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We need some updates on the kids!!!

Updates updates updates!! Give one Smile

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I agree! How are your Snow Peas doing?

Eli is insane.

That's all I have to say.

Seriously though, some days I think he belongs in a mental institution! He is nuts! Or maybe just....TWO.

His speech is still delayed but he is doing much better. He has many more words than he used to - around his 2nd birthday he only had about 10 words, and he used only 4-5 of them regularly. Now that he is 2.5, I'd say his word count is closer to 40 words, and he uses them regularly! He is starting to make 2-3 word sentences such as "No, mine!" "More please" and "I want na-na" (banana). This is all just from my work with him, he has not had any speech therapy. We had a consult with a speech therapist earlier in the year but we never actively pursued going in to the program.

On the other hand, his physical prowess is as good as any 4-5 year old! He can climb ANYTHING. He climbs things at the park that my 4 year old DD won't climb. At the indoor bounce house here in town they have a giant slide that you get up to by climbing a 10 foot vertical wall, using only handholds and a rope. He scales that 10 foot wall like Spiderman, using only the handholds for his hands and feet! He is pretty amazing. He has no fear. He loves to hang from things as well - if you put him on top of monkey bars he will grab a bar with both hands and just launch himself through the bars to hang by his arms! He is still definitely a little monkey, as we suspected when he started walking at 8 months.

He is a pretty demanding child. He is always calling me to come help him or get him something - at least he calls "Mommy!" now instead of just yelling at me! But he is a sweetheart too, with a big smile that melts my heart!

His favorite toys are any type of cars, and he has a few favorite stuffed animals that he sleeps with. His favorite movies are Curious George, Cars, and Toy Story.

We finally got rid of his soother 2 months ago! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, since he was very attached to it, but we only had 2-3 rough days, and after a week he forgot about it. Now I will feel more comfortable letting baby #3 have one in November, since Eli will not have had one since June.

Anyways, that's all for Mr. Eli! He is a big bundle of crazy, always yelling gibberish and blabbing at the top of his lungs all day! He drives me nuts, but I love him to pieces!

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I'm not very positive right now about Daniel.

He, too, has been behind in communication skills. Though, Like Eli, it's starting to improve. I am pretty sure he has food allergies, but his stupid ped doesn't think so and refuses to do the testing. I'm gonna ask my doc about it after I pop my baby out. At this point I'm not sure who I want the new baby to see cause I obviously remembered the pediatricians wrong when I recalled who I liked at the clinic. :roll:

We've officially hit the terrible two's. His tantrums are the worst I've seen in a VERY long time. We were spoiled with Jacob. Daniel honestly acts all possessed... he screams and yells at the top of his lungs you can see the veins popping out all over his face and neck, meanwhile he hits (hard) and kicks and throws the closest items at you. I honestly think I have bruises from the bomb I disabled just 45 minutes ago. And these fits last at LEAST 10 minutes each. Then, of course, when he finally calms down, he's shaking really bad from the adrenaline. *sigh*

I have NO clue how this is going to work with a newborn coming into the mix soon. I pray that the newborn is "used" to him enough to not be too affected by his fits and stuff. Otherwise, I'm gonna need a nanny (yeah right).

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A short while after I posted on here, I got a good call. There is a program in our state called Early Childhood Intervention. It is state mandated and regulated and is, therefore, free. Daniel was recommended to them for evaluation on his delays in communication and fine motor skills.

She is going to call me back at the beginning of next week to do an over the phone developmental questionnaire (the one the ped sent in to her was not the closest age wise to him) and then we will schedule a meeting for him to be evaluated to developmental delays and possible autism. Yahoo finally a professional who is hearing my concerns and moving forward with my requests.

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Wow, Janelle, I'm so glad that happened for you! Hopefully you can get him whatever kind of help he needs!

You'll be in my thoughts over the next few months as you adjust to life with 3 little monkeys!

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Eli is SUCH a little man! he's so big! i can't believe it!

