love is in the details

Or so Oprah says, and I agree. I'm just a little frazzled getting ready for Loopy's birthday party this weekend. If I admitted to going just a tad overboard, would you believe me? I can't show you too much just yet because I don't want to spoil any surprises.

In the meantime.... Janeen at Chachaneen sent me five interview questions.


What habit do you need to break?

Well, I admit to having a few habits (American Idol, The Bachelor, sleeping pills) but in all honesty, I don't really plan on breaking them any time soon. A few habits never hurt a gal... but then again, when I'm involved in a project, I tend to spread out all over the house... first the craft room, then the laundry area, kitchen island, dining room table and finally coffee table. Something like Loopy's party prep can take over the entire house for the better part of a week. This means Veto has the patience of a saint, but you must have gathered that already.

What do you see as your greatest achievement?

I believe that beyond the academic awards, scholarships and bursaries that litter my past life and really haven't gotten me anywhere... my greatest achievement is Miss Loopy herself.

You see, when she was born so terribly prematurely she wasn't expected to make it. I think The Fan and I willed her to pull through and then we were blindsided when the doctors told us that if she made it, she wouldn't ever sit up or walk or talk! We just simply wouldn't take that for an answer. We tied Baby Loopy into her high chair with The Fan's fancy scarves and eventually she was sitting up on her own. We used straight-up bribery to entice her to sit up, to roll over and eventually to pull herself to standing... we put her snacks and toys out of her reach, it was that simple... and sinister!

Eventually, we moved her food and toys across the room and our crooked little beauty started walking, albeit wobbly. The Fan took her faithfully and regularly to physical therapy and occupational therapy while I was at school. We all worked on her exercises at home. Although everything was a challenge for Loopy, she eventually caught up for the most part physically although you can still see classic cerebral palsy movements in her when she is tired or stressed out.


For the most part, Loopy is a delightful, well-adjusted normal kid. She can't keep up physically to lots of activities and her Asperger's just multiplies feelings of confusion, feeling overwhelmed easily and social interactions in new situations, but we continue to work on these challenges and Loopy... my hero... is blossoming.

If a movie were to be made about your life, who would you want to play you?

Easy! Jenny McCarthy, not because she was a Playboy Playmate... but because she is a Mother Warrior who I admire very much. Let me just slip this in: back in the day I was told more than once that we resembled each other. I just had to slip that in.

Describe your perfect day:

Sleep in. Snuggle with Veto. Eggs Benedict and fresh orange juice. Some outdoor time because it's beautiful out: not too hot and not too cold with a light breeze. Maybe strawberry or raspberry picking. Time to read a good book and have one of those fancy coffee beverages Veto treats me to on the weekends. A spa experience and then a little shopping time. Of course I find a really, really good deal and while in the mall, someone mentions to me that I bear an uncanny resemblance to Jenny McCarthy. After a light supper shared with the whole family in the backyard a quick dip into the pool and after drying off I would dominate a game of Rock Band. Finally it's time to pit in on the sofa with Veto. Buddy Budderson is strumming his guitar and I start to doze off...

Describe your favourite toy from childhood:

Check out my post here for the answer.

These are the rules for this meme: Want to be interviewed by me? Here are the instructions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me" with your email address as to where I can send your questions.

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions and let me know when you have posted it, so I can link to it.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

28 comments:

karen said...

I can't believe I am the first to respond but sure please interview me

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Oooh, ooh! Interview me, too! :D

I love your perfect day, and while my boy was not so premature as your girl I did the same kind of willllling him to gain weight and nurse well, et cetera. I hope he turns out as brilliant as your girl.

limefreckle said...

I love to read about Loopy, and her challenging childhood!!! I get a bit of what that was like, my son didn't have the physical issues so much, but having PDD-NOS (autism spectrum) is a challenge -- one that I would never change for a million years! Reading about Loopy having Aspergers is always inspiring! I'd love to be interviewed by you!

Lisa said...

YOUR TOOO FUNNY. LOVE YOUR BLOG.

HUGS FROM MAINE TO YA!

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

sassy studio said...

ooo I just can't wait for for details about the party!

MJ said...

Reading your post reminds me why I am a fan of the Fan. The combo of the two of you together results in the world being set on fire with opportunity! What a team!

hunnybunny said...

