Welcome to Speech

Recently we had Bradley’s six month review with early intervention to redo his goals.  He had achieved his goals with eating but not with walking so we modified and kept those goals.  One of his biggest problems these days is communication.  He fusses all the time and we think if he could tell us what he wants he would be happier.  We set a few goals related to communication and scheduled a speech evaluation.

A few weeks ago we had his speech evaluation.  I was told that day that he defiantly had a delay and qualified for services.  We decided to start with one day a month and if he didn’t seem to be doing well enough that we would change to twice a month.  I thought once a month would at least make things easier for summer.

At his first speech appointment I received a copy of his evaluation.  He is five months behind in communication.  He is 15 months old but as far as communication he is at about a 10 month level.  We are working on some baby signs and hoping once he learns a few of them that it will help some of his fussiness.  Right now we are working on more, drink and all done.

We had already started drink when we were still receiving occupational therapy services so we are continuing to work on it.  Candice, the speech instructor, wanted him to work on more and then one day when we were working on more we added all done.  He doesn’t seem to be doing very well with it but hopefully he will continue to improve.

EI has become such a big part of our life.  It was sad to say good bye to Adria, but it was good to know Bradley was doing well enough that he no longer needed occupational therapy.

Saying Goodbye to Adria

Monday Memories #14

Monday Memories

Last week was a rather rough week for Bradley.  He has been having tummy problems really bad lately and last week was really rough.  Hopefully with the things we have changed it will help and he will feel better this week.  But since he didn’t feel well we basically stayed at home.  One day he was only awake 6 hours in a 24 hour period and then slept 13 hours the night after sleeping all day.  We did some rearranging, had a speech evaluation (which he will be starting speech now) and just hung out at home.

I did snap this one picture of him sitting at his table having a snack.  He did so well getting up from the chair.  I was so proud of him.  He is suppose to be working on going from sitting to standing and he did it really well from the chair.  Ms. Jill will be so proud of him.

Snack Time at his Table

Friday night Adam and I went out to dinner. After a rough week Bradley seemed to enjoy our date night (other than riding in Daddy’s car). I got this picture of him eating dinner. Love that smile!

Date Night

Monday Memories #13

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During the summer these post will probably be a little smaller and some weeks I may not even post them. These post are general a recap of my pictures from Instagram for the week. Most of my pictures this summer will be posted over at asantbsummer2013.wordpress.com. So make sure you check it out over there to see what we are up to.  Although right now I am having some technical difficulties.  My computer doesn’t want to acknowledge when I put my memory card in my computer.  Have I ever said I hate my computer??  Ok, I want get off on that rant today.

The three big kids have left for eight days. I use to get really sad when Alyssa and Noah would go to their Dad’s for a week but over the years I have learned that it is a much needed break for me and it gives them a chance to really spend some time with their Dad. This summer I told Adam we needed to let Taylor go somewhere for a week too so I could have a good break after the week we had last week. I wasn’t sure I’d make it through the summer. If you are following my summer blog then you probably saw the issues we had one day that were just too much for one day. But we aren’t going to relive that here.

My little sister is turning 21 this week. Happy Birthday Nevesha, I love you!! So Saturday we had cupcakes for her birthday with the kids. I totally forgot to get any pictures. Then me, her and the babies went swimming. Since I love her so much and she asked me so nicely there aren’t any pictures of that to share. Saturday night we went out to dinner at Sushi Village. The babies did really well and it was so nice to get out and have some adult time even if the babies were with us.  If you like sushi I highly recommend Sushi Village in Gardendale.  It is really good and cheaper than Stix.

When we were getting ready to leave Bradley was getting his diaper changed in the front seat of the car and got to play in the front seat for a few minutes. I got this cute picture of him driving Mommy’s car. He thought he was big stuff.

Driving Mommy's Car

Hope everyone has a Happy Memorial Day!! Adam and I will be painting.

Beach Buckets

Beach Buckets

On my Tuesday To Do post I previous talked about these buckets I bought from Wal-Mart during Easter.  Well, this past weekend was the weekend of UFO.  I got a lot of them off my list including these buckets.  I am not sure why I put off doing this for so long.  I guess because honestly I am not a fan of vinyl.  I love the way it looks but I do not like working with it.

At first I was going to put their name on the buckets like I did the water bottles, but then I decided I would just put their initial on them like I did the bags.  I thought it helped to tie them all together in coordinating.  Also to help the coordinating I decided I would put a heart on the girls’ and a star on the boys’ like I did the water bottles.

