This in response to Connie's challenge. I was supposed to find something weird/strange in our home. Well, I looked and looked and finally came up with this:
What is this? This is my husbands "temporary fix" to hiding the electrical cords for the under cabinet lighting. Here I have this beautiful kitchen and this is the best he could do?? Do you see the pitiful attempts of him trying to make the cord stick with tape and a push pin?? Now, I have a very handy husband and he assures me he will make it look better, but this is just sad... As an engineer I think he could have come up with something better than this!
Last night I was really, really worried about Tahlia. Something was just not right. She fell asleep on me at 7 P.M.. I put her in her bed and really expected her to wake up at some point, especially since she had a three hour nap in the afternoon, but she didn't wake up until after 7 A.M. this morning! She seems to be doing better today, so I am less concerned now.
Jazzie is still running a fever, but not as high as yesterday. When I called her school I was told that there are several other kids sick with the same nasty bug. Hopefully today will be better than yesterday....
After feeling better for exactly one day, Tahlia is sick again. We went to the Children's Museum yesterday where she started acting a little funny again: wanting to be carried all the time, telling me she was tired, rubbing her eyes constantly...This morning she woke up feeling warm and her temperature was up to 101.9. Shoot, I thought we were over this!!!! However, this time I am convinced that her virus turned into a sinus infection. She has all the symptoms. Of course, the surgery that was canceled was supposed to have prevented this from happening again! My poor baby, she is looking so sad again. I was sitting on the couch with and all of a sudden she was asleep. So, I took her upstairs where she is still fast asleep now and Matt, Jazzie, Cera and John (Cera's fiancee) went out to lunch.
Lastly, here are some pictures where Tahlia is not looking so sad and pitiful. I have been wanting to post these for a while, but just haven't gotten around to doing it. The first one is a picture of the girls with Cera and John. I'm not sure if I have posted it before, but it is one of my favorites:
And also signed up for gymnastics??? Her first class will be this Wednesday. I t hink she will really enjoy gymnastics. She is always climbing and jumping and she has no fear. Besides that, she is built like a gymnast - broad shoulders and all!
Tahlia is feeling so much better today. After a couple of rough days and nights, her fever finally broke. When it did, it seemed like the flood gates in her nose opened up, because her nose has been running non stop today...Her surgery has been re-scheduled for March 1st.
She is not completely back to her old self, but definitely on her way there. She has been eating and drinking again, which makes me so happy. The fact that she didn't want to drink anything when she was running that fever, really worried me. She didn't even want to drink the juice from those individual cups of diced peaches and those are her favorite!!! However, this morning she ate three of them, so she is making up for it!
OK, one more picture of Talley in her new leotard. She just looks so sassy; I love it!
Tahlia was supposed to have her adenoids taken out today, but the surgery was canceled because she is sick. Yesterday she started coughing and running a high fever (104). We were not able to keep her temperature down last night, even with alternating dosages of Motrin and Tylenol. So, I took Talley back to the doctor's office (again). Her lungs sounded great, her ears were clear, strep test was negative, so it is probably some virus that she most likely picked up at the doctor's office when we were there just a few days ago...
The doctor debated whether or not Tahlia has the flu, but since she wasn't vomiting or exhibiting some other flu-like symptoms, she figured it was more likely to be a virus. Well, right before her nap, Tahlia did vomit, so I am not sure what it is now. Regardless, the treatment will be the same: lots of fluids and rest.
Poor Talley, she never looks this lifeless and sad....
Thank you Carolyn, for bringing this video to my attention.
The video link below shows members of the Chinese Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe doing a beautiful dance, called the Thousan-Hand Guanyin. All of the 21 dancers are deaf, relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage. It's lead dancers is Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival last year.
Obviously I cannot watch this video without thinking about my Jazzie....
The other day I was talking with some of the moms after school and we started to discuss who had made a difference in our lives when we first learned that our children were deaf. Now, there have been many wonderful people that I have met since discovering that Jazzie is deaf, but one peron that stands out in my mind is a wonderful woman named Sandy O.
