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.
Anyone else want to share an update??
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
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.
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 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.)
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.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
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.
We have them. They go up higher, but that's not the problem area. The problem is the crotch area.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
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.
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.
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)
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