Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thankful

In light of some horrible things that have happened to people lately, I’m going to make a list of things I’m thankful for. Here goes!

-That my daughter is healthy and is thriving with her new cochlear implant.
-That she can talk (a lot!) and has something to say about everything.
-That I have a roof over my head.
-That I don’t have to struggle to get pregnant.
-That I’m healthy.
-That I can snuggle with my daughter as much as I want. I love our tickle fights in bed in the morning.
-That I can feel the sunshine on my face.
-That my husband is a good daddy.
-That I have a mom who raised me right.
-That I have a job in these tough economic times.
-That I can walk, and talk, and see.
-That I can hear the birds chirping in the morning.
-That I'm alive.

That’s just a short list, but I wanted to put it out there. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the things that are wrong in life and we don’t think about how good we have it. We take the little things for granted. Hopefully if I start feeling sorry for myself, I can look back on this list and just be thankful.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

We had a really nice day yesterday! The weather could not have been better, and everyone just had a good time. We started out the day at my parents house. We had a nice brunch and then an Easter egg hunt outside, an egg toss (messy), and an egg relay race. My mom went all out this year - it was fun!

The aftermath of the egg toss


After my parents house, we headed over to Adam's parents house. We had dinner (like we needed it), and they also had an Easter egg hunt! Adam's mom hid 115 eggs...for 4 kids! They all got quite the loot. Ally has more candy than she knows what to do with. Well, scratch that, I'm pretty sure she knows what to do with it, but we'll be sure to help her. I hope everyone had a happy Easter.

Ally found an egg under the playset


All 4 kids (Guy, Ally, Sydney and Cole)


It's About Time!

Well, Adam and I decided it was time to give Ally a brother or sister, so here goes nothing!

I’m officially pregnant – about 5 weeks along, so we have a loooong road ahead of us. I couldn’t wait to share the happy news though! My due date is December 10th. I’m excited not to be 9 months pregnant in August again – that was TORTURE, especially in this Minnesota climate (bugs, humidity, and huge belly, swollen feet – NOT FUN!)

I told Adam with a card. It has birds on the outside and on the inside I wrote “a little birdie told me you’re going to be a daddy again”. Here’s a pic. I included the pregnancy test in the card too. He was shocked to say the least!


We’re excited to be parents again. Although, Ally was such a good baby, I have a feeling we’ll have our work cut out for us with this one. Oh well, nothing we can’t handle I suppose.

I’m also excited because I’m going to try out a new OB with this pregnancy. I liked my old OB, but did not care for the way the hospital dealt with Ally after her birth (long story). So, I took some recommendations from friends and have decided on a new guy. I hear he’s wonderful. My first appointment is May 19th, so we shall see.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Choices

I received an e-mail from the director of Ally’s school on Wednesday. Here’s an excerpt:

“I just wanted to let you know that I have been told that there is a chance that Northern Voices will have demonstrators here on April 3rd. This has come from OPTION schools and AG Bell, as on April 3rd the Deaf Bilingual Coalition (an advocacy group that believes strongly that ASL should be the first and primary mode of communication for every child with hearing loss) will be going to Washington, DC to make a statement. There is a chance that local groups will protest organizations promoting listening and spoken language on that day also, which is why were given the notice.”

I understand that some members of the deaf community do not agree with oral education. I get it. BUT, it is every family’s decision on what path they choose to take for their child. We chose to put Ally in an oral school (and I can tell you how lucky we are to have Northern Voices nearby), but some others may choose to use just ASL (American Sign Language). We wanted our daughter to have the opportunity to listen and speak. There are families who used to drive their kids to St. Louis to attend the Moog School, and then they opened Northern Voices to allow Minnesota families the opportunity of an oral education. One of Ally’s classmates drives from Fargo, ND every week to attend the school. The professionals at the U of M (where Ally received her cochlear implant) repeatedly recommend the school. There are also 2 children (brother and sister) who attend the school who have 2 parents who were born deaf. What does that tell you? Oral education works – if that’s what you choose.

Some members of the deaf community also do not agree with cochlear implants. Northern Voices had a booth at the MN State Fair a couple of years ago. Adam and I signed up to man the booth for a 4 hour shift. We had more than a couple people tell us that they did not agree with the school, that we should just let her be deaf. Technically, she is not deaf; she was born with a moderate to severe hearing loss. I am open to Ally learning sign language at some point in her life if she chooses to do so. Everyone has the choice to do that. We made the choice to open up the door to sound and speech to Ally. And I can tell you what: I have never ever regretted that decision.

From the quiet 4 month old who was fitted with hearing aids, to the little sassy talkative 3 ½ year old we have today – she has exceeded our expectations! As one of the parents whose child attends Northern Voices said “our child will have Northern Voices to thank when she goes out into the world and changes it”. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

(I do not mean to offend anyone, and if you choose to only use ASL, more power to you. But this is my blog and I can say whatever I want.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Almost an entire post dedicated to cake? You betcha!

Were you waiting with baited breath for the shower pics? Well, they've finally arrived. Mostly pictures of the cake, but it's a darn cute cake and deserves its own post! So, here are the cake pictures, and a few others thrown in for good measure. By the way, Kate, this cake came from Icing Dreams in St. Cloud. It was a pain in the butt to slice though, because of the fondant. The flavor was vanilla with raspberry filling. YUM!

Check it out! Is it the cutest thing you've ever seen (besides the Dr. Seuss onesies)?


Look at that detail. She's having a boy and a girl, notice the pink and blue diapers.

Awww...




The gift table, and this was pretty much from the women who helped with the shower. The other guests hadn't arrived yet.


Okay, so I didn't get as many pics as I thought I did. Oh well. It was a fun day and we couldn't be happier for Leah & Travis. They'll be wonderful parents. I told them to give me a call if they ever need a night off, you know, cuz I'm helpful (and baby crazy) like that.

Our day off

Ally was coughing quite a bit yesterday, so we stayed home together. She was a good little girl and helped me unload the dishwasher. Now if I could just teach her father to do it, I'd be set.




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