Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"Daddy, do you know what another name for a diamond is?"
"Mommy, look, I cut a triangle!"
That's great, Ro!
"I will cut out a trapezoid next."
And here's proof of his strategical planning skills:
"Mommy, you have 2 of your (lowfat) yogurts left. I am going to eat my blueberry now, and my strawberry tomorrow. So when you run out of yours in 2 days, you won't eat my yogurt, because I will have already eaten the ones you like."
Can you believe that?! Doug laughed so hard, and Roman was so pleased with himself. I was a little shocked at his very detailed reasoning...and pretty shocked that he knew how much of his yogurt I snuck!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Today is a nice day at home. We all lounged in our jammies until about 11am, when Ro and I had to get ready to go to a birthday party at a local park. While he partied, I graded 4 sets of papers. It took me 1.75 hours, not bad. I already had done 2 sets on Friday afternoon. Anyway, got back home and we all lounged some more in the living room, football on. Decided to take a quick video of Charlie's attempts to crawl, when Roman decided to get in on the action too. Since my posts have been all doom & gloom lately, thought it'd be fun to share.
We've been doing a lot of research and talking to lots of people about Roman's potential issue. I'll answer the FAQ here:
Yes, we trust the teacher. No, she's not just trying to hyper-control him. Yes, we've seen these issues ourselves (I've verbalized and blogged about it 2-3x before this). Of course we will talk to an outside source & not just take the school's word. Of course we're going to check out all options of treatment. Yes, we understand kindergarten is more rigorous and he's a 5-year-old boy. Please also understand I have taught many, many students with ADD & ADHD and I know it when I see it. As Doug said, "the pieces are easily explained away. But when you put the all the pieces together..."
We also spoke with my cousin & some good friends, both of whom have elementary-age children on medicine for ADHD. They gave us some good advice and thoughtfully shared their details & decision-making with us, which we greatly appreciate. This could all be nothing, but we owe it to Roman to exhaust all options of diagnosis AND treatment if necessary. We also found a copy of a common assessment used by teachers (and which I have filled out many times for my own students), and in our casual checking of it, Roman scored high in 8/9 behavior indicators for hyperactivity/impulsivity (questions 10-18). A general diagnosis is made with 6/9 high scores.
So anyway... life continues. Charlie is growing and eating, eating and growing, and trying to crawl. He ends up going backward, though. Doug and I are going out this evening with friends from church, and leaving both boys at home with the sitter. Ahhhh.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
When looking at the generalities, Roman exhibits everything under "Hyperactivity" and "Impulsivity." Hyperactivity: Individuals who are hyperactive may appear to be in constant motion, perpetually “on the go.” They have difficulty sitting still and may squirm or fidget. They often feel restless, may talk excessively, and display disruptive behaviors.
Impulsivity: Individuals who are impulsive often “act before thinking.” They may interrupt others, blurt out responses, and have difficulty waiting their turn.
Now of course, lots of 5-year-olds display these from time to time. Roman does all the above, almost ALL the time. We thought his behavior was just irritating. But considering he doesn't/can't correct it, and all the above has also been seen at school, it definitely has us wondering. We'll see what the consultant says... at least we can rule it "in" or "out" and go from there.
When I first went in to check on him, he was trying to get up on his knees; he would hold the position for 10-20 seconds and then collapse, making frustrated sounds. Which is a good sign, but I'd rather him not practice crawling-position at 2:45 in the morning! We did everything we could think of... soothing, rocking, bottle, new diaper... nothing helped. Weird.
Needless to say, I'm home today sick AND tired. I'm off to napland now.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
"Isn't that what you call it?"
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Anyway, I'm back to my "normal" life and I do like it that way. I was so happy to see my boys this morning, gaze upon my husband, & chill out at home. I had a great afternoon yesterday with my mom and grandma too. Because of the wedding I have to cut short our appearance at my grandma's birthday party, so I wanted to spend the afternoon with her to make it up. We three did lunch, a quick shop at the mall, a movie ("Mamma Mia!" for the 2nd time), and oh yeah... spent 40 min. in lockdown at the retirement home because of the tornadoes. Yuppers, 2 of them, one just a swirl but the other did touch down just east of Kzoo.
Doug handled the 27 hours without me very well. I even got a cute picture sent to my phone that the 3 boys took after dinner. And speaking of dinner...
I know I mentioned awhile ago my brilliance in planning out our meals. After completing a month of it, I can tell you it's awesome. Just once a week I come down to the 'puter, decide which meals go on which day of the calendar, and print it out. Print out the accompanying grocery list, add a few things, and done. Here's an example of the coming week's menu:
Monday: sweet & sour chicken jambalaya, rice, & beans (7 points)
Tuesday: baked beef ziti, salad (6.5 points)
Wedn: salmon steaks, baked potato, mixed veggies (pts TBD)
Thurs: Chicken w/basil & honey, crescent rolls, broccoli (approx. 7-8 points, depending on ounces of chicken eaten)
Fri: Crockpot pizza, corn (1 cup=5pts)
It's nice because in weeks where I'm working late, or we have karate, I can adjust for an "easy" meal or a crockpot meal, so we're not running around trying to cook dinner & get out the door. The only trouble I've had is minor problems with the grocery list (forgetting to put every ingredient on it) and then not being able to fix that particular meal. But that's what cereal & pb&j are for! The other beautiful thing about this is we have leftovers for our lunches every day. Saving on that, too!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
And that's where I have been. While McCain is just fine, I like the idea of Obama. I like his youth, his "change" theme, how he has gotten the young'uns interested in politics again. We needed someone to spark passion, & McCain doesn't spark passion in me.
