Posts Tagged ‘developments’

And the 2014 year continues to wind down

December 29, 2014

This year has been a blur.

We have had a foster child all through the year, since September, 2013.  He has been able to be involved in many activities over the last year that he was not able to before.  There are plans to return him to his mom a full-time basis, subject to meeting certain requirements.

Reid and Tate have both been involved in many activities as well.  They are both progressing, and we are pleased with their accomplishments.

We got a tent this summer.  Some of us slept out in it a few times.  We camped for a couple of days at the end of August as well.

Reid has been going to school on a modified program, for half days, since September.  It can be hard to tell how he likes it.  They have been on break for the last week.  He has been sign for a few days if there is school today.  I guess he actually does like it.

After a couple of more days, it will be 2015.

Time seems to go faster with each passing year.

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Observations

November 23, 2014

It is interesting how each child has special abilities.

Reid seems to have an uncanny idea to identify places that we have been to, often only once, or at some distant point in the past.

A couple of weeks ago, he picked out a spot Tate played soccer a couple of years ago as we were driving down the street.

Today, we were driving by an arena that he played hockey at this spring.

Tate played at the soccer field for a few months, and we could have approached the field from the other way on a couple of occasions.

The arena is really unusual, as we would not have been by there before.  We were driving down a street at a completely different angle than we would have when we went there before.

He has always been good at recognizing locations.

So, is he just good at locations, or is this some sort of extraordinary skill?

Developmental progressions

January 31, 2013

It’s funny how little developments can be encouraging.

Reid has been picking up several new sounds and words.  Some are cute, others could potentially be embarrassing and cute at the same time.

It is funny how aware he is, as well.

Tonight, I was siting at the table and passed some gas.  Wooden chairs tend to magnify the sound.  Reid says, “Poo.”  Not quite, but in the right neighborhood.  Little stinker.

Just one week before Christmas

December 17, 2012

Where has the year gone?

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of school before the end of the year.

There has been lots of progress this year.

Tate adjusted to a new school.  He was a bit hesitant, but has done really well.  He takes the easy path to avoid challenges, which is not overly surprising.  He has made new friends, and one of them is on his hockey team.  I think that has taken some of the sting of kind of losing track of his best friend of the last two years, even though they live down the street.

Reid has really flourished in the programs he has been attending this fall.  He has gained a few more words, sounds, and signs.  It is really important to pay attention to what he is saying and pointing at.

If he is trying to get our attention, he gets in our face, grabs it, and turns it toward him.  He can be trying to point to something on my right, be standing on my left, and try to pull my face to him to point toward what he is looking at.

He has become very expressive, especially if we are driving.  Tonight we were driving along, and he was saying “Dadden!!!! Daddy!!!!! mmmmm!!! mooo!!!!!”  I’m not sure exactly what he pointing to, but I’m pretty sure that he was trying to point out all of the Christmas lights.

It has been a busy year, and it is winding down.  Only a few days left before Christmas, and a few more before the arrival of 2013.

Christmas events and developments

December 6, 2012

As I was going to work today, Sandra called me and said someone wanted to talk to me.

Reid clearly said “Hi Daddy”.  This is progress from his “Daddenn”, which is still how he says Daddy most of the time.

Tonight as we was done supper, he did his sign for all done, and clearly said “All done”.

His language, both spoken and sign language, is developing.

Tomorrow night, we are going to Reid’s first Christmas program.   It will be quite interesting to see how it goes.

School development

June 24, 2012

At the beginning of May, we found out that Tate’s registration for partial French immersion disappeared.  We had some conversations with school board officials, with no success.   (more…)

Swimming again

May 16, 2012

We had another round of swimming lessons tonight.

It was another fairly basic lesson.  Front floats, back floats, nothing exciting.  Then, jumping into the pool. Reid was jumping from at least a foot back.  Once, I was standing about 3 feet from the edge, and he jumped to my side.  I almost missed him, and had to fish him out of the water.

It’s amazing how Reid is becoming aware of his surroundings.  His communication is improving.  There are many things he points at, and makes similar sounds.

If we listen carefully, there are many sounds that are close, but slightly different.  It just takes a bit of time to listen and see what he is pointing at.

New developments with Reid

May 3, 2012

Reid is beginning to pick up some additional vocabulary.

He has added a new sound to his modified version of the “more” sign.  He has added a “mo” sound.  His sign for milk has added a sound like “il” as well.

It’s encouraging that the work with speech is beginning to pay off.

New things

July 11, 2011

Reid has had some new teeth poking through for a bit.  It seems that most of his teeth up to his first molars are either through or very close to it.  Without very much fuss.

The other thing that is exciting and scary at the same time is that he seems to be getting closer to walking.  Yesterday afternoon, he stood by himself after letting go of my leg for a good 30 seconds.  There have been little bits here and there, but that is the longest stretch standing by himself.  It will be nice when he starts to walk and doesn’t have to be carried everywhere.  Man, he is heavy.

We are also due to arrange a visit with his birth mother.  We set up an e-mail address to communicate with her.  We received a message from the adoption worker to contact her.  I tried to call her one day last week.  She has call privacy, which prevents unknown numbers from being able to call without entering a phone number.  We are hesitant to provide our phone number.  We also are hesitant to provide our cell phone number.  We asked the family worker to contact her to reach us through the e-mail account.

We are planning to meet her at a local park.  This also leads to telling Tate about the difference in their birth stories.  That could be a challenge.


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