Janelle- Daniel will probably start to behave oh.... during your first visit with that program LOL. I enrolled Ellie in Early Head Start last year because she STILL wasnt walking at 19 months.... and after their first visit she started walking. booger.

Ellie Smile is no angel. makes me feel right at home with you guys talking about your kids. but she's always been a little behind most of the kids with her language, but nothing far enough off the charts for me to worry, and when she hit a big language milestone about 3 months ago SOOO many things started to go better! like she can tell me what she needs now!

I do think i'm the only mama still nursing a snow pea right now, and that was one thing that we've made progress with, she throws fits when she's tired and wants to nurse and didnt know what to do to get it... and words really helped her tell me what she needed and helped her understand when she had to wait. and waiting is not good with her.

And she's still a night owl, wants to go to bed after midnight and would sleep in past 10 AM if i let her. After the last 3 hellish nights though, i'm working on getting her phased into an earleir wake-up, as early as i can stand it, which is not very early after i fight her all night to get to sleep!

She is learning to count (and i feel rather pathetic when i remember other kids were doing that over a year ago!) and still misses numbers but she's always doing 1-2 or 1-2-3 to herself. she loves to steal my flip flops, which she calls flops LOL, and according to the shoe store she's in a 9 1/2 shoe now! she's in mostly 3T clothes depending on brand, and a few 4T as well.

We are working on learning the potty right now. i can get her to go several times a day, and she will take off her diaper as soon as its wet, even a dribble, so i know she's almost ready, but she doesnt really know BEFORE she's going except maybe once a day. we have a sticker reward system. I've been getting her straight to the potty first thing in the morning and after nap... when she takes one.....

She is sweeter than pie sometimes though, she always wants to make people better when they are upset, and a hug from a 2 yr old does do wonders! Right now she's terrorizing her uncle while i'm at work. i've had to pick up full time, which isnt even regular weekday shifts or anything, because DH isnt making much right now with his job Sad so we have to find any babysitter we can.

In other news we are finally looking at buying a house, DH's recent job change made us ineligible for any bank loan though, so we are going through a long process to get a USDA rural development loan. And all the while praying the house we found doesnt sell before we are ready to put an offer in on it. A different house would do, but this one meets almost every single one of our needs, we'd have to compromise or wait a long time to find anything else.

and Bubba is just about the greatest kid EVER! he pretty much sleeps through the night, which i don't expect Ellie to do, i can't, I don't even STTN and i'm an adult, he usually wakes up at 6 am to eat, and of course i don't get up then LOL, but i should. He is giving me none of the trouble that Ellie did, she was one of those eat like a newborn for a whole year babies, and he's always been more efficient, he can sit unsupported and eats all sorts of solids right now. Just turned 6 months old and he can do a bit of the roll and wiggle but he's not crawling quite yet. Ellie did that at almost a year so he's still way ahead of her. Ellie loves him to peices and he loves her too, she can be smashing him and he still smiles because she's playing with him and that makes him happy.

and i'm happy to be back to my pre-bubba weight, which means i still have 10 lbs to go to my pre Ellie weight, and more than that to get to where i should be. but we're getting there. I had quite a bit more pain at the end of my pregnancy with Bubba than with Ellie so i am determined to get into great shape before i consider a #3, which DH claims he's done but i know how the first 2 happened and i know it will happen again LOL.

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Good idea! Nice to hear how the kids are doing.
Griffin is great, he's a happy, pretty even-tempered guy. We are dealing with occasional temper tantrums now, which is a new thing for him, he's always been pretty agreeable and easy to re-direct. He's starting to tell me "NO!" sometimes, and screaming when he doesn't get what he wants. It doesn't last long, and we're trying to never cave in to his tears. It's funny, when he sees other kids throw TT's, he just stares in amazement and asks if they are OK. It's still a novel concept for him, screaming and throwing oneself on the ground as a method of getting something. Most of the time, he's still baffled by it.

We switched to a "big boy" bed this week, because he has out-grown the pack n' play at my parents house, so we put him in a twin bed there, and he LOVED it and stayed in bed all night, so we decided to go ahead and switch at home. At first, he didn't like it. He asked for his crib after the first night, but now he's pretty excited about it.

