Thursday, November 29, 2012

A LONG Overdue Post.....

A while back, I made a few comments alluding to things going on with us that I would get to eventually.. maybe etc. Well today we shall discuss one of those things : Fenn's Development.

For the past year while all my blog friends and Fenn's birth mates have been talking and talking and doing.. there was a huge gap of that happening over here.  At first it was not a big deal, then it got me a little jealous of all the communication you guys were having with your toddlers... and then I became seriously worried and paranoid about it. I will never forget coming home to the baby sitter one night and she told me " He is the MOST silent toddler I have ever been around, I think you need to have him tested"...

And that just opened up a WHOLE other can of worms.. and lots of conflicting professionals and more intense evaluations. I never wanted to talk about until I had some concrete info, and I also was mulling over what kind of privacy I needed to give my boy.

So here we are MONTHS later and I can tell you some updates. Praise GOD there is nothing wrong! All 3 of his current therapists say that he does have a speech delay for unknown reasons and that it would be resolved.  They also all THREE told me that his other trouble was BEHAVIORAL. .. ie. my boy was bad! I knew he was kind of wild and just chalked that up to being a 2 year old little boy, but apparently there is a line you can cross there...

Obvi I am leaving out tons of details because this would be a million paragraphs long but the long and short of it is that  he was over 2 years old before he ever really started to say any words other than Momma, and he finally started pointing to things as well. 

He just turned 28 months old yesterday and he has made great progress in the last few weeks. Here is a quick list to kind of put it into perspective for you. Those if you who have kids his age will def understand more after seeing this list I think.

  • He is now pointing and asking for things like milk " ilk" and Juice "jooose" 
  • He says a few phrases " there it is" "see it" ( pronounced like "sh*t") "here you go", Thank you" " up please"  "eat yayaya"  "more wafa" ( more waffle). 
  • He has started using his sign language again as well with more, please, help etc.
  • He is following basic commands and instructions
  • He totally "gets" what a bribe is now and most times it works. Today I told him, as he was resisting leaving school, if you will stand up, hold my hand and walk like a big boy I will give you a cupcake in the car" and that joker stood up and got to trottin. Then in the care he said " update" which meant "where's my cupcake lady?!"
  • He knows his ABC's and numbers and stuff like that and just lately has started saying them out loud. Up until 2 years old I had no idea who knew what anything was because he could not/would not say or acknowledge it, then one day I asked him ( when he started pointing) to show me a " bus" " plane" etc and he did with each one, and same with his alphabet and numbers and all. I was SHOCKED at how much he actually knew about since he was never communicating any of it. Then about 2 months after that he started saying them all.

I really can not put into words how jealous I have been of all you guys out there with talking kids telling you what they think or want and telling you they love you or calling your family members by their names. It has secretly been killing me. When I was watching RHWNJ reunion show and Jacqueline was discussing her son's autism and how he will never be able to tell her he loved her, I cried my eyes out because those were fears of mine during this year of silence as well. It has been a long journey.

So thanks to the great state of Tennessee we are given ( for free) early childhood evaluation and intervention if you qualify for speech therapy and things like that. Fenn has qualified for Speech, Occupational & Developmental Therapies. 

The Occupational therapist is working on his food issues, so in social media I call it " food therapy". In reality they cover lots of stuff but that is one of the main focuses for him.  At about 1.5 years old he decided to go from " will literally eat ANYTHING"  to " will eat nothing" and for a long time would only eat yogurt, then he would only eat "mash packs" ( baby food squeeze pouches) then he only wanted total junk food like ritz crackers, buffalo pretzels and nutri-grain bars.
After a few sessions we have come to see that his issues are more about the appearance of food than the taste. I am not sure what causes this, it does run in the family a little ( picky eaters) but it does absolutely make me crazy. As the mom who breastfed for an eternity and then made home-made baby food forever, the "only wants processed foods" kid should not be MY baby! 
I will be doing more blogs about this in the future because I do think it is fascinating and it might be helpful for lots of you guys out there if you struggle with food battles. I also think it is important to sort of speak for " the other side" or kids and families who don't follow the status quo because it would have been great comfort to me this past year having read this kind of stuff somewhere.

I will also cover all the discipline cause that has been a doozy! I can not believe how much I was letting him work me, and how much easier life has been since we got a lot of that under control.

So there is one of several updates and things to come! I am relieved that he is totally OK, and also intrigued by how different kids can be with their development and ways they learn etc.  I am AMAZED at how overjoyed we have been hearing him talk these past few weeks and how FUN it is hearing his little jabbers. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

We had a fun Thanksgiving in Nashville with some of my oldest friends and their families! @edwardsedition and @Maconbabies and all their families stayed here with us in Grizawood and it was hilarious and so fun. As usual I learned some good parenting tricks.  Now , when peebs is acting up and tantruming, I say, " Do you need to go to your room and cry?" and after a few times of making him stay in his room to cry he will answer the question and say " wooooooo" while shaking his head and quit crying immediately. Hilar.

We are working on our table manners. While I am trying to talk peebs into eating something other than Ritz crackers , these girls had their kids saying " May I be excused" and " I enjoyed it" before they can leave the table! It was pretty impressive ( and hilarious when they got mixed up and said " I hope you enjoyed it" ha) so we are now working on those concepts. 

Here is a pic of day 1:

KP suggested I read the book " Fairytale interrupted" and since I know nothing about the Kennedys I decided to do some background research by watching The Kennedys mini series on Netflix ( the one with Katie Holmes). I am so glad I am watching it because I forgot lots about history and this makes it more memorable than any text book.

I have almost completed all of my Christmas decorating. It is different decorating this house than my old one so I am having to make some adjustments! I still need a Christmas tree skirt and a pretty wreath for the front door. I have unsuccessfully looked for those the past 4 years.

My parents gave me Christmas money early so that I could do some black Friday shopping and Bed Bath & Beyond has the Dyson line 25% off. I have wanted one of the cordless stick vacuums since moving into this house and boy is it awesome. We have all hardwood floors in this house and I can use this on them, as well as vacuuming my couch, area rugs, door mats and clean my car with it! Thanks Santa!

and that's about all for now! 

Don't forget my cyber sale at I have lots of great cords and chargers for iphones and ipads up to 40% off retail!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tip Tuesday: Next Issue App

Hey Guys! I have a GREAT new app for you on this Tip Tuesday in Holiday Season! It is called " Next Issue". It is just like netflix, except with magazines and not movies. 
You can have a free month trial and see how you like it, and then after that it is $9.99 a month for most monthly magazines or $15 a month for access to weekly subscriptions like People Magazine.
I LOVE magazines especially for road trips and I especially love reading them on my ipad so that they don't clutter up my house/car and weigh down my handbag! Now for $10 a month I get :
People Stylewatch
Real Simple
Food Network
Rachel Ray
Country Living
Harpers Bazaar 

anyway ... you get the picture! If you like reading magazines and have an iPad, you should totally look into this app. ( this also works on Android Devices!)

DownLoad Here

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pinspiration : Pot & Pan Organization

You may have seen this picture on pinterest of the pot & pan organizer. I have been dying for it but I thought it was special cabinetry when really, it is an add on that you can easily purchase and install from Lowe's made by a company called " Rev-A-Shelf" and it is pretty awesome! 

 So here is what I was working with before:

 and my hot handyman at work
 and the after math! Perfectly organized pots and pans that you can access without having to stack and unstack!
 It would be prettier if I had all matching color pots and pans like the demo pic but you can still appreciate it. FYI you can customize the sizes or slots so the amount of pans you fit will vary. These organizers come in various sizes, we bought the XL version.

Link to purchase

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