Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Big Girl.....

Yes thats right our girl is most certainly growing up right before our eyes. Cami has been up to so much here lately. She had her big 6th bday party in Hello Kitty of course her current favorite! We signed her up on a team to play T-Ball, she finished Kindergarden, lost her first 2 teeth, and has gotten her ears pierced! Busy lil gal she is ;)
I can hardly believe her 1st school year is over, its feels like she just had started. It was such a great year of learning for her. By the end of the year, she knew how to spell and write her first name she knows her last name but cant spell it just yet. She can tell you how old she is but doesnt know her birthday, but she knows when its the BIG day because she will walk around telling everyone, and the stories she'll tell you of her big day, its like it just happened yesterday to her. Great memory shes got.
Some other things she learned this year was what state she lives in, Tennessee! What planet she lives on Earth or as she calls it is ERF! By the end of the year they finally had her lining stickers up on a straight line. We are still working on her tracing which she still cant do or understand. Her comprehension is still or biggest concern for her she scores a 6/100 still. But we know she'll get there!

Her speech just keeps getting better and better though, she just told her daddy for the first time ever on Fathers Day weekend that she missed him, you could just see his heart melt. Specially since she actually knew what she was saying to him. She is a daddys girl, wrapped around his finger for sure ;)

Anyhow a couple of weeks before school was out she lost her first tooth. We have no idea where its at though :( She went to school with it in her mouth then came home without it and she was terrified. Im sure she probably swallowed it during lunch since no one noticed it. But when she got in the car she was in huge tears mommy my tooth is broke as she was freaking out in the back seat with her finger sticking in the hole saying it hurt. So since their school is only 3 minutes from their Pediatric Dentist I just swung her in the there real quick to let them help her out. She was besides herself, but when she left she was all smiles. They gave a good report and let her pick out something from the treasure box. Then the Dentist actually hand wrote a note to the Toothfairy telling her that she did infact lose her tooth that day, it was the sweetest and best keepsake.

She got $10 for her 1st one, but really didnt understand the whole process of it all because we didnt actually have the tooth to put in the box to stick under her pillow. So with her 2nd one we kept a close eye on it and she was such a big girl and actually let us pull it out. We then read her the toothfairy book that night and had her place her tooth inside the tooth box and had her place it under her pillow. When she got up the next morning we grabbed the video camera to capture her response and it was priceless. She looked under there and said look the "Mermaid" left me 500 hunshred(thats how she pronounces it) dollars($5) But a $1 is a hundred dollars in her book.....it was so funny specially since she called her a mermaid, she was thrilled. We took her to a local Hobby Store so she could pick out something and of course it was all Hello Kitty items, just made her day counting out her money to them and getting change back! Such changes this girl is making!

Her latest thrill seek came upon us Fathers Day weekend when I was getting ready one morning and I was putting my earrings in and she said I want some. I said what baby and she said those. So I said Ok well we can do that so we took her and she sat like a pro up in that chair, that girl was smiling ear to ear with excitement little did she know or undertand what it took to get those prettys in your ears. But they were able to do both at the same time. And 1,2,3 and click she was done and she just sat there puzzled, Like what the heck just happened. She then jumped down and was ready to see her buttons as she calls them. We let her pick out a prize in the store for being so big. On the way to church the next morning she said "what are these buttons in my ears or something?" She is a hoot! I just love her way of talk!

And latest is that we signed her up for T-ball, after all this girl has an amazing talent when it comes to sports. She totally blows my mind. She is fantastic at Basketball she can hit every hoop and its 8ft tall, school kept saying have you ever thought about putting her in some sort of sports, they couldnt get over how good she was! Ive got her playing ball all on video, shes awesome! She had recently started showing intrest with baseball so our neighbor is a coach so I asked him about it with her being special needs and all and he put her in the game with the 3-5 year olds and Im telling you she fit in perfect with them. She really doesnt understand the game but they have the coach who can run right with her to direct her in the correct direction. She can hit the ball if its pitched to her which is a HUGE accomplishment, and she can hit really good off the T and she knows she has to run the bases. BUt get her out in feild and if she cathces the ball she doesnt really get tagging people, shes been known to tag her own team mates.......BUT she has won us a game by getting 2 players out and recently won us a game by making it home and un-tying the game......FANTASTIC!

They placed 4th in County Tournaments, so proud of my big girl, and all the kids just love her! And just ask her about T-ball and she'll say just this, "I hit the ball and then I run and I win" as she jumps up and down! Oh my goodness this girl just amazes me at what she is capable of! We plan on signing her and her big brother up for fall ball and then again next year with the Spring Ball I figure if we keep her with it she'll figure it out :D So super Proud momma over here!

