What we did and when we did it. Sometimes.

What we did and when we did it. Sometimes. People, places and events to remember.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bragging on Ben (End of April)

*** I wrote this draft back at the end of April.  I'm posting it now because I don't want to forget. ***

Ben is getting big and he's learning so much.  I want to remember the ways that he's grown this year.

I dropped Ben off for preschool this morning and watched him walk in the classroom.  He sat next to his teacher and she told him that this week they are working on the letter "X."  She showed him an X, then gave him a piece of paper with 9 letters on it (3 or 4 were Xs) and told him to find all the Xs and circle them.  He did.  He found the correct letters without help, and circled them (widely - he can't quite manage a small circle yet).

This morning, he signed the alphabet to me - in order - on his own.  Because he wanted to.

He can JUMP.

On Tuesday at Little Gym, he chose to climb the stairs to the balance beam, and then he walked all the way along it (with me holding his hands).  This is big because when we started these movement classes, he would avoid the beam at all costs.  Balancing takes a lot of core strength, and it's hard for him.

He can also hold himself up and swing on the bar.

He's no longer afraid to do a forward roll (although he still needs support to do one).

He can make toast.  (With supervision!)  Ben really wants to do all the cooking.  He loves to crack eggs and stir them for scrambled eggs, and he wishes that I would let him use the spatula (by himself)
to move them around in the frying pan.

He loves mirrors.  Anytime he sees his reflection, he has to stop for a smile and chat.

He loves to stop and smell flowers.

Ben is doing all sorts of stuff, but this is what I want to remember from the last couple of days.

Here's a photo of Ben admiring his reflection at Easter.  I think he's about to open a miniature Snickers.  Note the chocolate already on his shirt.  :)

And just for kicks, here are all 3 kids at Easter.  This is pre-chocolate.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beginning of Summer Vacation 2015

For the last two years, we have taken our family vacation at the very beginning of summer - either immediately after the last day of school ... or we've taken the kids out a couple of days early.  We drive 6 hours to Houston, stay in a hotel, and have Ben attend some kind of doctor's appointment.  Last year, it was cardiology (where we got the amazing news that the hole is closing and surgery is not exactly off the table, but teetering way on the edge).  This year, it was a visit to the Down syndrome clinic.

Ben did great.  It's always a little discouraging to hear the results of evaluations ... especially in expressive language.  But ... it's OK.  The therapists and doctors there are very good.  They enjoyed interacting with Ben and had lots of good things to say about him.  They also gave us a referral for a sleep study and an ENT.  I just have to decide if it's worth it to drive 6 hours to Houston or if we should do those visits locally.

As a side note: we totally got stuck in Houston traffic on the way to the appointment and Ben threw up his breakfast in the car.  It was an exciting morning.  Fortunately, I had brought a change of clothes for him, and we managed to arrive on time.  Whew!

And then - off to Hawaii!

Another side note: it's probably not a good idea to fly with me.  I keep encountering delays!  This time, we got stuck at LAX for an extra 4 (5?) hours.  But we made lemonade: we met some other families with little kids and had our own mini preschool camp at an empty gate.

Finally, Hawaii:

We stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort for the first several days and had a wonderful time!  We played beach games, paddled a kayak, swam in beautiful pools, and just enjoyed hanging out as a family - including Emmett's mom and dad, plus Emmett's sister Jen, her husband and their boys.  The cousins had a pretty good time together.