"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We Interrupt Our Regular Program.....

.......to bring you this episode of "The Three Stooges", filling my days with non-stop action and fun.

We have "Silly", who just informed me of an important fact.
"Mommy, you look much better asleep than you do awake!"
I am really not sure what to make of that. Does she watch me a lot when I am sleeping? Should I sleep more then?

Next is "Bruiser", who, without the slightest hesitation, ate a wild onion out of the yard today. Also able to knock down heavy garbage cans with a single bump.

Named most likely to help in any situation, whether it be sweeping...

...or brushing someone's hair (never her own! You can probably hear her scream in Ukraine when it's time to brush her hair. We have to put Victoria in a separate room so she isn't traumatized by Francesca's drama.)

Somebody asked me how Francesca is doing with using her hands since her surgery and why both her hands were not separated the same way. She is using her fingers, but not a ton yet. It depends on her motivation! Put some cake in front of her and she uses them just fine. She still seems very sensitive about having her hands bumped, even just a tiny bit. She enjoys wiggling her fingers and talking about them and showing them to us, just in case we forget!

She can't seem to wear shoes yet because her toes still hurt her, but she walks all over barefoot. It's really hard to tell how much is drama and how much is pain or just the fear of pain. The doctor did a different "releases" on each hand. On one hand, he deepened the space between her thumb and first finger, which were already separate, but didn't have a lot of mobility to them. So she just has two fingers on that hand, for now. The other hand has three fingers. In May, she will be getting her second fingers/toes release and she will have five fingers on each hand! Eventually, she will have to have several more surgeries to fix her thumbs (which are bent backwards). But, for now, she will be done with surgeries for several years. Yea!!!!!

Third is "Thoughtful". Voted most likely to figure out the child-proof locks.

Her goals include working hard on mouth exercises with thick milkshakes and twisty straws.

When the big girls are at school on Tuesday and Thursday, what would I do with these three? Such entertainment!


  1. Chubby Victoria. Unbelievable.

  2. Love all the pictures. They alwasy make me smile!

  3. Thank you so much for answering my question :)

    Great post!

  4. Seriously .... the pic of Francesca brushing Victoria's hair? Adoreable. Look at Victoria's face :)

  5. I'd like to do milkshake therapy...think victoria would share?


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