Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Then the instructor got down to the knitty gritty! My head is still swimming with F-Stops, Shutter Speads, Aperature, ISO, oh my!
So this is the jest of what I learned last night...
The bigger the ISO (the amount of light needed to capture an image), the larger the Depth of Field (how much of the picture that is in focus), the smaller the aperature.
The smaller the ISO, the smaller the Depth of Field, the larger the aperature.
Clear as mud?? That is what I thought too!
This week the Idols were singing Neil Diamond songs and David Archuleta sang "Sweet Caroline". I was nervous when he started, thinking "O'Lordy, this could be tragic". But he pulled it out Dog! I loved his version!! It wasn't cheesy (like Neil Diamond's version) and it really sounded nice.
While I am giving my American Idol opinions, can I just say...Paula, seriously, please! When it was time to give her comments to the contestants after round one, she had no idea who sang what or even who she was talking about. Are you kidding me!!! Get with the program Lady!!
My other opinion, David Cooke ROCKS!!! He is light years ahead of the other contestants. Amazing.
That's it, there you have it, my thoughts on Idol. Oh, yes and David Archuleta's version of "Sweet Caroline". Good Job!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The instructor is very knowledgeable in photography and I am very excited to learn from her. There are several students in the class with many different interests in photography (nature, portrait, etc). I am sure that I will learn so very much from the instructor as well as the other students.
Last week the topic was color theory. It was a very interesting lecture discussing the color wheel, complementary colors, etc. But I already knew all of the information. When I was in college (elementary education focusing on science) I took an entire semester class on color theory. So after 18 weeks of color, I know it. It has been beat into my brain. So I didn't really learn anything new. But I am still hopeful that I am going to be learning more than I even expect to.
For this weeks assignment we had to take four photos with composition in mind, using the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds, the short version, imagine a tic tac toe grid in your camera's viewfinder while taking a picture and placing your subject on an area where the lines intersect. So I have been working on that. I will let you know how this week goes, class is tonight.
Monday, April 28, 2008
So here is the background info needed...Josh is hairy. Not so much on his head (sorry honey!) but on places like his legs, arms and chest (very hairy).
I was in the shower when Caroline said this so this is the story that Josh gave when I got out. He said that he was giving Caroline a kiss and she told him that he was "scratchy" (he needed shave), playing around Josh said "no, you're scratchy". They went back and forth with this, "no, you're scratchy!", "no, you're scratchy". Then Caroline said "no Dad, I am not scratchy, I have skin. You have fur!"
The kid cracks me up!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have mentioned this before about the evaluations and how much I really dislike them. They remind me about how "delayed" William is (because they so nicely lay it all out for you). The only real change that was made to the IFSP was that we are going to add physical therapy every week (it was only twice a month before). They want to get him walking (and I want to get him walking). The area that Will is really lacking in is Language skills. He is functioning at a 9 month old level. Will is able to say some "words" but not all of the time. He can say "cow", "all done", "go" and of course, "dada". He can also sign "more". But he really doesn't say any of those words when prompted, he just says them, hmmm, when he feels the urge.
I knew what the reports were going to say, I know that he is delayed, I know that his language skills are not that of his peers, I know that he is 20 months old and not walking and I know that he does eat well. So why am I so upset????
My guess...I just go through my day without thinking about it all. I just do what it is that I have to do. This is what I have to do to keep my sanity. I do the therapies, I do the feedings, I do the doctor appointments but most importantly I just "be" with my kids. Will is just Will to me, he is not a syndrome, he is not a delay. RTS does not define who William is, William is NOT RTS. So when it is all spelled out right in front of me, I remember, I think about it, I get sad.
So I sit here in tears, thinking about the "what ifs" and the "could have beens" and the "should have beens". But hey, I am getting better. This only happens every six months now and not every day like it was in the beginning. But for me, Holland sucks today.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Josh is in Albuquerque, New Mexico for work until Friday (he has been gone since Monday). So I had Christina (Josh's cousin) come and watch the kids while I went to the game. Christina is a FABULOUS babysitter (I highly recommend her!) and I am so grateful that she was available to watch the kids. Christina did great with the kids and she even had to tube feed Will (yes, we are still having to do that!) and she didn't get weirded out by it. Some people don't like to tube feed him because they feel intimidated by it or think that they are going to hurt him or something but not Christina, she is a trooper! It eases a Momma's mind to know that your kids are being well taken care of!
