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What the hey...

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I stole this from Heidi's blog because it looked fun. Besides I'm stressed and whatnot and need a bit of a distraction.

It works like this...
~ Go to
~ Type in the answer to each question you see below.
~ Pick a picture and paste it next to the question in your blog.

Pretty simple. Here we go...

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I've feeling very claustrophobic today. I'm stressed, overwhelmed, overloaded, overextended, fed-up, exhausted and any other word that describes being pushed WAY beyond your limit. Then I sat down after dinner to try and regain some tiny bits of sanity by watching Dr. Phil (I *heart* Dr. Phil!) and he spent the day answering questions with his wife, Robin. Then at the end of the show, he had a singing mom perform. I find after watching it that I feel a little better knowing that I am not alone.

More Crazy Pregnancy Dreams

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Well if nothing else, the pregnancy dreams are entertaining. lol

I had a dream a few nights ago that Rob and I were having twins, one boy and one girl. Only I wasn't pregnant with them. We were using a surrogate. Then once they were born we named the boy Timothy (already taken by Rob's brother lol) and I can't remember what we named the girl. Then we gave them my maiden name as a last name.

See what happens when y'all keep pushing this twins thing? It starts messing with my dreams! Lord knows, my dreams are messed up enough on their own. lol

1st Appointment

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I had my first official pregnancy appointment yesterday. I thought it was just to look at my neck (it's all screwy right now but slowly getting better) but they decided to do everything while I was there. Nothing much to report. Weight: 150 lb. Blood pressure: perfect. I still have to have my ten vials of blood work done. And of course my first ultrasound is tomorrow at 2pm! :) Yippee!

I'll post more tomorrow after the ultrasound.

Busy, busy day...

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Things were pretty quiet until I had my blood drawn. Then things just got crazy! lol

Jon and Teri came over so Rob could fix their computer. Teri, Elliott and I went to Babies R Us to pick up my pregnancy calendar. Then we went to Jo Ann's and Pat Catan's looking for stuff for a craft she wants to make. I bought the foam sheets so I can make the boy's Advent Calendars. I'll have to post pictures when I finish them. Then we came home. The computer still isn't done. No one has had dinner. I'm exhausted. Black Friday is craziness.

Pregnancy Update!!!

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I'm still pregnant. I had my blood drawn today by an exceptional nurse. Unfortunately, she is leaving for a different job after today. :( She even made my blood work "Priority" so that I could get the results from the hospital today, since Dr. D won't be back in to office until Monday. My HCG levels are...Drum roll please...10,280.8!!! That's high for how far along I am but not unheard of, or so Google tells me. :) lol Here's the break down...

W 11/14/07 HCG 155
F 11/16/07 HCG 555.1
***Sun 11/18/07 should have been HCG 1,100 or there about***
***Tue 11/20/07 should have been HCG 2,200 or there about***
***Thur 11/22/07 should have been HCG 4,400 or there about***
And all that should have put me at HCG 8,800 or there about today.

Thinking outloud...sort of...

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I've been thinking the past few days about how much things have changed from when I was a little girl, even a teenager. When I was younger my family (aunts, uncles, cousins grandparents etc) and friends were my entire world. As I've grown up I've lost touch with most of my friends because of shifts in interests and hobbies; I'm starting to feel this happening with my family as well. I'm starting to realize that my definition of "family" is slowly changing as well. My family is now my husband and children, my parents, Rob's parents, our siblings and a few other close family members. I love my extended family to death but it just feels different. That could very easily be me.

Rob's family is the polar opposite of mine. They are calm and relaxed. When we eat the "kids" eat in one area and hang out and the adults eat in the formal dinning room, more because of space than anything else. Then when we are finished eating everyone sits around in a big group and chats. Last night we sat for an hour or two and just talked and Grandma Gene was jumping in and chatting it up too, which was nice. Then we play board games and chat some more. The kids are free to play where ever and the younger cousins (12-15) hang out with my boys, which they love and gives me a few hours to myself.

