Monday, March 30, 2009
It's been a little while since I have been able to post anything. Bringing the laptop to work I don't even bother taking it out of the bag at home until my days off. And then today I spent 3 hours on the phone with the folks at Linksys to get my connection issues straightened out... FINALLY, I am able to get back online!
Tonight I have a meeting at school for our first day meeting. I'm pretty excited, but also nervous. I hope my brain can handle all the new info!
On the NEW NEWS front, the biggie is that mom has decided to discontinue the chemotherapy. She feels that putting herself thru that much pain and feeling that miserable is just not worth it. The reality is, the doctors have never said "you must have chemo or you will die". They have basically made it seem that this is just a precaution.. a "just in case" scenario... so she made up her mind to stop. I have to admit... since she made the choice, her entire frame of mind is better. She is going out, enjoying herself, feeling good. I think that is just as good as any medicine. I had her and dad here for dinner last night and they both had a good time playing with Rachel (gee... as if there was any doubt?). It was really a great night all around.
Tomorrow dad goes in for his biopsy. ... and the fun just goes on and on!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Or just click on the title of today's blog entry. I think I linked it to the video. At least that's what I intended to do!
Monday, March 23, 2009
We started out the day going to Tommy's church picnic. It was nice. They had it at Lakes Park and it was an amazing beautiful day... sunny with a cool breeze...
We took Rachel to the swings and the slide. She really enjoyed herself. Now I REALLY have to find one of those wooden play gyms... I came so close yesterday. A lady on freecycle had reposted the one she was giving away because the original taker never showed up. So, she said I could have it! I immediately got on the phone with Charlie to arrange for him to help go get it... and guess what. Just as I was finalizing with him, the lady calls back... seems the people who didn't show up for the set were now standing on her doorstep. She apologized and said she really had no choice but to let the original people take it. Oh well... hey, if any of your local readers are out there... if you hear of anyone giving away one of those wooden play gyms... with the swings and a slide... please let me know!
Friday, March 20, 2009
We finally broke out the box of Crayola's for Rachel, so I took a few pics of her coloring... well... ok... so actually they are more like pictures of her taking all the crayons out of the box, then putting them back in the box.. over and over and over!
This afternoon she has her 15 month check up. And I finally figured out why she has been a little fuss-pot lately... She cut 2 more teeth! her bottom right eye tooth and her top left molar! Poor little monster! No wonder she's been a little cranky!
Ok, so here are the pictures of the crayon adventures... and then its off to bed for me!
Monday, March 16, 2009
After Chris Cifatte and his camerman left, my mom and our friend Linda stopped over for a little visit. Of course, Nana had to play with her little munchkin, and Rachel just loved it. After they left, we just played some more... until she BIT ME! My adorable little child actually chomped down on the back of my leg while I was pouring her a drink!
She also did something this morning that totally blew my mind. I had no idea kids could be so... manipulative... at such a young age!
Every morning we have a routine. Before I take her out of her crib, we have to play with Elmo. It's an Elmo Live doll. So I have to turn it on and push his buttons so he will sing, dance, and tell her how much he loves her... ok, so when that little deal is over, I shut Elmo and take her out of her crib to get her changed and dressed. Well, today she did not want to stop playing with Elmo that soon. So she started to throw a little tantrum. Throwing herself down on the mattress, screaming, etc... now here is the funny part... she is sitting up, crying for Elmo... she then slowly leans forward to gently presses her head against the slats of the crib... then start screaming as if she really hit her head hard! She did this over and over! I almost cried from laughing so hard! (which of course, made her cry louder)
We got past this when I gave her something else to hold while I pulled her out of the crib... but wow... what an eye opener THAT was! We will have to put a stop to it, but for today... it was just too funny.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
she had a great time with that one! She also liked playing with Jack's matchbox cars, only she would hold them up to her ear like a cell phone!
After we came home from Tasi's shower, I left her with her daddy so I could catch some sleep before work.
Sunday morning, I got home from work and was actually really glad we had daylight savings! Because now it is still REALLY dark when I get home, so Rachel was still sleeping! I actually got to take a quick 2 hour nap before it was time to get up with her. We got up, dressed her all nice and pretty, and headed to Tommy's church for our baby shower! His church decided to wait until we were home for a while before having a shower for us. It was really nice. They had little finger sandwiches and punch, and then they had a beautiful (and yummy) cake.
Rachel got some beautiful clothes and adorable stuffed toys. She also got a few books and cd's. It was really nice. And we found out that the church picnic will be in a couple of weeks, and they all asked if we would be there. I remember going last year and it was really nice... so of course, we will be there this year!
After the shower, Tommy watched Rachel while I ran some errands. (Really exciting stuff... I bought a new shower head! WOOHOO!)
When I came home, we had lots of excitement. Rachel decided it was time to finally start REALLY walking! She spent the next 45 minutes just walking back and forth from one end of the family room to the other. First walking to momma, then to daddy.... and back and forth and back and forth... each time she would just giggle and laugh! and naturally, so would her daddy and I! By the time she decided to go back to crawling, she was totally exhausted. It was a quick dinner and then off to bed for our little future olympic runner! LOL
After she went to bed, we had dinner, but I was so totally exhausted, I almost fell asleep in my plate. So by 9pm, I decided I would rather sleep then eat. I plopped on the couch, put my laptop on my lap, and proceeded to fall asleep... hand on mouse and all... Tommy finally woke me at 2am to go to bed!
Today I decided it was finally time to get Rachel's ears pierced. So I'm sitting here waiting for her to wake up from her nap... we are going to hit Target for some shopping time first, and then go to the mall and find a good place to get her ears done. Then we will probably go to visit her Nana and Grandpa for a little while.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Then yesterday, my parents came to my house. Dad had to give me a touch up (surprised Rach didn't run screaming when she saw momma's hair!) and I had to do their taxes. (a nice even trade off).
So, I was working on the taxes and mom was sitting at the kitchen table. Rachel was playing at the sliding glass doors... then she did it again... she stood up on her own, and walked over to her Nana! YIPPEE!! We were SO excited... she is FINALLY on the road to being mobile!
As for me, I had my 2nd cortisone shot in my spine yesterday morning... I am NOT a happy camper tonite here at work. These chairs are KILLING me... oh well. This is the last time I will be doing the shot if it doesn't help. The Dr said I should start decompression therapy with the chiropractor or with him. We'll see how that goes. I wonder if there is such a thing as a spine transplant?
Monday, March 02, 2009
She also loved the funnel cake, and tomorrow when she is done with her lunch, we'll see how she likes Kettle corn... she fell asleep before she got to try any of that!
We all went on the Ferris Wheel. That was lots of fun, even if it WAS really windy up there!
Today is Rachel's 15 month birthday... and it was a milestone day! We went to my parents house and there, for the very first time ever, she walked all by herself! Ok, it was not a marathon run, but we sure were excited.
- Jodi Shaw
- We are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl. I have not stopped smiling since the moment they placed her in my arms. We adopted her Sept 2008 and it's been nothing but wonderful! She is the best reason to open my eyes every day! Currently living in SW Florida. I've also become a MAJOR Twilight junkie, so now I'm told I'm a TWI-MOM & I LOVE it!