May 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We just got back from 11 days in Florida. We had a GREAT time! The kids were so well behaved the entire trip. I was prepared for a long flight but the kids sat so nice on the plane and played with their new toys and watched Ummi Zummi on the kindle. I wish I had brought a book because I would have actually been able to read. They got a little frustrated when we first got there becasue we had to get the rental car and go to Walmart and they just kept saying “we are going to the beach.” I think they thought Jason and I got confused about what we were supposed to be doing.

Jack and Leah loved the beach.. they loved playing in the sand, the water and playing on the screened in porch of our “little house.” We spent a lot of time at the beach and I was even able to read not one but TWO books while we were there. We visited the aquarium and saw the Sharks eat. We made delicious meals and watched the sunset.. or as Leah said “we watch the sun go night night in the ocean.” We fed Vanna White aka Banana Wipe a bird at the cottages and we spent a lot of quality family time. We cannot wait to go back!

An update on Jack’s glasses…he is doing fantastic! He keeps them on all the time and has been a so well behaved since he started wearing them. I think he must have been getting headaches frequently before. You can tell he can see better… I love watching him read books now. We got a new alphabet book about the ocean and he can tell me about 3/4 of the letters.


Jack’s Glasses-Day 1

May 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

We picked up Jack’s glasses today. I debated if we should start wearting them or not because we are going out of town in the morning, but after much debate decided the sooner he got them the better. All the way to the eye doctor we talked about glasses and people we know that wear glasses. It surprised me how many of our friends and realatives Jack rememberd wearing glasses. I also promised Jack that because it was a glasses day we would go to the toystore and pick out a new train. He was super excited.

When he first tried the glasses on he started crying and getting upset and saying they were too big. Then all of the sudden he started actually looking through the glasse. He looked at the carpet and his shoes and a big smile spread across his little face. It was pretty amazing to see him realizing he could see.  Then he said “Jack wear the glass. Jack get a train, ” and he grabbed Leah’s hand and walked out of the office. He looked so proud.

As promised we headed straight to the toy store. When we got out he looked at the payment and said..”rocks in the ground.” He bend down to touch it and kept saying “mommy there are rocks.” I didn’t realize how bad his eyes had really been. At the toy store he picked out two triains…although mommy promised one, I gave in. We also found some baby bottles for Leah so she wouldn’t feel left out. For one last surprise we headed to lunch with our friends Lindsey and Aiden at the Train resteraunt..Jack’s favorite. He wore his glasses the whole time. I was so proud and excited for him.

When we got home he wanted to take them off for awhile and I agreed but he put them back on after nap and is doing pretty well. I added some pictures.. I have to say he looks pretty darn cute! Please excuse the fact that he has no pants on.. we are choosing our battles today.

Jack’s Trip to the Eye Doctor

May 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

*** I wrote this about a week ago but couldn’t decide if I wanted to post it or not..so I’ll do two today*****

About four to six months ago our babysitter, my mom and I had all noticed that Jack squinted somtimes and often blinked a lot. We went to our regular pediatrician and she said it all looked good to her and the blinking might be a childhood tick, but we should go ahead and take him to the eye doctor anyway. I almost canceled the appointment because I hadn’t seen him do either of these things in over a week but decided that we would just take him anyway. I figrued the doctor would just tell us that he was fine and two year olds did wierd things.

When we got there the nurse put drops in his eyes and then we had to wait for them to dialte. We were there over an hour before we actually saw a doctor. I was extremely glad that my mom had come with me for this appointment. The kids were pretty good as far as two year olds are concered but keeping them quiet and happy that long isn’t an easy task. When we finally saw the doctor he held little lenses up and looked in Jack’s eye. He got one lense out first and then another.. I knew he wasn’t seeing twenty twenty vision and my heart dropped a little. Jack was so good. My little man who is normally yelling and running and never sits still did everything the doctor asked and sat quietly on my lap. The doctor didn’t say a word until he was done and then he said it, “Jack is going to need some glasses.” I wanted to cry. I know in the whole scheme of things it isn’t a big deal. I know we are so blessed as a family, we have a place to live, enough to eat and healthy otherwise but this was hard. My baby is going to have to wear glasses.. I had so many things running through my head but the doctor wasn’t done yet. He said jack was very nearsighted more so than most kids. He warned me that the glasses would be thick and make his eyes look magnified. I asked a few questions and the kids started to get fussy so we packed up and headed out to pick out glasses.

Jack didn’t even want to try the glasses on. I’m not sure how wearing them will be when he won’t even let us put them on his face. They had tons of cute choices but we went with the rubber ones…which are not as cute because the doctor, nurse and woman at the eye glass place recommended them. They don’t get in for over a week so we will start this new journey when we get back from florida.

Jason is out of town right now and I put the kids to bed and immedeatly started reading everything I could find on the internet about kids and glasses. I looked at tips for getting kids to wear glasses, how to introduce them, how often we would go to the eye doctor, and all that jazz. Reading all of this information brought on a whole range of emotions. I don’t think I really processed any of this information until I was sitting in front of the computer reading.  I felt guilty for not taking Jack to the doctor sooner, I worried about how we will keep the glasses on and how we will make him understand they are important. I wondered what the world looks like to Jack. I wondered if he got headaches from not being able to see. I felt upset we had to buy the rubber glasses becasue they weren’t as cute.  

I know that someday and probably someday soon I will look back on this and laugh becuase something that seemed like such a big deal will not be a big deal at all.

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