My family (God love 'em!) is very loud and outgoing and boisterous. Everyone seems to constantly be on the move. It's noisy and it just generally *feels* chaotic to me. I used to think I thrive on chaos but it's becoming more clear that I do not. The men go to one room and chat. The women usually cook. After we eat, everyone together which is cool, the men again go do their thing and the women clean up and then sit and talk.

I'm finding I enjoy the more low-key gatherings these days. There's very little drama. Husbands aren't packing up and leaving without their wives. No one is arguing with anyone else. Everyone is just happy to be together. I think part of it has to do with the fact that my life has been total drama and chaos for the past 7 years. I'm long overdue for a break from it all. I like to hear about the drama after it's all happened. (Yes, I'm nosey. lol) But I've grown tired of being plopped down right in the middle. I just don't have the energy for it anymore.

I can't imagine.

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I've spent most of today resting (Rob keeps telling me I'm overdoing it.) and just marveling in the amazing, wonder that is Elliott Richard. I read him a book his Auntie Sam and Uncle Ben gave him for his 1st birthday, "Big Little". Each set of pages is something big on the left page and something little on the right page. When we got to the "Trees are BIG. Dandelions are LITTLE." pages, Elliott tried to blow the seeds off the dandelion. :) Which was just too cute. Then of course he loved his favorite part, "The moon is BIG. My night-light is LITTLE." Where he gave the sleeping baby kisses and said "ni-night" repeatedly.

Then I'm checking my email and surfing the web and I stumble upon this article about Dennis Quaid's newborn twins, Thomas and Zoe, were given 10,000 units of the blood thinner Heparin rather than the proper dose of 10 units!!!! I can't even imagine. That's a HUGE difference. I understand that accidents happen anywhere and everywhere but that seems like a really big boo-boo to me. I can't imagine how I would react to that.


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Morning sickness has officially begun. For the first time, it actually seems to be in the morning too! With Gavin it was only at night and when I felt extreme stress. Elliott was all day, everyday sickness. I kinda figured it was on it's way this time too because the past few days food has sounded absolutely horrible. But I was hoping to avoiod the whole mess altogether. God sure has a crappy sense of humor too. Thanksgiving is my *favorite* holiday and here I am stuck with morning sickness, unable to enjoy the food. *sigh*

It's official...

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Every once in a while I have these...moments where it is glaringly obvious to me that I am mother simply based on my reaction. For example, I just found dried snot from Elliott's cold/runny nose on my hand. It did not gross me out. It did not affect me in any way shape or form. I grabbed a wet wipe and cleaned it off. End of story. Before kids, that would have been gross and disgusting.

I can't remember my first moment like that after Gavin was born. However, I do remember the first one after Elliott was born. Elliott was maybe 3 months old, tops. It was some where between 2 and 4 a.m. and I had just nursed Elliott. I was laying on the couch and Elliott was laying on my chest. He spit-up in my hair. I was sitting up and the way I holding him, well, he then spit-up IN my mouth. Prior to this very moment, the thought of this ever happening to me was too gross for words. Once it happened...well, it really didn't matter. I was slightly grossed out. But I just kept on going. No big deal.

Crazy the things that become normal once you are a mother.

I have survived...

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But only just barely, or so that's how it feels. Today was the Thanksgiving Dinner for the students at Gavin's school. Thank God for Debbie! It would have been an absolutely nightmare without her. Things went pretty smoothly. It was just a ton or work. Plus in my attempt to streamline things a bit I actually just made things more difficult. Go figure. lol

I had Parent-Teacher Conferences with Gavin's teachers in between serving the kids lunch. He's continually improving, which is HUGE! While I was sitting and talking to them the kids were watching "Fly Away Home" and when it came to a part where the daughter argues with her father, Gavin just covered his ears during the argument and uncovered them when they were done. Last year he would have flipped out! Screaming and kicking and freaking out. Even in the beginning of this year, he would have jumped up and declared he had to go to the bathroom just to get away. Not now. I can't even begin to describe how huge this is. Academically he's right where he needs to be. He's also decided he wants to be an engineer when he grows up. :)

I got home from school and I felt like I was going to pass out on my feet. Of course as soon as I laid down to try and actually pass out, I was wide awake. *sigh* So frustrating.

