Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Jimmy is still scooting! He generally only does one scoot and then gets mad at you for not helping him out. I have been ignoring that though and forcing a little more tummy time. I see all the signs of crawling and he just needs to be a bit stronger and he will be roaming the house.
Today I took the first of 4 psychology tests. I feel good about it although I know I flubbed up 3 things. I mixed up two psychologists (god forbid right!) and totally drowned trying to explain Weber’s law. It’s one of those laws that make sense when I read it but trying to explain it ha ha ha…I think the professor will just laugh. It’s all the right words just completely messed up in some meaningless order. Hopefully I still come out with an A.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Below is a movie review of "Yo Tambien." A movie I definitely want to watch. It's in Spanish and it's about a man with Down syndrome that graduated from a university. He is caught between two worlds of those who have Down syndrome and those who are typical. He doesn't feel like he belongs to either group. He falls in love with a typical woman. The movie is about their story.
It brings up an interesting topic that I have discussed with some of my mom friends who also have a child with Down syndrome. How do you address Down syndrome in your home and with your child who has it? My parents know someone who know someone whose child has down syndrome and they never told him he had it. They raised him as normally as they could and never mentioned Down syndrome. In high school some kids were making fun of him and told him he could not do a), b) and c) because he had Down syndrome. When he told his parents they asked him what he thought about it. He said, “I can do a), b), and c) so I must not have Down syndrome.” I met someone recently that seems to be the other extreme. Her daughter had a crush on a boy and she told her that she had no chance because she had Down syndrome and the boy did not. I remember thinking, WHY, why not let her have a crush, what harm is it doing, haven't we all had a crush on someone that was out of our league? Obviously most people fall somewhere in the middle and wouldn't go to either extreme. I plan on being honest with Jimmy although I don't plan on crushing his dreams even if I don't think they will ever pan out. I think he should show off his mad skills and say and I can do it even though I have Down syndrome...so boo-yah! I hope he feels the same way.
When writing reviews for film festival movies, there are a few adjectives I've learned I will probably drop from my vocabulary: heart-warming, light, sweet... They're good adjectives for other movies, to be sure, (if a bit overused at times), but they have no place here. Nope. No way.
So when I saw Yo, También, I wasn't exactly sure how I planned to describe it, for that is what it is: heart-warming, light and sweet. It made me (and the rest of the audience) burst out laughing at times, and it stunned me silent at others. It's not the sort of movie you would expect to see at a film festival, and I love it for that.
Yo, También is the story of Daniel, a Spanish man who has Down's Syndrome. His mother decided when he was small that he was just as capable as anyone else of going to university, and so he attended and earned a degree in educational psychology. Now, he is working and living in the world just like any other regular person, and for that, he feels caught in between two worlds.
We see the parallels between the two lives he could have lead: the one he has, where he has his intelligence, his independence, his ability to hold down a normal job and interact with regular people on a daily basis, and the one that so many other people with the same syndrome lead: he watches through the window of the school for disabled people where he works in administration and envies their relative ignorance of their situation. He watches as a young couple of people with the syndrome fall in love (think The Other Sister) and rebel against their parents when they want to be treated as adults. Daniel has never known this, always having been treated as “normal” by his parents, but this normalcy or semblance thereof will become Daniel's weight to bear.
It is in falling in love with a “normal” girl, Laura, that he truly starts to question everything that he is. He cannot help wanting to be with people on his intellectual level, but, as his brother says, “No normal girl is ever going to fall in love with you.”
But the story is not only Daniel's: the woman he falls in love with is another person who does not fit in, no matter where she goes. She is estranged from her family, she does not know how to be in love. When they find one another, their friendship is the only thing that makes them both feel normal, and yet, for Daniel, this is not enough.
The story is sad, but you cannot cry: there is too much fun and happiness going on in the movie. Daniel talks to Laura about the characteristics of Down's Syndrome as though they were talking about hair color, and he sometimes uses them at her expense: he pretends not to know how to tie his shoes to get a look down her top, and at one point, while they argue in an elevator, he acts “subnormal” and causes Laura to be berated by innocent do-gooders hoping to help an innocent disabled man.
