Sunday, July 26, 2015


Look who lost his first tooth this weekend!

For the last several weeks, Trotwood has had two wiggly teeth. Before school got out at the beginning of June, Trotwood came home one day and told us he'd literally run into a wall face first at school and then noticed that his two bottom front teeth were wiggly. They've been wiggly for about four weeks now and on Saturday, with the help of a little tug, one of them came out. The other one is still loose but not quite loose enough for an extraction. At first, Trotwood was pretty uncomfortable with the idea of losing any teeth but I think he's over his apprehensiveness now.
Friday, we got to spend some time with one of my dearest and oldest (ha! long-standing not age) friends and her children! I had the bright idea of meeting up at the park but the heat and humidity was oppressive so we soon landed at a local (very air-conditioned) bounce house to visit and watch our kids run (and bounce) around like maniacs.

On Saturday, we celebrated Mr. Rochester's birthday! Hooray! I mention this because he is such wonderful husband and father and I'm so glad we could celebrate him this weekend! I tried to surprise him as much as I could that day, and I think I was pretty successful. Mr. Rochester is kind of French toast aficionado so for his birthday breakfast on Saturday morning, I tried out a new recipe: Coconut Almond French Toast Casserole. It was AH-mazing! I'm not really sure what the difference is between this and having bread pudding for breakfast (this had fruit on top of it?) but if you like almonds, coconut, and french toast, I highly recommend this recipe. We will definitely be making it again.

Some wonderful friends whom Trotwood adores and Little Dorrit has quickly grown to adore offered to watch our kids on Saturday so I could take Mr. Rochester out on a date. We went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and despite the heat of the day, it was really nice to just get away for awhile. Don't get me wrong. I love my children - I just think it was fun for all of us (kids included) to change up our routine for a day. It was our first time to the museum and the grounds, architecture and art were all very beautiful. Also, we got to see an Andy Warhol exhibit which was a first for me. {Oh, and a sidenote: I know Little Dorrit has grown to love these friends because today at church she army-crawled under two pews to see them. Trotwood also went to sit with them today which is not unusual for him. I wouldn't be surprised if something like this happens again at some point in the future.}
Today, my mom, step-dad and almost 17-year old nephew drove up to see us. My nephew has been staying with my mom for the last month and we haven't been able to make it down to see them so they came up for a short visit to see us! I can't believe how much my nephew has grown - he was born the year I started college and in just a few years, he could be entering college! It was so fun to see them all!
Along the lines of Little Dorrit news, as of July 13th, she no longer needs to wear her helmet. Hooray! Wearing the helmet was successful for her and she no longer has plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome). We're still working with her on eating by mouth and this will still be a journey for her. Overall, though, she continues to do really well which we are grateful for daily.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Lately, Little Dorrit has been doing a lot of planking. 
We've also witnessed several other yoga poses such as downward dog, upward dog and of course, good ole' child's pose. Unfortunately, we've yet to capture the rest of these on camera although I'm hoping we can at some point.

She's really trying to figure out crawling and has come up with her own version of the army crawl which seems to be a mix between the army crawl and the inchworm. I think it is pretty funny. For some reason, she is especially interested in my flip flops and if she happens to see them on the floor, she makes a beeline for them. 


Don't worry. I didn't let her chew on them. Ew. Although I am considering getting her her own pair of cheap flip flops to chew on but then Mr. Rochester said in jest that will just teach her she can chew on flip flops. 

Physically, I feel like Little Dorrit is progressing really well. She continues to make improvements with her eating and we are positive about her progress overall. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The end of kindergarten

I know this post is a little late in being written but I wanted to write it anyways. Friday, June 12th was Trotwood's last day in kindergarten. The night before his last day, he looked at me with a very sad face and his eyes full of tears and he said, "I don't want to leave kindergarten." I gathered him up in my arms and held my sweet boy on my lap and asked him what he was feeling. He said he felt sad because he didn't want to leave his teacher Mrs. Wiles. I am sure he was experiencing many other feelings and worries as well, but as a parent, I could see how much he loved his kindergarten teacher. And I was so grateful that he had a teacher whom he loved and who loved him back. Here's some photos of Trotwood on his first (left and top) and last (right and bottom) days of kindergarten. I can't believe how much he has grown!
The week before Trotwood's last week of school, his kindergarten class led the school's Rise and Shine assembly and then also had a kindergarten celebration where they recognized all the kindergartners that were moving on to first grade. I don't think I cried (shocking, I know), but I have mixed feelings about how big he's getting and how I just want to protect him. Over the past year, our family has been through so much and he has grown up so much. We are so proud of him and wanted to celebrate him and his accomplishment. So, Friday night we had a special family night with him where we did some of this favorite things like watching a special movie, eating pizza, and drinking soda. We also bought him a cake and a small gift to congratulate him on his success. It was just the game Jenga and we thought it would be fun to play as a family. And it was. Even Little Dorrit enjoyed herself in her jumper although the evening may have ended in tears from one very tired little boy who was very disappointed (and a little surprised) when the Jenga tower collapsed.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Look who sat up for 20 seconds all by herself this morning!

Today, I got to sit in during Little Dorrit's occupational therapy (hooray for a flexible work schedule!) and she is doing so well! I have never seen her sit on her own unassisted for as long as she did this morning. She was so cute sitting there, I almost couldn't stand it! Her therapist said she was really impressed with the progress Little Dorrit has been making and I feel like she's come a long way in a short time too. She loves to roll the length and width of whatever room she is in and she has recently begun trying to push up on her hands and knees.

For awhile there, we were getting really frustrated trying to feed her by mouth and she wouldn't take hardly anything. But, in the last week, she's started to take more from a bottle again so that's progress. Something we have learned about her is that when it comes to food and eating, she really wants to be in control. She can eat - she doesn't choke or gag or anything - she just doesn't want to eat mainly because I don't think she is ever hungry because of the feeding schedule she is on. So, we'll keep working with her on the eating.

I'm getting adjusted to my new job and so far, I feel like things are going well! My favorite part (besides the great people I work with) is being able to see this by my feet occasionally during the day:
Trotwood will be out of school in a few weeks - we meant to find a fun summer camp for him to attend but we never decided on anything. I'm sure we can find some way to entertain him this summer. That's all for now!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our February 2015

As always, I'm a few months behind. I have big goals to catch up though. Here was what our February looked like:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Friday!

Little Dorrit had fun playing with her huge, stuffed unicorn tonight. Love our little supergirl! 
Check out those thunder thighs!

She was a big stinker today - she got her dressing changed on her Broviac and then an hour later, I had to call the home health nurse to come back and change it again because she had somehow managed to pull the catheter almost all the way out of the dressing!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


A few days ago, Trotwood received some mail from his best five year old "girl" friend who lives in WI. She drew him a picture of the two of them and it was so sweet! He decided he wanted to draw a picture for her too. So, he drew the two of them and then took inspiration for his other drawings and messages from a spongebob comic book he got on free comic book day. When I saw his drawing, I just laughed because at the moment, I had no idea where he'd come up with the words he'd written. If you can't read it well in the photo, it says: "Right on man! Now close your eyes and be free of your corporeal bodies." Random. But it made me laugh.