I’ve missed this writing prompt so it’s time to resurrect it.
- Liam is back to school. We had a really good appointment with Rehab Medicine and he has been doing well since. We had a slight bump over the weekend when he got a migraine and started puking and couldn’t stop. It required a trip to Children’s ER but they got things under control and then it was just a matter of getting through the migraine hangover. He’s also reading again and doing schoolwork again, although some of it is on a reduced schedule. But gains are being made. Hurray!
- Jamie, poor dear, has really gotten the short end of the stick lately but he’s doing well, too. I had my parent teacher conference for him in early November and his teacher is very pleased with how he’s doing. He isn’t acting out in class and when he does have a frustrating moment, he can verbalize that he just needs to be left alone to gather himself. Once he’s given a minute or two, he’s back on track. His academics are good as well. We continue to see the psychologist who is also pleased with how he’s doing. His speech therapist is so pleased with his progress that she didn’t even feel that she needed to attend his parent teacher conference. Gold stars, all ’round!
- Another Jamie note: I don’t talk about it much, but Jamie is still not night trained when it comes to potty training. He’s just never been a kid who wakes up dry. EVER. So, he’s been in pull ups for years now. But while he is fully trained when he’s awake and in underwear, he refuses to treat the pull up like surrogate undies. He sees it as a diaper and uses it as such. I’ve been changing poopy diapers for over 10 years now. I. AM. DONE. We’ve been trying to get him into undies but it’s very hit and miss. He was still having pee accidents (mostly minor, but still requiring linen washing) almost nightly though he will not poop in his underwear. So we went back to pull ups and all that entailed. Yesterday I found this product at Target which rather neatly solves our problem. They’re real underwear with an insert that protect him from pee accidents but as they’re real underwear, he won’t poop in them. I showed them to Jamie and he was so excited he called them “the best invention in the history of the whole world” and we tried them out last night. Worked a treat.
- We did have an unexpected and terrible occurrence a couple of weeks ago. Molly, our adopted border collie, started biting neighborhood kids unprovoked. She’d been getting progressively more territorial and protective of us as a family and was not willing to listen to the kids AT ALL. She finally went over the line. I’m very sad to say that we had to remove her from our house. Animal Friends was willing to take her back and put her through a behavioral program and then attempt to adopt her out again. I hope hope hope that she finds the right forever home with lots of land and farm animals to boss around. She is a sweet, loving dog who just wasn’t right in a suburban setting with lots of kids. We miss her terribly.
- We bought a new car! We said goodbye to the MINI – which while fun to drive was becoming a real nuisance. It’s expensive to maintain and the kids were quickly outgrowing the backseat room. The car was 10 years old and it was time. So we traded it in for a brand spanking new Toyota Prius hatchback. Great gas mileage! Low payments! More backseat room! Now I want one, too, but the Honda is still going strong and we can only afford one new car at a time. Still, I like it a lot and it should cut down on our gas consumption.
- Scot and I are settled into our jobs and work schedule and things are going well. He really likes being back at IBM and is enjoying working with old colleagues again. I’m enjoying my job, too, and taking on more responsibility as the opportunity presents itself.
- I wrote a piece for Listen To Your Mother. Auditions are in January. I’m going to audition. EEP!