It is the juxtaposition between Daniel's lightheartedness about his condition that allows the movie to venture into deeper and darker terrain: the first time that Daniel (and the other Down's syndrome couple) make love, the fact that they are treated by “normal” people as children although they themselves feel as though they are adults. Even a bittersweet ending cannot take away from the heart-warming attributes of this film (and yes, I used a non-festival adjective).
- Emily Monaco
Monday, September 28, 2009
Today Jimmy scooted forward. It was a first for him. He has been able to pivot for awhile now and scoot backwards but he full on army crawled in a forward motion today.
Not much else happened. I am super excited thinking about a secret project. I wonder if it will ever happen.
I need to focus my energy on studying the consciousness, sleep, dreams, sleep disorders and hypnosis…essentially chapter 4. I think I have the other 3 down for the most part. Ok, that’s enough for now. Back to the books.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Bread
• 3 1/2 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoons nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups sugar
• 1 cup oil
• 2/3 cups water
• 2 cups canned pumpkin or two cups of pureed pumpkin goo (no seeds)
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
Mix the dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Make a hole in the center and add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour the batter into loaf pans and bake for 1 hour. For muffins, bake for about 35 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Today was a productive day. This morning I went for a short run and then Marc occupied the kids while I studied a bit. While in Marc’s care Jimmy ate scrambled eggs all by himself and drank Goji juice (not by himself). He picked up the egg with one hand and then with the other picked it out of the first hand and then put it in his mouth. Good Job Jimmy Jim! Then both kids napped at the same time. A very rare occurrence since Isa almost never naps but it was awesome and I studied a bit more. Then a friend dropped off a home grown pumpkin and Isa and I carved it. I tried really hard to get Isa to help me separate the seeds from the goo but she didn’t want any part of it. Hopefully tomorrow I will make some pumpkin bread with my goo and some yummy pumpkin seeds. Sadly I have a lot more reviewing to do before I am ready for my first test…augh. I am so nervous. Test is Wednesday.
This is not the egg but later in the day. We are trying to recreate what happened earlier. Food is in right hand (left side of picture:))
Jimmy is making the transfer.
Now it is in his mouth!
I was trying to get a pic of Jimmy on all fours but he refused.
Isa with our pumpkin.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tinkerbell and Cinderella!
I took Marc and my dad to see the 941 Sherman house. I don’t think we will be moving anytime soon. Sigh.
I had a great time with my nieces and nephew today. Isa played with her older and super cool cousin and was in heaven. I played with Agatha and Alistair and they actually thought I was pretty cool since Mom and Dad were nowhere in sight. Little did I know that was all I needed to get in good graces with them. Sorry Janet and Kit, you are not invited to the party! Jk
Tonight Marc and I had a babysitter with nothing to do so we saw the Informant. I liked it but I wouldn’t recommend it. I would have liked it more if I had rented it. I think mostly I was expecting a little more comedy. It was funny but I wanted more funny.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tonight Papa Mark put Isa to bed and when Daddy Marc went in to take the photo Isa had a bag of pita chips in bed with her. She so knows that she can't have food in bed...except for when Papa is in town!
This afternoon Jimmy could not stop laughing at the pink maraca. I had the camera in video mode above my head and the maraca shaking in my mouth. It’s amazing that Jimmy is in the video at all.
Dance party is from yesterday. Jimmy goes crazy when dancing and flexes every muscle in his body.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Don't let that smile fool you!
Jimmy woke me up at 5:30am this morning. He out-peed his diaper and his jammies were wet. I changed him, nursed him, and put him back into bed. The whole time I was thinking about sleep and how all I wanted in the whole world was to get more of it. Thirty minutes later Jimmy was screaming. I hoped this time Marc would get up but he didn’t and I finally went to the poor child. I guessed poop but it wasn’t poop just hunger. Isa thought 6am was a good wake up time too. All three of us ate and once again the whole time I was thinking of how much I wanted to get back into bed. After we were all fed I put Isa in front of the TV and Jimmy in the swing and got back into bed. A short time later Isa somehow managed to turn off the TV. ARRRG! Marc got up that time and turned it back on. I thought if I could just get 10 more minutes I would get up but it didn’t happen. Less than 10 minutes later I finally gave up and got dressed. Thank God for caffeine.