Beach Buckets Back

I had previously bought some toys for playing in the sand.  A few weeks ago the kids and I got a pool to get ready for summer and when we bought it we also got each of them some new goggles and some new pool toys.  I had put them up so I filled their buckets up with the sand and pool toys.

Alyssa's Bucket

Noah's Bucket

Taylor's Bucket

Bradley's Bucket

Summer Totes

One of the things I said I wanted to make for each of the kids for summer was a bag to carry their stuff in.  I found these really cute bags at Dollar Tree and I couldn’t resist them especially for a dollar.

Dollar Tree Bags

Originally I wanted to monogram the bags the same way I did Alyssa’s shirt, but I had issues hooping the bags.  For some reason I couldn’t get the bag to hoop.

Taylor and I went to Hobby Lobby to find some fabric for their initials for the bags.  I told her I wanted some fabric that would look good on all four bags.  I wanted it to be the same fabric so all four bags would coordinate.  I also told her it couldn’t be too girlie.  At first she told me everything was too girlie then she found this fabric that was the prefect match.  It has all the different colors and its not girlie.

I used heat bond on the back of the fabric then I used my Cricut to cut out each child’s initial.  Using the heat bond I was able to easily iron the initial onto the bags and it looks great.  All the kids love them. Also they match the kids’ water bottles that I made them. I used the same font with my Cricut for these that I used for the water bottles.

Summer Totes

Alyssa's Tote

Noah's Tote

Taylor's Tote

Bradley's Tote

Monday Memories #12

Monday Memories

Sorry I missed on posting my Friday Food post on Friday.  Taylor came home on Thursday with the stomach bug and it threw a kink in all my plans.  Oh well, she is feeling better now and I have several days worth of stuff planned for ya’ll.  For those of you who don’t know I am auditioning for So You Think You’re Crafty.  The auditions will go up today so make sure you click on over there and vote for your favorite one.  Can you guess which one is mine??  Check back next week and I’ll give you all the details on my project for the audition.  I am super excited about it and really nervous at the same time.

Last week was so pretty.  Bradley and I spent time outside two days in a row.  He loved it for the most part.  He doesn’t like the grass touching his legs or feet.  Hopefully by the end of summer he will be over that.

Bradley

Bradley

Friday we had to go to Winn-Dixie and they had the buggie that has the seat for small children with the steering wheel so we used and Bradley had a blast.  He loved it!  Hopefully its available every time we go.

Bradley

Paper Mache B

Paper Mache B

One of the things on my to do list for Bradley’s room was a paper mache B to hang on the wall in his room to replace a picture that was previously hanging in his room.  The previous picture was an animal picture that matched his bouncy seat, play mat and jumperoo.  Since he no longer uses these things I plan on getting rid of them and that made the picture not really match anymore.

I started out with a plain paper mache B that I found at JoAnn’s Fabric.

Paper Mache B Unpainted

First I painted it baby blue.  I used the Americana baby blue acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby and a foam brush.

Paper Mache B Light Blue

Then I used a round sponge brush and Americana traditional burnt umber acrylic paint to put polka dots on it.  I couldn’t find anything good for a pattern so I decided to just eyeball it.  I was pleased with how they turned out since I just eye balled it.

Paper Mache B Chocolate Polka Dots

I had a hard time deciding what ribbon I wanted to use to hang it.  I finally decided to use the same ribbon I used on his wreath.  I thought that made it match pretty well since each one is hanging in his room on either side of his window.

Paper Mache B Ribbon

Monday Memories #11

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Last week Bradley and I spent the week in the office. It was nice being out of the house but man was I tired by the end of the week. Bradley did his fair share of getting into stuff. Actually he got into everything. Hopefully I got everything put back where he goes and Laney doesn’t have a mess to come back to. Bradley enjoyed reading all the law magazines.

Studying to be an Attorney

For about a year we have been talking about a bigger hot water heater. We had a 40 gallon hot water heater and do NOT try to take a hot shower after the girls because there isn’t any hot water. I finally started making Noah take the first shower because he was always getting left without any hot water. Wednesday morning Bradley got up really early. I opened our bedroom door going towards Bradley’s room and heard Rhino crying something awful. I thought no wonder he is awake so early. As soon as I opened Rhino’s door I understood why she was crying the way she was. Our hot water heater busted and our laundry room aka Rhino’s room was filled with steam and hot water. She generally sleeps on top of the hot water heater, so its very possible she was asleep on top of it when it bust. Our talking about getting a bigger hot water heater became a must do today thing and now we have an 80 gallon hot water heater. Not the way I wanted to get it but I am enjoying the hot water.

