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September Goals 2013

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August was a BUSY month in our house – so much so that my September goals are going to be a bit different this month. We packed up our house, sold our house, and are currently in Illinois on our way across the country.

To make life a little spicier, our pediatrician referred Anna to a couple of specialists at her one-year checkup since she is still not using her left leg much (notice it is hidden under her in this photo – that’s how she always gets around). We don’t have answers yet, but our MA neurologist referred her to a neurologist at Stanford’s children’s hospital – so we’ll be taking her there later this month or in early October. Hopefully it all turns out to be a quirk; in the meantime we’ll keep encouraging her to use it and be grateful that she is still her exceptionally happy little self!

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I’m not exactly sure what is going to happen when in our life for the next little while, so I have one goal for September:

  • Enjoy living in the moment. Focus area: gratitude, simplicity, education, and responsibility

What does your September look like?

MaryAnne at Mama Smiles
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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

25 thoughts on “September Goals 2013”

  1. I am hoping that you will find answers for Anna once you settle in CA, and you won’t even have far to drive! You are a master of living in the moment, and I hope everyone stays healthy and sane on your journey west!

  2. “Enjoy living in the moment.” Perfect. I’m sure you are.

    Nikki and David were both one-knee crawlers, but I guess I never thought about whether or not they were using that leg otherwise when they were Anna’s age. Someone told us that it was a sign of intelligence, since it allows the hands to be more free to manipulate other objects while getting around. I hope you get answers soon!

    1. I agree that it is very clever! I wasn’t worrying about the knee crawl, but then she was constantly collapsing her left knee (unable to stand, etc) and I started to wonder. She has actually stood on it for a second or two a couple times this week, which makes me wonder if she favors it normally because it gets scraped up doing the one-knee crawl outside all day. She hasn’t crawled much this week, being stuck in the car! Hopefully she learns to stand on it without it collapsing, without having to run medical tests and stage interventions!

  3. Well, congratulations on the move! I know it was really hard work.

    I know you are worried, but the thing with Anna, is Anna. You need to get the tests done for piece of mind. I know the worry is tremendous. She is beautiful!

    Have fun on your cross country journey!

    1. I hope you are right! We’re holding off on tests for a little bit to see if she can start using her left leg (putting weight on it) on her own. She gets around very efficiently with her one-legged bum scoot!

  4. I need to sit and look at our month, I honestly have no idea what it’s going to be like…..

    I hope you can get into the doctor on the right time frame for ya’ll, making appointments with specialists is a frustrating thing.

  5. Thinking of you, stay safe! I hope you have a great September in CA!

    My daughter’s hip made a popping sound when she was a baby and she had an MRI to test for a dislocated hip. I wonder if it could be that with Anna.

    1. That is one of the things they were looking at, although they seem to think it is brain-related now. An MRI is what they are proposing, to figure out what is up!

  6. That is such a wonderful goal! We are in a similar situation of not knowing so I’ll be happy to join you on that goal. I hope Anna’s leg does just turn out to be a quirk. Thinking of you during your cross-country journey.

  7. I’m sure everything is ok with your sweet baby– but getting things double checked is always a good idea! I have lots of family traveling here this month so my goal is to make many lasting memories– anything more practical won’t really get done.

    Amelia
    http://www.mygrandestadventure.com

  8. You’re in Illinois already? That’s great! I’ll wave to you as you pass by Missouri.

    Good luck with Anna’s appointments. Yes, she seems like such a happy girl.

  9. One big goal I’ve been focusing on most of the summer is to reduce our commitments. I went April through mid-June with something planned every weekend. It was way too much for us. It’s hard because with a lot of our busyness comes fun experiences, but we didn’t have any time to reflect upon those experiences and/or recoup.

    Good luck on your journeys! We’ll catch up with you soon. Let us know if you need any help when you get to the Bay Area.

    1. I always find that balance difficult! Good luck finding out what works best for your family!

      I’m looking forward to seeing you in a month or so :)

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