Sunday, August 28, 2011

time flies

when you are totally exhausted by a newborn who refuses to sleep at night! I can't believe I have been off for 3 weeks and never got the house completely cleaned or posted anything on this blog! So bad. I also haven't gotten a full night's sleep.

Violet is a chow hound. She was back to her birth weight by 4 days old and at 14 days had gained 6 ounces. I think she might be my first child who is actually ON the growth curve. haha.

Lilianna had so much fun at her camp. She went to Camp Crestridge, which is the girl's camp associated with the Ridgecrest Center in Ashville, NC. She loved it. She wanted to go back next year for a whole month...that is a little bit too long for my baby to be away so we registered her for a 2 week session next year. I told her that she could go for a month the summer after next if she wants to. Lilianna also started dance classes 2 weeks ago. She goes from 430 until 830 on Tuesdays and is taking Jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She is going to be in the Nutcracker in December which is going to involve a ton of extra practices I think (there is a nutcracker packet that comes out in November...that is ominous! haha. She has been doing really good (as far as I can tell) She really likes it and noone has called me to complain about her behavior so that is good!

Alex started back to school at the public school here. We have a meeting for her IEP on Tuesday. Right now she meets with her assistant for 30 minutes a day and has been expected to complete 4th grade work in all her subjects...ummmm...right. Everyday we asked her if she had homework and she said no everyday the first week. Then on Thursday she brought home a calendar and said "my teacher said you should sign this"...what do you think was in the calendar...all of her homework that she never did because either she is that much of a space case or she was hiding it from us so she could play. As a result, she didn't study for her spelling test on Friday until Thursday night.
On Friday we picked her up and asked her how she did on her spelling test and she excitedly told us she got 4 right. Lilianna said, if I only got 4 right I would cry. So this week, she has been a lot better about telling us her homework and she got 100% on her spelling test...yeah!
Of course next week she has a math test on division, multiplication, math terms and commutative and associative properties and she can barely add...and a test on a story they read in class that is testing nouns (proper, common, possessive) narrative styles and 8 vocabulary words that she "forgot to bring home" all week. She also forgot to bring home the story so we could help her study for her test. I don't know what is more frustrating her NOT bringing home the material she needs to study "on accident" or the thought of trying to study subject matter that is so far beyond her academic abilities right now that there is truly no hope. Oh well, we will see what happens at her IEP meeting.

We took Zebby to his 4K orientation this afternoon...it was fun. Zebby is sooooooo excited to be in 4K. All summer Benjamin has been sure that he is going to 4K too...even though we keep telling him he can't because he is only 3. Today, it finally sank in that he wasn't going to 4K and boy was he pissed. it was very sad. It is going to be difficult for them to be apart. Benjamin has never been apart from Zeb...literally. They have been at the babysitters, and in preschool together since Ben came home from the hospital. I suppose it will be good for them to be apart a little bit...but they are soooo good together (except maybe at bedtime).

Zoe is doing good...nothing to really update on her. She has been going to speech therapy for a couple of months now and has made such huge improvements in her speaking...I am very proud of her. She is really a smart cookie. I think she has some problems self-regulating a little bit, but she is really bright.

OK I go back to work tomorrow and yes...I do love my job...but it has been ssssooooo nice to spend so much time with my husband. Our anniversary was Friday. We have been married 4 whole years (and added 5 kids in 4 years...is that a record?) He is totally amazing. I am pretty darn lucky.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

Sounds like everything's totally under control at the Byrne-Cox estate! Way to go, Mom! Sorry to hear you're headed back to work already, but so happy to hear you had such a nice (and productive) time off. Hope all the kids enjoy the start of their new academic adventures and ummm....how about some pictures?!?!?!?

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