This blog is about the young life of Ian as told by his mother.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Let The Shopping Begin

It's 5:59 am. I'm fully dressed. Black Friday shopping shall commence when Missy arrives. Happy bargin hunting!
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I have so many things to be thankful for this year. I am thankful most of all for my son, who is doing so well. Hopefully we'll have some pictures later when all the family arrives.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Amazing Alphabet

Ian can identify almost all of the letters. He literally points to them and says the name. The scary thing is, it's not just on his one alphabet puzzle, it's all types of different prints, fonts, etc.

We didn't teach him that either. He just started learning them.

By the time he's three, he'll probably be a better speller than I am. :)

Rain Rain Go Away

It's been rainy and cold here for four days. I think it's finally going to get warmer tomorrow.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007


On Saturday, we went to see my parents. Then we went to the aquarium. Ian liked seeing the fish. He kept saying baaf through the entire aquarium, which is his way of saying bath. He really wanted to take a baaf with the aligators, but I didn't think that would be a good idea. After an exhausting hour of chasing him around the aquarium, we left. He saw the beach and went running. It was going well until he saw the water. He wanted to go in, but it was 49 degrees out, so no water for him. This led to a nice long tantrum that involved us carrying him screaming off the beach. He promptly passed out in the car on the way home. It was a fun day.
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Aquarium/Beach Pictures

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Did you know it's Thanksgiving next week?

I love my new job, mostly, but it keeps me very busy. I've tended to only look at the week ahead in terms of my schedule, so imagine my surprise when I flipped to the following week and realized it was Thanksgiving. Now there were clues; all Thanksgiving specials on the Food Network, running into Aunt Sharon at the Dollar Store (aka House of Crap) and her asking me about Thanksgiving, the fact that it's November, and Thanksgiving is in November. In any event, I was surprised. So just in case your life is as insane as mine, it's Thanksgiving next week.
I had four days off in a row. I love NJEA teacher's convention. It was so nice to be home with Ian. He's so freakin funny now. He dances, which is hilarious. He's also had a massive language explosion in the last two weeks, so it seems like he's saying something new every time I turn around. He also knows almost every letter of the alphabet. It's a little scary. He does his ABC puzzle and points to them, O, A, B, D, F, G, etc. etc. I think the only ones he can't name are J, L, Q and U (although he thinks Q and U are O).

He's doing so well with all of his delays and various other Ian-isms. The sound issues have decreased, and he doesn't seem to have any issues with touch now (yay OT). He's making a lot of progress with his imitation and pretend play. He will spontaneously do things like feed a stuffed animal, or put the phone to his ear. We're working on getting him to participate in songs (like head, shoulders, knees and toes). We're still working on the pincer grasp (think crab claw). Today he had a major speech breakthrough; I've been working on getting him to call me Mama if he wants something instead of him whining and crying. This morning he woke up and started calling Mama, Mama, Dee--Da-Dee from the crib. I was SO proud of him, but since it was Sunday and my day to sleep, I rolled over and went back to sleep (I'm a bad mom I'll admit it).

Finally, some super exciting news. