Tuesday, November 30, 2010
We are so grateful for all of the therapists we have for Colin because they all have something unique that they bring with them for his weekly sessions. Miss Darlene was the first therapist to come into our home when Colin was just 4 or 5 weeks old. We were scared, nervous, and not thrilled that this was about to become our life. However, after she left, we felt like "ok, we can do this! It's not so bad!"
We are so thankful for everything that Miss Darlene has done for Colin in the past year and a half. She has helped to make such progress with Colin's development in so many areas, and on top of that, she has provided US, yes Chris and I, with so much moral support throughout the journey. We are sad to see her go, but lucky to have her as our friend now.
You have meant so much to us and Colin! Thank you for everything!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Both Chris, Colin and I are lucky to have so many Grandparents in Colin's life and we think it's surely a treasure for him...
Friday, November 26, 2010
...lots of good food and company. So many things to be thankful for this holiday season!
Read the Thankful for You post here...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We were having a normal breakfast of Colin eating a pancake when I decided to try again to put a pancake on the tray and help Colin to put it in his mouth. I tried once with the hand over hand technique and then look at what he did...over and over and over again!
Colin ate half the pancake by himself with his pincer grip!!!! Woooo Hooo!!!!
After the pancake was done we decided to try and get him to eat a puff, yogurt melt or cheerios. He had no problem using his pincer grip to pick them up, but then he remembered that he didn't like them...
And THESE pictures are a mishap with the yogurt melt....so funny!
What a great day to be thankful for so many things....I am so incredibly thankful for a beautiful family in Chris and Colin with #2 on the way, a new beautiful home to celebrate in, and loving and supportive friends and families!
This Thanksgiving though, I want to use the idea that so many of my blog friends have used and list the 21 things that I love about Colin...
1. I love the way that he is so loving he will give kisses out to anyone and everyone. At school, they have been telling us that he goes around the room and gives out kisses to all of the little girls. Most especially, I love when you are sitting with him or holding him and out of the blue, unprompted, he will lean over and give you the cutest little smooch.
2. The fact that he has different laughs for different things, with the most hearty one being the one that shows all of his teeth with the cutest little grin ever.
3. ...how much he loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and no fail, will dance to the opening and closing song every. single. time. He will imitate all of Mickey's moves now from the arms swinging side to side to putting them up high in the air.
4. ...when you put him in bed at night now he is just ready to go and follows his same routine. Then, we read a book, I rock him for a minute or two and then he is basically diving into the crib because he just wants to lay down. We hand him Mickey Mouse and he immediately starts rubbing his ear with his little pointer finger, we put his blanket on, and by the time we are done with that he is all puckered up waiting for us to give him a kiss.
5. ...that after going to only 2 of Chris' basketball games he already loves being there and I can just see him "growing up" in the gym. He crawls all over the place, loves saying hi to different people, and claps and cheers in all of the right places.
6. ...the reaction that he gives you when you pick him up from school at the end of the day. It does not matter what kind of day I have had, when i walk around the corner and he sees me, his face lights up and he comes commando crawling over to see me with a big smile on his face.
7. ...the fact that he actually makes me enjoy grocery shopping (I know!). He loves sitting in that cart being able to swing his legs and he waves hi! to almost every person that we pass by. He has now distracted the deli counter girls so much that 2 of them will leave their post mid-slice to come over and say hi to him every time we see them.
8. ...how much he loves being in the bath and swimming now. He has no problem sticking his face in the water, blowing bubbles and splashing all over the place. He is at the point now where he basically cries when it is time to get out.
9. ...singing with him in the car because if the right music is playing, he will sway his shoulders side to side to the beat, pump his arms up and down (2 handed fist pump) and tries to "sing".
10. ...when Colin sits on the floor or in his car seat he crosses his legs indian style...cutest thing ever.
11. ...when he crawls through the house you always know he is coming because he laughing and yelling the whole way. Between the yelling and the commando crawling, you sometimes feel like you are under attack.
