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Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
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Anybody still around??

Hey all (or none, depending on attendance these days).

I am just checking in.

Daniel is heading towards an Autism evaluation.

He was evaluated last August (2011) for developmental delays and they found him delayed in speech, communication, socialization skills and cognitive ability. This meant he qualified for services from an organization called Early Childhood Intervention. He started with therapy visits at home and since February, he's been going to Head Start preschool in a special classroom with 15 "normal" peers and he is one of 5 special ed students in that classroom. They took a break for the summer and he just started back up late September.

He has made great improvements since his evaluation last August, but he has times of regression. We are in one of those times right now.

He has officially out grown size 6 huggies (the biggest huggies) and is getting marks on his legs from the elastic being stretched so much, then he scratches the marks cause they irritate him and he has a slight skin swelling similar to what happens when you get scratched by a cat. The school was concerned by the marks, but they talked with me because they are uniform (instead of calling cps).

Since we are moving into the "medical grade" diapers and can't afford them and make just barely too much money to qualify for assistance, we decided to try potty training again. It's not going well.

Instead of prepping him by trying to get him excited about the concept (the methods we've used previously), we chose to just start rewarding EVERYONE in the home who uses the toilet successfully. This meant that big brother, Daddy and Mommy (and anyone who visits) gets applause and candy for using the bathroom. We were hoping that he'd see everyone getting rewarded and want to be rewarded himself. This backfired as he started to yell at his member while yanking and pulling on it, yelling "Pee!! Make bubbles!!" He clearly does not know how to make it happen. I had brother demonstrate, thinking maybe he just didn't know what it meant to "pee".. but he seems to not know how to use his muscles to make it happen. I spoke briefly with the ped about it today (we were there for a strep test) and the ped is not concerned because of his developmental delays, etc. WE are going to take some time tomorrow afternoon and confine him to an area of the house that is all tile (easy clean up) give him a few toys, and a potty chair and take away his clothing and diaper. We plan to just let him have accidents without making him feel like he's in trouble and see what he does. When we see it start to happen we will try to bring positive attention to it and move the potty chair over to him.... we shall see what happens.

Anyway.. I've yapped enough for all of us, I'm sure. Wink

Anyone else want to share an update??

Blondie1982's picture
Joined: 10/11/07
Posts: 25

So Sorry about Daniel but glad your getting some answers.
Were still here. I check in from time to time. Maci was diagnoised with asthma so we are on our own journey there. Otherwise, were great. Getting ready for a Christmas trip to Disney. Maci is in Mother's Day out and Dancing and she loves it. Maci just pooped in the potty for the first time and then she reverted back to pooping in pull ups. I have hidden them all. She drives me crazy. Such an attitude and has learned some choice words from kids at school. Needless to say, she spends a lot of time in time out. Sad

sandraleigh's picture
Joined: 11/23/06
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I am here lurking from time to time. Mostly I keep up with people on Facebook.
Janelle, I'm sorry to hear about Daniel and his likely diagnosis, but I am glad he is getting the intervention he needs.

We are busy with life - moved 6 months ago to a new city, had to find a school for DD (Kindergarten) and a preschool for Eli. He qualifies for funding for school as well because of his speech delay and hearing loss. He has had his hearing aides now for about 2 months and is doing pretty well with them. We have noticed great improvements in his speech over the last few months and I can't believe how much he has learned! Even 6 months ago he didn't know any colors, numbers, letter, shapes, etc. Now he can name every letter, every number, every shape, and every color. It is crazy how much he has picked up both at school and at home. It's like all of a sudden he is interested in learning about things - maybe because he can hear us when we talk!!!

Busy as well with baby Emerson, who is about to turn 1 at the end of this month. Crazy how fast this year went!

Also (keep it on the down low) I am pregnant again :eek: Yeah. Freaking out. I have been hanging out in June 2013. You can go there and see my huge rant about the state of limbo I am in! (No PP AF after Emerson, so no idea WHEN I got pregnant, so no idea WHEN I am due. I am guessing June sometime.)

Blondie1982's picture
Joined: 10/11/07
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"sandraleigh" wrote:

Also (keep it on the down low) I am pregnant again :eek: Yeah. Freaking out. I have been hanging out in June 2013. You can go there and see my huge rant about the state of limbo I am in! (No PP AF after Emerson, so no idea WHEN I got pregnant, so no idea WHEN I am due. I am guessing June sometime.)

