Movin’ On (Round 2)

The time has come.

The time is now.

For me to be packin’ up and movin’ on.


You may remember that for my 30th birthday, which wasn’t at all scary by the way, Rob and our friend Stuart gave me my domain as a gift. (Thanks again guys!) And that my friends, my readers, followers, and family is where you will find all things good, bad and indifferent in the Land of Lizze. From this point hence, please follow the bouncing ball over to! 🙂


(Oh and please excuse the mess over there as I am still working to get things “just right”. Don’t you just love OCD? lol)

Six Word Saturday Code

I Don’t Wednesday Code

I Don’t Wednesday #5: Foods I Don’t Eat

I don’t

I don’t

I don’t

I don’t

I don’t

I don’t

Tuesdat Toot Code

Small Talk Six Code

Today’s Small Talk Six is:

6 Things You’ll Miss (or Won’t Miss) About Summer!

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Thursday 13 ~ 13 Things I Do Every Week


1.) Change 70 + diapers

2.) Meet Gavin’s teachers (at least once)

3.) Meet with Gavin’s School Director (at least once)

4.) Grocery shop

5.) Shop at the Farmers’ Market

6.) Household chores (laundry, dishes, pickup toys etc)

7.) Brainstorm article ideas & work on articles

8.) Bathe the babies & Make sure Gavin gets his shower

9.) Cruise the OME boards and post welcome notes, birthday wishes and general notes

10.) See Mollie, my therapist, to work my way through 29 years of trauma/crap/more trauma

11.) Hang out with Trisha, the Sista & and make any needed adjustments to her blog (soon I might get to set up and work on the Mama’s blog too Yippee!)



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Thursday 13 ~ 13 Hopes for My Boys


13 Hopes for My Boys

1.) Happiness

2.) Inner peace

3.) Hobbies

4.) Stability

5.) Good friends

6.) Intelligence

7.) Good health







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New home and new furniture

Rob and I have to find a new home, which has been far more difficult than one would think. What has been much easier than finding a new home is daydreaming about a new one. Or more specifically daydreaming about what it would be like to buy some actually new furniture for the house.

So I’ve been cruising through and trying to see what I could find that I liked. I keep finding myself looking at the…oddest things. Things I don’t need. But I’m drawn to them nonetheless. 🙂 (lol)

Like a bunch of glass dessert bowls. I don’t need any dessert bowls. Lord knows my Boys are Hell on glassware of any kind. (Not to mention the dog who has taken to breaking dishes to get at food. Because you know we starve her to death. *insert eye roll here*) But still I’ve been checking them out for some odd reason.

Or the comforter set burgundy, which okay I could actually use a new comforter set. Especially one that’s not a cheapie set from Wal*Mart or something. And yeah, burgundy would off-set the pink shade I want to paint the walls (if we end up stuck here) really well. But even though we need it, it’s not something we have to have, ya know?

And finally, there are these antique white nightstands, which honestly I don’t even know why I’m drawn them. We don’t need them. As of right now, I don’t have anywhere to place them. And the way I want to decorate our bedroom, they really wouldn’t fit in at all. But they are gorgeous in their own right.

Free Play Banner at Right

So you may have noticed that the banner at right has changed. It no longer has to do with the “Snack that Makes You Smarter”. Now it’s a banner for It’s a gaming site where you get to play for free!

It’s all pretty simple and straight forward.

  • You click the Banner on the Right.
  • That takes you to a Slot Machine type game, which you play.
  • You win points towards “Gift Shop Coupons”.
  • They also ask for a:
  • Username
  • Email address
  • First name
  • Then you click “PLAY FREE” and begin playing.
  • As long as you are a female, age 35 or over and live in the United States of America, I earn 70¢. I know it doesn’t sound like much and realistically it isn’t; however, if enough people click-through and qualify then it will add up. And that “adding up” could make all the difference at some point to my family. (Especially between my mounting medical bills and the gas prices now that we need to get Gavin up to Akron Children’s Hospital at least once a month for his infusions.)

    So yeah, if you could click-through, that would be amazing and we would appreciate it so much! (Or if you want to click one of the Banners below. Either one. 🙂 Thank you so much for your support!)

    Family favourites on satellite TV

    Thanks for the guest post by Neville Mcintyre

    Total entertainment via is the most amazing thing ever created and I can watch all my favourite programs and sitcoms through it. The amazing choices and quality allow perfect viewing opportunities at any time of the day or night. I work strange hours and the system allows me to catch up with programs I may of missed. I simply love watching the television and my all time favourite show Frasier is shown quite frequently. Frasier is about two pompous brothers Niles and Frasier whom are psychiatrist’s and Frasier has a radio show where he dispenses emotional treatment to his audience via the air waves.

