Life’s been stressful and hectic, to say the least.
It’s getting hot which means time for swimming, which is great, but swimming with a 5 year old and twin 20 month-olds is not an easy feat. We’re working on mastering that one. Yesterday, I took them with their little baby boats to ride in, but Nate hated his. He kept signing “done” and when I finally took him out, Ace decided he needed out, too (even though he’d been having a grand old time until that point). Then I was stuck trying to hold both of them and of course Nate ended up going under… Continue reading »
Last weekend, the boys were up unacceptably early, so like any good parents would do, we gave them milk, turned on the TV, shut the doors and let them wander around our bedroom while we tried to sleep some more.
“Uh-oh!” says Nate. “Uh-oh! Uh-oooooooooooh!”
The next thing I hear is Sip telling me Nate has just handed him my glasses… with the left earpiece snapped clean off at the hinge. Uh-oh. Continue reading »
It’s been a few days since I took Ace to meet with L, the new therapist, and I’ve been meaning to update. I think that overall, it went pretty well. L agreed that he was under-registering vestibular and proprioceptive input as I had suspected. However, he was playing so well and with purpose while we were there that I was having my doubts as to whether or not she would recommend we even come back.
I told her not only my concerns about his needs and behavior, but also the worry that in the hour a week that she sees him, that he will be “normal” and she will just discharge him and I will be back where we started. She said, however, that based on my observations and input about him, she feels he will benefit not only from the intensive sensory input he can get through the weekly sessions, but also from the time away from Nate (AKA attention hog). I also think it will be good for me to be able to talk to her about my concerns for him, and well as progress he makes. Continue reading »
…there’s a way. Last night, as I was laying in bed, it dawned on me how I can pay for therapy for Ace. If I pay for a few hundred dollars worth up front, I can submit to my FLEX spending and get reimbursed within a week or two. So that way, we’ve got a month or two of therapy paid for, then that gives us time to save up for the next group of sessions. I called back first thing this morning to let them know I want an appointment so we go at 1:30 pm on Thursday.
The therapist called me to set the appointment and I liked her. I gave her the brief version of what we’ve been through so far, and why we stopped seeing the last Occupational Therapist (OT). The last one was good the first visit, but the second visit, she kept saying how Ace seemed “fine” and asking me if I felt he needed the therapy, which made me question myself and feel like I was wasting her time, so we never went back. Continue reading »
A-M, our Early Intervention (EI) coordinator, emailed me today saying she had shown my videos I sent to her (four different ones of Ace tantruming, ranging from seven months old to last week) to some colleagues and that she had someone who wanted to meet with me. This turned out to be B, who is a Behavioral Specialist.
B called and said she was going out of town tomorrow, and could meet with me right away at our house if I was available. Not wanting to have to wait another week, I said OK and had 1/2 hour to get cleaned up and ready. K (the nanny) was here, so that was a great help — she got the house straightened and watched the boys while I wrapped up some work stuff and then got showered. Continue reading »
Ace has been having a heck of a time lately. I’ve posted before about my concerns about him and his “fits” or tantrums, and I’ve worried for a very long time. We briefly pursued OT but stopped when the therapist acted like there was nothing wrong with him and made me feel foolish for being there, and then we started getting billed hundreds of dollars for what I had thought was covered by insurance and other programs. Continue reading »