Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
I don't know why three seems like a big year to me- I mean they are all important and special in their own way but THREE is coming at me in a big way. I think it is because he will start school in the fall- actually he could start tomorrow but we decided not to start him at the end of the school year so come August he will be in preschool! I know it is only 1/2 days, 4 days a week but that means that I will be at home with just one kids for some of the time and that our days have to revolve around someone else's schedule and for me that seems like it is going to be a big change! I guess I will just focus on making it through the summer for now!
More from his party later....
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
So we had a busy day- speech therapy followed by mad house cleaning (I was on a tear- just ask Frank), napping, and plenty of playing outside. It was a good day even if the kids did get eaten alive by bugs- I swear those darn black flies are biting even through the bug spray. Poor Xander's head is a mess- especially after we basically dunk him in calamine lotion several times a day! So this evening before bed the kids took a shower- their new favorite thing. They don't want to take baths anymore- only showers. Good thing we have a large, enclosed shower so they can splash around to their heart's content. After their shower tonight we were heading upstairs to bed when this amazing rainbow just stopped us in our tracks at the front door. You could see the whole thing all the way from one end to the other and it was a double. It was just amazing! I can't remember the last time I have seen such a large and impressive rainbow. It's weird- I don't know what it is about rainbow- they are just light reflecting in the sky but they are just the most awe-inspiring thing to me- real true miracles. (don't mind the schoolmarm voice over in the video please...)
Here is an excerpt from Xander's speech therapy today- his last one with early intervention! He has officially graduated from the RISE program and into the school system. The plan is for him to continue speech therapy in preschool in the fall. He doesn't qualify for summer school and although he could start preschool next week after his 3rd birthday we decided that would be too disruptive and plan on starting him in the fall with the new school year. Luckily though because James is now receiving speech therapy Xander will get bonus therapy through James! I love his little accent... a weird combo of Frank's southern drawl and the more New England speech we hear around here. He has good word acquisition these days so mainly we continue to work on speech intelligibility. Even I have a hard time understanding his toddler speak sometimes.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We headed back to the exam room and discussed their histories. She recommended getting our well water tested for fluoride to make sure that the boys aren't getting too much fluoride so we'll have to see about that. I'm supposed to brush James' teeth after he nurses in the middle of the night...mmm let me think- NO WAY! Luckily he has been sleeping through the night. And we are supposed to brush 2x daily and floss daily. The brushing ok but I really don't know about flossing my toddlers teeth daily- it is really worth the battle? Especially for teeth that are just going to fall out anyway? Between getting dresses and brushing and ear drops at bedtime I don;t know if I can handle adding flossing to the mix too. We'll give it a whirl I guess.
James got examined first and he did awesome. He opened his mouth pretty well and did let her clean his teeth. He wasn't so wild about the flossing but he didn't completely clench his mouth shut like I know he can so I guess we'll call it a success. He was pretty excited about picking out a toy when he was done though- he picked the biggest truck they had in their toy bin! She told us that we should starting saving for orthodontic for James b/c he has a lot of crowding of his teeth. Him and his giant chompers!!! She's not concerned with the fact that he is still missing teeth (none of his canines have come in yet) so we'll just wait for them to come for now.
Xander went next after a short potty break and he did ok although he was much less cooperative. She tried to get him to sit on his own. James sat in my lap and leaned back into hers for a "lap to lap" exam and she was trying to get Xander without me but he wasn't buying it. So then we switched to a lap to lap exam and he wasn't so sure about that either. He did let her clean and floss but she had to work harder for it. He picked the smallest truck he could find out of the toy bin! I think they were most excited by the stickers though- they both wanted them on their shirts before we even left the exam room. All in all it went fairly well and we'll see what happens when we go back in 6 months.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
We ended up staying till the very end and closing the place down! After the festival we headed into Concord for supper- at Uno's. Every once in awhile it's nice to have a good deep dish. And it doesn't hurt that Uno's is right next to the LL Bean outlet. We scored on some bike helmets and I found the rug and a pillow I have been looking for so it was a good trip to LL Bean in all. I want to redecorate our bedroom with one of their themes- so I have been keeping an eye on the outlets for good deals and I definitely found some tonight. After Bean we headed home. It was a very long day but it was worth it.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
So in addition to the heavy work/study type reading I had to lighten it up a bit with some fluff- hence the Royal Wedding. I think Kate's gown was simply divine! I haven't had a chance to read all about it but I am certainly enjoying the pictures!
As for my knitting I am almost finished with the sun hat to go with Xander's sweater. I kinda don't know why I am bothering b/c I can never seem to keep a hat on his head but it is so cute when they have the matching set so I am going to plow ahead. I really want to be vigilant on keeping a hat on Xander this summer b/c he has such fair skin I worry about him burning and I think a hat will just be better sun protection that trying to keep sun screen on his face. I have several sun hats now so if he has a choice about which one to wear he will keep it on...usually. I may have to add some extra to this hat though- the beanie part is done and I am working on the brim but when I tried the beanie on Xander it doesn't seem quite long enough to me. I'm going to finish the brim and baste in on and take a look at it but it should be easy enough to add some length to the beanie if I decide that it is necessary. My goal is to finish it up while I am at the conference so I can get cracking on Xander's hobby horse which is one of his main birthday presents and seeing as his birthday is this month I need to get it done!