We've backslided on the potty training. For a while, he was doing well, but lately he refuses to even sit on the potty. We're going to try some rewards. He doesn't like candy and stickers aren't enough incentive, apparently, so this week I'm going to pick up a little bag of those cheap fake bugs or worms or something and he'll get one whenever he goes on the potty until he is back to using it regularly.

He is a great swimmer! He can't actually swim yet, but loves the water, knows how to hold his breath and can hold on to something and let his feet float up and knows all the swimming motions. I'd guess by next summer he'll be able to swim.

He's talking well. People other than DH and I don't always understand everything he says ("woad" for "road," "scoot-th for "scootch"), but he speaks in complete sentences and has finally figured out pronouns. For a long time he referred to himself as "you" (since we always called him "you.") Now he says me and I, and calls other people you.

He's very friendly and says hi to everyone, and will keep saying it until the person finally says hi back :rolleyes: He makes friends everywhere he goes, but not everyone appreciates being chattered at by a 2 year old while trying to grocery shop.

We are TTC #2. Our neighbors have a 2 y.o. who G is best friends with, and they just had a new baby. We asked him if he wanted us to have another baby, and he said "no way!" I guess he sees what goes on next door Wink

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Maci is doing really good. We have left the terrible 2's and were in the emotional 3's. She is really starting to express her feelings. If she gets in trouble, she pouts and cries. She is very dramatic and loud. She has no inside voice. Im constantly chasing after her.
This summer we spent much of our time at our local splash pad and the zoo. For Christmas, Im taking her back to Disneyworld. She just adored all the characters and didn't want to get off the rides. As far as development, she is really smart. She knows her colors, 1-10 and she's starting to say her ABC's. She has a few problems with pronounciations but that was to be expected. I was the same and turned out ok without speech therapy. She is going through a little seperation anxiety when I drop her off at Sunday School. When she does calm down, she tells her teacher about everything including the dog pooping in the floor. It's so embarrasing when they tell me. I hope they don't believe everything. She is starting to sleep through the night and her diet stinks. She hates veggies and fruit. Overall, she's pretty happy and will not be getting a brother or sister anytime soon. She may be the one and only. Im content and I don't know how I could start over rasing another "Maci". She has worn this momma out.

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Taylor is wild and crazy but loving at the same time. He is totally going through the terrible 2's. He will throw fits at the drop of a hat. He screams and throws things. He tests his limits all the time when we are outside which is all the time. He really loves a tball set I bought off one of the local for sale groups on facebook the other day. He thinks its the best and hits the balls pretty far. He occasionally has issues sharing with his sisters or my friends little girl I watch. He is starting to want to help with Sydney and trying to be nice to her after he is mean which is interesting to watch. He loves his dinosaurs, trucks and animals. I got him a scooter that he loves to ride and actually rides it correct. Im still working with him on peddling his bikes.

We are still working with his early access teacher who we have had since he was 6ish weeks old and just started with a speech therapist coming to. We are moving into the transition phase on early access since he turns 3 on N.Y.E. and will no longer qualify for their services but will for the speech therapist.(s.t.) The testing that the s.t. did on him on her initial visit showed that he has a delay in his speech which yes we know since thats what is the only qualifier for him now but it is a delay at 22 months(I think) He is not putting 2 words together and normally not telling me what he wants he has about 25ish words. The s.t. will be coming out 2 times a month for now to work with him and for now she will be coming with his early access teacher so she can get to know him. The other day though he did tell my brother "Bye Jake" when we dropped him off and then when I told my mom about it he said "Hi Nana" so its there its a matter of he doesnt use words together. I think he is also saying love you mommy but I havent fully figured it out but thats what it sounds like since he says it right after I say I love you Taylor. I am working to try and get him to say things like my cup, my pants, go bye bye, my snack. Its not there yet but eventually will be. Im not totally worried about it but it is nice to have someone else helping it along. He has come along way since we have started working with them. He has started talking more though since he had his tonsils and adenoids out in March and his teacher even said that. Because of the speech delay we have not been working on potty training BUT since the little girl I watch is trying and she is younger(turns 2 next month) it might help.

