Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Look How Big!

Teagan is 7 months old today! I can’t believe how fast the time passed since her birth, especially in the last 2 months since she’s been receiving Early Intervention services. She has made such great progress with the help of her Early Interventionist (EI) and physical therapist (PT). In fact, this past Sunday, Teagan finally began rolling over independently!

T.G. was sick so I kept her home from church Sunday night. I had her in the bathtub, trying to bring her fever down a bit. I had Teagan playing on the carpet right outside the bathroom door. I had placed her on her back and put some toys just out of her grasp, reachable only when she rolled onto her side. I was washing T.G. and periodically checking on Teagan. I heard Teagan begin to fuss, and when I turned around to check on her, she had rolled onto her belly! I was very excited! She rolled 2 more times before I actually witnessed her rolling, and then she did it again yesterday for her EI. I can’t wait to show her PT her new skills!

Teagan also had her 6-month well-visit last week. She has gained another 2 pounds, and she officially weighs 14 pounds, 3 ounces. I introduced her to “food” and so far she likes green beans and raspberry Italian ice (I shared some of mine with her the other day). Teagan also has an ear infection and the doctor prescribed Amoxicillin. However, when filling the prescription, she received Augmentin, which is a stronger version of Amoxicillin. I’m not sure why the pharmacist substituted, but Teagan did not respond well. She immediately vomited upon me giving it her. I tried on 2 separate instances and both times she vomited. I called the doctor’s office and they called in the Amoxicillin (again!) and she has done much better. She really likes the taste of the medicine and grabs my hand to get it.

Now that her first PT goal has been met, we will continue to work with her on sitting independently. She is getting stronger and making great progress, but her doctor told me that more than likely she will have low muscle tone for the rest of her life. The therapy is definitely helping to strengthen her muscles, but she’ll never be an Olympic athlete. She will be delayed in her gross motor development. She will learn to sit, and she will crawl, and eventually she will learn to walk, but much later than her friends. In the great scheme of things, that’s okay. I accept that and have actually added to my special education knowledge by having experienced this end of the special education services spectrum. Like I often tell TJ, we are all on the spectrum somewhere! =)

*Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. ~Psalm 127:3-4

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hi!

Hi there! Remember me?

I'm still here, struggling to get all my "paperwork" finished by tomorrow, Wednesday at the latest.

Plus, it's Spring Break, and someone has at least one appointment every day. Today it was my turn. Fun.

My sis and Kaylee are coming tomorrow. They were supposed to arrive last weekend but I had too much schoolwork to do. I still do. I wrote 2 assignments and submitted them. They were all wrong. I misunderstood the assignment. I had to re-write most of it. 19 pages and countless hours wasted over 1 simple word that was omitted from the directions. What word, you ask? Lesson plans that include completed assessments. I submitted my lesson plans and left out the data. I still have 2 more assignments to finish before Thursday. I also have to teach 1 lesson next Monday for my final observation. After that, I'll be DONE!

Graduation is in 26 days.

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!