Friday, November 19, 2010

Big Brother Roa

Gunnar Thomas Thayer was born on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  Roa Jo is a proud big brother!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween Fun!

Picking out my pumpkin.

Time for carving!  I love the guts!

So excited about those candles!

Waiting to trick or treat with my buddy, Tad....

Little Gorilla with his Big Bananas- Daddy and Grandpa Al.  Off to trick or treat!
Digging through my loot!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The world viewed from my back

I was lying on the floor today with Roa.  Looking at the world as he does- lying on his back.  I encourage you to give it a try.

 I looked out the window at the trees without their leaves, blowing in the wind.  I looked at the legs of the couch and ottoman, noticing stray toys and dust bunnies underneath.  I see the sleeping Molly dog, lying next to me.  I see the shadows moving on the wall and the ceiling.
I thought that my position on the floor was relaxing for a bit.  But, I would tire of it day after day.  Tire of viewing people walking at me sideways, tire of watching the TV sideways as well. 
Roa still doesn't roll over.  Still needs us to help him up to standing and walk with him.  Still needs help getting into a sitting position and remain that way through propping with pillows and blankets.
Looking at Roa's 2 year view of the world on his back today, really made me think about how he deserves to fuss and yell when we leave him lying to attend to some task in the house.  If he complains when I leave to go to the bathroom or change the laundry load, I need to think in his shoes.
  I too would scream if I was forced to lay on my back watching the world go by when all I want to do is get up, chase my dogs, run around the tree in the wind, and LIVE a life standing up.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sandman comes... and goes

Yep.  We are still struggling with sleep around the Thayer house.  We continue to guess as to why Roa wakes up fussy and crying in the night for hours at a time.  We continue to say, " maybe it's molars coming in...." maybe it's the new backpack carrier we are using for our nightly walk (he loves it!).... maybe the new sleep med, Doxepin, is giving him a tummyache as we increase the dose...are his muscles tight any where... did he nap too long today....
We have consulted with Dr Garcia, Sleep God.  We have played around with the dosing.  We wake. We struggle.  We cry. We carry on... tired but not defeated.  We will figure it out!

Roa continues, however to be his delightful self in the daytime hours.  Gait trainer champ, kicking the ball down the street each day.
 He has taken to making marks on paper with markers and does such nice job holding the marker!
 This weekend, I began working diligently to help Roa to not only get food in his little hands, but to then make it enter the mouth!!  He is getting better at it- fighting through the primitive reflex to turn his head away from his hand.

Baby steps, Baby steps.....

Mom and Me

Mom and Me