Thursday, July 31, 2008

A more Serious Update

Wednesday we had Early Intervention come and did an evaluation for Alex. We had an Occupational Therapist, Developmental Therapist, and Speech & Language Therapist come. They basically came and played with Alex while asking us a trajillion questions. After watching him interact and play with them for an hour, they decided that he does need Speech Therapy. That didn't come as a surprise to us as he is not babbling a lot (really only started babbling a few weeks ago). He never says "mama" or "dada." He has been starting to do more sign language which is VERY encouraging to us. Mostly he makes grunting noises when he is trying to communicate with us. It's a little frustrating as most people who don't know him very well tend to think that he is whining when he's really just trying to talk. He's also been pointing a lot, which the S&L therapist said was encouraged to see. Anyway, he'll be getting speech therapy 1 time a week for an hour at a time.

In other news, we've also retested Alex for his tooth and nail syndrome. We found out about a month ago that there is testing available for Witkop Tooth & Nail Syndrome, so we went ahead and had blood drawn for the 4th time in Alex short little life. Hopefully we'll hear something soon about that. Basically this will just help us with insurance stuff and we'll also know if it is a dominant or recessive gene.

The Fair & Claire

A few weeks ago we took Alex to the County Fair where I grew up. I don't think Alex was quite old enough to understand the fair. He wasn't a huge fan of the Merry-go-round. He seemed to enjoy looking at the animals, but didn't really want to touch them. He was a little tired from the heat and not a great nap. His most favorite part of the day was definitely running around in the open area by the tractors. He just ran and laughed. He also loved pretending to drive the tractors! He thought it was a blast. Who knows, maybe he'll be a farmer afterall. :)

We've also been spending a few weekends with Claire (my niece) as well. It seems like they've really had fun playing lately. At a wedding rehearsal last weekend, they were chasing each other outside and laughing, or should I say screaming. Here are a few pictures to enjoy.


Playing in the Water

Driving on the Tractor

What a Smile!

Playing with Claire

From my last work-out with Rachel before she moved. :(


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Zoo Fun & more

Here are some pictures from our last few trips to Brookfield Zoo.

And some pictures from a trip to the Children's Museum in Kankakee

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Videos!

A few more videos from the park yesterday! Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

New Videos

This first video shows Alex's love of climbing.....

This is from the 4th of July. We were just playing in the HUGE field of grass by our condo. I think you can tell (if you have the sound on) how much fun Alex was having.

There will be more videos to come tomorrow....

More Summer Fun

We have been having a blast with Alex this last week. Last weekend he spent time with Grandma and Grandpa while Kent and I headed to Wisconsin for a friend's wedding. It was nice to us to spend a little time by ourselves, but by Sunday we were ready to go and pick Alex up. He has been so happy this last week just laughing at everything and really starting to play games with us. His new favorite game would be to chase us or be chased around the house. We also discovered a huge open field of grass by our place that is perfect for putting Alex down and just telling him to go anywhere. He really can't go anywhere to get in trouble there, so it works out perfectly.

His head is healing and the scab is looking better everyday. It hasn't seemed to bother him too badly, which is great! Every once in awhile he'll touch it, but more than often he just leaves it alone. Hopefully his scar won't be too bad.

At the Zoo with Daddy

No explanation needed... explanation needed

4th of July

Fun at the Splash Park