12. ...when he plays with his blocks, he will dump them out of the buckets and then put the buckets on his head, and sit there.
13. ...the way he talks to himself in the mirror, he just loves that little guy in there!
14. ...how easy going he is. He will go anywhere, forgo a nap, and still be the happiest little guy.
15. ...the way he gives out a hug. Colin squeezes and pats you on the back just the way you are supposed to and it is the best feeling.
16. ...how he hides toys under furniture and in cracks and puts things out of reach on tables, chairs and the like. My slippers are STILL missing...
17. ...how hard he is working to pull himself up to stand. He grunts and moans to get up now and gets frustrated when he can't grab on to something to do it.
18. ...how much he loves his daddy. There is just something about his daddy...
19. ...how he will blow raspberries on my stomach now. I'm not sure if he knows there is a baby in there or not, but he sure acts like it sometimes!
20. ...how he has "introduced" me to so many blog friends out there. I'm thankful for all of you!
21. ...how he has changed my life. I love you Colin!
Monday, November 22, 2010
But, I left work and went and picked up Colin. When we got home, we sat on the couch together and he made me feel so much better.
How could THIS not make you feel better?
* Warning: don't mind my pregnant belly but it was too funny not get a video *
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This first picture is from this morning when Colin and Aunt Kimmy were hanging out before we left for church and before she left to head back up north for her 5K race that she ran today. They just looked so cute sitting there together watching Mickey Mouse!
Later this afternoon, Chris, Colin and I went for a walk around the neighborhood and even though it was chilly, it was beautiful out! Colin has really been enjoying being outside so we have been trying to get out as much as possible. As we were walking back into the garage at the end of the walk, I noticed that Colin was using his pincer grip to pick up a leaf (of all things to use the pincer grip on!) and put it in his mouth several times. My kid won't pick up and eat food, but he will pick up and eat sand and leaves...go figure! After missing his mouth, the leaf ended up on his face....
After I got him into his PJs, he was playing in the car. He threw the "console" (where the horn and music is) onto the floor and went to get it. There are side rails so he doesn't fall out, but as he was reaching, he tipped the whole car over and fell. Did he react? Nope! You know what he did? He just crawled out of the car and went to get the console...smiling.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Unfortunately, Uncle Timmy couldn't make it as he lives in North Carolina, and Uncle Pat and Aunt Kristine had to work later in the day, so we made dinner for 1pm. I put Colin down for an early nap since he was up late last night and still got up at his normal time. When he did get up, he was a little bit groggy and enjoyed snuggling.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Yesterday, Colin and I played hooky all day while Chris joined us in the afternoon for a couple of big things. First, we had Colin's 6 month IFSP meeting to review his goals over the past 6 months and to establish new ones for the next 6 ahead. I can't tell you how much I love our EI team and I couldn't feel more honored than to sit with such a wonderful group of women yesterday as they discussed Colin's progress. They all truly care for Colin and believe in all that he can do and will do. We do not discuss numbers at these meetings anymore, but rather, the fact that he IS improving with time in all areas and then set realistic short term goals that we will work on to help him achieve. Numbers used to mean a lot to me, but I am proud of myself that I can look past the numbers, not even really want to know the numbers, and just focus on the progress that I can see Colin making all of the time. Because Miss Darlene will be leaving Early Intervention (Colin's DI), the suggestion was made to drop that service and increase Speech therapy with Miss Amy (who we absolutely love) to 2x a week instead of bringing in someone completely new. I loved this idea and am confident it's the best path for Colin since there is so much overlap with the two therapists.
