Mother’s Day 2010

Delaney Flashback to Mother’s Day 2009


The last 24 hours have been pretty exciting here at the Schrager Household.  And by exciting I mean sad and horrifying.  I mean, just look at Laney’s face in the photo below.  Doesn’t she look horrified?  Well… maybe not her so much.  But imagine a picture of me looking horrified.  Now put that black squiggle over my head that you see in comics when comic characters are horrified and cursing.  Now do you get the picture?

Last night, Laney was jumping on the couch.  Apparently she takes things very literally, so that “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” song should have had a verse about “No More Stinking Monkeys Jumping On The Stupid Couch.”

On top of that, the stupid dog failed to inform me that Laney was jumping on the couch right behind me.  I mean, HOLY GEEZE!  Bailey barks when moths fart.  She barks when the wind isn’t blowing.  She barks when Laney thinks about taking the car without permission… but when we really could have used a heads up, Bailey was lying on her back, paws spread, as wide as her stumpy corgi legs could go in that not-so-ladylike way she likes to lie.

Bottom line.  I didn’t know Laney was jumping on the couch until she landed on the floor right next to me.  Splooch!  Right on her cushioned tushie.  She looked at me and then started bawling.  We all thought it was because she was a bit scared from the fall more than anything… which she was.  But we’d find out later it was a bit more.

She cuddled for a bit and read a book with me and then when she tried to get up, she fell down 3 times in a row.  I was convinced she had gotten into Aunt Laurie’s “special juice” that we keep hidden in the freezer and didn’t think  much of it.   We told her to suck it up, rub a bit of dirt on it and walk it off.  She tried.  Several times.  Each time she lifted her leg up and limped a bit before asking to be picked up.

We thought she had a little sprain or had bumped her skinned knee (an earlier injury she acquired while running around the driveway that morning singing “FOG! FOG! FOG! to the fog.)  I checked every centimeter of her legs and feet and nothing seemed to bother her, so she took a bath and went to sleep.  We figured that when she woke up, she’d have forgotten about the boo-boo and she’d be good to go for her big day at school that she’d been looking forward to where Mommy was going to visit during the highly anticipated “Tea for Two” event.

As soon as we stood her up, she started limping again and we knew something wasn’t right.  We went to school and Sam made a doctor’s appointment.

Long story short, (too late,) x-rays showed a very small break just above her ankle.  So small, a line made with a ballpoint pen was 10 times as big.  It’s called a Toddler Break and Laney is the proud owner of one.  She’s also the proud owner of a 30 pound, hot pink cast that extends above her knee.  I K NOW!  It’s horrifying!!!  Laney’s broken and I can’t fix her!  😦

The good news is Laney is doing well.  She has a whole new fan club at the Levine Children’s Hospital and she’s getting lots of attention from everyone she comes across.  I mean, more attention then she usually gets.  (A 200 pound, hot pink cast on a 2-year-old will do that.  It’s also get Child Services called, but more on that later.)

There’s going to be a lot of challenges over the next few weeks since we’re not supposed to get the cast wet and she can’t play in the sandbox.  She also loves to run and jump (which you should already know if you’ve been paying attention,) and she really likes to sit on her knees.

So what did Laney learn from this whole experience.  Well, let’s see.  We got home after eating pancakes for dinner (Laney’s choice,) and sat on the driveway playing with chalk.  After drawing Bailey’s head, a couple of circles and a cement angel Laney wanted to get up.  She grabbed our hands and asked for a couple of “Ring Around The Rosies.”  After the 2nd “all fall down” Laney looked up at us and demanded… “I WANT TO JUMP!  JUMP!!!”


Toddler Tidbits: 2-Year Edition

The flowers are blooming, the pollen is floating and the humidity is… moistening.  It’s Sprummer, that wonderful time between Spring and Summer when the weather is all schizophrenic and Bailey’s hair migrates south… and north… and east… and everywhere.

Laney turned two in March and had her latest visit to the doctor to see if her cuteness is contagious.  (Yeah, that was bad.  But what are you gonna do?  She’s cute, and I need to fill enough space here to get these photos wrapped with text.  Deal with it.)

Laney is now weighing in at 31.4 lbs. (90th-95th percentile), has a head circumference of 19 3/4 inches (97th percentile) and is 36 1/4 inches tall (97th percentile.)

We know these numbers to be exact because, opposite of our last visit, Laney was incredibly well behaved. (It’s amazing what the promise of stickers will get a 2-year-old to do!  I got my car washed last weekend for 2 Dora stickers and a Silly Band.  I could have gotten my interior detailed as well, but I had nothing from Yo Gabba Gabba on me at the time.)

Laney is growing like a weed.  She’s having conversations with anyone who will take time to listen.  She dances just like her father.  Poorly.  But she enjoys it a lot more… and she’s improving daily.  She loves school, her friends and her teachers and it seems like they love her back.

She’s singing and running and riding and climbing and throwing and spinning and spinning and spinning and jumping and laughing and spinning.

She’s happy, healthy and awesome.  What else could you want?  (Money.  Lots and lots of money.  Just saying.)

Well, that’s it for now.  We look forward to visiting with everyone at the Cape in August and have plans to see many of you before then.  Laney asks for you often.  She has pictures.  I’m not sure where she got those, but she has them.  Lots of them.  Even the ones you don’t want her to see.  Remember that when you’re out shopping.

Feel free to stop in and say hi if you are ever in the Charlotte area.  The basement and Bailey are all yours!  And I just realized I never posted pictures from Laney’s 2nd Birthday Party.  I’ll try and get those up soon.

Go Gators!