Yes, you are three years old now! You've only been asking for weeks now, which is why we had to start the birthday chain. I cannot believe it! You are such an amazing and smart little man!
Cool things about you:
You like to sing about everything...brushing teeth, washing hands, getting dressed. It all becomes part of your own little song.
You are polite, most of the time, and remember to say your please and thank yous. You enjoy praying before we eat and before bedtime.
You are a wiz at your letters and numbers. You know all 26 letters and numbers up to 20. You can count to 20 and to 30 with little help. You've even been known to do a few math problems. (3 cookies minus 1 cookie leaves 2 cookies for later.)
You still LOVE to read. I have to make you go to bed. But not before you always ask for more books.
You love playing with your puppies.You like trying to catch them in the yard. Emma has finally come around and even snuggled with you the other day.
You like snuggling with Daddy on Saturday mornings to watch his "fix-it" show.
Your speech is average for a normal 3 year old. What progress we've made! You just started speech today with Ms. Carmel and see her once a week.
You, like your mama, must have your drink of choice in the morning. Mine is coffee, yours is warm chocolate milk.
Fortunately, Mama did great! Somehow I managed no tears, although I did get sad once I dropped him off. I've almost always stayed home with him, making it especially tough. It's difficult letting go, but he lovesschool.
He was even excited to see me after school today and ran to me, which reminds me that he still loves his mama too.
What kid doesn't love to get mail? Or course they get cards around the holidays or on their birthday, but what about every other day? The solution: pen pals!
I came across an idea in a blog a while back. Kids whose parents "knew" each other on blogs wrote to each other. Ian has started writing his name, but that's about it. I think mailing a letter to a friend would be a fun weekly project. He'd get to "write" a letter, put the stamp on, and put it in the mailbox for the mailman.
Anyone interested? If you feel comfortable enough, email me. We can set up the details. One thing: I have to have had several comments from you. I want to make sure I'm not going to be giving out our address randomly.
Back in January, Ian met with the speech and language pathologist(Dr. Riski) at Scottish Rite. Dr. Riski felt Ian needed to be seen in his clinic at least twice a week to reach his speech goals. He also recommended Ian have the pharyngeal flap procedure to help produce the pressure sounds.
Today, a little over two months after surgery, we saw Dr. Riski for our post-op follow-up. He was very pleased with the results of the surgery and even more impressed at the progress Ian has shown. He recorded Ian with a machine that measured the amount of air that came out of his nose and mouth when speaking. Although it is not exactly where it needs to be, it was an improvement from January's visit. Dr. Riski said that with his current therapy through Babies Can't Wait and working with us at home, Ian would be just fine. No need for extra speech! Through repetition of using the muscles necessary to make pressure consonants, Ian's speech will improve. Dr. R felt that Ian's language skills were way above average for his age. We know Ian's a smart little guy, but it doesn't hurt when a doctor agrees.
On the flip side, Dr. R is concerned about the amount of air Ian is able to breathe in and out through his nose. His nostrils are very small. Add the fact that his nasal cavity didn't form correctly and we have breathing issues, which can lead to both feeding and speech issues. When we go back in November for a team visit, Dr. R wants to see if the plastic surgeon feels the need for changes in Ian's nose and possibly soft palate. The thought of another additional surgery does not make me happy. Of course, it is our decision whether or not to do it. We'll see what the next few months hold.
Really? Already 2 and a half? I got an email a week or so ago from Baby Center about "Your 30 month old" and thought, "Hmm, maybe I have the wrong birthday for Ian," ...you know since he's no where close to 30 months old.
Well, I guess his half birthday was closer than I thought.
Instead of a list of can-dos, how about a list of favorites:
Favorite color: yellow Favorite tv show: Calliou Favorite food: chicken nuggets--although he's tried lots of new things in the past week Favorite toy: his tools--he loves to "fix it" Favorite sleeping buddy: Teddy--who accidentally got left in Florida. I guess he wanted to stick around for a few more days with Mickey
My husband teases me, but now it's time to start party planning. (Only because I love it so much!) Hey, he'll be 3 before we know it!