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Marvelous Monday…

I haven’t missed a Monday post in 77 weeks! That is insane! So… fear not. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I am just home snuggling on the newest member of the family!

Marvelous Monday #CamilleThea #aisforadelaide

Camille Thea arrived VERY quickly on Friday morning!

Pictures, her birth story, and more fabulous posts are coming soon… but I am taking my time enjoy the sisterly love that’s happening here… as well as my Mom’s extended visit and the sweet milky breath of a newborn.

Have a fabulous Monday, and beautiful week, Reader!

love

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Baby Shower Gift Guide

It’s the baby shower, and Mom has registered for it all! The swing, the bouncer, the diaper pail, the carrier, the other carrier, the car seat with the stroller, the other stroller, the jogger, the booster, the convertible seat, the clothes, clothes, clothes, clothes, shoes, clothes, bibs, the socks- they’re so cute- more socks, bedding and lotions and soaps and baby-specific washcloths.

#aisforadelaide Baby Shower Gift Guide #baby #giftguide

While all of this stuff is awesome and some of it necessary, there are always off-registry shoppers (Why? I don’t know.) and people who want to know what Mom really wants. So I compiled a list of 5 things that will help her out more than yet another $78 plastic thing to put baby down in, or more baby shoes. Babies. Don’t. Need. Shoes. No matter how cute. Here’s my Baby Shower Gift Guide!

1. Gift Cards
They seem so impersonal. They’re not. At least not in this case. Personally, one of the most fun things I got to do was shop for my own baby-to-be! A few friends grabbed a cute bib, or an inexpensive item off of my registry and added a gift card- it was perfect. A necessity (like a bottle washer and special safe-for-baby dish soap) and then a treat: I can shop for baby! Clothes are always fun… but really, on week 6 of parenthood, I needed $30 in breast pads, nipple cream and more bags to store my milk– all products I didn’t register for enough of, nor did I know which brand I would like best. For this reason, tapping into one of my gift cards to Target or Babies R Us or Amazon was perfect!

And don’t forget post-baby time for mama! I love Massage Envy and was lucky to have a gift card for a few massages this pregnancy. (There are Massage Envy locations everywhere, by the way!) Or find out where Mom goes for her nails or hair. A gift card to pamper her (or just wash… eeeer, trim her hair) is such a treat!

2. Meals
There are a few different websites that offer meal delivery services… set one up for mama and pick a few dates yourself! Meals in disposable containers are a bonus (bring a bottle of red wine with it, and I may try to keep you). Recently a friend set up Meal Train for me after Addie’s surgery. It saved me three nights of cooking, which gave me time to sit with Addie and give her the attention she needed during her recovery. Post-baby, having someone help out with the cooking (even a breakfast casserole for the mornings) is an invaluable gift!

3. Postpartum Doula
If you read regularly, you know that I love doulas, but did you know that there are more than one type? A postpartum doula comes to the house and helps Mom. She will hold the baby so she can shower, help with laundry, dishes, meal prep, naps… a whole slew of things so Mom can acclimate to motherhood (or motherhood with more!). Local doula Kristen Kardos helped me after Addie was born, and it was wonderful (also something I never would have thought of!). Having a list that you keep (when you notice something that needs to be done, like vacuuming or dishes or folding, write it down and leave it out for guests to see, too) will help you see what you need help with. It’s sometimes hard to ask people who come to visit for help (although if you’re a visitor, please ask Mom what she needs help with- trust me, she’s great at holding the baby, but maybe would like some help making lunch), but having someone come a few times after bringing baby home is so helpful! Book the minimum hours for Mom from a postpartum doula and she will surely thank you from behind those tired eyes!

4. Cleaning Service
I cannot express how awesome this is- there is just no reason to even try. With a new baby, having someone come to the house a few times to vacuum, or to do a BIG clean before the baby comes… whatever you think! Mom will surely appreciate some help getting things more than in order– getting them professionally clean!

5. Stick to the Registry
Still unsure? Just gift something Mom really (thinks she) needs! Not quite a gift idea, but I know before I became a mom for the first time, I panicked. I didn’t know what to do with all the clothes I didn’t register for, and bibs and socks (SO MANY SOCKS!), and a toothfairy pillow (kids don’t lose their teeth for a while)… but I didn’t have enough diapers or wipes or bottles. It’s fun to shop, of course… and I am SO thankful for all the gifts we got when Addie was born, but I can assure you- I didn’t need one more memory book or picture frame as much as I needed some more Pampers and baby wash! Try to mix it up if you’re shopping off the registry.

