Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Test Scores.......... 14 months old.......blah.......who needs them??

So, another 6 months has passed, and this morning Scott, Landon and I found ourselves sitting on our living room floor with 4 of Landon's 5 therapists for his IFSP review.  I must start off with letting you all know how much we just LOVE our EI team.  I would not trade any of them for ANYTHING!  We are so fortunate to have been placed with such a wonderful and caring group of therapists.  These are a group of women, who I truly feel, BELIEVE in Landon's abilities and GENUINELY care about him.

The morning started off with Landon greeting his therapists with tons of smiles and lots of cuteness.  He really is such a ham..........and, quite the flirt.    Any other day, this technique, would be Landon's way of getting his therapists to go easy on him.  lol  That's right, he sure is one CLEVER little boy!!  Then......the "TEST" began......ugh!  Landon was asked to do lot's of tasks, you know, perform on cue!  Ha!!  As much as our little munchkin loves attention and as social as he is, Landon does what Landon wants to do...........WHEN.......he wants to do it.  Definitely a LEADER......and we love it:)  Some things he nailed, some he missed.  He even surprised us here and there.  I guess you could say he is well

Then, it was "result" time.  You know, the "SCORES", that charts your child's abilities to those of a "typical" child.  Hmmm, first of all, Landon HAS Ds and with that comes delays.  Second, he is being tested on what he will do right then and there, not what he does (and is known to do) on a daily basis.  Personally, I feel that this test is negative based and focuses on the areas of delay.    After much discussion, Scott and I have come to the conclusion that we are strength based parents.  We are choosing to focus on all the things that Landon CAN and WILL do and we are so proud of each of his accomplishments.  Although this test is mandatory, we have chosen not to have the results read.  Nope. This assessment will go straight into Landon's binder where it's white paper will yellow over the years.  All we know is that Landon is thriving, learning new skills and reaching milestone's.  And his timeline is 100% OK with us.   Scott and I will continue to provide Landon with all the tools necessary to help him reach all of his goals and Landon will choose how and when to use them.

Being part of this blogging community has really helped me to keep things in perspective.  I have been so inspired by so many of your children.  I truly see what our children are capable of doing.   It's not about comparing where our children are at any given moment but rather celebrating those moments WHEN they happen.............and together, we will:)  And for all our kiddos hard work.........I give them all a score of  a perfect "10"!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thank You, AGAIN!!

How exciting......another award.  This time a BIG THANK YOU goes to Courtney over at The Adventure of Pudge and Zippy  ............I am happy beyond words for this acknowledgement, you are much too kind.  Courtney is mom to both LC and Jace who are the most "PUDGIPPY-licious" kiddos you will ever meet.  That's right folks, this term has officially been added to the dictionary.  If you want to know what it means, you'll have to go and check them out!  Be prepared for lots of cuteness and tons of adventure as these 2 cutie-patooties are sure to fill your heart with laughter.  It's sure to keep you coming back for more.  I'm so glad we became blogging friends.  I just love reading about LC and Jace's latest shennanigans:)  Thanks for the sense of humor, Courtney!!!  (Sorry it took me so long to figure out how to copy this award onto my site.  These blocks have made it very

Here are the rules for the award:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

2. Name the person who gave the award to you and link to their blog (or hyperlink).

3. List 10 things that make you happy.

4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blogs to let them know.

So, 10 things that make me happy (in no particular order):

10)  My morning cup of coffee!  (for those who know me well, this cup of coffee makes them equally as happy) =)

9)  GNO's with good friends and great conversation! (even though we don't have them often, it's good for the mommy's soul)

8)  Curling up on the couch with a good book! (even better when accompanied by a thunderstorm)

7)  Mexican food and a "GOOD" margarita!!  (need I say more?) =)

6)  Family get togethers.  (Crazy! Fun! Chaotic!  And also a reminder that you are never alone.  You will always have a whole team of people who love and support you, no matter what.)

5)  Friday night "date-nights" with my hubby. (Probably the longest period of time that we are together and able to have an uninterrupted conversation....isn't that right honey?!)

4)  Each unique relationship I have with each of my boys!!!  (I just love their individual personalities =)

3)  My 3 boys playing together!  (on a good day of  There is nothing better than a child's belly laugh!

2)  BEDTIME.  (I love when my head just sinks into the pillow after a long day.  And, aahhhh, the SOUND of SILENCE.....*sigh*)

1)  Bloggy Love.  (It's so nice to be able to share this journey with so many amazing families.  It makes me so happy to watch milestone's being met, new discoveries being made, awareness being spread and sharing with others how loved and valuable our kiddos are to their families and their communities.)

I would like to pass this award on to 6 other AMAZING kiddos and their moms.  If you have the time, please pay each of them a visit.  They are sure to keep you coming back for more!!!  I sure can't get enough of these little ones!!  In no particular order:

1) Cathy over at A Walk in Lily's Garden
2)  Rachel over at Blessings from Aubrey
3)  Laurie over at Days With Dylan and Cassidy
4)  Denise over at Sweet Ella Grace
5)  Chrystal over at One More, More than One
6)  Katie over at Happy Jack