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Romantic surprise

Brian tried to be romantic the other day.
I came home from volleyball and there was a trail of rose petals into our bedroom and on the bed. (Aww… how sweet!)
Unfortunately I didn’t turn the light on when I went to take a shower and didn’t notice.
Then I went back downstairs to him and we promptly both fell asleep on the couch.
Around 3am we crawled upstairs into our bed and woke up in the morning with a Jeffrey snuggled beside me.

Jeffrey was completely weirded out by the flower petals. “Why did you kill the flowers!” “What happened to the flowers!!”  Elena began picking them up, singing “Clean up time, clean up time,everybody everywhere…”

So goes romance in the Meehan household.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Brian, love

 

Elena

My girl is two today.

She is an amazing little thing.
She’s starting to use the potty.
She’s starting to really describe the world to us.
She loves to have Mom and Dad “squish” her with hugs and kisses.
She carries her dolly around and gets mad when the legs won’t go into the stroller the way that Ellie wants them to.
She is amazed by her brother and will do Anything that he will do.
She loves daycare and all her friends there. Especially Penny and Hummy.
She tries on any and all shoes. Carries them around the house and clomps away in them.
She loves vegetables and fruit. Would eat nothing but apples and chippies (potato chips) if we let her.
She has a daring dangerous side. She looks back over her shoulder at you, smiles and then…takes off.
She loves our kitty.  She lays down next to him, hugs him and kisses his nose.
She’s just so bright and vivacious. She has tons of energy but still loves to snuggle up and read books or puzzles.

I thought that Jeffrey broadened and brightened our world, but I never foresaw how much further Elena would open it up.

I love you little two year old.

I can’t wait for all the adventures that await us.

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Elena, love

 

Therapy sessions and sports, Oh my.

We had Jeffrey’s CPSE meeting last week. He qualifies for summer physical therapy and we talked about the fall. Of course it was super complicated because we’re sending him to Margaret’s House for kindergarten and so it’s not done in the district we live in. It’ll have to got through Rush-Henrietta’s service coordinator and blah blah blah. In the end the important thing is that he got approved for 2x weekly physical therapy during school.

I enjoy the CPSE meeting to discuss Jeffrey’s progress and see how encouraged his therapist is but I hate the evaluation. His eval is basically six pages of what is wrong with your kid. They are all things we already know but every time we get one done I want to cry. I feel myself telling the piece of paper all the things he CAN do and how awesome he is. I know it’s a necessary thing for them to do. He has to be evaluated to continue his services. I think I should just stop reading them and just talk to his therapist instead.

We’re going to try and start a sport of some type this summer. We’re looking into t-ball, swimming and horseback riding. Our PT was particularly excited about riding because it’s a rare case where he can’t cheat his brace. To ride he’ll have to put his heels down and stretch out his muscles. Plus he really has poor core strength and it will help that as well.

It’s weird to compare the kids. Elena can jump. She just did it. It was so odd to see how effortless it was for her and how difficult it still is for him. They’re different, I know that. I’m even glad of that. I still wish I could make it easier for him though.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Jeffrey

 

Frozen

Frozen

This was a horror/thriller movie that Brian and I recently watched.  Yeah and spoilers for this movie, but not too many.

Plot summary: Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

It’s actually a decent movie. I found it profoundly disturbing. I actually walked out 1/3 of the way through and Brian finished it. I was okay with the people being stuck on a chairlift. I started to lose it a little when there was some possible frostbite. I cringed when there were 2 tib-fib fractures and the dude was going to bleed to death. But then there were wolves. WOLVES people. I lost my mind. I actually started shaking. I got out a book, I tried to read instead but I could still Hear the movie. I had to leave. I went upstairs and tried to read my book and continued to freak out.

Now it’s been several Weeks and I am still weirded out  by this movie. I keep thinking about it and how incredibly disturbing I found it. I don’t find any of the scenarios presented terrifying, I think it was just the knowledge that whatever you do -you’re fucked. And it’s going to be a painful and awful death.

Those of you that know me, realize that I do not freak out (from movies) easily. Sure I get scared in the moment (easily) and I enjoy scary movies for the jolt. But I get over it, fairly quickly. There are a few things that tweak me a little but their stupid things like I am majorly afraid of people crawling on ceilings and when peoples mouths stretch into weird shapes. These are not likely things I will ever encounter in real life so I’m okay with them. I’m a huge fan of Japanese and South Korean filmmaking. I love action and interesting deaths and kung fu. I am not a typical woman. But this stupid freaking movie… I couldn’t handle it.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Movies

 

Well visits

For a few minutes at the pediatricians office we thought that Jeffrey had actually shrunk since last year. WTF. Then we realized that he stands on his tip-toes all the time and apparently that is how we measured him last year. If you measure him that way, he grew 2 inches. Otherwise he remains exactly the same as last year. 41 pounds and 41 inches. He’s a box. How he manages this, I don’t remotely understand since the kid eats his own weight in food daily.  He’s solidly in the ~50% for height and weight so no one is concerned.