Trinity starts preschool soon, not sure when havent gotten the call yet on when she will start or when we will tour the school. She is such a smart little girl she knows everything she is supposed to know for prek and most/all that she needs for kindergarten. Shes so excited to start back at school again. She is such a helpful little girl. She loves helping me cook/bake or laundry. She will help get things I need when asked. She has my temper and on a 4 year old its horrible but after the fact its kind of funny. Right now she is actually gone for the weekend with my mom she went to the races friday night and is doing family time with my moms family the rest of the weekend I guess. They went to some pizza place today called Incredible Pizza that they have the main incredible people in it and she had a blast with them and its like chuck e cheese with their games and stuff. Ive seen some pictures and it looks awesome.

Sydney is 14 months old now. She is almost as tall as Taylor and into everything. She loves playing with her brother and sister and my friends daughter. She is so easy going though its nice. She has her moments where she will throw her fits but other then that she is such a happy baby. She is learning to crawl up stairs and loves the ones up the ones on the play equipment we have. She is learning new words and is so into books and everything.

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Had another phone conversation with the woman at Early Childhood Intervention. We did the 30 month evaluation form (ASQ) that she wanted to do last week. She says he's only slightly behind in some areas, but has some concerning things that she would like to push through to evaluation despite his only being slightly behind. I gave her my nephew's name and she is going to look up his file to see if he was evaluated with them or not. She said his name is not familiar, but it was 4 years ago and she does see a lot of kids.

So they will call me back later this week to schedule his face to face evaluations.

And we are buying security locks for our doors today. Yesterday he let our cat inside the house at 4am without us realizing he was awake. And this morning we caught him wandering around the house in the wee hours. He's not sleep walking, he's just awake and bored and doesn't bother waking us anymore. Since he can open the doors now I'm concerned he'll go outside and explore without us realizing he's even out of bed. The baby monitor isn't picking up his getting out of bed. If it weren't for my lack of good sleep because of the pregnancy, we might not have even known he was up this morning. :eek:

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

We finally got rid of his soother 2 months ago! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, since he was very attached to it, but we only had 2-3 rough days, and after a week he forgot about it. Now I will feel more comfortable letting baby #3 have one in November, since Eli will not have had one since June.

Your facebook posts on this encouraged me to finally kick our binky habit. Smile Daniel hasn't had one in a little over a month and now when he sees another baby with one he only sometimes asks for his. I, too, am less worried about the new baby having one.

"gypsy86" wrote:

She is sweeter than pie sometimes though, she always wants to make people better when they are upset, and a hug from a 2 yr old does do wonders!

Aint that the truth!

"acqualin21" wrote:

We asked him if he wanted us to have another baby, and he said "no way!" I guess he sees what goes on next door Wink

Oh that sounds adorable! He's one smart boy! Smile

"Blondie1982" wrote:

She may be the one and only. Im content and I don't know how I could start over rasing another "Maci". She has worn this momma out.

I think it's wonderful that you are content with her. She's so adorable and sounds like such a big girl already.

"keaty" wrote:

He has come along way since we have started working with them. He has started talking more though since he had his tonsils and adenoids out in March and his teacher even said that.

I'm so glad he's made so much progress. It sounds like you have wonderful support.

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Honestly, I started reading, and decided to post, then go back to catching up. I REALLY want to tell you about Ki.

Ki is doing AWESOME! She's definitely got a temper, and her tantrums are bad. But they're only rediculousely bad when she's tired. We had to take all her toys out of her room so that she'll sleep at night instead of getting up to play. She just became fully potty trained, day and night. She's been day time trained (with a few accidents) at 1.5 years old, but just recently we've trusted her at night to take her night time pull up off. So I'm so stinking happy about that. I can only thank her bossy older sister for that though.