I hope this helps the next time you’re wondering what to get the mama-to-be! …and no matter what- thank you for helping out mamas. As a soon-to-be mom again, I can tell you that having that love and support to get it all together means so much, both financially and emotionally.

Here’s to more celebrations, more babies, a whole lot of love!

*Tip: include a gift receipt for everything, even diapers!

 

This post was not sponsored by anyone… I have received nothing for the links (or for Baby 2), and will not if you click them- but you can always send me a meal or gift card!

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Marvelous Monday

It’s going to be a good week… every week starts that way, until you realize you totally failed to show off your firstborn’s second birthday party! While I know it’s not really a big deal, Miss A adores Elmo and we loved giving her a little celebration to show that! So… here’s a little recap of Addie’s second birthday… which was in April. #bloggermomfail

For her Rhode Island party, we went to Gymboree in Cranston. They did a wonderful job- and the kids loved it so much I actually wish we’d paid for the extra time… but as it goes, sometimes letting good things end on a good note before everyone wants to leave is the best policy. I guess in the end I’m glad it went as it did. Lots of smiles are way better than a few tears!

#aisforadelaide Elmo Birthday Gymboree #secondbirthday

 

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All the dads watching over the birthday girl!

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#aisforadelaide #elmo #cupcakes

#aisforadelaide Elmo #secondbirthday #celebrate #gymboree

Our gift to her was seeing Sesame Street Live at the Providence Performing Arts Center in downcity Providence. It was a beautiful day- so we parked a bit away and walked to the theater. Our seats were amazing- thanks to the friend we bought the tickets from (she and her hubby purchased them to get the best seats without the other knowing!) and right on the end! …and Addie didn’t ask for anything at the souvenir stand, but we bought her a huge Elmo and Cookie Monster mylar balloon anyway- which is deflated and tucked away in her memory box!

#aisforadelaide #elmo #sesamestreetlive #PPAC

#aisforadelaide #elmo #sesamestreetlive #stage #PPAC

Then… as all children get, we had a second party. (Just kidding… Addie is spoiled by having family in more than one state!) We head down to Delaware to Addie’s geneticist around her birthday each year, so my parents always have a little something for her at that time, as they live just 80 miles north. This year, I was blessed to have a friend who had a ton of Elmo decoration on hand that she wasn’t using! I was thrilled, and as soon as we got to my parents’ house I began pulling things out and hanging them all over the “great room”.

#aisforadelaide #elmo #decor #birthdayparty #secondbirthday #details

#aisforadelaide #elmo #cake #sesamestreet

A beautiful cake made by my friend’s high school culinary students!

I love that we have simple, but fun parties for our girl, and that she got to celebrate with Elmo! When I asked if that’s what she wanted, she was so excited I thought she would melt! Of all the good things we get in life, experiences are the ones we remember. I know she won’t remember it all, but as her parents, we remember most- and I will always cherish seeing her face light up- even if it’s because of a dehydrated person dressed in an Elmo suit and not her doting mother.

#aisforadelaide Elmo #party #friends #family #celebrate

 

Addie’s first birthday was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! What are your birthday party themes? For three, I’m thinking tea party! …we shall see what Adelaide thinks of my idea.

 

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Flying Around #travel

We loved going to San Diego, and thankfully, had not just a wonderful time there, but a great time getting there and back! Flying the friendly skies truly was a great experience for us!

When we arrived at Logan Airport in Boston, we got unloaded and went in. Without much of an issue, we went through security and wound up at this awesome play space for kids!

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #loganairport #travel #SanDiego #flying

It was a little disappointing because some friends were over the height limit and suggested activity level for the space, but as a whole, it was a great space! Dave and Addie ran around a lot and got her energy out, which was perfect for the upcoming flight! We headed across the walk and into the family room where Addie got into her PJs and posed in front of the mirror for a bit.

#aisforadelaide #flying #boston #airport #travel #SanDiego

Then we got on the plane! We took Alaska Airlines to San Diego and it was a fabulous experience! We were able to board before everyone else so we could get Addie’s seat settled, and they had some awesome headrests that you could curve to adjust for the sides of your head. These were awesome because then I didn’t have to worry about my head falling down when I slept and hurting my neck!

#aisforadelaide #flying #alaskaairlines #boston #travel #SanDiego

Alaska Airlines also has outlets for each seat, which makes charging devices easy! …and included a decent amount of space for our limbs and bags!

#aisforadelaide #flying #alaskaairlines #travel #funnyfaces

When we landed, it was LATE for us (about 3am), and about midnight on the West Coast. Thankfully, we’d all gotten a bit of a nap on the plane AND I’d booked Super Shuttle weeks before. While we only had a short wait for the shuttle, it was overbooked, meaning there was a person without a seatbelt, and our driver was… exuberant. Being that it was midnight on July 4th there was a lot of traffic- but our driver was keen to stay out of it… which meant weaving, speeding up and braking fast and lots of cutting through neighborhoods. In the end… we got to our hotel in one piece, and the price for the ride was unbeatable. I have no doubt that we were safe… just wish it hadn’t been such an exciting ride!

We’d taken the train up to Anaheim, so we flew out of Los Angles International Airport! As expected, the lines at LAX were a bit longer to get through to security. Thankfully we had preferred passes, and were able to head over to a shorter line. Of course, with a car seat and carry-on luggage and the like, we needed some extra moments to get shoes on and off and laptops out, but there was no rushing us and a lot of assistance from the staff. I was glad that no one was upset with us!

#aisforadelaide #americanairlines #flying #travel #LAX

While we flew Alaska there, on the way back, we flew American Airlines. Their flight was super booked, so they asked anyone who could to check their carry-on. I was nervous, but offered up Addie’s bag and our rolling bag as well. They tagged our items and thanked us for helping, as well as helping us onto the plane early so we could get Addie settled in and what we had left with us stowed away.

#aisforadelaide #flying #Samsung #americanairlines #travel

After boarding, Addie fell asleep followed by myself, but when I woke up, about a catnap later, I was starving! Ooops. We’d had a mishap with some trail mix and all I really wanted was the salad I’d seen on the in-flight menu. Wanting me to be happy, Dave popped up and walked to the back of the plane. After he’d asked for the salad, he went to pull out his wallet, but the attendant held up his hand, “your wife is the woman who is pregnant and was sleeping?” “Yes,” he replied. The salad was all mine, and thanks to the wonderful customer service, it was also $10 saved (much needed!).

#aisforadelaide #flying #salad #americanairlines #travel

All-in-all, I loved both airlines and was really pleased with the ease of travel though Boston’s Logan, San Diego’s International (and their amazing outside bridge), as well as LAX airports!

#aisforadelaide #travel #view #landscape #flying #americanairlines

What are your best memories about airports? Any nightmares?

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5 Things I Want to Clear Up About (my) Pregnancy…

Pregnancy is hard on the body- even the “easy” pregnancies have their days, but it seems like so many things in life, when a woman is pregnant people want to ask questions. Lots of questions… and some of them are rather presumptuous. While I laugh at some inquires, cringe at the few unwanted belly touches, and bite my tongue at the unasked for advice, I figured there were a few things I could just clarify for everyone!

#aisforadelaide #pregnancy #5thingsyoushouldknow

1. No, I’m not done.
Pregnancy is hard, and at some point many women feel that they are done. I get that. When the third trimester strikes, it’s tiring. But not tiring like the first… I don’t want to sleep. I want to do, only I’m bigger (and chasing a toddler) and it’s harder to do… anything. But, I am not done. I love being pregnant. I love knowing that I am protecting that life with all of mine. I love knowing that with each day we are together my babe is getting stronger, healthier, and more prepared for the world!

2. Aren’t you scared for two kids/labor?!
…I’m apprehensive. Having two is certainly not going to be like one, but it was a decision to get pregnant (just as Addie was planned, Millie is too!), and I think with our motto of #MartinkaStrong, we will be just fine! As for labor… I want to bring Camille into the world without medication, the same way I tried with Addie (read her BIRTH STORY). Pregnancy is beautiful, birth is what you make it. I truly believe that. When a nurse overwhelms me, I will stop listening. I will turn my attention to my doulas, inward to my body, to my loving husband and my mother. If a doctor wants to check me and I am sure there is no reason, I’ll ask for time. I have been to this rodeo before. I am ready to make choices, even if they are not the ones I want. I am ready to advocate for the care and birth I want. I am also ready to surrender. To my body. To the moment. To whatever comes in the next few weeks. I do not fear birth.

