Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: More



Wordless Wednesday: Our weekend in pictures





Friday, May 20, 2011

Meet Dorothy


Meet Dorothy. Mikan's first pet. Dorothy is actually a male, but Mikan doesn't care. He/She is named after Elmo's pet goldfish, and Mikan loves her. Mikan thinks Dorothy likes the states as much as he does, and he has offered to drop some of his states puzzle pieces and magnets in her bowl for her to look at. Yesterday he fed her a piece of rice cake. She's not floating at the top yet, so no harm done that we can tell.

Earlier this week we visited another opthamologist who said that he would prescribe an even stronger prescription than Mikan's old glasses. He wants us to try and encourage Mikan to use his old ones when he is looking at things far away, like in the car, or at the zoo. When we've tried switching back to the old glasses in the past, he resisted us, so we didn't push it. We are going to make an effort to switch them more often now. The doctor said that the strength difference isn't earth-shattering though, so if Mikan hates his old glasses, then we shouldn't force him to wear them. Like we could anyway.

The opthamologist explained that even though near-sightedness deteriorates slowly with age, because kids have an ability to hyperfocus, strong lenses shouldn't hurt his near vision until about age 10. However, he did say this was an estimate and weaker lenses wouldn't hurt his vision, he may just not be as functional. So our goal is to try and figure out with which pair he maximizes his functinality at specific times, and then encourage him to use the appropriate pair accordingly. Mikan did fall asleep in the middle of the eye exam, so the doctor admitted his prescription was a little bit guesswork.

I've been starting to feed Anica cereals and purees. I hope this gets Mikan more interested in eating. I let him watch me feed her and then show him the empty bowl. So far it hasn't translated into him consuming any more, but he did grab her spoon and hit her in the mouth a few times with it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

He's a Big Boy Now

Last week Mikan and Anica watched me finally graduate with my Master's Degree in English Writing. Well, they caught glimpses I think with John as he tried to keep everyone fed and entertained during the two-hour ceremony. The iPad helped I think.

We will see a new pediatric opthamologist soon to obtain a third opinion about Mikan's sight. We are trying to isolate all of his vision deficiencies that are a direct result of his ROP, if possible, so that they don't get caught up in an ASD diagnosis, if it ever comes to that.

Mikan has some exciting news to report from this weekend. Now he is out of his crib and in a toddler bed. The transition to the "big boy bed" was fairly seamless. I expected a huge fit, especially since the crib is still in his room, but he hasn't even acted like too much is different about it. The next morning after we put him in it, we found him on the floor though. And in the middle of the night last night, John found him half-off with his head and chest on the bed, but his legs on the floor. Oh well, it's not high enough for a major disaster.

Furthermore, Mikan went pee on the potty two times. This is a huge accomplishment; we were beginning to wonder whether he had any awareness of anything going on down there. He still has a long way to go before he is "trained," but we are pleased that this is another transition he doesn't feel anxious about.

And finally, this weekend he took his first guitar lesson from Grandpa.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Post Two Years in the Making

A little bit farther down the road to "normalcy," whatever that word really means. It doesn't mean so much to us anymore, and I'm not convinced it's something we even strive for in all of its nuanced societal expectations. We only use the word as a marker for the rest of the world when we communicate Mikan's progress.

That being said, it seems like Mikan is finally making some gross motor progress. This video illustrates more than a controlled fall, something we have been awaiting a long time. It's been two years now that we have been thinking Mikan was "a couple months away" from walking. We've learned to no longer make these predictions, but this video shows some exciting new coordination we haven't yet witnessed. He'll get there. He's learning early that hard work reaps great rewards. Watch out Usain Bolt. Here comes Mikan Boy.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Adenovirus

Mikan has been suffering through an adenovirus for the last several days on top of his double ear infection and sinus infection. He's had fevers between 100 and 103.5 since last Thursday. His doctor said this virus could give him fevers for several days. It seems like Mikan has been sick for nearly a year with one thing or another. I hope this means he is building up immunity for years to come. When Mikan is really sick, the only thing he wants to do besides cuddling with Mom or Dad is to watch either Signing Time or a Leap Frog DVD, or play with his states.

Our little genius studying his states.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Zoo Trip

This weekend Mikan visited the zoo. He is at the perfect age for it. He kept asking to ride the goats, but unfortunately we were only allowed to brush them and feed them. He also wanted all of the animals "out." Perhaps we have a little anti-captivity officer in the works. I think he was only a little disappointed we didn't get to see a panda. He had an affinity for the donkey though and kept leaning in to kiss it. Below is a short montage of the weekend trip.



Mikan is recovering from a double ear infection and sinus infection this week. Now that Augmentin is on board, he is doing much better.

Mikan's preschool teacher is switching him to a new classroom in the fall. She says his cognitive skills are higher than the rest of the kids in his class, but his socialization is behind, so she is putting him in a class with kids who have more advanced social skills so he can have good peer models. The curriculum will also be a little more challenging. Movin' on up.