A time to laugh, and a time to Norn


At least, that's what Little Larry thinks that Gerbert is saying on the Bible video.  And I guess it means something to him. . . because Norn is his imaginary friend.

Norn is a girl, of varying colors, sizes, ages, and abilities.  She used to be a bit of a "bad girl" (she broke out of prison) but turned good (she went back and said she was sorry and took everyone to the hospital).

Norn is "in this Earth" (a.k.a. "real"), but she "looks like air" (a.k.a. "invisible").  She is usually not with us, but off doing adventures like flying airplanes and going after bad guys.

Norn's reponsibilities include helping Larry fly and fix our ship (a.k.a. our house) and bossing around her group of friends: Iceman, Fireman, and Waterman.  They aren't very good at listening to her, though.

While her past is hazy, we do know that her parents are named Stacie and Freehold, though we never see them because they are camping in Texas.  Her friend who lives the forest is Heynurn.

Norn first came to us when Malcolm was a baby.  I hear less about her now that Malcolm is big enough to be more of a playmate to Larry, though she still comes up from time to time.

I never had an imaginary friend (though my big sister had a baby tiger that she called, unsurprisingly, Baby Tiger, who lived behind the shower curtain).  Did you have an imaginary friend, or your kids?


Malcolm update

So two weeks ago Malcolm had his 9-month checkup.  He's a perfectly normal, healthy baby . . . who happens to have a really big head.  Which to me is, so what?  I mean, have you seen my husband and my older son?  Big Larry's head is so big the Army doesn't make helmets big enough to fit his enormous cranium.  But, the pediatrician wanted us to get an ultrasound of his head done, just to make sure.

Malcolm had his ultrasound on Monday, and apparently there are some unusual measurements in his head which may warrant a CT scan or MRI.  While our pediatrician, Dr. Lambore, doesn't feel that there is necessarily a problem, he has advised us to consult with a pediatric neurologist before proceeding with any tests.  Our appointment with Dr. Varma is for next Wednesday morning.

I find I'm less worried about there being an actual problem (because I really doubt there is one - Malcolm is developing perfectly normally), and am more worried about him having to have the tests done.  Both MRI and CT would require sedation because he's too young to lie still, and sedation carries some risk.

I could use a little peace in my heart today.  I know God is faithful and hears our prayers, and I don't want to give in to "what if" scenarios.  I praise God that my baby is, to all appearances, normal, healthy, and happy, and I hope and pray that doesn't change.  What I do know, is that if it does change, God doesn't change.

So, if any of you are the praying kind, please pray that there's nothing wrong with Mal, that he won't need any tests, and that I would be able to stop freaking out about it.  Thanks!


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So, I have big babies.  I get that.  But I actually got out the box of 18-month clothes yesterday.  For Malcolm.  The eight-month-old.  Who is wearing size 5 diapers at night.  This is getting out of hand.

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I know it's been ages since I posted . . . the beginning of the school year is always a very busy time in our family.  Especially now that I'm teaching two totally different classes on Saturday.  In addition to my General Musicianship class (for those who start the program later than elementary school), I now teach the junior high and high school music theory classes.  Big change from teaching 16th rests and 1st & 2nd endings to the 3rd-6th graders!  Added to which, I'm kind of writing the high school curriculum from scratch (the previous teachers didn't leave much for me to go on), so I've been scrambling for material and working out a course sequence.  The challenge with the high school class is that I'm supposed to be preparing them for college entrance exams and auditions!  It's a challenge, but now that I'm getting into a groove, I'm really enjoying it.

Little Larry has been considering the benefits of growing up.  He tells me, "When I'm a big man like Daddy, I get to do PLUGS."

When Big Larry gets up to get ready for work, he brings Little Larry in to me and we have a cuddle before Daddy says goodbye and we make breakfast.  The other day, as they were coming in, Little Larry said, "I go see Mommy.  I'm her special boy and she hugs me a lot."

Can I love this little guy any more?

I love fall.  I love wearing jeans and long sleeved shirts.  I love sipping warm drinks and sitting with a blanket over my knees.  I love the smell of the wind this time of year.  I love thinking about the holidays coming up, falling leaves, and snow. 

Baby Malcolm is growing by the minute.  We go to the doctor for his 6-month appointment at the end of October, and I would be surprised if he's over 18 pounds by then.  He's already in 6-9 month clothes.

He enjoys being on his belly much more than he used to, but loves most to sit up (when someone is there to hold him up so he doesn't fall over.  He's started to babble - his new favorite sound is "BLAH."

That's all for now.  Larry's up from his nap!

Malcolm is here!

Malcolm Duncan Paladin
April 13, 2008
2:39 a.m.
8 lbs., 6 oz.
20 in.

According to Little Larry, Malcolm’s birth story is very simple: “Belly open, baby come out!”

For those of you who like a little more detail, read on...

