Monday, November 24, 2008

We've Been Robbed!!!

Over the weekend, I received a message on Facebook from someone I've never met. She informed me that there is a girl on an online mom's group that has been posing as being pregnant with sextuplets and she's using our ultrasound pictures!!! Take a look...

My Original Photo
The first picture is the one she posted on the mom's group site, but we also found her personal blog where she had an ultrasound pic of each of the individual babies. Ryan contacted Blogger right away and by the end of the day, her blog had been removed.

I've heard about this happening before, but hadn't really thought it would happen to us. What type of a person would go to such lengths to get attention or recognition or whatever it is she needs? As appalled and upset that I am, I'm also very sad for her. I hope that someday she finds the love and acceptance she's so desperately seeking.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Sylas Report

After firm urging from my mother, I'm finally sitting down to write. So much has happened and it seems as though Sylas is doing new things every day. I'll do my best to get you caught up.

We are about 6 weeks into private physical therapy and it's awesome. We love Heidi, the therapist. She's very sweet, but also aggressive in her work with Sylas and the goals she has for him. My mommy heart breaks as Heidi stretches and pushes our little man to his limits, but the progress he's made has been wonderful, so I know it's worth it. He can now sit unsupported while playing with toys for about 15 seconds. He can also sit on a low bench or stair with his feet planted for about 2 minutes. He's also doing more standing with flat feet (as you can see on the picture above) instead of standing on his toes. We are believing that he is going to continue to make great strides in his gross motor skills during the months to come.

I took Sylas to the doctor last week, because he kept pulling on his ears and he was/is so fussy. Thankfully his ears are fine and all that ear pulling is a result of the 5 teeth that are trying to come in. Two of them poked through this week (which makes12 total), so we're still waiting on the other 3. I'll try to get a closeup of his mouthful sometime soon. I'm loving the toothy grin.

Verbally, Sylas has taken off in the past month. He now says dada, mama (or more often mom), baba, gaga (froggy pacifier), more and hi, usually in context. I know only time will tell, but it seems that the cerebral palsy is just affecting him physically and not mentally. He's so smart!

Due to my new job, Sylas and Daddy have been spending lots of quality time together.

All in all we're doing well. We've hunkered down for the winter to avoid germs, so we spend lots of time at home playing with toys and reading books. I'm already longing for Spring, but still trying to savor these baby moments with Sylas. He's growing up so fast and he won't be the baby for much longer.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

By Request

In response to this post.

Baked Stuffed Pumpkin (serves 4)

4 ounces sweet Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (1 1/2-pound ) pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup couscous, cooked
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 small (1-pound) pumpkins, hollowed out

Make the stuffing: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Decase and crumble the sausage meat and place it in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook the sausage until it is almost done -- about 8 minutes. Remove the sausage from the pan, increase heat to medium, and add the onion and 2 cups of the chopped pumpkin. Sauté until the pumpkin begins to soften -- 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chopped apple and sausage and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the wine, cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat, and set aside. Combine the couscous, dried cranberries, olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add meat mixture to the bowl and toss to combine.

Bake the pumpkins: Evenly fill the hollowed-out pumpkins with the stuffing mixture and place the pumpkins in a shallow baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, bake for 25 minutes, remove the foil, and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Pie (my Granny's recipe)

6 cups tart apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup cold butter, sliced

Mix together all the "filling" ingredients and place in pie crust (I usually just use the jiffy pie crust in which all you have to do is add water, but if anyone has an amazing pie crust recipe, I'd love to hear it). Mix together all the "topping" ingredients and place on top of filling. Bake covered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for 25-30 minutes. When finished baking, drizzle 1/2 cup of caramel over entire pie.

Happy Baking!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Tradition

A couple years back we had some good friends of ours over for Halloween. Earlier that week I had found a baked pumpkin recipe I wanted to try and since Tim and Leah are some of our more adventurous friends when it comes to food, they were the perfect people to test it on. The pumpkins we're a success and we've now made it a Halloween tradition. There's no better way to start the Holiday season than by spending time with people you love and enjoying the savory flavors of autumn's bountiful harvest.