Memorial Weekend 2012

Ellisa in Wildflowers

Well, this weekend wasn’t what I was hoping for but it was still pretty good. I won’t go into details, but Hudson got his first fever Saturday afternoon while we were staying at my dad’s. I was of course worried, and Hudson was of course an unhappy boy. It got up to 101.6 degrees that … Continue reading

The Purma Family Visit, May 2012

"Bicki" and Ellisa Swinging

We had such a nice time with the Purma’s on their recent visit. Here’s a recap of what we did along with some pictures. Of course, I feel like I didn’t take enough. The Purma’s arrived Thursday night around 7pm and it immediately felt like Christmas morning. The kids got tons of new clothes, toys, … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Naming the Purmas

Ellisa Looking at a Picture of her Grandparents

Since the Purma’s came to visit last week, I felt this was a good time to show this video. A wrap-up post about their visit to come soon! Lots of photos included (for those that have requested more photos). – – – – – – – – – – – – I couldn’t believe it … Continue reading

Ellisa’s First Words

Ellisa: Future's so Bright

I can’t be more thrilled than to post Ellisa’s list of first words! Ellisa didn’t say any “real” words at 12 months. When we went in for her 18 month check-in and I was asked if she was saying 10-12+ words, my answer was “No.” I was at that point concerned about her language development. … Continue reading

Hudson’s First Words

Hudson: At a Loss for Words.

I’ve given up tracking words. Hudson’s saying so many these days, I just can’t do it anymore. Once he said “Cash” for Johnny Cash, I figured he was way beyond my documentation. So without further adieu, here’s the list in all its glory. I hope he enjoys looking at this one day when he’s older … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Hudson Jumps

Hudson Jumps

I never knew how funny it would be when my kids began to try to jump. It’s hilarious! You can tell in this video how Hudson thinks he’s jumping but all he is doing is lifting his body up (raising his arm) and then stepping down. A month later, he’s just about got it!

Friday Fun Spot: Ellisa Says “Ruh Roh”

I’m not sure anyone will find this funny but I find it hilarious, as you can tell from my laughter in the video. I just can’t stop thinking of Scooby Doo every time she says it. Enjoy and happy Friday!

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 2, The Basics

Ellisa During a Shunt Malfunction

Let’s cover the basics* this week: What is hydrocephalus? Also known as “water in the brain,” hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. Is there a treatment for it? Yes, there are two types of treatment, both of which require surgical procedures by a … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Hudson’s First White Lie

Hudson's White Lie

I don’t know why I love this so much. Probably because it is SO obvious when Hudson has gone poo poo. I’m not sure why he thinks if he tells me “No” I’ll believe him over the stench. The first of many white lies to come. Notice he is saying Book (and semi-signing it), Up, … Continue reading

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 1, The Facts

(L) Ellisa's Ventricles as of March 2012 (R) Ellisa's Ventricles Before Her VP Shunt

Wonderful World? No. Wonderfully complex? Yes. And hydrocephalus seems to be a condition worthy of being from another world. In a better effort to educate myself on my daughter’s conditions, I thought I would start with an educational series on hydrocephalus. Please keep in mind, I am not a doctor and merely a mother trying … Continue reading