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(It should be noted that Little Larry's expression is just his new way of smiling, and not in any way indicative of his feelings toward his little brother.)

Baby Update

I waited until today to update about my midwife appointment, because I wanted to see how my physical therapy session went yesterday (for those of you who might be interested in my ongoing saga of SPD).  So, here goes:

The baby is doing great!  Good heart rate, movement, and growth.  His head is down, and he’s not completely posterior – his back is on my left side.  Getting a lot of feet and knees poking through my belly button these days.  Hiccups, too, which is amusing to watch.  This baby is definitely more active than Larry was, though Larry did more flipping around.

My health overall is very well: low blood pressure, good numbers in the labwork, etc.  The only test I have left is the GBS.  I’ve gained a little more weight than I would have liked to at this point (who hasn’t?) but it seems differently distributed this time – all up front!  I’ve had some edema, but drinking lots of water and putting up my feet seem to really help, so I’ve been doing that.  The midwife seemed very positive about VBAC and SPD management during labor.

On the downside, my SPD has gotten a lot worse in the past week.  While I have radically changed the way I live to deal with this condition (living on one floor, not walking far, resting, no lifting or vacuuming, etc.), even routine movement has become monumentally difficult.  I cannot lay down, roll over, or get up from bed without extreme pain, and walking around at home has become difficult.  I did get to the physical therapist yesterday, who did some adjustments and gave me some new exercises and adjustments to do on my own at home.  I also got a sacro-iliac support belt (though I’m dubious about it’s effectiveness so far), and an appointment for this coming Monday.  I’m disappointed at this sudden downturn, since I’d been sleeping well and having much less pain up to this point.

I’ve begun the chore of pulling out the boxes I’ll need for when the baby is born – newborn and 0-3 month clothes, blankets, hats, booties, pump and parts, and the postpartum boxes with all its goodies (stretchy hospital undies, anyone?).  I still have to find a place for all this stuff in our already crowded downstairs – hopefully, we’ll be able to move back upstairs a few weeks after the baby is born, where there’s more dresser space.  In the meantime, I need to come up with some creative ways to find space where none exists!  And some warm spring weather so I can box up my bulky winter clothes!

35 weeks today - only 5 weeks to my due date!

4 Things

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. deli counter worker at Community Market
2. elementary school music teacher
3. lunchlady for the free summer lunch program
4. Wife/Mommy (my favorite so far!)

Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. The Princess Bride
2. Lord of the Rings
3. Napoleon Dynamite
4. Pod People (MST3K version)

Four places you have lived:
1. Cranberry Township, PA
2. Indiana, PA
3. Plum Borough, PA
4. Glenshaw, PA

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Sequoia National Park, CA
2. New York City
3. Venice, Italy
4. Auschwitz, Poland

Four websites I visit daily:
1. My Xanga subscriptions
2. My LiveJournal friends page
3. Ladies Against Feminism
4. I Can Has Cheezburger

Four of my favorite foods:
1. macaroni and cheese
2. chocolate peanut butter ice cream
3. lebanon bologna with cream cheese
4. canned ravioli, of course

Four places I would like to be right now:
1. May, so my baby would be here already!
2. Anyplace it’s not winter
3. In a swimming pool, so I could move without pain
4. Wherever my husband is

1. Bella the Wondermouse
2. The Icelandic Bandmaiden
3. Little Duncan
4. Mommy (my favorite)

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular (neener, neener) but feel free to do it yourself.


I've been tagged!

Here are the rules for the game:
*Link to the person that tagged you
*Post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Here goes:

1. I salt my cantaloupe.  Yum!

2. I’m the middle daughter of a middle daughter of a middle daughter who married the firstborn son of the firstborn son of the firstborn son.

3. I killed a chicken when I was in high school.  I cut its head off with a hatchet in my backyard.  I guess it was some sort of justification of my omnivorous lifestyle.  It was also kinda gross.  And plenty tasty.

4. I still have all of my wisdom teeth.  In a jar in a box in my closet.

5. I love canned ravioli, Spaghetti-Os, and pickled beets.

6. I did a LOT of traveling before I got married. My family drove all around the country (three times) and we drove to Alaska and back when I was 12.  I've been to Germany, Austria, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Poland.  I’ve been to every state but two.  Can you guess which two?

7. I can’t smell very well at all.  And some of the things I can smell don’t smell right sometimes – wet laundry can smell like skunk to me (yuck), and poopy diapers like hot, sugary oatmeal (?!?!).  Wacky, huh?

I tag: Sarah, Mom, Beth, Stacie, Natalie, Nicole, and Esther.

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If you do LibraryThing, you can find me here.  I'm nowhere near done cataloging, but most of what you see is from memory anyway.  I'm also still in the process of rating and haven't done any tagging, yet.

Also, I'm more likely to post over at my Xanga site, if anyone's interested.  You have to be a registered user to comment, but that's simple to do.  Or you can always comment here and I'll get the e-mail.