Happy Mother’s Day!

Here in Guatemala, we celebrated Dia de la Madre yesterday. It’s always on the 10th of May here, even if that falls during the week. It’s a proper holiday for most women, but since school is often out that day, I’m not sure how much of a break it is!

Anyway. Today is Mother’s Day in Canada, the US and other areas of the world, including Mother’s Day for my mom. She’s been a wonderful mom to me and over the years, we’ve grown much closer, even though we are physically apart. I love talking to her via email regularly, sharing our days and getting her advice on everything from cooking and cleaning and working to childrearing and homeschooling. It is a relationship that has become much stronger over the years, particularly once I had children of my own!

My mother gave birth to five girls, one of whom went straight on up to Heaven, and raised four of us, homeschooling and nurturing our creativity, even when it was tough! For that, I thank her. I know now just how hard it really was!

To all the mothers out there, whether your child is here or in Heaven, Happy Mother’s Day.

Imperforate Anus Q&A

I don’t talk a lot about Dorian’s birth defect here, but for those of you who don’t know, he was born with an imperforate anus and required multiple surgeries as a baby. He had a colostomy for the first year of his life and had to have reconstructive surgery on his anus and later a colostomy reversal. It was a very stressful time for the whole family and while he is generally a very healthy kid, he does still have complications from time to time. You can read more about IA and our journey here.

Last week, I was contacted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital about a Q&A they are holding with two of their leading doctors in the area of anorectal malformations. This is an incredible opportunity for parents of IA kids to learn more about the every day challenges that are faced when you are dealing with the issues IA causes, but even better, parents will have a chance to ask their own questions!

This hospital is THE hospital if your child has a bowel problem. They’ve done a lot of research and have programs set up to help kids with intestinal problems and malformations learn to live a normal life. While we were never fortunate enough to take part in any of these programs, I follow their research and am excited for this chance to talk to their doctors.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with IA or another anorectal malformation, you can sign up for the talk here. It’s completely free.

The Spider and the Fly

I was working outside the other day when a fly buzzed past my ear. A spider leaped off the wall beside me and landed with the fly on my keyboard! It was an interesting bit of nature right in front of me, so I grabbed my camera and took some photos. The fly put up a good fight, but he didn’t make it. The spider won in the end.

Don’t worry, they weren’t that big. Here’s a shot that shows the actual size a bit better:

Time Flies

I keep thinking I just posted here and then I looked and there hasn’t been a new post in May. Oops. Time just flits past me these days. So, what’s new around here? A few things.

Dominic has had quite the vocabulary explosion. He is using full sentences more often now and has started saying “me” and “I” instead of referring to himself in third person or just skipping that bit. He’s been practicing lying, as well, which is pretty normal for this age, if I remember correctly. He spilled water on the floor the other day and climbed onto the couch. When Irving asked him to get a mop and clean it up, he said, “Yo no hice NADA!” (I didn’t do anything!) We reminded him that he DID spill the water and he had to clean it up anyway.

He has also been copying his big brothers in things like climbing on furniture. He very proudly called us over the other day and showed us how he can climb over the back of the sofa. He was very excited about his success! We have to remind the big boys not to set bad examples by jumping off furniture though, because he’ll try that, too and fall.

Over spring break, both big boys made big leaps in reading and writing. I was even presented with some stories they wrote! I love this stage. Notes are constantly landing on my desk, comics are being designed and written and they even collaborate on some projects. It’s so much fun to read what they’re thinking! Dominic is getting into it, too. He wants to do school every day with his brothers and he tries to write, as well. We have some dry erase books that he uses on a daily basis.

The rainy season seems to have shown up and it’s been nice to have cooler days and cloudy skies. After the intense heat of last month, this is a welcome change. Makes it tougher to dry clothes, though!

What’s up with you?