Sandy used to work for the Regional Infant Hearing Program, which was part of the Early Intervention services we were receiving for Jazzie at the time. She came to our house once a week to work with Jazzie. However, to me, Sandy was much more than that. Before we met Sandy, we had talked to many professionals about Jazzie's hearing loss and the choices and opportunities that were available to her and to us. However, none of these people had a child who was deaf, so I always felt that even though they were very nice and sypathetic to our situation, I didn't think they really knew what I was feeling at the time; especially when everything was so new and I hadn't had a lot of time to educate myself on deafness and deaf culture. But then along came Sandy. Not only was she a very warm and wonderful person, she also had a teenage son who was deaf, so she had been there. She knew exactly how I was feeling. I cannot begin to tell you how important it was for me to have someone who understood and validated my emotions; my fears, my frustrations and my pain for my child who I just found out was deaf. Sandy was a world of knowledge and information. She not only had a child who was born deaf, but she had worked with deaf children for years and years. Through talking with her, I learned about deafness, about deaf culture, and about new technologies (cochlear implants) and the opportunities those offered to children like Jazzie.
Before Jazzie received her cochlear implant, I learned a lot from Sandy on how to communicate with Jazzie through not only sign language, but body language, gestures and facial expressions. She showed me games to play with Jazzie. She showed me how to let Jazzie feel things that she wasn't able to hear. Then, after Jazzie received her implant, she showed me how to make sure that Jazzie used her implant to the fullest. Not only did she teach me how to teach Jazzie, she was also a constant comfort every time she came.
Unfortunately, Sandy's husband got a job in Arizona and she moved away, but luckily for us, not until after we had worked with her for about a year and a half. During that time, she taught me everything I needed to know, but most importantly, she gave me the peace of mind to know that no matter what happened, Jazzie was going to be just fine. She was right. Jazzie is more than fine. Sandy never got to hear Jazzie speak as well as she is now. There are a lot of people responsible for Jazzie's progress and success, but it was Sandy who started it all and it was Sandy who was responsible for me having the courage and drive to be an advocate for Jazzie.
Thank you, Sandy. You have meant more to me than you will ever know.
I thought we were never going to see any snow! Jazzie's class did a snow dance at school on Friday, so I think it helped!!! Jazzie was so excited when she woke up and saw the snow outside. Even Tahlia had fun in the snow today. Last year, she just stood there, afraid to move, but today she enjoyed herself.
As promised, here is the slideshow of pictures of Tahlia and myself. It's really sad that these are truly the only pictures I have of the two of us together. She has been home for a year and a half and this is all I got! I am going to change that; really, I am....
Today, Jazzie got her ear tubes put back in (for the fourth time!). The procedure wasn't until 2:30 and since she couldn't eat anything for 8 hours prior to that, I decided to wake her up at 6:15 so that she could eat and drink something. However, she didn't want to eat anything I offered, so she finally told me she wanted cookies and milk. So, cookies and milk it was. Hey, I wanted her to eat something and this was something.
We checked into the hospital at 1 P.M. The surgery department was running one hour behind, so they didn't take Jazzie back until 3:30. As usual, Jazzie was a little trooper. Besides complaining that she wanted something to eat and drink, she did so well. About a half hour before the procedure, she got some Tylenol and a teeny tiny bit of water to wash it down. She sucked and sucked on that cup until she got every last little drop of water. Too funny...
We requested to be brought back before Jazzie was awake and the hospital obliged. I must say how wonderful Children's Hospital is. We are very, very lucky to have such a wonderful facility here in our home town. After about 15 minutes Jazzie woke up. She was a bit groggy, but happily ate a popsickle and got dressed. Fifteen minutes after that, we were discharged and headed home. She fell back asleep in the car, but once we got home she was back to her old self very quickly. I fixed her some plain noodles (her favorite) which she couldn't eat fast enough. She sat on my lap and popped one noodle, after another, after another. The poor thing was starving! Watching her sit there, so happy to eat her noodles, still a bit weak from the anesthesia with her head on my shoulder, I just wanted to love her and smother her with kisses. I asked her: "Do you know what I need??" (meaning a kiss), and she answered: "Some coffee??" She cracks me up!
After putting ear drops in her ears (which she fought hard) and cuddling with her in her bed, she fell asleep. My wonderful girl...another surgery over and done with. Hopefully these tubes stay in longer than the time before and do what they are supposed to do.
One surgery down, one more to go (Tahlia's is Wednesday).