My friend is having a baby today. Woo hoo! Another friend has puking children and an out of town husband. While yet another friend has cankles. One relative got an internship she was hoping for. Another rearranged her furniture and then put it back again. And, there will be a movie in the yard part 2. I learned all of the above on Facebook today. I love Facebook. Actually, I didn’t learn about the internship on Facebook but the other stuff I did.
If only I could get a nap…
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Fleet Foxes is a five-piece Seattle-based band signed to Sub Pop and Bella Union. The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their debut full length album Fleet Foxes. Both Sun Giant and their eponymous debut album received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. The quintet describes its music as "baroque harmonic pop jams".
Tonight I made rice/chicken goulash. Isa told me she really liked dinner. Gotta love it. We listened to Fleet Foxes while we ate...it goes well with getting ready, cleaning, and dinner. Now it's time to turn off the music and study. boo
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It was an early start today because Jimmy had an ENT appointment in Oakbrook Terrace. It took 1 hour and 10 minutes to get there this morning and we were 20 minutes late. I hate being late. No one seemed to care though because Dr. Hotaling tends to run 30 minutes late so no real biggie. It was a good appointment. They did the pressure test and air was getting through the tubes and he responded to the sounds during the hearing test. He has moderate hearing loss in his left ear but his right ear is fine so no one is worried. Normally we get briefed by the doctor at the end but after waiting 40 minutes I decided to check out early. I feel a little guilty but man we were there for 2 hours and maybe spent a total of 15 minutes actually talking to someone.
I also wanted to check out a house during a broker's open house that my realtor thought I might like…941 Sherman in Evanston. It needs a lot of work but it has a big yard, 5 parking spaces and it’s pretty big. I doubt anything will come of it because I really like where we live now but a bigger place would be nice.
Cookies are baking, Jimmy is pretending to nap, Isa is glueing, and I am blogging. Life is pretty good!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Today was Jimmy’s 15 month well visit. He is 28.25 inches long (25%), 15 lbs 2 ounces (2 to 3%), and his head circumference is 16.5 inches (25-50%). Those percentages are on the Down Syndrome chart. I am guessing he is not on the typical kid chart. Yes, he is in the 2-3rd percentile for weight. He is a skinny dude. He also got 4 shots and he did not like it one bit.
While I was at the doc’s office I made sure Isa’s stitches came out and that she got the flu nasal spray. She didn’t like either of those but they were quick and mostly painless.
Tonight I made Rachael Ray’s spaghetti and meatball stoup. A recipe I make fairly often in the cooler months. Isa saw my bowl, with my two meatballs, and told me that she didn’t like to eat boobies. It took me a second to figure out what she meant. I guess meatballs remind her of boobies.
Below is a link to the recipe should you want to try it. The best part of the recipe is it makes a lot. I freeze half. Use about a half of the remaining and still have the other half of the half for leftovers later in the week.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday I was up bright and early and spent the day driving to and from South Bend, Indiana for a completely awesome Notre Dame vs Michigan State game. It was one of the best games EVER. The greatest parts about the game were that I could enjoy the good plays made by both teams since I wasn’t emotionally invested, it was a close game, the weather was fantastic, and Jonny and I beat the crowd out of the stadium…cause we ran like lightening! That run was actually harder on me than the 5K this morning. Nachos and Coke equals cramps everywhere.
I drove straight from the game to movie in the yard at Joe’s house. We watched Back to the Future and Superbad. Both excellent and Marc and I returned home at 12:30am.
This morning Marc let me sleep in till 7:15am at which time I was in racing mode trying to eat breakfast, get dressed, get Jimmy dressed, drop off the kids, pick up Tessa, and be at the race by 8am. We got there when people were walking to the start line. I finished in 30 minutes 8 seconds. Not too shabby considering I walked a bit. Marc ran along side me and encouraged me the whole way. Then Tessa, Marc, Isa, Jimmy and I had a yummy breakfast at Prairie Joe’s and ate all the calories we burned in the race plus a few extra! It was fun and now I get to shower.
