Well, after 9 months of being a bad blogger, I thought some of you might like an update on the boys. Wait. Does anyone actually read this???? We will see, I guess.
Let's start with Christian. He started at Little Star Center in September and it has been amazing watching him progress. He attends every afternoon. His speech has grown so much in the last few months. He is speaking in short phrases now and his vocabulary is growing exponentially. He makes eye contact now and requests things all the time. We have been blessed with a good insurance company (Wait.. Did I just say that??) that pays for his therapy at LSC. Christian finished up with First Steps when he turned 3 and moved to the Early Childhood program at our elementary school. He goes to that program every morning. (Yes, he does both. It's a long day for the little guy.) He loves to ride the bus to school. Actually, he runs down the driveway to the bus. It's crazy. My little boy got classes in September. I started to notice a little crossing in his right eye on occassion. It turns out that he is extremely far sighted. He actually wears his glasses. We have even noticed fewer outburst and tantrums when he wears them.
On to Jacob now... He has been in Early Childhood for awhile now and is doing great. Todd and I are ecstatic that Jacob is going to be able to start in a REGULAR Kindergarten class in the fall. The teachers say there aren't any cognitive problems. Its more a matter of getting him to understand questions, etc. His speech has become more understandable over the last year. While going to KG may be a piece of cake for Jake, I am worried. I suppose I don't have to tell any of you that kids are mean. I worry about Jacob being picked on or excluded. I suppose that is every parent's worry though, right?
The pictures above were taken on our most recent trip to Disney. It seems whenever we go, the boys start progressing in their language by leaps and bounds. The boys come back and share their stories. It's true that they will occassionally need someone to "translate" for them, but practice makes perfect. Jacob made several new friends by trading pins. Christian enjoyed going on the rides. Me? I love the food at Disney - it's awesome!
Todd and I know how blessed we are to have these boys in our lives. I stopped to think about how much it has changed me over the last year. I have learned to accept others as they are, to help others when I am able, and to let go of anger and feelings of solitude.
In closing, if anyone did read this, post a reply. I will give you candy!!!!