Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Christopher did really well in speech therapy yesterday. He made eye contact various times throughout his appointment and he even made some different sounds. Like, he was trying to mimic the therapist. It was great! Today, when Jason's mom came over to visit she brought him part of his book that he had left at their house and he kept coming over and touching her with it. It was really cute!
The therapist made some more suggestions for things to do for Christopher. One of the things she suggested is that he might be getting over stimulated by so many different things to play with and suggested putting away some toys. I put up 3 bins of toys and left out some of the things the boys play with the most frequently. He seemed excited by all the room in the playroom anyway.
I made an attempt at putting Dominic in underwear today with a couple trips to the potty. I'll let you guess how that went.
Dominic really likes Monsters University and Monsters Inc and there is this part in Monsters University where they are at a party and dancing. Dominic loves it and he really gets into the dancing part. It is pretty adorable.
I mentioned yesterday about my workout routine, I've been really enjoying the water aerobics this week. But let me tell you, that is HARD. I was so sore yesterday morning that I couldn't get up for my cardio. Yikes. And this is done in a therapy pool, so it is very warm and I am always sweating at the end of running laps.
A friend of mine sent me a text message today asking me to pray for her friend's daughter who is spending some time in Children's hospital because she has developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome. If you've never heard of it, don't worry, I hadn't either. She had bronchitis and was given an antibiotic, and she had this severe reaction to it. She was told at their local hospital that they thought it was chicken pox (in her mouth) and sent her home. The poor girl has been put on a feeding tube and already undergone surgery. Please pray for her and her family. There are 6 little ones and now another kiddo has bronchitis.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am still trying to do 60 minutes (minimum) of cardio 6 days a week + 2 days of strength training. I've been doing the elliptical for my cardio, sometimes adding in my stationary bike. I've tried to do some jogging/walking on the treadmill, but it really hurts legs for some reason. So M-F I will go in at 5AM and do 45 minutes on the elliptical, adding any bike I can get in throughout the day. TWTh I will also be doing 60 minutes of water aerobics in the evenings. M evening I will do my arm strengthing and F evening I will do my leg strengthening. Sat I will try to get in my 60 minutes of cardio any way I can.
Whew, that almost sounds like I'm some kind of athlete. It's not getting any easier; well, that's not true, I guess I'm not always sore after my workouts so that is definitely a plus. I've also noticed that I have to work harder to get my heart rate up and it goes down much faster most of the time; this is proving that my cardiovascular health is really improving. Also, yesterday I ran with Dominic from the front of Walmart to the car, while pushing Christopher in the cart, and I wasn't even out of breath! I consider that the best part of my increasing health!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dominic used to tolerate the eye patching like it was no big deal. But when I tried last week he freaked out A LOT. So, we'll see if I can get him to do it again. I'm hopeful. On top of that we need to try to get him to wear his glasses as often as possible. Our next option is the same kind of eye drops that they used in the office, in his right eye only three times a week. Ask me if I want to hold down the 3 year old and put drops in his eyes, then ask him to let me put an eye patch and glasses on him. No. The answer is an emphatic no. Prayers are definitely appreciated.
Monday, November 11, 2013
We had a nice dinner together as a family, and then some of the leftover homemade ice cream. We're having to start giving the boys baths separately because they both desperately want to lay down in the bath tub and just fight over the prime spot in the tub. Dominic is currently loving Monsters University and Monsters Inc. It's so cute listening to him say "Mike Housekey"!
It definitely seems like the most laid back weekends are the ones that stay with me. Little moments of silliness with the boys, quiet game nights with Jason (did I mention that I caught him with his hand full in Canasta? I believe he had 5 points that hand :-D), movie family times, it just stays with me. I love those quiet weekends, I'm going to stock up these memories, and hold them in my heart.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Since Christopher was sick Wednesday into Thursday, we missed his speech therapy appointment yesterday because the person that comes has small children at home, and she was definitely not interested in passing along whatever it was he had. Thankfully, after getting sick again yesterday afternoon, he seems to be on the mend.