As for the other 2 kiddos go well we are just trying to keep them getting along with each other as they continue to grow. Such differences in them all making it difficult to find their simmilarities. Cami is very head strong and Caleb is laid back and Jayden is the best of both worlds she has learned alot from the two of them. And I tell ya she is the hardest to control here lately.

She will be 2 years old Sept 1st and sometimes i feel ike we have already hit the terrible twos. Cami has instilled alot of her fears into Jayden, shes scared of everything Cami screams at now, Tree get me(weeping willow tree), Dog get me, bug get me, balloon get me, light get me, its so sad to see her fear these things like her sister. But I figure its just a stage. Caleb use to be terrified of hair dryers, vaccumm cleaners, dogs, bugs and fireworks all of which was just a stage! So this too shall pass ;)

Caleb will be starting 5th grade this year and that totally just blows my mind but hes such an excellent student, He made A Honor Roll and AB Honor Roll all year, he got lots of awards for most respectuful and such, he makes his momma so proud!

As far as this summer goes, we've not really done much! Usually you would find us out camping somewhere but the camper took a beating with all the weather from this winter. Its got a bad leak that caused the ceiling to fall in so we've got to get it fixed, sadly insurance was no help :(
But we do have a beach vacation planned in a few weeks and the kids can not wait. Neither can I!!!!! This will be Jaydens 1st time to the beach, its been 3 years since weve been, so long overdue! Cami everyday wakes up saying "We go to the Beach today" No sweetheart but soon enough. Cant wait for those new memories!

Hope this finds everyone doing well.....Happy 4th of July and Happy Summer Breaking everyone!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New IEP draft for 2011

Cameran will be turning 6 in a few weeks so that means its time for a new IEP and here is the draft for her meeting this coming Friday:

Cami's IEP Draft: Students strengths, Cameran stays on task to complete her assignments. She enjoys interactions with peers. How Cami's dissabiltiy affects involovment and progress in the general curriculum: Cami's delays in most demains would hinder her progress in a regular classroom. She needs special edu to promote her progress.
Pre Vocational: 22 out of 30 skills, she has skills of independence. She needs to improve her functional academics and social skills.

Social/emotional behavior: 63.8% of the skills. She interacts well with her peers, She needs to improve her participation, interactions with the school enviornment and knowledge of self and others.

Communication: mastered 46.9% of the skills. She uses words and phrases. She needs to improve her ability to answer questions and understanding of conversational rules.
Cognitive processing: mastered 38%..She reconizes all capital letters and 23 lower case letters. She reconizes numers 1-10. She needs to improve her prereading and premath skills, concept skills and categorizing skills.

Adaptive Behavior mastered 72.9%. She carries out toileting and handwashing. she needs to improve her leatime and dressing skills.

Gross Motor she mastered 85.3%.....get this my girl is age apropriate here...she displays motor planning deficits...love hearing the word normal!

Fine motor ....ok so I knew this was going to be low ...she mastered 3% of the skills. She cuts paper in two and can manipulate objects using both hands. She needs to improve her emergent writing skills.

Language: Cameran has made significant progress in the area of language. She is using 3-4 word phrases and simple sentences. She is naming objects and people easier. She is able to express her wants and needs readily. She is able to answer some basic what questions. She can also tell the function of an object. Cameran likes to listen to books and can often answer some basic questions!
~I know she is my little talker and I love to hear her...its hilarious cause she talks in 3rd person and she has the cutest accent!

Lets see her goals in Adaptive are to be able to fasten/unfasten buttons, snaps, velcro and zippers. Eat a variety of food textures to promote healthy eating habits....yeah good luck everytime we try different things with her like rice, potatoes and things of that nature she throws up everytime! Another goal is to put shoes on correct feet...she is my 2 left feet sally.....LOL!

Cognitive Processing goals: Trace her 1st name(hey atleast she can spell it without looking at anything....thats HUGE) Match/sign/name colors, match or name shapes. Group objects, people, or events on the basis of physical attribute, match printed numbers to sets of objects 1-10, produce correct sounds for letters, count atleast 20 objects.

Fine Motor goals: hold a pencil using an adult tripod grasp pattern, while stringing six beads be able to follow a bead pattern(Im just glad she can string beads now) Be able to cut on a drawn line withing 1/8 of an inch, use sendory euipment as needed and Cut out shapes with straight and curved lines.

Social/emotional behavior: state her first and last name, state age and month of birthday(working really hard on this one) identify at least six emotions of selfs and others.
Prevocational goals: Respond to meaning of yes andd no(LOL....good luck, Cami does your arm hurt(when it was broke) no, Cami does your arm hurt yes, Cami does your arm hurt no....she has no clue of the difference of the two)Follow a one step then two step instruction appropraite for her age, participate in atleast one game or activity with others taking turns(another biggy for her she is so impatient this has been a big problem of hers at school and at home, they say she always has to go first!!!

