80 chicken feet

Maggie’s therapy went really well this week. Here EI said that she can see a huge improvement in Maggie from week to week as far as how much more focused she is, and how much more interested she is in playing. I don’t know if its Maggie getting more comfortable, because she never really seemed uncomfortable. She really does just pay attention more. Like when the EI blows bubbles, Maggie actually turns her head to watch the bubbles as they move, and she ever kind of reaches for them. Before, she just sat there and looked at the EI who was blowing the bubbles.

Also, Maggie is just doing so well with her confidence in walking. She will walk more now when you’re holding on to just one hand, where a week ago she would almost almost just freeze and plop down if you let go of one hand. She’s getting better at standing on her own, and will sometimes do it for a couple of minutes. Tonight, she kind of picked up one foot while standing, and put it down slightly in front of where it was before. I just know that she will be walking soon, and I’m so excited for her. It really makes me feel like I’m going to bubble over.

She’s also gotten to where she likes to jump on the bed, while holding on to someone or something of course. But it is just too cute. She gets really excited, and scrunches her little face up and grins as big as she can. I really think Joe Mac coming over during the day is really helping her. I just cannot thank him enough for all of his help.

I look at her now, and I see less of Tyler than I did before. I don’t know if I really see me so much, but its definitely not as strong a resemblance to Tyler as it was. Maybe that’s because she’s getting more hair :)

Oh! Also, this week, we got some baby pictures of Daisy from the people who gave her to us! Thanks Jerry! He said he sent them to me so that one day, when she comes up to me and asks “Mommy, am I adopted?” I can show her those and set her mind at ease. She doesn’t have to know :)

Daisy as a kitten

Daisy as a big kitty :)

So yes. 80 chicken feet. That is what was covering my dining room table all afternoon. Dried chicken feet, some painted gold or silver, some painted white or black, and some covered in some kind of “tool dip” that makes them look plastic. Some of the chicken feet were not even painted. They just sat in their little ziplock bag on my table, looking gross. Apparently, Maggie thought they looked yummy, because she kept trying to climb out of her high chair to get to them (don’t worry, I didn’t let her get anywhere near them, and I washed and disinfected everything in the general area of the house once they had been removed). So, these painted chicken feet were covered in black skeleton print fabric, and tied with black and purple ribbon or hemp cord. Me, Tyler, Joe Mac, Bob, and Sarah, sitting around the dining room table, wrapping chicken feet. It was craft time on Friday the 13th at our house.

Currently, my husband is likely at the bar, dressed in a frilly blue ankle length nightgown, next to his bandmates who are likely wearing wizards’ capes, silver pantsuits, or dinosaur costumes (or all of thee above). There should be at least 6 people on this stage, which is really just the corner of a small room in the basement of the locals news building, all dressed up and handing out chicken feet or gold spray painted dinosaur toys.

I swear, I could not make this up. I just wanted to make sure I got it down so that I could tell Maggie about it when she was older. What does this say about her father and his friends? For that matter, what does it say about her mother? A mother who participates in this…whatever…because she cannot stand to see people do something half way. If you say you’re going to decorate 80 dried chicken feet and dress up like a drunk college boy at Halloween, then here is an extra pair of scissors and here is a new nightgown from Target, so you don’t mess up any of my good ones. Poor Maggie…there’s no way she’ll grow up “normal”…genetic disorder or not :)

2 Responses to “80 chicken feet”

  1. Connie Stark Says:

    Hi! Been reading your blog-so funny. I am glad Magge is doing so great. Lauren is too. Love the chicken feet story but I agree-very strange band name!!

  2. Penny Says:

    Life is never boring at your house, huh?

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