My neighbor has started a little reading with her. She follows a program and has a lot more patience than I do. Ki now can spell her name (which isn't hard with only 2 letters) and knows 3 letter sounds. She usually has to repeat a lesson a couple of times before she remembers the sound, but HEY, I still think it's pretty good.

She's actually got a boyfriend. I have to laugh. There is a 17 year old Jr who's sisters watch our girls, and she's got that boy wrapped around her little finger like none other. Infact, he had a girl over when our girls were at his house, and his mother told me that he took her home because she "didn't like kids" and Ki was annoying her. Ki's like his baby sister, and Ki makes him do EVERYTHING for her, even go and get her ice cream!! It's really cute, and very sweet.

She's a doll, and very demanding. Luckily, her older sister is a Bossy May. Together they really keep eachother on their toes.

Here's a link to the cutest song every! (not partial or anything am I?)
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=245956792110117

Ki and her older sis AJ (4 years old)

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Savanna is doing great! Her mom feels like a bad mom though more often than not Sad I really wish I could afford to stay home with her, I feel like I never see her Sad at least I have weekends with her, but I just don't feel like it's enough....and to top it off, when I drop her at daycare she clings to me and screams as I head out the door (my babysitter says she calms down right away and is fine for the rest of the day, but it doesn't help my feeling like a bad mom Sad )

she is talking more and more every day and it is SO dang cute! I just love how she talks......she says MORE but it sounds like MOWA......another one sounds like anudder one.....she is always talking about her "pretty hair", she says it pity haiw, and when I tell her she has pretty hair she says thank you (ank too) etc....it's just cute

she is "mostly" potty trained but just during the day, she still wears a diaper at nap time and at night....and she still has pee accidents here and there, but not very often and she hasn't had a poop accident in a LONG time!

lately she has been saying "my belly hurt" i took her in to the doctor last week because she hadn't pooped for a couple of days, we gave her some Miralax and she's been regular ever since, but she still says my belly hurt? Not really sure what to do about it? We've noticed (my babysitter and I) that it is usually after she drinks milk, so we have toned it down on the milk a little bit, but she is still saying my belly hurt like every day? anyone have advice?

oh and this girl is a PICKY eater! It drives me nuts! I can't get her to eat a fruit or vegetable! and when i do make a meal and she doesn't eat, I don't make her anything else special and tell her she will just have to go hungry.......which she does Sad and it doesn't seem to bother her to go hungry GRRRR

she is definitely a mama's girl. she does just fine with dh if I'm not around, but if I AM around, she doesn't want a thing to do with him. It is really sad for him and it really does make him feel bad, especially since he is out of town so much for work (he just left yesterday for another 2 weeks in Texas)

I think that's all I can think of! seriously if anyone has advice, please share!

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Sandra - You are such an incredible momma!!! Eli sounds like a bundle of fun! And Yay for you working with him. After my terrible time with AJ I realized that anyone who has the patience to work with kids to help him have a huge gift, and you really have my respect. You're an awesome mamma!!!

Janelle - I cannot wait to hear about the evals. Not like you're busy or anthing right now. Biggrin Seriously, I'm so excited for you. Congrats mamma!!! OH yeah, those security locks for doors are wonderful. I had to put one on my pantry for AJ's night time meanering.

Jenni - Ellie is so cute! Sounds like she's progressing and doing wonderful. I think it's great that you are able to still nurse her. It's amazing!

Maggie - What a big boy!!! So exciting to know that he loves the water. I'm a huge fish, and it's been a fight getting AJ and Ki to like the water, I can onlly imagine how easy it would be to teach him to swim, then you don't have to worry about him too much!!! I watched a boy (3 at the time) that was back slidding on potty training. I had to wash him down afterward, so I made him take showers. I called it a cold shower, but it wasn't cold at all. After a few times he didn't ever have accidents at my house. I didn't get mad at him anymore, but I made him wash his clothes and clean up after his accidents (even wiping down the floor). Don't know if that would help at all, but it seemed to help this boy. GL with that!!

