Amy’s Life in Brief

A new blog surfing website…
March 27, 2009, 2:37 am
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So, I always look at my blog stats page. It’s part of my blogging obsession…trying to figure out how many hits my blog has had on a given day and where those hits have come from.

So, I see some of my hits have come from condron. I wasn’t sure what the heck it was, so I clicked on it. It’s pretty interesting actually. Apparently, they connect to wordpress and blogspot blogs randomly, then they flip through them on their website. So, you can just go there and watch the different blogs flip by. It’s fast but not so fast that you can’t stop it to check out a blog you might find interesting. I guess it’s just one more thing for me to waste time on.


A great day!
March 27, 2009, 1:46 am
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We had a great day today…so nice to have a day off!  We went over and spent the day at the aquarium on the coast. I was a little concerned as we had to wait in line for 45 minutes to get in. However, once we were inside, it didn’t seem busy at all.

The boys loved it! The were so excited to see the sharks in the “Passages of the Deep” exhibit. They loved watching the seals and sea lions. They loved the sea otter. Since the last time we had visited, they have added a touch pool with rays and small sharks of some sort. They were so excited to get to touch the sharks and rays. They also went to the traditional touch pool with anenomes and star fish.

All in all it was a really great day…a little cold but no rain!

A day off!
March 26, 2009, 1:03 am
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Tomorrow is a day off for me!  I have one scheduled day off each month, a day off leading up to the weekend I have to work.  I’m hoping tomorrow will be enjoyable.  My parents are coming over and, since it’s Spring Break, we’ll head over to spend the day at the coast.  We’ll go to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and possibly to the Sea Lion Caves.  I’m hoping we may even get a little sun…or at least not too much rain.

The D’s Speech
March 23, 2009, 5:06 am
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I’m trying to decide what to do about this.  At this point, I’m going to make an appointment with the pediatrician, I think.  I’ve mentioned this before, but since about June 2008, or so, the D has had some speech issues.  He wasn’t a huge talker, but he had slowly improved from time he was 2 1/2 until June 2008.  Then, he started stuttering.  Since that time, he has gone through periods where his speech is totally fine, to periods of severe stuttering, to periods where it just seems like the word or words are “stuck” in his throat.

Of course, I have some guilt (probably misplaced) because this all basically started when I went back to work.  Of course, as a mother, I directly attributed him having speech problems with me “abandoning” him for the world of paid work.  I don’t know if there is any basis to this, but when I keep going over the child abuse brochure we have in the office, and speech problems are listed as a warning sign, it’s hard not to.  Not that I’m abusing my child, but maybe me going back to work was traumatic for him.

So, here’s my dilemma.  If I set up an appointment to see a speech therapist, and he’s in a period where he’s doing fine…then what?  And what is he’s in a period where he’s having a lot of trouble…is that good or bad?  As a social worker, I am well aware that labels have a tendency to really stick.  As a mother, I want to make sure any problems are addressed so he can have as successful of a life as possible.

So, that settles it!  I’m going to make an appointment with the pediatrician and put off making a decision for a little while longer.

March 21, 2009, 1:31 am
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I am amazed! I have had more than 5,000 hits on this blog!  Granted it took one year for me to reach this number, but I honestly didn’t think that I would reach this number in 10 years.  It’s actually kind of exciting.  I guess that’s why this blogging thing can get kind of addictive…To all my regular readers…thank you!  Thank you for your great comments!  And to any new readers…stick with me…I’m still trying to improve!