Friday, June 27, 2008
I have been in contact with other moms who have found this blog by googling "toe walker". I'm glad this is a way to connect. I am in no way an expert on this issue, but I can share our experiences and maybe that would help someone else. So, I wanted to give an update on how Lydia is doing with her braces. She has been wearing them for almost two weeks now. (Catch up with Lydia's toe-walking story here.) I have seen a great improvement in her muscles since wearing the braces, but, she's still walking on her toes.
When we first got the braces, our physical therapist said that Lydia's degree of movement was at a 10. She needed to be at a 15 to be able to walk heel-to-toe comfortably. The purpose of the braces is to slowly stretch out her tendons and muscles, so that she can gain that range of motion. The braces can be positioned so she's either at a perfect 45 degree angle (her foot and leg) or it can stretch her so that her foot is stretching upward. We were instructed to have Lydia wear the braces at night in the 45 degree angle position, but then have her wear them for half an hour during the day at the stretched or "aggressive" position. We also have exercises that we do with her after. After two weeks of doing that (and Lydia doesn't' complain at all - she LOVES her braces!) she has gained two degrees! We are very pleased.
I can tell that her muscles and tendons are getting stretched, because I can put her braces on her and tighten them to the aggressive stretch position, and it feels like she's not being stretched at all. For the past two nights, I've positioned the braces in the aggressive stretch position and she's had a continuous stretch for 9 or more hours. Wonderful! She's tolerating it all very well and only once has she asked to have a break from wearing her braces at night. Arlene is jealous of the braces - the other day she started walking on her tip toes and told me she needs braces too. Ha!
Our next physical therapy appointment is July 7. I am interested to see how her range of motion is at that appointment. Once she achieves the 15 then we'll have to start working with her to get her out of the habit of walking on her toes. I think that will be the hardest part.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
My plan now for selling my goods is to keep up with my Etsy site, but also to look for more shows, shows that are specifically craft shows. I think I'd had better luck selling if people came to the event looking to buy crafts. Also, I want to make up some dolls to sell. Dolls and pendants. Yay!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Under the Wind of October Painting Print - $20 by Sandrine M
Love this. Love it.
Gourds of Goth Gift Set - $5 by AnthroPoMorphCo
You can a note card, a magnet, a page-keeper and a button for $5. What a deal. And they are darling to boot.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The girls were wiped out after camping. It was exhausting. But not in a good way.
We decided to go camping this weekend at a campground that we'd never been to. Big mistake. It was a state park, so we thought it would be fine. Well it wasn't! It was probably the WORSE camping experience we have EVER HAD, and we've been camping a lot. The park was full of hills, and our campsite was on a hill. It took us three times as long to set up our pop-up because we couldn't find a level spot. Once we finally got all set up, we were still leaning. There were divets and holes all over our camp site - the girls kept falling and I almost broke my ankle. The worst part is that our camping neighbors were literally five feet away from our front door. Mike and I are the type of people that like to camp and like to be left alone so that we can just sit and relax and play with the girls. We don't want to have to be social unless we want to. Our camper neighbors kept staring at us, so we felt like we couldn't fully relax or just be. We felt like we couldn't even talk because we were so close to everyone.
Friday night was okay ... the girls slept with me and it was cozy and cute, but, we could hear our camper neighbors SNORING really loud. And there were hillbilly's across the way that were playing music until 3 a.m. and telling colorful stories about their drunken adventures. We woke up Saturday and conteplated leaving. But, we stuck it out. We had breakfast and hung out (with the neighbors watching our every move) and then had lunch. And then! Lydia poo'd her pants TWICE. And it was messy poo. Yuck. That was lovely to clean up. We were close to the bathrooms, but she couldn't make it in time. Then at about 4 p.m. it started getting dark and stormed horribly. So we decided, that was it! After it stopped raining we packed it up (in record time, I might add!) and left. We have NEVER left a campground early, it was weird, but we just couldn't take it anymore! We couldn't imagine trying to be comfortable in the evening, eating dinner with our neighbors staring at us, and, since it was raining we wouldn't be able to have a campfire. And then! Arlene poo'd her pants as we were leaving! We finally figured out that the culprite was juice ... they rarely drink juice, and that's all they had drank all weekend. So, it just cleaned them out. Not fun.
We were soooo happy to be home on Saturday night. We're never going back to that campground! We kept thinking that it would be better, that maybe our neighbor campers would leave (they didn't) or maybe we'd discover something cool about the park (we didn't). We even walked around the park to see if there were other - better - sites that we could come back to, but everything was close together and on a slope.
So we'll just chalk this weekend up to an "experience!" We can say that we tried a new campground. We're going camping over the Fourth of July weekend at our favorite campground - Caesar Creek State Park - and we're very much looking forward to it! Caesar Creek is flat, and your neighbors are 200 feet away!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I love the expression on this little guy! From Serenity Glass
Since I can't seem to maintain my living plants in my garden, I may have to buy a bunch of handmade creations to fill the soil. From the shop of Feral Glass.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Lydia got her braces last Wednesday and she has been doing so exceptionally great with them. The braces are supposed to be worn overnight, but she has to "practice" with them before she can wear them that long. (I have written about her tip-toe walking and braces here, here, here, and here.) So, on Thursday she wore them for half hour, on Friday for an hour, and she's wearing them for another hour tonight (Saturday). We have to phase her into the braces to make sure she doesn't get any bruising or red spots or blisters or anything. After tonight, she can wear them for four hours in bed. We'll put them on her when she goes to bed, then take them off of her before we got to bed. If she still doesn't have any marks on her legs or feet, then she can wear them the entire night overnight.
Friday, June 13, 2008
1.) I had made and displayed all of the pendants on cords or wires. It was a little awkward to display them all together without getting tangled. I had an idea: I could separate the pendants by price and put them together in a bowl or a box, then offer the cords or wires separately. Do you think that would work? I have five different prices levels of my pendants, based on the metals I used.
2.) I was also thinking about making a few plush dolls and seeing how those would sell. It seemed like from the crowd we had yesterday that people might be interested in them. I had made dolls for some friends based off of the BlackApple pattern. Pics of those dolls here. I can't technically sell dolls just like those because they are copyright of the BlackApple. But I could alter the pattern and make up my own dollies. What do you think?
This is the canopy that I bought:
At the very end of the evening this was our entertainment: senior citizens dancing the hula. I hope that when I'm 85 I'm so confident in myself that I can wear the ugliest dress known to man and dance in front of complete strangers, not caring that my flabby arms and liver spots are out there for all to see. Don't get me wrong, it was sweet, and I admire their enthusiasm, but it was also a bit embarrassing to watch.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
So, on Thursday night I went to my salon and got a hair cut and some BLOND highlights. Bye bye white hair! Covered them right up. My hairstylist saw the white hairs and was all, "Oh, what's that?! Those weren't there your last hair cut!" I'm all like, I know, they're growing like weeds, get them outta there!
That picture cracks me up.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Gocco-printed card set with sweet little houses. I love prints and screen prints. These are from The Wildwood Flower's shop.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
What is it, you ask? It's a bracelet made out of a recycled Starbucks gift card!
What fun and it would be soooo easy to do! I wish I had a dead Starbucks gift card that I could make into a bracelet. Really any card would work though. I will have to look into my wallet. Target has some cool looking cards - those would be fun to use. Got any dead gift cards you want to give to me? Lemme know!