Levi is doing well! He is imitating more and therefore working on his expressive language. He try’s to make the sounds of words after you say them. He can initiate and say: all done, tree, mama, dada, dog, down, kiss. As I list them I am more impressed in his progress! He says other things too after you say them like bubbles or Elmo. We still use a lot of sign but usually with some sounds too. We are trying to get him to make the various vowels with a consonant. Example: he says ‘Puh’ for up but won’t say pee, po, pa sounds. I’m definitely pleased with the progress. Some of his success I attribute to some recent brain development that we notice as well as how awesome his preschool is!
He still gets PT once per week for 45 mins. They work on motor planning skills like how to execute a series of body actions to do something. She sets up mostly obstacle courses for him and I find them adorable and funny. I see this skill developing more when we are at the playground. The sequence in which he moves his body are much more connected now.
Last week, the PT said his base of support was still too wide and that it should be much more narrow. She thought the cloth diaper was hindering because of the bulk between his legs. We put a disposable on and we did see a difference. His stance was more narrow and his steps were bigger and more forward than swinging out to the side. If that makes sense. She asked us to use disposables for a week and see if it made a difference. Our apt is tomorrow so I will ask what the consequences are if we don’t want to stop cloth diapering. Side note: the cloth did not cause this problem. As with many things, a normal developing child (average child) is unhindered by the bulk of the cloth. However, it can hinder a child already struggling.
He still does this once a week for an hour. I’m not sure what they are working on and if he still needs it. I should ask her next week.
We tested everything and couldn’t recreate the hives. With eggs he still got the mouth rash. Apples and cantaloupe produced no symptoms that we could see. We couldn’t do a full test of peanut butter because he would eat it. The few times he did he had runny/puffy eyes and nose. Same with the peaches. The allergist told me to give him a ring with the results and he wants to see Levi in about 3 months. We haven’t tested the other half of the panel and I’m sure we will discuss the results of our trials and whether or not these allergies can/will strengthen over time.
Ah.Maz.Zing! I’m so happy with them! Levi is learning so much and really doing well with more hands on attention and learning! They work with them on being independant! They serve themselves snacks and drinks as well as throw their trash away. He is so good about clean up and has been ‘helping’ more at home. We have also been taking the cue from them and encouraging him/challenging him more at home. Helps with the tantrums when he has a job to do! The school had an open house night last week and I enjoyed taking pictures of the pictures!
The slide show has images from the open house, Physical Therapy, speech therapy, and allergy testing apt.
Obviously, being 16 months old this past Christmas, this was not Pickle’s actual first Christmas… but it was his first one that was interactive! It was so fun to watch him discover the Xmas tree over the month of December. Being as cautious as ever and softly hooting is questioning/concerned sound . I was so pleased how gentle he was with ornaments and only broke 2! He didn’t particularly enjoy touching the tree… he has an aversion to sensory things like that… and managed to leave presents alone too! We were smart, though, and only decorated the tree and wrapped presents when he was asleep for the night. Even though it was hard to get into the Xmas spirit (something just didn’t feel like Xmas) it was far better than last year when we were dealing with the sprinkler explosion and flooding in the house!
Christmas came and we were excited to be spending it with my dad and step-mom! This was the first time we ever got an Xmas alone with them. The night before, we set out only a few Santa gifts. We got him a Sheriff Woody and my dad supplied a T-ball setup. The images I captured of Levi running down the hall to the living room are priceless. He wasn’t excited because of Xmas or Santa… he was excited simply because of your love, excitement, and attention on him! He quickly learned about unwrapping the gifts and seemed to enjoy it. A few gifts in and he was too preoccupied with the new stuff to keep going, so Craigery and I opened ours. Soon he was interested again and we finished opening the gifts. We got him: Stride Rite shoes, 5 Golden Books of Pixar stories, Bongo drums, and a Wooden food chopping set by Plan Toys. In his stocking he had things like bubbles, wooden train whistle, a Jacob’s ladder, and a giant crayon of melted crayons. Pickle had a great Christmas and got many other things from our families. I am happy to say that nothing was a dud and sports and instruments seemed to be the focus! Enjoy the photos!
Last week may have been worse than the week before! This week is the first of my 2 weeks off from work. Sunday I’m flying to visit my Dad and stepmom Kathy. We found out recently that she has Thyroid cancer and I’m gonna visit her before the surgery, since I wont be able to come out for it. That will be the week I return to work. Anyway, I decided to divide my list into “MUST THIS WEEK”… and “WOULD BE NICE”. Wish me luck!
Fold Pickle laundry
Put Pickle laundry away
FINISH NEW PHOTOGRAPHY SITE on THURSDAY!
Cancel attending Brayden’s bday
Reschedule with potential bride client (I was supposed to meet with her on Sunday but Ill be flying)
Pack Pickle’s bag
Pack my bag
Get or borrow one of those car seat caddy’s or gate check bag
Go to the post office!
Sew backing of quilt together
Layer and basting pin the quilt together
Quilt. (I may need to go down to Sew Modern to get some help)
File for unemployment
Call Daycare and put Pickle on vacation week for next week
Pack crafts to work on in Vegas
Strip the next 2 loads of cloth diapers
WOULD BE NICE:
Get my hair cut
Get Pickle’s hair cut
Write birth story (could also do this next week)
Get new diaper bag
Set up “A Piece O Lease” on Instagram… Im gonna try it and see how it goes… I think