Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Dada!

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Yesterday was Jon’s Birthday!  I am REALLY into birthday’s (hence, Rory’s 1st birthday party) but Jon isn’t as into them as I am.  I really wanted to to make sure that he had a great day because I want him to know how much we love and appreciate him; so I did everything the way he wanted.  He wanted a cake from a mix, frosting from a jar, and finger foods for dinner.  It killed me to use a cake mix and premade frosting but i did it for him.  
He was still recovering from his PRK surgery so we didn’t go out and do anything special, so we made our time inside special.  We had our wonderful friends over (and yes they actually ate our finger food dinner) and let our kids run wild and play.  We are so lucky to have such great friends!
For a present, Jon just wants more work done on his tattoo, so I didn’t get him anything big, but Rory made him a nice card and we made him a shirt.  Not just any shirt, a shirt he has been wanting for quite some time!  Rory has this really goofy shirt with a big cat head on it and the cat is wearing an American Flag handkerchief.  It is a sleeveless shirt and is just really funny.  Jon loves it is always trying to look for a matching shirt so they can both look like they walked out of the trailer park together.  So I made him a matching shirt, and he loved it!

I think Jon had a better day just doing nothing at home and spending time with our friends than if we would have gone out and done some all day long big activity.   

Rory and I have such a great Daddy, we love him very much!

Friday, April 27, 2012

photo friday!

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one year ago!
and today!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fearless girl!

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My daughter Rory is fearless.  I have no idea where she gets this fearlessness from but she will climb as high as she can, will jump off anything, and seems to not be afraid of anything (except being alone in her crib)!  Her latest excursion: snake petting.  
There is this amazing pet store we went to the other day, that has tons of aquatic animals, reptiles, small critters, and birds- it is truly amazing.  While we were there Rory saw a lady holding a snake.  Without hesitation Rory went right up to her and looked up at her with curious eyes.  The lady asked Rory if she wanted to pet it and Rory’s eyes lit up and my courageous daughter reached up and began petting it before I could pull her away!  
The snakes were by far her favorite!  She now plays with her plastic snake and wants me to hold it like the lady did so she can pet it!
The pet store also has a room with uncaged birds, and you can go into the room and look at them.  Rory loved them- the birds were eating nuts, but Rory thought the nuts were onions!  It was so cute to watch her with the birds.  It was so strange to me how she liked the snakes better than the birds....but to each their own!   I don't see us getting a pet snake soon, but I will take her to the pet store to look at them anytime!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Separation Anxiety take 2

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Since that dreaded day, Rory’s Separation Anxiety has been out of control.  She does not want to be away from me EVER.  She wants me 24/7, especially at night!  The first few nights she would scream bloody murder when we put her in her crib.  She wouldn’t go to bed until about 10, which is SO late for us- Jon and I are usually in bed by 9!  

We quickly learned that Rory in our bed is not a good idea.  I didn’t sleep a wink when she was right next to me for several reasons; first i was afraid that she would crawl in the covers and suffocate, Rory also pulls my hair in her sleep, and she likes to sleep across my chest, and also she likes  the Also we are early birds, we wake up at 5 am every day; we work out, Jon gets ready for work, I clean the house, and get things ready for the day.  However, with Rory by are side in the bed, our morning routine was halted.  Every time I tried to pick her up and move her back in her crib she would scream, it was like someone flipped a switch, and she would go crazy!  

So....after a few nights of sleeplessness I called my mom and asked for some advice.  She told me to let her fuss it out a little bit longer than my normal 10-15 min fussing session.  This was not an option for us, for a few reasons: Rory doesn’t stop crying, she gets hysterical.  We had her crying for 30 minutes the other night and she began having trouble breathing because she gets so crazy!  The other night we let her cry again for almost 30 minutes and Rory began thinking her crib was a piece of playground equipment and she was jumping out of her crib!  Jon and I literally had to run in the room and grab her before she fell out!  

So we got a carpet for me to camp out on the floor. 

We could see her on the floor in the monitor, so I wanted to see how she did one morning.  I snuck out of the room and watched her when she woke up.   It was actually really cute because she woke up looking around as if she was wondering what was going on and how she got on the floor!  I am not sure if she will need a toddler bed or not.  We are looking but I know Rory, and if she can get out of her bed and play she probably who knows!

All I know is that Jon and I are EXHAUSTED!!!  I hope this is just a stage- if anyone has any hints- Let me know!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Seperation Anxiety take 1

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Saturday before Easter was a big day for the Nauss family.  It was the first time Jon and I EVER left Rory and spent time just the two of us.  It was HUGE for me!  Honestly, I have just never been ready to leave her for a few reasons.  
  1. It is not that I don’t trust people with her- I do, I have great friends; however a lot of my friends also have children and adding one more child in the mix could be a deadly combination. And, Rory is VERY wild and high maintenance.  She needs to be watched and interacted with non stop so if someone is to watch her, I really want them to know what they are getting into- I want them to see how Rory is normally; how she is with her shoe, how she climbs on everything, how her daily routine is, etc...
  2. The thought of Rory waking up from a nap or falling down and getting hurt and wondering where her mommy is, horrifies me.  
  3. I want Rory to be completely comfortable with who she is with, I don't want her to be scared!
Jon has really been wanting to go out and do something, just the two of us and has been encouraging me and informing me that “it is time,” to cut the umbilical cord and go; so I knew one way or another it was going to happen and I just needed to grin and bear it.  