Until recently, Tahlia was not interested in a blanket for comfort. When we first got her, she sucked her thumb, but didn't want to have anything to do with the blankets we brought for her. The children from Tahlia's orphanage are given a towel for comfort, but she didn't even want that while we were in China. This was very different from what I was used to with Jazzie. We gave her a blankie in China and to this day, she cannot go anywhere without it. It is very important to Jazzie and very well loved...I lost her blanket when Jazzie was about two years old. She was devastated and I felt so guilty. She didn't accept any other blanket, so I ended up in every store at the mall that day, trying to find a blanket that looked and felt just liked the old one. I finally found one that was almost identical, but it was a Tommy Hilfiger blanket and cost $25. I didn't care! I was desperate and didn't want that to ever happen again, so I bought three. The moral of the story is: give your child a cheap blanket that can easily be replaced!
I really wanted Tahlia to have an item that could bring her comfort, especially in the nigh. I just continued to offer her a blanket when she was upset or not feeling well. However, at this point I learned my lesson and I got her a inexpensive blanket made by Gerber (I think I paid $10 for an 8-pack). Finally, over a year later, she is a blankie girl! She likes to put a blanket over her face when she goes to sleep and is now even at a point where she needs not one, not two, not three, not four, but five blankets when she goes to sleep!!! Maybe I pushed her a little too hard to accept that blanket???
At bed time, one bigger blanket goes on top of her body, another one on top of that, one on each side of her face and one on her head:
First of all, it is snowing today! Not much, but I see some white patches in our yard. It has been so ridiculously warm here, that I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to see snow again...
It has been a little hectic at our house lately. It seems like all I have been doing is running around taking care of medical appointments for the girls (eye doctor, hearing tests, audiology). This week is no different. Jazzie is getting her ear tubes on Thursday, so we need a pre-op visit, which we will do today. Tahlia's surgery is next Wednesday, so her pre-op visit is on Friday. The fact that last week was filled with medical appointments for the girls, made me realize that I have put my own health on the side lines. For instance, it has been 4 years since my last gynecological exam. I really need to take care of that.
So, what have the girls been up to? For the most part they play really nicely together, but there are times when they get into stuff they shouldn't be getting into. Yesterday for instance, I heard a lot of giggling coming from the bathroom. I found this:
Of course when asked who did it, Jazzie answered "Tahlia" and Tahlia answered "Jazzie"....Aaaah, sweet sisters:
On Tuesday mornings, Tahlia spends a couple of hours at her friend Kourtney's house, so that I have some time to myself to do things. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you have a couple of hours where you can focus on a task without interruptions. This morning I cleaned out Tahlia's dresser and closet. They were both overflowing with clothes and something had to happen. After all was said and done, I had one bag filled to go to Good Will and two big plastic boxes full with clothes that are too small, but that I don't know what to do with. For now, they are in the basement. It was still a little sad to put certain clothes away. The girls just looked so cute in them...I am not sure if I am keeping the clothes because there will be a third child. I am still undecided on that. At this moment I am probably leaning more towards no than yes, but then again, you just never know... I know plenty of people who are willing to take the clothes of my hands, but I was thinking I could put some of this stuff on Ebay or take it to a consignment store and make some money (don't worry, Cera....I won't get rid of anything until you see it first).
Lastly, here is a little clip of Jazzie trying to figure out what would happen if you bounce on a balloon. At the end you can hear Jazzie call me "Mama Sandra"....this is a new thing :-)
One of Jazzie's favorites books is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We have read it so often, that she has the entire book memorized, and can "read" it to us. So imagine my excitement when I saw the video version at the store the other day. I simply had to get it, because I knew Jazzie would love it and she does! The story is a song on this video and ever since I bought it, the song has been stuck in my head, because Jazzie wants to watch it ALL the time. I must be completely out of the loop, because I didn't realize Scholastic now also makes video's. Along with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, there are 10 other wonderful books on the double video, including Chicka Chicka 1 2 3, which Jazzie also loves. Personally, I think Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is better, but I am happy listening to something different besides the Wiggles!
Tomorrow I have a day off from being a mom. A few times a year, I go and spend the day with my very good friend Bonnie, who is like a second mom to me. We talk, eat, talk, eat some more and watch the movie Grease. Grease is my favorite movie; it's Bonnie's too! I think I have seen it over 100 times. So, of course I was very excited to get the newly released version with deleted and alternate scenes. It has been hard for me not to watch it already, but I am waiting so Bonnie and I can watch it together.