Language goals: Cameran will what, where, who, when questions appopriately, use pronouns correctly in phrases/sentences, understand and use a variety of descriptive words, label a variety of comman objects to increase vocabulary(toys/foods/people/animals), follow 2-3 step directions in the class setting and sequence 3-4 pictures in correct order and formulate a short story appropriately!

So there is the rough draft....LOL! But no worries seems like yesterday we had goals of just getting her to sit still for longer than 30 seconds and to keep her shoes on her feet...LOL, not to mention to get her talking, shes only been doing that for a year and a half now! And now look we have big girl goals! Seems overwhelming and looks like alot but we got this I think she is doing amazing! Can you believe it my girl will be 6 years old in a few weeks and she is so excited for her Hello Kitty Booday(birthday) party! Keep up the good work BIG GIRL!

Happy New Year 2011

Wow, another year come and gone and I tell ya it flew by for us and for that I am so thankful! My kids have done nothing but be sick all winter. Cami started the show with falling off the monkey bars in our back yard and breaking her humerus bone in her left arm....knocked it clear off the growth plate! So it required suregery and 2 pins through her elbow and a cast for 4 weeks. She was out of school for 3 weeks around the Thanksgiving break! During that time Jayden took a fall off our tall kitchen chairs and broke hers that didnt require suregery but she have to go into a cast for a few weeks. Both girls had purple cast on their left arms and I thought I could just lose my mind! Bagging arms for baths, trying to keep them still so they didnt knock them and make them worse...I lived on pins and needles! But both have healed well, you would never know Cami had broke hers she uses it with no problem. Jayden still fusses with hers if she knocks it they both have rechecks in February!

For the month of December we dealt with many weird illnesses between Jayden and Caleb! Jayden had salmonella poisioning the beginning of Nov. Her runny bowels continued off and on for weeks getting worse in Dec. they did many diaper samples over 6 weeks and finally it came back that she had C-Diff its highly contageious and we have no idea how she got it. They say you usually get it from too many antibiotics but she had never been on any...but they gave her meds and things got better for about a week and now we are back to the same ol problem. She will be seeing a belly Dr soon!
Caleb the week before school got out seemed to have some virus just throwing up non stop, took him back and forth to the Dr and they kept just saying it was just a virus. Finally it got so bad with stomach pains he couldnt even walk(this was the 2nd day of vomiting) that I took him to the ER....they thought it was his appendix and did a CT scan. It came back ok so they just ran a bag of fluids to hydrate him some and afterwards he felt better they also did blood and said it looked good.

Sent us home and the vomiting and pain started back again! Took him back to the Dr first thing in the morning and they ran blood again and his electrolytes had dropped even more from the ER readings. His breath smelt sweet so he started going into Ketosis. Dr then read the report from the ER and said I know what he has Mesentric adentitis swollen lymph nodes in his belly causing him to be sick and in so much pain! They put him into the hospital the week before Christmas to hydrate him for 24 hours, since thats the only way to help it! SO mad that the Er dr's didnt tell us! Once hydrated he was back to his normal little self!
We made it through Christmas wonderfully....with no sick kids for a whole 2 days then Jaydens belly issues started back up! We found out she had that C-Diff and a day later Caleb starts running temp for no known reason! Had to take him 2 differrent times because they couldnt find anything he just a mild cough. So they did a chest xray and there the smoke sat he had pnemonia! So they put him on an antibiotic it eventually got worse he had to go back and they had to add a steroid and breathing treatments. He finally fought off the high temps and then scarred us with with low temps of 94 and very pale....but thank the Lord he got better!
So as of right now we are just dealing with non stop diapers from Jayden but she seems happy so maybe allergies?
Cami had a eye exam on Monday per schools request and she did amazing. Passed with flying colors 20/20 vision! She was so excited sitting in the chair, read and reconized all her letters, numbers and pictures! She cracks me up at how tickled she gets and the smallest things! Anywho she has her 3 year IEP meeting this coming Friday! I know it will go well cause I think she is doing amazing. They worry cause she still cant trace a line, color in lines she still scribbles! But can you believe my girl can spell her name she walks around all day saying C A M E R A N (camwan...thats how she says it) but she is doing so great I couldnt be more proud at how hard she works! I just know she will be all caught up in a few years!!!!!!
Sorry for such a long time between all my posts but as you see its been pure choas around here as usual wouldnt be normal around here with out it :D

WIshing you all a very Happy New Year!