Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Last night we drove through a wretched thunder storm on the way home. The sky was thick with dark clouds. Spencer couldn't find his friend anywhere. He was so upset; he was shouting for the moon and calling "hi, hi," trying to coax his friend out of its hiding place. This evening, which was considerably more pleasant, we went out for a walk and I told Spencer we would look for the moon. "My moon," he said.
Alex began saying the entire alphabet about two weeks ago. Soon after, he started counting from one to ten. He utters both sequences repeatedly. I was excited but a little concerned, being that the developmental pediatrician is watching him for PDD-NOS. Last week he was playing with a television remote and was saying "one, two, one, two" and pressing the corresponding buttons. His speech pathologist was there at the time, working with Spencer. "Oh my God!" I said, "I can't believe what I'm seeing!" I brought Alex to the table and began writing random letters and numbers for him. He actually identified them! I was so shocked. The speech pathologist says that he may be hyperlexic.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
We got caught in a rain shower when we were down by the river, about a ten minute walk from our house. I got soaked. The boys got rained on from the knees down. It was fun! The boys seemed so happy and relaxed by the time we got home. There's nothing like being outdoors to sooth one's spirit.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I've only known Kathy for a little over three years. When I interviewed for my last job I wasn't sure I wanted it. When I went back for my second interview I met with Kathy and I thought "I really want to work here!" It was one of those instant friendships...kindred spirits. She is such an incredible person: intelligent, funny, kind, thoughtful, and a little crazy. We're so much alike. She's never been afraid to tell me how it is and she's almost always right (much to my chagrin). She is like a sister to me.
Kathy is Alex's godmother, and her husband, Kevin, is his godfather. They have two beautiful little girls whom I adore. I am so going to miss watching their girls and my boys play together. I'm going to miss spending the afternoon at their house. I'll miss Big Lots and Marshall's trips with Kathy. I'll miss Indian food and Jack's in the summertime with her. I'm sure we'll stay close, by phone and Internet, and the boys and I will visit, but it won't be the same. Kathy and Kevin have been here for me through everything I went through, the pregnancy, the boys' early birth, my father's death, my pneumonia this spring. They have been a tremendous source of support. I don't know how I'll replace them.
I'm happy for Kathy. I really am. I know she's going to be much happier being close to her family. There's nothing quite like being home. I love you, Kathy. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
(I'll add pictures later. For some reason I'm having trouble uploading them tonight. Sigh...)
Monday, May 21, 2007
On the other hand, it seems like the boys change every day. That's the upside of the so-called "terrible twos." The downside is the whining, crying, and temper tantrums; the climbing and falling and bleeding and sobbing and getting back up and doing it all over again; the gobbling down of a favorite food one day followed by throwing it all over the kitchen floor the next. Oh yes, it's all part of the learning process, I know. I love that they are becoming more themselves every day, but the process requires a whole lot of patience!
Alex finally started really walking a few weeks ago. He went from only taking a few steps with a lot of encouragement, to almost running on hardwood flooring in socks within a matter of weeks. That's Alex: he takes his time in doing something, studies every detail, makes sure he knows exactly what the situation is, and then proceeds.
Spencer, on the other hand, charges into things full steam ahead. Right now the boy has scabs on his nose, forehead, and scalp. There's nothing he doesn't try to climb. And no matter how many times he falls he just keeps going back. He's fearless, which is great for him, but challenging for me.
Spencer said his first real two-word phrase today. Our next-door neighbor (the boys' sitter) has a dog named Monster (a little Jack Russell). Spencer recently started going to the window and calling Monster's name. This morning I said to him "Did you see Monster? Is he out?" and he said "Monster out."
Alex has been getting speech therapy for about three months and seems to have at least one new word every week. Speech therapy seems to have done him a lot of good with his play and social skills, too. He had a cognitive evaluation last week. The psychologist recommended increasing his speech therapy to twice a week and adding a social worker for play therapy and a teacher once a week.
We have our IFSP meeting next Wednesday. I think both boys will be continuing OT and PT once a week. Their PT said their gross motor skills are at about 15 months. I can't believe that micro-preemies are expected to catch up by the time they're two years old. Practitioners are supposed to stop correcting preemies' ages at two, but it just doesn't make sense for babies who were born as early as Alex and Spence. It doesn't really matter, though, as long as they are getting the services they need. They are learning and developing rapidly, and I have no doubt that they will be fine.
Friday, March 30, 2007
I started crying. I'm a little overwhelmed with emotion, tomorrow being their second birthday. Alex heard me and started chiming in. I said "Alex, it's okay, Mommy's happy. It's a happy cry." My little sensitive guy. Spencer just laughs when I cry. God, I love them!
Friday, March 02, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Friday, December 01, 2006
Spencer seems to have sprouted recently. Maybe it's because he's walking tall, taking up to eight or nine steps at a time; it looks like he's as long as Alex now. At last weigh-in two months ago Spencer was a little over 20 pounds, and Alex was almost 24 pounds. Who knows how much weight I'm carting up and down the stairs now. Spencer still has just six teeth, but is working on more. Alex has a mouthful. 10 at last count, with four more pushing their way through right now. They rarely seem bothered by teething, or much of anything really; they are such happy, good boys.
Alex repeats words from time to time but mostly babbles. He loves to sing to himself when he's happy, "la, la, la" and when he's upset he'll request to be sung to in the same manner. He even sings to his brother when Spencer is upset. It's the sweetest thing. Spencer's most frequently used words are "yogurt" and "Ally." The both say "I did it" and of course "mama." The boys babble to each other in their own little language and amazingly seem to understand one another.
Alex's favorite toy is the bead maze. He loves to move the beads up and down and can entertain himself for a long time that way. Spencer likes to climb onto his rocking horse and bounce, one knee under him and the other leg over the side. He also "talks" on the play phone, putting up to his ear and saying "hello." They're both easy to entertain and keep themselves and each other occupied much of the time. Alex is playing the toy piano now (while wearing his "rock star" shirt...Mommy doesn't have any aspirations for him musically, does she?). They both love the piano, and often play duets.
Spencer: Yogurt, bananas, Annie's Mac & Cheese
Alex: Eggplant parm, chicken
Both: Applesauce, Goldfish, Fig Newmans, Kashi Heart to Heart, and Veggie Booty
Trying to get into anything that is obviously off limits or out of reach
Playing with their cousins
Dumping toys all over the floor for Mommy to pick up
Climbing on top of each other
Things we're working on
Feeding themselves with a spoon
Drawing with a crayon
Learning body parts (they know mouth, nose, hand, foot, and belly) and how to treat others gently (the biting has significantly lessened)
Anything with buttons and lights
Little People castle
(okay, I admit, I have influenced them in the direction of the last two just a little)
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
*For those of you who aren't Grey's Anatomy fans, this is me trying to give myself a pep talk, Izzie style. Ah, forget it. If you don't watch you won't understand. Seriously!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Originally uploaded by doublethefun.
One of the boys' favorite things to do when we first come down in the morning is to look out the living room window. I haven't put plastic up yet and the big windows get a bit frosty or dewy. I've showed them how they can "draw" in the dew with their fingers. Here's Alex enjoying his morning lookout.