I am so impressed to see how far Galina has come over the last two years-- especially the last one. She has blossomed emotionally and spiritually. She really likes to cook and bake. She take pride in baking homemade bread and crumb top banana muffins all by herself. On this particular morning she cooked eggs for 3 or 4 of us for breakfast.
Oliver is a little lovey. He is adored immensely. Annalyn pointed out that he has gotten more kisses in the last two months than most of us have gotten in our whole life. But no one is complaining-- we just keep giving him more and more!
He was evaluated by the Regional Center here in California. In one or two areas he was at a four month level, but in just as many he was at a 9 month level. On average he is hitting most 6-8 month milestones. Oh but wait-- that was 2 weeks ago. Since, he has learned to get into a sitting position from lying down. And he is army crawling much further, and standing for nearly a minute at a time. Go Ollie!
A teacher will be coming out twice a week for a total of 2 hours to help him meet his goals.
Alex has began a new journey today. After three years of taking the wait and see approach to his very short attention span and high distractability he is now taking Ritalin-- 5 mg. twice a day. I hope it makes a difference for him. I see how much potential he has-- if only he could concentrate. When I took him for his appointment yesterday, I was so excited that we were seeing the great doctor I had previously mentioned. I was way less excited 4 hours into the appointment. And even less excited when the doctor was not willing to prescribe anything else but Ritalin. Finally when he told me that we would have to follow up with a neurologist, I was pretty much deflated. I asked what the neurologist would do and he said he just had more experience with meds-- that was all. Big sigh... I think I am going to stop talking about the doctors here in SoCal. I am so not impressed.
The teacher didn't notice a big difference although it may take time. I haven't noticed a decrease in his appetite which is awesome, but I did notice how he kept chewing and playing with his tongue when we were doing homework. He is still awake in bed as I type. Is this worth it for him? I wish I had the answers.
The kids drive me crazy with cups. Cups outside. Cups in the garage. Cups in the rooms. Cups all over the counter. How many kids live here anyway-- if you were counting cups it would be a couple dozen.
I asked our friends who were here this past weekend. The kids have their own cup that sits on the counter. They use that cup and only that cup. They are responsible for washing that one cup.
Hmmm, worth a try. My Mom did something like this when we were in Ukraine. She said it worked.
So, I am trying it again. So far so good other than the unsightly display of cups.
So glad that tomorrow is Thursday. Only three dentist appointments (insert sarcasm) including one for myself. It may sound crazy but I am looking forward to the teeth scraping. It is like a massage to me. Anyone else like this part of the dental exam or am I the only wierdo?