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Stair surfing

This is something Faith started doing the other night. She looks like she is having a blast. Enjoy!

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October 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM Leave a comment

Halloween 2012

We had some fun tonight trick or treating with Faith and Shawn. Or as Faith calls it “chug-a-chug treating.” Of course it was raining the whole time but the kids still enjoyed themselves.

Before we left for our expedition I explained to the kids how to trick or treat. To knock on the door, wait for the door to be opened and then say “trick or treat” and after the homeowner puts a treat in their bag say “thank you.”

The kids were so cute, they went up to the door and knocked on the door and yelled at the top of their lungs “trick or treat!”  Thankfully they at least said “thank you” after they rec’d their treats.

Check out the cute pictures of the kids just before they left for daycare this morning. The whole time Faith was giving Shawn instructions “don’t touch your face” and “keep you your arms down” and “look at Daddy” and of course “say cheese Shawn!” Enjoy the pictures. Their adorable, of course.

October 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM Leave a comment

Shawn’s surgery

As many of you already know Shawn had eye surgery on Monday because, like his sister Faith, he has strabismus.

Strabismus or “lazy eye” is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. It typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles that prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space and preventing proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception. (that’s the technical jargon for those of you who need to know what Shawn’s condition is).

Unlike Faith’s situation, Shawn’s eye was not as extreme to the point where we had to go straight to surgery. We also didn’t have to be as diligent with patching his strong eye as we did Faith. There was a short period of time we were patching his eye but it didn’t last long at all, then we just got Shawn a stronger prescription of glasses. We did that a few times until finally, the last visit with the specialist, Dr. Smith, he told us Shawn would need surgery.

So yesterday, Monday Shawn had a surgery which is simply called Strabismus repair. The surgery was to correct the misalignment of the eyes. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like this will be his only surgery. It looks like Shawn might have to have a second surgery because the muscles in his eye were very tight. Which isn’t good.

But according to Dr. Smith the surgery went well and Shawn was to be in recovery for about 2 hours. Unfortunately the beginning of recovery was very rough on Shawn. He was thrashing about and wouldn’t open up his eyes. But eventually he did calm down and they were able to get him to open his eyes so they could see how they were doing. Apparently he was very upset after the surgery, especially after he woke up.

It has now been a whole day since his surgery and Shawn seems to be doing much better. Today he spent the whole day on the couch with me. He sat and played with his favourite puzzle for hours as we watched some animation movies and I worked away on my laptop. We stopped a few times during the day to put eye drops in his eyes. Man, he doesn’t like those drops. He gets very upset when I try to put drops in his eyes, so much so that he starts swing his arms and almost knocked the drops out of my hand. I did get a pointer from a friend who is a doctor to make it much simpler to put the drops in, I’m going to try it tomorrow morning. Pull the lower lid down and put the drops there.

Shawn’s eyes look like they are blood shot but he seems to be doing okay. He looks like he is constantly crying. His eyes are full of tears. But thankfully he doesn’t seem to be in any pain and even fell asleep beside me on the couch for a few hours before De-Ann got home tonight.

Thank you to each of you who sent very kind notes and prayed for Shawn and us as we went through this procedure together. It is so nice to know so many people genuinely care about us as a family.

Thank you.
Andrew & De-Ann

If you want info about Strabismus repair, here is a link: Strabismus_surgery

As you can see from the pictures below Shawn enjoyed his time in the crib before his surgery, again playing with his favourite puzzle, but after he looks very unhappy and exhausted. He slept in his car seat the whole way home.

October 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM 2 comments

Vacuuming

Well it has finally happened, Faith has stopped watching Mommy and Daddy do house work and now has started to help. Watch the video and see how much effort she is putting into this important chore. There is one part in the video where she calls Shawn to get into the act. He ends up playing.

October 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM Leave a comment

Faith & Shawn in a wedding

Some of you might already know both Faith and Shawn were asked to be in a wedding this past weekend of two very close friends of our family (Chase & Aby). The kids were the ring bearer (Shawn) and the flower girl (Faith).

