Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend Play

Well the weather this weekend wasn't great but we did our best to still have fun.
We made our own puzzles!  I stopped at ArtMart and while browsing, found plain white 10 piece kids puzzles that you draw/paint yourself.  I bought three and we had fun using the markers to create our Picassos and then putting them together.

We managed to exhaust the playdoh with handbuilding, cookie cutters, a doh press and stencils. This time we managed to keep more on the table than the floor :) This was followed by a trek around the neighborhood by way of scooter. He's learning which was is right, left and straight, slow but sure.

We made two trips to the park, one on Saturday and one Sunday.  Saturday the playground was full and as usual some parents were not watching their kids and they were crazy. Christian managed to come away unscathed this time, which was a relief to me.  On the way to the car, he did body rolls down the big hill.  I showed him the steepest area, he plopped down and off he went.  As he turned over and over and I got glimpes of his face, I could tell he was concerned about how fast he was rolling. I started hooting and hollering, "yahoo, yay, how fun!"  He stopped in a patch of tall grass, looked a little disoriented as he stood up and looked at me. I yelled, "Yahoo, how fun, that was great!" He broke into a run up the hill with a huge smile on his face, asking if he could go again :)

We had a "match game" card tournament, which ended in a tie, followed by a marathon book reading session.  He's finally down for the night (at least I hope so) and I get to finish the laundry.  I'm sorry to see Monday and work come so soon.  One more play day, with sun, would be great :)


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Wanna Hug

Christian has been very huggy lately, at unexpected times, and I LOVE it!
He'll be eating his breakfast while I'm in the bathroom trying to tame my crazy hair, and he'll come strolling in and say, "I wanna hug." I happily comply and then he's off to finish his breakfast.

Then we'll be playing; cards, puzzles, cars...and he'll just stop in the middle, turn to me and say, "I wanna hug." No matter what kind of day I've had, that always makes me happy and is the best part of the day!

I know there's going to come a day when he's too embarrassed, too cool, too old to be hugging Mom, so I'm going to get as many hugs as I can, while I can :)


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Allergies...gggrrrrrr! Easter Egg Hunts

  I hate allergies!  Christian and I BOTH have blocked sinuses and are miserable.
I have tried three different over the counter allergy medicines, and none of them are helping.  But Christian has it worse, there aren't any medicines you can give a 3 yr old.  We're going through tissues at record pace and I can't seem to drink enough water.

On the up side, we had a great Easter :) Christian had fun playing with his cousins and Aunts. He was Uncle Bob's shadow when they were in the barn and he even played with Millie, the little dog. This is HUGE because just four months or so ago, he was scared to death of the little thing, although I don't blame him because she's one of those little dogs that jumps all over you.

We went to the fire departments egg hunt in the park.  They divided the kids into age groups and had areas roped off, which was good because the older kids would have mowed over the little ones. Christian's age group was 0-3 and there were about a dozen kids.  The fire truck sounded off the siren to mark the start of the hunt.  Christian took off like a flash and ran half way up, while the other kids starting picking up eggs right at their feet.  I was thinking, 'smart kid', when the delayed reaction hit him.  He turned around, saw all the kids running toward him, with their parents following close behind, and he burst into tears.  He told me that the siren scared him, I felt so bad for him.  Really loud sounds scare him, but the siren didn't last long and it was over in about 3 seconds. After a few hugs and redirecting him toward the eggs, he was off again snatching them up.  We went back to Grandma and Grandpa's to investigate our stash.

The hunt at Grandma and Grandpa's went great.  Christian dashed around the yard shouting, "there's another one!"  We had alot more eggs than I realized and the hunt was taking a long time.  He started walking and looking for them.  A bird landed close to an egg and I told him he better hurry and get it or the bird will fly away with the egg.  He raced over, grabbed the egg and scolded the bird.  Then he was looking for more eggs and keeping an eye on the sky looking for more birds.  A few flew by (high up) and he would shout, "Oh!" and snatch up another egg.  He had a blast!

Now I have a bucket FULL of candy that I cannot seem to stay away from.  Every evening I tell myself that I'm going to take it to work, but I haven't managed to get it there yet. I am, at this very moment, indulging on a Reeses mini egg...yum!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Long Time Away

It seems like a year since I last posted! I've been very busy lately and can't believe it's April already!
Christian has been busy with the doctors:
1. ear infections

2. followup on ears and evaluated delayed speech
3. low on iron again, a "not good low number", so he's back on the iron drops which don't taste good and constipate, fun.  Internet search for foods high in iron and that list goes to every grocery store trip with me. I am SO lucky that he literally eats everything I give him...whew!

4. appointment with an audiologist to see if anything's there that's related to the delayed speech.  Hearing is all good and they even said he has a very good vocabulary, right at his age level, which is great due to the fact that he's only heard English for 15 months now. Yay! They said I must read to him alot, which I do. I love to read and want to instill that in him if I can, which so far isn't too hard because he loves to read too and typically asks me to read "one more book Mommy."

5. Audiology report sent to speech therapist; met with speech therapist. He had to go by himself with the therapist, which is baulked at first but gave in and off he went down the hall. An hour later, the therapist said the letters and sounds he's not producing yet (s, f, th...) that he's not supposed to be able to pronounce them until the 4, 5, or 6th years, so he's on track with that.  But, yes I knew a "but" was coming.  He cannot manipulate his tongue like he should be able too, which is a direct result from the way they did things in the orphanage.

He isn't able to move his tongue side to side, up toward his nose or down toward his chin.  Right now it does affect how he chews, which is with his front teeth and mashing the food to the roof of his mouth, but he can eat, so they are not concerned about it. However, it can affect his future speech development.  So the therapist gave me things to do with him to get his tongue moving and we also got a good vocabulary report from her too.  Most parents try to keep their kids from sticking their tongues out, but I am trying to get mine to do it...crazy!

So the good news is, according to regular development, he speaks like he should, not quite as clear, but not delayed enough to be concerned.  But we have to work now on the tongue thing, so when it comes time for him to pronounce those tougher letters and sounds, he'll be able to. So if you happen to see us out and about and I am asking him to stick out his tongue, it's not to promote bad behavior, just future good speech :)

Otherwise he's great, active, getting more funny every day. He's still in the "why" phase, which I pawned his questions off on my parents this past weekend. Hey they raised six kids, they know how to answer those "whys" that go on and on and on :)