Friday Fun Spot: Livin’ La Vida Pauly

Pauly Shore and Ricky Martin

Ellisa started saying “Whaaaaat?” one day. It really only lasted one day. Charles was brilliant by catching it on film. He started asking her funny questions just to hear her response of “Whaaaaat?” I apologize for any Ricky Martin or Pauly Shore fans. This was all in good humor. Charles taught the kids The Weasel, so … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Ellisa Gets Quizzed

Ellisa Gets Quizzed

I’m always quizzing the kids. Here’a a snapshot of me quizzing Ellisa one night during dinner. The two doing “cheers” at the end is classic. They love doing “cheers” with each other and anyone else that will play along.

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

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!

VP Shunt Malfunction #1

Ellisa's First Shunt Revision

Well, it was inevitable. I just thought it wouldn’t happen so soon. I guess I should be lucky it didn’t happen sooner. Here’s what happened. – – – – – – – – – – – – Monday Morning, April 2nd: First sign of something being wrong Ellisa seemed a bit irritable that night. Waking … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Cancelled

Sorry fans of Friday Fun Spot but unfortunately Charles and I have been in ER since early Friday morning and now in recovery of Dell Children’s due to Ellisa having a shunt malfunction. There will be no FFS this week. I will fill everyone in later, but for now Ellisa is doing great! Surgery went … Continue reading

Ellisa’s Doctor Visits: 18 Months

Ellisa's 18 Month Check-ups

I thought I would  go ahead and simply make one post that goes over all the doctors that Ellisa saw for her 1.5 year check-ups vs doing a post on each visit. Thankfully, there’s nothing too complicated to report or too many doctor’s that she had to see. Here’s a summary of each visit. Dr. … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Evil Eyed Ellisa

Ellisa's Evil Eye

Ellisa has been winning over family and friends for months with her “evil eyes.” Everyone who sees it laughs. I’m not sure how this started but I think she did it one day and we laughed so hard that she kept doing it for our entertainment. It evolved into “Give us the evil eye,” and … Continue reading

Feeding Issues: Our GI Visit Today

Ellisa at 17 Months

Ellisa has always had feeding issues. In NICU she would spit up most of what we would get down her. Once home, we struggled constantly with bottle feeding and unfortunately breast-feeding didn’t last too long before she refused that too. For probably close to half an hour, Charles used to walk her around the house with … Continue reading

Friday Fun Spot: Ellisa Can Throw, Watch Out!

Ellisa Throwing Backwards

Ellisa has begun throwing objects behind her, a precursor to forward throwing. It’s adorable not just because she’s as cute as a button (which of course she is), but because she is so determined to whip that block as far and hard behind her as possible. Advice: Don’t stand behind this little girl or you’re … Continue reading