I'm still really struggling to get Dominic to wear his glasses. I am at a complete loss. And deep down, I'm wondering if maybe the reason that he doesn't want to wear them is because they aren't a good fit but he can't verbalize that? The reason I say this is because he is supposedly extremely far-sighted (that's the one where he can't see up close right?!), but one of the things we've been trying to use as "glasses time" is when he's on the tablet. But it struck me last night, that he shouldn't be able to see it or do much with it except with his glasses on. But he's putting together puzzles and all sorts of things on that thing. Now, the eye doctor told me last week that he can self-correct, and that is actually what is causing his left eye to turn in, because he is straining it. So last week they put in an eye drop that basically numbed his eye muscles so that he could not self correct, but he still won't wear the glasses. Not during that whole time, not while looking at things up close or far away. So, it doesn't seem to me that he's struggling with that? But what do I know?!
Have I mentioned I know a lot of pregnant women right now? A lot! One of the ladies that I know that is pregnant is a good friend of mine and she is pregnant with #3. She is the one who gave us the boys' entire wardrobes practically. She had a boy first and then a girl and they thought they wouldn't have any more kids after that, but God turned their hearts a bit and now they are excited to welcome another boy! So, now I need to get organized and put together all the clothes and take them back to her! Good excuse to see her new house!
Speaking of Christopher's speech therapy; I took a bunch of pictures to make a flash card book with vocabulary and also to help with communication, so he can "tell" us what he wants. But we went to pick up the pictures earlier this week and they are awful. Like really bad, I don't even know if he would know the slice of cheese is a slice of cheese. So, I guess I better use the real camera to do it...
Dominic is pretty much obsessed with beef jerky lately. I've been making it a lot because it is a good snack for me (hello protein!) and Dominic has been asking for it a lot. Sometimes he says "want jerky" and other times he says "want a piece" and other times he just steals mine...
Dominic's speech is getting a bit better, but he still doesn't seem to have actual conversations. If anyone has any tips on getting him away from just repeating and actually responding appropriately, I'll take them. Of course, if you just want to tell me that this comes with time, I'll take that too. :)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
At my last weigh-in I was down to 258, that is a 20 pound loss since I first began. I'm also down a total of 10.5" since I started. I'm so happy and proud of myself . I've still got a long road ahead of me obviously, but I'm on the right track!
Friday, October 25, 2013
So Christopher has speech therapy twice a week, but normally it's a developmental aide (I think that's what they're called) that comes in and then once a month the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) comes in to see him. Well this week was the week the SLP came and she gave us some idea towards what is causing his issues. She thinks he might have speech apraxia. If you read that link, it is almost everything that Christopher does with regards to his speech. So she gave us some tips to help him out. But, she also caught some things that are red flags, that might lead us to a more serious diagnosis.
If you read Cam's blog, you might know the journey that she is going through with her youngest daughter, Mae. As she was documenting some of the things she noticed about Mae, I also saw some things that Christopher does that are similar. We are going to see a developmental pediatrician who might come back with a diagnosis with Christopher on the autism spectrum. But, it might not. I'm trying really hard not to stress about it because it could just be the speech apraxia and the things we are going to do to help with that developmental issue might take care of everything. I won't lie, I feel stressed and overwhelmed and unbelievably guilty. It is so easy to look at something and say it must be me, or something that I'm doing wrong; but after talking to a few friends I feel better about that. I know that diagnoses like these come to all different families with different parenting techniques.
That being said, there are some things that we don't currently do that we are going to work on implementing. We have maintained a really laid back parenting style with no real routine/schedules. So, we are going to be working on a much stricter schedule as the SLP thinks that this will really help him out. I think it will also help Dominic too, even though he just tends to create his own routine, this might help him feel a little better about things. I'm going to take pictures of things that he regularly eats at our house and create a flip book to help with his communication too. The picture with the word should help a lot. We will also be creating a picture schedule so that he knows what we will be doing throughout the day, but this probably won't make much difference for a while. But I think I will make one for Dominic too so that he can see it and knows what to expect more too. We are putting Christopher back in his high chair for meals and so far that has been helping a lot. He's been eating a lot more and he hasn't cried at all when he's been in there. It just makes me see how much structure this kid needs to function well.
|He even ate with a spoon for the first time EVER!!|
Whew, that was a lot of deepness...it's time for some frivolity!
