Thursday, March 7, 2013

3 Month Hiatus


There really hasn't been a huge reason for not blogging. Just lack of time or patience I guess. Plus we put all of our photos onto Guy's computer and I just don't get on that much. I am a little sad to not have documented things during Austin's first year. He turns 1 next weekend. There is so much to say and think about! His birthday is also the same day that my mom's journey began. Lots of memories that will resurface over these next few weeks and months. But for the sake of saving memories, here is what has happened these last few months.


December: we had lots of family fun and Christmas parties. Guy has 2 weeks off during Christmas so we spent a lot of time at home! Guy is a really good cook and he made most of our meals during his off-time. I bought him a cook book for Christmas and it's still working to our advantage!

January: this is the month of birthdays. Guy, Braylen and I all celebrate our birthdays in January. Which leaves us full of bday outings, parties, cavities from cake and ice cream and lots of extra naps from exhaustion. Guy and I go to Beninhana's for our free bday dinners and this year Braylen came with us. He was so polite to the chef and to the other guests at our table. He even got to pick out a Benihana birthday mug. It's quite ugly but he loves it.

We also went to New Orleans to celebrate Guy's grandmothers birthday. She turned 90. No big deal. Mommy I is the sweetest, most southern little lady and we love going down to visit her. She had a cocktail, sit down dinner at this fancy restaurant called Ralph's at the Park. Super fun. I always love an excuse to exchange my comfy clothes for a pretty dress. Braylen got to ride the street cars so he was pleased.

Once the Meiman's returned home from Charlotte (for good!), we celebrated Christmas with my family. It was fun to have an extended Christmas weekend!

The last weekend of January we spent with friends at Great Wolf Lodge for the annual YL retreat. So fun. Great worship, great time with friends and our kids. I ruined Braylen's chances of riding a big waterslide last year, when I "accidentally" took him down a huge one. He will NOT go down one again. Which is a bummer because Guy and I love them. Actually, thanks Ben and Maria for watching our kids so we can go down the greatest waterslide ever! #kidsatheart

February: to continue our birthday events, we were sooo busy in January that we had Braylen's bday party in February. Our nonstop need to plan parties and have fun, has gotten a little out of hand. We had the brilliant idea of using the YL inflatables to celebrate his 5 year milestone. Although it was so fun to see all of the crazy kids jumping and playing, it was super overwhelming and stressful to plan it outside our house. I'm not sure why I thought it would be easy. I'm surprised that Guy didn't launch a blow up through the window. We had the party at Master Provisions and invited lots of family and friends from Kid's Academy. Despite a snow storm from that morning, lots of friends still showed up! We served Gumbo, taco soup and chili with crackers, fruit, and veggies. Of course we had a Batman cake and birthday cookies. We also had a little hot chocolate "bar." If you ever have a winter party (which if you celebrate Christmas, you do!), you have to serve this hot chocolate. It is so good and was such a great drink to serve during a snow storm.

Valentine's day came and went, but the boys had matching clothes and looked cute.

Austin had his final physical therapy appointment in February too. He started seeing his therapist in July 2012! I'm so excited to have seen all of the progress he has made.

March: guess what we're celebrating in March? That's right. Another birthday. But hopefully I'll have another post for that special day. And then another post with how to lose all of these extra "birthday/cake/ice cream/party pounds" that I've accumulated these last few months.

What's a post without pictures?! Thanks for checking in our family.

Snow angels and sledding at grammy's and poppy's!



Braylen's BFF Kaleb

This kid loves his pacifier! 

Apparently, so do I.

Thankful.


So funny! 



Batman birthday!

So blessed. As much as I would like to have a "no presents bday party" the kids love seeing their friend open their special gift. So sweet. 

If you do want to ever buy my oldest a gift, please just give him fancy clothes. He loves to dress up.


Sam Davis couldn't wait to cut the cake. haha!

Austin got a little present too that day. 



Valentine's day buddies. 



Braylen had the flu this week but losing his tooth was a major highlight. 

My sweet boy. Blue eyes for days.

Austin at PT. His last visit!


Braylen's friends!

Happy almost spring! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas with the Domec's


Have you ever seen the movie Christmas with the Kranks? One night last week, Guy said that he was recording it on our DVR and I said I don't think we liked that movie. So I checked how many stars it had for a rating......................one. It had one star. It really is a terrible movie. Needless to say we stopped recording it.


