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Monday, June 9, 2014

Baby Hulk Has Moved!

Hello all! I have been feeling for a while that I hijacked and completely changed this blog. It used to be crafty sewing projects and cooking and being lovely and then Baby Hulk arrived and took over my life and this blog! With Buttons and Stitches not posting as often it has been nothing but Baby Hulk for a while now. I have other things I want to post about too! I have 3 kids and a ridiculous husband who talks in his sleep and things unrelated to being a horrible housewife! So... I have moved over to a new blog! I brought the old Baby Hulk posts, the pregnancy in one dress posts and a few others, and now I am adding new things to it! I am nervous but excited. It was a lot easier sharing here. Even if you all hated my posts, there were still Buttons and Stitches' posts to reel you in! If you want to keep following Baby Hulk come find us at Some Kind of Different  Hopefully things will pick back up here and we will get back to being The Hot Toddies of Washington! Until then, you can find Baby Hulk updates there! And other things too!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Test Drive ~ Baby Hulk

Just in my last post I said Baby Hulk was his PT's first baby with Down syndrome who hasn't needed orthotics. Well, I spoke too soon because the very next week she brought them up. And then the next week she got out the box and tried some on him. Finally last week she brought out a pair and said she wanted him to try them out to see if they would do anything for him. He works his toes too much. He grips the ground with his little toes for balance and Ms. Annie wanted to see if she could stop that with some orthotics, forcing him to use his core more for balance. We brought them home and then promptly all caught the plague and died. Mr. Grey brought home some horrible stomach virus from school. Everyone was throwing up even poor Baby Hulk. The first time ever and I am sure he had no idea what was going on.
Poor thing :'(
So for almost the whole first week we had the orthotics, they sat in my bag untouched. I was a little unhappy with the whole idea of it anyways because we just bought Baby Hulk a new pair of shoes, and the orthotics didn't fit in them! I was going to have to buy him another pair of shoes just to try these orthotics. We weren't even sure he needed them! Finally, Sunday, 2 days before we saw Ms. Annie again I forced myself to feel well enough to go find a pair of shoes. We went to Target. We needed shoes that didn't have too thick of a sole. That is asking a lot out of boys shoes apparently. All shoes for boys past a size 3 must have 1 inch of sole. I was so mad I went the next aisle over and we tried on some hot pink patent leather mary janes... yup... I put my baby in girl shoes. And then I laughed put them back and left. We did a quick run into the Kohls next door and before I even got to the shoe section Baby Hulk had fallen asleep in my arms, there was nothing there anyways. We went home empty handed.

Monday Baby Hulk had his 15-18mo wellcheck and had to have 3 immunizations, one of them being DTaP. As an adult I have had it and could hardly raise my arm! The rest of the day he was dragging one leg a bit, he wouldn't bend it. I wasn't taking him shoe shopping again while he was limping around.

Tuesday morning a couple hours before PT we ran to another Target and success! A pair of cute cheap shoes that work with these blasted orthotics!
$12.99!!! (Darling Husband says this is how you take shoe pictures.)
He fell asleep on the way home and slept until it was time to go to see Ms. Annie. The orthotics went on and he went straight into his carseat! A week to try them out and this was his first time actually wearing them!

During PT he walked funny in them. His butt stuck out a lot and his feet were far apart, his toes turned in. He looked a bit like a duck. She tried to work with him trying to get him to tuck his butt and move his shins more over his feet but to do this she would grab his thighs. I had to remind her he had just had shots the day before when he cried out and then she felt bad and we pretty much played with bubbles the rest of our time there.

I'm not exactly happy about these orthotics. I hope he doesn't really need them. They are a lot of work to put on him and I have a bad habit of conveniently forgetting to do things I don't like to do. We will see how this week goes. He wore them for about 45 minutes yesterday. I haven't put them on him at all today. It is hard for me! We don't wear shoes in the house. Putting shoes on my baby just to hang around the house may take some getting used to.
So here's to hoping these abominations are unnecessary and we can go back to being awesome, and uninhibited by footwear. FREE THE FEET!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baby Hulk ~ Walking

