Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say? Slippin' Through My Fingers
What do you like in a significant other? My Blue Heaven
How do you feel today? Hoist the Colours!
What is your life's purpose? Basket Case
What is your motto? When I Come Around
What do your friends think of you? Jump in the Line
What do you think of your parents? For the Longest Time
What do you think about very often? I Feel Lucky That's very true!
What is 2 + 2? Sinister Minister
What do you think of your best friend? Winner Takes It All Huh. Interesting.
What do you think of your significant other? You May Be Right ha ha ha!
What is your life story? Break My Stride
What do you want to be when you grow up? I'm in Love Again whoops! Wonder what that means?!
What do you think of when you see your significant other? Tell Her About It
What will you dance to at your wedding? Desire Actually, it was a Sinatra song.
What will they play at your funeral? The Nations of the World (from Animaniacs). Funny!
What is your hobby/interest? Wild, Wild West hee, hee
What is your biggest fear? River of Dreams
What is your biggest secret? Ring of Fire
What do you think of your friends? Waterloo
What will you post this as? Flavor of the Week
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Isn't that sad?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I have results of Roman's "at risk" testing for ADHD, news from Charlie's 9-month dr. appt., and cute pictures to post. But since my Dad has requested more videos, I bring you Charlie in the Jumperoo. And the news that's fit to blog tomorrow.
Identical to the one he fell asleep in at daycare, we borrowed this from Baby Kaelyn (who I can't really call "baby" anymore - Toddler Kaelyn?). It's a hit. This is a mild video of Charlie's raucous jumping, I'll try to catch one of his full-on jumping fits soon.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The other day I was sorting clothes, getting winter stuff out that would hopefully fit Charlie (hence the hat), and so I had him in the crib. Imagine my surprise when I glanced over to see that he was fine and discovered him practically on his knees and peeking over the top of the rail! He has done this a few more times since, both in the crib and once on the couch, attempting to pull up on the arm from a sitting position and launch himself onto the side table to get at whatever goodies are in arm's reach.
I was relieved to read today on my weekly email ("your child at week 4 of 6 months") that only 1 in 6 babies at this age sleep through the night regularly. Thank goodness we're not alone. Charlie is still getting up one time a night, usually between 3:30-4:30am. We've begun to cut back on formula and just give him water in a bottle to see if it's the protein he needs, or just a "full feeling." Yes, we did that once before. I know. But I'm getting really tired of this. Again.
Roman, for all our frustrations, is continuing to be a fantastic kid. He got his fish put on the "Star Work" board for doing his personal best on it Monday. Today he brought home a practice sheet of lower-case f and he had done a really good job on them. And he was proud to announce that this week his job in the classroom is table-washer. Goes to show that little ones really do take pride in having "jobs" and feeling part of something. Regarding the issues, after an unexpected chat with the counselors in my own school, they offered to score a Conners rating scale if Ro's teacher & us filled one out. His teacher agreed, and I should be able to turn them in Friday and have results next week. It's not a diagnosis, but it will certainly tell if we're on the right track.
Roman has a playdate on Saturday with one of his new kindergarten buddies, Josh. He showed off his math skills this morning by saying "Yesterday it was 4 days until I play with Josh. Four, take away one, now it's 3 days until I play with Josh!" Brilliance right there.
Thanks to a messed up dentist appt. for Doug (wrong day, office's fault) he received 2 $25 gift certificates to the company that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc. Conveniently, Charlie's daycare is offering their first "Parent Night Out" this Friday & older siblings are welcome. So we get an unexpected date night! Dinner with the Fs on Saturday will be fun; we like to play with their daughter Kaelyn.
More happy news - I'm planned at school until mid-November for 8th grade, and the next 1.5 weeks for 7th grade. Caught up on grading, too. Life is good sometimes. And because I'm at work until 7pm tomorrow for conferences, I am splurging and eating Wendy's for lunch & packing a snack-dinner. Mmmm. I can't wait.
We did get two pieces of bad news this week to enter into our prayers - my friend N. has landed on hard economic times and so we pray that opportunities head her way. Also we heard our camping buddy Davey was in a motorcycle accident Tues. night - he was hit by a car that ran a stop sign. Amazingly, he is conscious and *only* has dislocated fingers, a dislocated shoulder, and pretty nasty road rash on his face. He's off work for the next 3-6 months too. But much, much worse could have happened.