Crazy Dreams

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This whole pregnancy thing is all starting to come back to me now, especially the crazy dreams part. A few days before I found out I was pregnant I had this dream where I was telling everyone I was pregnant. Y'all laughed at me, for the record. Well then I went about my business in my dream but there was something off. I was in the Mall, the way it looked 10-15 years ago before it became a terrifying place to shop, with my Mom, aunts and cousin Sam. I kept running into people from high school asking me to help plan my 10 year high school reunion, which I will miss now in order to give birth to the new baby-to-be. The whole time I was shopping, talking, planning etc I was carrying this massive ball of dough. I had stop every few minutes to knead the dough and whatnot.

It's funny how the subconscience tells us what we need to know. Like "Hey you! You're busy baking!" lol

Then last night I had this horrible dream where Rob and I kept finding Elliott Richard dead. No one knew how or why. And there wasn't anything we could do to stop this from happening. It was absolutely terrifying.

I had similar dreams the whole time I was pregnant with Elliott Richard. I had left him here. Driven off with him in the carrier on top of the car. I had left the house to go some where only to get there and learn I forgot him at home. I had more dreams about miscarriages where everyone said I was crazy and laughed at me than I could count.

With Gavin, there were dreams about what a cute little girl he was. (Apparently my subconscience is more accurate this time around.) He always had a head full of dark, almost black, ringlets and he was wearing a navy blue and marroon plaid dress. I also had dreams about nursing him. I would be nursing him in my dream and it would seem so real. When I would wake up to find my bed empty and void of a baby to nurse, I would sob.

With the dreams already starting, I'm afraid to think of where they are going to end up over the next 9 months. Oy!

As if I didn't have enough going on...

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I spent today running around with my friend, Debbie. We had to go to GFS and buy the stuff for the Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow at school. Plus we had to pick-up the pies and cookie dough from the fund raiser. Take it all back to school. Put it away. And plan for tomorrow. Then Gavin had a psychiatrist appointment. Now I'm at home, exhausted, nauseated, and stressed to the max. And of course, I had to call about Jury Duty, which I never actually get called for when I have nothing going on and loads of freetime. Now, of course, as if I don't have enough going on, I have to report for Jury Duty tomorrow. *ARGH!* And let's be honest for a moment, the odds that I will actually get chosen for the jury are slim to none and slim went home. I have a history of domestic violence, which excludes me from most cases similar to that situation. Not to mention the fact that I've testified against a guy in another woman's domestic violence case. And for other reasons, which I can't remember right now, I'll fill out that little survey and they'll probably laugh me right out of the courtroom. The sucky part is that now poor Debbie has the whole Dinner dropped in her lap. (Debbie, you are a saint and I love you. And not just because you're bailing my butt out. *muah*)

Michael Isreal

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Rob found this on His name is Michael Isreal. His website is He is amazing. There's no other way to say it. Very, very, very cool!

Random Thoughts

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I feel like poo!! I cannot seem to kick this cold. I've got a thousand and one things to do Monday and Tuesday and not nearly enough time for them all. That's assuming of course that I call Monday after 5pm and they don't need me for Jury Duty. *sigh* Which sucks because I've always wanted to sit on a jury before but there really could not be a worse time. Then of course there's the fact that I'm supposed to help cook a Thanksgiving Dinner and feed it to 80+ students at Gavin's school on Tuesday. "Happy holidays kids! Here, have a cold." *blech*

I was reading Heidi's blog last night and she was talking about her one cat, which of course got me thinking about my little furballs. I currently have two: Storm and Cleo. Although I've had many, many cats.

My favorite was probably my baby, Seven. We called him Seve for short. He had seven little toes on each of his front paws. We called him my "migraine cat" because he always seemed to know when I had a migraine. He would follow me around and where ever I eventually collapsed, he would collapse too. Unfortunately, he also had a thing for plants. He didn't care what they were. He would eat them, which was ultimately his downfall. Christmas time 2004 he got ahold of a Peace Lily, we didn't even know what it was, and ate some. I didn't know it was leathal to cats or I never would have allowed it in the house. He became sick and after a few days we had to have him put down because he was in Liver Failure.

