Friday, April 30, 2010

For your viewing pleasure

I know it has been awhile since I have posted some here you go.  Benjamin has taken quite a liking to Caleb's walker.  He loves walking around with it, he's actually gotten pretty fast with it too.  I managed to get a quick video of him using the walker earlier today.  You can see Caleb popping his head into the video as well, he couldn't stand that I was taken video of Benjamin and not him :).
Well, to make things fair, I took some video of Caleb walking with the walker as well.  His endurance has really grown in recent weeks.  He is able to walk pretty long distances with the walker without getting tired, which is really encouraging.  He asks to walk all the time which tickles me to death.  I love that he is so motivated to walk.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

So What!

 Look at this boy, does he look unhappy to you?  Does it appear to you that he has a poor quality of life?  Do you look at him with his leg braces, his forearm crutches, his walker, or his wheelchair and think "That poor boy, how awful that must be?"  Or do you look at Glenn and I and think, "They must really be struggling, I bet it is so hard to have a child that uses a wheelchair?"  Do you look at Caleb and assume that he is cognitively lacking?  Do you feel sorry for him?  Do you feel sorry for me?

I've got some things on my mind and I'm going to use my blog as an opportunity to get on my soap box and do a little preaching.  I got used to people staring at Caleb a long time ago, but what I can't get used to is the look in the eyes of the people that stare.  They look sad.  Like they can't imagine what it must be like to have a child that uses a wheelchair, or a walker, or whatever.  They wonder "what's WRONG" with him.  Let me clear something up, there is nothing wrong with Caleb.  Yes, he has Spina Bifida, so what!  Yes he uses a wheelchair, so what!  Yes he has to wear leg braces and use a walker, so what!  I'm sick of this negative attitude towards people that use wheelchairs.  I'm sick of the phrase "wheelchair bound" or "confined to a wheelchair".  That makes it sound like a wheelchair is some sort of trap, something horrifying.  Like using a wheelchair is the worst possible thing that can happen to a person.  That wheelchair is the best thing that ever happened to Caleb.  It improves his quality of life, it gives him independence, freedom, confidence.  My goal as a mother, is to make sure my kids feel good in their own skin.  I want both my boys to feel great about who they are.  Because they are great.  All children should feel good about themselves, period.  Caleb is happy in his own skin, he isn't sad about his life.  He has no reason to be sad and neither do I.  I don't mourn the fact that he isn't running like other kids.  I don't cry every time I put him in his wheelchair or put his leg braces on.  My heart is not sad.  He is an amazing child and a tremendous blessing.  I wouldn't change a thing.  Period.

On another you like the new look on the blog?  I do love my little monkeys!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My hero

Main Entry: heroic
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: brave, champion
Synonyms: bigger than life, bold, classic, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, elevated, epic, exaggerated, fearless, fire-eating, gallant, grand, grandiose, gritty, gutsy, gutty, high-flown, impavid, inflated, intrepid, lion-hearted, mythological, noble, stand tall, stouthearted, unafraid, undaunted, valiant, valorous
Antonyms: afraid, cowardly, fearful, meek, timid

Well, that about sums it up!  
I couldn't have said it better myself. 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Park and Puddles

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today so we decided to take the boys to the park.  Caleb rode his Amtryke all over the place.  We are so grateful to Ambucs for giving Caleb the opportunity to ride a tricycle just like every other kid.  These Amtrykes are wonderful.  Anyway, Caleb had a great time.
We got a lot of rain last night so there were puddles all over the place. Caleb had to make sure he rode his tryke through EVERY SINGLE puddle.

Benjamin just chillin' in the stoller.  He loves being outside.

Benjamin's cute little foot with his cute little sandals.

Caleb throwing wet, muddy pecans into the big puddle.  

Benjamin enjoying the swing.

