Madeline- I talked in church last Sunday on the topic of Agency. It was a good reminder of the importance to choose the right! I've been keeping up with all the Mormon Messages videos lately and they lift my spirit every time. All the stories are so touching. You should watch one if you have a few minutes. My toenails are green, ready for St. Patty's Day!
lil Jed- This little guy is full of energy. He makes me laugh multiple times a day- even when he's being naughty. He continues to have diarrhea everyday and allergies to milk products. Due to other concerns we had about him, he was recently evaluated an occupational and speech therapist. Through the whole process we have been learning more about him and his needs. He is being treated for a Sensory Processing Disorder. "Treatment" really just means changing his diet, adding more sensory stimulating and calming activities into his routine, and patience while we wait as he grows into this disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a spectrum disorder. There are many different ways to have it. SPD specific to lil Jed is Tactile Defensiveness and Auditory Overresponsive. This means that he is disturbed by light touch, and that he is overly sensitive to noises around him. This turns rainy days, bath time, me cooking breakfast, having a fan on, wearing clothes, being around people, listening to music all very difficult for him. Some days are better than others, and keeping gluten out of his diet definitely helps him, both with behavior and his digestion. We're blessed to have friends that have children with SPD that we can turn to when we have questions.
Lil Jed is a very smart little boy and learns most things quickly. He's great with patterns and colors, and can even recognize his alphabet now. We're working on counting (he usually gets to 3) but I'm sure that will come with age. He loves tractors, trains, trucks, and cars. (obsessed is a better description, lol!)
He has a slight speech delay, common to children his age. But if it doesn't improve, he'll be re-evaluated when he's older.
We love him so much and are so lucky to have him in our family!
Robbie- This munchkin is definitely a momma's boy. He is on my hip as much as he can be! And of course, his favorite word is "Mom" I wrote a song about Robbie:
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-OVery original, don't you think? But really, this describes him perfectly. (In the time it took me to write this post, he has said "mom" 12 times) He only says Mom and uh-uh now, so a speech therapist is going to work with him to see if we can get him saying more than just those two words. He sure is a sweet cutie-pie, and his hair, as you can see in the pictures below, is still as blonde as ever! I think his screaming phase is coming to an end. He used to scream so high-pitched it would rattle your ear drums for minutes. But that seems to be fading out of his list of favorite things to do. (Thank goodness!)
And on that farm he had a Robbie, E-I-E-I-O
With a "MOM" here and a "MOM!!" there,
here a "Mom," there a "MOM", everwhere a "Mom, MOM"
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
We love our boys so much, they are the treasure of our hearts!