Every Friday one of my best friends, Katy comes over to play.  She is awesome because she LOVES Rory!  She has been coming over every Friday (and some weekends) for quite some time now and Rory loves it.  When ever I say, “Rory its Friday, what happens on Friday’s?” she will break out in her “Katy, Katy, Katy!”  So when Katy offered to watch Rory, Jon jumped on it. 

We left for a 9am movie.  I texted Katy and asked for pictures every 15 minutes until we were home a little after 11.  Rory did great, they watched her in our house, Katy knew what to expect and how completely insane I am with Rory’s routine, and everything was great.  (on the other hand, it was completely awesome to watch a movie and actually hear what people were saying- and as an added bonus having an uninterrupted conversation with my husband in the car!)
I thought wow....this wasn’t that bad....I could do this again if I had to!

Or so I thought.....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

First potty!!!

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Soooooo- Last Thrusday was Potty day!  Rory used her potty for the first time!  She did SO good!  I have had Rory sit on her potty with me for quite some time now.  I know there have been other mom’s who have seriously thought I was crazy because I had Rory sitting on a potty shortly after her first birthday!  

But I did it for a few reasons, I mainly wanted her to get used to the potty, It has to be pretty strange for a kid to sit on a chair with a big whole cut out of it!  Secondly, I did it for me: so when I had to use the bathroom I could get Rory to come in with me and she would feel like she was doing something too!   She also loves to pretend to wipe, which makes me laugh!

So she has been sitting on it for sometime and I would always ask her if she wanted to take her diaper off and she said “no”.  When she became comfortable, she said yes and the week before she went potty she sat on it with her diaper off.  

Thursday she finally went potty!  She likes to say “shhhh” so she can hear the potty.  I was so excited!   I had thought about giving Rory a reward or something, but honestly; I think Rory is completely happy with just very positive praise, and of course nothing would be complete without a mommy and daughter happy dance!  Once again I can not be more proud of my girl.... 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Earth Day trees!

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We had so much fun painting and playing in the water!
Once again it is time for a new quick easy, handprint craft to mail to the grandparents!  This time a cheery earth day craft complete with trees and clouds!
Rory and I got into our paint clothes and went to town!  This activity was new for us because we normally only do a hand print (or a foot) but today we did the hand and the arm.
The weather was very nice so we went out side.  It was a great learning craft too, I would point to the tree and explain to her we were making a tree, with a brown trunk and green leaves.  It took us a few tries to get the hand AND arm down at the same time but we eventually got it!
Materials needed:
  • paints
  • paper
  • paintbrushes or dandelions
  • cotton balls for clouds
  • glue
After we were finished with the trees, we decided to draw some grass and flowers.  We picked a dandelion from the yard and I asked Rory what color she wanted to make the flowers in her picture (of course all things are Red or Blue to Rory now).  I made sure Rory knew that the yellow dandelion was being painted red to make red flowers on our picture.   We got another dandelion and made grass with green paint!
The dandelion was a great way to introduce texture.  She has been using paint brushes for so long and the dandelion was a fun new tool to use.  Soon she ran out to the yard and would come back with a handful of dandelions to use for more flowers.
We let the paintings dry overnight.  To help make the hand and arm look more like a tree, we got the green paint back out and painted her fingers.   We put fingerprints all around the tree to make it look like leaves.  We then put some glue where clouds should be and stretched out some cotton balls to make clouds.
Rory loves looking at the picture and pointing out "white cloud," "red flower," "green leaves."
One more thing to hang up in Daddy's office, and to send to her mimi and papa!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Papa!

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Today is a very special day- its Rory’s Papa’s birthday!  My dad is wonderful; he is and has always has been there for his family.  Family has always been my fathers first priority, and he made sure we all knew family came first growing up.  
My dad now has three grand kids and his family values could not be stronger.
I remember when we finally found out Rory had Congenital Femoral Deficiency.  I informed them about Dr. Paley and how we were going to be taking Rory down to Florida for surgeries.  My dad immediately tried to think of ways to help raise money for our trips.  He also began doing research on her condition so he would know what we were in store for in the future.  
On Rory’s last appointment with Dr. Paley, my parents happened to be vacationing 6 hours away on the other side of Florida.  My dad decided to drive across Florida just to meet us for a few hours the night before the appointment.  It was such a surprise for us!  We had dinner that night and breakfast that morning, and they left to drive back to their hotel before Rory’s appointment.  Best surprise ever!
I also love how Rory will not see him for 6 months or so and when she does see him, she runs right up to him and hugs him.  I wish we could be there today to give him a hug on her birthday!  
Happy birthday dad!  Thank you for being the best Papa to Rory, we love you so much!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Playground Problems!