I think Seve's problem began with his catnip binges...
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We've had Storm almost the entire time Rob and I have been together. My cousin Sam found her outside her college apartment but couldn't keep her because of housing rules. Well Storm was pregnant so Sam's mom, my Aunt Sharon, brought her home. She couldn't keep her because of her own housing rules so she called me. Rob and I snuck her and the kittens into his parents' house. lol We lost all of the kittens because Storm wasn't producing any milk and the vet didn't figure it out until it was too late. :( We still have Storm. I don't know exactly how old she is but she moves a lot like me on flare day. ;) Slow and steady, like she's seen too much of the world and would prefer the rest of it just pass her by. Her favorite place to be when I carry her is lying across my shoulders. It's actually pretty funny to see.

Storm is the queen bee and she knows it. She isn't shy about showing it either. lol (I've never seen such cool eyes on a cat before.)
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Cleo is my other furbaby at the moment. We got her after Rob's siamese, Frost, was struck by lightning and died. (Our cats have dangerous futures ahead of them when they pick us as their family/pack.) We picked Cleo out of about 3 litters at this farm. She had the most spunk of all the kittens. The farm owner said she was his favorite because she took on two full grown German Sheppards by herself at 6 weeks!!! lol I knew in that moment that I had to have her. It took me about a week to name her. Finally I decided she was a Cleopatra, Cleo for short, because she had the "eyeliner" markings like Cleopatra. I affectionately call Cleo "Sneezie" or "Clepto". Sneezie because for about a year she had this sneeze that we could NOT seem to get rid of. Finally the vet told us to try OTC allergy meds cut in half. After a few weeks of that and the sneezing was gone - haven't seen it since. I call her a clepto because when she was a baby and sometimes on a particularly hyperactive day she will scour the house for anything small, round and/or shiny. She will take her treasures to the bathtub upstairs. Toss them in. And chase them for HOURS! When she was tiny she used to wake me up at 3 or 4am doing this. Apparently part of the fun is making as much noise as possible! lol Oh yeah, I can't forget to tell you about what a good pregnancy test she is. When I was pregnant with Elliott Richard, Cleo was everywhere I wanted to be. (Yes, kind of like VISA/MASTERCARD. lol) If I sat or laid down she was laying on my belly across my hips. Before I found out I was pregnant this time, she was doing the same thing. She will do this until my belly gets too big and she can't find room. lol

Cleo is my snuggle bug...
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Fly By...

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We've got doubling! :) *does a happy dance* My HCG level is now 555.4! WOO WHO!

Here We Are, On the Pregnancy Front...

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Part of me is absolutely paranoid that something is going to go wrong. I talked to the nurse in Dr. D's office yesterday and she congratulated me. :) Then she sent me for blood work. I have to have my HCG and hormone levels checked yesterday, tomorrow and then once a week until they reach 7,000. At that point I will have my first ultrasound to make sure all is well. I'm waiting to hear back about what my levels were yesterday. I'm terrified they are going to call me and tell me that I was wrong, both sticks were wrong and I'm not actually pregnant. Yes, I'm feeling a little anxious right now. ;) lol

I feel like crap. Part of it is this stupid cold. The other part is pregnancy related stuff. NOTHING sounds good to eat. And I mean nothing. Rob could offer to go anywhere and buy me fast food or anything I want and I wouldn't have anything to order because it all sounds horrible. I'm exhausted and drinking my weight in fluids. Other than that I'm doing pretty good today. :)

We told Gavin the other day that I'm going to have another baby. He said he's happy for us so long as the baby is a girl. (Hopop-0[ <--Elliott Richard says Hi! lol) He won't say why but he does NOT want another brother. He did tell me yesterday on the way to the pediatrician's office that he will still be happy if he has another brother but he REALLY wants a sister. I told him what I've been telling everyone else, "You'll have to put your request in with God because I have no control over the situation." That of course led to a discussion of "Do you really believe that God has control over that, Mom?" I just love theological discussions with my 7 and a 1/2 year old. lol

Elliott Richard really doesn't seem to mind that Mommy is pregnant again. Although I think he'll change his tune when he isn't getting all the attention he's used to. lol

I just heard from the OB's office. My HCG level was 195 and my progesterone was 41.1. She said both are really good and my HCG should double by tomorrow. I have my due date wrong though because at 6 weeks the HCG level should be between 1,000 and 56,000. My HCG level puts me at 4 or 5 weeks, which would make my due date more like July 24th. So now we wait...