We decided it was official around a month ago, at about 15.5mo. Baby Hulk is walking. He is the earliest walker either Barb (Early Intervention), or Ms. Annie (PT) have ever seen. I don't know about Ms. Annie but Barb has been working for 28 years. Before Baby Hulk the earliest walker she had walked at 18mo. I am so proud of this dude it is ridiculous, but I feel like I can't really talk about it. I can talk about it with my friends with typical babies but when I bragged about how Baby Hulk was his PT's earliest walker, I think I made another mom (Tsunami's mom) feel bad. I didn't mean to! I am sure if Baby Hulk had a heart surgery to recover from and the set backs Tsunami had because of infantile seizures, he wouldn't have been walking so soon. I didn't even think it would make Tsunami's mom feel bad, Tsunami will be 5 this summer and walks, but she got a bit defensive when I was doing my proud Momma bragging. I have kept my Instagram bragging to a minimum because I have a lot of followers who also have a child with Down syndrome, many close in age to Baby Hulk. I know the stress that come from seeing other babies close in age to yours doing things that your baby isn't doing. It makes me nervous. I often start to write something about his achievements in Instagram posts and then end up just posting a picture with no caption because I am afraid it will make someone feel bad. Now I am making more and more friends with all these other parents, friends in real life, friends on Facebook.  But I am excited! I want to shout it from the rooftops!!! Baby Hulk is WALKING!!! But I am afraid I will make someone else feel bad!

To be fair, Baby Hulk kind of HAD to learn to walk. His big brothers do not go easy on him. They wrestle with him, and drag him around, he has to keep up! He climbs on them and pulls their hair. He takes their toys from them and steals their food. They are his big brothers and they keep him on track. He had to learn to walk so he can run, whether he needs to run from them or after them I am not yet sure but I will know soon enough because this boy can move! Ms. Annie hardly had time to admire his perfect crawling before he started walking, and I really think he has his big brothers to thank for that. They don't do gentle just because he is different, or because he is a baby. He is their brother and they will treat him as such. Because of that he will continue to thrive! ...It he wants to keep up!

  But of course, this means more trouble for me...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Baby Hulk ~ And the Winner is...

It is World Down Syndrome Day! March 21st. The 21st day of the third month. Symbolizing the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome that is Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome. I just can't let it go by without making a post of some kind!

This morning, while the boys and I were in the car taking Mr. Grey to school we talked about what makes Baby Hulk different. He has Down syndrome. He has 47 chromosomes and we only have 46. Well for a 5 and 6 year old this is just not okay! Having more means you win! So congratulations to all the winners out there! Today is your day to celebrate!

You hear this business about children leaving an imprint on you, changing you. Well Baby Hulk, I recently discovered, took this literally. He HAS changed me. Instead of leaving an imprint on my heart... he left on on my ribs. With his butt. I am guessing he did this in the last 4 months of his 9 months on the inside because he had his butt shoved so far up in my ribs I was constantly doing a gangsta lean to try give my poor ribs relief and a few days ago I discovered my ribs don't match! They are warped on the right side where his butt was! Today I understand though. That was him winning.That was his victory lap, his touch down dance. He said "I WIN!" and he left his mark. No one else in here has ever had this many chromosomes and no one else ever will!

Baby Hulk is always winning.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Timey Wimey Cooking Adventure: Regency Era

Well hello there! I don't even remember the last time I wrote a blog post. It's been pretty hectic around Casa de Buttons, and lately, with The Boy and Miss O on clashing schedules I feel like I should be getting paid to be chauffeuring people around town since that's how I spend most of my time. I miss the Pre-K days of not having to worry about whether or not The Boy had class, because at worst, Miss O and I had to spend 10 minutes walking four blocks to school in the snow when he was gone with the car.

Anyway, I finally have something blogworthy to write about! Stitches and I have a new project for the year, A Timey Wimey Cooking Adventure! We were inspired by the BBC show The Supersizers Go, where Giles Coren, a restaurant critic, and Sue Perkins, a comedian, spend a week living, dressing, and eating as though they lived in different time periods throughout British history. It is fantastic, and you can watch it on Hulu, so go do it! We decided to do something similar, except instead of spending a week, we are doing a dinner once a month using recipes from different time periods. We had our first supper last week, using my lovely Christmas gift from Red, Dinner With Mr Darcy by Pen Vogler.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Baby Hulk ~ Happy Birthday (in photos)

good morning birthday boy!

ready to tour Olympia

then the tour ended abruptly when he face planted off of the step

tofu and rice for dinner

poor baby nose!

the problem with baby led weaning, no smashing, only sensible eating


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