Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's been a while since I updated ...

Things here have just been plain busy! The fires in Southern California have been really close to us, so the air quality here has been horrid. It smells bad, and it makes your chest hurt to be out in it too long. So we are spending a lot of time indoors and bored.

My peanut is doing well overall! Tomorrow we are adding a new (soy) protein powder to her feeds, to see how she tolerates it. I am crossing my fingers and hoping for no reaction! She is truly doing the best she has with her feeds right now, not that "the best" is very good. LOL But she's sleeping a bit better at night, and while she is retching and choking and gagging, she's not throwing up. Please pray that adding the protein powder doesn't upset the boat!

In some big news, my Peanut is doing amazing in physical therapy! We are putting her in a reverse walker that has arm prompts and handles. She needs you to stay RIGHT by her, because she will just collapse when she's tired of standing. But when we stand there and blow bubbles and sing and dance and act truly goofy, she stands! And even better, yesterday she took steps ON HER OWN in it! Now those who know my Peanut know this is HUGE. She walks in a gait trainer, but that doesn't need her standing on her own. A reverse walker is a major improvement! It means she is standing, supporting herself with her arms/hands, and WALKING! This is awesome. She is nowhere near consistant or good at it, but she is trying so hard. My goal is for her to be walking in this, by herself and safely, within a year. How amazing would that be?? :) I took some video yesterday, so hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to unload my camera and post it.

In some not so great Peanut news, I have to call her teacher in the morning and raise a bit of hell. Yesterday when I got her off the bus after school, her diaper was so wet that it went through to her shorts. It isn't that big of a deal if it happens once, especially considering that her bus ride is almost an hour due to all the other drop-offs along the way. But then TODAY she came home, leaked through to her pants again! Two days in a row? Obviously they are not checking her diaper right before she leaves school. I wrote a note in her communication book for the teacher, but I am really pissed. She gets diaper rashes SO quickly! And to be blunt, NO ONE wants to sit in peed clothes! She can't tell you she's wet - you need to check her. She deserves that. I know the teacher will be apologetic and do her best to stop it from happening again, but it made me sad that it happened twice in a row. It's hard to send off these precious Peanuts to school, without us. But we trust that they take good care of them while we're not around!

My Monkey is doing awesome. He's so far ahead in school, that he is getting bored. His teacher is great though and continues to challenge him and give him extra work to do when he's done. It makes my heart happy to hear how much the other kids like him. He loves nothing more than to finish his work up, and then sit next to another student and help them with theirs. He's such a good soul! :)

Well, that's about it for now. Thanksgiving is coming up, and we are getting a menu and plans ready. It'll be a big, fun, yummy day!

I hope that you are all doing well in BlogLand!


Deanna said...

The walking is SO AWESOME!!!! I can't believe I'm the first comment!
Go Peanut!!!!

The VW's said...

Awesome job Peanut! Keep up the great work! I'm so proud of you! What a great sight to see her standing and taking steps, right Momma?! Yay!!!

I hope the feeding continues to go well with the changes made!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on taking those FIRST BIG steps!