Monday, October 24, 2011

Update on our parent teacher conference

It went really, really well!

Nathan's teacher and speech therapist were there. They are both so sweet and it is obvious that they really care for him. His teacher told us that Nathan was doing much better in class. He has some friends that he plays with and is overall doing very well. They are impressed with his writing and how far his speech has come.

His teacher and speech therapist both agree that they don't think that Nathan fits very well under the Mild Autism label either. However at this point, we aren't sure what else to call it because Mild Autism covers a lot of Nathan's issues. However, some of the main markers for Mild Autism are missing (lack of social skills, eye contact, affection, etc) in Nathan.

So the plan is this:

Right now, Nathan is on track 100% to go to Kindergarten next year (yay!). He meets all the required milestones at this point. His teacher actually thinks that Nathan will thrive in Kindergarten because they have a more defined schedule (something that Nathan really likes). So we are going to keep the Mild Autism label for the remainder of this year to allow Nathan to get speech therapy in class. We are going to have him reevaluated after a couple of months in Kindergarten to make sure that he is fully caught up to his peers. If at that time, he is caught up and doing well in the Kindergarten setting, they will remove the label and Nathan will just be a regular kiddo going to Kindergarten. If he isn't doing well in class, we will reevaluate and attempt to get another diagnosis label so that speech therapy can be given.

All in all, I'm happy with the where things are at. He is going well in class. The teachers are communicating well with me about his progress. He is on track to go to Kindergarten next year. And he has shown remarkable progress. He is such an awesome and amazing kid.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The boys in their playhouse!

Parent teacher conference tomorrow

And I'm so nervous.

Nathan is making so much progress. So much. He has blossomed. And if you remember from this post, I'm planning on rejecting the Mild Autism Disorder label given to him last year. From everything I know about Nathan, I just feel that it is not accurate. So I will update after our conference. Hopefully she has good things to say.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Letters to my sons

Dear Gavin,

You are 21 months old! 2 is getting closer by the day!

Halloween is right around the corner. We are trying to figure out what you should be for Halloween. I was thinking a ladybug, because you love a certain ladybug in one of our books that we read. You scream out "bug!!!" whenever we turn the page. It is adorable. Not much has changed since last month. You are learning more words and phrases by the day. Your newest phrase is "I fall down". Then you demand for me to kiss your "boo-boo". It is cute. We are getting ready to take our fall family pictures. I hope it goes well. You and Kai don't seem to like picture taking so much right now! You are still my adventurous eater. Today you had cheese ravioli and shrimp scampi! You love pretty much everything and will follow me around saying "bite!" over and over. Even while your mouth is full of food. Cracks us up. All is well with you sweet boy. I love you.



Dear Kai,

21 months! I can't believe it! October is here and our family pictures are coming up. Hopefully you boys cooperate.

You are slowly saying more things. I got the words "love you" out of you last night. It was so sweet. You are my little sweetie lately. Always giving hugs and kisses and cuddles. Today for nap, you cuddled right up to me and fell asleep. It was so nice. I think you have just been missing me because I've been away a lot for work. You've made the adjustment nicely, but I can tell you are glad to see me when I get home. You are always waiting by the door and jumping up and down when I come in the door. I immediately pick you up and you grab onto my neck so tight! It warms my heart. You have such a kind and sweet spirit Kai. I wonder all the time what you will be when you grow up. I just want you to be as happy as you are now, no matter what you are doing. Nothing makes my day like a Kai-bear smile.



Monday, October 3, 2011

Some new pictures

Me and my hubby

Gavin and Grandma
Mama and Kai
Nathan and Will (my nephew) attacking Uncle Tommy (my brother) while Gavin tries to throw a ball at them all. We have lots of boys in our family. It gets crazy!


I ran for 6.2 miles yesterday. A 10K! It feels weird to type it. Considering where I started, I'm amazed at my progress. I set my sights on a 5K many months ago and now I can run twice that. It was a good run. I won't lie and say that it was easy. Those last two miles were especially tough. My joints were sore and my body was tired. But oddly enough, I had no problems breathing and I didn't feel like I was about to die or anything (a common trend among some of my runs). I feel really good about where I'm at and I don't think that I will try to up my distance right now. I'm going to work on maintaining my current level. I'm also going to work on more strength training. My weight hasn't changed much and I'm thinking that I've hit my healthy point. I'm happy with where I'm at (for like the first time ever).