Thursday, May 27, 2010
Here's the link to the slideshow of our photo shoot. The password is cb050710 if you are interested in taking a look. The photos ended up being absolutely amazing...even though I thought the boys were a bit difficult and was actually a bit worried that we didn't get much of use.
The slideshow will only work for the next 7 days.
P.S. The other woman in the shots with the boys is our nanny. We like to include her when we get professional photos done since we consider her to be part of the family.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Everyone involved was just terrific. There were at least 10 people there making sure that all went well for each rider.
After his session, he just wanted to keep looking at Cowboy (the pony he rode) and then wanted to pet him. Check out this adorable photo of Ben and Cowboy:
Here's Ben on Cowboy with Daddy helping out:
And here's a quick video of Ben riding. He doesn't really smile but he LOVED it!
He really didn't want to leave. He just wanted to keep petting Cowboy. It was great. And we can't wait for next week.
Friday, May 14, 2010
And here's a video of Ben at the Fort Myers airport as we waited for our flight (2-hour delay). I couldn't believe what he could do! To me, this video just shows how motivating Daniel is for Ben.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This of course provided the opportunity for lots of discussion about what everyone "thinks" the baby is. Which I find hilarious. I really do think it's crazy that people really think they "know" the sex of the baby. Twelve years ago, my mother was so convinced that my brother's wife was having a girl that she had a closet full of girl clothes when my NEPHEW was born. She had to return everything!
This conversation ALWAYS leads to this comment "it doesn't matter what it is, as long as it's healthy". It's just thrown out there...so flippantly...without any real thought behind what that means. And for some reason, it really bugs me. It's not the comment, it's the lack of thought behind it that irks me so much.
Today I wondered if the speaker (or anyone in the room) even thought about the fact that my boys "weren't healthy" when they were born. I concluded that maybe about 2 people in that room probably thought about that (even though almost all of them know about the boys' premature birth and Ben's CP). And it bugged me. I know I need to get over this, but for some reason, it really bugged me.
And I'm not even sure why. I almost feel silly posting this. I mean why on earth should someone's common-every-day-comment bug me so much?
I think it's because it shows me that they (as in the general public) don't have a freakin' clue how lucky they are to have a "regular" birth with the resultant "normal" child.
Another cousin of mine had a baby last week. The baby and mother stayed in the hospital ONE night and then went home. ONE NIGHT! And the baby went home...without medications...without oxygen or monitors...without numerous appointments already set up with neurologists / cardiologists / opthamoligists. I bet my cousin and her partner have not spent one minute thinking about how fortunate they are to have a "healthy baby".
And for some reason this lack of appreciation gets to me. I guess I just want them to really know how freakin' fortunate they are. And appreciate the perfect little bundle that they get to take home. And not just EXPECT to get a healthy baby...because many of us don't.
P.S. I hope that this post doesn't rub anyone the wrong way. After re-reading it, I realized that it may sound like I do not consider myself FORTUNATE to have Ben. And that is ABSOLUTELY NOT the case. I feel blessed every single day that I get to be Ben's mom. I really do.