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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot And Muggy Intersection Makes NTodd Hot And Grumpy


From Hunt St above.


Up the hill a bit.


Folks in the white house take care of the flower boxes on that side of the bridge.


Here we are, as usual.


400 pixels doesn't show the details that caught my eye.


Here comes Sammy!

ntodd

July 28, 2015 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, July 27, 2015

I Can't Listen To Prozac Any More

The fluoxetine regime for Samuel has come to an end.  Didn't work.  Well, that's not entirely fair.

It did mitigate some social anxiety.  OMG, our son was making eye contact with cashiers and the like, introducing himself, telling them he lost a tooth, inappropriately sharing our address, etc.  Not atypical for most kids, completely out of character for our boy.

But after about a week, the drug ramped him up so much that his separation anxiety became more acute.  Increased check-in frequency.  He was (I can't believe I'm typing this) even more non-stop-in-your-grill than before.

We stopped for milkshakes after our follow-up appointment.  Somehow we ended up talking about stomach acid.  "Oh, that's the stuff we saw in Kade when he accidentally ate those nanites in Rescuebots!"  Right, good job, man.  "If you burp does some come up?"  

From there the conversation moved to my GERD.  "Will you die from that?"  Probably not.  "But if you die, you'll finally get a lot of peace and quiet, right?"  Heh, yeah.

"So how does the acid get into your stomach?"  "Why..."  "Etc..."  Okay, dude I'm done.

And that's how it goes.  Sam's doc (and teachers) saw it, too, so there wasn't really any need for a hard sell to change meds.  Act II of our drama: enter the classic Adderall, stage right.

ntodd

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sadiecakesblogging


Decked out last week in a new birthday dress with Hello Kitty accessory.


Reading a birthday card from Auntie S.


She was particularly enamored with the card.


So you can keep your hands off, Mommy (who took the pics)!

ntodd

July 26, 2015 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Errandblogging


We had to pick up some odds'n'ends.


Not a bad day for it.

ntodd

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Intersectionblogging


A little context for the Intersection.


1 - Keep out!


1 - She won't be denied.  Well, she was.


2 - Ah, they added a roof.


3 - Maple and Hunt Streets.


4 - School St.


5 - the Intersection.


6 - Maple St.


7 - Back of the Steeple Market from Maple St.


8 - Maple Street Covered Bridge.


8 - It's okay, Alex.


8 - Mill Brook.


9 - Where we pick up Samuel at summer school.

Always makes for a nice walk.

ntodd

PS--Binghamville Methodist Church (near #4) is not actually in Fairfax.  It's at 35 School Rd (not St) in Fletcher.  Please make a note of it.

July 23, 2015 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (1)

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#throwbackthursday


October 11, 2012.

ntodd

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Soft Focus On The Family


Tried to take a family photo.


It was mostly a lark.


Birthday girl settled down a little.


We'll give it a whirl again some day.

ntodd

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"Sadie Outoo Mommy Bebeh!"


11:47am, July 20, 2012.

ntodd

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The Eagle Has Landed


It was quite an historic day.

ntodd

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Scenes From A 5yo Life

Two Samuel threads today.

  • What's it like in your brain?  Well, I want to think about dinosaurs, but I can't because there's too many other things going on in there.
  • On growing up: I will marry Little C, and to make money I will be a paleontologist while he stays home with the kids, and I will be home by evening.

That's our boy.

ntod

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Today In FML

Sweet Jeebus and sons:

I have three kids. They don’t fucking listen. One day, God as my witness, they will listen. They will stop, turn around, not talk for five seconds, and say to me, “Wow, I never thought of it that way before. Thanks, Dad!” I swear it will happen. I will destroy entire countries if I have to make it so. But until then, every last bit of handy, fatherly wisdom I have to impart on these people goes right down a fucking black hole. It’s nothing but CAN I HAVE A TWIZZLER?! in response to anything I say.

Now, they tell you in any parenting class to manage your children with tools other than nagging. You can write them notes. You can give them disapproving looks. You can say just one or two words (“BEDTIME”) and have that be more effective than some rambling lecture. I get all of that and do my best to not repeat myself. But my God … sometimes … sometimes I have no choice but to say the same goddamn thing over and over again, hoping to implant the idea of normal behavior deep insides their brains. I WILL GET THERE. If I need to use a power drill, I will get there. Here are 14 things that, in a bind, I am reduced to begging of my children daily...

Absolutely accurate, 'cept they forgot #15: YOU'RE DRIVING ME INSANE, I'M RUNNING AWAY TO JOIN THE CIRCUS!  Sam usually asks, "is that a joke?"  Might be...

ntodd

July 16, 2015 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Intersectionality


An update of today's #tbt before school.


