Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter

We had a full weekend to celebrate Easter.

After the 5K we all headed to my Grandmother's house for lunch.  It was all delicious as usual and we enjoyed the afternoon outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
This was Barrett's first time with the eggs.  He had no interest in finding them for his basket.  He only wanted to hold, throw or chew on them.  I just loved his cute little bunny shirt.

We left there and headed home for naps.  We went to the Easter Vigil Mass because Hope was coming into the church.  It's a really long Mass (2 hours 45 minutes) so the boys stayed home while I went to support Hope.  I'm so excited for her.  

The Easter bunny came.  We try to keep things low key for holidays and gifts.  I want to celebrate and I love the tradition and fun but I don't want Easter to be about the bunny.  So Barrett got mostly practical things.  2 swimsuits, new training silverware, crayons, goldfish and yogurt melts.

Barrett was so excited about his new swimsuits.

And his yogurt puffs

We got ready and went to Mass as a family of three.  It was a bit of a disaster.  We sat in the church at first and Barrett had a meltdown and we realized it was either going to be one of us standing in the  back while the other sat in church (which defeats the point of going to Mass together) or we should just sit in the cry room as a family, so that's what we did.  We decided from now on we'd rather have the loud kid in church than brave that room again. (For the record most of the kids aren't bad, but when you get several moody toddlers in one room for an hour and a half trying to keep them semi quite, it's exhausting.)

We left church and headed to my mom and dad's house for lunch.  Barrett's a lucky boy because he got an Easter basket at both of his grandparents house.

Dad sat him on this pedestal and he wasn't sure what to think about it.

My sweet little family.  I am so thankful for these boys.  They make life worth living.

Second outfit of the day.  Harper wanted to hide eggs for him.

Once again he wasn't really interested.

All the grands at Mom & Dad's house.

After lunch we headed home to take naps and then we headed to Patrick's parents house for dinner.  Before we ate the kids had an egg hunt.  Here's a picture of all the grands at Patrick's parents' house.

It was such a fun and exhausting day.  I love being with our families but I hate getting off our nap schedule.  We are trying to wind down and get ready for the week.  It's our busiest week of the year at Signs of Sophie so we've got to hit the ground running tomorrow.
Happy Easter from the Horton House!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sister Time

I was so excited to see my sister it felt like forever since i'd last seen her.  That has to be the worst part about them living 3 hours away.  Some days I'd love to just be able to grab lunch together.  It's also difficult because I know how busy they are when they get to come home and as much as I'd love to kidnap her and make her spend the whole weekend with me I just can't.  When we realized the NCAA National Championships for gymnastics were in Birmingham we knew we had to fit it in if possible.  Alabama was competing in the evening session of Friday so we decided we would go.  I was so excited because we got to go together and cheer on our school.  Plus we both love gymnastics.

We sprung the 4 extra dollars for the lower level seats.  We were right behind the media tables and beam.  It was a little bit of sensory overload trying to watch 4 events at once.  
UCLA was on beam first rotation and I thought one of the team managers looked familiar.  I figured out it was Jordyn Wieber from the 2012 Olympic team.  So that exciting.  
Alabama tied Florida and advanced to the finals on Saturday night.  We weren't able to go though because of family obligations.  (They came in fourth).

After we left the gymnastics meet we went to the see light tunnel in Birmingham.  Pretty cool.

We decided to have a slumber party at mom and dad's because the second part of sister time included running a 5K race in Gardendale Saturday morning.  
It was supporting two local charities and we knew several people running it.  We were excited. 
Here we are before we left.
I had not really trained for this.  Like at all.  I'd been running a little for some cardio but not 3 miles.  I knew it was going to be tough.  I only had two goals.  1.) Not finish last.  2.) Finish under 40 minutes.  I realize that 40 minutes is a really slow 5K but I knew that was going to be pushing myself but still obtainable. 
I'm happy to report I met both goals.  When we rounded the corner I say 36.xx on the clock and realized we were faster than I thought. I realized I could finish in under 38 minutes I kicked it up a notch. 
 I love these next two pictures that were taken at the finish.
My sister is way more fun than I am.  She was posing and smiling.
Then she says I jumped in front of her right at the finish to beat her.  I know she doesn't believe me but that was not the case at all.  I really wanted to finish under 38 minutes and they clock read like 37.57 so I was trying to finish. They also told us to stay in line so one of us had to be first. I really did feel bad because she could have finished a lot faster.  I probably wouldn't have finished if it hadn't been for her.

Our sweet friend Anna.  She finished way faster than us and was cheering us on at the finish.  That was one good thing about finishing later, there were a lot more people to cheer you on. 

I went to pick this crazy haired boy up at my parents house then headed home to get ready for the start of our Easter festivities.

I was so excited to get to spend so much time with my sister.  I'm hoping to get to Atlanta more this summer to visit her.  She has been a huge encouragement to me lately and I try not to take for granted all the fun ways we have to communicate.  We talk often but nothing beats face to face laughter and a hug.  
Easter post coming up.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday Weigh-In

I realize it's been a month since I last posted a Wednesday Weigh-In.  (I also realize today is Thursday)  Life got in the way for a bit but I'm back.  I fell off the wagon for a few weeks.  If I had lost all the weight that I've gained and lost over the last two months I'd almost be at my goal weight. *sigh* But I'm not going to let that get me down.  I've still got a way to go but I'll get there.
Current Weight: 173.6
38.6lbs to go
My goal is to lose another 15lbs by May 31st.  That's roughly 6 weeks.  I know I can do it.  I've just got to get serious. 
I haven't been going to the gym as much lately and I haven't been paying as much attention to what I'm eating.  I'm trying to eat breakfast and make wise choices.  Patrick is on second shift so I either have to go to the gym in the morning or get a sitter and go at night.  I like going in the morning but that 4:15 wake up call is early.  Which makes me sound like a baby because Patrick gets up at 4:00 when he's on day shift so I guess I should just suck it up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Review

I'll start with Thursday since it's been a sweet forever since I posted.
Barrett is really into books finally.  Well he really just likes pulling them off the shelf but we read a few too.  This is our bedtime routine.   Patrick reads while Barrett is eagerly waiting to turn each page.
Actually this was Wednesday night.  It was after bath time and Barrett and I both needed some fresh air so we headed out.  It was a beautiful night.  We watched the cows on the other side of the neighborhood.
Thursday we had a fun play date with Drake. We met at the soccer fields so Anna and I could walk on the track.  Barrett took a quick nap in the stroller then we let them swing for a while and finally ended up on a blanket in the grass. 
Luckily, Anna is a good mom and brought the boys a snack to share.  Barrett enjoyed that. 
These pictures crack me up because Drake is 6 months younger than Barrett but they are the same size. They play really well together when Barrett isn't trying to tackle him.  It was a fun afternoon of much needed mom conversation.
Barrett was cracking me up Saturday at lunch.  I gave him some cheese and crackers.  He took one or two bites out of EVERY cracker.  Then he looked at me like he wanted more.
Saturday night we went to John & Hope's house to eat hamburgers for Hope's birthday.  We took Barrett's car because we don't have a level place for him to ride it at our house.  He had a ball.
Sunday after Mass I took his picture in front of the blooming azaleas at Mom and Dad's house.  Barrett hung out with them while I went home and did housework  took a nap. 

Today we were supposed to meet with our service coordinator to get Barrett's therapy plan mapped out but she had to cancel due to the stomach virus.  So we enjoyed the morning with Daddy and then headed to work.

We got to work late so Barrett ate lunch then he went to sleep and slept for 3 hours!!!  It was much needed because I have so much work to do this week.  I had to get a picture of his little feet.  For some reason when I looked over at him sleeping so sweetly I was just overcome with emotion.  Something about watching him sleep so peacefully.  I love him so much it feels like my heart could explode.  I think the fact he started walking this weekend really made me realize how fast time is passing.  He is not quite a full time walker yet but he is definitely walking more than crawling.
Patrick rotated to second shift today so our routine looks a little different.  We are looking forward to Easter this weekend and spending lots of time with family.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Can you Hear me now? {An Update}

{Another long boring post}
Last week we took Barrett for an evaluation for the Early Intervention System.  {Here's last week's post for the reason we were doing this.}  We were anxious to say the least.  I thought I was going to vomit in the parking lot before we went in.  We were early for our appointment so we were able to chat with the women that do the evaluation for a few minutes while they finished their lunch.  They were all so nice and we immediately felt at ease.  The evaluation process itself was fairly simple for us.  There were three women, one of them talked with me about Barrett while the other two were in the floor "playing" with him.  They were trying to get him to do the things that he should be doing at 15 months.  He did several of them but there were several tasks he wasn't able to complete.  They were so helpful to Patrick and I giving us several things to be working on with him.  We asked when we would hear back from them and they said in the next day or so.  Meanwhile I was gathering as much information about Early Intervention as I could.  I was so surprised to know how many people I know had used the program or been evaluated.  I was hearing nothing but good things.  
Fast forward to yesterday, I hadn't heard from them so I decided to call fully expecting them to say that he didn't qualify.  I was a little shocked when she said that not only did he qualify but he qualified in 4 of the 5 developmental areas.  He was borderline physically which combines gross motor and fine motor skills.  My biggest concern was communication.  They told us that more often than not when there is a delay in communication it will affect other areas. 
This has been a hard thing to hear.  No one wants to hear that their child has a 25% delay in 4 developmental areas.  While it's not the easiest thing to hear, I'm so thankful that our pediatrician saw a need for the referral.  I never thought he was as delayed as he is.  Part of that is because I'm his mom and didn't want to see it and part is because I just wasn't really sure what a 15 month old is supposed to be able to do.  I'm also thankful that if he was borderline it went in the direction where he qualified.  I would hate to think he had a 23% delay and didn't qualify.  I'm also thankful that this program exists.  I'm trying to not let myself feel like I've failed.  I know it's not my fault.  I know there are probably things I could do better but I'm a good mom.  We are eager and excited to start this process.  We are waiting to be assigned a service coordinator.  She will sit down with us to write out a plan and then we'll work together to get Barrett caught up to where he needs to be.  
We will also have a hearing test scheduled for May 7th to rule out any form of hearing loss.  Once again we think he's fine but want to be sure.  
Thank you all for your prayers and support. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Review

