|Can you see Bridget's backpack?|
It's been almost two weeks since I posted. How can that BE?! Everybody was sick for one of those weeks and when everyone is sick, the system breaks down. I used to wonder what the big deal was when people used the excuse that their kids were sick to get out of pretty much everything. Now I know. It's because it is a full time job for a team of people when a child is sick. Emil had to go to the Respiratory Clinic at the hospital to get suctioned out, plus breathing treatments here at home. The air here was so bad that the doctor advised us not to go out. Nobody was sleeping. Truthfully I can't remember much about it.
|Bridget heading to school on Crazy Sock Day|
For a few months I've been thinking I need to have Kids on the Move come evaluate Emil and Colin. Emil is only saying a few words regularly and Colin only says, "Uh-huh." Neighbors with twins highly recommended the program and I didn't think it would hurt to get educated myself on how to help them. The first evaluation measured their behavior. While I was watching the nice lady play with the boys and take notes, it occurred to me for the first time that Emil is almost always the one being stubborn and defiant. Hmmm. I thought it was both of them who would purposefully do something I just asked them not to do. When the woman asked Colin to bring her toys or point to things, he did his best to please her and he watched her face very closely. When she asked Emil to do the same things, he would walk off with the toy. Ha!
The second person to come (the boys are officially "speech delayed" so we qualify for the program) evaluated their vision and hearing. She brought really interesting toys. Both boys see perfectly. Emil failed the hearing test in one ear and Colin failed the hearing test in both ears. No ear infections. I don't know how long it's been going on, but the nurse said the way Colin hears us is like we're talking underwater. We have an appointment with an audiologist in a few weeks and we're learning as much as we can in the meantime. I hesitated to post about this, but I've found that everyone I've talked to about it has made me feel better. Maybe it's just because I told the right people. Anyway, I don't want to miss out on good advice because I'm hiding my guilt feelings.
|Bridget on Crazy Hair Day. Emil participated even though he doesn't go to school.|
In other news, Bridget and Brian have been skiing a few times (she got lessons from Daddy again for Christmas), piano lessons have started back up, I finally finished and mailed some cute stuff to Katy for her baby who is due any second, and Bridget went to a monster truck rally with a couple of friends to celebrate the friends' birthday. Also, my house is a huge mess. That is not news.