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 moved 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. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Eight months!

When I don't post for a few weeks, I feel like I lose some of my writing groove and I just don't know where to start. So, here's just a few things:

Little Dorrit is eight months old today! Hooray! We've made it to eight months with the help of lots of doctors, nurses, friends, and family. I really feel like she has mastered rolling over and she has made great progress towards sitting up on her own as well thanks to weekly therapy sessions. She's started "talking" a lot more lately. Overall, she is just a really sweet baby and loves to smile and laugh (well, her version of laughter - Mr. Rochester swears she is physically incapable of hearty, belly laughs). She has her two bottom front teeth and constantly has a runny nose which makes us think there are more teeth on the way any day now. I'm so grateful she sleeps well and most nights we are able to get a good night's sleep (I'm sure her being hooked up to a feeding pump all night helps a lot with that).

This morning we finally had her baby blessing and we are so grateful to everyone who came to be with us in person and in spirit. :) We are especially grateful to our local church leaders for letting us schedule her blessing during our ward conference, which isn't typically when baby blessings are held. I think Little Dorrit just looked beautiful in her dress - I didn't get many photos of her today but I'm just going to dress her up again sometime and have a photo session with her in her blessing gown.

Trotwood has been enjoying T-ball and has one more game tomorrow. It has been fun to see him play although I will admit there were a few days where I looked upwards to the sky with high hopes for rain just so we would have that night free of activities.

A few weeks ago, Little Dorrit got her helmet and so far, that is going well. The biggest complaint I have with it is, we can never really seem to get all of the smell completely out when clean it each day. If you've had helmet experience, I would love any advice. We were told to use only rubbing alcohol to clean it so that's what we have been doing. She seems to have gotten used to it and so far, I feel like we are already seeing improvements in her head shape.

A week ago, I ended my work at the local University where I have worked since we moved to Arkansas almost seven years ago and tomorrow I will be starting a new job with a large corporation in this area. I'm excited about this opportunity but a little nervous too. It's an amazing opportunity for me with a great company which I know will only benefit my career. I know it's the right thing for our family as the position provides a flexible work schedule which is really something we need right now. Mr. Rochester will not be teaching classes next year and he will be able to stay home with Little Dorrit while working on his dissertation. So, lots of new things happening for us this year...Perhaps, I will start referring to 2015 as the Year of Change because that is really what it has been for us.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Little Dorrit's physical therapists have suggested that she be fitted for a baby helmet because she has a flat spot on the back of her head. And, even though she has rolled over, she doesn't roll over a whole lot and isn't moving as much as other babies her age (seven months old now!). Although I will say, this past week, she has made vast improvements in that area and actually seems to want to roll over. Anyway, because of all of this, we went to Little Rock last week and Little Dorrit was fitted for a baby helmet. I thought she was going to get really mad during the head scan but she was actually super happy when the head scan was being done.

We introduced Little Dorrit to some solid foods (rice cereal, pears, and sweet potatoes) a few weeks ago and that is going okay. I think I've come to the conclusion that she just doesn't love food/eating/drinking. She doesn't have oral aversion because she will suck on her pacifier all day long and want to put toys in her mouth like any other baby, but trying to feed her from a spoon or bottle can be very difficult. She only takes a bottle if she feels like it and even then we are lucky to get her to drink 20-30 mls. Concerning baby food, she doesn't seem to like having the actual food in her mouth and will often push it right back out with her tongue. Luckily, we have a speech therapist who is working with us on all of these issues and we keep hoping for improvement. This past week, we tried a sippy cup with her and I am hoping that will work better for her.

Despite her dislike of eating, she is gaining weight, thanks to her G-button! On April 15th, she had a well child checkup and she is 16.5 pounds (47th percentile) and 24.5 inches long (2nd percentile). We have a short, chubby little baby and boy, does she have some thunder thighs (and they are so cute)! Trotwood was always such a long, skinny baby, having a tiny, fat baby is a new thing for us. But she is very squeezable and we just love it. That's all for now!