The boys and I went for a walk to the library and then the store, but they got tired on the way home and we stopped at the community building to "rest" but the boys found some water. Of course.
I haven't updated much on my weight loss lately, and I plan to do more soon, but for now I just wanted a brief update. I'm kind of stuck in a plateau right now that seems to be around 258.5-262. I'm not sure why, it might be a female/hormonal thing, because it feels like my measurements are always done right in the middle of a cycle; but I might need to pump up my exercising. I hope to figure it out soon. :)
Meanwhile, Jason has been doing the diet with me and he seems to have better luck than I do! He's dropped about 7 pounds already. Impressive since he's been so crazy at work and hasn't done his regular workouts. Of course, he does ride 3+ miles a day on his bike...
I can't think of anything else...so instead here is this video of Dominic. He has been enjoying watching this several times and he giggles at himself the whole time!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday we ended up going to Pueblo to look for some pieces for Jason's Halloween costume. The IT department is going to dress up as the people from the IT Crowd.
Jason is going to be Moss, the guy on the left, and I'm pretty excited to make it happen. We bought an afro wig and we are going to style it. Any suggestions on how to make that happen are appreciated. ;-)
Also, I'm debating getting a perm. Not like, an 80s perm, but something more modern. I'd just really like things to be a bit easier in the morning without looking like a frizz ball.
Sometimes weekends can feel so rushed and stressful, so it's really nice to have a weekend that is busy-ish but doesn't feel stressful.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
2 posts from me in one day? Unheard of right? It's because I wanted to do 2 link oops but I'm definitely not smart enough to combine them.
So I'm linking up here with Cari. over at the Clan for Theme Thursday.
We still had temps of over 80 last week so we are not getting much leave change yet so I wasn't going to join in yet. But when I took the boys to the park I saw some pretty leaves and even though they're more golden than orange I decided to play a little fast and loose with the rules. I hope Cari doesn't mind!
Technically this would be a higher number, because I used to do Small Successes posts back when I first started my blog, but then it went away. Now they're bringing it back over at Catholic Mom and I'm so excited! I think it's such a great idea to celebrate our successes, no matter how small they may seem!
1) I've been working on my story; I mentioned earlier this week that I was working on something that has always been a dream of mine. I'm working on my story and there is just so much to it, but I'm loving it. I'm excited to get enough done that I can start reading it to the boys, because that's my inspiration anyway.
2) I cleaned the stove pieces this week! This seems so small, but it was a really big deal because there was so much stuck on my burners that it was causing them to overheat and cook things all wonky. At least, that's what I'm blaming the bad cooking on...
3) Christopher said "Amen" at Mass this week! OK, well, most people wouldn't have caught that, but it definitely sounded like Amen and it was at appropriate times so I'm having seriously high hopes that new sounds/words will be coming soon. He also said the "sh" noise which is new.
Go over to Sarah's blog and check out everyone else's Small Successes!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
I married my best friend; we enjoy spending time together, whether we are riding bikes, playing games, or just hanging out together on our respective electronic devices.
|Jason shuffling for his big win at Canasta|
I am a mom, and for the double win, I get to stay home with my kids. I get the opportunity to be with them every day and to teach them, eventually homeschooling them.
I had just one real dream when it came to a job though. I wanted to write. A book, I'm not dreaming about the great American novel or anything, just an enjoyable novel. I've had storylines in my head on numerous occasions, but they've never resulted in anything. But now? Now I have this great story in my head that is prompted primarily by the two little munchkins that I'm blessed to spend my time with. I just want to put something down on paper that I can read to the boys. That involve them, and make them love storytelling.
And so I am. It's slow going, they might be 5 and 6 by the time I finish (I hope not!), but I'm doing it. I love my story idea, and I can't wait to share it with them.
It's funny how one dream can lead to another, how connected all my dreams have been.