    Niles, who is he younger brother and has an excellent character is married to a psychotic woman whom his brother has slept with once. This caused a few rifts within the family but all in good fun. The woman is strangely demented with a passion for the macabre. I can relate to this because of my mother-in-law whom is also a bit strange and possibly uses a broom stick to get around. The whole show is based on the lives of these two brothers and they actually are possibly in more need of psychiatric treatment than their patients. It’s an hillarious show from the beginning to the end and has me in fits of laughter.

    Kids’ chore charts

    Content by Sol Rosales

    My parents never really made me do chores around the house when I was growing up but once I got to college and had to clean my own toilet in my apartment and do household chores like that I wished that they had. One of my roommates laughed so hard when I asked them how you’re supposed to clean a bathroom. I don’t want that for my kids so I decided that I would make a chore chart for them to teach them some responsiblitiy.

    I went online to try and find some ideas on how to put a chore chart together, which I’ve never done before. As I was online searching for all of that, I ran across the website and decided to order one of the internet packages that I found on there for my home internet access.

    I found all kinds of cute ideas for kids chore charts, but I just decided to stick to something really simple because I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time just making the thing.


    School Days

    The article written by Landon Gilbert

    The kids are excited to get new clothing, but never excited to get back to school. We leave early in the morning, it usually takes most of the day. I get them fed and we set theAdt Alarm, then shopping here we come. My kids are older, in high school, and they have to have everything their way. They have to pick out everything. It has to be cool. The supplies are pretty easy to shop for we usually get them at Wal-Mart.

    Clothes and shoe shopping is next on our list. They spend hours in Brass Buckle choosing the right look. They have to have everything name brand and with the latest fashion styles. I end up getting them quite a few outfits. My daughter changes her mind so many times trying clothes on. We finally finish finding the right clothes, several hours later. Now it is time for the shoes. They usually get two or three pairs, and we get them at Payless Shoe Store. They always have some kind of Bogo deal that saves us some money. I am so relieved when they finally decide on everything they need. I do not have to worry about this for a while.

    The Grammy Awards

    This guest post from Lenny Mcknight

    I enjoy watching The Grammy Awards on cable when it comes on every year. This show can be a lot of fun for me. You get to see different kinds of performances. Some of these artists I would never get the chance to see perform at all if it wasn’t for this show. This show is great to watch and see who wins all of the different awards. The various artists perform. They usually wear elaborate outfits and have a lot of dancers with them. It is always a great show. I don’t know who a few of the artists are on there, but always have a great time watching them. Then I get really excited when my favorites or someone that I know very well is up to perform. This is one awards show that I never miss out on watching. I always have a great time when this one is on and even watch it with my daughters. The kids will get up and dance around the room having a fun time. I can’t wait for it to be on again.

    Check out the cool site

    We used to drive a nice Saturn L200 but honestly it was to small.  We were without a car when we lost it. My aunt and uncle gave us a Kia Sportage and that got a through some tough times. When the electrical system went completely nuts (apparently a known and non-repairable condition) we had to finally put her to rest. We are very grateful and lucky to have such generous family.  Then my parents fixed up their Chevy Lumina and gave that to us. We are currently still driving that. However, with the behavioral issues some of our kids have (namely Gavin) we have safety issues to worry about. So we are in the market for a new or nicely used mini-van. We have found that the pilot seats work out really well. The kids stay separated and are still easily accessible. Everyone has their space and we can even safely bring Maggie along for the ride.

    Right now it’s honestly probably smarter to start thinking about making the move. I have some pending maintenance that will need to be done in the near future. I looked a few of them up to get an idea of the cost involved and I found this site called I searched for things like oil change and found this Then I searched for tune up and found This is pretty cool because this site kind of breaks things down for you and helps you to estimate the cost and find a shop to have it done. You just put in your information like ”Houston auto repair” if you lived in Houston and you find this  Computers are my thing not cars so this was a nice find.

    Then I actually started playing around with the site and they even have car reviews, kind of like where regular people write the reviews based on personal experience. For example you could look up Acura Integra and find this In my case I used it t check out my future van the chevy venture it actually got great reviews

    Preparing for the future

    When I was with my ex-husband, Nick, and I had Gavin, his parents purchased life insurance for him. I didn’t understand why at the time. It seemed so morbid to me, preparing for your child’s possible demise. Then when Nick and I split and the policy was allowed to lapse and eventually close altogether, I began to thinking about insurance and life insurance in earnest.