Blondie - Such adorable pics!!! I have to say I'm a bit jealouse that you are able to visit Disney World. FUN!!!

Katie - WOW, such a handfull you have. But the kids sound like they are doing so good!!!

Lesli - One of these days we are just going to have to get together!! You are an amazing Mom!!! Look at everything you have done for her and your hubby!!!

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It's nice to read everybody's updates. Smile

Daphne is doing really well. She just started going to a Mother's Day Out program two mornings a week, which is really nice for both of us. She's a chatterbox...she loves to make up stories and tell "jokes". She makes her dolls and stuffed animals talk and she loves to sing to her little brother. She's got her numbers and letters down, and we're working on sounds. I normally wouldn't push it, but she's really interested in reading so I figure I might as well take advantage of her interest.

She doesn't sleep nearly enough. I think she's ready to give up her nap, which makes me crazy because with a newborn, I need a nap by 1pm. She's up by 6 every day and rarely asleep before 8:30. We put her to bed between 7:45-8 and she just talks and sings to herself for an hour. We're lucky if her nap is an hour long. Ugh.

She's been potty trained since January, but she still wears a diaper at night. I think she could stay dry if it weren't for the cup of water that she insists on taking to bed with her. I just don't have the energy to change that habit at the moment.

She's adjusted really well to becoming a big sister. She adores her brother and is surprisingly helpful with him. She loves to give him his pacifier, sing to him, bring me blankets and diapers...pretty much anything she can do to help she loves. It's really heartwarming to see her so affectionate with him.

We're also at the emotional 3 stage. If we say something like "Daphne, be careful, you almost hit your head.", she'll start crying. She's super dramatic and it drives me a little crazy. She starts dance lessons on Tuesday...can't wait until she's old enough for a drama class. Smile

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Hi ladies! It's been forever. I just wanted to let you know how Kamryn is doing. She is thriving. She's such a big girl now. So independant. She is such a little smarty pants now too. She goes NO WAY! NO WAY! Gosh. We've been doing well. We are actually expecting our third baby in May of next year. We just found out. We are so thrilled, and since I've got two DD's, I would love a DS. Smile

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"mwilliamson006" wrote:

Hi ladies! It's been forever. I just wanted to let you know how Kamryn is doing. She is thriving. She's such a big girl now. So independant. She is such a little smarty pants now too. She goes NO WAY! NO WAY! Gosh. We've been doing well. We are actually expecting our third baby in May of next year. We just found out. We are so thrilled, and since I've got two DD's, I would love a DS. Smile

I already said this on the May 2012 board....but CONGRATS!

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Its been great to read everyones updates!! Christopher is doing good. He is such a smart little man. He can count to 10 and say his abc's up till about j or k. He can recongize some of his colors. He has such a good memory. He can remember things that I forget and he reminds me about them. Terriable 2's though has hit him hard. Some days I about want to pull my hair out! He has taught Cooper how to climb everything!! So I am constantly having to get them off or stuff!! We are working on potty training but he keeps telling me he wants a diaper. So I am kind of bribing him to wear his underware. He has been wanting a buzz light year and woody toy for the longest. So I bought them for him and told him he could only have them if he started trying to go to the potty. He is doing ok with it. told me today 2 times that he had to go but peed in his underware like 4. So we are going to just keep this up and only put pullups on him if we go somewhere. He has glasses but its soooo hard to get him to wear them. I am constantly chasing him trying to get him to put them back on. He has only broke one pair since Feburary though! The only other thing that has been going on with him is back in July he fractured his arm and he had to wear a cast for 4 weeks!

Here are some pics.

Picture of him with his glasses. He is holding his new baby cousin.

His broke arm


Christopher and Cooper On vacation in Hotsprings arkansas.

Brothers

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Daniel did good with his evaluations. He didn't change on account of them being here. He did everything just like he usually does, so they got an accurate picture of him. The speech pathologist came separately and after Jacob got home from school, and he had a hard time not answering for Daniel when he took more than a second to answer her. :roll: But he finally got the idea when I told him "This is a test for Daniel and when you answer, it's like cheating."

