AJ August 12, 2010
Today is my son AJ’s special day, four years ago he was born into this world weighing in at 9lb 5oz. I breastfed him for only 8 weeks because of the demand this boy had from day 1. AJ is such a unique boy but there are certainly some major mood fluctuations that make it hard to handle him at times. We have learned to work together as a family with love, patience and encouragement to keep AJ moving forward in a positive way, after all family is all we have since the pediatricians refuse to do a thing for him.
From pouts to grins you are always the cutest! Daddy and Mommy love watching your facial expressions and enjoy it when you give the big old pout face like you did in this picture because we were driving somewhere you didn’t want to go. AJ you have so many qualities that make you special; funny, handsome, loving and giving. Always happy to share with your siblings, but occasionally getting upset because they don’t share back. You are such a great big brother to Baby K, he looks up to you and adores you.
You sister loves you too, even though she doesn’t always show it. There is a lot on your sisters shoulders, she wants to teach you the world and show you how to do everything all at once. That girl loves you so much AJ and even though she shows it by bossing you around most times, she doesn’t mean harm, she simply enjoys teaching you all she knows so that you can be a smart little boy! I love when I see you and sissy working together at something with laughter and smiles, it warms my heart!
We are a family always and forever! I am so happy that today is your special day and I am so happy that I work from home so I am able to spend the whole day with you giving you hugs and kisses and singing Happy Birthday!
I am very proud to be your Mama, you are Mama and Daddy’s whole world and your little brother and big sissy love you too! Enjoy your special day! Can’t wait to see if we can take you to Chuck E Cheese’s this weekend!
Keep your head up son, you are doing so great and today is your special day! Happy Fourth Birthday AJ!
Now that Summer is nearing an end I find myself thinking of one wish, a Mom’s Summer Wish so to speak where I get to spend a whole day relaxing with the kids. Think about it, a nice end of Summer beach day just walk away from the mopping, sweeping and dusting to enjoy a care free beach day. I would love to finish up my Summer tan and enjoy the refreshing water with all three munchkins.
I know what would make my end of Summer wish even more of a Mom’s Summer Wish come true … hiring someone who does janitorial services so that I know all that mess I left behind at my house is gone when I walk in the door from a relaxing day at the beach! My heart would be overjoyed to find that someone had actually cleaned my house top to bottom because as the Summer time comes to an end my Mom schedule gets busier.
I will soon have soccer practices two times a week, one child in school full time, one child in preschool and not to mention Girl Scouts once a week and PTO meetings once a month. There is so much to do during the school year that this Mom feels her Mom’s Summer Wish should be made true by the Mom’s wish fairy!
What do you think? What would you like to have for a Mom’s Summer Wish before the Summer comes to an end?
I was reminded that a winner was never randomly chosen for the PBS Sprout Let’s Grow Safety First DVD giveaway I hosted .. and so today chosen using random.org I want to announce and give a big congrats to …
An email will go out shortly, lucky number 2 was randomly drawn by Random.org with only 10 entries on this giveaway total! Thanks to all who entered.
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After a couple of years having issues with my legs I finally made it last Friday to the doctors to get my vein in my leg checked out. Let’s go back a bit, with all three pregnancies I ended up with varicose veins but after Miss Ki’s birth the veins went away, then after AJ’s birth the veins went away as well, but then Baby K’s birth came and my veins only stayed as painful as they were while I was pregnant and a lump, small in size , started showing on the left leg inside of my knee area.
The vein wasn’t too bad if I elevated my legs while I went to sleep or during down times of the day, but during the last two years it simply got worse. I would do my EA Sports Active workouts daily and lost 13lbs and 11 inches in just 11 workouts, I was feeling great emotionally and my self esteem was totally boosted even more by being able to work out and see results! Eventually my work out routine had to die down because after just a few days of working out my left leg would hurt so bad that no elevation nor rest would stop it from hurting. I don’t have health insurance nor did I then so I was concerned how I would afford a doctor visit knowing that my Dad recently had to have an ultra sound run on his leg to ensure no internal clots were present. I knew an ultra sound would cost a lot of money, a lot of money I don’t have.
Finally I found out about a scholarship program and applied with 100% reduction in medical costs being the outcome! I was excited and made my appointment for last Friday where I saw a really nice doctor. I was informed that my left leg doesn’t appear to have any signs of an internal blood clot and since there wasn’t any warnings that would make them feel an ultra sound was necessary I was not ordered one. The end result of the appointment was that I have high blood pressure possibly due to my smoking cigarettes and sodium intake. I love salt, and smoking, well you know I have been trying to find the will power to quit that as soon as possible! I have an external blood clot and they actually said exercise would help increase blood flow, yet it hurts badly. I was recommended to wear a knee brace or ace bandage around my knee area to help support the vein while working out or during high activity times when it hurts the most.
I was also told about some injections I could have done but will leave scaring, they inject something into the tissue inside the leg so that the tissue around my problem vein is more supportive. I doubt I will have that procedure done, any surgery whether just injections or serious scares me. I plan to get an ace bandage and wrap my knee and start working out again to test drive the theory of an ace bandage being supportive enough to help the problem vein.
So there you have it, I have an external blood clot, which from what they told me isn’t like internal blood clots that can let loose and go to your heart. Hopefully I can get my vein in a position so that the walking and running with my kids all day doesn’t cause extreme pain all night long!
Anyone else heard about external versus internal blood clots? I am clueless really other than what the doctor told me! I tend to worry a lot especially when it comes to health issues so I find myself really pushing to quit smoking and follow the low sodium diet the doctor gave me. I also plan to see my doctor now every 30 days to keep a watch on the blood pressure. Oh my blood pressure was 132/94 which is not as high as it was last November.
Two giveaways have ended as of August 7, 2010 …
Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Free Coupon to FIVE people:
- Random.org chose # 1 – Tawnda
- Random.org chose # 6 – Kimberly
- Random.org chose # 2 – Sheila
- Random.org chose # 5 – shala_darkstone
- Random.org chose # 7 – Hannah
1-800-FLOWERS $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway to ONE person:
- Random.org Chose # 68 – Tamara B
Congrats to all and thanks to those who took the time to enter! An email will go out within 24 hours so that I may get your shipping details.
My current giveaways:
Vtech Bluetooth Cordless phone for home and cell phones.
The Baby Bunch Crayon Rompers
And much, much more!