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Lion Shirts, Seizures, and Soccer

Summer has finally graced us in Vermont with her sunny presence and let me tell you, we are packing in as much outdoor fun as we can here at Chez Little Lion, and so far things have been going wonderfully, with only a minor hiccup here or there. One of such hiccups was a brief seizure episode last week which trapped Leo with a sneaky ambush attack in the early hours of the morning. This was definitely ambush tactics because the opposing forces (me and my handy meds) were sleeping and off duty! When I was finally awoken by the ruckus caused by a full fledge seizure battle, I retaliated immediately with lightning fast reflexes and the enemy was vanquished while I was running around desperately trying to find some clean (ahem..) clothes in which to take the lion to the ER if the enemy persisted in battle. However, as it happened I got to stay in my pjs because the seizure monster slunk off in the face of the majesty of pure chemistry, and Leo was left a bit snowed, but completely happy in the knowledge of his victory this time. My reasoning for this event was the extreme shift in the weather in addition to a developing fever and cold that he came down with that night. It was a perfect seizure storm, but every time that I deal with a seizure like this at home, the less scared and anxious I get about the next time.
That's all well and good, but I am also reminded here by the fact that where typical kids just get fevers and snots, my kid gets seizures too. There are so many different opinions and trends surrounding kids health and medicine that I am afraid to really delve into it; think of ocean rip tides and undertow...but I do want to say my brief spiel and then I will leave it at that; that this is good for EVERYONE to think about it. We are surrounded by fragile children wether we see them or not, who depend on others for their health and safety. Yeah Leo will get just a seizure which usually can be fixed without much damage from a snotty child's handshake or toy, but there are children with very compromised immunities who may not only get seizures but may also become severely compromised. I think of it as an action of love and support to the fragile members of our community, even if I hate introducing chemical interventions into my baby's pure body, or really want to get out of the house with my stir crazy but slightly snotty kids, or I've read a crunchy article that glorifies spreading sickness (because it's GOOD for you) by sending kids sick to daycare... if my kids or me are sick, even a little, we stay home. And we get vaccinated. Because it's not what I think or believe in, it's what little I and my family can do to help others who aren't so healthy. Ok. Lecture over.

In other news, if you have all been wondering why the posts lately have been far and few between it's all been for a good cause... We have had our creative caps on and the creative juices were flowing! That's not something you can control so one must strike will the iron is hot. With the help of my inexhaustible parents we have come up with an Honorary Lion T-Shirt! One that everyone can have! I know! It is totally awesome! Of course don't let me tell you, check it out for your self.

We are making them at home, and embroidering lions on any scrap of fabric that we can lay our hands on. It's fun! So since we love to share the fun, I made up all these nifty PayPal buttons on the right of the blog so everyone can have some little lion fun. The price pretty much covers the cost of the shirt and embroidery. The rest will go into making new shirts! So the fun continues...
Who knows what we will come up with next!

Although the next project needs to wait until the World Cup is over...

In addition to seeing his favorite kind of ball zooming around, Leo enjoys the snacks that accompany the watching of the Cup.

And running around his own pretend soccer pitch at home.
Go Little Lion man!
Go cool T-shirts!


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