Nothing like a couple of hours at the park to wear the kiddos out (daddy too).  All 3 boys are napping as I type this!  And mommy is enjoying the quiet. :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Caleb's Spring School Picture

Caleb's school does about 3 different school pictures each year, and this one is his "Spring Picture".  It came out so good that I just had to share.  He looks almost angelic in this picture, like he should have a halo over that sweet head.  This is ironic because this angelic looking child was behaving nothing like an angel earlier today, the halo must have fallen off somewhere on the way home from school.  Maybe I should drive around and look for it.  Maybe he'll have it back on when he wakes up from his nap.  Fingers crossed.   He really is super cute though.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Riding Zip and Benjamin photo shoot

Caleb had his weekly horse back riding session yesterday afternoon.  He got to ride "Zip" for the first time.  This was a good change because his previous horse, "Gemini" had allergies (can you imagine a horse with allergies) and he would sneeze and cough a lot while Caleb was riding him.  Caleb was not a fan of that at all.  Thankfully, Zip was not a sneezer so Caleb was happy. :)  I can't believe he will be starting Kindergarten next fall.  That absolutely blows my mind.  He's just amazing to me, I wish all of you could know Caleb and how hard he works.  His determination is admirable.  I love that booger.

While Caleb was doing his riding lesson, Benjamin went outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.  It seemed like a good opportunity for an impromptu photo shoot, so here are a few pics from that.

How cute are those little hands?  I think he was picking at some dirt or something.

"This grass is itching my legs."

Love that little grin.  He is such a toot.

My baby turned 16 months old yesterday!  I can't believe it.  He is growing so fast.  I officially weaned him last week and he did really great.  I guess that means he was ready to stop nursing.  I was a little sad about it but I'm glad I was able to do it for almost 16 months.  He's not walking yet which surprises me a little.  I'm not worried about it since he was premature so I figure he just needs a little more time.  I'm in no hurry anyway.  He's hard enough to keep up with now!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

First swim class

Caleb has his first swim class this morning.  He absolutely loved it!  The boy was smiling the entire time.  He has lessons every Saturday morning for the next few months.  It was hard to get good pictures but here are a couple.
Caleb has always enjoyed swimming but he absolutely hates when water gets anywhere near his eyes or ears.  I'm hoping that this class will help him overcome that fear.  He had a great time today so that is certainly a good start. The were about 11 kids in the class this morning, all around Caleb's age.

This was the first and the last time I will be taking Benjamin to Caleb's swim class.  It was near impossible to keep that kid entertained.  He wanted in that water so badly.  If I had let him, he would have gone head first into the pool.  So, Glenn and I are just going to take turns taking Caleb to class so that one of us can just stay home with Benjamin. 

Thursday, April 08, 2010

A Step Up

We want Caleb to be as independent as possible, for him to be able to do as much as he can on his own.  One thing that he hasn't been able to do is brush his teeth or wash his hands on his own because there was no way for him to reach the sink.  A typically step stool won't work for Caleb because he needs something with handles so that he can hold on. Well I found these steps in a catalog recently and thought they would be perfect for Caleb.  They were a little pricey but I think it was a good purchase.
Tonight he was able to use the bathroom sink to brush his teeth, all by himself!  I know that seems like such a simple thing but it brought me such joy.  And I think it made Caleb feel good too.  Of course now I'll have to constantly wipe toothpaste splatters off the mirror, but I guess that's a small price to pay.

Benjamin LOVES the steps!  I could not keep this kid off of them.  He had more fun going up and down these steps.  So cute.  He and Caleb were pretty much fighting over the steps (not so cute).

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Shootin' hoops

Ok, how stinkin' cute is this kid?  I mean seriously, he is super cute. 

Benjamin was just so cute playing with his little basketball goal today.  I couldn't resist taking a ton of pictures.

Cute little hand and foot.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Disney On Ice

Thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation we got free tickets to Disney On Ice.  It was a really cute show and Caleb seemed to really enjoy it.  Here are a few pictures:

Caleb loved seeing Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donal Duck.  He got a little bored with all the Disney princesses.  He kept asking "Where is Donald Duck?"  "Where is Goofy?"  The princesses weren't terribly interesting to Caleb.   

Completely mesmerized.  It was so fun to watch his expressions during the show.

Have you ever wondered what a $15 snow cone looks like?  Well this is it!  Can you imagine a $15 snow cone!!  

Caleb totally enjoying his $15 snow cone. 
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