The craziest part of the race was Marc's and my bib were #2 and #3. We must have been the 2nd and 3rd in the race to sign up! Woohoo!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This morning Isa asked me where her other validations were. Validation- a valentine cross pollinated with an invitation.
Jimmy managed to get his foot through the hole in the toe of his pajamas. He will be now known as the Hulk!
Isa, on the way to the potty, tells Jimmy, "if you poopoo in the potty you will be just like me."
Go Notre Dame!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
yummy blue ice cream
Thank God for In-Laws. I was blessed with the best ones and that includes everyone. Marc’s entire family is great. Today they helped me out above and beyond the call of duty. Isa fell at the gym. The story is sketchy but it has something to do with a rocking horse and a race car. The end result is Isa fell on her chin and had a pretty big slice going from one side to the other and it was fairly deep. We left immediately and went to the pediatrician’s office and they sent us to the ER for stitches. Why don’t they do stitches? It was a long process and I didn’t have food for Jimmy and thankfully Aunt Tessa and Papa Jeph came to the rescue. They brought food for Jimmy, stuff animal friends, Lion King the movie with a laptop, and then when we went back for the actual stitches they took Jimmy home with them so I could have both arms around Isa. Not that I needed both arms because they wrapped Isa in a mummy type contraction so she wouldn’t be able to move. That produced screams until the doctor was finished putting in 6 stitches. Not that it's funny to see your child in distress but she kept screaming, GET ME OUT OF HERE, and the doctor kept asking her what kind of ice cream she was going to get and Isa yelled, CHOCOLATE with a tone of pure hate and annoyance. That made everyone in the room laugh. As soon as she was out of the mummy suit she was nice to the doctors and nurses. They gave her lots of presents like blue gloves, a blue glove blown up into a balloon, crayons and a coloring book. Afterwards, we went to get some yummy ice cream. Isa picked this bright blue ice cream and I have to say it was pretty good. Then we went to pick up Jimmy who had the best time playing with Aunt Tessa. Thank you very much Aunt Tessa and Papa Jeph!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Yesterday we went to Timber-Lee Camp with Ups for Downs. We "camped" in a very nice lodge with our own private bathroom and 4 bunkbeds for Marc, Isa, Jimmy and I. We brought along a pack n play for Jimmy so we could have slept in two different beds each and still had two beds untouched. It was a great weekend. We climbed a rock wall, Isa rode a horse, we played at the beach, Jimmy played and LOVED tetherball (and no, Jimmy was not running around hitting and blocking the ball but Marc held him while he hit the ball and Jimmy laughed and laughed and laughed...if only I had it on video), and the food was wonderful. We also met a lot of wonderful families who also have children with down syndrome. It was a nice age range with a 3 and 5 year old and 5 teenagers. It was cool to see how unique and able they all were. It was a reminder for us to raise the bar high for Jimmy and expect him to be awesome.
On a completely different note, a few weeks ago I was taking out the recycling bin that sits right outside my back door and I slipped and fell. I mostly just landed on my butt but it still hurt and I was sore for a few days. There was a thick green slime that covered all the wood and it was the reason the steps were slippery and dangerous. Today I scrubbed the crap out of it and it looks awesome. I should go take a picture but I am way too tired.
Marc and Jimmy watching us leave on the hayride.
Jimmy with Katia (she could not get enough of Jimmy).Jimmy with 3 beautiful girls...just chillin on the bench.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This morning I told Isa she needed to wear red for school today and to go find something. She managed to remove just about every piece of clothing from her dresser searching for anything that was red. She hoped a few of her hot pink items would pass but I didn’t let her get away with that. She actually owns only 3 solid red pieces, two long sleeve shirts and a red dress. She opted for the red dress.
Jimmy is having such a rough day. I had to wake him from his nap to pick up Isa and he was so mad. I might have that problem solved though by having Isa eat lunch at school. So many kind mommies have offered to pick Isa up and drop her off at home but I just think that if I call he will wake up in time so then I don’t call.
Still no tooth but I really think it’s just under the gums. My mother in law got a spoon and tapped it around listening for a clink but heard nothing.
I let Isa make chocolate chip/M&M cookies today. We made them big and added more chocolate chips and M&Ms than the recipe called for…sometimes more really is more (in an absolutely delicious way).
