Harry did not have very many.

Harry: "Let me go!" Evan: "I love you too Harry" (For some reason this is what Evan says instead of a plain I Love You.)

I got the kids some spill resistant bubble tumblers after seeing them in action at Evan's Occupational Therapy. The boys adore being able to blow thier own bubbles and I like not being forced to almost pass out to satiate thier fascination with bubbles.

"Look Mom!"

I love seeing the boys actually play for longer than five seconds with out fighting.

Yes, I am running THAT low on laundry. Lol!!! Actually this is something that Evan decided to try on his own. Awhile back I jokingly put him in that laundry bag and he thought it was the funniest thing in the whole world. Now I have to try nad keep him out of the bad so I can actually put laundry in it. My husband helped him with the strings on the arm to keep the bag up.

"Hop, hop, hop"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Thanks for the wonderful birthday wishes. My birthday was a very adult birthday. No one showered gifts on me or followed me around making me feel special at every moment. I still had a lot of errands and every day things to do. It was not a horrible day since I made it a point to get a nap. I figured I deserved it since it was my birthday after all. My big fun thing will come on Friday, my husband has the day off so I get to go to me weekly non stress test all alone and after I am hitting a yarn store to spend my birthday money.

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's my birthday!

So now I am entering into my thirties. My twenties were a time of huge change, it is strange looking back on them and seeing what I have become. When I turned 20 I was single, childless, and still very new to being an adult. Now I am more practiced at being an adult, even though I would much rather be a kid and be able to avoid a lot of the un fun stuff that comes with being responsible. I am married with two and a half kids, we own two cars and a home mortgage. The time when I could pack all my worldly belongings into the back of my dad's truck are long gone.

I am pretty excited to see how things change for me in my thirties. We will be adding another baby to the family, the kids will be getting older and (hopefully) more mature. I know a lot will be happening even if it is not as drastic as the life changes I went through with my twenties. I know I am going to be a lot grayer (Thanks Dad for those lovely genes!).

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hoppy Easter!

It has been a crazy stress filled week for me. Saturday we went to two egg hunts, one thrown by the ward and one by my husband's work. Sadly not a lot of pictures were taken because my pregnant body was too slow to get action many shots before the action was over. I may do some recreation shots at a later date, if I can remember to, but considering my spacey mind I would not hold my breath.

I am still pregnant and I am really starting to anticipate not being pregnant even though I still have a bunch of stuff to get done before the baby comes. I can't believe how packed this month has become, I have even been doing some double booking even though I hate having to push my self to do two things (ie appointments) in one day. I loved having at least part of a day at home and quiet yet now when I need the quiet the most I am having to cram things in.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Next month

So on Friday we finally (!!!111!!!!!!!!!) learned that we were going to be graciously allowed to stay here for another year. (Imagine that sentence with a massive helping of sarcasm) My husband thinks that the person in charge of deciding who moves where ran out of money in the budget to move people and caved in and let us stay. Thank goodness for some budget cuts I guess. It sucks that we will have to face yet another year of wondering where we will be moving to and how long the idiot in charge of deciding that will take to actually write the orders out (he has been late every year, if he was a civilian he would have been fired for incompetence by now). Not that I am pissed off or bitter or anything. Nooo not me!

Guess what I am going to be doing next month on May 6th. You are right, I am going to be having a baby. That is when my c-section is scheduled and since both of my boys have been stubborn and had to be evicted I am not anticipating going early. I was kind of hoping that he would be born the 5th so that his birthday would be 5-5 but 5-6 is still pretty cool. It is kind of relieving to be able to say that I only have so many more appointments before the baby comes. I am looking forward to the end of all the discomfort that has come with sleeping at night. Some mornings I wake up so sore that it feels like I have not been sleeping at all. I think I may be doing exercise videos in my sleep. I am looking forward to a nice bowl of cereal in the morning.

I have been having some odd food cravings of late. I think I could eat sauteed mushrooms all day long. Another more urgent craving has been for boneless buffalo wings. I have been eating them for lunch almost every day. Even though they burn my stomach I can't get enough. Luckily both of my cravings are low carb so I am free to indulge in them (within reason of course). I wonder what it is about them that is driving me nuts.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Name game part two

You guys are good! The names were pulled from a list of awful names that were sent to me by the NP that works for Evan's old cardiologist. She was trying to be helpful (with friends like her, who needs enemies? lol) when I mentioned that we were having a hard time coming up with a name for the little guy. I suppose to could have tried to claim that I was in labor, but that would have taken too much planning to pull off.

I have been relatively silent of late. Right now I am trying to not freak out that WE STILL DON'T KNOW if we are moving this summer or not ( WE STILL DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!! my head wants to explode right now), facing Evan's IEP which I put off even calling about since WE STILL DON'T KNOW if we are moving this summer or not (and it may be too late to get it done before everyone leaves for the summer so his Kindergarten entrance could be delayed while they evaluate him), and gestating the baby (who, IF WE WERE MOVING, would be so little and I hate the idea of having to move with an infant). It also does not help that I am having a hard time sleeping thanks to the pregnancy and a mild yet annoying cold that is running around the house. So yeah I am just trying to stick my fingers in my ears and pretend that everything is going smoothly even though WE STILL DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE MOVING AND THAT MOVE COULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS JUNE.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The name game

My husband and I are having a hard time agreeing on a name. It seems like what he likes I hate and what he hates I like. We have managed to come up with a list that we can't narrow down so I thought I would put it out there for you all to look over and add your input.

  • Urlington Darkrin
  • Huntquail Watcat
  • LeCreed Leonimandas
  • Dexman Cobartt

Please be kind, it has taken us months to come up with these names and it has been a very tough decision.