Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween cuteness

Bryn started out the day in her "Baby's 1st Boo" Costume...






Then she changed into her Baby Boo costume - notice her HEELARIOUS pumps...





And our big boy was an Air Force pilot this evening - Will was looking sharp!

The little things...

All caught on tape - Bryn started rolling from back to front yesterday and Will declared who mommy and daddy voted for this year!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trick or treat...

Ryan and I put on our best disguises for our neighbors' Halloween party last night. I had decided to go as Cinderella, but found myself in a Pirate Wench costume after my princess costume was cancelled because it was out of stock. I was concerned the wench costume was a little short, but some good ol' black tights solved that problem.

Now, my dear husband. Ryan's a big dude, so he can't just grab a costume from the store. He actually rented one. He was WAY TOO EXCITED when he found his dream costume and decided to be a pimp. He enjoyed accessorizing with bling, a pimp cup and even a gold tooth.

We had an absolute blast with all of our neighbors. The best part of the evening was being able to walk across the street when we were ready to go home. Fun times!





Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Day

The weather was PERFECT here in Frisco today, so after the early football games, we decided to take the kiddos to the pumpkin patch. Will had a blast on the big inflatable obstacle course, while Bryn was completely content hanging out in the Baby Bjorn and taking in all of the sights. Unfortunately, Will got a little impatient when we started looking for pumpkins, so we'll be heading to the grocery store sometime this week to pick up a couple! Anyway, here are some pics from today...



And here are some pics of Bryn I took tonight just because...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Picture day...

We always dread picture day for Will because we never quite know how he's going to do. We've had some not-so-great picture moments in the past so it's always a crap shoot if we'll get a good shot. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out Will's picture packet out of his backpack this afternoon. I cried...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween at "The Bite"

Today we shot our Halloween episode for The Bite. I was transformed into Cleopatra while my co-hosts donned equally stunning costumes - Hilary as Queen Elizabeth, Jaron as Superman (yeah, there's no resemblance there) and Joe and Rance as bees. Check it out - we don't have fun or anything at "work"...




Monday, October 13, 2008

Ride 'em cowboy!!!

In honor of Columbus day (will someone please explain to me why this is a holiday?), we took the kiddos to the Texas state fair. Boy, did we have a good time. Will loved all of the rides, especially the dragon rollercoaster. It was hot and crowded, but we had a great time.

I went on this one ride that was ridiculously scary. I should've had Ryan take a picture because I can't even explain it. I can hang with most rides, but this is the first time I ever thought I was going to throw up. I don't remember most of the ride because my eyes were closed the entire time. But, I'd go on it again in a hearbeat.

Good times...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Date night...

I had a very important date night on Saturday - with Will!!! My handsome date and I went to the annual Frisco Mother-Son dance. It was fun getting all dressed up for my little guy. And he got all dressed up too - a crisp, clean Burberry collared shirt that he promptly spilled soda on when we got to the dance. LOL. But he didn't care.

Will just sort of took everything in. I could tell it was a bit overwhelming for him - he did a lot of stimming (focusing on his fingers and sort of blocking out his surroundings). I'm guessing a lot of the other moms might've thought he was dancing. But he was so sweet. We were sitting down at one point and he turned to me with puckered lips and gave me a kiss. It's the first time he's ever initiated a smooch. And during our slow dance (to What a Wonderful World), I couldn't help but get a little emotional holding my little guy. He gave me a hug. He's such a sweetie.

I look forward to going back next year. Unfortunately, my camera conked out, so here is the ONLY picture I got that evening. Bummer!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A familiar feeling...

I remember it so well. I was sitting on our couch one night last October in Buffalo when a crazy thought rushed through my head - instead of heading home to Texas right after the season, we'd stay in Buffalo an extra six months to keep Will in school. That epiphany caused a lot of anxiety - I didn't want to stay in Buffalo. Yet I knew deep down that it was the right decision, even if I didn't like it. After I accepted the decision, an incredible sense of peace came over me. And it was done.

It happened to me again today. I was sitting on the couch with Bryn (what is it with me and couches?) when the thought popped into my head that I needed to consider taking the Texas bar exam in February instead of next July when I'd actually planned on taking it. I immediately got that anxious feeling - my heart started pounding and I couldn't sit still. At one point I almost started crying (if you've ever sat for a bar exam, you know why). After Bryn went down for a nap, I did some searching and made a few phone calls and realized I still have time to get my application in for February's test. I called my lawyer sister and some other lawyer friends who all confirmed what I already knew - I was going to sit for the bar exam in February. I'm stressed out just thinking about it. You see, studying for the bar exam is no easy feat. It was hard enough taking the California bar right after I graduated from law school. But heck, I didn't have two kids back then. And the law was still fresh on my mind. Taking the exam this time around will be a whole new ball game.

Taking the exam is pricey (between the test fees and a bar review course, we're looking at several grand - people usually take out bar loans to cover expenses). Poor Ryan will be thrust into single parenthood for two months but we'll make sure the kiddos are taken care of (little miss Bryn is going to find herself in daycare in the afternoons). And I'll be a stressed out ball of mush those two months while I study for hours on end. I'll still be shooting The Bite as well, so I'll have a ton going on. It's going to be tough, but this is the right decision and now is the best time to go through all of this.

And just like after I owned the decision back in October to stay in Buffalo, I'm owning this decision and am ready to kick some butt. Remember that peace I talked about after taking ownership? I felt it earlier, coupled with the sheer panic of sitting for the test. But I'll get 'er done!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My thoughts on vaccines...

