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We're worn out!

We've had a long day, much of which is probably my fault but that's just part of being the mom, right? :) We started out pretty good. And by that, I mean that I didn't wake up this morning to the overpowering stench of Raya's poopy diaper like I do most mornings. We took the big kids to school and then I had to go back to our old house and make one last-ditch effort to clean up the garage a little and get rid of garbage. I was cruising along with that when I suddenly realized Raya's PT would be showing up any minute so we hurried home and got there the same time she did.
We really pushed Raya today with PT. We made her walk to the park (5 houses down) WITH shoes on, which she rarely ever wears. Let's just say the girl is not a fan of uneven surfaces of any kind, starting with the slope of the driveways we walked across. It really threw off her balance walking on that sideways slant. When we got to the park, her PT made her walk down a hill of grass (which neede…

An exciting moment

Today we had to go to a title agency about 45 miles from home to sign papers on the house we're selling. First I took Raya to her OT appointment, which was a pretty average session for her. She was all over the place today. I realize a 16 month old can't be expected to have much of an attention span but holy smokes, the girl couldn't do something for more than 5 seconds before she was moving on to the next thing. It was worse because if she happened to notice Kaida doing something, it didn't matter what it was, Raya immediately wanted to do it too.
Finally, after a month or more of trying, Raya actually LIKES bouncing on the huge exercise ball. I say it's been a month, but that's just because for the last month we've actually been pushing her to let her OT put her on it. We tried putting her on it at PT probably a year ago and she hated it. Every time after that (including a month ago when her PT brought one with her) she has hated it. She finally likes it …

Power shift

I was sitting at the kitchen counter a couple days ago and Raya & her big sister Kaida were playing in the living room. Since Kaida pretty much talks all day long (mostly to herself or in conversation with toys), I've gotten to where I tune her out unless she's talking to me. I realized that she was saying the same thing over & over again (in a calm voice) and then I heard that she was saying, "I tan't dit up. I tan't dit up. I tan't dit up." (I can't get up) I turned around to see what was going on and saw this:

I laughed pretty hard when I saw them. Kaida's going to have to step up her game if she doesn't want to lose her throne. :) Or at least stop laying on the floor. Raya loves to find things that are the right height to sit on and Kaida laying on the floor is apparently the perfect height. I was surprised that Raya didn't hurt her. They're only about 4 or 5 pounds apart in weight but Raya is a lot stronger than Kaida. We k…

Why we got Raya a G tube

This afternoon I took Raya in for a weight check. (Since she had lost a few ounces between her last 2 GI appointments, they had us come back.) Today she weighed 10.76kg, or to those of us who don't speak metric, 23 lbs 11.6 oz. That's 5 oz more than she weighed exactly a month ago today so not a great month for weight gain, but at least it was a gain & not another loss, right? :)
Anyway, when I was sitting in the waiting room, there was a lady there that I had chatted with a little bit last month. Her son is almost 2 and has had an NG tube for the last 10 months. He has been diagnosed as failure to thrive (FTT) like Raya was and refuses to eat & drink. His symptoms are a little different than hers but still a pretty similar story. When I talked to her last month, she asked me a few questions about Raya getting a G tube (when, how long we waited, if we're glad we did it, etc.). Today, we had a pretty similar conversation but she was asking more questions, like wheth…

A very long rundown of our week

This hasn't been Raya's best week/weekend. Last Tuesday when Donny put Raya to bed, he noticed that she felt a little warm. She did a lot of coughing/sputtering (like when you accidentally inhale water) overnight & in the early morning. Wednesday morning when I got her up, she had a fever of 101.5. I don't give my kids motrin/tylenol for a fever until I know what's causing the fever so I just watched her for the day and switched her formula out for pedialyte that day (with approval of her GI dr, of course). Her PT came Wednesday morning & Raya was pretty cooperative in spite of the fact that you could tell she didn't feel good. Most of the times she's had fevers before, they're gone the next day so I decided we'd wait until Thursday & if she still had the fever, I'd take her to the doctor. She was pretty happy all afternoon, especially since the big kids all went to a friend's house so she had my undivided attention. :)

 She sat n…

My 16 month old vanilla-scented child :)

Miss Raya is 16 months old now. She's getting to be such a big girl, literally and figuratively. :) I don't know how much she weighs now but 3 weeks ago, she was 23 lbs 6 oz (down 8 oz from the week before). Carrying her feels just like carrying her 3 year old sister, and I just pulled a bunch of dresses out of Kaida's closet and put them straight into Raya's. I've never done that before. :) Here's a few more things about Raya at 16 months: She can say backpack (her first real word, uh-oh and mama/dada don't count), and she mimics a lot of other sounds/words She can say her name She barks at dogs and birds She loves dogs and calls them "wa-wa" She sometimes yells "GO!" when we're in the car. No idea where she learned that. She LOVES when the big kids play with her She has learned that she's big enough to push Kaida around and take toys away from her if she wants to. Sometimes we lovingly refer to her as our little bull in the china shop.…

A word about congenital torticollis and plagiocephaly

I was going through some pictures today from when Raya was born and came across one that made me stop and stare for a minute. I could tell when she was in utero that once we got to a certain point in the pregnancy, her position (which was the exact same position her older sister had been in) didn't change at all. Except for the stretching out of the long legs into my rib cage. Other than that, she grew until she couldn't flip around anymore and then she just stayed put until it was time to make her exit. I remember even in the hospital the day after she was born looking at her from the back and thinking, "Oh dear, look at her poor little squished head & neck." I thought I had a picture but evidently it exists only in my head. Here's one from the front though:
The way she was laying may have made it look worse in the picture but holy smokes, look how much higher her left shoulder is and the complete absence of her neck on that side. (ps this picture just makes …