This boy melts my heart! Colby had a 101 fever and pneumonia in this picture but he is still smiling.
I just realized that most of my posts have been set to private! UGH! I swear sometimes having a blog is a pain!
We’ve had a crazy year…as usual but I wanted to share this awesome ceiling lift that we had installed a few months ago. Colby is still only 50 lbs but he’s going to get bigger and my back is feeling it. I wanted to get the lift installed before I hurt myself.
We started the process in May, received insurance approval in June but had to wait for proof that insurance would cover the whole thing before the company would install it. I don’t blame them. If I were installing a $25,000 ceiling lift I would want to know it was going to be completely paid for before ordering it.
I also didn’t want to end up with a $10,000 bill if they only ended up paying out some of the cost.
In the end it was completely covered and installation began at the end of August. The headers were finally finished up this week so it’s been a bit of a process.
I had a mom ask why we didn’t just get a Hoyer lift as they are much more affordable. We have so much medical equipment that finding more space to put something like that just isn’t a good option. It also wouldn’t allow me to get him in and out of the bathtub like his ceiling lift does.
Colby thinks it’s a fun roller coaster but he does wish it had a turbo boost.
The only thing I can say bad about it is that the headers for Colby’s bathroom and bedroom had to be removed to allow the track system to go through. I knew that was going to happen but John didn’t quite understand what that entailed. It means that the bathroom is not totally enclosed at the top. My sister in law said it reminded her of being back in grade school with the bathroom stalls. Either way it’s a small thing to worry about because the end results are so amazing.
I am truly thankful that we were able to have this installed and what it means for my physical well being going forward.
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of a name was? CrossTimber knows all about names meanings and the history behind them. I was so excited to have the opportunity to review their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. I started off this review determined to stick with one name. My dilemma was in which name to choose. I could tell these would make fun Christmas presents but if I only chose one person how would that work? It didn’t and I ended up getting four names! I just couldn’t choose!
I thought I’d start out by asking about my kids name meaning. Jahnna is usually mispronounced and Colby and Riley have both become gender neutral names since we named them. This is my email to John.
and this is what I got back from him.
I laughed so hard over the big biker dude comment! I also told my husband John about it and as a big biker dude himself, he thought it was pretty funny! Then I couldn’t get over how appropriate each of the names were. Paula was just included as a pronunciation guide for Jahnna but John still sent me the meaning, which I thought was really cool.
Jahnna was named after John. He always wanted a daughter named Johnny but I knew a girl in college named Johnny who I didn’t particularly like and his entire family calls him Johnny because he’s John the third! I think my mom suggested Jahnna as a variation of his name and we both liked it a lot. It wasn’t until after she was born that my cousin asked me if we had named her after someone in our family line generations ago. That was a fun surprise! Jahnna speaks the truth all the time. IF (and that’s a big IF!) she try’s to tell a lie it is written all over her face! She is very black and white when it comes to her thinking and if she knows something is true she is not afraid to say it!
Colby is named after my Great Grandma. She passed away the week Colby was born and she knew we were naming him after her. Colby was her maiden name and when I told her we wanted to name him Colby she said “Well I’ve never heard of a boy being named Colby but I’m honored!” You might not think that provider and protector of the home would apply very well to someone who requires total care but it completely fits Colby’s spirit. His courage and strength of heart continually amaze me and when I read his scripture and name meaning it brought me to tears. It fits his life and personality perfectly!
Riley has a fun story attached to her name. We knew we wanted to use McClain as a middle name but we didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl yet. McClain is John’s grandma’s maiden name and we wanted to continue using family names. I didn’t like it as a first name but agreed it made a great middle name. We were watching National Treasure one weekend and I was tossing around names. The name Riley kept being said in the movie and I finally said “Riley McClain, I love that and it works for a boy or a girl!” John couldn’t believe I wanted to name one of our kids after the dorky guy on National Treasure. Despite that, Riley’s name fits her to a T! Valiant and Brave is definitely the girl who took on 9 boys defending herself. Kid doesn’t know how to back down and will stand up for right when she see a wrong being done.
After choosing the kids pictures and frames I decided John needed something as well. Who am I kidding? I was having to much fun to stop! I chose each picture background based on everyone’s personalities or likes. John says that there are no prettier sunsets or sun rises then out on a ship in the middle of the sea. He gets pretty depressed in the winter with all the cold and snow so I’m hoping a cup of hot chocolate in his name cup will help him remember the pretty sights and places he has been.
CrossTimber generously gives discounts when you purchase more then 3 items. You can see the bookmarks in Riley and Colby’s pictures. We received bookmarks for each name I purchased I just didn’t get good pictures of them. You can see the discounts available in the picture below.
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I’m a big fan of working smarter not harder. That goes for pretty much every area of my life even my make up and body cleansing routines. This is especially true when it comes to bathing Colby. If you have never lifted 50 pounds of dead weight repeatedly you might not think bathing him would be a big deal. It becomes a bigger issue when that 50 pounds of weight is slippery from a bath. It becomes an even bigger issue when that slippery boy is in a funny mood and thinks he will just twist and turn and give mom a hard time carrying him back from the bathtub. I cannot wait for the ceiling lift to get installed, my back needs it!
That is why when I was offered to check out e-cloths new ebody Face and Body Care Set I accepted. I have waterless soap that I occasionally use to clean Colby up when my back says no lifting. Most washcloths do a decent job of cleaning but I thought this might help with Colby’s super sensitive skin. He’s been getting pressure sores so I need to make sure that the areas stay as clean and dry as possible.
The Face and Body Care Set includes one Eye Cleaning Pad, one Face Cleansing Mitt and one Exfoliating Body Mitt. Each is designed with super fine fibers that with a little bit of soap and water create a big lather! All I do is get the Face Cleansing Mitt wet with warm water, put a little of the waterless soap on there an it’s just like he’s in the bathtub.
The Eye Cleansing Pad is so soft! If you’ve never cared for someone who can’t scratch their face when they have an itch, you might not realize that skin builds up after awhile. Your skin gets sloughed off when you shower and rub your face under the water or even just by your daily movements. It takes Colby serious effort to lift his arm at all so I have to get all the yucky stuff off for him. The Eye Cleansing Pad works well for Colby’s entire face and it has helped get some of the excess oil he’s been having go away a little bit.
I used the Face Cleansing Mitt on the rest of his body and it works so well.. It works especially well on his feet and hands, two other places that seem to get a ton of skin build up over the course of a day. Each mitt or pad is easy to rinse out and dry off.
I’ve kept the Exfoliating Body Mitt for myself! A mom has to pamper herself sometimes right? This Mitt is actually a little too rough for Colby’s skin but I love it! I even love it on my face! The micro-bubble technology gives you a deep clean without needing super expensive soaps and lotions. If you try and avoid harsh chemicals this set is a perfect way to still get a deep clean. For $34.99 I’m going to get myself another set soon.
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Lucky for you I’m able to give a set away to one of my readers!
Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd has generously sent us their Forbrain headphone set to review. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to be selected for this review! I literally begged to try this out for a couple of reasons! If you’ve been following our chaos for any amount of time you know that Colby is non verbal. He says yeah and uh-uh sometimes but he usually talks by looking at something with his eyes or if he’s really in a cooperative mood he might actually use his speech device computer. He thinks I can read his mind and that is typically good enough for him. The doctors aren’t really sure why he doesn’t talk. We know he can say words and that he understands what is being said to him. He has said love you, airplane, Buzz and war along with a few words I won’t mention thanks to all the trash talking John and Colby do while playing video games together. Forbrain provides technology for speech and language difficulties and it seemed like a perfect fit for Colby.
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