Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The end of kindergarten

I know this post is a little late in being written but I wanted to write it anyways. Friday, June 12th was Trotwood's last day in kindergarten. The night before his last day, he looked at me with a very sad face and his eyes full of tears and he said, "I don't want to leave kindergarten." I gathered him up in my arms and held my sweet boy on my lap and asked him what he was feeling. He said he felt sad because he didn't want to leave his teacher Mrs. Wiles. I am sure he was experiencing many other feelings and worries as well, but as a parent, I could see how much he loved his kindergarten teacher. And I was so grateful that he had a teacher whom he loved and who loved him back. Here's some photos of Trotwood on his first (left and top) and last (right and bottom) days of kindergarten. I can't believe how much he has grown!
The week before Trotwood's last week of school, his kindergarten class led the school's Rise and Shine assembly and then also had a kindergarten celebration where they recognized all the kindergartners that were moving on to first grade. I don't think I cried (shocking, I know), but I have mixed feelings about how big he's getting and how I just want to protect him. Over the past year, our family has been through so much and he has grown up so much. We are so proud of him and wanted to celebrate him and his accomplishment. So, Friday night we had a special family night with him where we did some of this favorite things like watching a special movie, eating pizza, and drinking soda. We also bought him a cake and a small gift to congratulate him on his success. It was just the game Jenga and we thought it would be fun to play as a family. And it was. Even Little Dorrit enjoyed herself in her jumper although the evening may have ended in tears from one very tired little boy who was very disappointed (and a little surprised) when the Jenga tower collapsed.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sitting

Look who sat up for 20 seconds all by herself this morning!

Today, I got to sit in during Little Dorrit's occupational therapy (hooray for a flexible work schedule!) and she is doing so well! I have never seen her sit on her own unassisted for as long as she did this morning. She was so cute sitting there, I almost couldn't stand it! Her therapist said she was really impressed with the progress Little Dorrit has been making and I feel like she's come a long way in a short time too. She loves to roll the length and width of whatever room she is in and she has recently begun trying to push up on her hands and knees.

For awhile there, we were getting really frustrated trying to feed her by mouth and she wouldn't take hardly anything. But, in the last week, she's started to take more from a bottle again so that's progress. Something we have learned about her is that when it comes to food and eating, she really wants to be in control. She can eat - she doesn't choke or gag or anything - she just doesn't want to eat mainly because I don't think she is ever hungry because of the feeding schedule she is on. So, we'll keep working with her on the eating.

I'm getting adjusted to my new job and so far, I feel like things are going well! My favorite part (besides the great people I work with) is being able to see this by my feet occasionally during the day:
Trotwood will be out of school in a few weeks - we meant to find a fun summer camp for him to attend but we never decided on anything. I'm sure we can find some way to entertain him this summer. That's all for now!