Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

Various thoughts

July 31, 2012

It’s been a bit different having just Reid at home.

It’s been eerily quiet having one child around, instead of two.

Reid is busy on his own.  It does make a difference when Tate is not here to wind him up.

On the other hand, he is enough of a handful on his own.  He is quite stubborn, and does not always listen the way we would like him to.

Part of the challenge is communication.  Reid’s vocabulary is quite limited.  He has about six different sounds that mean about five to ten different things each.

He tries to communicate , the problem is trying to figure out what he is trying to say.  The main challenge is to figure out what he is pointing to, what sound he is making, and what he wants.


Vacation revisited

July 27, 2012

For some of us, our trip was cut a bit short.

After we settled in on Wednesday, we went down to the beach.  We had some fun in the sand and water.

We got the training wheels off Tate’s bike, and started trying to get him riding without them.

Our nephew is 20, and the oldest of five, so this is something that is up his alley.  He worked with Tate and tried to get him going.

Once he was riding, he was doing pretty well.

He was having trouble getting going and turning.  As he spends more time at it, he will get better.  No doubt, by the time he gets home next week, he will have it mastered.

In the midst of all the activity, we found that it was really a challenge to keep up with Reid.  It was easier this year, as he is walking around.  That also made it harder, as he runs around.

It is a challenge to keep him entertained, as very little holds his attention for a long time.  Right now, it is not a really big deal.  As he gets closer to school age, it will likely become more apparent.   Right now, he is two and a half.  In many ways, he acts like an eighteen month old (or even younger).  Last year at this time, he was comparable to a 12 month old.  He is progressing, which is good.  But, he is behind, and seems to be falling further behind his peers.

When he is told “No”, or “Stop”, he often will run the other direction or freak out.

He needs to be followed around pretty much constantly.

By supper on Wednesday, we decided we would leave him with his cousins, and come home on Thursday at some point.

They were fine with that, as he doesn’t really add too much extra work to the group.  When there are five, what’s an extra?

More about Thursday will follow.

What a crazy week

July 19, 2012

What a week it’s been.

Work has been…. work.  I’ve been trying clean up some old stuff and that has been a bit of a challenge.  Stuff gets put off because it’s  messy, and the longer it sits, the harder it is to deal with.

S left yesterday for the foster home he had been at previously.  It appears that he will go back to his family soon.  It’s hard to know.

Our niece is in the hospital in Toronto, so her younger siblings have been at our place quite a bit over the last few days.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Vacation Bible School program at our church.  For many years, I was a helper.  I felt it would be good to take a break this year.  I’ll go out and see some of the activities and take care of some other things.

We are planning on going and joining Sandra’s family, the ones with the child in the hospital, for a couple of days at a provincial park near Parry Sound.  We have been looking forward to it for a while.  We didn’t go last year, as Reid was still crawling, and it would have been impossible to keep him clean.  It will be much easier this year, as he is walking and running around.  The upside is that after a day of running and playing, he is ready for bed.

It will be a nice break from work and our regular routine.

A couple of days away

September 1, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go to Great Wolf Lodge before school starts.
Right now, two tired boys are sleeping after spending the afternoon in the waterpark.
Reid is taking steps in the water, much easier to hold his hands than in around the house. He has taken a couple of steps a couple of times.
Before we know it, he’ll be walking. I’ve been saying that for a while, but the time will come when he is ready.
Next week, school. Where has the summer gone?

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