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So, we just had a highly quotable car ride home. I was writing them down as they came, but they were all eclipsed by the one I am going to share.

Peter and I were discussing baby names, and Wesley and Lorrie were grooving in the back seat without us. At one point, as we were discussing the relative pros and cons of two names we liked, I turned and consulted Wesley.

Me: What do you think, Wesley? Should we name the baby A or B?

Wesley: We should name him Squashypom!

At this point, Peter, who was driving, clapped a hand over him mouth to keep from cracking up. I bravely soldiered on.

Me: Wesley, hon, that doesn't sound like a real name. Do you like--

Wesley: SQUASHYPOM. We will call him Squashypom!

Lorrie: Squashy! Squashy!

This is the point at which I gave in and started cracking up, too. Wesley is very taken with his name, still, and insists he will call the baby Squashypom. I think perhaps he has forfeited his position as baby-name consultant. ;)
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So, we are moving again with regards to Wesley, and we have a plan for moving forward.

Thank God.

We had another meeting today with the special education group at the local school. Early this month we had an evaluation meeting, and today, we had the meeting to come up with an education plan.

The most the district offers in his age range is 6 hours a week of school, of mornings two days a week. So that's what we'll be doing. I'm not thrilled about that, but we'll keep him going to playgroup for a few hours on Wednesdays, and that will get us up to 8. It's still vastly shy of the 30 the neurologist recommended, but it's what we can get without shelling out a lot of money.

In that 6 hours, he'll have an hour with the speech therapist, broken into 2 half-hour segments. One will be in the classroom, and she'll involve other kids and have interaction be a big part of it. The other one will be more 1-on-1. The special ed classroom teacher is also going to meet weekly with the preschool teacher who'll have Wesley in her class, to recommend exercises to help him learn what they call "adaptive behavior." As far as I can figure out, adaptive behavior means "functioning in the real world." They kept repeating the phrase "classroom skills" in relation to this: sitting at a table, standing in line, interacting with other kids, joining singalongs, waiting his turn, things like that.

So this is all going to take some time to be processed. They gave us the choice of stating him the Tuesday before February break, or the Tuesday after. We said it would probably be easier to wait, rather than have it start and stop and start again. So we'll take him by the Thursday before February break, and meet the teacher and some of the other kids and have him see the classroom. We'll be with him the whole time that day. And then after the break we'll start him for real. I am nervous, but he will probably do all right.

And now we're moving forward again! Hooray.

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Jan. 18th, 2009 12:03 pm
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Hi, all!

So, this winter is possibly going to kill us all.

With snow and ice storms 1-2 times a week, and temperatures in the single digits before windchill, we have been trapped indoors almost constantly, and the kids are doing their best to drive us batshit insane before we see the first crocuses.

So, does anyone have suggestions for fun indoor burn-some-energy activities we can do with the kids? I will share some of my tasks, for those of you who may be in the same situation.

1. Cooking! A favorite. We make cupcakes, brownies, cinnamon rolls, bread, cookies, or meals, all with kid-help. Flaw: limited a bit by how much you can eat.

2. Art projects. We do coloring with markers, crayons, and glitter glue, and have fun with foam stickers. Downside: Lorrie likes to try to eat the stickers, and it does not actually burn much energy.

3. Hide and seek. Downside: burns as much of my energy as the kids'.

4. Cleaning! Wesley likes using a feather duster and a mop. I cheerfully exploit. Downside: can't overuse this one, or he gets cranky. I cannot blame him.

Anyone have other suggestions?
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I hate it when the kids are sick.

Wesley has a temperature today of 103, and is just... so listless. He keeps curling up on the couch or chair with his eyes almost closed. He doesn't want to cuddle, but all he wants is TV. We are watching lots of Disney.

My poor little boy.
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Wesley is going to have a Harry Potter scar.

I SWEAR we didn't do it on purpose!

I don't remember whether I ever posted about this, but around a month ago, Wesley tripped and fell and cut his head on a wooden toy box thingie. He was completely unphased by it to the extent that it took us a while to realize he was actually bleeding (it was hidden by his -- ha -- overlong bangs). When we did realize, we got all panicky and washed and bandaged it, and it didn't bleed much after that, so we relaxed some.

Time has been very strange and fluid here with Lorrie around, and so we didn't actually realize until a day or two ago how long it's been since he hurt himself, and he still has a very visible pink line going down his forehead. It isn't actually a lightning bolt, but it's a vertical line, and shows no signs of going away.

First permanent mark of his rambunctious childhood. Alas.

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