Saturday, January 23, 2010


6 years old, my big boy turned 6 today. We had a fun-filled day of Chuck E Cheese and then a party with family at home this evening.

Sam is an amazing 6 year old.He thanked us today for his party and thanked his family for coming, without being asked. He had so much fun and was a pleasure to watch. He also of course, despite coaching, pointed out that he had two of one gift and the other one wasn't exactly what he wanted. I really tried to set him up for this situation, but somehow...didn't work...oh well.

All the friends were very cute and watching them together was fun. They try to act so grown up.

Sam is reading now! We have gotten great reports from his teachers at school and at religous school. He has been very patient and loving with his brother. All in all, I am looking forward to 6!

Friday, January 22, 2010


I realized that I have not updated on Aaron's progress in a while. It seems like I have been singing from the rooftops, but just in case anyone who reads this hasn't heard...

Aaron gained weight!!! He now had two 1 lb over a month weight gains since we returned from Ohio. 2 weeks ago, he weighed 23.5 lbs which put him between the 5th and 10th percentile. A totally wonderful acceptable weight. So, for now, the plan is to stay the course. So relieved. It seems like when I was finally at my wit's end and ready to accept anything, including a tube, to help him grow, he made it happen. He is finally outgrowing clothes. Today at library story hour, I was embarrassed to notice that his pants were way too short. Getting the waists to fit is another story.

On another note, he went for developmental screening using the Bayley tests. He scored in the average range for cognition/expressive language and above average for receptive language!!!!!!!!! The psychologist repeated the results to me several times. She said I needed to hear it and boy was she right. No matter what, we would have been fine but it was so nice to have validation of how wonderful we already think he is doing. He is anything but average to us.

So, let the good times roll...I know how blessed we are and I feel guilty sometimes that we have this outcome when so many others aren't as lucky. All I can say is that there is truly not a day that goes by that I don't marvel at something he does and count my blessings. And no matter what challenges may or may not come, I think I will always feel that way.