When the speech path was packing up her stuff she did say that she'd be really surprised if Daniel did NOT qualify for services. That made me so happy to hear! When approved, he will have home visits until he turns 3 and then he gets to go to preschool. This also makes me happy because preschools here are pay only and we can't really afford for him to go to the school we want financially speaking. With the help we will be receiving from this program, he will have free (or at least really cheap) preschool. :clappy:

I'm not happy that he's "behind", but happy that someone who can help us recognizes that he is "behind" and that he will soon be making progress towards better communication skills! Yahoo

I know you all understand my excitement over this. It's been a long road and DH said yesterday after she left (he got home before she finished with him) "we should have done this sooner". Yes, yes we should have. But, better late than never. Smile

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I'm so so happy the eval went well! (Or at least you'll get a good outcome from it!)

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I'm so so happy the eval went well! (Or at least you'll get a good outcome from it!)

I second that!

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Hi Guys! Been a while. Glad to see that all of your LO's are doing ok!

To be honest with you, I'm really struggling (which is why I don't really come by anymore). Ava has Cerebral Palsy because of what happened to her when she was born. Last week, I've made the difficult decision to finally have the g-tube put in. I wanted to give Ava every opportunity to eat on her own, but just isn't catching. Her OT told me that she lacks the breathe, suck, swallow reflex & you cannot teach a reflex. She's still aspirating food residue & still eats stage 2 baby food. Ava is not getting enough nutrition to grow and gain fats & nutrition she needs for her development. So that's why we had to decide that. Her new CP doctor told me that since Ava was not sitting up at 18 mos old that she will have a low likelihood of ever walking. Then he told me some load of bs saying that if she isn't sitting by 5, she def won't be walking. I refuse to believe that since she wasn't "supposed" to live 24 hrs or the first week --- let alone be so alert cognitively. So we're going to get the tube to help her gain weight & nutrition (she's 22 lbs), and so she can go back one day to that doctor & show him what she can do one day.

We are finally close to settling on our lawsuit. The financial life planner said this case can settle easily for a min of $14 million. It will settle by the end of this year or beg of next year. Which is good cause we really need to move to a bigger home & I need bigger vehicle for her equipment.

I am so stressed out & tired from life and just dealing with all of this garbage. I'm exhausted! Her smile keeps me going, but I'm feeling like I'm barely hanging on at times. I still really struggle seeing babies, pregnant women. But I take things a day at a time (which is all I can do).

Other than the physical issues... Ava is extremely happy & tries so hard to talk. She only really says "Mum" (she also calls me "M-ma "sounds like Emma). She loves sports & music. Glee is her new favorite show. LOL!

Hope all is well with everyone Smile Miss you guys!

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

Oh Lauren.

Every time I see your name on FB, I say a little prayer for you and Ava.

Thank you for updating us on how you BOTH are doing. I hope you find peace with everything that you struggle with. You are making the right decision to give her the G-tube. :bigarmhug:

I hope you go back to that doctor some day and show him how WRONG he was/is!

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Joined: 05/21/08
Posts: 840

"Nell4Him" wrote:

Oh Lauren.

Every time I see your name on FB, I say a little prayer for you and Ava.

Thank you for updating us on how you BOTH are doing. I hope you find peace with everything that you struggle with. You are making the right decision to give her the G-tube. :bigarmhug:

I hope you go back to that doctor some day and show him how WRONG he was/is!

YES this EXACTLY Smile big hugs to you Lauren, and give that sweet Ava loves from all your Jan 2009 mama's and babies

BuccoBabe's picture
Joined: 06/13/08
Posts: 31

You guys are so sweet! Smile

We are taking things a day at a time and hanging in there. I'm more at peace with my decision at least. Sometimes you gotta bite the bullet. At least I can say we tried everything!

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

Lauren, Im so sorry you are struggling. Extra hugs and prayers for you and Ava.

