Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beach Bound

We are getting ready to go to the Outer Banks this Friday. The kids and I are so excited! This is our FAVORITE family vacation spot and we haven't been there in 3 years. The past 2 years we have gone to Topsail Island, and although it's nice, nothing compares to the Outer Banks. Plus, my mom is meeting us there so we'll get to visit with her!

The kids are already making a list of things to bring such as their "boogie boards," kites, crab nets, and sand toys. The last time we were there, we went searching for crabs on the beach at night. TJ and the boys caught quite a few of them (and released them, of course) and the kids are most excited about that. I am excited about getting some sand in my toes and some sun on my back! LOL! Nothing is better than seeing God's beautiful creation at the beach: the ocean's boundaries, the beautiful skies, and all the life in between the two.

*Psalm 19:1~ "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Update on Teagan

It's been a while since I've updated on Teagan's progress with her therapy and such. At this point in her life (at age 21 months), she is now only receiving speech therapy along with her weekly visits with Crystal, her Early Interventionist. She was re-evaluated last week and on Tuesday Susan, her speech therapist, and I went over the results.

When Teagan was first assessed last December she scored in the 90s on both receptive and expressive skills. Average is anywhere between 85-115, and a true "delay" is below 85 and "advanced" is above 115. She qualified because of her eating difficulties and aversion to textured foods (she was 15 months old and still on pureed baby foods). Susan not only worked on her speech, but did lots of work with her in terms of getting Teagan to accept foods and getting over her texture aversion.

When Teagan was assessed last week, her receptive score was 115 but her expressive was 86; quite a significant difference. She should be saying at least 50 words but is only saying about 20 on a regular basis. She tries to imitate words by changing the inflection and pitch of her voice, which is great, but what she says is completely unintelligible. Receptively, Teagan understands so much and in fact, showed understanding of skills that are difficult for kids to grasp, especially at not quite 2 years old. For instance, the concept of quantities: one, some, all. Susan was even a little surprised that Teagan understood what she was asking so she repeated that part of the assessment later on just to be sure the results were accurate. Again, Teagan mastered the task!

Although Teagan's scores do not fall in the "delay" range yet (the test age range is for 18-24 months so once Teagan turns 2 and is reassessed, then she will qualify) we are going to continue with speech because there is such a big gap between her receptive understanding and expressive speech. Ideally both of her scores would be about the same and clearly they are not.

I am thankful for the work that Susan has done with Teagan because not only has she helped Teagan in terms of her eating capability, but she has given TJ and I an opportunity to communicate with Teagan through sign. Signing was something I did with the others but not to the extent that we have done with Teagan. Teagan signs more words than she says and when she wants something that she doesn't know the sign for, she gets frustrated at not having a means to express herself. Susan, through signing, has opened up Teagan's world for her and really helped Teagan to have a better quality of life.

Teagan's Vocabulary:
more
cu(p)
baby
bye
hi
ea(t)
ma-ma
da-da
knee
me
mine
coo-coo (cookie)
ha(t)
eye
mou(th)
bubble
ball
ca(r)
dirty

Teagan's signs:
baby
more
help
open
all done
milk
I love you
sit
up
in (put in)
dirty
mine
ball
bath
shoes
apple
juice
cup
eat
cookie
cracker
cat
girl

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

So Blessed

Just thought I'd share. . . I am so blessed! I have seen God answer my prayers in so many ways over the past few months. God is good! Psalm 119:68

Thursday, June 3, 2010

We've Moved!

I am so thrilled to finally be moved into our new "old" house. I call it that because the house is new to us, but it's actually 45 years old. It's so spacious compared to our other house; the kids and I LOVE it! The layout is perfect for us and I am so thankful the Lord, in His wisdom and timing, provided it for us.

We are slowly unpacking because the more immediate priority is with cleaning. The house was previously owned by an elderly man whose wife died from cancer last year. He himself suffered from a stroke so it's been a VERY long time since the house has been cleaned. Each room requires a scrubbing from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Thankfully a friend of mine from church has been willing and able to come over to help clean. Together we were able to get the kitchen, kids' bedrooms, playroom, and 2 bathrooms completed; we're about halfway there! I have started unpacking the playroom so the kids have been acting like it's Christmas. They are so happy to see their toys again! :) TJ got our bed frame put together so we were finally able to sleep in our bedroom last night. Hopefully he will get the boys' beds put together next so we can get their room unpacked and organized.

My church is holding Vacation Bible School next week and this is the first year I am not teaching. I would love to be able to, and am a little sad that I'm not, but I just have too many other things going on right now that I simply do not have the time to plan each day's lesson. I am looking forward to serving in another area and am grateful for the opportunity to get the kids out of the house for a few hours each day.

Life is slowly returning to normal. . . and I LOVE it! I am blessed beyond all measure.

*"But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me. My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the Lord." ~ Psalm 26:11-12