3. Yep, I can still do that.
Whatever that is, if I am doing it, it means I can. No, I shouldn’t be carrying in a huge box of groceries from BJ’s Wholesale… but I can mow a lawn, I can chase a toddler, I can walk a mile to and from the grocery store. I can, and I will, practice yoga during nap time. I can eat whatever is in my hand and I can drink whatever is in my glass. I can. I really, really can!

4. Are you going to induce?
I don’t know why so many people ask this, or if they know much about the birth process, but no. I will not induce. In my (NOT a doctor NOT a nurse) opinion, medically necessary induction is rare. Age, size of mother or child, or reaching your due date are not medical reasons to induce. Women have been getting pregnant and birthing for a long time. The medical community has learned a lot… the United States, however, does not (NOPE!) have the best mortality rate for mothers. I hope that birth moves more towards being totally patient centered and giving the care to the mother, as well as more choice, but for myself and my research, I choose to let my baby come when she will.

5. Did you want [another] girl? (Followed by: “What does your husband think?”)
Oh my. This one is serious business to me. I always, always smirk. Did we want another girl? No. We wanted another child. Just any child. I don’t even say “healthy” anymore because people consider Addie unhealthy (which isn’t true) and really, a sick child would fit in just fine here, too. We were simply hoping to make another baby (and have some fun doing so). I truly wondered if Dave wanted a boy because I grew up with hearing that- knowing I was, in others’ words, lucky my Dad finally got his boys… I thought maybe we were not quite complete without my brothers, not because of them, but because of gender. Happily, this is not true. Dave heard girl from the tech and I thought he’d left the building for Cloud 9. As he looked at the screen and back down at Addie, I saw him say “Camille.” I myself could barely think. Poor Dave. I thought. And yet here he was, already talking about his girls, and protecting all of his Martinka women.

So… there are some answers! I won’t touch on the inappropriate questions, or the people who want to know more about my pregnancy than my doctor does, but I will tell you there are no current signs of achondroplasia (this does not rule it out). We did deny additional testing beyond a level 2 ultrasound because Millie is doing great in there, and achondroplasia alone is not a reason for a c-section. We will know way more… after she’s born!

What are some questions you wish people would just stop asking during your pregnancy? What’s a question you have about pregnancy? Or my pregnancy? …I promise I won’t bite (and maybe I’ll answer!).

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Agroterra Birth… RI Doula

As I’ve mentioned before, I am blessed to know some amazing women- one of whom is Lisa Gendron. I first heard about Lisa being a doula from a friend, and then at a Doulas of Rhode Island (DoRI) event. I fell in love with her almost ethereal demeanor. We met, her pregnant belly and mine, talking across my dining room table, and though we decided (mutually) that it would be a bad idea to work together- we were due with our baby girls at the same time(!), we remained in touch.

With (now) three beautiful children, and our girls being SO close in age, I’ve found myself looking to Lisa for inspiration and advice- not just because she’s a wonder about all things birth, but because she is the kind of mother I aspire to be. Lisa approaches life with an artistic and loving eye, but is also level-headed, educated and passionate about her convictions. One of which is birth. Yes, she’s passionate about birth… all things birth!

I am fortunate enough to get to play with newborn babies and assist Lisa with her beautiful photography (she even makes me look pretty good!), but more than that, I loved asking her a few questions about her doula services and what being a doula means to her.

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What does “doula” mean to you?
At the heart of being a Doula is a deep reverence for birthing, women and people, partners, babies and birth. To be a Doula means to be willing to suspend any prejudice, preconceived notions about how things should be and what choices people should make. My practice is rooted in the deep understanding that each person has a unique path that they will find. I cultivate the willingness to sit with each birthing person with compassion and respect for their individuality, choices, and needs. This support holds space for families to find their own meaning in the process.

What’s your specialty and why did you enter that niche?
I wouldn’t say I have a specialty per se, but I have a deep investment in the homebirth community in Rhode Island. After giving birth at home two times myself, working with the Rhode Island Birth Network supporting birth choices in Rhode Island, and co-founding the Rhode Island Homebirth Collective, I can say that helping families find the birth environment that feels best for them is a deeply important part of my practice.

How many births have you attended?
I can definitely say that I’ve attended dozens of births, but I actually decided to stop counting. I recognized that fixating on the number of births I had attended started to feel like I was putting notches on my bedpost. To me this did not feel aligned with my mission as a doula. The more births I attend, the more I feel humbled knowing that there is always something to learn.

