Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sadie is on the left and Trista on the right.
6months is sucha fun time. They are sitting up, rolling, eating from a spoon and Trista even sipped on her sippy cup the other day- they don't care for the taste of water though. Both are jabbering away. Sadie gets a little more verbal at times and that pitch is ear piercing but oh so cute- only to me of course.
We are at the pool daily. Our 6pm walks when Chris gets home are being replaced with a 1 hour dip in the neighbors pool- we are so lucky. They love the water and before getting out each one gets a good DUNK under-did i mention that they sleep way better too.!
Although it may seem we love our first born more (sadie) Trista had a little "road rash" on her face and was not in the picture mood. Actually, while we were trying to catch that perfect shot and me playing photographers assistant poor trista took a nose dive to the dirt. She only whimpered about 2 seconds and was fine but had a little scratch on her face from it!
Sadie giving her oh so typical sweet smirk! She squeels, giggles and is so expressive. We've done an upfortunate thing by labeling her as the drama queen when really they take turns as to who will be the "QUEEN" for the day- I'd say they both have a little drama in them!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thanks to our wonderful neighbor Erica who's pool has become our pool and for her never ending offers of "mommy's hour out" when I need a break from the girls.
The girls are both going thru a fussy time and I can only chock it up to teething-except I dont see any teeth! However, they were mesmerized on Sunday when we sat under our big tree outfront as they watched Chris pressure wash the fence for 20 mintues while I sipped iced tea and filled in the calendar for June!
Sadie looks thrilled that her style is being cramped. Either the chair is too small or they just dont have room for a man in their life right now. Nana and Papa Carlson came to visit on thier way out west for a 2 month adventure.
Meal time is a whole new challenge in the life of muliples. Mom's tell me that it doesnt necessarily get easier just the challenges are different. Nursing was a piece of cake but to add solid's feeding on top of that has added about an hour more during meal time from start to finish. Gotta set up the "feeding" station which I recently ousted the highchair since they are bulky and replaced it with the small,portable/storeable booster chairs. Then its get the bibs on, mix up the mashed whatever that consist of yellow,purple and green in color and then get them set up, feed and clean up which is another process in itself. But dont they look like they are having fun and enjoying. I started out with fruits so when PEAS were introduced they did not like it and they let me know but after 3 tries of force feeding (j/k) they now like them. Sadie is now my champion eater. She has her mouth open and ready even as she watches the spoon approach trista- its funny to watch. And unlike the picture Sadie is pretty neat when she eats- her bib has very few drops on it. Trista is getting better but she would rather suck her toes in between bites.
Trista is first and Sadie is shown second. We were having prunes that day!
Cant belive that the girls are almost 6 months and as most of you know its been 8months since dads' stroke. Sorry I have been so bad about updates for him but there really hasn't been much to report until now. Mom, dad and Aunt Faye headed to Picton Canada for more aggressive therapy and for dad to recieve the bariatric chamber(oxygen tx) below is a letter mom wrote giving an update. Speaking for myself and a "few" conversations with siblings this has been difficult to watch for all of us but we are so thankful for our continued support from friends and family.
Pictures taken right before mom and dad left for Canada last week. June 1st.
Dear Family and friends,
We arrived in Picton, Ontario, Canada on Sunday evening and it was a most beautiful drive here and actually passed very quickly. Virginia is a beautiful state and was surprised to see NY state was also very pretty. Lots of farm land with country homes, very simple, but very neat. There are no road signs in NY state or in Canada, for that matter.
We were up early this morning, expecting to have treatments at 8:00, but our orientation was not until 9:30. They are very laid back, but very nice here. It is a simple dwelling, which we are thankful they spend the money on the patients and not the facility. Everything is very clean and everyone so helpful. There are mostly children here for treatment of CP, MS and one little girl, two years old had a stroke after her first birthday. She is beautiful and mom says she is making good improvement with the treatments.
Will have to tell you more details when I get home regarding the place. I don't think they have DSL and this computer took me a long time just to get my e-mail up this evening.
Jim had his first dive this morning at 11:00 and his second at 4:00 p.m. There has to be at least four hours between dives. I went in with him both times. IT is quite humbling. There are five other adult stoke patients here with us and they all got into the chamber together and I was able to help them with their helmets to make sure they were on tight. IT gets very hot at first, then very cool. Jim did well. They had him chew gum and drink water until he had to put the helmet on. It feels very much like you feel when you fly and need to pop your ears, but not uncomfortable at all. I slept after the patients had their oxygen filtered into the chamber. They have a video you can watch or you can read or nap while in there for the hour and a half. There is three hours of dives everyday, seven days a week and then they do what they call conductive therapy. A hungarian lady (very young and very pretty) does the therapy and all the wives or husbands helped her with their spouses. She does not let you do things for them, but makes them do it and there were some unhapy men, saying they could not do it, but she made them. They told us today that she was aggressive with treatment, but we would be very happy with her progress with the patients when she completed the session. She pushes the patients to do better.
I think Jim was very pleased with himself. There are two young men, under 30 who have had multipal stokes, but survived and are doing quite well with walking and talking and one of the men told us he couldn't say a word for 6 months or more after his stroke in 2007.
Well, I don't want to tell too much, but will try and keep you posted weekly while here. Faye and I found out there is NO time for sightseeing, but we are spending all day with Jim, working out, cooking meals and washing clothes. We share a common kitchen, but we are never all in there at the same time, so it gives us time to meet one another and there are people here from all over the world. The one young man is from Fayetteville, NC, someone from Minnasota, Fla, TX, Burmuda and many from Canada, of course.
Hope all is well with you folks and we look forward to getting back home and Jim's continued improvement.
Love to all,
Jim, Judy and Faye (Judy's sister)
P.S. Don't know what I would have done without Faye. She has our meals ready when we get out of the chamber, keeps everyone in line with the cleaning. She has been wonderful support and we are having fun at the same time.