Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Who is Da-Da?

This morning Calvin distinguished Da-Da from Ma-Ma!I went and picked him up from his crib (which he was snuggling with his stuffed polar bear and it was really cute) and brought him to our bed as usual. Dan was still sleeping and Calvin looked at him and said Da-Da and then back at me and smiled! Then I said what about me? And he repeated Ma-Ma while looking at me. I just got the feeling like he's finally getting it! He understands that those words are assigned to us. Hooray! Another milestone in the journey. He's so stinkin' cute, I can't even stand it sometimes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Birthday Party Planning

I've been asked a few times this week if I've started planning Cal's first birthday party yet....it's coming up March 22nd! Wow, that flew by. I've even been asked if I have a "theme" yet for his party. Huh? For a one year old? That's a little funny isn't it? I think this whole birthday party thing is really more fun for the adults to plan than for the kids to enjoy. Maybe by his second birthday he would appreciate a "theme" more. That being said, I'm getting excited to host the party and to have all of our loved ones in one room singing happy birthday as Calvin digs into his very own tiny birthday cake (which I plan on making myself). It should be fun!

As for a theme, not sure really what he's "into" yet. Power Rangers? Dora? Scooby-Doo? Nah....Dan thinks we should do a pirate theme- or outerspace. The thought of both kind of cracks me up- but then again we all have kids so that we can relive our own childhoods right? I guess I'll lighten up and enjoy it! (plus I think it would be super funny to draw a pirate mustache on Calvin and make him wear an eye-patch ;)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Two and a half years it is!

Thanks to my four voters! We 've come to a conclusion that 2.5 years between Calvin and his next sibling would be the best answer! Oh good, glad I don't have to worry about that one anymore :)

Dan and I pulled out some of our older camcorder tapes and we were looking through them. Calvin used to be so little. It's amazing! I'm so glad I pulled that out when I did and used it. It's so different from just taking a picture. I love that you can see what kind of expressions and movements he makes and sounds too! What a big boy he has become.

In other news, I've been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. I knew something has been really wrong with my hands the last few years. It's gotten worse this past year and a half or so. I have a lot of pain and stiffness in my hands and wrists. It's gotten to the point where I can't open cans, jars, Calvin's baby food, squeeze out my shampoo, even pull my covers up over me at times. If I hit my hand even a little on something, it is the most excruciating pain. I am not one to complain about my health either. For the most part I am extremely healthy and I have a high pain tolerance too.

My mom said when I was little I had an appendicitus and we stayed in the hospital for 12 hours waiting for the docs to decide if they needed to do surgery, because of how I was acting they said they just couldn't believe they really needed to do anything, I would just color alone quietly and occasionally complain about my tummy hurting.When he finally decided to put me under he said if he would have waited even a few minutes longer my appendix would have ruptured for sure.

Anyway, my point is that for my hands to be bothering me this much-it's a lot! So the doc said that I need to start some pretty hard core drugs that will alter the disease and prevent the progression of it, and further damage to my joints. It's a tough call because they have some pretty significant toxicities and side effects. A couple even have a small chance of causing cancer. Yikes! I think God is really testing my fear lately. I need to trust him with this. I will not worry anymore.