Joined: 05/31/08
Posts: 1131

Lauren, Ava is so lucky to have you as her mama. Know that you are doing your very best for her and everyone can see that. Statistics don't mean much, it's really all about the care and support she has, and clearly she has the best there is. I can't even imagine how exhausting and emotionally draining this must be for you. I hope you win your lawsuit (how could you not??) and hopefully that will be a bit of a relief to have that behind you and be able to move forward. We all think of you a lot and send lots of love and prayers your way.

Joined: 04/20/05
Posts: 323

Hey Everyone! I know I haven't been around forever, our laptop broke months ago and we've been making due without, but we finally got a new one the other day. Michael is doing well. I think him and Eli may have a few things in common. He is certainly a daredevil, not scared of anything. DH taught him how to squish bugs. He will easily jump off things higher than he is tall. Never afraid of the water, he loves to go under and can swim as long as he can hold his breath. The kid is crazy and we are so happy not to have a pool this year. He will totally just jump in like he knows how to swim.
He is a super friendly kid, not shy at all. Loves to sing, his favorites are the farmer in the dell, and tomorrow from Annie (thank big sister for that one). His is speaking in complete sentences, mispronounces a few words, but no big deal. He knows how to count to fourteen, and knows just about all the letter sounds and most of the names (I taught him sounds first since he'll be going to Montessori school), if I had more time he could probably be reading 2 and 3 letter words, but I have been crazy busy with work this summer. He is going to school in Januaury at the same Montessori school dd goes to, he'll go 2 days a week, he is so ready for it.
We are going to Jamaica in November for my brother's wedding and he is very excited, he tells everyone we are going to the beach in "Nocember" (mixing up Nov. and Dec.).
We are all very excited since it will be our first real vacation since we got married 8.5 years ago.
The only time he really has tantrums is when he is over tired which unfortunately happens a lot since he goes to work with us most days, and napping just isn't going to happen there. Sometimes I feel like such an awful mother because of it, he does still really need a nap but only gets to sleep in the car when we go pick up his sister from school. One day he fell asleep in the car around 3:30 and ended up sleeping until 6:30 the next morning. Poor guy just gets so tired. Sad

No more siblings around here, at least not for a while anyway. we are considering an out of state move next year and possibly opening up a similar business to what we have here, so that would just be way to much work. I am not ruling #3 out yet, I am going to give it one more year.

Here's a fairly recent picture

heateras's picture
Joined: 06/01/06
Posts: 192

((hugs)) Lauren. Ava is gorgeous and so lucky to have you as a mama.

It's great to read about everyone's little ones! Love all the updates.

Those of you with boys with speech delays...hang in there. Noah was VERY delayed. We just worked with him at home and now at the age of 4 he can talk you until you are blue in the face. I honestly think it's a boy thing.

Lizzie on the other hand. Good grief. The verbal skills of a grown woman, I swear. She's super smart, funny and totally knows how to use her feminine charisma to get her way.

For the most part, Lizzie is very VERY happy go lucky. But when she's mad? OMG watch out. She's very strong willed when she wants to be and I can only imagine what the teenage years are going to be like around here. However, 90% of the time she is as sweet and loving as can be.

Noah has a lot of difficulty adapting to change, so to have a go with the flow kid is very new to me!

Oh and she is GIRL through and through. Dress up, barbies, skirts & tutus...you name it!

We have enrolled them in 5 day a week preschool (4 hours a day) since my job (the blog linked in my signature) is very demanding and takes up a lot of my time. I was feeling bad about not giving them the quality of time they were used to getting so this way I can balance my time a bit better and be more present when they are home with me.

I lost my father 2 weeks ago and the time leading up and immediately after his passing was pretty rough on Lizzie. She really picked up on how sad I was. She seems to be doing better/not as concerned about me now. Crazy what these kids pick up on!

Here are some pics:


Lizzie 014 by shawheather22, on Flickr


009 by shawheather22, on Flickr

011 by shawheather22, on Flickr

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

Thanks for posting picture, Heather! Smile

I completely forgot to put up pics. Lol

Here's one taken just a few days ago.