As I am blogging this, Jazzie is sitting next to me. She is painting and talking non-stop! I never thought I would ever have wished for her to be quiet; to not talk so much! But she does. It is amazing to hear the progress in her speech; it is so clear. I remember last year after the holidays, she made a lot of progress and she did again this year. She has now almost mastered the G, C and K. She was so excited when she was finally able to say cookie instead of "tootie" and coconut instead of "Poconut" (I think reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom helped her produce that sound!). I think that she is pretty much caught up on her letter sounds that are age appropriate for her at this point.
Some funny statements from her recently:
"I am so done being deaf".
"Mmm, you smell yummy mom, like chocolate and water". (I didn't know water had a scent!)
Here is my super model, Tahlia. She is such a handful! Throwing things, dumping baskets of toys or crayons, destroying a just finished puzzle by Jazzie, throwing towels in the bath tub (filled with water) are the kinds of things that are part of her daily routine. However, the thing that she does that I really dislike and am trying to put a stop to, is the fact that she will rip Jazzie's glasses off her face and Jazzie's implant of her head. The two of them might be sitting together, doing a puzzle or something and all of a sudden, Tahlia will grab Jazzie's glasses and throw them across the room. The other day she grabbed Jazzie's implant (along with a nice clump of hair) and started running away with it. Tahlia thought it was the funniest thing and told me that she was going to throw it in the potty. So, I run after her while she is running towards the bathroom; I was able to grab one of her arms and before I was able to get the implant out of her hands, she had thrown it towards the toilet. Luckily the lid was closed...I am at a loss as how to handle her. The problem is that she thinks all this is funny and just laughs when I put her in time-out. Any suggestions on how to deal with a very boisterous and stong willed toddler would be greatly appreciated :-)
Yesterday was our appointment to have Jazzie's eyes checked by a different ophthalmologist. Even though I wasn't really questioning the diagnosis our first doctor gave Jazzie, we were questioning the treatment. Also, even though the first doctor is nice enough, I just have always had a feeling with him that he wasn't doing what was 100% right for Jazzie. Now, I am no ophthalmologist, but I have learned to trust my instincts when it comes to my girls, so we got a second opinion.
First of all, I absolutely LOVED this new doctor. He was so nice, so very gentle and patient with Jazzie. He spent about an hour and a half checking and testing her eyes. After it was all said and done, he didn't disagree with our first diagnosis, but did disagree with the treatment of it. I don't really want to go into too many medical explanations, but Jazzie no longer needs to wear her patch! We went from having to patch her eye for six hours a day for the next several years (!) to not patching at all. She did get a new prescription for her glasses and with this new prescription we are going to see how she does without the patch. After three months we will go back and see if patching might still be needed. But even if it is needed, it will only be for 2 hours a day. After the doctor told Jazzie that she did not need to wear her patch anymore, she got a huge smile on her face, lifted up her hand and told him: "High Five!!"
I trusted this doctor immediately. I got a very different feel from him than I did from our first doctor. I guess as a mom, you just know when something is or isn't right for your children. After the medical and sleeping issues we have had, I have learned to just follow my instincts.
This doctor also commented on how impressed he was by Jazzie's speech. He thought that she spoke a lot clearer than a lot of people with cochlear implants do. She answered all his questions perfectly and articulately...I was very proud :-)
So, big changes for Jazzie and some changes for our kitchen: After putting in about 20 hours, Matt and his brother finished putting up the back splash in the kitchen. It was a lot more work than they originally thought due to all the cutting of the tiles, but it looks fabulous!!!
Good job, babe! Thanks for giving my my dream kitchen...
I have had this post floating around in my head for the last couple of weeks. It is about the timing of our two adoptions. Both of them were timed perfectly. We were meant to have Jazzie first and Tahlia second. Things would have been so different if it had been the other way around.
Let's start with Jazzie. When we first found out about her hearing loss, we spent many, many days at the hospital doing tests. After her surgery, we spent many days going to speech therapy, auditory therapy, and audiology appointments. In addition, Early Intervention came to our house at least twice a week for OT, PT and speech. We also had a deaf mentor come every other week. It was a full schedule. I was thinking the other day how hard that would have been, if we Tahlia had been around at that point. I honestly think that the fact that Jazzie is doing so well, is because I completely focused ALL of my attention on her after she came home. When we weren't out and about for our appointments or when Early Intervention wasn't at the house, I was in the playroom with Jazzie working on vocabulary. We still have many decks of flash cards, which Jazzie has loved ever since she was a baby and I must say that as a small child, Jazzie had a HUGE receptive vocabulary. I would walk around the house letting her hear all the sounds: phone, microwave, toilet flushing, radio, doorbell, washer, dryer, hairdryer, etc. We would go on walks and I would point out the sounds of cars, buses, airplanes, birds, etc. I would do the same exercises and play the same games at home that the speech therapists and auditory therapists were using at Children's Hospital.