This is the same wedding I was the MC of. I don’t have to tell you how busy that made our weekend. And stressful, for Mom and Dad…us. As we were responsible for making sure the kids got to the front of the auditorium and did it slowly and without talking. But it was a great day and such a great privilege to be a part of two very special people’s wedding day. Thanks Chase and Aby!

But as most people know when it comes to getting toddlers and pre-schoolers to do what you want, they usually don’t. And most of the time even after we rehearse what the kids are to do, they end up doing exactly what we don’t want them to do. This wedding was no exception.

On Friday night after the rehearsal we had the kids going up and down the aisle a number of times holding hands, and they did great. The only thing that changed from Friday to Saturday morning was Faith had to toss flower pedals on the floor and Shawn was suppose to walk beside her with a pillow in his hands. Just those two simple changes in the routine got both kids confused.

So on the day of the wedding I waited at the front of the auditorium for the kids and De-Ann stayed at the back so the kids had her to coach them and had me for someone to go to. Each of the wedding party started up the aisle and then it was Faith and Shawn’s turn. BTW they were just before the bride. At first they were took a while to even start, then eventually Faith started placing the flower petals on the floor, very carefully and meticulously. De-Ann had to give some instruction and they moved a bit faster, still with Faith putting the flowers on the floor and Shawn walking slowly beside her. Faith got some more instructions from De-Ann and started to move quickly down the aisle leaving Shawn behind where he was picking up each of the flower petals Faith left behind. He finally picked up the last petal and noticed Faith was almost at the front, so in a very loud voice, while running, he yelled “wait for me Faith!” Of course the crowd laughed and I was mortified. As soon as they both got to the front they gave Chase (the groom) a high five and I whisked them away to my office where they played with puzzles and colouring books until the ceremony was over.

It’s amazing to me how something as simple as items to hold in the kids hands messed them up so much that they forgot to walk slowly beside each other and not talk (let alone scream). I know, I know, everyone loved them and they were the comedy relief. I have heard it all. But to me it was a very stressful time. I need to lighten up, eh?!

Check out the cute pictures of the kids with their cool tux and dress just before the wedding. You will also see the groom crouched down beside Shawn in one of the pictures. And a few of the pictures are the kids waiting for the pictures to be taking sitting and colouring or in their car seats ready to travel to the photo shoot after the reception. We are hoping to get a video of what the kids actually did so I can post it on my blog. You’ll have to wait and check back again soon.

October 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM 2 comments

Shawn’s new friend: Courtney

At the beginning of this week we found out Shawn had a new friend in his life. For the longest time Shawn has been talking non-stop about Lucas. He couldn’t wait to get to daycare to see his good friend. It was so great to know Shawn had a friend to hang out with because Faith is now in JK and doesn’t get to Shawn very often.

Back to his new friend. On the way home from daycare the other day Shawn and Faith were having a conversation where Shawn was telling Faith about someone named “Cornie.” I continued to eavesdrop on the conversation and discovered Shawn was talking about a girl. Oh my!

After little bit of probing I figure out her name was Courtney, not Cornie like he was pronouncing it.

He finally said to me “Daddy Cornie loves me, but not Lucas!” Then he smiled a shy smile. The kid is barely 3 years old and he has a ‘girlfriend!’ I can’t believe this. I’m glad its just puppy love. The scary thing is he refers to her as his girlfriend and when he arrives at daycare she is waiting there at the door to give him a big hug.

The sad part is his teacher told me Shawn had stopped playing with Lucas and exclusively plays with Courtney. Poor Lucas. Hopefully this is just a phase or fad???!

October 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM 1 comment

Where is you?

This morning I was putting away clothes after finishing up the laundry and I heard a very faint voice from downstairs saying “Daddy, where is you?” I repeated back from the bedroom “where is you?” And Faith said “here, Daddy.” Then she asked again “where is you, Daddy?” Again I repeated and she said “here, Daddy!” (as if she was annoyed with me).

We finally met each other in the middle of the stairs and Faith excitedly said “there you are!” I smiled and we held hands as we walked down the stairs together.

October 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM Leave a comment

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