Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Some pictures of my babies (er...big boys)

Gavin's hair is getting a little crazy.
Kai is so funny. He always makes this face.
Brotherly love.
My favorite picture of them. They are so cute.
Big boys!!

Gavin's words

Up
Light
Dora (ha!)
Mama
Dada
more
bite
foot
bye bye
Barney (ha!)
fork
No
Love you
Water

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rejecting the label

You may remember some of my posts on this but I've pretty much decided that at this year's school case conference for Nathan, I will be rejecting his label of Asperger's syndrome. First, of all, I am positive that he doesn't have Asperger's. Mainly because people with Asperger's have above average intelligence and while Nathan is very smart, he just doesn't exhibit the signs of this. Also, people with Asperger's don't tend to have the language delay that Nathan has.

Asperger's wasn't actually the latest "diagnosis". If you look at my latest post in the Asperger's section, his official diagnosis is Mild Autism disorder. I plan on rejecting this label too. And here's why:

First of all, I am not one of those mothers who thinks that their child is perfect. It is plainly clear that Nathan has speech delays. We've known this from about 18 months (seriously have a look at my letters to Nathan from around that time, I knew something was up) and we got proper therapy and treatment for him. I know that he also has some sensory issues. We've also known this from very early on.

However, I am 100% positive that he does not have Mild Autism Disorder. He exhibits no signs and symptoms of this outside from the speech delay. Nathan doesn't do any sort of repetitive behaviors or flapping. Nathan looks you into the eye when he is talking with you, is capable of conversing in a back and forth manner, and shows affection readily. He responds to his name every time and is extremely social when he gets to know people. All of these things do not add up to Autism in my book. I'm comfortable with his speech delay diagnosis and even now, he has come so far (talking to us in paragraphs and saying things like "Mom, I would like to go outside, I'm going to get my shoes on, please and thank you".) I am not comfortable with the autism diagnosis and I don't think that this is my "mamabear" speaking.

So, I'm hoping that it won't be a battle with the school. I'm looking forward to the conference this year because I'm far more prepared and I understand Nathan better so that I can be a better advocate.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nathan's first day of school!

Nathan Cole all ready to go! Today marked the beginning of Nathan's second year of preschool! Thankfully, he is going to the same place with the same teachers and he seems comfortable already. We are lucky that we have such a great school so close by!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Orlando!

My mom and I went to Orlando, Florida this past week! The trip was a gift for my birthday so that I could see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was amazing to see that and to spend time with my mom.


Looking down at Hogsmeade. I took around 200 pictures so these are just some of my favorites.
No big deal, just me hanging out at Honeydukes drinking a Butterbeer. :)
Standing in front of Hogwarts!
Me and my mom outside of the Twister ride at Universal Studios. I'm totally rocking a Gryffindor shirt like I'm 12 years old.
For those who don't know, Back to the Future is my favorite movie EVER!


One of the best parts of the trip. Ahhh...
Relaxing at the pool with my Nook.

All in all, it was an awesome trip! I had so much fun and it was nice to get some time away from Mom duty. Although I was very glad to get back to my babies!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Brandon's class reunion

On Saturday the 13th, Brandon had his 10 year class reunion! We ventured to his home town and his parents watched the boys so that we could go out! We had a great time. It was really nice to see all his old friends and to meet new people. I was a very proud wife that night. It was so easy to see that Brandon was a good friend in high school. He is friendly to everyone which is one of the qualities that attracted me to him in the first place. After the reunion, we headed out to their local town festival Beer Garden. It was so fun!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Letters to my sons

Dear Gavin,

August has arrived and you are 19 months old today!! Getting to be such a big boy!

This summer has just flown by. Not really much has changed since last month. You are still trying to chat up a storm with us. You are saying things like "light", "book", "diaper", and "water". You've come a long way and we are really starting to understand some of your words. You have been putting on your shoes all by yourself lately. You get them on and go stand by the door because you want to go "bye-bye". It is adorable. This past month has been very busy for us all. Mama started a new job and we found a new sitter for you guys! Her name is Tara and she is really nice. I only work a couple of days a week but it is still great to have someone available to watch you if needed. You do really well when I'm gone whether it is with Tara or your grandparents.

I know this is a short letter, but I feel like I covered everything in the last one! I love you so much sweet boy!

Always,

Mama

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Dear Kai,

19 months old today Kai-bear! August is here and you are getting so big!

Not really much has changed in the last month. You are sleeping better all the time and are slowly starting to try to talk to us. We don't understand many words from you yet, but I know that will come with time. I don't know if I have mentioned this or not, but I'm fairly certain that you are going to turn out to be an engineer of some kind. I have never seen a kid so fascinated with figuring out how things work! You love things with moving parts and you could spend hours trying to figure something out. It is really something to see you with a new gadget! Your favorite is the vacuum cleaner. You love removing the hose and reattaching it. You love wrapping the cord around and figuring out how the hinge works. So sweet! In other news, this month has been a bit of a transition for us because Mama went back to work. I only work a couple of days a week, so it has been a relatively smooth change. We hired a new sitter. Her name is Tara and she watches you when I have to work through the week. She is really nice and says that you do well when I'm not there. On the weekends, Daddy watches you while I work in the mornings.

Getting bigger by the day Kai! Although you still have your adorable little run that cracks us up. And you still make your Kai-bear piggy noises that you've made since you were born. I hope that never changes.

Love,

Mama

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update on my running

So after completing the Couch to 5K, I thought about trying to train for a half-marathon in October. I figured that I had plenty of time to slowly build up my mileage. However, life got in the way (new job and kids and all of the stuff I talked about in my update post). So I got behind on my running and right now the half-marathon seems unattainable.

So I decided to switch gears and train for a 10K instead. A 10K is is 6.2 miles, which sounds more doable to me right now. I can already run for 5 miles, so this seems like a good stepping stone. I'm starting a new 10K training program today!