Congrats! Wow! I can barely handle one kiddo. Cant wait to hear the E name you pick out!

Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
Posts: 2455

Woohoo!!! Congrats, Sandra!!!

I totally took an HPT today. Brad had the big V in March, but I still have no AF from having Evie 14 months ago. I've had on and off symptoms for forever. Every now and again they bug me enough to take a test. It was BFN today (as usual). But when I smell things that others do NOT smell.......

DH says I'm paranoid.

Lol

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Joined: 05/21/08
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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I am here lurking from time to time. Mostly I keep up with people on Facebook.
Janelle, I'm sorry to hear about Daniel and his likely diagnosis, but I am glad he is getting the intervention he needs.

We are busy with life - moved 6 months ago to a new city, had to find a school for DD (Kindergarten) and a preschool for Eli. He qualifies for funding for school as well because of his speech delay and hearing loss. He has had his hearing aides now for about 2 months and is doing pretty well with them. We have noticed great improvements in his speech over the last few months and I can't believe how much he has learned! Even 6 months ago he didn't know any colors, numbers, letter, shapes, etc. Now he can name every letter, every number, every shape, and every color. It is crazy how much he has picked up both at school and at home. It's like all of a sudden he is interested in learning about things - maybe because he can hear us when we talk!!!

Busy as well with baby Emerson, who is about to turn 1 at the end of this month. Crazy how fast this year went!

Also (keep it on the down low) I am pregnant again :eek: Yeah. Freaking out. I have been hanging out in June 2013. You can go there and see my huge rant about the state of limbo I am in! (No PP AF after Emerson, so no idea WHEN I got pregnant, so no idea WHEN I am due. I am guessing June sometime.)

EEP! So excited for you although unexpected Wink

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Joined: 07/28/04
Posts: 908

:lurk:

What about GoodNights instead? They go up pretty high. They are pull ups, not diapers, but hopefully that will make things easier. If you get them via Amazon Subscribe and Save they are cheaper than in the stores.

Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
Posts: 2455

We have them. They go up higher, but that's not the problem area. The problem is the crotch area. :confused:

CamelNoodle's picture
Joined: 07/28/04
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How about Depends? They have to be cheaper than Hospital Diapers. If you are interested in cloth, I know of a few seamstresses who will make custom pull ups up to 100 lbs.

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Joined: 03/13/08
Posts: 2119

I pop in once in a while, but not often.

Janelle, sorry to hear about Daniel, glad you are working on trying to figure out how to work with him.

Sandra, Congrats!

We put Natalie in Montessori school at 18 months and she's been doing really really well, she is already at the point of learning to read, her speech is incredibly good most people are shocked when they hear her talk. She can write her name, the numbers 1 - 9, and much of the alphabet. She is beginning to read and gets through some really simple books.

When it comes to the potty we had some accidents over the summer, when the school brought in different staff, but she's had no accidents since the regular staff got back in early September.

Physically she is on the small side but she eats ok and is very active so we aren't concerned. DH's family the tallest person is 5' 9", my dads side is also short.

We fostered a dog in July in hopes of adopting him, it didn't work out he had severe mouthing issues and they got worse out of the shelter, having two kids he got returned and is going to a facility that will work with him. After that we went and adopted a puppy from a foster, we were told he is a border collie/sheltie cross (looks like he has a smooth coat). He's doing really well, Natalie is head over heals for him, and he is really good with her.

Apollo @ 11 weeks old (August 14)

Apollo @ 21 weeks (October 30)

Joined: 11/23/07
Posts: 870

i check in from time to time, but i CLEARLY don't keep up with my siggy. lol. Ellie is doing great in head start 4 full days a week. despite me counting with her ALL THE TIME, and reading books and trying to teach her colors, she just kinda ignored me. or maybe she didnt quite understand them yet, because after 2 months of school she's a whiz. singing songs all the time, begging me to read books, very rarely having potty accidents, counting better on her own, and knows all her colors! Bubba is a very sweet little guy, learns new words every day, always hugging people, cute than hell, sleeps like a rock and only demands his "bear" and other "bear" which is a dog stuffed animal. and a blanket, boy loves to sleep!

and biggest news.... I'M NOT PREGNANT.... lol..... WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. yesterday. Smile we've been looking for 3 YEARS. so its about time! its perfect, 3+ bedrooms, farmhouse style, older house, with 5.5 acres and a barn. we're getting a dog in 3 days too. finally i have enough places to put all my people! we even pained Ellie's room pink so maybe she'll sleep in it! now Ellie refuses to go back to our apartment! kind of a pain, but i'm glad she likes the new place! i'm excited, but after just 36 hrs of homeownership, i am lucky i got a shower, i have no clean jeans and i can't remember when i last brushed my teeth.

i got a new job 7 months ago, finally in my field, i'm the evening lead teacher at a extended hours daycare. i love it. DH works nights as security, so we don't really see each other much, just in passing or sleepin. but the kids are not in care, and that saves money.