I'm often asked my opinion on vaccines and whether or not I think they cause autism. My theory has always been this - I don't think vaccines in and of themselves cause autism. If that were the case, anyone who has been vaccinated would have autism, right? However, I do believe some kiddos have some sort of genetic predisposition (many postulate that these kids have weakened immune systems) that make them more susceptible to autism when given vaccinations. I wish I'd known back when Will was a baby what I know now - I'd be willing to bet we wouldn't be dealing with the issues we're dealing with now.

Will was a sick baby. He had ear infection after ear infection - seven double ear infections total before his first set of ear tubes were inserted at thirteen months. It seemed like he was constantly on antibiotics - the ones that are supposed to clear up infections like Augmentin finally stopped working. Omnicef was the only one strong enough that would knock the infections out. Couple the constant supply of antibiotics with the recommended vaccines, and I think we poisoned our child. I do feel some guilt over this, but I know I was just doing what I thought was right for my child at the time.

Ryan and I are pro-vaccine. We believe children should be vaccinated. However, we absolute think there is no reason in the world to bombard an infant or child's body with the plethora of shots recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. I'd never been one of those parents to question doctors because they know everything right? They want what's best for our kiddos, right? Now, I'm not so sure.

I'm currently reading Jenny McCarthy's new book - Mother Warriors. The foreword is written by a doctor from UCLA. He talks a bit about the harmful mercury we have all heard about that was "removed" from vaccines several years ago. The doctor then starts talking about Dr. Robert Sears' research about aluminum in vaccines. He states that the FDA claims that 20 micrograms of aluminum is considered toxic for babies, yet the Hep B shot they give newborns (which we declined - thank God) has 250 micrograms of aluminum in it. He goes on to say that if a child receives every vaccine recommended by the AAP at their two-month appointment, they will ingest almost 2000 micrograms of aluminum. I know, it's shocking. And it doesn't seem right. So let's get informed. Be armed with the facts so that when your child's pediatrician tells you there is no scientific evidence linking vaccines and autism and tries to talk you out of using a delayed scheduled, you're prepared to stand your ground and do what's best for your babies.

I have to recommend an awesome book written by Dr. Sears called The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision For Your Child. This book is awesome. It gives a wonderfully detailed but easy-to-read breakdown of all the childhood vaccines. The doctor discusses why the vaccines are given and what his thoughts are on them. He also recommends a delayed vaccination schedule - it's the one we are following for Bryn. For example, he recommends declining the Hepatitis B shot they give babies in the hospital on their birth day. At the two month appointment, instead of getting four or five shots, he recommends one and the rotavirus vaccine which is given orally. Following his schedule has given me some peace of mind - I feel like we're protecting our children from harmful diseases while protecting their systems from being bombarded by the bad stuff in vaccines.

Okay, getting off of my soapbox now...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Progress...

I don't know if it's a coincidence, but we are seeing some really positive changes in Will since starting him on the casein-free diet this week. He's been extremely attentive (which can be difficult at times - he is very aware when mommy or daddy are leaving the house and he doesn't like it too much) and he's repeating everything! We're also hearing more spontaneous language being used in appropriate contexts. We're hopeful that he will continue to surprise and delight us!!!

This evening when I was giving him a bath, we played a game we've played numerous times before that involves me squirting soap on his knees, toes, etc. It usually involves me doing most of the talking and Will quickly washing off the soap in the water. Tonight was different. I started off with putting soap on Will's hands - he said "hands." He then held up his leg and said "knee" indicating that he wanted soap on his knee. He went on to say feet, toes, elmo (elbow), delly (belly), shoulders, nose and ears. WOW! I couldn't believe. And he smiled the whole time. It was awesome.

And Ryan had a funny experience with Will this afternoon. Ryan had folded some towels and left them on the kitchen table. Will knocked them off, and when Ryan told Will to pick up the towels, he said Will said "you" and took of running! Ryan said all he could do was sit there and laugh.

We took Will to see the biomedical doctor yesterday. He gave us supplements to start giving Will, but we can't start administering them until we collect three pee samples from Will for testing. We've been trying for a week and it's not going that well! Keep your fingers crossed for us. We also will have to give Will B12 shots twice a week - yeah, not looking forward to that too much. But if the shots are going to help bring my baby boy back, then so be it.

Hopefully I'll have plenty more stories just like these to share in the near future. GO WILL! My mission for this weekend is to teach him how to say "nuclear" correctly...

Those ears...***

Baby Bryn looks a lot like her mama, but if there's one thing she inherited from Ryan, it's his ears. I've noticed lately that Bryn's ears are rather, well, large. They are too cute though and compliment her big ol' cheeks perfectly.

I had to crack up when I took this picture yesterday. It's all in the ears...

Curse of the vajayjay

A few months when I went on my audition for "The Bite," I got schooled. I stood in the most natural and comfortable position I could, only to be informed by my producer that my hands were in an unacceptable position. See, I had my hands in an upside down triangle position. Unfortunately, I was doing sign language for the word VAGINA! In my defense, I was simply imitating what I've seen some television hosts do over and over again.

Now that I know what it means, I see VAGINA all the time! The guy on the Directv instructional channel does it all the time. I've seen a host on one of the evening entertainment shows make that upside down triangle a couple of times. And now, this...

I bet people who know what this means get a kick out of people throwing down the vajayjay sign every time they see it. I know I do!