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Many of you know how Rory and I are playground junkies.  We go to different parks around the neighborhood at least 5 times a week, weather depending of course.  Rory LOVES everything about the park and gets so excited when she sees it from the car.  Rory is definitely a mommy’s girl- in that she has a routine for everything; even the playground!  Rory literally leaps out of her car seat and runs straight to the swings: always the swings first!  Swings, Steps, (somedays) Slide...Repeat!
The playgrounds have recently become harder for both me and Rory with her new shoes.  The wood chips are quite difficult for her to walk on, and often times she is not walking- she's running!   Although in my previous posts I have talked about how well she is doing with her shoes, and she is doing quite well; however, when she does fall and roll her ankle she falls hard and it looks painful.  Many times when this happens I think it is more painful for me to watch than for Rory, because after she cries she is back up 150% trying to make up for the lost time she had while she was crying.  
wobbly girl!
Another issue we have noticed with Rory’s new shoe is that it is not “Swing compatible,” in other words, the shoe doesn’t fit in and out of the swing!  Rory is only a toddler so she  still rides in the baby swings with the holes cut out for her legs.  Getting into the swing is not as much of a problem as getting out.  Often we can gingerly move her leg and try to get the shoe in first, then put the other leg in; however, depending on the swing and size of the holes cut out for the legs, her shoe has to be taken off to get her leg to fit. 

Getting out of the swing, we are guaranteed to have the shoe to fall off, because it just won’t fit through those holes!!  This is tricky because once the shoe is off Rory has to take her sock off (it is not even an option for her to keep the sock on- if the shoe is off the sock is off!), and she hates putting her shoe back on!  Rory is so determined to play as hard as she can at the playground, even shoeless.  She will tip toe her sweet leg all around the wood chips until she gets to her final destination!

Lastly, Rory is a daredevil.  I have no clue where she gets this fearlessness from, but it is not from me (I will blog more about this soon)!   She likes to find playground equipment that is intended for older children and defy all gravity.  Yesterday, at the playground, there was a wall you could climb with little squares cut out of it so you can put your hands and feet in it and climb up to the slides.  Rory went right up to it, and (with Jon or myself right behind her) she climbed it all by herself- no fear.  Keep in mind- this may be a normal thing for most toddlers to do- but Rory’s shoe will not fit in teh square holes cut out, so my little monkey child is climbing up this thing with her 2 strong arms and one big leg.  Although it terrifies me, it makes me so proud.
The higher & more dangerous; the better!

So, yes, playgrounds are quite hard for us!  Perhaps they will get easier and we will get used to the additional obstacles, but right now, playgrounds are tough with a 6 cm shoe lift!  However, the smile on her face is well worth all the gray hairs and anxiety I am getting!
how can I say no to this face!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo Friday!!!!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Earth day butterflies!

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Earth Day is coming up and Rory and I have decided to make a few “earthy” crafts for the next few weeks!  One thing we do, almost on a daily basis, is go on a nature walk.  Our nature walks range anywhere from our own back yard, picking out colors of flowers and watching squirrels, to going to a trail and picking up sticks (which we haven’t done in a while because of snakes!).  Whatever we choose to do we have fun looking at nature, picking out colors, and talking about anything and everything we see outside!

While we have been going on these nature hikes we have noticed the butterflies.  It was so cute to see Rory’s face when she first saw them; she looked at me like, “These really do exist!”  So I thought it would be fun if we could make butterflies with things in nature things we found in the yard.
butterfly collage
  • random things in the yard that you can use to make butterflies
  • sticks
  • glue
  • eyes
  • paper
This was an extremely easy activity.  On our nature hike we gathered up sticks, tree buds, flower petals, and dandelions from outside.  When we got back to the house, we made the butterfly, I put glue in the shape of a butterfly on a piece of paper and let Rory sprinkle the tree buds (from the tree outside our house) on the glue.  (She is only 19 months so I had to make it a simple activity!)  When she was finished I put sticks around the leaves to show the outline of the butterfly.  We used a piece of bark laying on the ground for the butterfly body and then glued some eyes on it.  Rory’s new favorite thing to do outside is pick dandelions, so we had to add a few to the butterfly!

Keep in mind, this beautiful butterfly will not stay pretty forever, because it is made of leaves, flowers and twigs it will die soon (however for a few small hours it will be beautiful!).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One year of growth!

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2011 Basket
2012 basket

I love looking back on Rory's old pictures to see how much she has grown!  I couldn't help myself with looking at her old Easter pictures!  I just can't believe how much she has grown!

Finding the Baskets!

Playground Fun!

Egg Hunting!

I know I have said this a few times....but I can not love this girl anymore!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Part 2!

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 Easter was great!  Rory surprised us with how much she loved hunting for eggs!  I stuffed them with raisins, cheerios and chex.  Jon of course filled a few with coins and a one dollar bill.  The golden egg was filled with Rory’s favorites- blueberries and grapes.  She would look around, and once she found one would get so excited and run towards it.  The basket didn’t work though, she immediately opened the egg as soon as she found it.  

We also went to the playground again, like we did last year.  Its so funny how much she has changed from last year (see tomorrows post!).  It was a wonderful day!  


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