Yesterday, Dasha went to the orthodontist for a check up. A few years ago she wore a non-removable palate expander for 9 months and we now are just monitoring until the time for hardware is needed. He said her mouth and jaw looked great and to come back in 6 months. Matt then took her to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital to have blood work done to check her thyroid level since she is being treated for Hypothyroidism (this happens every 6 months). I just got called by the nurse they are upping her Levothyroxine (generic for Synthroid) to 50 mg from 44 mg. Not uncommon to have a need to adjust meds as puberty (Lord help me!) changes occur.
Dasha wasn't overly happy with the blood draw so Matt let her pick a treat for being so good. After much discussion, she decided that a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing and sprinkles would make it all better.
Earlier in the month, Dasha was asked if she wanted to dance with the Colts Cheerleaders again for the Colts Cheerleader Showcase held at the Circle Theatre Friday night. It was the final competition round for the cheerleaders before the squad was picked for next year's season. She got to reunite with her favorite Colts Cheerleader, Meagan last Wednesday to practice her dance (it was the same routine from December, just to different music). After a enthusiastic hug with Meagan, they got busy practicing their dance and then moved on to do another Soul Train performance...Dasha's favorite part by far.
Then last Friday night, Dasha, Izzy and I headed downtown to the Hilbert Circle Theatre (which by the way is beautiful) on Monument Circle in Indianapolis and watched the talented women compete for the coveted 28 spots. There were 52 trying out, so it was fierce competition. It reminded me a bit of a Miss America contest with lots of dancing added in. I think by the end of the evening both girls desired to be Colts Cheerleaders. Right before the final results were given, Dasha went up on stage with all the other performers from Down Syndrome Indiana and Fierce Allstars, who either have Down syndrome or other disabilities, and danced their hearts out. They even got to do a Soul Train. For those who don't know what that means, it's where you line up into two parallel lines and then partners come down the center dancing any way they want. Here's a clip of Dasha and Meagan doing their turn:
Dasha after the show...she was exhausted.
We celebrated Easter and were surprised when Lily and Leo participated with the egg coloring. Lily did one and was done. Leo, on the other hand, colored multiple eggs. He absolutely loves crafts so this was right up his ally. I think he, Dasha and Izzy would have colored several dozens eggs if we'd had them.
Easter morning 7 baskets filled with candy sat waiting to spike everyone's blood sugar. Then Leo, Dasha and Izzy went egg hunting in the front yard. This was Leo's 2nd egg hunt ever and he did pretty well participating. He refused to hold his basket so Matt had to walk around carrying his Royal Highness's basket. ;)
We then had brunch with my mom, a few of my siblings and their families.
We attempted Easter Mass, but I spent most of the Mass out in the Narthex with Leo. He's starting to find his voice (Yay!), but has a hard time understanding whispers vs. shouts. After multiple words, sounds and gibberish were expressed from Leo's sweet mouth, I shushed him a few times and that triggered dramatic exaggerated shushes from him to me (finger on his lips to make his point as well). Being that we were in the 3rd row, I quickly exited even though I was quite proud of his brazen verbalness (not a word, but whatever, the kid's not nonverbal anymore).
We had a big double birthday celebration for the birthday girls a few days before Easter!! Moogie (aka my mom) turned 75 and Dasha turned 12 on April 3rd. #twins
Can you tell Dasha is a such a ham?
Grandma & Grandpa came over too!
Mom and me. #love
Two days prior to Dasha's birthday, we celebrated our April Fools boy's 6th birthday. Leo was enamored with his birthday balloon. Sadly, it lasted less than a day due to Leo's rowdy love fest he doled out all day long to his poor balloon. Gentle is not in Leo's vocabulary when it comes to balloons.
Birthday cake was a hit (no surprise there)!
Leo blew out his candles by himself for the first time. I was a bit worried about singed hair, but he did great!
His favorite gift. $8 at Meijer on a whim.
A few random cute pictures from the month.
Izzy at the doctor for her 6 month check up about her ADHD/anxiety medication. It went well.
Leo playing a drum with his left hand and the piano with his right. I said he was following in his daddy's footsteps as a one man band. :)
Goofball Dasha zooming around with her brother's helmet on made us all laugh!
Speaking of her brother, Riley just purchased a new (slightly used) Go Kart. His first race was on April 12th and he was happy with his results considering they got the Kart ready to go just minutes before the race began.