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I feel like I am announcing everything too soon. I swear Jimmy sat up but hasn’t done it since although this morning he was super close. And, the tooth, where did it go? I swear I felt it but now it is gone. I hope he gets some teeth soon. It would be nice to expand his diet.
We went to the doctor this morning because Jimmy was up all night and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t something more than a cold. But, it’s just a cold. He seems fine after the morning hours but every time he is horizontal it’s like all the snot starts to clot and drain simultaneously and he is in hell.
Since I was up a lot last night with Jimmy I am now quite snippy. Poor Isa. She loves to make these high pitched sounds and I swear it’s like she is putting a knife into my brain. She can’t stop though. It’s the part of her DNA that she got from her dad. His sounds are much lower in pitch but other than that quite similar. ;)
After, I inhaled some caffeine and Jimmy went down for a nap, Isa and I made play dough and then played with it. Her creation is pretty awesome. What you would think are his/her legs are really his/her feet.
Great Play dough recipe
Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix)
Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.
When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer! Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.
Then add food coloring. Wash hands and play!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It's not a good feeling when you get home and notice that your panties have been on display. After a long day of being out and about I returned home and patted the back of my skirt and noticed something...I can feel my booty. Please NO I thought and ran to the mirror in my room to see how bad it was. There was a big hole in the back seam of my skirt. Ughh. I was at the park with 3 friends, let’s call them Abbi, Liz and Melissa, and none of them mentioned the big gaping hole in my seam. I am reworking my will as we speak!
Project Jimmy Drink came to a halt today because Jimmy had a fever. I think that may have been why he wasn’t fighting me as much yesterday. He was feeling ill, poor guy. I am not 100% sure but I think his first tooth broke through today (top, middle on the right). I just tried to feel it and couldn’t find it but gums are known to shift around so I will clarify tomorrow if the tooth is there or not.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I am taking psychology 101 and it is putting bad ideas in my head and I am barely past page 10 of my textbook. Why must I learn about all the dead psychologist? Do they really care if I know their names or not? I feel like I am reading competitive obituaries from the early 1900s. He founded X and was great. He founded Y, rejected X and was greater…etc etc.
I want Jimmy to stop rejecting the cup because he is figuring it out and not because I am evil and forcing him to do these crazy exercises that are making him miserable. Being a parent is hard.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Happy Labor Day!
Today on Labor Day we started Project Jimmy Drink. Project Jimmy Drink is a super amazing plan to teach Jimmy to drink (pretty tough to figure out, I know). My goal is to put the sippy cup in Jimmy’s mouth every 10 minutes all day long. We didn’t do as great as we would have liked but we did put it in his mouth a lot more than we usually do. Hopefully by Thursday he will stop pushing it away and maybe even drink it.
Last night Jimmy sat up all by himself. He hasn’t done it since but I think he will pretty soon. I could see him trying to figure out how he did it the first time.
Isa took lots of pictures today and a few of them are really good. I will post them.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I remember when I first saw Marc and thought, yes, he could be the one. We met in Cuernavaca. That night everyone had drinks together and by the next day I was totally infatuated. My mom was there with my youngest brother Luke and I purposely made sure my mom and my brother met him just in case he knocked me up ;)
For three months I literally would go back to my bed and think oh he totally likes me and then the next night I would think no he just thinks of me as a friend. It was crazy. Everyone would make jokes about when we would hook up and that gave me encouragement but Marc played the I don’t care one way or the other part so well that I was never sure where I stood with him. One day my friend Shannon came up and told me she and Marc were going to Acapulco. I was so jealous and wanted to go so badly. I didn’t have any money and they were leaving in a few days and I thought how am I going to get on that bus. I called the old faithful padres and sure enough money was in my account the next day. Thanks Mom and Dad! The three of us went to a little town just North of Acapulco called Pie de la Cuesta. We stayed at a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and proceeded to eat and drink (mostly drink). It was a great time and Marc and I drank to the wee hours of the morning until he FINALLY kissed me. I mean come on already. He should know I like to get my sleep. It was a pretty awesome morning and we have been together ever since.