Saturday, October 31, 2009
We have had a pretty chill morning, besides me going into Safeway to get my flu shot, yuck! Tonight we will make an appearance at "Trunk or Treat" put on by our church and then head into Grandma and Grandpa's house so Keanan and Lucy can enjoy their crazy sugar high together! I think I will limit him to 2 pieces of candy or something.
We had a fun visit with our friends, the Carpenter's, from college yesterday. Their little one, Alisha, was quite taken with Keanan (she is about 6 months old). He was very silly for her!
Be safe tonight!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Off to bed I go. I am tired after a busy day of cleaning. We have company coming for dinner tomorrow and I still need to mop sometime in the midst of going to Keanan's class and getting dinner made.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I chatted with the midwife about our little episode on Monday. She is running some tests, nothing serious. If those come back negative, she said it could just be the pregnancy hormones doing weird things to my body. Not uncommon. So we shall see.
Keanan was really good the entire time we were stuck there. Then we drove to Grandma's house and spent the day. Grandma even made fried chicken and rice a roni with gravy (my fav), yummy!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I am tired of pushing potty training with Keanan. He had it down pretty good a while ago, but we are not back there yet. So I am not going to hold my breath that he will be potty trained by the time this baby gets here. Therefore, I needed more diapers so I won't have to wash every day. These seemed like a good way to go. And being a cotton prefold, they will help Keanan feel when he is wet. His other diapers wick the moisture away so he can't feel it. Maybe that will help a bit in the potty training area.
Zac woke me up a few times in the night. Keanan woke up an hour early. I had a cold shower and only got to wash my hair. The vacuum sucked up the rug and made a loud noise, so now Keanan is freaking out when it is on. Keanan was in his undies when I was trying to vacuum and peed SOMEWHERE on the carpet. He has not been listening well. I told Zac that I am on strike and not making dinner. In my stupidity, I put Keanan back in some undies after he peed in the potty. Two minutes later he peed on MY chair in the dinning room. While I was cleaning him up my soup boiled over and now my stove is gross. Baby girl is making it harder to breathe today. Keanan just dumped a bunch of raisins on the floor. It is only 12:30! I need to go back to bed and start over, but there are no sheets on my bed because I had to change them this morning. AHHHHHHH!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In other news. I took Keanan to the doctor this morning for this ongoing cold that has been plaguing him. We were worried that it had moved into his lungs or was an ear infection. Turns out he has a sinus infection, poor kid. So he is on antibiotics for 10 days. Hopefully that will take care of it.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thank you so much for contacting us and for your interest in our research! We would love to have you participate sometime in the next year. We have just started a 5 year project to design an neural interface for powered leg prostheses. Your targeted reinnervation procedure has the potential to help control the powered ankle. We have one other patient who has had similar surgery. With our virtual leg system he was able to control his missing knee and his missing ankle in a computer generated leg model—it was quite exciting. We would like to have you visit us some time next year after we get the powered prostheses up and running. Then we would hope to have you come for a full week and we’d keep you quite busy with a whole series of experiments. We will pay all of your hotel and flight expenses and be able to give you a $200/day stipend for food and cabs.
As you recover, please try to move your missing ankle in all directions to strengthen the muscles when they reinnervate. Let me know when you feel like you get good muscle contractions when you try to move your ankle. Please feel free to ask any questions, of course, we will give you any information we can.
Todd Kuiken, MD, PhDSo exciting! Zac is going to be in regular email contact with him to work out details and such. Please keep this in your prayers.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday I went to Chris' Pampered Chef show and bought come cookie sheets. It was nice to be out of the house by myself. Saturday night the Ireland's and Roger's came over. After putting the kids to bed we visited and played a very funny game.
Sunday we went to church with my parents in Graham. Zac wore pants for the first time and you could hardly tell he had a fake leg. Afterward, we went back to their house for the Seahawks game and nachos. Keanan and Lucy had a ton of fun playing together. Good times.
Hi Elizabeth. =)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Honestly I'm really uncomfortable with the fund.
I was asked before it was created, and after much discussion, thought & prayer I consented. So why am I uncomfortable with it? Several things, first - there are many people that need financial assistance much more than I do. Second, the loss of my leg is a lifestyle change of which has many different faces - maybe I don't "need" a jeep, I can live without a chia cream latte.
Why did I consent to the creation of this fund? "There are people that love you to the moon and back" ( Becky said that ), this is a way in which some would like to express that love so I will not deny them that.
Zac grew up in Mossyrock and it is a very, very small, close knit community. There has been an overwhelming desire to help him out in some way but since we live almost 2 hours from there this has been difficult. So Becky (pretty much Zac's second mom) took it upon herself to set up a trust fund for a new leg in Zac's name at our bank, Chase. Please only give if you feel called by God to do so. We are blessed and humbled by the outpouring of love we have received. God is so good! I don't know how all of it works, but below are the details:
It’s under: Zachais Vawter – Irrevocable Trust Agreement - # 2935949921
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Poor kid, his cold has turned into a cough, only when he is laying down. He had a rough night last night. I rubbed some baby Vicks on him tonight and the humidifier is going in his room, so hopefully tonight will be better.
Monday, October 5, 2009
The only time he was in a diaper today was during nap and when we went to the store. And he only had one accident! He loves his big-boy undies =)
On a down side, he didn't eat his dinner - heh, you can't win 'em all. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good!
I am just doing some thinking out loud..... the manufacturer recommends this washing routine:
1. Cold wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent (we use Tide Free and Clear)
2. Hot wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent
3. Extra rinse.
Here is what I am going to try:
1. Quick wash on cold, no detergent (this rinses out nasty stuff and gets everything good and wet for washing. Since I have an HE machine it makes everything heavier so more water will be used in the actual washes)
2. Cold wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent with an extra rinse.
3. Hot wash with 1/4 recommended amount of detergent with an extra rinse.
4. Quick wash with no detergent and an extra rinse.
I will also do the whole Dawn and bleach thing once a month (I was doing every other month). We'll see how this goes. Off to restart the washer, again...
ETA: Going to switch detergents as well to see if that helps (thanks for the suggestion Em). Evidently Tide is not the best for the dipes so I am going to try All Free and Clear (it's the only diaper approved detergent that Safeway carries). If that doesn't help, I'll order some of the recommended ones online.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Keanan has transitioned to his big boy room like a pro. No issues with staying asleep at night or anything. He did fall out of the bed the first night, but there was a blanket on the floor so he just slept right through it. He is talking like crazy! So many new words all the time. Right now he is working on helicopter, sometimes we can actually understand it! He is also loving to dance and do the motions to the kid songs CD's that we have. He goes and stands by the speaker and says "mus" to get us to turn it on. That or he says "bus" over and over (wheels on the bus is his favorite song). Zac and I are getting the songs stuck in our heads.
Keanan and I went to "class" on Friday at the Hands On Children's Meuseum. He loves it there. He painted leaves and we pressed them on paper for the craft time - so cute! I really like the teacher, we are going to try to go as many Friday's as possible.
Zac hasn't been wearing his leg much. He had to get some adjustments done because it was hurting. He also needs more special socks to wear with it. I think he is nervous about hurting his stump. He started PT this week and has exercises to do everyday. Zac says yee-haw.
Still un-named baby girl is doing well and moving a lot. We have her named narrowed down to two choices, but nothing is really hitting us. We might have to wait till we meet her!
We went to the Wilcox Farm Harvest Fest today. It was pretty fun and we got free omelets! There were tours of the farm in a hay wagon pulled by a tractor so we got to see how they process the eggs. Keanan really liked the tractors.
That's all for now. We are off to Mossyrock tomorrow.