    When Rob and I moved in together, he made sure we both had at least a bit of life insurance. Of course, we had our car insurance, renter’s insurance and then the little private policies on the expensive electronics Rob loves so much. But life insurance? What was the deal? I would learn soon enough.

    We had some very basic life insurance on each other; in case of something horrible. That way we’d at least have enough for a small service and that was good enough at the time. Then my health made a drastic turn for the worse. One doctor told me I was “24 with the body of an 89-year-old”. Life insurance was going to be next to impossible to get now! They require physicals; Rob and I both knew I wouldn’t pass one. Who wants to cover someone with Fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, GERD and IBS?

    Then to make matters even more complicated, we ended up on public assistance again. With public assistance you aren’t permitted to have whole life insurance because you can draw money out against the policy. They view that money as cash. We needed the insurance but we needed to find decent coverage that fit all of our needs. It was a nightmare!

    In the end, we manged to get our insurance agent to find something that worked for us and with us. Thank God!

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    The preferred parent

    Children go through life in phases. Some phases are obvious and a given; the infant phase and toddler phase, for instance. Other phases are unique; which television shows they are hooked on or if they go through an orange food phase. The other two phases every child is likely to bounce between for many years are the Mommy Phase and the Daddy Phase.

    The Mommy Phase is when the infant, toddler or child is about all things mommy. Mother and child appear joined at the hip. Where Mommy goes; so does the child. Mommy is the only one who is acceptable in life for fulfilling any of the day-to-day needs. Hungry? Ask mommy. Wet or dirty and in need of a diaper change? Find mommy. Tired? Only mommy will do. It isn’t that I’m any better at any of those things than Daddy. It’s just that I’m the preferred parent at that point in time.

    The Daddy Phase is the exact same phase only the roles are reversed. Rather than being the preferred parent for every action, outing and need; Rob is. For all things in life, during the Daddy Phase, only he will do. No substitutions accepted.

    While you would think that I would be grateful for a Daddy Phase because it allows a certain amount of extra “me time”; it doesn’t always work out that way. There is something rather insulting with a sense of abandonment about the Daddy Phase. Suddenly, overnight at times, it seems as if I am no longer good enough. The food I prepare is sub-par. The bedtime stories I’ve chosen aren’t long enough or funny enough. Sometimes it seems the things I say and do…well, the Boys seem to take them offensively. It’s heartbreaking to watch them prefers someone else, even if that “someone else” happens to be Rob.

    Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to get over things when I’m not the chosen parent. It’s simply one of those things I just have to move past. Unless of course I’d rather share my feelings with another mother, who is likely to understand. Either way, there really isn’t much I can do about the phase.

    I know I should recognize the unseen benefit and enjoy the little bit of extra time I am being offered, while it lasts; especially since I always seem to be complaining about how little “me time” I’ve allowed. Plus, I know that all too quickly, I am going to find myself the object of obsession and soon I’ll be wishing for that extra “me time”. But for now, it’s hard.

    It hurts me to hear Emmett John scream “Da” and “Daddy” over and over again. Knowing that he doesn’t say “Ma” or “Mommy”. He doesn’t call me anything. I know I shouldn’t allow it to get to me this way. I know it’s a phase and “This too shall pass.” But damnit, it does!

    And now that I’ve vented and whined and had my little pitty party, I think I’ll go try and pay the bills with some blogging related stuff.

    Taking a Day Trip

    I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez

    What better way to get the family together and enjoy a day of fun and bonding then the day trip. There are many exciting places to go right in your own backyard and each state has its own unique appeal. Whether it is a day at the beach, a day at the river, or a day in the mountains, the day trip is the perfect getaway.

    It begins like any vacation or trip begins with planning where to go and what the family would enjoy. Next comes the preparation or logistics if you will and these include: taking water and food, the proper clothes, maybe a first-aid kit, cell phone, and a small toolkit in case of a breakdown. The final thing that must be done is to turn on your home security cameras before leaving the house. It might be a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

    My family loves the mountains and the adventure and beauty they bring. We live in the state of Colorado in the Denver metropolitan area next to the Rocky Mountains. One of our favorite drives is the drive up to Mount Evans. Mount Evans is one of the fourteeners (mountains with peaks towering over 14,000 feet) and the road up to the top of the mountain is one of the more exciting scary drives in the state. The last several miles of the trip the road narrows to where you can look on either side and see nothing but sky. Finally when you get to the top, the view is breathtaking. You can see the entire state of Colorado and Kansas.