Favorite/most anticipated moment about birth… besides the baby!
My favorite moment and birth isn’t actually the emergence of the baby at all. Of course that is an amazing moment for families and a completely unparalleled personal moment of joy and glory, but my favorite moment is actually the process that happens when the birthing woman or person has hit the wall, and they don’t think they can go any further, and they do- They do. It’s not a moment but more shift inside the woman or birthing person. It’s a transformation of will and consciousness. It’s something more profound than I can describe fully, I am in awe of it every time. It’s love.

Hardest part of your work?

The hardest part of my work is probably watching people suffer. Often there is suffering in birth, even in a beautiful empowered birth with providers that are wonderful and great support. As in life, suffering in birth is complex. It can be physical pain, the awakening of old trauma- many things. In birth a woman must face herself. The beauty of it is that suffering can be transcendent. Although it is painful to watch, I’m not afraid of this. I understand that birth, motherhood, and life invite us to learn from suffering. A doula offers her love, understanding and compassion to a woman who works to confront herself in birth. In the process there is unbearable pain, and unbelievable joy.

… and the most rewarding?
The Mamatoto- the unity of mother/ baby the perfect dyad. In surrogacy or birth where the mother gives her baby to a family that longs to love him/her, the selflessness of life giving and birthing.

Lisa Gendron Agroterr Birth Doula #aisforadelaide

A few words that you feel describe motherhood?
Motherhood: it’s raw, it’s exquisitely beautiful, it’s the most difficult thing I have ever lived- it’s the sublime.

What areas do you serve in RI/MA/CT?
All of Rhode Island Southern Massachusetts up to the Boston area and parts on the Connecticut border

Your hope for the future of your profession?
My hope is that every birthing person has a Doula. I suppose that means our profession must grow profoundly- that’s what I hope more than anything.

Your services are listed on your website and I know you’re always open to emails and messages! Is there anything else you want to add?
I provide sliding scale for families. I do not want financial restrictions to prohibit families from having a Doula. This is a social justice issue!

 

Want to know more about Lisa? Please visit her on Facebook and the web for Photography and Birth!

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A Birth Blessing

A friend once gave me a beautiful blessing before my first birth, and I recently found it tucked away in a pile of papers from 2012. I wanted to share it with you, along with some gorgeous photos that were taken by artist Lisa Gendron of Agroterra Birth. You can read more about Lisa next week (her doula piece is coming out!!!!), but before that, take a look at some of these moments caught during my maternity photo session:

#aisforadelaide #maternity #Agroterra #photography #motherandchild Baby kisses

Maternity Photoshoot by Agroterra Photography #aisforadelaide

#aisforadelaide #motherhood #blackandwhitephotography Marternity Photos

Looking at what she was able to get on film, she truly captured how I feel pregnant and how I feel with Addie. There is just connection. Love. Deeply rooted in me, who I was meant to be: Mom.

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These moments speak more than what I could write about- they’re more than an embrace in a picture, they’re my vulnerabilities about myself and motherhood and being a woman unfolding and melting away. They’re they inspiration on harder days. They’re the sunshine in the rain.

Thank you, Lisa, for your love, compassion and for sharing your incredible talents as a photographer and friend.

A Birth Blessing,
by Shiloh Sophia McCloud

 

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May your body Be STRONG.
Your womb Be OPEN.
Your mind Be PEACE.
Your support Be WISE.
Your birth Be WELL.
Your baby Be BORN in HEALTH, HAPPINESS and HARMONY.

…and if you can’t get enough of Lisa’s amazing work, check out her Birth and Photography sites!

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Dear Camille… heed this warning

Dearest baby girl,

You’re not even here yet, and you are so loved. I wanted to warn you of this before you are born. Before you are showered with love and affection. Before you grow up to be the little sister who will search for love from your big sister. Before you, yourself, may (no promises) become a big sister and get launched into the middle.

Before anything, heed my warning: You are loved more than you will ever know.

#aisforadelaide stretch marks #pregnancy #iloveyou

The other morning I looked in the mirror and saw what I’d failed to see before… stretch marks. Some were dark and deep, but mostly they’re just marks. They’re there and they will fade, but never disappear. I felt sad. I have not been feeling beautiful. I have been run down and stressed. I’ve had days where I haven’t eaten a thing and others where I’ve over indulged. The lack of sleep caught up with my skin and my long hair is in need of a trip to save the ends.