I love our house during Christmas. I love keeping the Christmas tree lights on ALL DAY LONG! Even when it's light outside. I thought that Austin would be a little Christmas monster and terrorize our tree but surprisingly he leaves it alone. He just squirms on pass it and starts climbing the stairs. Yes. 2 weeks ago he started climbing the stairs. What 8 month old does that? Crazy kid. He is so much fun but he is our wild child. And he is such a momma's boy. I love it! One day when he's a teenager, he will not be. :)

We are looking forward to lots of Christmas parties and time with family and friends. We'll probably go to the Festival of Lights and the Christmas trains at Union Terminal. Fountain Square has a Santa that repels down Macy's and they have free carriage rides. We try to down play Santa and talk more about the gospel with Braylen. But I really love all things "secular" Christmas. I love all of those dumb claymation Christmas movies and the Grinch and Charlie Brown.

Aside from all of that, I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness and joy over the status of my mom. She is cancer free! She is healthy and wonderful. We are so completely thankful that the Lord has healed her. We are thankful for life! She is part of the reason I love Christmas so much. Love you mom!





Chubby baby legs and diaper wedgie!


My dad sporting his ugly Christmas sweater! 



huh????????

Hating the grass. But outside with short sleeves in December? Crazy. 





Merry Christmas! 
Love, The Domec's



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween!

This year for Halloween, we knew that Austin would be wearing his little blue helmet and we wanted to find a costume that would go along with it. Someone suggested that he dress up like Captain America! Yes! I tried looking for a vinyl letter "A" to go on his helmet but I couldn't find one and then we just ran out of time. I think he still looked adorable.


Braylen wanted to be Batman this year. He was so cute with this costume. Every time he wears it, it's like he poses like a super hero. These poses were completely unplanned which make them 100 times more awesome. There are truly no words for how great this picture is. 




We went trick or treating a few times before Halloween and loaded up on candy. Halloween day was freezing! So we ended up at First Church for their fall festival. It was pretty fun for Braylen. 



It's so fun to be with the boys all dressed up. Braylen kept asking what I was going to be for Halloween. I just told him a mommy. He told me that I should be cat woman. Maybe next year buddy. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Austin Has Plagio......what??

Austin started his little journey the exact same day that my mom started hers. The day we went to the hospital to be induced was the same day that my mom went to the hospital for her ultra sound. I wrote about Austin's birth story here. He came out all bruised and swollen from his delivery. He was a perfect little sleeper, which we later found out was due to his torticollis. Babies with torticollis tend to sleep longer because it's so hard for them to turn their heads. Around 6 weeks I noticed that he never had his head to the left. I tried to get his to turn his head but he just wouldn't do it. When I brought it up to our doctor, she said he has torticollis and plagiocephally-which is flat head syndrome.

This was at 2 weeks old. He is loving that right side. 

Fast forward to mid-August, and we went to Austin's first helmet fitting. The only way to repair torticollis is through physical therapy (which he is still going to every other week). And the only way to repair his little head, is to wear a helmet. 23 hours a day, for 3-4 months. Austin is rocking this helmet. He is so cute and it does not bother him at all. In the beginning, it was tough. I would try and cuddle with him and end up kissing the helmet over and over out of habit. Austin would pull on it here and there, and get a little frustrated. He does great with it. And his head is improving greatly. We have probably 5-6 more weeks and then he will "graduate" from the helmet.

As much as I would prefer it if my baby didn't have to wear a giant, blue, football-looking, smelly helmet, I am thankful for the experience. I know that our experience is no where near other families who have children with diseases, cancer, and special needs. But now I know what it's like to have complete strangers stare at you when you're walking by! You can see every single eye turn towards Austin and his helmet. Most have this sympathetic look as if to say, aaaawwwwwww and they'll give you a little grin. Others just stare. Kids are the best because they're like "mom, did you say that helmet?" ha. I am so thankful when people come up to him and talk and smile. I love it when someone asks me about the helmet. I guess most people don't bring it up because they're polite and don't want to offend me. I'm just not sure how they don't "notice" it.  So I usually say something like "have you ever seen a baby with a helmet before?" I feel that I am a little more empathetic towards people who struggle with disabilities or special needs. I am learning that it's okay to talk to anyone who looks "different" and to ask their caregiver how they are.

 Look at that beautiful, round head. 

First time swinging

First time bowling 



 He is all over the place


 Look at the camera Austin!



With Halloween approaching, the "big question" (not really) has been what should Austin's costume be? The obvious answer is football player. I'll have to post pictures after Halloween, because it's going to be the greatest costume ever. Mmmmwwwwwhhhhhaaaaaaa............. (creepy Halloween voice).