Friday, June 22, 2012


Lauren will be 4 in a couple of weeks! I cannot believe my baby will be 4!

Last night was her first night in her entire 4 years of sleeping without her binkis. Yes that is plural.

These are her most prized possessions. She affectionately calls them by their colors. This set is called white, pink, pink. Did I mention she loves them?

If ever she is not cooperating with me a conversation like this happens:
Me: Lauren, do you want to keep your binkis?
Lauren: YES
Me: Then you need to help Mama.
Lauren: OK

It's been the best bribery ever! But sadly that era has ended and honestly I am probably more sad about it than she is.

Actually she has done great without them. She understood when I said they were gone and hasn't asked for them since. It is strange to send her to bed without them but seriously, she is almost 4, it's about time!

I'll just have to find another thing she loves enough to make her listen to me! Wish me luck!!

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These piles of laundry may look very normal but they are actually quite interesting (to me at least!). The big pile is Abby's and the small one is Lauren's. Believe it or not, they represent the same number of days of wear. This size discrepancy is not abnormal around here. Each time I fold laundry I see this same thing.

The question is, does Abby go through an abnormally large amount of clothes in a given period or does Lauren go through an abnormally small amount?

And the answer is......(I know the suspense is killing you!)...... Sadly it is that Lauren goes through a small amount of clothes. The even worse part is that since she doesn't dress herself yet it is my fault. This is terrible to admit but she will wear the same clothes for multiple days quite often and yes, she wears them to bed too. Why am I admitting this?!

Tonight I decided that as I have become a more experienced parent (older) I find that I am a much better parent in some ways and a worse one in other ways. This clothes situation with Lauren is definitely one of the things that I am worse with! Maybe I'll write a post someday about the things I'm better at but not today.

So, if you dressed your child in fresh clean clothes this morning be proud of yourself. I'll try to follow your example tomorrow!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Visionwalk and BBS Conference

Just a quick post here. I'm sitting in the Atlanta
Airport on my way home from the LMBBS Conference at Duke University in NC. It is a bi-annual conference for Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. It's my first time attending this conference. I should say our first time because Nate came also (which has been fantastic!). It was a great conference where I learned a lot and met a lot of wonderful families who are dealing with the same issues we are.
I also wanted to mention that the Visionwalk was his past weekend while I was gone. I was sad to miss the walk but knew the BBS conference was important.
I want to thank all the people who supported us and donated to our team. We were able to raise just over $2000!! I appreciate so much every single dollar that was given. I felt love and support from all of you. The dollars given will be put towards research that WILL prolong or possibly save Tyler and Lauren's vision.
I cannot thank you enough!!!
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