Your big sister walked up to me and kissed my belly. “You have beautiful belly, mama. I lotion.” She took a bottle from the nightstand and asked me for some. I pumped it into her tiny palms and she rubbed my tummy, talking about “my Millie” and repeating “I a big sister” again and again. Not once did she focus on my newly forming stretch marks.

#aisforadelaide #pregnancy stretch marks #thirdtrimester

You are loved.

I thought later that night I would tell Daddy about the morning Addie and I had, but instead, as I went to take her down from the dinner table, she asked to see my belly again. Begrudgingly, I lifted my shirt up. “Pretty mommy. My Millie.” Followed by a showering of kisses, her little hands feeling all  over looking for signs  of your kicks and flutters. For minutes we stood like that. Hands on my belly, kisses and her coos showering  you. “Baby sister,” she finally said, putting one more kiss on me as she signaled for my shirt to come down.

#aisforadelaide stretch marks #sisterlove #pregnancy

You are loved.

These stretch marks scare me. But they do not scar me. I am proud to be  your mother. To grow my stripes for you.

Heed this warning, and repeat it on the days that you feel like the angst-y teen I am sure to produce (I, myself, was quite the angst-y one):

You are loved more than you will ever know.

love,
mom

 

 

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All That Swaggers is Good

Dear Adelaide,

I love being your mom. I’ve been watching you these past few weeks and you’ve just grown leaps and bounds… even in your feet (they’re holding you up so much better since surgery)!

I teared up watching you walk the other day. The way you swagger like no other, the bow in your legs,and sway in your back offering me a comfort others may take for granted. Regardless of things so many doctors said, you’re walking and running. Your gait distinctly Adelaide Eileen. There’s no mistaking all that makes you uniquely you… and it is that which brings me to tears and laughter. All at the same time. This summer has been hard, but I know that whatever you face, we will face together- and it is your strength that will bring us through.

#aisforadelaide #amotherslove #swagger #strength

As we enter another chapter- you becoming a big sister- I’m excited to see how much you flourish!

I love you and your swagger,
Mom

 

 

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Marvelous Monday

This week is post-op follow up! I am excited for a marvelous Monday… and Tuesday (where we will be back in dance) and Wednesday (where we’ll be back in Rock-a-Baby), and Thursday (which is our appointment) and Friday (when we’ll get a chance to sit and relax and go to a big family event!). It’s been a roller coaster of a summer and now that we’re on the mend, I wanted to celebrate a little bit! We’re so thankful to have some celebration, after all!

#aisforadelaide Marvelous Monday #farmersmarket #weekend #endofsummer

BIG strides happened last week! and I wanted to recap it all as we embark upon another week, sure to show more improvement!
ONE: Addie was off ALL pain medications starting mid-week, and aside from some of the expected soreness and some itchiness, she is doing great!
TWO: We also got pushed out of speech therapy! Addie has been in it because of her ear tubes (we only had sessions once every 6-8 weeks), and we finally had our follow up to tube surgery with our therapist and she and I both agreed that we were done. Addie has wonderful speech, is using inclusive words (“Come with me, mommy. Daddy you come, too.”), is understanding the difference between different but similar emotions, and all-around just doesn’t need speech anymore. We discussed how when Addie’s tubes fall out she may have periods where she will stop doing things (she stopped singing when her ears filled with fluid these past few months), but that it will come back and the sooner we take care of it, the better.
THREE: We also talked about how we would transition her out of Early Intervention. A LOT to think about, but it gave us a great end to the last week- and a wonderful start to our marvelous Monday!!!

I am excited that we’ve come such a long way from where we were 2 weeks ago… and that we were able to enjoy our weekend together- with matching nails, almost finishing Millie’s room, sibling class and going to the farmers market. It was a full weekend, but certainly a wonderful way to start the close out of our summer.

#aisforadelaide #jamberry #julep #nailart Marvelous Monday

Addie went to her sibling class on Saturday, and while it was more for fun, I loved watching her carry around a giant, heavy baby doll, learn to change a diaper and read a book with Dave about becoming a big sister (one she’d read before from the library!). It was a lot of fun.

#aisforadelaide Marvelous Monday #siblingclass

With Addie enjoying a gumbo full of okra on Saturday night, we’re onto cooking leeks and purple potatoes this week… we will surely miss the market when it closes, but will take every advantage of trying all the local fresh fruits and veggies until then!

#aisforadelaide #famersmarket Marvelous Monday #veggies

With an amazing week ahead of us, we’re wishing you a Marvelous Monday and week, Reader!

lots of love,

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