Sunday, November 16, 2008
Steven, I love you more than you will ever begin to know. Thank you for all you do and all that you are. I love you, Babe. Happy 31st birthday!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So both Cole and Aidan had their first haircuts right around 12 months of age. Jack, on the other hand, had not had one at all until a few days ago. I don't know if I was holding off because he just doesn't have all that much hair, or if subconciously I knew that it meant he was growing up. The hair that he did have would curl up in the back and around his ears and was darling....In this picture, however, it is not so darling. I had an awakening the other morning....my baby was developing a mullet. A very thin and uneven mullet, mind you, but a mullet none the less.
So out came the clippers and Jack was strapped into his highchair. Let me just say this is one of the most mellow and happy kids on the planet...he smiled the whole time...even when there was cut hair on his face, in his mouth and under his shirt. What a trooper.
Truth be told, I did tear up a little when it was all said and done because my sweet baby of 14 months suddenly looked (to me) like he was a a big boy, with a big boy haircut! He has always resembled Colton and Aidan, but now I see a whole new level of similarity between the three of them. I don't know how it happened so quickly but it seems I am the mother of three (very handsome) very "big boys"...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I was laying up in my bed with all three boys and we were all chatting and goofing around when:
ME: Let's go downstairs and I'll get you guys breakfast.
COLE: Well, what are we gonna' have?
ME: I don't know (thinking in my head how I am not all that inspired this morning)....how 'bout Eggo's?
COLE: Eggo's? What are Eggo's?
COLE: Okay, but why do you have to say it in Spanish?
Saturday, May 31, 2008
3.) Flown on an airplane twice and been to California to visit Gma and Gpa Clancy (oh, and Mickey Mouse)
4.) Given up a binky, and opted for my thumb instead (it's much easier to find in the middle of the night, folks :o)
5.) Had a ROUGH winter sick season and been tested (negative) for allergies, asthma, and cystic fibrosis (man, it's good to be breathing clear again!)
6.) Learned to crawl, sit, and pull myself to standing all on my own
7.) Learned to sign "milk", "more", "eat", and "please" (I am now working on bath, thank you, bird, and drink)
8.) Started to use a sippy cup during the day (my mom can't believe how fast time is flying)
9.) Fallen off my mom's bed and been checked out by the nice EMT guys via 911 (mom was in a bit of a panic with this little charade)
10.) Found out I am going to be a big cousin to the soon to be youngest boy in our family, my Uncle Trent and Aunt Andrea's baby boy, Taven.
11.) Proved to be one of the most mellow and happy babies on the planet....
Look out world, Jackson Ryan Finnegan is going to be 1 YEAR OLD in the blink of an eye!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
So right after Aidan was born, Steven surprised me with something I had always wanted...a golden retriever!! Truth be told, I was up to my eyeballs in the new baby and adjusting from having just one child to two, but somehow, we managed the chaos, and Cody was welcomed into our family.
He was such a smart dog, right from the beginning. He pretty much came to us potty trained and he learned very quickly how to sleep in his crate w/out whining. When he grew a bit older, I enrolled both he and I in Puppy Class at Petsmart and he was the "Star Pupil"! He loved (true to his breed) nothing more than to make his "people" happy.
Cody also loved my favorite place on earth....Lake Cushman. We took he and Max w/ us and Cody spent hours swimming in the lake (especially if we were swimming). He loved to float on the air mattress chair with me, and would fly off the end of the dock to retrieve his tennis ball.
He was always wonderful w/ the boys, and as just happy as long as we were all together.
This isn't to say we didn't have our "issues" with this dog....he was a digger and a chewer (also true to his breed), and we still have our fair share of land mine looking pits in our backyard to remind us of this fact.
Right around Halloween of this last year, Cody started dropping weight and was coughing and hacking a lot. To make a REALLY long story short, Cody was diagnosed w/ something called Megaesophagus and it was secondary to a diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis. (Both very rare, and not very promising diagnoses). He basically had no movement of the muscles in his throat so when he ate, his food just sat there and wouldn't make it to his stomach. Everything he ate just came right back up. He also contracted pneumonia easily as it was easy to aspirate the food back down into his lungs when he would try to cough it out of his throat.
For a while I was blindly optimistic, assuring everyone that I could "do what it takes" to manage all this (and a job, and three kids, as Jackson had now entered the picture). Cody was put on lots of medication and had to eat three small meals a day (can food only, mixed w/ water in the blender to a soupy mixture).....in the standing position... and then we would hold him up for 15 minutes afterward in the hopes that gravity would aid in getting his food to his stomach. It was a lot like feeding and burping a baby. And for a little bit, it was all working...
And then he developed his second pneumonia in a month and a half and the weight began to fall off again. Shortly after Christmas this year, I realized we were losing the battle and my dog's quality of life was suffering terribly. So Steven and I made the choice to let him go.
Never had I planned that I would lose my dog after just 2 1/2 years. In that short amount of time that dog had taken up a HUGE space in my heart. I had to go to work the day we made the choice to have him put to sleep so I think the closure is taking longer than it would have if I had been there to hold him. Cody has been on my mind a lot lately, and this morning I came across some pictures of him that made me smile, so I thought it might help the whole process to tell his story. We still have our other dog Max, and I love him very much.....I just miss Cody.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
So I stopped the MySpace thing a while back as I was sick of getting hacked. However, I really enjoy having a way to let our friends and family see what we're up to here at home so I decided to restart a blog.
Just to summarize...
Steven is loving his work at Betschart Mechanical, and I think it is amazing that more often than not, he gets home right around 4:45 in the afternoon!
I started a new job at Woodcreek Pediatrics in mid-November and I LOVE it!! I work Mon, Tues, Wed evenings. I am a phone nurse two nights and on the floor in the convenience care one night a week.
Colton is almost 4 1/2 years old now, and growing up so FAST! He goes to preschool 3 days a week and is a learning machine! He does arts and crafts every day, at home, and our fridge is covered in amazing pictures he has drawn for us.
Aidan is going to be 3 years old in April (where does the time go?) and loves to make us all laugh. On any given day when we go to pick up Cole at school, Aidan will have on a Spiderman suit, winter gloves, and a construction hat! He has quite the imagination.
Jackson will be 7 months on the 6th of February, and his two older brothers are smitten with him. He is rolling all over the place and very much enjoying trying all kinds of baby food. We have also started the baby sign language w/ him like we did w/ the other boys, and I can't wait for the day he is able to sign back! :O)
We still have our two cats, Tux and Jolly and one of our rats, Tubbs. On a sad note, about a month ago, we had to put our Golden Retriever, Cody, to sleep as he had a terrible disease called megaesophagus that was essentially causing him to starve to death. It was a very hard decision to come to, and there are days that are still very emotional for me. We do still have good ol' Max though, and that makes the loss at least a little easier.
Anyway, I will be making an attempt to update on a regular basis so as to keep you all informed as to our current happenings and let you in on the controlled chaos that we call our life. :O)