Thursday, May 28, 2009
We know Alayna is awesome and doing really well but, I definitely was a little anxious to hear what the committee had to say about her. It was a little strange to be on the parent side of this kind of conference as I have always been the presenter of information as a special education teacher, administrator and even as an advocate for other kids.
Thankfully my anxiety went away quickly and the evaluation and following conference weren't too bad.
Overall, Alayna's gross motor and fine motor skills are on track at the 6 month level (she has to master sitting before she jumps up to the 7 month level and beyond.)
They also evaluated her speech/language skills which are at the 8th month level for receptive language (ability to process, comprehend, or integrate spoken language. Simply put, being able to understand what someone says to you) and 4th month for expressive (putting words together to form thoughts or express one's self).
She is talking a lot (and singing...that yummy thumby song is one of her best!) but not babbling consonants together yet like bababa, dadada therefore the discrepancy. The speech language person who did the evaluation was not concerned with the discrepancy instead she was very complimentary of Alayna's social interactions, talking, and lip closure.
Overall, we felt like their assessment of Alayna was on target and the goals that were set will continue to move her forward. We will continue to work on transitions (getting in and out of sitting, pulling up etc.), reaching for toys, and meeting other developmental milestones over the next year.
We will begin our new baby class on Monday afternoons instead of Wednesdays. It will be so nice to have Alayna in a group with kids who are closer to her age. Thank you God for that answered prayer!
We will continue our weekly individual PT sessions with Erin every Thursday. This also works out well because Alayna was worn out some Thursdays from all the work she had done in Wednesday's baby class so didn't have much to give poor Erin. Also, Alayna's OT will still visit us at home twice a month to help keep us on track.
New cute thing this week...she now looks at you raises one eyebrow then smiles. Where did all this cuteness come from?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
OK, I will hold my breath until I am bathed and beautiful once again...
Friday, May 22, 2009
Our little sweet pea got weighed while we were there too...She is topping the scales at 15 pounds and 24 inches long. In under 6 weeks she has gained a pound and a half and one inch. Wowee! I knew she had a growth jump a week or so ago. That puts her about 20% for height and 70% for weight.
Today is the last day of school so Alayna and I are picking Aidan up as my tenderhearted boy is SO worried that he is going to cry when he hugs his teacher goodbye that he doesn't want to ride the bus (he is sure the kids will make fun of him. Bless him, he is sweet.
(later that day...) we picked Aidan up after field day. He was so brave he hugged Mrs. Gordon goodbye and didn't shed a tear. Of course she and I cried a few for him as we said our goodbyes. She has been a huge support to our family this year. We love you and will miss you Mrs. Gordon! We are already praying that his 1st grade teacher is as great. Aidan is already praying that Alayna will also have Mrs. Gordon!
Aidan's favorite thing about field day was launching a chicken. I am not sure what that was all about and sorry that I didn't get there earlier to get a picture of it...
Have a great and safe Memorial weekend.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Aidan was SO excited when he got up this morning, he has been practicing his songs and choreography for several weeks. He quickly put 2 and 2 together (can't keep anything secret from that smart cookie) that Jason was working early to come home early for him. He was elated.
Grandma, Pop Pop, Jason, Alayna and I all attended the program. It was so adorable. The kids were all so cute. They sang: The wheels on the bus, This old man, Old MacDonald, 6 Little Ducks, and Down by the Bay. They had super cute choreography to go with it.
I got it all on video and plenty of pictures if you ever want to come over to our house to see. (Don't want to post other kids photos without their permission).
Alayna and I skipped baby class today as it conflicted with Aidan's program.
However, Magen, Alayna's home OT came yesterday and Alayna gave a good showing even though she had JUST fallen asleep 15 minutes before Magen arrived. We will continue to work on Alayna pivoting to find toys, sitting and reaching with her left arm (she definitely is right arm dominant).
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The weather here in Shawnee has been really nice this past week. We have taken advantage of the nice weather by getting out and enjoying the sunshine.
Jason was home early the other night and stopped to buy his little princess a pink swing. Needless to say she LOVES it. She and Aidan have spent much time outside swinging together.
This weekend we have had a really nice time together....Jason went paint-balling with the men's group from church so Aidan, Alayna and I hung out around the house and played all morning.
You ARE going to share your blanket aren't you big brother?
We enjoyed Saturday afternoon with friends at their bar-b-que. Aidan was having so much fun he didn't want to come home and we ate so much we could hardly roll home. Brian is one great chef!
Today we went to church then after lunch headed to Deanna Rose Farmstead with Aunt Elise, Grace & Rayne.
It was a beautiful day and all the kids had a super fun time.
Alayna liked the sheep and goats but really LOVED the cows. She talked to them and blew raspberries to them. Needless to say the cows weren't too impressed.
Aidan, of course, loved the stinky bison and riding the tractors!
This week is Aidan' final week of kindergarten and a busy one it will be. We have a play date tomorrow with another family from the DSG, they have a 3 year old daughter that has down syndrome and a 5 year old boy. Aidan thinks it is pretty cool that he now has a friend whose sister also has down syndrome (he has been craving a friend that is in the same boat as him). Tuesday - Alayna will see her home occupational therapist again. Wednesday - Alayna and I are going to play hooky from baby class to go to Aidan's music program. He is singing 5 songs and has been practicing long and hard to get all the words and moves just right. Thursday we will go to pt again and finally Friday is Aidan's field day. Wow after this week we will all need a summer vacation!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I had a wonderful Mother's Day... Both kids slept in (which hardly ever happens in our house). Aidan woke up at 8:10 and I had to wake Alayna at 8:20 so we could get to church on time...YAHOO! We had taken the kids to get their pictures made on Saturday for my Mother's Day gift! Besides the 3 wonderful cards Aidan made for me. He made this beautiful flower garden for me with sparkly flower petals. Very nice.
After church we stayed around the house and played games with Aidan while Alayna napped. Aidan even "cooked" me lunch, yep you guessed it...peanut butter and banana sandwiches yummy (one of my favorites)!
Grandma & Pop Pop came over in the afternoon and Jason grilled us steaks with all the fixins'. It was a really nice way to spend the day celebrating what a blessing God has bestowed on me all while celebrating my own mom too.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Beginning of November still in preemie clothes, but not for long! (my how SMALL they look now)...
By December, we have graduated into newborn sizes...
January....I have begun the chunking up process and brother certainly notices how heavy I am now...
Hair? I am really growing some sprouts...
In April, I continue to amaze everyone with all that I am doing...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Alayna had plenty of smiles for Grandma & Pop Pop even with little sleep today... This morning the home occupational therapist, Megan came for her first visit. She gave us some great information and ideas to help Alayna continue meeting her milestones. She will come back every other week to meet with us and check in on Alayna.
Hopefully she will sleep well tonight and tomorrow morning for Uncle Scott so she can enjoy baby class tomorrow afternoon.