Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Kindergarten Graduate!

Yup! Bugs graduated from kindergarten!!

There are 6 sections of kindergarten in my district, all of which are FULL days with the exception of one section that is HALF days. We opted for the later with Gav. I wasn't sure how well he would do going ALL DAY LONG and he is a "young" kindergartner and I worried.

He did amazingly well! He can read simple words/books and can do simple math! His penmanship is truly awesome! I can honestly say he has the neatest writing in his class. He enjoyed going to school and riding the bus. We are proud and thankful that the year went so well.

They don't do a graduation ceremony for the kindergartners at Gavin's school (total bummer! I was looking forward to that!) but they did tie dye shirts and all the kids signed their name with permanent marker and wore it the last day of school.

Gavin on the last day of kindergarten!

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm here!!! And a little Austin talk.

I haven't jumped off the face of the earth--yet! It's been a trying past couple of weeks, to say the least. It's been overwhelming and exhausting but wanted to let the world know I am still here.

Austin's summer soccer leugue started a month or so ago. No pictures....yet! I just found out last week that one of the Neonatologist that I work with has a son on Austin' team. Crazy. He has a great team this year, which is a great relief. In years past, his team has been somewhat SHADY.

Austin had his high school physical recently and weighed in at 123 pounds and was 5' 4"!!! Seriously??! Just look at this kid! (He usually won't let me come near him with the camera so he was acting "smart" in this picture but hey! I have to take what I can get!)

He is definately a teenager. Not home much. Mommy misses him but I have to let him "spread his wings".

Saturday, June 6, 2009

{{Our Fashion Diva}}

This is all Maggie.

put on her Polka Dot Shirt....

Proceeded by her Polka Dot water boots....

It was windy outside so on with her Polka Dot winter hat....

(OK, so maybe mommy has a slight infatuation and love for polka dots but she DID put this look together all by herself!)

Gotta love a girl in dots!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Molly's Corner

It's a beautiful Friday morning and I am sitting here sipping my morning java while my kiddo's are content and playing wonderfully together on the patio. Rare moment. Quick! Blog! Here I go before the storm hits!

Molly's surgery went well. No snot since! Nodda! She looks wonderful. Now she snores?! I don't quite get that but OK.

Onto the opthamologists. They did the usual visual tests. Dilated her eyes. Checked 'em again. Dr. C says, "she has perfect vision. The back of the eye looks healthy. I see no need for glasses." Yippee!! That is great news!

...but she will need surgery!

That's not what I was expecting at all. Not great news. *sigh*

To correct her strabismus and amblyopia (aka "lazy eye"). Mmmmm. I should be use to this by now. The Dr believes that it is muscle weakness but why would she not develop this until after her second birthday? Wouldn't she of had this from birth? That's why she has the dual diagnosis since we are not sure exactly what her eye is doing.

Plan: Eye patch on left eye one hour a day (during her therapy hour) to strengthen that lazy right eye and to "train" her brain to use that eye. Then we will follow up with Dr. C to discuss the surgery.

The kicker: The surgery has a 15% of over correcting, a 15% chance of under correcting and there is a 30-50% (in the upwards range because she has DS) of it occurring again and will have to have the surgery repeated. So, do I really do the surgery? I don't like my odds.

The storm has arrived. Gotta go...