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Friday, July 6, 2012

Hardly a Moment

I feel like such a slacker!  It has been just about 2 and a half months since I last posted.  Things have been so hectic since I started my new job.  I come home exhausted and go to bed as soon as Presley is alseep. 

But enough about me.....

Presley is doing fantastic.  He is 8 months old today!  The time has been flying by.... this is what I was beginning to write the last time I logged on.  Unfortunately I never sat back down to finish writing.  ugh .....

Well a lot has happened since my last attempt at posting.  Presley 9 months old now and is doing amazing. 

Early Intervention is still only coming once a month just to check on his progress.  He is still not sitting up on his own yet and is in the early stages of crawling.  I think once he SLOWS DOWN he will do them both.  He is always in motion.  Even when sitting my lap, he is constantly moving around checking out his surroundings.  He is so observant!  I think that is why he loves his exersaucer so much!  He gets a full 360* view of the room!  

Everyday Presley amazes me with the new things he learns!  He picks up his snacks all by himself and is beginning to show interest in his spoon when he is eating.  He keeps trying to grab it out of my hand.  I give him a clean one to play with and he is actually getting the spoon part in his mouth after a few tries.  I am still a bit hesitant to actually give him food to feed himself with!  It has just been too hot outside to bring him out there with his highchair to let him try.  Hopefully a cool day is coming so he can try!!

We had a very relaxing 4th of July here at home.  We stayed inside and just enjoyed our time as a family.  Just the 3 of us!  It was the first time in a while that we had no where to be.  We sat and watched TV all day and stayed out of the heat.  When it got dark, we turned on the Macy's Fireworks.  Presley was attached to the TV.  He loved watching the colorful fireworks and listening to the music.  He thought it quite hysterical when Don and I would try to sing along.  Check out Presley sporting his patriotic diapers!

So a few weeks ago I tried getting Presley to go in the pool.  Me, Presley, Aunt Rosie, Aunt Eileen and cousin Casey were over by my parents house to go swimming.  We all went in the pool and I was confident he would love it....boy was I wrong!  After being in the water for a few minutes, I think the vastness of the pool began to set in and he began to cry!  Aww my poor baby!  I just couldn't help but laugh! (I know, I know it mean but it is so funny).  My Aunt Rosie couldn't take him crying so she "rescued him from those meanies" in the pool.  A few days later while I was at work, my dad decided to take Presley into the pool.  And again, the tears began to flow... What was I going to do?  We are gong on cruise soon and Presley needs to go in the water.  How am I going to take him in knowing he is scared??  So on a suggestion, I went out and bought an infant tube that looks like a fish.  I can tell you....he LOVED it!!!!  And here is the smile to prove it!

I am looking forward to all the smiles and memories we will be making this summer.  And I look forward to sharing each one!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Big Changes

So for the first time in a long time, I turned on my laptop to write.  A lot has happened in the past few months.  My little boy is getting bigger before my eyes. 

He is a little over 5 months old and moving all over the place.  He rolls from front to back then back to front.  He just never stops moving and I know once he figures out how to crawl, there will be no stopping him.  That makes me nervous.

                                                               Rolling over in my crib

Ok, so lets see what else has been happening....

Early Intervention has officially begun.  The physical therapist has come 2x and just can't believe the progress Presley has made in a few short weeks.  I of course have to thank everyone who watches him while I am at work.  They are the ones who work with him on a daily basis to make sure his "therapy" is being done.  And of course with their help, while on his belly, Presley pushes himself up on his arms.  We are now working on him getting his legs under his butt to he can push himself up on all 4's. 

At 4 months old the pediatrician had said that I could start Presley on cereal.  We did the usual rotation of 3 days of rice, 3 days of oatmeal, then 3 days of barley two times a day (breakfast & dinner).  To our surprise the Dr. didn't want me to mix the cereal in the bottle.  So we bit the bullet and mixed cereal and formula in a bowl and fed him with a spoon.  HE LOVED IT!!!  He took to the cereal so well that on his 5th month birthday the pediatrician said I can start feeding him vegetables for dinner in place of his cereal.  And to my surprise he enjoyed it.  He has had peas, carrots and green beans so far and LOVES each and every one of them!  He actually opens his mouth and says "aaahhh"!  And when he doesn't, I sing to him! HAHA Who would have thought that singing a song (happy birthday) would get him to finish his dinner!   I can't wait for him to try fruit!

                                                    Eating cereal for the first time.....

                                                                          Peas - Day 1
                                                                       Peas - Day 2

Presley also has been spending time in his exersaucer while home and at my mothers house.  Every day he gets stronger and jumps more and more and seems to be having fun..... What do you think???

Now a little bit about what has been going on with me.....I have been back to work full time since January.  And the transition was really difficult.  I was having a really tough time and cried a lot.  But of course as the days went on it got easier and easier.  Sometimes, because of the length of my commute and my mother watching Presley on Mondays and Tuesdays, I would stay by my parents house to make it easier on me.  Of course he doesn't sleep as good there as he does at home, but who can really complain.  I enjoy my quiet time with him and when I wake up to this face, my day is made :o)


Now for a little secret.....that's not so much a secret anymore.  While on maternity leave I got a call for an interview to teach 7, 8 & 9 year old Autistic children in a public school.  I went on the interview at the end of December not really expecting anything.  A few days later I received a call back for a 2nd interview with the Superintendent!  I found out that the job came down to myself and another woman.  Ultimately they chose her for the position, but liked  me so much they offered me a job with a new Pre-School ABA program within the school.  Of course I immediately accepted!  I was going to be teaching preschoolers! But that quickly changed in an odd twist.....Something happened with the other woman and she was no longer going to be teaching in the district.  So, now, instead of Pre-K, I will be teaching the children I initially interviewed for.  After four and a half years, yesterday was my last day at IEA.  It was so bitter sweet.  I am sad to leave my students but am happy that I have the opportunity to work with new kids.  I am really sad to leave the friends I have made.  It was really strange walking out the door yesterday at 5pm knowing that it was the last time.  But I look forward to Monday to when I will walk through the doors for the first time at my new job with new co-workers and new students.  I think the best part of this job is the hours...Instead of leaving work at 4:45, I get to walk out the door at 3:30!!!  Which means I get to spend so much more time with my baby.  And that makes me happy about these big changes