Archives for September 2013
I am an opposite person. I don’t nest before babies come. I nest afterwards, in the year after baby is born. I don’t Spring clean. Instead, I Fall clean. It’s just how the world works for me.
So, as you can guess, with the changing of the leaves, my house has been my main focus lately. I’ve been going through kids clothes, changing from Summer to Winter. I’ve been working through clutter, passing on things that are no longer needed in our home. I’ve been going through school things, finding permanent places for things I’ve been putting off.
This week alone I have sorted clothing, pulled weeds that were growing outrageously around our house, straightened drawers, cleaned kitchen counter tops, made my sink shine and the list goes on. It feels so good to finally have my home falling into place.
With all that has been going on in our family, I feel the need to find a place for everything and put everything into it’s place. It’s a process but it’s getting there and nothing feels better to have a neat, clean area to come home to.
I need to sit down and set forth goals for completion of my cleaning plan. I also need to set up school work, as with Jackson finally having control, we now have more time for school again. I also need to work on blogging plans because, well frankly, I’m always out of ideas on what I need to write about on here. A plan would help that tremendously, as would returning my laptop to a permanent place near my review items so I can work easier.
For the next few weeks, I know I will be catching up on those things I am behind on. I will be planning things throughout our life, moving forward as best I can. For now, I will do all I can manage and that’s all I can do.
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Like most Momma’s, I have big dreams every time one of my babies are born. It was no different with Jackson.
Like most Momma’s, my thoughts were not on him being sick – that was a mild thought in the back of my mind – what if he has Epilepsy too, like my girls, but I never thought it would actually happen. Then it did.
Right now, Jackson’s only a baby but I can see him grown, reaching at least 6’4 with blue green eyes, like mine, and a wide smile. I can see his huge feet, and his hands large enough for hard work, but gentle in love. I can see him loving the outdoors – he already does – and working hard.. I can see him learning to shoot his bow, his gun and also see him nailing a deer on his first “real” hunt.
I can see all of these things clear as day, but I know they are not promised by God. The reality is that he may never reach the age for me to see these things. Epilepsy is a thief that sneaks in and attacks without notice and takes those we love in the blink of an eye. Jackson’s lack of control puts him at higher risk for this, doubles his risk for SUDEP – Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
Right now, we are evening out on treatment. The Phenobarbital is his 6th drug in two months but his 3rd specifically to control the Epilepsy. So far it’s working. He’s been on this medicine a week and a half and he has had two seizures that lasted less than a minute each, with no after effects. He’s had a few mild absence, too but they lasted less than 30 seconds each. This is a huge change from weekly – sometimes more often – Tonic Clonics (Gran Mals) we were seeing in him. He can even tantrum and he comes out without seizing first.
I’m thankful for these changes. I’m thankful we have control. I’m thankful for answered prayers. But I am not naive enough to believe that we will never face these things again. Medicines become outgrown, treatments begin to fail. At this point, I can only pray this doesn’t happen, pray that treatment continues to work and continue to enjoy the days that God has blessed me with, with my children.
I will never forget the fear I felt in seeing my baby without breath, struggling for life. Neither will his brother and sisters. But we have a faith in God that He will bless our Jackson and our Laycie, that He will allow them to share our life, our days for a while longer and that I will someday see my boy grown and see all of my sweet babies living their life seizure free. Prayer does miraculous things!
I haven’t been blogging much this month. I’ve actually been enjoying a little time off. The weather is gorgeous and it’s inspired me to do a little Fall cleaning around my house. By the time I wrap up my daily to-do’s around the house, I’m really too tired to be inspired to do much online past my reviews and a quick check-in.
Last year, when I as pregnant, I wasn’t into housekeeping much so the house is a real disaster but that’s ok! It’s only one season of our life and it passes so quickly. Then there is the demand of keeping up with a baby, and his siblings – readjusting schedules, homeschooling through and watching him and them learn and grow. It doesn’t allot for a lot of homekeeping time there either.
Add in the baby having reflux, food allergies and Epilepsy on top of it and my time diminishes even more. Now that he’s a year old, and his reflux, food allergies and Epilepsy are somewhat under control leaves me time to catch up on the things I’ve been putting off.
Last week, I emptied an entire box that’s just been piling in my house for four years. This box was full of my paints, my brushes and anything else related to my hand-painting crafts. This hobby of mine was sadly neglected and not organized at all but now all those paints are stored behind my bedroom door in an over the door shoe organizer and it works for now. I can see the bright colors which I attempted to sort them into. I still don’t have a permanent home for the brushes but small steps will get me there. I want a rolling drawer cart in the classroom so they will either go there or in my cubbies under my kitchen table where I now store my hobby items and review things.
This week, I’ve been catching up on work that should have been completed months ago but couldn’t be since Jackson was sick. I’ve also been going through clothes from the building that have piled up. I missed two whole boxes of 6-9 months clothing for Jackson because I didn’t have time to get out there while he was sick. Those will now be sold to buy him new clothes in his size, which adds another thing to my must get done list.
I’ve also be reorganizing things throughout the house to make it better work for us and printing things in prep for school lessons. I just purchased a great set of Eeboo All Around the World Alphabet Wall Cards second hand from Sam @ Sam’s Noggin. I plan to use them with Laycie this year. I know she’s really going to love those!
We also have our set of Touch Math that we will continue to work through with Laycie this year. She really loves the hands on uniqueness of this program. It really works well for her. She will also continue to use her Logic of English curriculum that we reviewed last week. Another program that she really loves!
For the next few weeks, I plan to clean, clean, clean and organize, organize, organize! I will do my best to update when I can. I have a few plans for the blog, too, that I can hardly wait to put to work.
But for now it’s just going to have to wait.