Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Therapy Transitions

Our move to Texas has brought on a whole new chapter to William's therapies.

First off, we've now been given a Case Manager to help organize and arrange therapies. So far it has just been okay. The lady is nice, but after being the one on the front lines to set up everything and be on top of insurance referrals and all, it sometimes seems redundant. We also have been given a Clinical Social Worker to help us find additional resources, which is actually helpful!

Oh, and it was NOT a pleasure to meet the PCM for the kids and find out he had no idea what Apraxia was. It feels awkward having to be the one to explain a diagnosis and what this disorder is to a medical professional. He at least put in all our necessary referrals without a pause.

And because there is a HUGE Army hospital with specialists, we were sent there for Will to be evaluated by the military pediatric speech therapist to see if he could be treated there of if he required private, civilian therapy. We discussed his past services and she did a quick eval on him. Surprise: Will has major articulation deficits as well as lack of language. Tell me something I don't know. Then she also asked who gave him the Apraxia diagnosis. I told her there have been 2 developmental pediatricians from 2 different states who have agreed on the diagnosis as well as at least 4 speech therapists who have worked with him. Anyway, she says she isn't sure it is Apraxia because his speech is too good.

I was taken aback by that statement. He speaks too well? The kid has been in fairly intensive speech therapy for 4 years. At the age of 2 he had 1 word, "kiki" which was what he used for "kitty" and basically all other animals. I mean, we've been working on the proper "F" sound for about 6 months and it's STILL not there... and neither are initial "T" or "L" or pretty much any blended sounds! I don't even remember how long it took him to get the "H" sound! Shall we talk about all the improper vowel sounds?!

Anyway, we were referred off base. I lined it up so that we'd get all our therapies at the same place. Unfortunately, where we were sent is over 30 minutes away and with traffic it is closer to 45-60 minutes away. The other week, after an evaluation it took us about and hour and a half to get home because of an accident on the road. Sucks.

William has been evaluated for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy and both the OT and ST will address feeding as needed. He starts up regular appointments beginning in August.

And guess what? They all agree with the Apraxia diagnosis.

The Physical Therapist will only have William on a 6 week calendar and then re-evaluate again because he is getting SO CLOSE to graduating out of it! I was already aware of this before we left Ohio, but I'm thrilled to hear it again. He has already been released from PT on his IEP. Progress!

We've just got to keep that boy focused. Again I hear from the therapists that it is obvious that Will has had a lot of therapy in the past. I'm not exactly certain how they can tell. Maybe it is in the evals? He knows what they're looking for in their questions? I don't know.

So, it looks like all the therapy is falling into place. Lana and I are going to work out what is best to do during our wait times. And I pray that these new therapists are a good fit for William.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Look Back: When William Was Born

Several months ago I logged back into Myspace and was able to load and save all my old blog posts, which basically chronicled our life in Japan.

I'm now going to share my quick, simple, and not very eloquent birth story from when I had William in 2008. I was 22 years old and naïve on the life I had ahead of me.


I am now a mom! How crazy is that?

After days of back and forth with the hospital (Wednesday night, Thursday evening, freakin' early Friday morning) we were finally admitted. Yeah, contractions started Tuesday evening so these were some very uncomfortable days with sleepless nights.

Anyway, after awhile they gave me a shot to essentially make me go to sleep since I was already exhausted and the hard parts to having the baby were still to come. I woke up 90 minutes later wanting to pull out my insides. Man, contractions are worse than cramps from hell, if that is even possible.

The doctor (who was amazing) came and talked with Ryan and I. She said that my contractions, though painful and strong, weren't strong enough to push out the baby. It would take another 15 to 20 hours of this before he would arrive. *gasp* I couldn't do that. She said they could use putosin (sp?) which will make the contractions MUCH stronger but it would also be much more painful. The problem was with my being as exhausted and worn out as I was she wanted to know what I wanted to do. I gave in.


I cannot tell you how wonderful it is! I have decided that from now on all my children will be born with an epidural if possible.

So I got the stuff from the anestesiologist (sp?) who I then told was my newest best friend. The needle didn't hurt at all - of course I was in the middle of a contraction when he did it so I don't remember much anyway.

I was completely numb. Couldn't feel a thing... and I slept through the final 3 hours of hard labor.

They woke me up when it was finally time. 30 minutes of pushing and William Isaac was born. He gave us a little scare when he first came out 'cause the cord was wrapped around his neck. Maj. Yates was great, though, and had it all taken care of within seconds -- he pinked right up.

March 7, 2008 @ 11:08 am. 7 lbs. 9.9 oz and 19 inches long. Awww... he's got plenty of dark hair and you can tell his eyes will be dark. Oh, and he has long legs and chubby cheeks. He's adorable!

We just came home today. The past few days were long, but good.

William is healthy. I got my RhoGam shot - stupid RH factor.

Ryan is amazing with the baby... it is so cute. He's the definition of a doting father. LOL. Marty isn't too thrilled though. She's curious and interested in Will, but she's scared of it and of course we haven't really let her come near him (only to smell his feet and blanket).