One of Jazzie's favorite exercises was listening to me say "OO, AH, E, M, S, and SH. She would point to her ear and put a ring on a ring stacker when she heard me say the sound.
This was my full-time job. There is no way I could have spent that much undivided time to it, if there had been another child to take care of.
I also want to touch on the fact how Jazzie was meant to be with us and not with any of the other families in our travel group. We have talked about this with the other families, so I know that what I am about to say is true. We were the only family from Cincinnati. Children's Hospital here has one of the best cochlear implant programs in the country. The school that Jazzie attends is only one of a handful in the entire nation. I was the only stay at home mom in the group. If Jazzie had been adopted by any of the other families, she would not have been able to have the same opportunities as she has now. One family told me that they would not have had the time or ability to take her to all of her medical appointments. Another one told me they would not have been able to deal with everything financially. All of the moms would have gone back to work and would not have been able to spend so much time and effort into giving Jazzie the start that she needed. We didn't know she was deaf and we were completely unprepared for having a deaf child, but somehow, someone made sure that we were the ones that would adopt her and become her family. Very mysterious, very humbling and very reassuring that a greater power is involved in our lives. We do not believe in coincidences...
Anyway, I digress from my point on timing.
Take Tahlia. My wonderful, funny and happy Tahlia. My challenging Tahlia. She is so completely different from Jazzie. I have my hands full with her. She gives me a run for my money. Always into something; always looking to see what she can destruct, always doing the opposite of what I want her to do. This child brings me to the point of tears at times. She is just that challenging (I won't say difficult). She is very independent, very strong willed and very determined to have things done her way. I am not sure if I ever would have considered having another child if Tahlia had been my first. Especially after my experience with post adoption depression, integrating Tahlia into my life was difficult. Don't get me wrong, I would never, ever want to change things now. Tahlia is also very loving, very affectionate and very, very funny. She makes all of us laugh on a daily basis and has the sunniest disposition and I love her...
The point I am trying to make is that this journey has helped me validate so many things: Destiny, a Higher Power greater than me and Timing....I had absolutely zero control over who my daughters were and when they were going to come to me. But in the end, I could not have timed it any better myself.
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose..."
I spent most of the weekend alone with the girls. Matt and his brother were putting up the tiles for our back splash in the kitchen and to get out of their way, the girls and I went out to dinner, out to lunch, out for coffee and we made a trip to the museum. Here is how the tile is looking so far, by the way:
I made it a point this weekend to truly enjoy my girls. I let them decide where we went for lunch and dinner. I let them decide the games they wanted to play and when we went to the museum, I let them decide what they wanted to do and where they wanted to go. I made it a point to listen. I made it a point to tell them how much I enjoyed being with them and I made it a point to tell them how much I love them. It was a wonderful weekend. Don't get me wrong, I was exhausted at the end; it reminded me how lucky I am to have a husband who is a very involved dad. I take my hat off to you single moms. Doing everything by yourself is hard.
Today the girls told me they were going to play "library". They put a bunch of their books in their little grocery cart and wheeled it to the steps. They sat down next to each other and proceeded to read all their books. It was so, so sweet....
I was so inspired by Tracy's video's that she made for her boys. I am very impressed that she has that many pictures of herself and her children. I usually hate the way I look in pictures, so I delete them. The other problem is that I am usually found like this, instead of in front of the camera:
Since Jazzie has been home, I have taken hundreds, probably thousands of pictures of her. The sad thing is that there are only a few of me with my girl. Thanks to Tracy I am going to change that. Not only will I allow other people to use my camera to take pictures of me and the girls (this will be hard for me; I am kind of possesive over it!), but I will also make it a point to keep them!
