A Dozen Good Eggs

Thursday, April 24, 2014

whats new pussycat?

well we have five new diagnosis at our house.  Our Ben has been diagnosed with FAS(fetal alcohol sundrome). We always knew he functioned a lot lower than  the others but didn't see the facial features of FAS.  Andre, who I see the facial features of FAS got a diagnosis of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) as well as reactive attachment disorder(RAD). Ethan who is very slight, but doesn't otherwise appear to have a lot of the bodily features of FAS, was diagnosed with static encephalopathy and autism. None of these were a huge surprise. This will help in getting them appropriate services at school and in the community but does not really change our lives drastically at home. and none of the new diagnosis were a surprise. I am still somewhat struggling with what this alphabet soup means for us. Will they be completely dependent forever? I want to tell people hey my kid has ___ when they do things associated with their disabilities. but I always hold back. I struggle with myob(mind your own business) and educating people. I don't want to be a poster family, I really just want to live our life but people tend to be nosy and judgemental. I need to work on stepping back and saying who cares what any of them think. It isn't as if their opinion of me matters. Well anyways that's where we are.

Ben needs a surgery on his hand for his amc. Sophie is needing a different surgery on her arm. but I cant get them to call me back to schedule it. Getting a little angry about that. Been calling for two weeks. I get no callback. I wanted to do it early in June but the way things are going who knows when we will get a call back and actually schedule. I have two different surgeons and two different kids. I arranged for my mother in law to come with us and want to try and do both kids in one week. I was looking forward to a summer at home on the farm NOT IN PHILLY. might get that yet in the form of no surgery since they wont return our calls. very annoying.

Sophie and Jaeger have been sick this week. Sophie is finally better and off to school today. Jaeger was still sick this morning. I took her to therapy yesterday as she wanted to go but she was grumpy and uncooperative. We tried out her new ride. its way too small. have to order a bigger one. Looks very comfy though for her. It is hot pink and she loves it. it was just too tight of a squeeze and the foot extentsion was at maximum already. it would never last the 5 years a mobility device is supposed to last before insurance will pay for another. It wouldn't last a month. She had no room to move because it was so tight side to side. no room to grow at feet. head already at top of stroller. It is a convaid rodeo tilt. niiiiice ride. she aid its comfy. she looked comfy. it folds flat like a stroller. it isn't really heavier than her wheelchair. it has adjustable handlebar for pushing. This will be great so kids can push and eric and I can both be comfortable pushing. basket for jacket, canopy so she wont burn. She is so fair she burns in the shade. So now the wait is on for the new one. meanwhile we are making do with her wheelchair that is way too small.

its snowing again. I cant stand more snow! ugh! better go check on the chickens. or chicken as the case may be.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Been a while since I posted here. Life is going at breakneck speed.as usual. Cody is going to community college. Chrysta went back to her dads. Sophie is WALKING like crazy. Ben is still sweet adorable Ben. Andre is getting easier. Jaeger has hit puberty(oh what fun!) Natasha is growing like crazy, turning into a beautiful young lady. Ethan finished occupational therapy. Maia is doing better, but still not herself. Diana is a sassy funny thing.

Still working on the FAS clinic. Feedback appointment is today for one.  Sophie Andre and Ethan have been going to occupational therapy and speech for the last several months. Ethan is finished now. Andre and sophie still go. Ethan is not at all happy about it.  Everyone else wants a turn to go to therapy. Its funny ow they still have this mentality of whats fair. Maia and Jaeger are to start counseling. and Diana wants to know why she cant go too? My kids are so weird. they LOVE doctor appointments. even if there are shots. they scream bloody murder with shots but they love appointments.

My sweet friend keeps sending my post cards and letters. I love getting them!  They made a long cold winter a little brighter. It has been a biter cold and deep snow winter. Spring is finally here. Sunny and bright. melting like crazy. warming up. Kids are so happy to not have to wear snowpants every day. Boots are soaking wet all the time as they tramp through puddles and melting snowbanks.

We are growing lettuce via aquaponics. it is fun to have fresh lettuce for dinner! We hope someday it will work its way into a home business for our special boys. For now it provides yummy fresh lettuce for the family.  

Early in the winter our greenhouse collapsed under the weight of heavy wet snow. I had to evacuate my chickens and give them away. I had nowhere else to keep them. Thankfully a local family outdoors business took them. I miss my big red rooster. as scary as he was as mean as he was I loved hearing him crow every morning. way better than any alarm clock. will start over with new chicks this year. Hoping to clear some land for some livestock. A cow maybe, some goats is what I really want, some sheep. First we have to wait for the FEET of snow to go down. right now we just sink in it.

Maybe I will find some time to post here more often. I stopped because I felt like all I could eek out was negative stuff. complaints. Summer sun always perks me up. Maybe I will have a little more positive to say.