Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Open cup

About 6 months ago, we started giving Lucy an open cup for meals when seated at the table. She still gets a straw-sippy for travel. Of course, Drake saw her (his biggest motivator) drinking from an open cup and decided he was going to do it, too. Every meal, he'd ask the same thing. "Juice?". So, I'd hand him his straw-sippy of juice. "No. Cup"!"CUP"!!!

So we started giving him a cup, too. At first, he soaked his shirt almost immediately, due to quick, uncoordinated hand to mouth movements and trouble handing the fast fluid intake. But, practice make perfect and now he is just about perfect. Not bad for a kiddo who has, what I'd consider, about 80% function in his left hand and 50% in his right.

Please note that I don't normally yell directives at him while he drinks, I just wanted to get it all for the video. Helps me remember where we came from.

*at the end he says "more" through a stuffy nose

Friday, May 14, 2010

Good ears and teeth

We are getting Drake and Lucy all ready for school in August. They both had hearing tests (required because they were preemies) and passed with flying colors. They also both went to the dentist for the first time. Good teeth, good palate shape / bite and no cavities!

I have ordered our first piece of durable medical equipment; a stroller that can be secured in the school bus.

Now, they just need some cute backpacks and lunch boxes and we're ready to go!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This and that

Haven't posted for a while. Things are pretty status quo. Hubby and I went to the Grand Canyon for 5 nights and 6 days without the kids. That was the longest we had been apart from them. It was a fabulous getaway, but I felt it was just a bit too long (for me, not the kids). My parents came out from the East Coast to watch them while we were gone and the kids did great. Barely seemed to notice when we got back. I know we are lucky to have parents who will watch two 2 year olds for a week, especially a 30 pounder who doesn't walk. They are awesome.

We started 6 weeks ago with a new speech therapist as we got booted from our state's speech services due to budget cuts. I have to say it was a great thing. The new therapist is amazing and Drake does much better in a clinical setting. There are too many distractions at home with Lucy.

His therapist went so far to say at his visit that he is "on fire" right now. It's true. He is making a ton of progress verbally. He consistently puts 3-word phrases together. The other day he said to me when I walked in the door from work, "Hi Mom". Then, "Mommy boots off"?

There are also some more subtle upswings happening now, too. He is doing a ton of imaginative play. Feeding his baby, talking on the phone, and just generally being silly to get a reaction, like putting his blanket over his head when he crawls around. The twins are also playing so much more together. It's fabulous to see them laugh and interact - and even fight.