Saturday, December 22, 2012

Family Welcomes Baby Drexler

Baby #3 (Drexler John) was born December 20th.  7 lbs. 12 oz. 19 3/4 in. long.  Mikan and Anica are excited about having a baby in the house.  Mikan is very interested in what the baby knows and is able to do and how much he can teach him.  When he first met Drexler, he asked us if he knew his states.  When we told him that Drexler didn't know any states, Mikan walked up to him and sang the state song in a whisper next to his head.

It is very encouraging to see Mikan so interested in his baby brother.  What may appear like normal curiosity in the video below is actual such tremendous progress for Mikan.  For him to engage with other kids and initiate interactions is a great breakthrough in his socialization skills.  The appearance of Baby Drexler has reminded us of how far Mikan has progressed and made us realize how important his siblings are for his development.

BTW, Mikan nicknamed the baby "Pancakes" before he was born.

 Anica kept saying "I want to hold it!" and reaching her arms out for Baby Drexler.  I have a feeling she will be a good helper at home.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Dear New Baby

Dear new baby, here is what was happening in your dad's life a couple of days before you were born.

Wipe up Mikan's 2 am diarrhea, drop van off for battery repair, get ride to school, help with b-ball shooters, before school meeting about school safety, Read 40 pg. Safety doc before 2nd hour, Teach High Schoolers, Get Ride to auto shop that says "Go to the dealership for this service," Stop by rental to make a quick fix, go home, play with Anica, call dr. about Mikan's diarrhea, call dealership, wipe Mikan's booty after 3 diarrheas, put anica to sleep, drop off van at dealership...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pokagon 2012-Life's Irony

We had a great time at Pokagon this year.  Jenna started having contractions, we came home a day early.  Mikan begged for tobaggonning and went down three times.  Two of which he was in the front of the sled.  Mikan and Anica loved swimming with cousins on Friday night, and visits to the nature center.

However, on the ride home, Jenna had two contractions.  I am listening to a country station.  Tim McGraw's "Don't Take the Girl" comes on.  I'm listening, intently.  First verse, second verse, then the third verse doesn't play.  It gets interrupted by a nationally syndicated Saturday night country music show.  The third verse doesn't play. Morning commute rosaries pay off.  Thank God and we'll keep you posted.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mikan eBook and Oregon Baby

I published my first ebook on the iTunes store.  The content is largely drawn from my Master's thesis about Mikan, but I added a few essays, photos, and video.  Follow this link to view it in the iTunes store (But I Did Everything Right is the title).  I've been told that it can only be downloaded on iPads right now, but I am trying to figure out how to make it readable on any Apple device.  I'll update soon.

John and I seem to think that Mikan is making progress in his modified AFOs.  He is able to pick his legs up and bend his knees a little more when he is walking, which will hopefully give him good practice with a more natural-looking stride.  His balance is still terrible, and he falls all the time, but he keeps trying and doesn't resort to crawling, so he must be pretty comfortable.

Mikan talks about the new baby a lot now.  I think he understands that it is coming soon.  He keeps asking questions about what the baby will be able to do (go potty on the toilet, sing the state song, talk, know about planets, etc.).  I've been trying to prepare him for the fact that the baby will cry and poop a lot (and it won't be on the toilet) and that he'll have to teach the baby everything that he knows.  He seems excited.  He also tells me daily that he has a state in his belly named Oregon that will come out soon too.