I created a slide show of pictures of Jazzie and myself. I will make one for Tahlia another time. But for now, here we are - Jazzie and mommy:
Well, I've been tagged by Sharie who was in our travel group when we traveled to China for Tahlia. I don't think I have ever done one of these before, so here goes:
A - Available or Taken: Taken B - Best Friend: no "best" but many GREAT friends C - Cake or Pie: Cake D - Drink of Choice: Coffee and Diet Pepsi E - Essential Item You Use Everyday: Hair dryer
F - Favorite Color: Red
G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Gummy Worms H - Hometown: Cincinnati, OH I - Indulgence: Time alone J - January or February: January - great to go back to normal after the holidays K - Kids and Names: Jasmine (4), Tahlia (2) and two step children: Cera (22), Alex (20) L - Life Incomplete Without: My Family and Friends M - Marriage Date: April 17, 1998 N - Number of Siblings: 1 sister O - Oranges or Apples: Apples P - Phobias or Fears: Fear of losing someone I love Q - Favorite Quote: "He who says it can't be done, should not interrupt the person doing it." R - Reason to Smile: My girls S - Season: Fall!!!! T - Tag 3 People:Tammie, Michelle and Carolyn
U - Unknown Fact About Me: I can speak 5 languages
V - Veggie You Don't Like: Brussel Sprouts W - Worst Habit: Feeling guilty X - X-rays: never
...Jazzie came downstairs and told me: "Do not come into my room, mom. Tahlia and I are not doing anything..."
Hmmm....well, of course that means that they are definitely doing something. So, I grab my camera and go up to see what they are up to. I find the dog laying in front of Jazzie's room. She has been locked out:
I open the door and find nothing but a bunch of hair accesories on the floor and Jazzie adorning Tahlia with clips :-)
I just wrote our 5th doctor's appointment for the month of January on the calendar. You all know about Jazzie's medical history with her ears and now her eyes. After wearing her eye patch for two months, 6 hours a day, we went back to the ophthalmologist and were told that even though Jazzie has made progress, she will need to continue to wear her patch for 6 hours a day for several more years!! Now, I am not an expert, but six hours a day for several more years seems a bit excessive. So, we are going to get a second opinion. We have an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist who comes highly recommended. Our own pediatrician even recommended him, but when I called to set up the appointment, I found out that he didn't take our insurance, so we went to someone else. However, we will gladly pay out of network in order for Jazzie to be seen by him. I am so anxious to see what he has to say. If Jazzie has to wear her patch for six hours a day for the next several years, so be it. But getting a second opinion will not hurt anything. I will keep you all posted....
Next on to Jazzie's ears. A few months ago, Jazzie got her third set of ear tubes. These tubes are supposed to be a special type, a type that stays in longer. Well, Jazzie's tubes are starting to come out. I can see the tube in her right ear (which is also her implanted ear) just sitting there. Jazzie keeps picking her ear and she tells me she can feel something in there. It is really bothering her, so we have an appointment with her ENT for next week. I wanted to get in sooner, but her doctor had the nerve to go out of town over the holidays ;-) Over the weekend, we went to an indoor playground where Jazzie played on the swing for a LONG time. She can now pump her legs to make herself go higher and higher; she was having a great time. But as soon as she got of that swing, she started crying because her ear was hurting. It was the weirdest thing. Jazzie plays on the swing all the time and we have never had a problem with her ear hurting afterwards. The pain lasted for about 30 minutes. After giving her some Motrin she was okay. It was strange and definitely something I will be bringing up with her ENT.
Next, Jazzie's teeth. When the dentist took x-rays of Jazzie's teeth, it was discovered that Jazzie has an extra set of adult teeth behind her baby teeth. In other words, when her baby teeth fall out, she will get her adult teeth, but another set will be behind them. I had never heard about this before, but apparently it is common for people of Asian descent. So at one point, the extra set of teeth will need to be pulled. Jazzie also has a very slight overbite. Even though the dentist is not worried about it right now, there is a chance that at one point, we might have to look into some orthodontics for Jazzie.
Jazzie has had her share of medical issues and I am ready for her to get a break already!
Last but not least, after suffering from chronic sinus infections, Tahlia's adenoids will be taken out at the end of the month.
First of all, thanks for all the nice comments on the last slide show.
I made another slide show with my favorite pictures from last year. I would like to learn more about my camera this year. I really enjoy photography and I love my camera, but I feel like I am so very far from knowing all it's possibilities. A few weeks ago, my niece asked me to take the pictures at her wedding in March. After I agreed to do it, I freaked out because this is her wedding!!! What if I mess up??? So, my New Year's Resolution is to learn more about my camera...