Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What is going on?

I don't know what has happened, but Della has made more progress in the past month than she has in the past 10 months. Whatever the reason, I will take it! She pulls to her knees in her crib in order to reach the window blinds so that she can bang them against the wall...at 5 AM.

Archer's preschool held it's annual Art "Fest-i-ble" last Saturday. He drew a picture of himself when he is all grown up and working as a detective. Although he has since changed his mind and wants to be a spy. When asked what a spy does, he answered "Spies find out people's secrets and look in their windows to watch what they are doing." I think that might be illegal...

With his teacher Miss Sara...

Akward smile on the pony ride...

What, you don't tape leaves on the side of your head to pretend you are a rabbit? You are missing out!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Archer at Yo Gabba Gabba!

This morning Archer and I went down to audition for a small part on Yo Gabba Gabba! He loved it.
They had him start by holding a number sign and saying his name and age. He did it with a beaming smile.
They then asked him to say, "my name is Archer and I like to dance" which he was then supposed to start dancing. There was a small orange "X" taped to the ground that he was told to stay on. I got nervous because this was a lot to handle for a four year old but he did great. He was jumping, kicking, punching and twirling all the while staying right on the "X". By the time it was over, all present were laughing.
The audition itself was very fast, only a few minutes. Across the warehouse where the show is filmed we could see some of the set that was in the process of being assembled. Our friend Ryan Williams was nice enough to run us over for a quick picture.
In the end, we had a great time. We'll find out in a few weeks if he'll be on the show or not. Either way, just being there and seeing what we saw was enough for Archer.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Yesterday Della had her endoscopy (camera down the throat) to see what was going on in her tummy. We had the sweetest Irish nurse who was wonderful with her, but unfortunately Della started to have a panic attack the second we walked into the pre-op room. They had to give her Versed (sp?) to help calm her down. It is similar to Valium. The Neurologist said that she has symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This was very evident at our last Dr. appointment when she tried to bite our Pediatric Gastroenterologist. Nice. Anyway, Della was put under for the procedure as well as for the insertion of a pH probe. This consists of a small wire that is inserted through the nose and goes down into the stomach. It measures the amount of acid Della's stomach is producing and then sends the information into a small compuer that is plugged into the other end of the probe. Needless to say Della didn't want anything in her nose and she had to be put into arm restraints to prevent her from pulling it out. We made it 24 hours and then we went back to CHOC this morning where they took out the probe. The worst part was the tape that was all over her face and head. Pulling it out of her hair was so hard to watch. Luckily we had a great Child Life Specialist who brought her therapy dog in with Della. It was a good distraction for her and she was able to pet the dog and cry at the same time. Anyway, we got some pictures back from the endoscopy and there is some evidence of erosion in her lower eshphagus and top of the stomach. Of course I would rather my daughter not have any reflux, but I am glad something was found and that the whole preocedure wasn't for nothing. Next week we meet with our Dr. to go over the results of the pH study, the biopsies, and the endoscopy. I am excited at the prospect of finally being able to do something that may help her development to speed up. Fingers crossed!

This is Della's famous "pouty face." She does it whenever she doesn't like what is going on. The most common cause is the things we make her do in physical therapy.

Why is she even smiling?

Endoscopy pics. I tried to get a close up of the erosion, but it didn't turn out.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Watching Conference With Children...

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the LDS religon, the leaders of our church speak to us twice yearly at General Conference held in April and October. General Conference is broadcast all over the world in 76 languages. The talks given are always basic doctrinal truths that are applicable to Saints regardless of age, location, and socioeconomic standing. At last October's Conference, Elder Wirthlin gave this talk on charity and the pure love of Christ. After hearing it, I am forever changed. Anyway, we were able to watch at home all four 2-hour sessions. This can be difficult with a 4-year-old boy. I don't expect him to sit through all of the sessions, that is a long time for any small child. He did well playing on the carpet and making "projects."

Here are a few of his projects...

The above picture is Archer drawing of "a very scary snowman." YIKES!

Oddly enough, the only part of General Conference that Archer sat and listened to was Elder M. Russell Ballard's talk on mothers. It just happened to be towards the end of his talk where he appealed to children to remember that they too have responsibilities in the home. He reminded younger children that they should be helping in small ways like picking up their toys and as they get older, to make their bed and put away their clothes. Elder Ballard then told children what their most important duty to their mother is "to give her lots of hugs and kisses and to tell her that you love her." That's exactly what Archer did.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Look Who Is Sitting Up!

FINALLY! It only took 15 months, but Della Belle is sitting on her own for 10-20 minutes! One night, about 2 weeks ago, she just started doing it. Like she just decided in her head that she was now ready to sit on her own.


This year our Eater Bunny went to See's Candy. Hooray! Archer finished his chocolate bunny before 10 AM. He had Della's opened and was about to take a bite before I intervened. "But Mama, Della can't eat this bunny. She is a baby," he argued. "That doesn't mean you can eat it. This is Mom..I mean Della's bunny," I answered. It was really good. Chad had to pick up some papers at home during the second hour and he confessed that he had taken one bite of the bunny and before he knew what was going on, just the bottom half was left. It's OK honey, I understand. That happens to me more than you will ever know (and far more than I am willing to confess).

Archer says "thumbs up" to eating chocolate animals...

My thoughts on the Easter Bunny...

It is a very strange thing to lie to your child. I can see why people don't like to go on and on with elaborate stories of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, etc. On the other hand, my son sees the world as a very magical place where anything is possible. The other day he asked me if I had been to space- because he thinks that I can do anything and everything. Anyway- the world isn't a magical place, and there will be a day when he figures that out. For now, I will let him enjoy his fantasies. So the day before Easter, we had the following conversation...

Archer: "Mommy, is the Easter Bunny real?"
Me: "What do you think?"
Archer: "I think it is a sneaky man in a costume."

Aaaaahhhhhh! Creepy! It was that day that we decided to have the "stranger" talk with him. Unfortunately Archer's world is a little less bright and a little more scary. Welcome to reality son.