Ex's, Aren't They Grand?

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Some of you know and some of you don't, my ex-husband Nick is currently in county jail. lmao (Sorry I've been waiting for this day for 7 years.) He received his 2nd DUI in July. Fought it legally until Oct 30th when he finally pled "no contest" and was found guilty, which makes absolutely no sense to me. He received 180 days in jail (136 suspended - I have no idea where they got that number) but he had to serve 10 days. Then he got 36 days house arrest, drug/alcohol eval (he's failed every one he's had in life to this point), no license for 2 years, "party plates" (those yellow and red license plates), and "intensive probation" (whatever that means). He started serving his time on Nov 5th, so he gets out either today or tomorrow depending on what time he went in. I wonder if he had the chance to meet "Big Bubba" during his little getaway?

Thanks! :)

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Now, I've had to send out invites to y'all because there are some crazy people "involved" in our lives and I want be sure they can't read this blog. So I thank you all for signing up, I know it's a pain in the butt, however, this is the easiest way to stay up to date with everyone. :)

Wow...Didn't See This One Coming...

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So after many sticks it would appear that in July I will be busy having another baby. *waits for stunned silence* Rob and I just found out last night. I'm waiting to hear from my OB. We're excited although completely shocked. I'm still trying to process the whole situation.

The Great Mom Debate

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My cousins are working mommies. I am a stay-at-home mommy. We all love our jobs. We all probably envy the other.

Now, the question I've seen posted out and about is, Are "Mommy and Me" type-groups exclusive of working parents? Of course they are "exclusive". Not in a "we aren't working and you are, so you can't come" kind of way. They are exclusive mainly because a lot of the moms that lead "Mommy and Me" or "Le Leche League" etc happen to be stay-at-home moms. As a stay-at-home mom it usually falls on us to pick our older kids up from school/bus stop, make dinner, keep up with the house etc. By having the meetings in the late morning/early afternoon, it affords us the time we need to complete our other duties. It also allows us to meet without having to find a sitter for our older children because they are probably already at school. Also way back when I was going to college full-time and working part-time, the *last* thing I wanted to do when I got home was pack Gavin up and go somewhere else to spend time with him. The last thing I wanted to do was go ANYWHERE, fun or not. So I'm sure there's also some thinking along those lines going on.

I hate that so many magazines etc seem to focus at least once a year on this very debate. I don't see why it has to be "us v them". Stay-at-home parents aren't any better than working parents and vice verse. Each parent has to do what is right for them. What keeps them happiest and sane. If that's working, more power to you. If that's staying at home, good for you there too. Either way I don't see what it matters, so long as the children are getting the love and care that they deserve. For me, when I quit my last job it became apparent that I would be working full-time at a minimum-wage job only to earn exactly what I needed to pay for daycare for Gavin. There was no point in that. Likewise I don't see why we feel that in order to bond properly with our children we must attend "Mommy and Me".

When did it become a requirement for us as parents to hull our children hither and yon to bond and make them happy and well-rounded individuals? What is the appeal of a class where a stranger reads aloud to you and your infant? Wouldn't it be better for both parent and child if the parent read the book to the child? Or if it's the fact that someone else is doing the reading, couldn't one parent read aloud while the other parent snuggles the infant? Why must we drive to another location, filled with strangers to have our child read to?

Obviously both sides have positives and negatives. As silly as this sounds, working parents have occupations to put on forms. I'm so tired of being asked my occupation and when I say "stay-at-home mom/homemaker" they put "unemployed" but say "Oh yeah, that counts too, I guess." DAMN RIGHT IT COUNTS! It's been found that stay-at-home parents work the equivalent of TWO FULL-TIME JOBS! So yes, in my book that flippin' counts. Just because I don't get a pay check every two weeks doesn't mean my work doesn't count. Likewise working parents probably envy my job. And I admit, nap time is nice. Not having to rush here and there and still do the housework is also nice. And I honestly can't imagine not being there for every smile, giggle and new word.

