Saturday, August 18, 2012
This was a picture taken from a beach trip last weekend. Yes, it was the best picture I had of Mikan. He was really excited about wearing his new life jacket, but unfortunately he only wore it on land and refused to wear it in the water. As you can tell from the picture, it was a little choppy on Lake Michigan, so the kids had a good time bobbing up and down with the waves in their raft.
We tried to go to the beach again this morning, but our car refused to start after we stopped at a vegetable stand along the way. We were able to jump it and drive to a shop a few blocks away from our house though. We couldn't get it started again after we turned it off.
I am in week 21 of this latest pregnancy and things appear to be progressing normally. I already had a cerclage and am receiving weekly progesterone shots to prevent premature labor. I have limitations on activity (no jumping, jogging, exercise of any kind except walking, lifting over 20 lbs, etc.), but I haven't needed to be on bed rest, which is a blessing.
Mikan's ABA therapy seems to be going well. We are beginning to notice improvements in eye contact, self-correcting his mixed up pronouns and quicker response times when he is asked to complete a task. He still claims that he "doesn't like his friends" at school, which is something he has always complained about ever since he started at his regular preschool. He says he likes his teachers though.
So he may not be a social butterfly. We've pretty much seen that one coming for awhile. There can't be too many truly great people who were described as social butterflies though. He thinks on a different level than most of his peers (and adult caregivers). Example: One morning this week he drew some sort of blob with a smiley face inside of it on a piece of paper. He asked me if I knew what it was. After studying it, I said, "A cloud?"
Mikan responded, "No! Papua New Guinea!"
Of course, Papua New Guinea. And it sure did look like Papua New Guinea.
Posted by John and Jenna Gensic at 9:04 PM