I don't normally leave my kiddos with babysitters only family (my parents or Josh's parents, or my sister and brother in law, etc) so I was a little nervous about leaving them. I told Christina that I was kind of freaking out about leaving and she looked at me a smiled and said "I have watched them before and they were smaller then." And I thought to myself, she is right, she can handle this and I need to chill out. I don't know what I was worried about, I knew that Christina could handle anything that my kids could throw at her. But just in case, I left my cell phone number!
She said that Caroline went to bed fine but it was Will that didn't want to go to sleep! But he finally gave it up around 9pm (an hour after his normal bedtime).
Thank you Laura for inviting me to go to the game, I had a really great time! Thank you Christina for watching my kids and allowing to get a little break this week!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I am serious, I don't know where she comes up with this stuff!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Turn up the volume on your computer! And while listening and watching please remember that this is what I listen to all day long. The child is obsessed with Princesses, Ariel being one of her favorites. Do you think that I should turn into one of those "Stage Moms" and push my child to be a star?? She may just have what it takes to be the next child pop star!! LOL!
Monday, April 14, 2008
The nurse checked his weight, height and head circumference. His stats are as follows...
Weight: 18 pounds 3 ounces
Height: 28.5 inches
The doctor was pleased that Will is growing on his own curve. His growth is charted on the RTS growth chart and his is continuing on a steady growth curve. I don't even ask what percentile he is measuring in because, frankly, I don't care. I don't like to get all caught up in the numbers, it can really be overwhelming for me. Will is growing, that is all that matters.
I spoke with the doctor about Will's constipation issues. He has been really backed up lately and he has been very uncomfortable lately. I asked him to prescribe Miralax, which should help with the problem. I will let you all know if it helps. I believe that every child with RTS is on Miralax, I think that it is part of the RTS diet!
He had to get two shots today. I think that Will took it better than Caroline did. She doesn't do well when the doctors make Will cry. Will doesn't like to have his ears looked at, it doesn't hurt, he just doesn't like it, so he usually cries during that part of the exam. So when the doctor started to check Will's ears she turned and faced the wall and put her hands over her ears so that she wouldn't hear Will cry. When the nurse came back in to give Will his shots Caroline said that she wanted to hold Will's hand but when the nurse had the shot in hand Caroline did the hands over the ears faced the wall thing again.
If you remember, Caroline doesn't do so well with shots so I have a feeling that her not wanting to look at the shots going in was behind the hands over the ears and facing the wall during that part of the exam. But I think that it is so sweet that she doesn't like to see her brother upset. She sure does love her brother!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
He is continuing to struggle to get the full 24 ounces a day in, so we are back to tubing him in the evening. I guess I can handle tubing again as long as it is not followed by the vomiting, like before. I will keep you updated.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I have bitter sweet feelings regarding these evaluations. I get excited to see how much Will has grown in his progress and to look at the things that he has accomplished during the six months. But it also makes me fully aware of how "delayed" he is compared to "typical" children his age. I know, I know, I shouldn't compare but that is what these evaluations do! Again, bitter sweet.
Today Will had his evaluation by his physical therapist, Jenny. To date, Will is 19 months and 21 days old. These are the results...
In stationary skills (skills done while sitting) he scored at 18 months.
In mobility skills he scored at 13 months. He scored low in this catagory because he is not walking yet.
In "ball" skills (skills done while playing with a ball) he scored at 15 months. He would have scored higher if he were able to kick the ball and throw the ball over handed.
All in all I think that he is doing fabulous but it still hurts my heart to be shown his delays. You know what I mean?
Monday, April 7, 2008
So today was a follow up. She checked his weight and he had not even gained an ounce! Boo! We were hoping that since the pediasure was higher calorie that he would gain weight faster than before. Not the case.
She thought that maybe the no weight gain was because Will is more active now and he is burning more calories. Nonetheless, he needs more calories. We are now going to add the duocal to his pediasure. If you remember, we had to add the duocal to his formula. Duocal is a calorie adding powder that mixes into the pediasure and doesn't have a taste. He doesn't even know that it is in there.
So we have an appointment with Dr. Brady next month and we will re-evaluate then. Cassie is the dietician at Dr. Brady's office so the two of them can discuss our plan of action at that time. We are hoping that Will gains some weight by then, if not we may have to add a feed while he is sleeping, through his feeding tube. I would really prefer to avoid doing this because I think that it will be pretty difficult to have Will attached to a pump while he is trying to sleep.
On a positive note, Cassie was very happy that we have not had to tube feed William in over month and a half. She thought that was a really good sign.
Please pray for weight gain!!