    New Poll! Opinions greatly appreciated!

    I’ve added a poll to the right side of my blog asking for your thoughts and opinions about adding blog posts written for cash to my daily updates etc. It’s a good opportunity for me to help out my family and help pay the mounting bills for all things new and special that the boys are needing (like more diapers for Emmett John since he’s refusing to wear any of the diapers unless they have Cookie Monster on them!). I just want to make sure it’s the right thing for my blog because it’s become one of my babies as well.

    So if you would be so kind as to offer up your opinions; I’d really appreciate it. =)

    New address

    In a few days I will have my new, self-hosted blog, my birthday gift from Rob, all set up and this blog will no longer be active. Until then, I’ve arranged for a few guest bloggers to write some blog posts about things pertaining to house/home. Once the new address is up and running I’ll be sure to post again and let you know! Until then, enjoy the guest bloggers. =)

    New Examiner article by your’s truly! Read all about it!

    I wrote and posted a new article to my account!

    I’ve been having some issues writing lately. And there’s more I’d like to say about the article but given that it’s 11PM, I think I’ll leave it at this:

    It’s a short piece about Autism and it’s effects on marriage.

    I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy!

    Homeward Bound!

    All survived! =)

    No needles. No abnormalities on the x-ray or EKG.

    Gavin was fantastic! And we’re going home! =D

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    Slowly moving forward

    He’s been taken for his chest x-ray, which Gavin found super cool because they were able to show him the x-ray images.

    Then they came and performed his EKG, which Gavin didn’t mind because he could keep watching Total Drama Island. He wasn’t too keen on the stickers though.

    The nurse didn’t say anything about them so I don’t know where we stand on their results.

    I’ll update more later, when I have more to give.

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    Please pray!

    Gavin has been having chest pain the past few days. I’ve been trying to get him in with Dr. VK but until them but in the mean time, Rob and I decided to take him to the local Children’s ER.

    That’s where we are now. Waiting in his room. While the ER as a whole begins a “Code Yellow” disaster drill. Great timing, huh?

    As it stands at 740P his stats are:

    BP: 97/65
    Temp: 36.6C
    Pulse Ox: 98%
    Pulse: 80bpm
    Weight: 75.6lb

    I’ll update as I know more.

    Please keep Gavin in your prayers. Oh, and the doctor and the nurses and Rob and I because this has the potential to be a very combative evening.

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    My thoughts and feelings

    Gavin’s appointment with Dr.R left me with a migraine I didn’t have going into the appointment, still in a Fibro-flare, and feeling completely emotionally and mentally drained. Narcolepsy aside, it’s been a struggle to keep my eyes open ever since I got home. I wasn’t expecting things to be so exhausting. I’ll know better next time.

    I don’t like the idea of Gavin being on Lithium; however, if it’s what necessary to help Gavin and hopefully make our lives a little calmer, then we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do.

    The Seroquel scares the pants off me; I’m not going to lie. The fact that it’s very possible for the facial tics to be permanent – that’s the last thing Gavin needs, is something else to overcome.

    I worry about the long-term side effects that we may not be aware of, of all of the medications Gavin is on currently and has been on in the past.

    I feel horrible saying this but I wish this were happening to someone else’s baby, not mine. Not just because it’s exhausting to parent a child with special needs such as Gavin’s but also because I can’t imagine what it must be like for him. Never knowing for sure if the voices he hears talking to him are real or in his head. I’ve always had compassion for John Nash, his story about life with schizophrenia is portrayed in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, when he asks a student at the end of the movie if she can see a gentleman who is talking to him. Now that I have a child with much the same problem and concern; it is a whole different kind of compassion.

    The appointment

    I’m sitting here while Dr. R talks to Gavin. Trying to hide behind the invisible wall that excludes me from the conversation since I’m “Mom” and therefore embarrassing. This is where we are so far:

    • He has tremors that are caused by the Seroquel. They are not familial tremors like I have; I asked.
    • He’s talking about the voices now. He hears the voices through his ears. There are a lot of them. Dr. R agrees with Pattie that he is 100% hearing the voices, which makes this a form of psychosis.
    • He isn’t sleeping very well at night. He’s been waking up at midnight, 2AM, 4AM and 5AM when he just stays awake. At 5AM he begins to perform his shows.
    • The facial tics are called tardive dyscanesia. They are an independent medical thing, completely separate from everything else. They can become permanent but Gavin’s are not permanent now.
    • At this moment in time Gavin’s is diagnosed with Bipolar – Mania with Psychosis. Dr. R said that there is a spectrum (I’ve learned to hate spectrums.) of Bipolar and schizophrenia. It looks something like this (imagine it’s on a line):

