Friday, January 29, 2016

He got distracted

I took Daniel to his 4 year check up. He did not like covering his eye. He kept trying to remove his hand, but he liked the train. He was happy to step on the scale, and see how tall he was, and as always he loves getting his temperature read. Yes we are at the Doctor often.

Time for the hearing test. It started, the nurse told him to raise his hand when he heard a beep. He did, over and over again. Then he stopped. She kept going, and repeated the same one, and almost apologetic told me "he must have gotten distracted, we will do it again," but I knew he wasn't distracted. I asked him to raise his hand if he heard a noise, and he said, " I don't hear anything" now he was annoyed and stopped raising his hand all together. 

He failed his test. He has pus on his ear tube. He gets to take more medication- which he loves, We get to go back to Dr Zerlin, and retake the test. We are going back for another speech evaluation, which we planned on already. And I am aiming to see a Specialist regarding his original Arnold Chiari diagnosis. 

I am so glad we started ASL when he was 1. I am so glad we have been doing Yoga since he was 6 months, I am so glad that he loves to do Legos with me. 

I am so glad that he is my little boy, and that even though there are frustrations in our lives we get to go forward, find things we love and do things together, because sometimes being 4 is hard.

But in the words of my little 4 year old 
"I can do hard things"
3 year old built Toy Story Train Set with adult supervision

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Extended Side Angle Pose
Standing Asana
Mr. Iyengar

Key Benefits

  • Increases Stamina in Yoga
  • Tones up the ankles, knees and thighs
  • Corrects defects in the calves and thighs
  • Develops the chest
  • Reduces fat around the waist and hips
  • Relieves sciatica and arthritic pains
  • Increases peristaltic activity and aids elimination

How to get into Utthita Parsvakonasana
  1. Stand in Tadasana, jump feet 4 1/2 feet apart, turn right foot 90 degrees to right and turn the left foot slightly in.
  2. Bend the right leg until the thigh and the calf form a right angle; and extend the arms out.
  3. Exhale and lengthen the trunk sideways to the right, place the right fingertips on the floor by the side of the right foot. As you lengthen the trunk the right armpit chest and outer side of the right knee touch. Open the chest and turn the trunk towards the ceiling.
  4. Lengthen the left arm and rotate the arm, as you rotate the arm extend it out over the left ear and turn the head to look past the left thumb. 
  5. Remain in this pose for 30 seconds to a minute, breathe evenly.
  6. Inhale  and return step 1, resisting with the right arm. Repeat the same posture on the left side. Exhale and jump back to Tadasana.

  • Use a brick or chair for tight hamstrings or back
  • Stand against a Yoga Horse for ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder, or pregnancy as instructed by an Iyengar Teacher
  • Stand against the wall for balance, or alignment problems

Thursday, January 14, 2016


It is Winter again. Winter in Bakersfield does not bring snow, it does not even bring too much cold. This year we thankfully get rain. But what Winter means to my family is Sickness.

Ever since I was pregnant Winter was a season to be sick all season long, but not for me, for the kids. First it was Daniel with his ear infections, colds, flu, croup. Now Emma; sinus infections, colds, croup.

Just when I  thought we were clear and we could go back out, I took Daniel back in because he woke up one night crying from ear pain, and he has been coughing non stop since he had croup- walking pneumonia- and an ear infection.

And to be on the safe side- and to ease the mind of a Dr office we are visiting I had Emma check for it too, no pneumonia but an ear infection as well.

I don't think I can count the number of prescriptions I have filled of antibiotics I have filled for my children in this last year alone.

One day they will grow out of it and no more sickness!

Off to the ENT!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy Dance- He wants to sign!

I can't explain the pure joy I had when my son came to me started to talk, stopped talking, and started signing. Then he stopped. And signed
I SIGNED. with pride in his eyes.

We can do this. I can teach my children a new language. We can become a bi-lingual family.
I can get my RID licence.

Daniel asks me how to sign words he doesn't know. He wants to meet new friends who sign, he loves to sign to his sister. When he knows he needs to not talk he will start signing- which at times is still not appropriate, such as during a prayer. But we are working on it.