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Saturday, September 17, 2011

it might just be a miracle!

So that social worker can SUCK IT! I found a preschool for baby waffle and signed him up for MWF 9-12. He started this past Monday. They told me he cried off and all for the first 10 mins or so and then had a great day. The next morning when his speech therapist came he was sitting waiting for her and worked for the entire 30 minutes!
Unfortunately both Baby Waffle and I had nice snot filled colds by Tuesday night so I opted to keep him home Wednesday so it was my fear Thursday would suck. Nope! He did wonderful Thursday also!
When he got to school Friday he was very clingybut after I got him to the teacher he cried for all of maybe a minute and then proceeded to have a wonderful day!
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bodum Pavina review

I received a set of Bodum Pavina 9oz glasses to try out and give my opinion. My first thought upon receiving the glasses was Wow how beautiful. They are simple glasses that are hand blown and truly make it seem your liquid is floating in them. The description says they will keep your hot drinks hotter and your cold drinks colder. I did try them both ways although I never tried steaming hot liquid just luke warm but the glasses did not disappoint!

The one negative I found was really part of the beauty of the glasses and completely my fault. I am a mother of two small children whom I home school. I am sometimes frazzled and very often clumsy. As I mentioned earlier these glasses are hand blown and a wee too delicate for my fat fingers. I did break one a lot sooner than I would have hoped. Like I said that was completely my fault.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Errrr my experience with the social worker and her 'suggestions

First a little background...
So baby Waffle has become quite a handful since turning 2 and then going on vacation. Since we got back his speech therapy sessions have basically been a wash, well until this week but I will come back to that. So it was so bad after we attempted to start kindermusik (you would have thought he was raised by wolves)that I pulled him out of kindermusik and decided the bow could benefit fro. Some preschool (which I am now looking into finding a placement for him). I ALS ended up calling his caseworker from the CDSA who oversees his speech therapy and we decided to have a talk. I was seriously starting to wonder if we were dealing with something more in the Autism spectrum and not just Speech. So our caseworker arranged for the SLP to come out and watch a session. Now I have to say I LOVE our therapist and this discussion has nothing to do with here! Loch is the bomb and I would recommend her to anyone!! I digress.... Anyway, the SLP was thinking probably we need some play therapy and she also suggested we do some room changing which is what spurred the great move shift of 2011 that I mentioned hereErnst meeting ended with the caseworker saying that she would check with the staff psychologist and see if he had any suggestions. Apparently he didn't because a few days later she calls and tells me she is going to bring a social worker by with some suggestions and tips. Sooooo today was that meeting. Of course baby Waffle showed his worst possible behavior soo the social worker got a good look at what we are dealing with. Eventually baby Waffle did calm down and worked quite will with the speech therapist. I should mention I warned them when they came in that it was very close to nap tome and he would probably not be happy. (speech is usually at 9 am and they had switched it to 10:45 so the social worker could come.).
So long story longer, when speech was over the social worker chimes in with her suggestions. After she informs me that she has three children who she never even tried to breastfeeding so she had no real clue what she was saying but here is a suggestion on how to wean. She then proceeds to tell me how to keep him in his bed at night and how to implement time outs. All of which was insulting but understandable. The real kick in the pants was when she addressed my desire to put him in preschool. I have been concerned that three half days a week would be too much and she tells me 'I believe he would really benefit from a full time five day a week program, two or three days isn't going to make any kind of difference'. Oh and ' your caseworker can direct you to Head Start if you can't afford a full time place'.
I pretty much had already checked out of the conversation at the breast feeding comments (did I mention she said it would effect his speech too?) but this really did it. I have stewed over it all day. So my 'problem' with Baby Waffle is he loves me a little too much, too clingy wants me all the time....her SOLUTION is to throw him in a place all day every day so someone else can deal with him?? What is that telling baby waffle? Not to mention I don't know what head start is like in your neck of the woods but around here it is primarily the low income kids and therefore in all the worst parts of town. I'm sorry if that makes me sound bad but my hubby is a cop, I know the bad areas, it is a fact!
Also, he is starting to exhibit behaviors so we out him in a place all day every day with kids who are there because of behaviors and he cant even talk to tell someone whet has happened??

So anyone who reads this, am I completely insane for being upset? I am going tomorrow to see two preschools. I hope I am blown away and can choose which one I think will be the best fit....until then thanks for sticking with me to the end of this very long post....

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

budding artist

The girl has skills...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

wildlife attack..... nearly wordless Wednesday (hey it is after midnight here!)

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time rolls on by...

The days just slip by sooo quickly and I don't realize I have missed posting until next thing I know another month has passed.  I have reorganized my house though and now I have an office to myself so maybe MAYBE I will be better.... maybe, no promises but maybe. 

So about the moving.  The speech pathologist suggested (and I fully agreed) with her, that we split the bunk beds and simplify the kids room which is what started the moving.  Baby Waffle was climbing up to the top bunk and has NOOOO fear so I totally felt it needed to be done anyway but they had the smallest room in the house and it wouldn't hold the two beds side by side so the great room shift of 2011 began.  We had to gut the playroom, took apart the beds and moved them into what was the playroom.  


Then we gutted my 'classroom' and moved the playroom into that room.  Made sooo much sense because that is the biggest room in the house. 

Now my 'classroom' has become what I am calling the 'teacher's lounge' in the smallest room in the house which also makes perfect sense because with the nice picnic table we stole inherited from my mother we have it set up so nicely to do school at the kitchen table.  I love it. 


I really want to find a small bulletin board to make a calendar spot (thanks Sam) in the kitchen near the table but for now I am happy with the results. I REALLY like being able to close the room to my office and just slip away into the gentle protection of my 'coccoon'!