    BipolarBipolar w/Mania & PsychosisSchizoaffective DisorderSchizophrenia

    Right now, Gavin falls on the Bipolar & Bipolar w/Mania & Psychosis side, which basically means he’s so manic that he’s had a psychotic break of sorts. Dr. R said it is impossible to diagnose Schizoaffective Disorder in a child Gavin’s age. Although it may become evident in the future that is what he in fact has. Only time will tell.

    • The anti-psychotic is making the facial tics worse and will likely continue to do so. However, it is absolutely a necessary evil now. We need to bring him out of the Manic mood that he is currently in and the only way to accomplish that goal. Once he is no longer manic and psychotic it is our hope that the Lithium (I’m getting there.) will be able to stabilize him and his moods.
    • His mouth movements – baring his teeth while he talks, stretching his lips out while he talks to expose his gums etc. are the tardive dyscanesia and not stimming behaviors with the Autism. Having the tardive dyscanesia complicate the issues as a whole because it makes choosing an anti-psychotic much more difficult. Ideally we would be able to find one that works and doesn’t cause the tardive dyscanesia since it can eventually become permanent; however, that isn’t the case and we’re forced to work with what we’ve got.
    • The wiggling of his fingers and flapping of his arms are part of the Autism. Dr. R said he has become anxious to the point of developing more stimming behaviors.
    • We are rapidly running out of antipsychotics to try, which combined with his tardive dyscanesia makes things even more difficult. In the end, if all other antipsychotics fail there is one left. It’s called Clozapine (or Clozaril) and Dr. R said it is “the Atom Bomb of antipsychotics”. The problem with Clozapine is that it is associated with agranulocytosis, which is the turning/killing off of the white blood cells. When Europe began using it they didn’t keep track of the patients white blood cell count and 14 or 15 patients died. Ever since the US approved it, it has been the most tightly controlled medication of all the medications available in the US. A patient is only given a 7 day supply at a time at first because they must have a blood draw to check their white blood cell count. Only after the pharmacy receives the results of the blood draw will they dispense the next 7 days supply. Eventually the blood draws are spaced at 2 weeks, 3 weeks and finally 4 weeks for the duration of the usage. Thankfully, Dr. R said we are not at a point where this medication is necessary.

    And finally, here is the plan going forward for now:

    1. We are slowly weaning Gavin off the Depakote and eventually removing it altogether.
    2. Starting today we are increasing his Seroquel.
    3. Adding Lithium to replace the Depakote.
    4. Adding Cogentin, which is supposed to help with the facial tics.

    That’s the entire appointment from start to finish. We start changing his medications around and then return to see Dr. R again next Wednesday. Here’s to hoping this works because I’d really like to avoid the Clozapine if at all possible.

    The Dr. R list

    Not to pop the “Emmett John said his 1st word” bubble of happiness; but Gavin and I are currently sitting in Dr. R’s waiting area, awaiting our turn to discuss his current possible psychotic break. To give you some insight as to where we current stand with Gavin and what concerns us most; here is the list of things I’m going to try and bring up in 15-20 minutes.

      Pattie believes 100% that Gavin is hearing voices.

      He’s become very, very easily agitated.

      He wakes up in the middle of the night to perform his “shows”, which are imaginary plays that he either physically acts out or plays in his head.

      He’s developing pretty bad facial ticks. When talks now he does so with his teeth bared, not clenched just bared.

      He’s started to do more stimming behaviors like finger flapping and hand waving.

      He’s hearing voices again and he frequently calls out to us to make sure we are talking to him and not “the others”.

      He’s unable to do simple tasks most of the time.

      His behavior is becoming more child-like, almost to the point of being a toddler.

      His speech and behavior are regressing again and I’m worried he might have the regressive form of Autism.

      His outbursts are becoming more aggressive – not toward anyone yet, just in general.

    So there’s the list. We’re sitting here, still awaiting. Except there are twin teenage boys sitting here now eating McDonald’s for lunch, which is making it infinitely more difficult to sit here. =(

    I’ll be sure to update when I’m done seeing Dr. R.

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    We have a 1st word!!!!