But I'm a Republican at heart. I drive down the middle most days, and I even cross the line into the left every few issues. And I'm apparently one of these people. It's not a fluke, people - I'm a white moderate Republican woman who was thinking of voting Democrat, until Sarah Palin was selected as the VP.
I'm also one of those who can listen & respect others' opposing views, perhaps because of my job - having to teach politics & current events without letting the kids know which way you lean allows one to argue both points of view. And I don't ever try to convince other people to see things my way. I believe what I believe, and you can vote your way, and we'll see who wins. And frankly, I think either candidate will be better than our current administration, which I will call... stale. But that Sarah Palin... wow. I love hearing her speeches. She speaks very well, connects with crowds.
I don't care about her pregnant daughter, her son with Down syndrome. She's just as inexperienced as Obama, so that's a moot point to me as well. I just like her. Combine that with my love for a free-market economy & my beliefs on health care & the military/Iraq, & you've got a woman who will be voting Republican this November. Just don't tell my students yet.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
My classes are going to be fun & challenging. 2 out of the 3 classes have a large majority of boys, which makes management a little more necessary. I have one child who already we are thinking of bringing up for LD concerns (learning disability). They have him listed as ELL (English-Language Learner) but that's not possible, as his 4 older siblings never had this problem - and they were all born in America. The kid doesn't have a brain-filter, either; everything that pops into his head comes out of his mouth - loudly. And yes, he is obnoxious, but you can tell it's more than just him wanting to be center of attention. And as always, I suspect there are a lot more stories hidden amongst the kids in my classroom that will come out eventually.
The craziest part of the week was trying to gather everything for each day. Lunches to pack, papers for Roman and Charlie, stuff for latchkey, my teaching stuff, etc... and I'm trying to figure out how I can fit exercising into this new routine. Whew!
Roman update: He has finished Tiny Tigers karate & must be tested before he can move up to the "big kids" class. We have to call and schedule that for next week. He has "great days" at kindergarten, per his report. He misses playing with Evan, and he was exhausted Friday night. At recess he plays Star Wars with Andrew, Maya, Tommy, another girl, & a couple other boys. Every book that his teacher reads to the class, he has decided he wants a copy of.
Charlie update: Forget the bottle! Gimme the food, woman! Essentially, that's what we're getting from him. He is in stage 2 foods and will be for a little while as he gags at anything more textured. He will eat between 4-6oz of food at a sitting, occasionally washing it down with 4-6oz of formula. He has slept through until 6:00am a couple nights now, but still favors a 4:30am squawk. He sits up unsupported now, and last night actually got into the crawling position in bed, but I don't think he knew what to do. I have also spotted the eruption of a little white tooth, bottom front-right. That would certainly explain his extra facial fluids (eyes & mouth) the last couple days.
Amy & Doug: Doug has lost another 4 pounds. He finally decided, after losing close to 35 lbs total now, it was time for new pants. He cleaned out his closet of too-big shirts & pants and went on a mini-wardrobe updating excursion to Kohl's this morning. He has finally, FINALLY moved away from pleat-front pants and is wearing flat fronts. Woohoo! Way to update yourself, honey. :)
I, on the other hand, have struggled the past couple weeks. I overate a little, plus changing to "forced eating times" has adjusted what & when I can eat. I plateaued a week, and then gained a week. However, it seems I am back on track now, so fingers crossed I can keep going down some more.
Wow. That's it. Should cover the next couple days, at least.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
He picked out his outfit, had his Clone Wars backpack on, and both Mama & Daddy (and of course, Charlie!) walked him to school. Roman was confident enough to not have us stand in line with him, so we stood a little way off. Of course, my insides were twisted with butterflies (nervous for him!) and tears (my baby boy!). And then out came his teacher to lead the class into their very first day of kindergarten.
Roman's report after his half-day (which was an hour and 15 min) was that he wanted to go home, he wanted to stay & play, and his teacher is nice. "All we did was play," he told me. And that's how it's supposed to be.
Today he was much more confident and looking forward to going. It's the full 3 hours, so he got to bring a snack in his (what else?) Clone Wars lunch bag. And the teacher asked that they all bring a stuffed animal to share the day with, so he took his Webkinz dog which used to be called "Mud," then "Darth Vader," and now for some strange reason, his name is "Weppy." But as he walked through the doors for his second day, my insides still did a twist. My little boy, a kindergartener.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
There is one great advantage to being on a cart. Every year I end up moving my "home base," and every year I get to organize all my stuff again. Books on a bookshelf. Reorder my file cabinet. This year I got to buy new colored pencils. Is there anything better than a box of new, sharpened colored pencils?! I didn't think so. And look at that whiteboard. I love clean & empty boards. Just think of all the learning that will be written there in the next 9 months!