Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 28, 2008

What's New Here????

This year continues to be busy and full of surprises.

Some exciting news for John is that he has made the final cut at two different schools (both in PA) so he will be heading that way for interviews. That means a crazy couple of days for me. He will be flying for an interview at Kutztown University in February and another at York College in March. He has also made the short list at Appalachian State (in Boone, NC) and is waiting for another call back from them. That means I will be stuck by myself and have to attempt to get all 3 kiddos ready and out of the house in order for me to be at school by 7:15. We are still working on all the details, but Camden and Adalynn can't go to their respective locations until after 8. So we still have some planning to do. I know it will work out. Please say a little prayer that one of these schools will be the place for us to be and that John will get a job (and finish his dissertation in time in order to get a job).

Other news on the home front...

Camden is a little under the weather. He, once again, has a nasty cough and runny nose. I'm beginning to think that he will never be completely well. He seems to have been fighting this since he started preschool. (the pictures are of him eating salt and pepper off of his hand-he was so proud of himself)

Broderick, once again, has blown us away with an AMAZING report card. He has mastered all Kindergarten expectations at this point in the year, plus some. He will soon be tested for the gifted program. We have known for a long time that he is "smart", but I think all parents think that there kid's got it....well now we are really beginning to understand just how advanced he is. His writing is well above the norm for kindergarten and his reading is getting better everyday. He is already reading better than he should be in mid-first grade. WOW!!!!

Adalynn is getting really close to crawling. She can get onto all fours and rocks a bit, before she eventually flattens out. I am surprised her forehead isn't bruised from so many face plants into the floor. She still isn't so sure about food. She does enjoy things with texture (Gerber Puffs, Cheerios, diced peaches and carrots). She just won't eat baby food. I guess it's not a bad thing...just very different from the boys. Even when I can get her to eat the other things, she will only take a couple of bites before she turns into a tight lipped baby. The pediatrician said that he will give her until her 9 month check-up before he begins the referral process for Occupational Therapy (OT). After talking to one of my OT friends, she mentioned that Adalynn may have some texture issues as well as being hypersensitive. So much has already gone on in her mouth, that she says "no more" and "leave me alone". She goes back to the Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Burstein, next Tuesday. We will update you with what he has to say...but she has developed two fistulas (holes) in her palate repair that we are aware of. This means that a lot of what she eats, still ends up coming out of her nose. I clean her mouth out with a syringe full of water after every meal and the water I squirt in her mouth, immediately shoots out her nose. We also keep her nose cleaned out with a saline spray, so food doesn't end up staying up there. She does well with sneezing most of it out. Needless to say, eating time is a mess and quite a chore. Maybe the whole ordeal has something to do with her not wanting to eat??!?! Who knows???

Thanks for checking in on us and the crazy antics at our house. Hope you enjoyed the new photos.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Molluscum Contagiosum is the official term to the weird looking bumps Broderick's has had on his stomach and now suddenly on the back of his legs. UGH! If his eczema wasn't bad enough, now he has blistery bumps on top of it. It is contagious...hence the name "contagiosum"...but takes 12-18 months to completely go away. There is no real treatment, but the pediatrician did say that he could put BEETLEJUICE on it once the redness goes away. Since it is a little raw, it would be too painful to do now. He has given us something for the itching (which is caused by the eczema, not the Molluscum) and we are supposed to wait a few months to see what it does. As for now, no more baths with Camden or Adalynn and we have to watch closely to be sure it doesn't spread and that no one else gets it.

No other news to update on...Camden is well (though says he's not "stinkin' and cute), and Adalynn is doing great (though she still isn't so sure about baby food). John and I are fine (despite both having headaches after spending 3 hours at Chuck E. Cheese with EVERY other child who had MLK Jr. Day off of school).

Thanks for checking on us. Be sure to let us know you were here!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

a four letter word!?!?!??!

There was a four letter word spoken at our house last night and you'll never guess what it was....

no not that

no not that either

Yes!!!! You're right!!!! SNOW
It snowed!!!!!!!! The boys were beside themselves. I think the pictures speak best. Enjoy!!This one is definitely one of my favorites!!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Photographic Glimpse...

Sleeping Beauty
The reason for Adalynn's fussiness (we think)...check out her tooth! You can also see her stitches/palate.
She will probably be crawling in the next few weeks.
Sweet Smirk :)

Bathing Beauty (with my big brothers)
"Here baby, let me show you how it works"
Chore Time!!!! (Broderick does a great job gathering the laundry upstairs and carrying it down stairs).
Messy! But boy does she love squash?
Sleeping in her highchair...Don't you all wish you could live like this?

Monday, January 7, 2008

I Can't Even Blink

Well, Adalynn finally had her 6 month appointment last week (which was really closer to 7 months-which she will be this week). Her stats are:
weight- TINY @ 14 lbs 15 oz....25th percentile
height-LONG @ 27 inches....75th percentile

She received 4 shots. OUCH!!!

Other big news is that Camden is feeling better and is finally big enough (weight wise) to ride in a booster seat. He is sooo excited. Broderick is a writing machine at school and is doing amazing work. He wrote so well today at school (11 sentences) that his teacher came down with him and showed me during my lunch. He was so proud of himself. Of course, my first reaction when she came into the teacher's dining room was "oh no, what did he do now?" and "aaaahhhh, is he sick"...but neither were correct. It was "WOW!!!! Look what my baby boy is doing in kindergarten".

They are all growing up so fast. I feel like I can't even blink.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2007 Year in Review

Here's a look at our many blessings this year!