Thursday, July 19, 2012

still here

Hello friends!!! We are still here, just enjoying a little blog break. Lot's has happened since my last post, im sure of it, I just can't remember! HA! So I guess we will start with the most recent.

Malachi turned 4!! Wowza! Where in the world has the time gone?

                             Malachi at 4 years                                           Malachi at 1 year

We spent the day hanging out and relaxing. It was perfect. He was able to open some presents, went to toys r us and he got to pick out a toy (he picked a back of plastic animals) and we had ice cream with grandma and popop. Here is a list at some of his likes and dislikes...

Likes: MUST be on in the car at all times.
Signing Times...The kid is obsessed.
Books...Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is the most recent favorite.
Finger plays...Where is thumbkind, itsy bitsy spider and song the involves movement is sung about 300 times               a day!

Lots of people.. He enjoys his space.
New foods...especially healthy ones.
Naps...he's been on a nap strike for a few weeks.

New skills:
A HUGE one that we have seen lately is his ability to copy. We make a sound and he tries to imitate it although it's not usually right, he is at least making an effort.

He can now successfully sign his basic colors and identify them when shown to him. His favorite color is black currently.

My boy is a mountain goat and is FINALLY walking up the stairs alone! Yippiee!

He is showing an interest in picking up his toys and helping do basic tasks (bring this to daddy, shut the door, turn off the light...)

We have been able to nearly triple the types of food he is eating this summer!! Some of his new favorites are fish crackers, french fries and hamburgers! Seriously this makes me sooooo excited! Feeding has always been a HUGE struggle and I see him making HUGE gains over the next year!

His use of sign language has exploded, so much so I often have to ask his teacher what he is saying. He has always picked it up fast but since he has started school it has been CRAZY! 

Things we are still working on:

His speech is still very behind and we are looking into a possibly diagnosis of Apraxia in the coming weeks.

This child is as stubborn as they come and really struggles with listening. Especially when it comes to keeping his hands to himself. He is a hitter and we battle it hourly.

He is a sensory seeking beast! Seriously people! Hitting, licking, throwing, pounding, pulling, pinching, climbing, chewing...he does them alll and it is enough to drive a momma mad! We are working hard to find proper sensory input in hopes that the other behaviors will decrease. (Please sweet Jesus work your magic because I may go crazy the next time he throws the little people farm over the gate!!!!!)

Our goal was to get him potty trained this summer and it's not going so well. In fact, its not going at all. The stubborn beast refuses to pee in the potty and will hold it for hours at a time.

Another goal we had this summer was to get him out of the crib and into a big boy bed. Haha, I laugh now thinking back to the night we were up till midnight frantically putting his crib back together. He is just not ready and frankly neither are we.

Alright, that's enough about the birthday boy! Josh and I each celebrated a birthday this summer as well and just recently celebrated our 7th anniversary! We were able to get away for a few days without the kids which was amazing! We are currently getting ready for a camping trip next month and stocking up on a lot of adult beverages because the only way we are going to survive is if we are intoxicated at least 30% of the weekend!! (I kid...neither of us are drinkers...although at times I wish we were! hehe) Okay, seriously I am JUST KIDDING!!!!!

And now I have to go and attend to the real exciting things like dinner and diaper changes. Until next time!