We had a fun, busy weekend.  Thursday I took this adorable picture of Barrett before work.  It's officially bubble suit weather and I love it. 
I know he's mine but I think he's adorable.

Friday night Patrick's mom and sister hosted a little bridal shower for one of Patrick's cousins.  I was worried how Barrett did since he's usually in bed by 7:30 or 8:00 and the party didn't start until 7:00.  He did fine but I was exhausted by the time we got home at 10:30.

Saturday morning I let Barrett feed himself with a spoon.  He did a pretty good job and was very proud.
I put him down for an early nap since he was up so late the night before and we had somewhere to be right in the middle of his normal nap time.  He slept for 3.5 hours.  While he slept I cleaned house.  My house was a disaster so it felt good to get it cleaned up a bit.

Ally caught up on her sleep too.

When Patrick got home from work and Barrett woke up from his nap we headed to a gender reveal party for some of our friends.  They have one son who is 3.5 and shes due with this baby in May.  They didn't find out what the first baby was so this time they decided to find out with friends and family.  I'd never been to a gender reveal before but it was a lot of fun.  My friend Brittany with Sweet P designs did the party and it was so so so cute.  The theme was "One Fish, Two Fish, Pink Fish, Blue Fish"

Barrett was not interested in having his picture made.
Love my little family though.  We stayed way to late but Barrett was so good and we enjoyed just getting to hang out as a family with other families.  
Sunday we got up and went to Mass, then to lunch at my mom and dad's house.  It was a rainy, gloomy day so we came home and took naps and watched movies.
The evaluation went well last week.  We still haven't heard back from them.  I plan on calling today. We felt much better about the situation after going last week.  Since we decided to tell everyone what was going on, we've received so much support from people that either went through the evaluation process and weren't eligible or qualified and loved the system. So we are very encouraged.  I'll do another post when we know what our next step will be.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Can you hear me now?

{This is a long boring post.  I've had so many thoughts over the last couple of days I need an outlet to record them.}
At Barrett's 15 month check up, Dr. Farr was concerned that he isn't saying any words yet.  No words, not attempting to say words, really no interest in talking at all.  He doesn't always respond to verbal commands, he can't point to any body parts when asked and we've been concerned.  I know that a lot of kids don't talk until closer to age two but the fact Barrett doesn't attempt to say words or even syllables led to us being referred to two different places.  One to have his hearing tested to make sure he is in fact hearing us and the other is an early intervention program that works with kids from birth to age 3 with a 25% delay.  They also have a program to teach parents how to work with their kids at home.
I was so upset when I left the appointment.  I didn't (and still don't) think there is anything really wrong with him but there is clearly some concern.  As a parent I want to do everything I can for him.  But it's still so hard to think something could be wrong.  Then I play the what am I doing wrong game.  Would it help if he was in some sort of daycare/school/Mother's Day Out program around other kids?  Do I not read to him enough?  Do I just give him what he wants to often instead of making him ask for it? Do we watch to much TV?  The questions are endless.  I think he hears me but what if he really doesn't.
We have his evaluation for the early intervention program Wednesday afternoon.  I'm praying that there's nothing wrong with him but if there is we will get him all the help he needs to succeed.  There are so, so many parents facing far worse and we are thankful that he is healthy and happy.  Being a parent is so hard sometimes.  I've tried to do the "right" thing at every possible turn, the hard part is there is never a 100% "right" choice.  What works for one family may not work for us.  I've done really well at not comparing Barrett to other kids but I do like to gauge where he is versus other kids his age.  He doesn't seem behind when with other kids his age but we trust our pediatrician 100% so we're going ahead with the screening/evaluation. We'd rather get him help as soon as possible if he needs it.
I guess I'll wrap this up.
I know in the grand scheme of things this is not a big deal.
But it's a big deal to us.