Day 99: I invited my college friends to come watch the first Grey's Anatomy and pretend we were in college again. Lorie, Elise and Olivia came and I'm pretty sure we didn't hear a word of Greys. We actually ended up watching Frozen. Times have changed.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
(I just want to start by saying that the Lord has been showing out this week in the answered prayers department. This is just one of many prayers that were answered this week. I'm blown away and humbled by His faithfulness. We are blessed beyond anything we could imagine or deserve.)
I know I just posted a little update but I wanted to post this update as well. It was a year ago that we started this journey. We had Barrett's annual evaluation yesterday and it went great. They came to our home this time and Barrett was in his element. He really showed out. I'm so proud of that little booger. The speech therapist was showing him pictures in a book for him to label. He did great. He labeled everything, he even said "scissors". I'd never heard him say that and didn't know he knew what they were. Needless to say we were impressed. I knew there was a chance that he would test out of the program. I didn't think that he would so I wasn't prepared at all when they all said he no longer qualified in any areas. I knew he'd be fine in everything but communication. I really thought he'd still qualify in communication. He's made so much progress but he's still a little behind. A 25% delay would have him on a 20 month old level at 27 months. He scored at a 21 month old level. So he was close to qualifying again. When he was evaluated last year his communication was on the level of a 5-7 month old. He was 15 months old. We had no idea he was that delayed. So we are so happy with the progress he's made. A year ago he made no sounds other than crying and he really didn't even do that too often. He made no efforts to communicate. Today he "talks" all the time. We understand about 50% of what he says. But he's learning new words every day. Our speech therapist recommended we continue to practice what they've taught us and if he's not continued to improve, in June seek private speech therapy. So that's what we're going to do. I'm so happy that he's made progress but I'm going to miss seeing these sweet ladies every month. They have probably helped me as much or more than they've helped him. When he hit that age where he just wasn't eating, they both were like "totally normal, he'll eat when he's hungry, don't sweat it." they were right. When he started throwing fits, they both assured me that not only was it normal, it was actually a good thing developmentally. It's been nice to have an outside voice to assure us that we are doing a good job.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Day 92: Ally got her much needed Summer haircut. She always looks so tiny after she gets groomed.e4
Monday, April 6, 2015
We had the best weekend celebrating Easter!
We started earlyish Saturday morning at our church's Easter egg hunt. This was the first time we'd taken Barrett and we had the best time. We got to play with friends and it was so much fun watching them together.
It was a cool, breezy beautiful morning with my little family.
These boys are just the cutest. I pray all the time that Barrett is blessed with good friendships through life. During high school my best friends were through youth group at church and I hope Barrett is lucky enough to have the same.
After we left church we headed to my Grandmother's house for lunch and to visit with them. Barrett hunted eggs again.
He liked to stop and open each one as he picked them up. There wasn't anything in these eggs and he was so confused because the other 3 times he'd hunted eggs there was candy in them.
John brought his go cart and we all had a ball riding it. Barrett was terrified at first we he cranked it up but after he saw me ride it he wanted to ride and then he cried when we made him get off.
He was pouting on Uncle Patrick because we made him let the others have a turn.
These three had a blast. I love this picture of them laughing. My Granddaddy would let us ride whatever motorized toy he had at the time. There are so many pictures of us piled in just like this laughing our heads off. Those are some of my favorite memories and it makes me so happy that our kids get to experience the same.
Our family with my Grandmother and Aunt.
Sunday morning we got up to see what the Easter bunny had left for Barrett. He was so excited. He's at a really fun age!
I made him take a picture by his basket wearing his bunny ears before he could tear into his basket. He pulled every single thing out and named it and then insisted we open the cars. I can't say I was surprised.
We got ready and headed to Mass with my family. Barrett was loud and whiney and wiggly and I was about to lose it. I was at a point where I was like why do we even bother. It just doesn't seem worth it. I was kneeling down and he was squirming out of Patrick's lap and being whiney and I just closed my eyes and prayed, "Just show me that this is worth it. Show me that the sweating and sshhhing and trying to keep a toddler quiet is worth it." Patrick tapped me on the arm, I look over to see Barrett kneeling on the kneeler trying to fold his little chubby hands like mine to pray. My eyes immediately filled with tears. It was an answer to my prayer. I can't remember a time in my life where such a simple prayer was answered immediately in such a real way. I was in awe. It was like a weight was lifted. Taking a toddler to Mass is hard, but it is worth it. (I apologize if you follow me on social media, I know you've already heard this story)
After Mass we went to my parents house for lunch. This is the best picture I got of Barrett in his outfit.
Hunting eggs...again. My dad had put candy and dollar bills in the eggs. Barrett found one with a dollar but he traded Harper the dollar for her candy.
He was pleased with his trade.
I'm sad the weekend is over. It has been a great one. I loved spending time with my brothers and sister and their families. I loved watching Barrett with his cousins. 2015 has not been my favorite year. The first few months were tough but I'm not ready to write the whole year off just yet. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to see what's in store. This weekend with my people was good for my soul.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Week 13 has been a fun one. We've been up to lots of fun stuff. We're loving this weather!
Day 85: We met Jackson and Jessica at the park after work. It was a fun afternoon with these boys.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Another month has passed. I didn't do great with my goals this month. I'm not happy with my lack of progress but I did a lot more socializing this month than I normally do so that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Day 78: Barrett was trying to ride Willow like a pony. She was so sweet to him and just laid there and let him play.