Elena on the other hand. Does not like meat really, or sweets, or potatoes or much of anything other than applecups (apples), mushes (oranges) and milk. The girl would eat fruit 24/7 if we would let her.  She is cruising along at 27 pounds and I don’t remember how tall. She’s in the 75% for weight and 85% for height.

They both had to get shots. Therefore they both got ice cream afterwards. Jeffrey gobbled his down. Elena ate a few bites and then ate my applesauce.

No concerns for Ellie. Her words are coming along now and she appears to be a happy healthy strong-willed 21 month old.

Jeffrey has a few concerns. 1st, the whole still walking on tip-toes thing. He still gets PT 2x a week and he’s making progress. But the progress is slow. Our ped recommended seeing a orthopedic surgeon to determine if anything else could be done. I guess sometimes they can cut the Achilles tendon to give more flexibility or do special footwear. I’ve got an appointment for the 24th, so we’ll see what they have to say.
Her other concern was that we may be looking at aspergers down the road. She isn’t diagnosing him or even suggesting we try for any services or anything. She just says that some of his tendencies (not looking in your face, very smart about age-inappropriate things, not reading social cues) may be indicators. She said she wanted us not to worry but just not to be shocked if it is something we look into down the road.

All in all, I’m okay with it. We’ll deal with whatever we’re dealt and I appreciate having a doc that tries to prepare us for things without freaking us out. The kids are really fabulous and I just hope that we make the right decisions and do the best things for them.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Elena, Jeffrey

 

Movie love

I love movies. I listen to ~10 different podcasts about film and film culture. Some that review films, some that discuss classics or independent or foreign films. All have good production values and I find them vastly entertaining. They have opened my eyes to a world of films that I would have otherwise never known existed.

Because of this I have filled our Netflix queue with a ton of cerebral yet visually stunning films and a crap ton of foreign films. I am especially drawn to dark, violent Korean and Japanese thriller/horror.  I love action and I can’t say no to anything sci-fi or apocalyptic. I love a movie that makes you question what you would do or how you would handle yourself. I like when it makes you feel uncomfortable and those that don’t always end happily.

Brian is so-so on my renewed interest. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not afraid of subtitles and can handle melodrama; but he’s still not overly excited about some of my more off the wall picks. He would rather I just watch normal movies with him.

Anyway, since he isn’t eager to have any long drawn out conversations concerning my over eager movie viewing, I thought I’d try and catalog some of it here.  Maybe it will be fun!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Movies

 

Five

The boy is five years old. How quickly the time has flown by.

In the past year he has grown by such leaps and bounds. A few little snippets:

  • We moved into our new house and he picked out the colors for his room. He wanted red doors so we painted the inside panels red and put a zig zag stripe on the walls.
  • He slowly stopped acting like his sister was such a bother and started to try and teach her things. He even asked me when we were going to “make her a big sister.”
  • He discovered volcanoes. and earthquakes and tornadoes.  He now plans on being a veterinarian that works on tigers and an amateur volcanologist.
  • He drew an amazingly accurate map from Margaret’s House to our house. It was awesome.
  • He learned that Elena does not have a penis and that while he’s ridiculously observant, obviously he misses some stuff.
  • We became aware that he is a Lego savant. So far this year he has built a oil tanker, a house and an airplane with very minimal help, following the directions with ease.   I am truly amazed at the things he has created!
  • He’s graduated to a real model train set and is sharing his geo-trax with Elena more readily.
  • When he gets angry, he scrunches up his face and mumbles under his breath. It makes me laugh and I have to try so hard to suppress it.
  • The rock economy is working great. The positive change in his behavior is hard to put into words, it absolutely made the difference.
  • He laughs a lot. He loves to cuddle with his mama and to read books. He is always willing to give me a hug and let me know that he loves me.
  • He has amassed an army of stuffed tigers and he loves each of them fiercely. They have terribly high pitched “voices” and I wish they wouldn’t talk so much.

I could go on and on. Five years ago standing in the NICU, I couldn’t see what an amazing little guy he’s become. I thought I loved him then, but it’s nothing compared to now.

I can’t wait to see what this new year brings. More Chinese class, more Legos. His first day of school.  More hugs and laughs and time together. I wish I could freeze him right here but I can’t wait to see how he grows.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Jeffrey, love