Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yeah

The kids are at the age that they repeat everything and we find out exactly which words Shannon and I say too often or in a way that is grammatically incorrect. Case in point, we have been hearing the kids say 'yeah' a lot, especially Adam.

My conversation on the way home from WalMart with Adam:
Adam - yeah
Mama - yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes
yeah
yes

You can see I wasn't gaining any ground. And then an idea...

Adam, you need to put a snake sound on the end...sssss....Yes....
Yessssss

Success!

Sara jumps ahead with her teeth

I noticed a few days ago that Sara's other eye tooth on the bottom was coming in. After checking this morning, both eye teeth are coming in on the top, too! Not the first time she has had 4 teeth come in at once.

That brings the count to...

Sara - 16
Adam - 14

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bossy little boy

After being quiet in bed for an hour tonight, Adam started fussing. I walked in their room and a little voice in the dark told me "rock." While the kids are putting more and more 2-3 word phrases together, sometimes 1 word speaks volumes. I sat down in the chair to rock him. He fidgeted and started talking.

"If you don't sit still I'm not going to rock you."
"Couch."
"No, we aren't going to the couch."
"Rock."
He laid back and I started rocking.
"Sing."
"Shhh."
"Sing."
"Shhh."
With a little finger poking me in the nose, "Sing."
"Shhh."
A stiff finger poking me in the mouth, "Sing, sing, SING."

Okay, okay!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Adam graduates with honors

A month ago Adam had his regularly scheduled follow-up visit with the Easter Seals Regional Development Follow-Up Program (RDFP). He was part of the program as a result of his Grade III Intra-Ventricular Hemorrhage (IVH) just after birth.

Shannon was scheduled to go with me but he was in Iowa for the day. I got brave and took both kids by myself. You never know how busy a place will be and if the kids are going to head in different directions. Shockingly, I arrived early. We were the only ones there and the kids enjoyed playing with the toy shopping carts in the waiting area.

Adam visited with two different therapists who tried to challenge him with various tasks--stacking blocks, coloring, shapes puzzles, opening scissors, kicking a ball, putting small items in a container, unscrewing a lid, walking a balance beam, threading a string through a hole in a bead, recognizing colors, speech, cognitive recognition.

One of the therapists commented on the evaluation form, "Very smart and cooperative during testing! Keep up the good work!"

When we originally started with the RDFP, Adam was supposed to have one more appointment when he was 3 years old. However, due to funding constraints, they have shortened their program.

Easter Seals has declared Adam caught up with his actual age and he has graduated from the program. Two years ago this day seemed so far off. It feels good to be here...really, really good.

One proud Mama.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Finally a tooth for Sara

About a week ago Sara finally had one of her eye teeth poke through. Bottom left. I wonder if the other side won't be far off.

Sara - 13
Adam - 14

Again...

Adam had a great day today on the big potty. Pooped in the morning. Peed after dinner. Hopefully this spontaneity will help us when we really give potty training a go, so to speak.

Sara told us after dinner that she needed to use the potty, as well. At least she didn't say "all done" as soon as her bare bum hit the seat. She sat there and chatted for a while. But did nothing. I wondered if it was more about Adam did it so she wanted in on the action. Then she ran through the house with her naked butt. When I heard her fuss at the closed door in the living room, I guessed right that she had peed. On her socks, on the carpet, on the door, under the french doors and into the dining room! Less than 30 seconds without a diaper and she emptied her bladder. In the end, I guess she was right - she did have to go!