Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In my futile attempt to keep the house clean, I've been rearranging, throwing out crap, and packing things up that we don't need. I boxed all the girls' clothes that were in bags, and packed up the dvds and some books we don't read. When/if we move, I want it to be a quick and easy one. Today I took down the co-sleeper until I need it again for naps. It became storage for cloth diapers. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Waiting for Scott

Scott went out tonight to watch Monday Night Football. We don't have cable and Scott hasn't seen a football game on tv in a loooong time.

So I've modified the paleo diet a bit. The whole eat meat thing. sits funny with me, and we're not big meat eaters. I've changed it so it's basically our diet (whole foods) minus the gluten. I can't live without beans and rice. I like the paleo diet in theory, but in reality, the Earth and my wallet can't support a full blown, head first dive into paleo. But I like the caveman jokes and I like the way paleo rolls off the tongue. Did I mention Penny had her first normal poo in weeks this morning?

And that big white love muffin bunny is Halston. He's a young guy with lots of energy and l o v e. He snuggles! Marge isn't too into him yet. This love affair is going to need time and guidance.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

We're still stuck in limbo. No news on the moving front.

Since Penny was still having bloody poos, I went off gluten as well as dairy last week. It seems to be working! No blood for days! Last Tuesday, I had some beer forgetting beer is made from wheat (duh!) and Penny literally pooped a bubble of blood. Such a painful thing to see come out of a baby. No more gluten for me! After posting on facebook for cookbook rec's, I learned about the Paleo diet. It seems perfect for us. We're giving it a go this week. Scott and I can't help but crack jokes about living primal in a modern world. I do feel great. My body feels lighter and my mind clearer. Scott said he thinks Penny seems to be concentrating on things longer since I've stopped eating gluten.

To help Abby with her reading, we've been playing lots of games. Scavenger hunts, shopping lists, word of the day (a hit with both girls), etc. Our second grade books should arrive next week some time. Abby likes the math program at adaptedmind.com. We got in on a deal with a huge group of other homeschoolers, so I couldn't pass it up. She seriously likes the badge awards, and I hate to say it, but the silly badges make her want to get the right answer which makes her try hard. So we'll use adaptedmind.com in addition to Saxon Math 3. Abby's working on grade 2 on adaptedmind.com, so the work is mostly review for her. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I was looking at this list and the one for younger students totally sounds like Abby. After a year of reciting the days of the week, she still can't remember all the days or say the alphabet. She's never been able to rhyme words, and still has a ton of trouble thinking of words that do rhyme. She has difficulty thinking of words that start or end with a specific sound. The spoken directions, the "stuff" and "that thing". That list sounds like Abby, except for the last three things.  And everything listed under the Younger Child list is Abby. I want the evaluation for the diagnosis. If she does have a learning issue, I want that in her school file on record in case she does decide to go to high school.  Then if she starts to struggle or fall behind, help is available.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Scott and I sent in a request to get Abby evaluated for a learning disability. It's been one of those nagging kind of things, where you know in your gut something is not quite right but you keep on keeping on hoping it will go away but never does. There's learning disabilities in both of our families. Abby is still struggling with reading. This is going to be a loooong process. We have to wait 30-60 days for a date for the eval. From what I've heard, the wait list is enormous. If enrolling her in the school across the street would help her get tested and services sooner, I would do it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Abby Turns Seven!

It's been an insane past couple of weeks. We've lived through an earthquake and a hurrcane within days of each other. We've got four days of our ten day Maryland adventure left. Plus Abby turned seven! A whirlwind I tell ya.

The girls and I felt the earthquake. We were on the second level of the library. The hanging lights were swaying and the old bookcases were creaking. They evacuated the building and the girls and I spent the rest of the afternoon at a nearby friend's house. Of course the earthquake hit before I could check out my books!

I honestly didn't know of the hurricane until the day before it was supposed to hit. We literally had no food in the house. So I panicked because everyone and their mother's mother were out clearing the stores of food and water. Then the city called for evacuations and, yeah, I was kind of nervous. More nervous about the half dead tree out front falling on our top floor apartment. The girls slept with me in my bed which is farthest from that tree and Scott slept in Vera's bed. We survived and ate fantastic snacks.

The girls and I left for Maryland the day before Abby's birthday. Since my mom had no power, we stayed with the inlaws until Sunday. Abby's picnic party was a success. I'm glad we had it at a park. Abby couldn't be happier surrounded by family (and cake!)

Abby wanted high tops for her birthday. When Scott came down to meet us in Maryland, we took her to the mall to pick out a pair of Chucks. She picked out a black pair and extra colored laces. Abby learned how to tie her shoes in less than a half hour! I thought for sure I would be tying up those laces for her! We also found a pair of English riding pants at a second hand shop that Abby's been wearing nonstop, only taking them off to wash. High tops and horseback riding pants. That's how my Abby rolls.

I've been dairy free for I think three weeks now. Penny's poos are still not quite normal and occasionally there's blood. I'm thinking when I get back home, I'll have to cut something else out.