This is precisely why I don't see why it has to be "us v them". Why can't we all just support one another as parents and leave it at that? No one is scheduling things to purposefully exclude this group or that group. It's just a matter of what works best for the leader of the group. And let's face it, it's impossible to please everyone. I'm sorry but it's the truth. This time it's the working parents whose feeling are hurt. Next time it will be the stay-at-home parents. It all evens out in the end.

Le Sigh

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The toddler bed story just got a little more difficult. Elliott Richard has a horrible cold. He's full of phelm with a runny nose. He's completely miserable. I hate to see my boys sick, especially Elliott Richard. He never gets *just* the flu or *just* a cold. If it's the flu, he gets horribly dehydrated (no matter the amount of fluids going in) and ends up needing IV's to replenish his fluid levels. If it's a cold, he ends up with pneumonia, strep or horrible ear infections that seem to appear out of thin air. I'm praying this time it stays just a cold.

Elliott Richard and I were supposed to go to Amish Country with Grandma tomorrow. I don't think that's happening now. :(

Quick update...

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Elliott Richard has been relocated to his "big boy" bed. Granted, it's still in our bedroom but I don't want to completely culture shock the poor boy. He was doing really well at first. I figure it was the honeymoon phase. Now he's fine to nap for his full nap (2.5 hours) by himself in his bed. But he only makes it until midnight or so at night. *sigh* He's obsessed with the book "Too Many Bunnies". I have no idea where it came from but he loves it.

Gavin just received his 2nd level on his Orange belt in martial arts last Wednesday. He broke a board with his bare hand and everything. Very cool.

Other than that things are actually pretty quiet for once. My ex-husband was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 36 days house arrest for his latest (2nd) DUI. He hasn't been on MySpace in 5 days, which is unusual for him. I'm guessing he's serving his time with "Big Bubba". With any luck, Bubba will take a "special interest" in Nick, if you get my drift. lol

Life in General

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Okay so it has been a while since I've actually updated...I suppose I should do that now.

Life in general is pretty quiet. No drama except what others bring in from the outside, which I'm trying desperately to limit our exposure to. I woke up this morning with a massive migraine but that's not what y'all came here to read about.

Gavin is doing fabulously. There hasn't been a visit since mid-July and the longer we go without them, the better he does. He's doing well in school. And pretty well at home too. At this point the only stuff we really see from him is Aspergers related. He's still into Lego's but has also added roller coasters to his list of fascinations. We are trying to find that fine line between "fascination" and "obsession". He was a Knight for Halloween and I'll have post pictures later. We usually go Trick or Treating twice every year. Once at my Mom's and then again at Rob's parents'. This year we went to my Mom's and Trick or Treated but decided to dress up and hand out candy at Rob's parents'. We hit *maybe* 20-25 houses in my parents' allotment and it was *insane* how much candy the two of them got! It was a good Halloween. Calm, fun...just what I needed.

Elliott Richard is doing pretty well. For the past 6 months or so he's been doing this crazy gagging and vomitting thing. Rob and I brought it up at his 18 month well-baby checkup. His ped was concerned and sent him for blood work and a urinalysis. Both of which came out fine. Then he sent us to the local Children's Hospital for a swallow study with a Speech Therapist. That took about 5 minutes (seriously) and from what they saw it was normal as well.

Then about a month ago, he started having what appeared to be seizures. One night he was standing next to the couch watching Blue's Clues and he just fell over. He didn't even try and save himself. Just fell straight back as if he were stiff as a board. We ended up in the Emergency Room for 5 hours that night. They took more blood (normal) and performed a CTScan (normal). Then they woke up our pediatrician at 2am and he said we could go home. That lovely experience was followed by an EEG, which lasted about an hour and was pure torture. I'm *still* finding bits of EEG glue in his hair! We still don't have the results from the EEG. *sigh* He was a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern for Halloween. The cutest damn pumpkin I've ever seen! :) He actually walked most of the 20-25 houses we hit. And then he slept like a log that night! lol

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