So I always have the best intentions about blogging more, but the truth is I probably won't be blogging regularly again, for a while. Fact is, I've picked up other hobbies and they now take the time that was once for blogging.
But today, I'm recovering from the stomach flu and I hardly have the strength to stand for more than a minute or two at a time, so I've been sitting. A lot. And I thought I would sit a while and blog, but also because I'm recovering from the stomach flu, a thought doesn't seem to stay still long enough to blog about. So I decided to blog randomly :)
I went shopping with Treyton the other day. The boy needed shoes pretty badly and some long pants (not jeans) for the winter. I had a 30% off at Kohl's so we decided to try there first. So we walked in and went to the little boys section and much to my agony, surprise he is now in the "big boy" section. No longer are we shopping in the 2T-7T, he is now in the 8-20 sizes!! What? When did this happen. And on top of that, he actually needed to try a few things on and he went into the dressing room alone!!! Yes, I realize these things seem somewhat obvious for most parents, but they came as a punch in the gut for me…. just the other day, I went to the store (with or without him) threw the things that I liked into the cart, bought and paid for the items, brought them home and put them on his little body with not so much as an opinion out of him. Now, I find myself standing in Kohl's discussing what color shirts he would prefer, and which style of pants he likes!!! (Insert shocking gasp here). Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't enjoy this new stage, I love getting to know what he likes and what he prefers and watching him grow into a young man that can and does make decisions for himself, but already?!?!
I mean do you realize, I REMEMBER BEING 8 years old!!! I remember a LOT of things from when I was 8! This boy now has a memory! Oh my goodness, it seems all too much to process right now.
In other household randomness, I opened an etsy shop and started a Facebook page for my mom and I's crafts that we're making. I've already made 2 sales off of the easy account and it feels really, really good. I'm proud of selling something that I've created and put time and effort into.
I was recently talking to Tim and was shocked when it occurred to me that in February it will be 9 years since I've worked outside of the home! 9 years!! And I'll be real, sometimes I miss it but truthfully I LOVED my job (I was an office manager at a car dealership). But I love what I do now even more and I feel blessed to say that I've been at home for that long.
Audrey is now in 2 speech classes. She loves them both and brags about having TWO speech classes!! Bless her heart, she is trying, and it's a relief to see some progress being made. We're realizing how long of a journey this is going to be for her, for us, and at first I was a little disheartened by the sheer overwhelmingness of it all, but now I'm learning to be more grateful for the little and big things.
One of her speech classes occur at a rehab center where LOTS of different types of therapy are done, and let me tell you, when you walk in with a family that has a special walker for a child that can't seem to bend properly or walk properly, it puts your own struggles into perspective and reminds you to be grateful. I know that Audrey's struggles will one day be over come, I know that in the end this delay will not define her but rather challenge her to grow in areas she may not have grown in otherwise.
And on top of all of that, I realized this week as I was getting ready for some one-on-one time with one of our other children that Audrey looks at her speech class as one-on-one special time with mommy. She goes (by herself) somewhere with mommy and we go and play games and do fun stuff, it isn't something that Audrey sees as bad or burdensome or even as a negative thing, at all. And for that I am very very grateful.
School is going really well. It continues to be exhausting to motivate Treyton to want to do school, but we press on knowing that this training we're going through now will be with him for the rest of his life - I mean lets face it, our lives are full of us mustering up the energy to do things that we often don't "feel" like doing. The sooner he learns to find joy in the midst of less-than-perfect situations, the better off he'll be. Alexa on the other hand LOVES school, I mean LOVES it! She's usually sad on the weekends when we're not doing school. She literally had the stomach flu on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning (while she's laying on the couch next to a bowl), asks to do her school. I said she could, so she sat at the table with me and did two lessons in math and one in her phonics book!! While I was watching our church's sermon online, I was sitting there taking notes and she grabs some paper and asks me to write down some sentences she could copy…. copy work…. she wanted (and did) pages and pages of copy work!
I love her eagerness!
Titus is doing very well. He's standing now and constantly pulling himself up on stuff, but he doesn't really like to take steps until this week, even when we would hold onto his hands and try to "make" him walk he would basically just let us drag his feet along. But recently he's started to actually pick up his feet and take "steps" with them. Usually he gets so excited after he takes one step he's too busy jumping and waving to take another one, but it's encouraging to see progress :) and that fact that he's excited about it is even better!! He was the first one to get the stomach flu and has had the hardest time recovering, and since last Thursday, has lost quite a bit of weight. When I put him on our scale he was 15 pounds 13 ounces (with clothes and diaper on), at his one year he was 16 pounds 9 ounces…. clearly this is not the direction we would like to see his weight moving in. I have considered taking him in to make sure everything is okay, but I think I'll wait a few days to see if it turns around on his own. Thankfully he's not puking anymore, and is eating fine, but he doesn't really want to drink anything. Today, however, he's drank 1 full bottle and part of another, which again, is progress.
Treyton just finished up (or has one week left I guess) of flag football. He LOVED flag footballl, and this past weekend which was the only game I wasn't able to make I guess he had a 20 yard run!
He's on the younger end of the team (it's 3rd -5th grade) and it's interesting, to say the least watching boys from 8-10 years old playing and "talking" football. Makes me appreciate being a girl :) I'm not sure I could have pulled off "boy" :)
Well, I guess that's all for now. I'm sure there's so much more but I hear Titus waking up from his nap, which means it's time to hit "send to blog" and move on (sorry for the lack of editing, it's publish or forget about this post until I have time to edit, which means, it never gets published :)).