I'm off to pop a check in the mail so I can go on my scrapbooking weekend in one month!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We received Roman's official report which didn't conclude much, but had a lot of hints & suggestions. He was observed 2 separate times, the first on a percentage scale of on/off task behavior. I think I mentioned before, he was 30% on task with teacher redirection, 70% off. Of that 70% off task, 30% of it was verbal (blurting, asking questions at wrong times, talking to friends), 22% was "passive" (rubbing the carpet, playing with items on the shelves, staring at kids/space), and then lesser percentages for physically moving around, etc.
The suggestions the consultant gave which they are going to put in place is a wiggle cushion that Roman has to sit on during group time (gives him something to do with his body), visual pictures of proper behavior at center time (sit in seat, do your best, clean up afterward - Roman can't remain in his seat), and coloring reward for when Roman achieves these basic goals. Teacher & I also agreed that Roman rushes through things and does not do his best because he doesn't like some tasks (practicing letters, for example) or can't sit still long enough to concentrate on them.
We're going to give this plan a month and talk again at conferences in mid-November to see how things are going. I have requested a Conners test be done through the school and evaluated by the school psych., and the teacher is getting that going. We are also on a waiting list at a local psych. office for Roman to be tested by an outside source. Apparently the principal floated the idea of a Young 5s switch but I told the teacher that was a last resort for me - I can't imagine pulling him out of kindergarten for his inattentive behavior, especially since I think it stems from a "can't" situation rather than "won't" and I don't think it's immaturity. I don't think gaining an extra year and putting him in kindergarten again next year will solve the problems he's having in school, essentially.
My cousin reminded me that we will have good days, bad days, days of frustration, but if it is ADD or ADHD it's a whole lot better than some other issues he could be dealing with, and that's so true. We have found here at home that while we love "Love & Logic" for discipline measures (and oh, how it works in the classroom!), for correcting behavior our own version of "123 Magic" is much better for Roman - and apparently lots of ADD kids, too. It gives him time to process that he's doing something wrong and correct it, something that has driven us crazy for years... he can't seem to follow directions on the first request. I think his brain is so crazy that he simply can't process very quickly.
Doug asked Ro the other day "What was going on in your head when I asked you to put your shoes on for the second time?" Roman's answer was very sincerely, "Blah blah blah blah." Other times he has made the comment that his "brain is crazy" or when he slows down to think, he hears lots of talking. I don't think he's schizophrenic or anything, I just think his brain is going a mile a minute and rather than making purposeful connections between brain/body/voice, it's completely separated.
Anyway. So that's what's on my mind this evening.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Roman: Preliminary report from the consultant showed Roman on task just 30% of the time, *with* teacher redirection. So when left to his own devices, Roman can't even do what he's supposed to 30% of the time. We're still waiting for the full report but we were told they won't formally test him (due to young age); I'm going to demand that they do anyway. We're also trying to find a place that our insurance will cover that will test him as well. A lot of places "treat" but won't actually test. Otherwise he's loving kindergarten. He has a couple friends we hear about a lot, he loves gym & library, and wants to start walking home by himself. With the weather turning colder, I'll probably let him!
Charlie: When placed on his tummy, he commando-crawls backward. Poor guy. Then he screams a lot, because he's pretty frustrated. When I placed him in his crib to play while I sorted his clothes yesterday, he grabbed the rails and actually tried to pull himself up. Wow! He has grown into 12-month sizes, 18-month in some cases. T-shirts don't fit over his belly, we have to wear onesies all the time. I think I'm going to videotape him screaming before a meal one of these days to show that he actually does get in a bad mood. He absolutely LOVES his big brother, tracking him around the house and laughing everytime they make eye contact. It's absolutely hilarious.
Doug & me: Weight loss plateaued for awhile with both of us. Doug appears to have lost again this week (3 more pounds down!), but I have remained the same. I'm not disappointed by this as I'm still pleased at how much I've lost (25 pounds!). I think exercise now needs to take a bigger role (I've mentioned that before, right?) but it's just trying to find the time for it. Doug is thrilled to fit back into shirts that were in storage for awhile and hadn't fit even before that.
My grad class work needs to pick up. I did 2 assignments this weekend, which leaves 3 more small ones and one big paper to write. Will try to get the 3 done this week/weekend, leaving the paper research for the rest of October and the writing in November. I want to finish before Thanksgiving, but conferences and various other things will start soaking up my time soon.