Joined: 05/15/08
Posts: 413

I haven't been on the forum for a month or so. I'm still due at the end of March, and I've been feeling baby regularly for a couple months now.

Dh worked for 8 months as a campaign manager for a state assembly candidate. We lost. Back to the job search. We might move out of state to someplace with lower unemployment (not hard when you live in CA!). I've been joking with dh that we moved when I was at the end of the 2nd tri with both our boys, so we're required to move for this one, too. Smile

We were going to have a gender scan on the 20th, but with dh not being employed, we cancelled it to save the money.

Ezra (4 in January) and I started doing preschool at home in April. We're going to be homeschooling, so there's not much point in sending him anywhere now. It's gone pretty well, and he's learning how to sound out words. The only problem is that he gives me goofball answers when he knows the material and is bored. The problem with that is that he doesn't always demonstrate that he knows the material FIRST.

Gideon (2 in January) is talking up a storm and getting into everything.

Both of them are starting to help me in the kitchen, and Ezra likes to help me with cleaning.

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Joined: 10/03/08
Posts: 3

I pop in from time to time but life has gotten out of control busy! I am glad to hear that all our snow peas are doing well and if needed getting the extra help that they need.

Preston is doing great. He's totally potty trained during the day and attending a great daycare 5 days a week as I am working full time. For a while I was thinking he was colour blind as no matter how much the daycare or myself worked with him he couldn't grasp colours. He's starting to point colours out to me know which is a relief. He's a big boy and solidly into size 5. He's actually getting his first 5 - 6 yr old molar. He always has been ahead of the game with teeth.

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Joined: 05/05/08
Posts: 383

Hi ladies! I haven't been on here in an eternity but just decided to randomly check the board. Janelle, I'm sorry to hear about the struggles you've faced w/Daniel. Sounds like you're doing an amazing job of being his mom though. Smile Sandra, ack!! I had no idea! Congrats!! Enjoyed reading the updates from all of you.

Piper is one funny lady. She is so so SO full of energy all. the. time. and while that is par for the course of being an almost 4 year old, it is utterly exhausting for me. Smile She goes to preschool 2.5 days a week and really enjoys it. Piper is super precocious and will chat up just about anyone who comes across our path. She really enjoys her ballet class and is constantly prancing and dancing around in dramatic fashion. She learned to write her name this fall (only in caps... we're gonna have to work on lower case) and likes to write it on just about everything she can.

Jack is 7 months old now and so sweet I can hardly stand it! He's an amazing sleeper and for that I am incredibly grateful. He's our Mr. Chubby Smiley Baby most of the time and now that he's mastered sitting on his own, my life just got a little bit easier!

Our big family news is that we just moved last week to the suburbs from downtown. This is a huge change for us, but a wonderful and much-needed one. I LOVE our new house and it's been exciting (and exhausting) getting settled. Guess that's the update for now. Take care!!

les27's picture
Joined: 05/21/08
Posts: 840

Savanna is doing great! She has preschool 2 days a week and she just loves it! She has learned so much in such a short time! She is potty trained during the day still struggling at night. She is such a deep sleeper so I think that's why she doesn't wake up when she has to pee, some nights she will be dry others she is super wet. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and just can't handle waking up in the middle of the night to change sheets (because then I can't get back to sleep) so for now she is still in diapers at night. She still takes a 1-2 hour nap during the day which is great for me to get some rest lol. She is a little stinker and just so funny! She is so excited for her baby sister to get here!

I am due Jan 9 and we are having a terrible time with names, so we call her baby sister for now Sad I have several names I love (Devyn, Avery, Ava, Eva, and about a zillion others, DH says no to EVERYTHING I suggest, yet HE doesn't have any suggestions GRRRR)