Hot Water Heater

Rhino hasn’t been sleeping on the hot water heater anymore either. Actually she is still pretty scared to even go in her room. She has made a bed of the box the hot water heater was in.

Rhino Sleeping

As you know from my post Friday Food we had breakfast one day last week. It was the same day our hot water heater bust and that was an all day thing getting taken care of. The man was here at dinner time installing it. So I was trying to get all four kids plates fixed and make sure Adam ate and fix myself a plate. I fixed all four kids a plate and before I realized it Bradley had his plate and was eating his biscuit. He enjoyed it!!

Eating His Biscuit

Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day. Hopefully I’ll get to do a full post on Mother’s Day but in case I don’t. I got some lovely flowers from my parents. Adam got me an orchid. I have been wanting one so now I have to figure out how to keep it alive. I also got a coffee maker and lots and lots of art work.

Mother's Day Flowers 2013

Tuesday To Do #1

Tuesday To Do

I have spent a lot of time lately trying to grow my blog and one thing I wanted to do in all of that is work on a schedule for post.  I am working towards something for each day Monday through Friday.  So with that in mind this week I am adding Tuesday To Do.  I am the type of person who uses list for everything.  It just makes life easier.  Its no surprise that I have to do for different rooms, unfinished projects, etc., that I use.

This week I am going to talk about the to do list of my projects in Bradley’s room.  The other day while we were playing in his room I was looking around thinking about things I would like to do.  Some are to finish his room from when we originally decorated it.  Some are to make updates for decorations that just don’t really work or the light fixture which is broken.  Some are changes because he is getting older and his needs are changing.

Things I want to Buy:

  • New light fixture – The temperature is so hard to regulate in his room so when it started getting hot I turned on his ceiling fan and started using his lamp instead of the light on the ceiling fan.  Now the cord to the light is messed up.  I am sure we could probably take it apart and fix it but lets be honest I HATE the ceiling fan altogether.  It is old outdated and just not doing justice for his room.  I have no clue what I want at this point though.
  • Blinds – I have slowly been buying blinds for through out our house.  It is expensive to go out and buy blinds for the whole house at one time.  Right now he has a darkening curtain and I would really like blinds to let some light in.
  • Valance – After I get blinds I don’t want the darkening curtain up so I have decided the valance that matches his bedding would be really cute.  It still fits his age too.

Bradley's Window Valance

Things I want to Make:

  • Canvas for above his bed – I have yet to find something that I LOVE to hang above Bradley’s bed so far he has nothing hanging on the wall that his bed is on.  I thought about something for above his changing table and something for above his bed and something for above his bookcase.  But I decided that was too much so instead I want a big canvas to hang on that wall.  But lets be honest here those things are expensive, which is why I don’t have any of them yet.  I have seen so many different post people have done about how to make them yourself that I have decided to give it a try myself.  I know I want the biggest one I can find.  I know I want it to be in sepia.  I know I want to include his pictures from 1 month to 12 months in it.
  • Shade box for above his dresser – I have all his bracelets, his paci, his blood pressure cuff and everything else from when he was in the NICU.  I want to make a shadow box with all his stuff and a picture of him from when he was born.  Then I want to hang a smaller picture on either side of it from the first time I got to hold him and the first time his Daddy got to hold him.
  • Paper Machi “B – On the wall with the window he currently has his wreath and a picture that I bought hanging up.  I am going to leave the wreath but I am really not feeling the picture anymore.  It matched a lot of his stuff (bouncy seat, play mat, jumperoo) but now that he doesn’t use that stuff anymore I think its time for something new.  I want to get a paper machi “B” and paint it to match his room.

Monday Memories #10

Monday Memories

Last week was a rather a slow week for Bradley and I as far as going.  We spent most of the week playing around the house and to be honest I think Bradley gets cabin fever after too many days at home and by the end of the week he was defiantly having cabin fever but this week he will probably be ready for a few days at home.  We are going into the office everyday this week.

Bradley spent a lot of time playing in his room this week.  He gets tired of the living room.  One day when I was getting something out of his closet he found his play mat and had to have it.  So he spent a good bit of time playing with his play mat.

Playing with his Playmat

Monday Bradley had his six month review for early interventions.  We updated his goals and with those changes it was determined he will no longer need occupational therapy.  For six months now Adria, Bradley’s occupational therapist, has been a big part of our life.  Bradley saw her twice a month.  She has really helped Bradley overcome a lot of the problems he was having when we started therapy.  On Friday Bradley had his last appointment with Adria.  It was a bittersweet day for us.  I am excited that he is doing well enough that he no longer needs occupational therapy, but we will miss Adria.

Bradley & Adria