Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

This year we have plenty to be thankful for. To name just a few:

-Mikan's gross motor progress (including learning to walk on his own, and squatting to pick something up off the ground)
-Mikan's speech and developmental improvements (including beginning to use sentences, improved eye contact, and a sporadic interest in using the potty)
-Not needing to worry about Anica meeting any developmental milestones
-A warm house for the winter
-Not being the responsible party for cooking the turkey
-Loving, supportive families
-No unscheduled hospital stays
-The daily indescribable joy of two giggling kids

Sunday, November 20, 2011


If you were to attend church with our family, it would look something like this: One of us is occupied with Anica in our lap. We will continue to offer her Cheerios to keep her happy and prevent her from wanting to crawl all over Mikan. The other is dedicated to keeping Mikan in the pew and not tantruming. What does this look like? Usually we offer him letters and numbers to spell with, or state puzzle pieces to put together; however, although occupied, we still haven't been successful in teaching him how to whisper. Our church parishoners get a review of all the states and capitals and their nicknames when we are there. During the opening song this week, Mikan chose to sing all the states in alphabetical order rather than "Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King."

When I told Mikan he needed to stay in the pew today, he started giggling. I don't think he had ever heard the word "pew" before. He proceeded to yell "Pew! Pew! Pew! That's silly!" throughout the remaineder of the service. We'll call it the bench or the aisle from now on.

Mikan's illness has subsided, and his sister avoided it, so we are pleased. Mikan is showing a growing interest in Christmas, something he hasn't in the past. If you ask him what he wants for Christmas, he says "numbers." He would be happy with a number written on a piece of paper.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sick Again

John and Mikan at a creek running through Warren Dunes State Park.

Mikan has had a fever for the past three days. He also has a little redness around his g-tube. His doctor thinks it is viral, but we are supposed to watch him carefully for another few days to make sure. None of us have been sleeping well. Mikan also hasn't eaten any solid food in several days- unless you count one piece of Life cereal. His fluid intake has been steady though. He is supposed to have a weight check tomorrow (assuming he is feeling well enough). Mikan has taken to watching Dora the Explorer when he is sick. It is kind of a tradition now.

Anica took her first steps last week. It is crazy to watch how quickly her gross motor skills are developing. We have a new appreciation for each little benchmark. Every time she corrects her balance, I am pleased with her progress, yet remain sympathetic for how difficult these small tasks are for Mikan still.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mikan's Free Time

This is what Mikan does during his play time. See the picture below. I'm not sure where April was hiding.

Below is a picture of Mikan with his "class pet" that he took home for the weekend. Charlie got plenty of love and some alphabet lessons from YouTube.

Mikan has also taken to browsing YouTube for French videos. He is practicing the alphabet and his numbers. John and I joked about getting him a Rosetta Stone program for Christmas (either Japanese, French, or Spanish). We are a little worried that we wouldn't be able to understand anything he said though.

Although Mikan has been doing well drinking his Pediasure, he hasn't been interested in eating much over the last several days. I hope this isn't a sign of another dry spell to come, especially since we have been ordered to avoid using the g-tube.

This past week John and I attended the March of Dimes Signature Auction. We enjoyed the kid-free evening. A lot of money was raised for a lot of babies!

This weekend we spent some time hiking at the beach. We had it all to ourselves.