**Nathan was born January 2008 with Achondroplasia dwarfism. Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism. This blog welcomes a look into our family as we raise our son as a Little Person.**

A Little Nathan Fix!

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Nate couldn’t wait to unload the dishwasher. I wonder why…..?

This Past Week

I’m really exhausted from everything that went on. The most from the weekend. I need to get some sleep and take care of myself. Overall, the kids had a great time and that makes me feel good.

Saturday, Audrey had her fall festival for school. It took place at a corn maze. There was face painting, pumpkin painting, bounce house, petting farm, mini haunted house, hay bale pyramid, hay bale maze and the big corn maze. So after the kids did the small stuff we entered the corn maze. They took off like bats out of hell. I’m screaming for them to get back to me (Audrey took her friend). Once I had them by me we walked through the maze. They did give me a map but I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I was naive to think we couldn’t get lost. We did. We made it up to the word LIONS and into the football players shoulder or hand. That’s how lost I was. So I whipped out the map, I can read maps. Apparently, it’s not in between the lines you follow but the actual lines themselves. Oops! We only walked in a circle 4 times before I realized this. Fed up and the kids asking over and over again when we are getting out of this, I decided to back track. Finally, came across some stroller wheel marks. What relief!! You won’t find me in a corn maze or a corn field ever again. BTW, didn’t think through the whole pushing a stroller through dirt and mud (aka “a field”). Don’t recommend it but in the end it was a saving grace to get us out.

Sunday, Audrey had a birthday party at the bounce house. My original plan was to stay but I felt bad that Nate couldn’t bounce. He wanted to so bad. They had nothing there to entertain toddlers. At 1pm I decided to depart and take Nate over to McDonald’s for lunch. He enjoyed his nugget happy meal. By the time we got back the kids had finished eating and were about to open presents. Nate enjoyed that and I got to talk to one of the moms. I was happy that all the running around was done. Enjoy the pictures below

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I finally got around to cleaning up the basement from all that collects down there. I had a little helper, even if he played more with the toys. I think the toy vacuum counts. After I was all down this is where I found Nate.

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We also got a new washer. He found it cool that he could sit inside this piece of Styrofoam.

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A Quiet Weekend

Well, it’s quiet for now. I really thought I would have more time to myself when Audrey started school full-time. I’ve managed to slowly fill up my calendar. It’s nice to have activities but I’m a country girl at heart. I like the slow pace of things and the quiet you get from nature. Where I live it is nothing like that. On my drive to Indianapolis, I realized that Michigan has some of the worst drivers. We are speed demons, in a race where no one wins. We are also the construction capitol of the U.S., which means we’re racing to wait in line.

Nate and I have been doing mommy and me. He really enjoys socializing with the other kids. I hope that this also gets him talking more. One thing mentioned while we were in Indianapolis was that by 2 years of age, he may need speech therapy. It’s a struggle because I know how much he already knows, he just doesn’t care to say it. I have been encouraging him to “use your words.” Today, a word did come out that he hasn’t said in a long time. I was proud of him. Although Nate has said several words, he really only repeats a few.

I agreed to volunteer at Audrey’s school. First through the PTO ( I haven’t been asked to help with anything yet.) and secondly through her class. The teacher was obviously excited because she sent home a sheet that had 4 dates preselected for me. The first being this Monday. Now, I know that I agreed to help but I was under the impression that I would pick what days worked for me. Two of the dates happened to be while my in-laws are in Florida. They are the only one’s that watch the kids. So, unless the teacher agrees to me bringing a then 23 month old to class for half an hour, I won’t be any help on those dates. That is part of the reason I don’t like volunteering, it is sometimes unpredictable when you have kids. We’ll see what happens.

Audrey also started Daisies on Friday. That’s the youngest group for the Girl Scouts. She really likes it, even if she won’t tell me she really likes it. This also has commitments. They meet every other Friday (twice a month). She will sell those scrumptious cookies (along with her other various school fundraisers). And, I am to sign up as a snack mom. We do get to buy a beautiful blue smock that she will fill with badges and pins. It makes me proud to see things come full circle. I was a brownie when I was in grade school. I probably would have continued with it if I had control over things. I think that no one wanted to run it at my school anymore and it got cancelled.

Next, week will be a busy one.

  • Mon: at Audrey’s school.
  • Tues: Grocery shop.
  • Wed: mommy and me and we might get flu shots.
  • Thurs: Spa.
  • Fri: Quiet no Daises.
  • Sat: School Fundraiser.
  • Sun: Birthday party.

May not be a lot for you but for me it is. He’s some pictures of Nate with the outfit my mom found for him. And yes, my sons head got chopped off. It was the camera’s fault!!

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“I’m all done!”

BTW Audrey did totally embarrass me at the store today. There was a man in a wheelchair. My daughter decided she would stare at him as she was inches from pushing the cart into him. I have had several talks on how everybody looks different and staring isn’t nice. If you have questions you can ask me later. This kind of behavior scare me as we are now introduced into the LPA world. We are planning to go to Nashville and all I can think about is my daughter staring and saying to me,”Look mom, there’s a dwarf” as if this was a Where’s Waldo game. Anybody have this happen or know what might be a good way to handle the situation?

Haunted Halloween House

We had a nice quiet Saturday. It rained most of the day so it was perfect for an indoor project. Here’s what we made. I had to reconstruct the roof since it broke, but it still turned out good. One of these years I’ll get it too look like the picture on the box, LOL!

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To all I met in Indianapolis

I want to send a quick message to the many that I met in Indianapolis. I got some names, some contacts and handed out a little information myself. I feel that I am getting better at communicated with new people but struggle when I have to run after my son. I’m sorry that I don’t remember everyone’s name, I tried to remember later and write it down. I do hope that you all travel over to my blog and might drop a little message. I enjoyed talking to everyone and look forward to opportunities in the future.

What to do with all your apples!

Okay, I’m posting an apple recipe I got from my father-in-law, the king of desserts. This uses a small amount of apples, so if you have a lot like I do, make applesauce.

Apple Bars (a cake)

Mix (don’t beat, just stir till smooth)

1 ¾ c. sugar

1 c. salad oil (I use canola oil)

3 eggs

½ tsp. salt

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon (I like to use 2 tsp)

1 tsp vanilla

4 large-6small apples; peeled, cored and sliced

Combine all ingredients except apples and stir till smooth.

Then stir in your apples. Pour batter into a greased 9”x13” pan.

Bake at 350oF about 50 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness. Cut when cooled into bars.

Optional: dust cooled cake with powdered sugar and serve

With whipped cream.

If anyone makes this, let me know how you liked it. Happy baking!

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