Recovery sucks. I have a nice bruise on my back from the epidural and I'm pretty sore in all places related to giving birth. I swear that first BM after having a baby is terrifying, especially with stitches, but it wasn't all that bad. I've got Motrin to help relax and I'm getting along pretty well. Ryan has been great helping me and being understanding, I love him.

So, like I said, we're all at home now. It is so weird having a baby of my own though. When he was first born I could only stare at him in near shock that he was mine... just a few minutes before he wasn't here and then he was. It's like a whole new person. Amazing. It is a great experience and I'm excited for what else is to come!

Friday, July 25, 2014

What I've Been Eying II

Last week was fun posting about What I've Been Eying... so I'm doing it again this week.

Oh, and today is my BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday to me! 29 years old... my final year in my 20's. I'm sure I'll post more on that later.

But for now, let's check out those items I'm looking at to either buy or just drool and dream over.

What I've Been Eying:

1. Another piece of Ikea furniture: Lugnvik Sofa bed with chaise. It is simple and not bulky. It easily transforms into a sofa bed and when not in sofa bed setting is comfortable and has storage for the bedding underneath! I'd love to get it and put it in the loft so we can watch movies on it and if there are guests, have an extra place to sleep.

2. I don't know what it is about them, but I love birthstones. Mine is a Ruby. LOVE IT! I've been looking at ruby rings for years, but just haven't committed. They're so pretty! Someday it would be nice to get a beautiful, authentic ruby ring. The one pictured is from Jared... lovely.

3. A good-quality wooden playset for the kids outside. Similar to THIS ONE found on Amazon. These suckers are expensive! Several range around the $500-$800 range but others are in the $1,000-$3,000+ price range. Ouch! I'd love to find one moderately priced that we would get some good use out of in our back yard. Not sure when or if that will happen.

4. Go on a cruise! I've never been on one before. From what I've seen, Celebrity Cruises seem pretty good. I really don't care where we go, I can find fun and interesting things to see and do and experience regardless of the destination. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up next March and I would LOVE to do a bit of vacation with the hubby (though I do admit, he's not into cruises because of all the bad media the past couple years). Going on a cruise just seems like fun to me.

5. Now for my book choice. Well, bookS! The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett will keep me enthralled, I'm sure, for awhile. Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, and Edge of Eternity follow five families through the 20th century. I've read Follett's best seller Pillars of the Earth and enjoyed it. I recently bought the sequel to it: World Without End... and read that 1,000+ page book in a couple days! He's got a captivating writing style and I love how his language vividly places images and fully formed characters in the readers' heads.

So... what have YOU been eying?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dad & Mom Visit Ohio

Back in April, before we left Ohio, my parents were able to make a trip out to visit and be present for Alanna's 4th birthday party (more on the party later).

It was fun having them around for a few days.

I had to take them to the Wright Brothers Sites and show them around the base.

Our first outing was to the Air Force Museum. Like I've said before, it can be overwhelming in there! You can spend HOURS and still feel like there is more to see. We all wandered through the first hangar and most of the second hangar, spending a good chunk of time also looking through the Holocaust portion in the middle.
 Then I ran off to take the kids to school while mom and dad toured a bit on their own.

When I caught back up to them we headed over to the Presidential Hangar on the base. I'd never been there before because I always have the kids with me... and this wasn't really a good place to take them. They are open hangars with no roped off areas or guided walkways. You are literally right next to the planes and are courteous enough to follow the rules of "No Touching."

We went into 3 Air Force Ones, very cool. One of them was the plane that carried President Kennedy after his assassination and where Johnson was sworn in. There are plexiglass walls throughout the entirety of all the planes with a clearance of about 16 inches. It was cramped. Seeing that old school technology and the history of the planes was pretty interesting.
 There were other planes in there. Several that never went past the research and development phase.
 I found it all intriguing.

Afterwards we picked up the kids from school and headed out to the Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. The kids got to go out and run and I was able to share more of Dayton's history from the view.
 Then we headed down to Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the old cow field where the brothers learned to control and actually fly their aircraft. We just drove around the area and got out to see the replica of their first hangar and played around a bit on the launcher.
 The next day we tried to get started a bit early and headed out to Woodland Cemetery. I showed them many of the notable burial sites. My dad was very interested in the Civil War burial ground (we're west coasters... we don't get to experience much about the Civil War). We also checked out the overlook to see the city of Dayton.
 From there we went to Carillon Park. I've been there a few times so I tried to keep the kiddos entertained in the kids section and riding the carousel while my parents walked through at their leisure. Once outside, the kids and I tried to be a bit more active on the trails and the new sand box while dad and mom were able to go about and read and take in what the old buildings were. We all caught back up in the big train depot. By the end Will was pretty squirrelly so he stayed on the lawn with me while Lana went into the Wright Brothers Aviation Center with her grandparents to see the 1905 Wright Flyer III. You really can spend all day there... so by later in the afternoon we were ready to head home.
Our final Dayton outing was to the Wright-Dunbar Visitor Center. More museums (which I enjoy) but by now I think Will and Lana were done. I went through the place quickly with them then took them outside to run on the sidewalk and pick the dandelions. When mom and dad had finished we went into the Wright Brothers' Bicycle Shop, but again, antsy kids made my trip inside pretty short. Since we didn't have enough time to go inside, I did at least drive by the Paul Lawrence Dunbar house... since we'd all just learned more about him also.
Once back home it was time to set up for Alanna's party!