Big hug!


Well, that escalated quickly.

More loving adventures below the fold...


Sadie and I took a walk around the school nayb.  We'll be following this project's progress closely.


It's a good skating hill by the school.


Above the Intersection (I forgot I'd created a separate Not the Intersection album).


Okay, then.


Heading back downhill on Main St.


Marveling at tall trees.


Here we are.


Monkey waiting for her brother at pickup.


Heading toward the "secret" path.


Other side of the Dangerous Intersection sign.


Walking uphill from the Steeple Market--Sam had to wave at every car.


Foothills is on the left.


"Aliens."

ntodd

PS--Some background on that guy's sign.

PPS--Much larger version of the sign.  If you're interested in reading the fine print.

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Listening: Day Two

The Kiddoes and I stopped at Steeple Market today after summer school to pick up some treats.  Sam and Sadie each carried their own selections and placed them on the counter, then proceeded to do chin ups on said counter so as to inform the checkout clerk of very important things.

Sam: I'm going to summer school because I have some issues!  And Sadie will be three on Monday!

Sadie: I'm Sadie!  We're getting treats!

There was a great deal of mirth on the part of all surrounding adults.

ntodd

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#throwbackthursday


Sam's words upon seeing his sister: "MY BABY!"  This morning he said, "today is Sadie's birthday!"  Um, no, that's Monday...

ntodd

July 16, 2015 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Listening To Samuel

So a new adventure has begun.  After a doctor's appointment this week, Samuel was prescribed an infinitesimal dose of fluoxetine as we try to address some behavioral things before the big transition to all-day kindergarten.

We're going with an approach that attempts to mitigate his anxiety and quasi obsessive issues to help improve his ability to be fully present and enjoy life, not to mention reduce the amount of stress he causes around him.  It might end up being the case that we'll be changing meds, but we just don't know what all's going on with our boy as yet.

Could be he's dealing with AD/HD, or AD/HI, or SPD, or generalized anxiety, or any number of other things.  The difficulty in sussing out exactly what's what is that lots of symptoms overlap, there can be comorbidity, and it's even hard to separate typical child behavior from real extremes.

We could go with a stimulant to treat what might very well be some attention deficit-related stuff, but that can create other potential problems.  Samuel already is a small guy who doesn't particularly like to eat.  Reducing his appetite would be a major downside, so we're taking the time with the SSRI first in the hopes that it can help even if we ultimately need to do other things (in addition to, or in lieu of).

We've talked to him about possible side effects and the need for him to report what he's feeling to us and his summer school teachers (who are also aware of the new treatment regime).  We'll see how things go over the next 2 weeks and revisit with the doctor.

We're extremely lucky to have a lot of resources available at the Community Health Center, and to have gotten the process started well before September.  Oh, an to be living in a state (and town) that takes early intervention seriously and is concerned about children's health.  Despite some challenges, Sam has every opportunity to succeed simply because of where he was born.

Onward and upward!

ntodd

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pluto Day Kicks Of Apollonia Week

At 21:00 GMT on July 14, Apollo 11's 28-hour terminal countdown began (not 28 hours before launch due to scheduled holds).  Almost time to kick the tires and light the fires!

That will, of course, include 3 candles on a birthday cake next Monday for a very important little girl who should've been named Buzz if it weren't for tyranny.

ntodd

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

#FamilyFMLblogging


Stop playing on the goddamned stairs!  Nobody ever fucking listens to me...

ntodd

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Today's Intersection


Hanging at Foothills Bakery once again before picking up Sammy at summer school--still weird to not see the old Food Venture building.


The usual Intersection perspective.


Perspective B--all of a sudden there was a traffic jam.


Sadie hadn't noticed the monster graffiti on the bridge yesterday.


We took a walk on the rec trail.


On the "secret" path to Steeple Market for some well-deserved treats.


From the path. Sam wants to get a closer look someday, but that ain't gonna happen.

ntodd

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#throwbackthursday


A few weeks before Sadie was born.  Her 3rd birfday is coming up in 11 days.

ntodd

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Intersection Returns!


Revived for summer, at least. Not sure if I'll go back to the larger format.


Sadie and I took a walk around the neighborhood while Sammy was at summer school.


By the covered bridge.


Across from the middle school.,


School Street.


Corner of School and Main.


Waiting for Samuel's class to finish their goodbye song.


She was initially quite skeptical of the library's bear.


So strong!


Naurally, he got 2 books on dinosaurs.

ntodd

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