We celebrated a 'first' anniversary - remembering the life of my oldest brother. He made choices we didn't understand. In September of 2011 he died, on the streets, at the age of 50. Although I don't miss the nonsense, I do miss him. I miss my brother.
Our oldest began Kindergarten. Here, the children attend full-days. He takes the bus to and from school every day. He leaves at 7:40am and arrives home at 3:10pm. He is doing well. He is already recognizing more letters and is proudly demonstrating math skills he has learned.
Our middle boy began early preschool. I wish the transition to school had been as easy on him. I don't know if it's been harder on him, or us (watching him struggle). We're in touch with the school, the administration, and the teachers. He's already turned a corner. We're waiting patiently to see if things improve further; we hope they do. (Early Intervention) EI continues to work with him on his speech. One recent, and major, accomplishment has been his willingness to say goodbye to his binky (except at night). This, in itself, has led to an improvement in speech. We're hoping for major strides in the next three months because in December he will age-out of EI.
Josiah continues to amaze us! We finally had his 'six' month pics taken. He was 10 months at the time, but who's counting.
Josiah continues to receive two EI visits per week. One from K (his child care specialist); the other from D (his physical specialist). Every other week, C arrives for OT (occupational therapy). In the coming months, he will begin receiving speech therapy. The progress he is making is astonishing (pics below).
Our first Buddy Walk is next week. We are tremendously excited about it. I'll be sure to tell you all about it. We can't wait!!!!
Next month is sure to be a great month. October!!!! It's Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Josiah will also celebrate his first birthday. Amazing stuff!!!
Finally, for those of you who enjoy pics. Here are some recent ones (mostly taken during Josiah's EI sessions):