Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Farewell 2nd grade

What a month May has been.

We wrapped a 2nd season of soccer. Joey had a great time this season. Not only did he ask to sign up so I know the motivation was there and last season was reinforcing to him, but he got to play with Hannah, Aydan, and Connor from his class. AND Lexie, our next door neighbor was also on the team. Also, Hannah's dad was the coach, who just happens to be an OT with tons of experience with kids with special needs. Could I have asked for any better scenario.

May was also the month that Joey started having after school hang outs with Connor. 2 Fridays at his house and then 1 Friday at ours. We have plans to see Connor this Thursday, and Joey even gave up one of his end of school gifts (3 Skylander Giants figurines) so he could give Connor "another Skylander Giant because he doesn't have a lot of giants." So sweet!

Joey also started Kumon on 5/21. This is another step towards becoming a better reader.

And then there was the farewell to 2nd grade and to Mr. Svorinic at Parkridge (he is heading to Liberty in August). I was pleasantly surprised that on the last day of school, Mrs. Stone (his reading teacher) told me he has already mastered his IEP reading goals that were written 1 month ago!

I am so proud of him and how hard he works! I wonder what 3rd grade will have in store for us?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Joey, nitrous oxide and butter

Joey had nitrous oxide at the dentist today when they filled a small cavity and sealed 3 of his teeth. This was his first time. I was nervous. The neurologist said it would be safe.

Joey went back like a trooper and a half hour later, he was done. He looked a little "off" and the assistant said he threw up a little. As we walked outside, he said he wasn't feeling well. In the car, he asked "What do you call this sickness?" I said "A side effect from the gas." He asked, "Well how do you get rid of it?" I told him that he needed to eat soft foods, drink liquids, and maybe poop and pee it out.

When we got home, he said "Mama, I'm gonna do what you said:  pee and poop." He informed me he pooped twice and then told me he was sleepy. He cuddled up to me and slept for almost 2 hours. He told me after that he felt better after his nap. He was back to his normal crazy goofy self

He ate Lipton noodle soup and had Italian bread with butter for dinner. He ate good! I saw him playing with Cocoa while he was eating. Later on, I noticed that he had butter inside the leg of his pants. I asked, "How did you get butter in your pants?" How often do you hear yourself asking that? I guess it went flying during his bread tug of war with Cocoa.

Well now we know the effects of nitrous and that he is ok with it, for the most part.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tiny milestones

This year, Joey is very interested in celebrating little milestones. He reminded me for a month each time when I didn't get him a gift for ST. Joseph's Day and then for his half birthday. Today, he turned 8.7. This week, he will finish 2nd grade. Last Saturday, he finished his 2nd season of soccer. I thought less presents would get bought as he got older. I think I might be wrong.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Joe becomes an ABA therapist

While Joey was waiting for speech to start, our former neighbor was attempting to elope from OT and get Joey's iPad. Each time, I told Joey to pause his game and wait for the boy to go back to his OT. When the boy was done, he asked Joey for the iPad and Joey says, "Umm are you done with your therapist?" I told him he should come work with me and he said "You couldn't handle me for a whole day."

Friday, May 3, 2013

Leaving the nest for a playdate

When I went to school to pick Joey up, something extraordinary happened: Joey asked me if he could go to a friend's house to play!!! This is the FIRST time ever!!! And this helicopter mom let him go. Now I have empty nest syndrome.

It was so cute. I wish I could bottle the moment and enjoy it over and over! Joey ran up to me and said, "Can I go over Connor's house to play?" I said, "Sure, maybe one day soon" and he said, "No, we want to do it now." Then Connor came over and asked if Joey could come over. I asked if it was ok with his parents and he said "I'll go ask."

Joe and I walked a little slower than Connor did to his Dad's car. I figured I would allow time for him to talk to his Dad so his Dad wouldn't be put on the spot. By the time I got to the car, Scott, Connor's Dad, said it was ok for Joe to come over. We exchanged phone numbers and I got their address, buckled Joe in the back seat, told him to have fun, closed the door and waved goodbye.

How did this happen?

I promptly showed up at 5:58 p.m. to pick Joe up. He had a great time. They both wanted to know if they could have a sleep over, or get together Saturday, or maybe Sunday. Too cute! Let's not forget they will see each other at 9 a.m. tomorrow for soccer.