Monday, September 27, 2010

happy dance time!!

For the past year, I've been working on getting Sam evaluated by a medical speech therapist again. Someone who could address his facial hypotonia and really work on the muscles to help him form the words/sounds he should be able to at this age.

We got the referral here in July, they called in August, I called them in September. Teh last contact said it would be NOVEMBER before he got in.

Well, they called today and they had a cancellation and can see him on Thursday at 1:00! I'm so very excited.

Will post an update after the initial session. Wednesday Henry has play group for the first time, so we'll see how well that goes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I'm hoping if I put it in print, I can continue to talk myself OUT of buying Henry a pacifier. I mean, he barely took to a Soothie when he was an infant. But right now he's all about sucking on an empty bottle or sippy cup.

and he ENJOYS it.

how do I know he enjoys it?

because it's QUIET, no screeching. No baby pteradactyl. No trying to wake the dead half-way around the world. he wants to watch the world around him.

why is it that complacency is required later on in life, but we don't allow our toddlers a little bit of it? yes, my 19mo still sucks a bottle. Sam got rid of the paci at 4y 10m. He doesn't ask for it, he is talking and telling stories and learning "big" words.

I just needed to write it out so I don't actually go buy one or 14.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sammy writing

I think Sam's teacher can tell which paper is his because it's the one with the scribbles for a name.

We meet next month for his IEP and I want more details about his writing in there. But for now, I've gotten out the dotted letters his teacher sent home last year. he actually practiced his name all by himself tonight. It's on each paper five times (maybe four), but he did it without being asked.

Writing is hard for him, he just never grasped the concept of gripping a pencil/marker/crayon. Those have only been recent additions ot his interests. (on the other hand, Henry loves to draw with the magna doodle and tries to with a capped pen)

Mrs. Z is using the Letter People program, which makes us VERY happy. Especially since I found a few of the books at Hidden Treasures over the summer. Sam got a lot of joy out of his Letter People creations.

Kids and dawn

Does God give kids some kind of special instructoin that they must be up before the crack of dawn until they're 6? Actually, I think if Henry wouldn't wake up so damn early, Sam might sleep later.

Granted, I knew when having children I'd lose some sleep. And really, I don't mind the loss of sleep on occasion. But the sheer act of being woke up by a screaming banshee isn't my idea of a great start to the morning. Really I'd love it if Henry would sleep til 6:30/7:00 and just wake up nice/talking/giggling/whatever, just anything but the shrieking.

Thankfully, though, both of my children do get up fairly well. By this I mean, they're ready to go. I don't spend hours trying to get them motivated. While Sammy could stay up for hours on end at night liek his daddy, he very much can get up the next morning and do what's necessary.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Speech therapy

Tomorrow is Henry's second speech therapy session. It should be a bit calmer now that Sam has been moved to the AM kdg session. Henry really likes his therapist and should be fairly cooperative. Lucky for me when it's time for her to leave is the same time as Sesame Street coming on. (woohoo for new season on Monday!)

We missed play group this but what can you do when he doesn't sleep because he can't breathe which means you're up all night too? Thankfully playgroup is weekly and we can start next week. So, Henry will get one hour of play group each week and one hour of one-on-one every other week.

We re-eval in a few months to see if we need to up it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

With the addition of FB to my life

I have experienced the loss of my blog. I apologize to my THREE followers. I hope you'll stick with me and come back to regular reading.

Much as happened in the past *gasp* three months. Not even sure where to begin:

  • Henry got his tubes in July, noticed a big babbling explosion about 3-4 weeks later.
  • Started Henry with Early Intervention. We have speech therapy for one hour every other week and therapy play group every week for one hour. An average of 90 minutes a week, I can handle that for now.
  • Sam started kindergarten. We've gone from our zoned school for AM, to school of choice PM, to school of choice AM. VERY happy with our kdg teacher. Sam really enjoys her class, comes home talking about her every single day.
  • Since school has started, I'm back to subbing.
  • I've started a new hobby/job making "tec me blankets". I'll post that story tomorrow or Tuesday. In the middle of three right now.