The next day mom and dad headed down to Tennessee to see Nashville and Gatlinburg. They came back and joined us for church on Sunday, treated us to lunch, then headed out to the airport.

It was a fun trip. I'm glad I was able to share some of Dayton with them. Dad said he didn't realize how much innovation happened there. It really was a bustling city with a lot of rich history! I know we focused mostly on the Wright Brothers but there really is much more to take in. If you ever get to Dayton I can recommend some places to check out!

Friday, July 18, 2014

What I've Been Eying

To help me get back into blogging regularly I'm going to start up a new posting series. Maybe it will end up being weekly or bi-monthly. I don't know...

But, with becoming a homeowner I find there are a lot of things I have my eyes on lately that I'd like to get. Also, with 2 small kids some desires are left only to my dreams. I'm also a BIG window shopper but sometimes I forget those things I really would like to purchase someday. Oh, and maybe I'll have actually taken the plunge and bought something I'm excited to share!

So, let's see what I've been Eying!

1. "Home is where the Air Force sends us" sign with 5 smaller signs by gingerleighmade on etsy. Oh, I've been looking at this for months! I've seen similar ones all over etsy, but for some reason the simple design of this one has drawn me in! Lots of personalization options too!

2. Stitch Fix is a site where you can have a stylist send you items of clothing based on your taste preferences. You try them on, purchase what you want to keep and send the rest back. I signed up probably about a year ago but never actually requested my first box. With a new city I'm ready for some updated pieces. My first shipment should arrive on my birthday!

3. There are many things from Ikea I'm wanting, but this HEMNES Shoe Cabinet caught my eye on my last trip before leaving Ohio. We are treating our new house Japanese style and don't wear shoes inside. I can definitely see the use of this awesome cabinet to us, but I think right now I'll stay on the lookout for a nice bench with storage for our entryway shoe issues.

4. I've been seeing them all over the place: Jamberry Nails. I am interested in what the hype is all about and would want to actually try them out before I buy them. Have pretty nails that don't chip in a couple days? Sounds good to me. Anybody a seller?

5. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn (Kindle Edition). Surprise! A book! There is always an ever growing "want to read" book pile in my mind. Right now this one is near the top... plus the movie will be coming out and I usually like to read books before somebody else's images take over mine. Ryan says I have too many books (is there such a thing?!) so I'm trying to use my new Kindle as much as possible!

So, what have you been eying lately?

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I have a new title!

I'm so thrilled to share that last month my sister and brother-in-law welcomed their much awaited and prayed for little baby! They wanted to be surprised, so they didn't find out if they were having a boy or a girl. It's a beautiful, healthy baby GIRL!!!

It is such an exciting time! I'm a little sad that I don't get to meet her in person until... I'm not sure when. Maybe something can be arranged in a few months. So, I had to steal these photos from facebook.

Josephine is precious. I look forward to being able to hold my niece one day and bask in her cuteness!

I bought her that onsie!

Congratulations again to my sister and brother-in-law! What a beautiful blessing!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easter 2014

I know, I know... we just celebrated the 4th of July... but I needed to get this covered.

Easter was in April. In fact, it was April 20th which was the day after Alanna's 4th birthday.

Ryan had already left so it was just me holding down the fort.

Earlier we did our Easter Egg Hunt at AFIT, but the kids' school was also having Egg Hunts by class. So of course I went to that.
 I had also made my annual Easter Egg Bunnies which Will and Lana passed out to their classmates. They helped me make them this year by putting candy in the eggs and attempting to fold them and they picked out the ribbons.

Oh, and of course Easter preparations are never complete without coloring eggs!

 Alanna's birthday party was scheduled for the following weekend (after Grandma and Grandpa arrived). But you can't have a birthday pass without recognition so the three of us had our own mini celebration. We went out to Gigi's Cupcakes, each of us picked one out and we did a little birthday for Alanna. She also had a few presents just from us and Nana.

When Easter morning dawned, the Easter Bunny had come and gone, leaving us our baskets.
 We got in our Easter clothes, took pictures, and headed off to church.
You may notice that Will is wearing the same shirt and tie as last year. With my random brain I had picked up the incorrect size for this year -- removed the tags and ironed it only to discover when I was putting it on him that it was 2 sizes too small!!! AHHH! Thankfully he still fit in last year's shirt... although just barely.

After church we changed, got our stuff together and headed to the housing clubhouse to meet with friends. Several of us neighbors got together to have a delicious pot luck Easter lunch/dinner. It was so nice! All the kids played around at the playground while the adults looked on and socialized. So relaxing. The weather had been perfect.

Such a nice Easter! I'm glad we had a good time celebrating.