I love this interview and your perfect day. Reading about you and Loopy makes me want to call my grandmother though. I never realized Loopy had Cerebral palsy, my uncle does too. My grandmother fought for him tooth and nail. She doesn't talk about it but my mom told me, she was told he would never walk, he does with crutches now. This was back in the day when they would call her sinner and tell her to lock him up. She was not having that, I admire her strength so much. I already thought you were awesome but knowing that gives you a little piece of my heart.
Can't wait to read about Loopy's B-Day.

Junipers Jules said...

I would love to be interviewed by you. If you don't still have my e-mail, let me know. Understanding how truly hard it was/is, physically, mentally and emotionally I applaud how great Loopy is. And I am personally a fan of the lopsided walk. It makes me smile.

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

~Hand raised~ Please interview me too!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love your achievement--your story about Loopy is so inspiring!

Sandra D said...

Thanks for sharing your personal & inspiring story. Your ability to touch my heart is what continues to draw me back to your blog!

Hope you get your perfect day soon.

Oliver Rain said...

Oh no, I should have checked your blog earlier. I would love to have you interview me. I can't wait to see the details of Loopy's birthday party. She is a miracle and so are you.

Christine said...

I love your story about Loopy and how you and the Fan did not accept what the doctors said. Inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

Mindy said...

Interview me! How fun! I love hearing about Loopy and her challenges.

Janeen said...

Greetings! That was thoroughly enjoyable and a delight to interview you! It's always nice to know people a little better in questions like this, makes us all feel human and not bloggyland electric. As you can tell from your fan club, you are greatly admired for your strength and honesty in regards to your precious Daughter. You are blessed to have Veto indeed! I loved reading about your favorite childhood toy too, I remember watching that show as well. Whoa, that brings back the memories. ha ha

Have a great day and thanks again for being asked to be interviewed. That was fun!

SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE said...

I can't wait to see what you are doing for Loopy's party. I look forward to visiting your blog to see what you have made. Loopy is one very lucky girl to have a Mom like you doing such special things for her.

Coco

Amy said...

I already thought you were an amazing mother- but even more so now. What a blessing it is for your family to pull through from that trial.

And I can totally relate to the projects getting spread through the house, my husband comes home and laughs and says "The tornado hit again".

3rdEyeMuse said...

you perfect day sounds just that ... pretty perfect.

you prove every single day just how much love is in those details. :)

Rosa said...

I loved this! How proud you and the fan should be and I know you are. What a wonderful daughter and grandaughter you have to brighten the lives of so many. Congrats to you both. I can't wait to hear about the party. I bet she is bursting with anticipation! Oh, your perfect day does sound perfect, but I would switch hubbies, of course. xo

Michaele said...

I love your wonderful stories, your silliness and creativity~ and of course, this meme is awesome!

Interview me (sometime) please (just using a manner word I encourage my students to use often!) if you ever need input from this Eskimo-Mommy-Military Wife-Kindergarten Teacher.

:)

Until then, enjoy the party!

Michaele
michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a wonderful post! You have risen to the challenge, and Loopy will be the wonderful, amazing person she is destined to become because she had a mother and family that went to bat for her. Keep it up, Saucy! You're a great mom!

Saucy said...

I will get busy and post interview questions to all of you who asked but I will be asking you all different questions... I just need to get Loopy's birthday party finished and behind me... so much to do yet.

Katie said...

OH Saucy! Interview me!

I am so inspired by Miss Loopy's story, such a fire brand that one. I am sure her party will be amazing.

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Gracie said...

I did not know that Loopy had cerebral palsy how lucky you are to have each other! Interview me, please! racey7@gmail.com

Junie Moon said...

I remember our discussion about our daughters when we met here in Tucson. My daughter has cerebral palsy and, like you, I never gave up nor did I give in to the pronouncements by her doctors. Today, both of us are blessed with daughters who've defied the odds and are beautiful people, accomplished in their own wonderfully individual ways. I'm proud of my daughter and my heart knows how your heart feels about Loopy. Good for you, Loopy, and your loving support group. As mothers, you and I are really blessed to have these special daughters in our lives.

michelleb. said...

Loved reading all of your answers.
I don't have a blog. I definitely don't want to be interviewed...I am not that secure.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

Christine said...

I didn't know Loopy had cerebral palsy but I think it's great that you didn't let what the doctors said interfere with anything. And Jenny McCarthy is gorgeous. If I looked like her I would want to point it out too :P lol.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com