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Soaking up some rays

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Nathan’s next stage

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The past week has been crazy. Guess what? Nathan’s starting preschool next week! So I’ve been trying for a year and a half to get Nathan some help. We’ve known for a while he has Sensory Processing Disorder, and we had him in occupational therapy for many months. I and his therapist both, however, felt like he needed something more because were both concerned about his language development. Not his speech- he can articulate words great- but mostly he couldn’t express himself very well. So I went through the school system in the town we used to live in to have him evaluated.

Well that whole process was a joke. A complete, ridiculous joke. They dragged their feet and this process that was supposed to, by law, take 45 school days from start to finish took the entire semester. And when I politely nudged them and asked what I could do to expedite the process since it had been months, they got defensive with me and insisted they were within the time constraints. I even wonder if they fudged the evaluations since their findings were so off. They basically said Nathan did not have any problems.

So at any rate, that was that. But then this house opportunuty came up, we moved to a bigger city, and I heard he could be re-evaluated by the new school system. So I did just that- after I told them about our experience with the previous school system, they decided during his initial screening that they wanted to go ahead & enroll him so he can start getting help for his sensory issues.

I am so thankful for this opportunity for him! Their teachers are trained in this stuff, so I know he’ll be in good hands. He starts Tuesday, and he couldn’t be more excited!  He keeps asking when he gets to go. It took a year & a half to get to this point, and I am so glad to be living where we do so we can get him the help he needs!

A new stage has begun.

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He’s here!

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He’s finally here!! Things are a whirlwind right now, so I will write more about his amazing birth when things calm down. Baby John was born over the weekend at 8lbs 4.5 oz and 22 inches long; a bundle of pure amazing awesomeness! His birth was perfect and incredible! I can’t wait to write about it. In the meantime, here’s some pictures to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Welcome to the world, John!

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Wearing his big brother's coming home outfit

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Enjoying some outside time

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Christmas Pictures!

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Well. Time has passed me by. First things first: CHRISTMAS PICTURES!

Nathan had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas. We counted down the days and when the Big Day finally arrived, he was super excited. Unlike the previous years, we didn’t have to split Christmas up into two days due to him becoming overstimulated. He handled it quite well! He got everything from Legos to cars to green army men… and even some fruit. Because yes, my kid loves fruit. So, even though these pictures are a bit late, here’s Nathan enjoying Christmas.

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Yay for presents! Mommy and Daddy stayed up LATE the night before making sure everything was wrapped just so. (By the time this picture was taken, he had already unwrapped most of them that were under the tree.) What was really cute, and he did this on previous Christmases as well, was that when he opened one present, he wanted to go ahead and play with it rather than open more.

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Oh yeah. Some planes. This kid is already causing me anxiety about his teenage years. At the tender age of nearly four, he already loves fast cars, loud music, and fighter jets. He has a nice range of likes and interests from jigsaw puzzles to dinosaurs to trains to cars… My little guy!

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Legos! That’s another thing my son loves. Legos. In fact, when he opened this Lego box, he recited the entire Lego Duplo commercial. I can’t quote it because I can’t remember it verbatim like he can, but he has a steel trap memory. Once when I broke out the Lysol spray to freshen a room, he recited a Lysol commercial he heard. And let me tell you, I always hurry past the beer isle in the grocery store because he starts exclaiming how “refreshing” light beer is. Oy. (I also try to limit his commercial time and put his memory to other more constructive uses rather than memorizing useless information.)

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My sweet, happy little man.

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Enjoying a book after all the festivities.

And, a really sweet video of him opening one of the presents his Grandma and Grandpa got him… a tunnel for his train tracks! I love how Nathan was so excited that he immediately darted off to his room, where we have some train tracks set up, so he could immediately put his tunnel to use.

Gosh I love this kid. He’s my life, my heart, my everything. And it’s really hard to believe that this was his last Christmas as an only child… hard to believe he’s going to be a big brother in May! And, we found out just two or three weeks ago that IT’S A BOY!!!! Yes, we are having another little boy, and we couldn’t be more excited!!

I can’t believe I’m going to be a mommy to two boys!!!

 

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