- Lifting up your head and turn it from side to side without throwing your body around
- Learned to sign "more" and "all done"
- Received a cochlear implant, had it activated and are playing with your voice. Finnegan and Julia are your favorites to talk to!
- Know a lot of what we are saying - for example, when you slump over and we tell you to sit up without any visual clues, you sit up straight!
- Love, Love, Love to read books! Playing with puzzles, blocks and bubbles are also some of your favorite activities.
- Learned to give high and low fives!
- Started riding your pony Mercedes and learned to like the farm (thank goodness for the goats!)
- Reach out for anything and everything that we put if front of you so you can check it out
- Can sit *unassisted* for several seconds at a time and can sit with very minimal assistance for a very long time
- Started trying to crawl
- Started eating more foods - with birthday cake as the most recent food you like!
- Learned to use switches effectively and are using them to help with your language development
- Took lots and lots of field trips! With your car seat now facing forward, you don't start to fuss in the seat unless you've been in it more than 1.5 hours, which makes us want to take you everywhere! This year you went to the beach, had sleepovers at your grandparents houses without Mom and Dad, saw Sesame Street Live!, went to the Blue Rocks games a few times and made a lot of trips to museums, the zoo and the aquarium. You love to go out and people watch!
- Like to make a lot of noise in Church - and look around at all the people and smile while you are doing it! - and know that we will not shush you at all.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Tara is an amazing mom to Chloe, a sweet little girl that reminds me so much of Emma. Somehow, Tara manages to keep up several blogs which is simply amazing to me! Today she introduced a cast of several guest writers for the Kidz blog and I'm honored to be one of them! There is a theme for each day on the blog: Make your day Monday, Try this Tuesday, Whimsical Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, Family fun Friday, Sing to me Saturday, and Sacred Sunday.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Julia is at pre-school and Emma is napping right now, so I have a few precious moments (about 45 minutes) to myself. I feel a bit guilty that I'm not doing one of the zillion things on my to do list right now, but I've decided to just relax for a moment and write a web post about nothing in particular.
- I'm really happy for the new tv season. I don't get a chance to watch too much television, but I love The View for the Hot Topics portion. Most people I tell this to just groan and tell me how they hate the show, but I just love it. I tivo it every day and watch it while I clean the kitchen and prep for dinner when the girls are taking an afternoon nap. I also love The Biggest Loser and Grey's Anatomy, so I'll be tuning into the season premiers for these shows along with a few mindless comedies to round out my tv viewing.
- Emma is making so much progress lately! She is starting to talk in jargon - mostly vowels with a few consonants thrown in - much more. I'm excited with the way she is progressing. Also, with the use of our communication board/switch she is able to demonstrate that she can distinguish between objects when we say the associated sound and/or label! This is fantastic! She is also starting to cooperate a bit more when we do the ling sound check each day. This will be infinitely helpful at her CI mapping appointments.
- Julia and Emma are starting to argue! This is SOOOO funny to me and is music to my ears! Julia loves to play with Emma and is used to Emma just letting Julia do anything she wants to her without Emma making a fuss, but with Emma engaging in activities more and grabbing items now she doesn't always go along with Julia's plans and it is causing me to have to play peacemaker a bit :-)
- Julia asked me the other day if she can be a mommy one day. Then she told me she wants me to have another baby - a tiny one - so she can help out. I told her we'll have to visit Tanya and Liz more this fall to see tiny babies!!!!!
- We are planning on moving next year and are starting to work on our projects to get the house ready for the move. We're planning on moving into a ranch house so that it is fully accessible for Emma. We are currently looking at schools to determine the best fit for Emma and then will start to look at houses once we select a school district.
Labels: random thoughts
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I heard about a documentary called Including Samuel from one of my yahoo groups. The film was created by a photojournalist that has a son with cerebral palsy and looks at the challenges and opportunities to include Samuel in their everyday experiences and in school. It also shows several others with disabilities and shows their varied experiences.