And I had such great things to say, too!

Two weeks ago on Monday we went to our first day of Homeschool Co-op (it was their 2nd day, we missed the first). I was pretty hesitant to put Max in the Co-op because there’s only one option for Kindergartners, and from what I read about it I could teach it. Why am I going to spend money (ok, it’s only $48 for the entire school year, but still) and give up one of my precious mornings when I could teach him at home? And while he’s there I have to volunteer somewhere at the Co-op. But I decided to give it a try. So we show up the first day and I go to drop Jack off and the nursery’s not there yet (of course…it’s all volunteers). We all three go to G-lab for the opening. It’s harried and hectic, we don’t have nametags, nobody knows what’s going on, blah blah blah. We finally all get settled and then I go to the director to see where I’ll be volunteering. One of her teachers had an emergency and wasn’t there, the Spanish teacher. I wondered if I should tell her I speak Spanish…then all of a sudden she looked right at me and in a joking voice asked me if I spoke Spanish! So guess who taught the beginner’s Spanish class that day!

It actually went very well. There were 16 6-8 year olds. Most of them took turns, I didn’t feel flustered. I didn’t speak as much Spanish as I wanted to, but all in all it was a success.

Well, Max is putting his blue blanket on my head and calling me Mary, guess I’d better go.

Sometime right around starting homeschool Tj sat Max down and told him how to pronounce several words. For the most part Max has a good vocabulary, but he has held on to three words in baby-speak.

open-eel is how he’s said oatmeal for forever

brepris was breakfast

old McDonald’s was just McDonald’s

They’re all cute, but we figured if he went to public school he’d begin to notice/change his pronunciation. Our firstborn is growing up!

I’ve been putting off blogging so long…there’s no telling how much my Jack has changed since the last time I wrote. Tj’s been on a 6-month deployment and returned, we’ve been to Disney World and Pensacola and back…a lot has happened. I’m hoping that with us starting homeschool, such a big endeavor, I’ll get back to blogging regularly. We’ll see.

Around the time Tj came back Jack’s speech took off. He really started repeating a lot of what we say. I made a list of all the words he says now and here it is:

up (sounds like ‘bup’ with his hands like six-guns pointing up…soooo cute!)
Max (he stopped saying Max right around the time Tj left, then about a month before he came back he started saying ‘Ax’, and now it’s changed to ‘Bax’)
toy (oy)
tree (teee)
light (liiiii)
bottle (bobble)
arm (mam)
feet (never foot which trips me up a bit)
chair (nuuu)
clean up (nuu uuuu)
boy (oy)
outside (gee-daw…don’t ask me, I have no idea how he gets one from the other)
daddy (said very slowly as two distinct syllables)

He recognizes but doesn’t really say his nose, mouth and eyes. He can whistle. I visited Mom just before Tj came home and she told me he was doing that. It’s an actual whistle, but he doesn’t quite have the hang of it…he can’t always do it on command.

When he turned 3 he stopped having therapy under the Early Intervention Program and now is under the Dept of Education. Their guidelines say there must be a psychologist on staff for him to receive Developmental Therapy. Since there’s not a psychologist at Allied as of his birthday he’s only been receiving Speech, PT and OT. He just started going to the local public school from 8:30am till 10:45 for all four therapies, and boy is he whipped when we get home, poor kid. I’ve had to think more about what I feed him to make sure we don’t have any arguments…I have to give him finger foods since he’s so tired out.

Another change is two weeks ago Tj said that poor baby should be in a real bed. He’s been in a pack-n-play almost the whole time we’ve been in this house…(those are much easier to clean out when he explodes from his diaper which he used to do often) although the mattress in this pack-n-play is 3″ of foam. So we put the little toddler bed we got from Crystal in the guest room and put up the fence around it. Unlike Max I know if Jack spent any time in that room by himself he’d tear up everything within reach. He’s been doing pretty good in that bed, although he loves to bang that fence against the wall! The other morning when he didn’t feel well and slept later I saw that he was asleep on the floor. Last night around midnight I checked on him before going to bed and he was on the floor so I put him in his bed. This morning at 3am Max wet the bed and woke me up so I checked on Jack again…again on the floor! So much for getting that boy a real mattress!

Well, I’ve got to go get on homeschool. Hopefully I’ll keep up with the updates. We’ll see.

Well, we had our first day of homeschool! And it was a success. Of course the curriculum I’m using calls for Max to get a present from his dad today so that’s always good.

It only took us an hour which is very little, and Max is definitely beyond what I taught him today…part of me thinks I should change what I’m doing, and the other part says if I’m going to be adding in Hippy and Hooked on Phonics, with a possible Spanish addition to come later then using this isn’t a problem. I guess we’ll see as we go along.

The way I planned the day we’d take Jack to therapy (usually starts at 8:30 but today and Thursday it’ll be 8:15), get groceries with Max, pick Jack up at 10:45, unload groceries, do a little school while Jack rests and has a snack, Jack to bed while Max and I school, Max plays the Wii. Of course I was forgetting that an hour to unload groceries and do some schoolwork is completely unreasonable…especially if I haven’t completed all prep work the night before. And then the hot tub guy called and came by around noon…

So what actually happened is that we got home about 11:10, unloaded groceries while Jack had a snack, I fixed their lunch and they ate while I talked to the hot tub guy, put Jack to bed and then I ate my lunch while Max played (not the Wii). I got ready for school while he cleaned up the living room and we started school at 1:30pm. I ended going up to Jack’s room 3 or 4 times during school…but all in all it was a great first day.

In lieu of an acutal post I’m just gonna blog some changes I’ve seen in the boys.

Max has started coloring in the lines, and everything in the picture. I’ve stopped getting him to unload the dishes, but he has a list of chores he has to do before he can play the wii. He’s been getting gum every chance he can. He’s good with it so far, nothing stuck to anything else.

Jack is making small headway with stopping the thumb sucking…it’s such a habit, but we’re working on it. I’m sure it’ll be several more months, if not longer, before he doesn’t automatically stick his hands in his mouth. We started putting a “thumb-shirt” on him as soon as we came back from Christmas. I’ve taped his hands occasionally, leaving his fingers free.

I called mom last night to say Jack seems to be obeying more. During the week we were snowed in (Feb 8-12th) I spanked him so many times…the favorites were pulling all the kleenex out of the box/playing with stuff in that drawer, and pulling the umbrella stand down (sucking his hands goes w/o saying). I realized last night he was doing better and so called mom. Of course today he’s found more things to do that he already knows are no-no’s; he pulled a leaf off my plant, etc. Crazy kid.

I put Curious George in Jack’s bed the other night and he immediately picked him up and hugged him and made a sweet sound. It’s fun to watch him with CG, but I invariably find CG on the floor along with his pillow and blanket. :-)