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D’s Journey, part 10 – Physical Therapy

Shortly after we got D’s CP diagnosis, we were approved to get regular pediatric physical therapy. We met with our PT when D was 7 months old, and she took about an hour to evaluate D. At this time he wasn’t sitting up on his own, couldn’t stand tummy time, and would grab some for objects. She wanted us to come and work with her once a week, and unlike the EI services, she would mostly work “on” him and then give me a few exercises or techniques to do with him at home. She said it was good that we weren’t dragging our feet, and that the earlier he got PT the more it would benefit him. We talked about the areas the neurologist was concerned about (mainly ankles, right arm/hand, and left leg), and we planned to focus on those. She also felt his tummy was weak – understandably given the number of abdominal surgeries he had! – and that he had a tendency to stiffen up, so she wanted to work on those as well.


D around when we started PT & now at 13 months! 

D really hated her at first! She would start off with stretches and massage, but he has always been a cautious baby so he didn’t like being held or touched by a stranger. He would actually start getting upset as soon as we walked in the room. But when I would try the same stretches and massages at home, he wouldn’t even acknowlege that I was doing anything. That told me that they weren’t painful for him, thank goodness! I won’t say that our PT is one of his favorite people, but he very rarely cries or gets upset during the sessions anymore.

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48 Activities Inspired by Popular Children’s Books

I recently blogged about 8 Ways for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Children, and mentioned that one way to build upon their reading interest is to do activities based on books.  As I continued to work through how I’d make that more of a reality in my home, I decided to compile a list of activities based on the most popular children’s books out there.  Enjoy!

1) Make a caterpillar and pipe cleaner snack  |  2) Handprint butterfly |  3) Make caterpillars out of plastic cups and forks  |  4) Caterpillar play dough  |  5) A caterpillar necklace  |  6) A color sorting activity  |  7) painting activity using balloons  |  8) Tissue paper caterpillars

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Chewy Turtles Bars

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’m always on the lookout for easy recipes that hold up well to travel. There’s little worse than knowing you have a five hour drive ahead of you with a wobbly cake on your lap, or a tray of cupcakes sliding around in the back seat. These chocolatey, chewy, crunchy Turtles bars are perfect for your next gathering (if they make it all the way there!). They’ve got something for everyone, plus they’re easy to bake, transport, and devour.

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Frozen Birthday Party for Boys

When my kids saw Frozen for the first time, it was in the theaters back in November of last year. When we left the movies, Nick and Joe were so excited they told me, “Mommy, we want to have a Frozen birthday party with snow and an ice palace. It would be so much fun.” I laughed it off and didn’t think much of it. Their birthday was 9 months away after all. But as we came up to planning their party, they politely reminded me that they had already decided they wanted a Frozen party and I must have just forgotten about it because I forget a lot of things. (Thanks kids for reminding me of my Swiss cheese mommy brain.) I told them I did remember them telling me that, but I was just double checking.

Now came some of the challenges. First, they want a Frozen party with snow and an ice palace. We live in the San Fernando Valley where it is almost guaranteed to be near or over 100 degrees in July, so good luck with the snow and ice. Second, they are two little boys with little boy friends. and they didn’t want a “princess party.” They love Anna and Elsa but didn’t want to do dress ups and crafts; they wanted to run around and play in the snow with their friends and have a frozen cake. Well when I told them it would be difficult to have snow and ice to play with, my little Nick told me, “You can figure it out mommy. You are good at that.” The pressure was on to make a non princess Frozen party in the middle of the hottest time of year.

Here are some of the things we did to throw a boys Frozen party in the hottest time of the year.

D E C O R A T I O N S

I usually go pretty minimal on decorations. I typically buy a few cardboard decorations and a birthday banner from Party City and call it a day. Not only did I have trouble finding Frozen stuff in stock, but it was also all pink and purple. The boys preferred things that looked icy or blue. I did buy one table center piece and tried to match the blue on it for a table cloth.

I also used toys that we had purchased throughout the past year to place around the house. Lilly had an Anna and Elsa doll that she graciously let me use for decorations. James had a Kristoff Doll that he lent to the decorations, and Nick and Joe contributed their Olaf and Sven stuffed animals. I placed them around the house with some other things like party blowers. It made for some pretty simple decorations. During the party the kids wanted to play with them, so they only last a few minutes.

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DIY Pumpkin Face Paper Garland

Halloween often comes with lots of scary decorations, but with a few simple supplies, you and your kids can craft your own garland full of pumpkin faces. Make them as silly or spooky as you want!

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My Family Guide to Washington, DC

After two years living in the DuPont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC we’re abandoning our one bedroom apartment and moving farther out of the metro area to Alexandria, VA. With the move creeping up on us, I’ve been doing some thinking about all our favorite places here, the places we’ll miss being so close to, and the places we’ll make the metro trip into the city to revisit. So I thought, what a perfect time to share! If you find yourself in Washington, DC here’s my guide to family friendly fun and food!

As you probably know, Washington DC is full of national museums and parks. Translation: there is a whole lot of free stuff to see and do. When it comes to the “national” stuff here are my favorites for the kids:

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Making a Birth Plan the Second Time Around

When I was pregnant the first time around, I created a birth plan after a ton of reading, research, guidance from my doula and lessons from a marathon weekend of what Mr. C called the “crunchy birth class.” I was determined to have a birth with no drugs and zero intervention.  As I made my way through my first experience growing and delivering a baby, writing down what I had hoped to have happen helped me to cope with my fears of what was to come and prepare for what I expected to be a marathon of pain.

And guys, what I came up with was LONG. And detailed. And intense. And at the time, I thought it was perfect.

Looking back though, after reaching the dreaded 42 week point, I would be facing an induction where huge portions of my birth plan would be slashed the moment I walked in the door.  No IV. Nope – thank you Group B strep. No Pitocin. Slash that one, obviously, since my kid would not come out on his own. No “continuous fetal monitoring.” Induction plus Pitocin ruined that too. Honestly, although my birth plan looked like it had been through a losing war with a sharpie, in the end I was lucky, both because I managed to persevere through Pitocin with a med free birth, and because the kid at the end of the tunnel (um, literally) was and is healthy, happy and truly amazing.

Now, as I enter my third trimester, I’m thinking about my birth plan again. This time around, I expect it will look a bit different. Here’s what I’m thinking.

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