Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Been a Rough Week!

We've had a rough week in the Chandler House. 

I started my week off with a cold or something.  I started feeling funny on Sunday night with sneezing and a runny nose.  By Monday afternoon, I had a headache and was blowing and blowing.  Not a fun way to start the first week of school!!!

This first week back with students hasn't been bad just not good.  The district has set all these expectations on counselors telling us that we need to have more face time with students.  Imagine that!!!  I am supposed to meet with students!!! I kind of had my hopes up that I would actually be able to do more of what I love, you know, meeting and talking to students.  This first week has dashed my hopes of that.  There is just SO much to do in my 20 hour week that unfortunately seeing students get pushed aside.  I so hate that!!! 

I haven't spoken about it on the blog, but Jackson isn't walking independently yet.  Pretty much anybody that knows us, knows this has been a point of concern for a couple of months.  When we went to J's 15 month well check, Dr. Hull told us we should call Early Childhood Interventions at 16 months if he wasn't walking.  I dragged my feet a bit thinking he would be walking any day.  Finally, at 17 months I called ECI to set up an appointment.  

Boy, has it been a SLOW process!  Just this past Thursday almost two months later, J was evaluated.  They not only evaluated him for his mobility for walking but his speech which became a concern at his pre-evaluation a month ago.  Evidently by 18 months old, J should have between 25 and 50 words in his vocabulary.  J only has about 3 or 4 words he uses consistently.

So yesterday, a speech therapist and physical therapist came to evaluate J.  It was quite an entourage that packed into my tiny living room.  Not only the coordinator, speech therapist, and physical therapist, but two ladies doing observations.  It was pretty intense two hours.  I won't go into all the numbers and stats, but needless to say J is behind in his development.  He has some speech as well as a motor delay.  He qualifies for services through ECI, so starting next week, we will begin meeting with a speech therapist once a week for an hour.  In a couple of weeks, they will pair us up with someone to help him with his walking and fine motor skills.  

We'll just say this latest news has shaken us up a bit.  It's hard finding out something isn't quite right with your child.  It makes you second guess yourself and wonder where you went wrong.  Should we have done this...should we have done that...  You know. 

It's funny how a rough week forces you to really stop and reflect.  Regardless of all the stuff that's been going on we have so much to be thankful for. After all, we have this amazingly wonderful happy and healthy baby.   We have the ability to have specialists come into our home weekly and work with J.  My job is part-time and allows me to be with J way more than most working moms get with their babies.  Our life is pretty good. 

Plus, who has a baby boy this cute???

LOVE this Bath-loving baby!!!

1 comment :

  1. I love the picture with the really wet hair! LOVE that baby boy!!