    You read that correctly – Mr. Emmett John has finally said his FIRST WORD at 24 months of age!!!

    Doggie! =D

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    Salt & Pepper

    No, I’m not referring to my hair! Although I am slowly working toward full-fledged salt and pepper hair. I’m referring to Elliott Richard’s new pets.

    He is the super proud new owner of two Bearded Dragons named: Salt and Pepper! =)

    He started the weekend with a baby Green Iguana named Draco. Rob’s roommate in college had one and he loved it. So when we had to make the sad decision to pass out terrerium/aquarium on to Uncle Brian because Mr. Emmett John was too preoccupied with tossing things in, we also decided to get something small to replace it. Little did I know that Green Iguanas start out small and grow into something could eat a small dog if it were so inclined!!! (Where do we find the tiny lizards you see in movies??? Those things are always poisonous but never that big!) So Draco came home and joined the Cheerio family. Daddy and Elliott Richard had a blast setting up his new home and feeding him and holding him.

    Until Daddy got a tad research happy. What started as a joke about how you tell the boys from the girls, turned into an all out, “Honey, this is so cool! Did you know…?” session. This session ended with Rob declaring that Draco needed to go back to the store because Green Iguana bites could get so bad and people have actually lost fingers!

    So first thing this morning, despite having had little to no sleep, Daddy and Elliott Richard took Draco back to the store and returned with two Bearded Dragons. The Bearded Dragons were bred in captivity so they are super people friendly and will just cling to your shoulder while you go about your business. And by “your” I of course mean everyone’s shoulder but mine because while I’ve always thought I liked lizards; I was wrong. These things (the Green Iguana too) freak me out and panic me in ways I don’t understand.

    Elliott Richard, and the other two for that matter, also think Salt and Pepper are really cool. So I’ll live with my anxiety over them. At least they are slightly better than Draco. Except for the fact that we have two and no way to sex them so there’s a chance we could end up with baby Salt and Peppers at some point in the future. Yippee. Just what we need.


    Emmett John currently has a very strong love affair going on with his shoes. Yes, you read that correctly, I said his shoes.

    At first, he wore them if he had to but he was clumsy and didn’t like them very much. Then out of nowhere he became absolutely obsessed with his shoes. He wanted to wear them when ever Rob or I had our shoes on or if he saw Gavin or Elliott Richard putting their shoes on. Now, the rest of us could be barefoot (something that doesn’t happen in our house – ever) and Mr. Emmett John would still have his socks and shoes on. He even wears them to sleep in.

    Seriously, the other night I fell asleep while getting him asleep. Then at around 1AM he kicked me and I figured enough was enough. He was deep asleep enough that I thought I could remove them without problems.


    I was able to get his right shoe and sock and his left shoe off before he woke up in a screaming, arm-flailing rage! He laid there screaming and smacking his feet while he flailed. Once I put his sock and shoes back on him, he passed out as if he’d never been awake.

    And let us not forget last night, his two-hour screaming jag all because he wanted his socks and shoes on but couldn’t adequately communicate it to me.

    I don’t know if this obsession is an Autism/Aspergers/PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) obsession or if it falls under the category of Sensory Integration Disorder. I can tell you that these Lightning McQueen light-up Wal*Mart shoes aren’t going to last much longer if he keeps loving them as much as he is. (lol)

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann

    Toy Story at 4AM anyone?

    Here we are, it’s 4AM and I’m camped out on the couch with Mr. Emmett John, while Rob wrestles with Elliott Richard upstairs.

    Elliott Richard has been up since 2-ish with nightmares and unable to sleep. Then Emmett John woke up between Rob and I hopping out of bed to tend to Elliott Richard’s screaming and his actual screaming. When Emmett wouldn’t go back to sleep I brought him downstairs because sometimes the change in scenery and air conditioner will get him back to sleep when nothing else can.

    No such luck.

    Then the screaming began all over again. Only this time it was Mr. Emmett John. He was inconsolable. I thought he wanted to go upstairs back to bed, which was currently occupied by Rob and Elliott Richard so that wasn’t going to happen. After a while Rob came down and told me to just take him back to bed.

    So back up the stairs we went. Straight into the…bathroom!?!?!

    Emmett John had remembered where I hid his shoes when I took them off last night for his tubby. And yes, I said I hid them. We have to, otherwise he sleeps in them! (lol)

    Now he has his socks and shoes on and all is right with his world. Except he keeps trying to steal my coffee! (lol)

    * posted on the fly w/o the use of proper editing tools 😉 *

    ~ Lizzeann