Sunday, May 31, 2009

Treadmill Training Mission

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2009/0102-baby_treadmill.htm

I am on a mission to get treadmill training for Marissa. I have e-mailed several people on craigslist, freecycle, and just people I know to see about acquiring a free treadmill. I have plans to harass our insurance company relentlessly for them to approve this as equipment necessary for physical therapy. Marissa has PT this Wednesday so I am going to talk to Krista, the physical therapist, to see if she can help make this happen.

I am quite excited to learn about this great research. Do you know how many doors this will open? Do you know how encouraging it is that there are doctors out there doing things to improve the quality of life for these little ones?

Thankfully for Marissa we have faith and trust in God and we know HE has a perfect plan for her and failure is not in that plan. I'm not completely sure what God's plan is for my little peanut, nor do I know what he has planned for me. I do know that my treadmill mission is all wrapped up in an educational mission to learn a lesson in acceptance that is all wrapped up in a package full of can do's and will be's for my daughter and any other special little baby out there.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Homemade Baby Food

In order to save money I decided to make my own baby food. Those little 2.5 oz packs of baby food can cost up to 1.50 or so. I've been buying organic which makes it a little more pricey. http://wholesomebabyfood.com/cost.htm

What I used...I bought the cookbook Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, off of a recommendation from my SIL, Julie. If I'd known better, I would've just used the internet as it would've been cheaper. I also used my Kitchenaid blender which has a puree option and my Oster Steamer that I received as a gift for Mother's Day. I also bought some small storage containers 6/$1.00 at Dollar Tree. After making my purchase I read that ice cube trays are a better investment. I will absolutely be trying that on my next day of pureeing.



I made everything from broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, and peas. Some of the foods required a little bit of water to help the pureeing process. It was initially quite time consuming, but once I got a rhythm down it was very do-able. Look at all the baby food I got for about $15.00 worth of groceries. I ran out of containers, but the bags will work for the time being.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Teach your kids @ DS w/ this site...

http://www.downtownds.com/

Need Help w/ Feeding


I'm the works of getting a referral for Oral Motor OT for Marissa's bottle feeding issues. She used to take a bottle until she was about 4 mo. old. Once she had her surgery, we were able to strictly breast feed because she no longer had weight gain issues (i.e. see chubby legs in previous posts). Now, I am feeding her solids once a day and breast feeding the rest of the time. However, we just started daycare and she can't go all day without milk so we need this referral. OR....Can anyone out there can give me some advice on how to get her to bottle feed? I would sincerely appreciate the advice.


In addition to my exercise today, Marissa had PT. Krista, her therapist, was so happy to see her sitting independently. I should have brought my little video though because Marissa was being quite a pill and only did it at the very beginning of the session. I swear she cried for 45 minutes of an hour long session! I felt so bad for Marissa and especially for Krista! She worked hard though and had a good 3 minutes of supported crawling position. yeah for Marissa's strong arms!

Bike Ride


So, I went for a bike ride today, my long journey. ha, it was all of 2 miles, but that's better than not going at all. right... It's not the newest bike (my parents bought it for me when I was 16), but it'll get me where I need to be. My goal is that since daycare is 2.5 miles away from the house that I will ride my bike to and from work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I figure it's a short enough distance that I won't be all sweaty and gross when I get there. At least I hope. ;-) I already have a kids seat, but I wanted to road test it solo before putting Marissa on the back of it. Unfortunately I haven't found a helmet small enough for her, so she will have to wait to tag along.

I wound up leaving her in her swing and Bradley is passed out beneath her on the living room floor. Apparently, it's been a long week. I wonder why long weekends always make the week seem longer.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Remember to thank a veteran and say a prayer for those families whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A "Borrowed" Poem

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower- strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

But God hath promised
Strength for the day
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for all trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying Love.
Annie Johnson Flint

http://cheryl-rubyslife.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-verse_24.html

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Glory to God

video

Little improvements are HUGE accomplishments for this little angel. She underwent heart surgery at 4 months old and a little less than 4 months later she is sitting independently (for brief periods of time). For all the times that I get miffed at God for making it so hard for Marissa, today is the day I celebrated with her for her great accomplishment of sitting independently. Even if only for a short time, she did it...all on her own, SHE DID IT! God is good!

Oh, and my parents sold their home! Keep on praying though, they still hve to wait on bank paperwork and inspections and all that stuff. God is SO good.

Amazing people

I'm sitting in bed watching American Idol and browsing some blogs. Okay, American Idol is entertaining, but these people that I am finding online are simply AMAZING! From the families that are dealing with significant losses to others that have 6 or more children (through adoption), a family overseas impacted by Down Syndrome or other special needs. I am just in awe of everything that people accomplish, without reward or thousands of dollars to pave the way. People find a way to succeed and to make more and do more with their lives. I think it's time for me to evaluate the way I'm spending my time.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

1st Day of Daycare

We drove Marissa to daycare this morning. Their transportation will be bringing her home sometime around 2:30 this afternoon. The whole reason we are sending her to daycare if for the socialization and she will receive physical therapy once a week versus every other week. I left the building smiling, but as soon as I got in the car I was struggling to hold back tears. I know it's for the best, but it's still sad to have to leave with her with people I really don't know that well. I pray they take god care of her and help her learn and grow and to just take care of her...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

I woke to a present...


it was a rice and vegetable steamer...


but the real present today is Marissa.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

All about our day



I received a package in the mail from Grandma Bosworth. She sent me a pretty summer hat and little shoes from Theresa at her work. My shoes were a gift from their trip to Texas! I love my new shoes so much that I play with them all the time. I love to rub them on the ground and kick them all the way to my mouth.


Later on that day, Mommy and Daddy thought it would be fun to stick me in the sprinkler. I don't know if I liked that very much.


I think it's more fun to stay dry and read a book inside. I'll try to sprinkler again when it gets hotter outside.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Relaxing

So, Saturday was a little rough. After realizing the tiller we rented was much too small for the job, we returned to Home Depot to get the larger one. We needed a trailer so they hooked us up & while we were waiting the guy said, oh I cant rent it because it's supposed to be broken or something. So we go to start the car & it won't go into gear and there's a bright orange light on the dash. "uh oh!" Using the manual Bradley was able to figure out how to get the car in gear, but we basically had to drive home. It was 6 so we couldn't go to the dealership. Later that evening...I was heading to a friends house in our broken car when I realized the horn wasn't working and neither were the brake lights. yikes! Upon arrival I told my friends about my experience and thankfully Eddie (after a little poking around) pulled out a spark plug, swapped it out and TADA (sp?), the car is back in commission! Whew, we are both so happy. We only have 1 car so thinking that we wouldn't have any mode of transportation was quite stressful.

We had church this morning. http://www.mannachurch.org/index.html It was a really good sermon, a long one, but good. The primary message that I got was that we all have gifts given to us from God. We need to learn these gifts and apply them to our lives. He spoke of defining moments that define our abilities, our gifts. I wish God would just tell you sometimes, Patti, your gift is.... "fill in the blank". Honestly though, I think my gift is helping people. I am happiest and feel most alive when I'm involved in making a difference. Whether it be kids or the elderly (sorry middle aged people don't infect my happy zone the same as kiddos and grandmas and grandpas) :-) So, as I continue to grow and have new experiences and develop my gift from God, I wonder what is your gift?

Now, Marissa....my little peanut. I bought her a baby pool this afternoon. As long as the rain holds off tomorrow, she'll be in her cute little butterfly swimming suit, compliments of Aunt Julie, kicking up water. I'm so excited to see her making waves and splashing all around in her little pool. I promise to take lots of pictures...as long as they are within my safety zone.