Afterwards, we went to the endocrinologist to check on the status of Colin's little thyroid gland. Based on the blood work that we had done in September, we are going to keep with the dose that Colin is taking now (25 mg) of Levoxyl. This medication is a thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Although the doctor is not really sure at this time whether Colin actually suffers from hypothyroidism or if his numbers were off previous to the medication just "because", it is safer for us to treat with the medication because of the potential adverse affects on brain development in the 1st three crucial years of life. We have gotten into such a routine with the medication that we are content with this and will continue to have blood work taken ever 3-6 months (depending on the next set of results) and will adjust the medication if needed. When Colin turns 3, we will take him off of the medication and see what happens. At that time, we will be able to determine if Colin will need to take this medication for life, or if in fact, he does not have hypothyroidism.
After Colin and I both took a nice long nap, we woke up to have Chris home shortly after and had some fun doing yard work together. We needed to bag our leaves and clean up the yard one last time before the winter season comes. Although yard work is really hard work, it's so worth having a yard to take care of. Colin loved being outside, even though it was windy and a little bit chilly, and did his part to help out (or mess up) the leaf piles.
Afterwards, we had a yummy dinner at the Bonefish Grill with Mema and Penka who so kindly treated us. What a great way to end a packed day!
Some other "this and thats" about Colin lately...
Today when I picked Colin up, his teacher told me that he was smooching all of the ladies today! One of the little girls had gone over to him and gave him a kiss right on the lips, to the point where every time Miss Stacey would turn around, they would be kissing again! When this little girl would walk away, his original girlfriend, Allison, would come near and Colin would kiss her! I thnk we are in trouble!
Speaking of trouble, Colin knows how to bite now :( We are very stern when this happens, but today, he caught me while I was changing him into his pajamas. He bent down while I had him sitting up and with me thinking nothing of it, he leaned over and bit my stomach! I have to say that due to being so tired and just so taken aback (and it hurt!), I teared up. We are definitely handling this new issue, but wondering what some of you approaches are if you have a biter...I know this is often a "typical" thing that happens with children, but I also don't want it to become an issue.
Finally, to end on a positive note, it's no surprise how much Colin loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We have found that he is completely imitating the song and the way the characters dance in it. If you watch, most of the characters swing their arms from side to side while they are dancing and put their hands up in the air at certain moments. Although this video does not capture the full range of imitating that Colin will do, it does show you how much he loves dancing to his favorite song. Now I just need to get him to wear his Mickey Mouse ears that Nana and Grandad got him in Disney World that has his name on it while he is dancing!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Most of the tests that have been performed on Colin have been OAE tests, or Otoacoustic emissions Tests. With these types of tests, a tiny probe is put into his ear, and many pulse-type sounds are introduced. From these sounds, a response is generated from the inner ear. The results are averaged and information is aquired as to how well the ear is functioning. There are many factors that can affect these results, such as congestion, ear wax buildup, etc. so even with a failed result, it does not definitively mean that the child cannot hear. Often, failed results refer to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor.
At birth, and in Colin's case, around 12 months of age, an ABR test is performed, or Auditory Brainsteam Response. This type of test generally rules out "worst case scenario" and determines how well the nerve is functioning. In this test, tiny probes are placed in the ears in addition to electrodes placed strategically on the child's head. Click type sounds are introduced into the ear and the computer measures how well the nerve responds to these sounds. Again, there are factors that may influence the results, but generally, this type of testing gives a pretty good idea whether or not the infant/young child has hearing in the normal range.
Finally, at this most recent visit, Colin had a Behavioral Test performed in which he sat in a special booth with Chris directly centered between two speakers. This test measures the child's response to calibrated speech and pure tones (distinct pitches of sounds). The behavioral response could be any way in which the child responds to the sounds. In Colin's case, although one ear was slightly different from the other, they were both within normal range.
Although we will need to continue to follow up every 3 months with the ENT to monitor any sort of fluid in Colin's ear, the doctor is extremely happy with the status of Colin's ears given the nature of reoccurring problems in the inner and outer ear with children with Down Syndrome. We love hearing things like that!
Monday, November 15, 2010
wrestling with Uncle Brian...
crawling with Aunt Beth...