Thursday, August 27, 2009

Learning at School

Well, Charlie came home from school yesterday with a new little phrase he picked up. He is saying, "Bye, Have a nice day!" Seriously cute.

Also, the bus driver said he made a friend. Apparently Charlie got to sit next to a high school student from his school (all special ed) on the way home. The driver said they were cracking each other up during the entire drive. :)

Sounds like he is enjoying his year so far!

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Day of School Revisited

Just wanted to say, Charlie seemed to have a great day on Monday.
This is the note we received home from his teacher:

Kim & Ray,

Charlie had a good day -- ate lunch & had a popsicle at afternoon snack.

He painted purple, sat in circle, played outside, computer--

Seemed to be very happy and cooperative.

This year we have APE (adapted physical education) on Wed & Friday,

so Charlie will be able to participate. Speech on Wed and Friday this year.


After school we talked a lot about what he did, who he saw, and, of course, the school bus.

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School 2009

Today was Charlie's first day of school for the new school year. It feels a little bittersweet.


Ray's not sweating it too bad, he is gone during the day anyway, but the fellowship of the brothers is broken up for now. I don't know if Calvin is relieved for a bit of piece and quiet, or wondering where his partner in crime is all day long.

Mommy is doing okay... I guess.

And, Charlie? Well, the kid has an amazing ability to "just roll with it" when it comes to things like this. I took him to class this morning, and he promptly hung up his lunch box, and jumped right back into the routine of things. He did give me a long wistful hug, a little reluctant to let go. And he watched closely over his shoulder as Calvin and I walked out the door.


That was 9am. Cal and I ran some errands after that, and went to the park. Now we are preparing pictures for Charlie's "All About Me" book for his second "typical" preschool that starts up tomorrow.

I have so many different things going on in my head about this school year and my sweet boy. Like I said, it is quite bittersweet. I wish things could feel perfect to me. Oh well, now we wait until the bus comes at 4:15pm.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

You can't only have vegetables for dinner: A Meal Time Update

It struck me as it came out of my mouth what an unusual thing it is among parents of 17 month olds to admonish the youngster to lay off the roughage. I love that Calvin loves veggies! But sometimes his vegetable-love leads to avoiding other healthy foods on his tray. Tonight it was cherry tomatoes (technically a fruit), steamed broccoli and beats from our garden. We had some yummy lentils and rice too, but all Calvin wanted was the veggies. The boy is getting so lean, so I do worry that he get enough fats. (Good thing he is still such an enthusiastic nursling.)

Charlie on the other hand, loves the tomatoes, but rarely touches veggies. Well, he does like corn! He did great with the lentils and rice (which was a pleasant surprise) as long as we added some sour cream, or "keem" as he calls it. He has also been making great strides drinking from an open cup, and used his big boy cup all through dinner with just a little bit of assistance. He tends to bring the cup away from his mouth without tipping it back up when left to himself. We are trying to help him understand that it is no big deal if he spills. I think cup drinking has in part come along so slowly because Charlie tends to have a lot of anxiety about liquid spills.

Anyway, a little meal time update for you!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Ever since Charlie and I brushed the spider webs off the outside of the house yesterday, I keep finding spiders crawling all around the inside of our house!

I felt a little bad to do away with all their handiwork, and I even left a few of the 'prettier' webs, but now we've a number of homeless spiders roaming around the walls and carpet. (How did they get inside?)

My neighbor, an amateur entomologist, assures me that spiders rarely actually bite folks, but still...

Friday, August 7, 2009


Today Calvin has been calling his diaper "bye-bye pee-pee."

Which, when I think about it,

what else would a diaper be called??
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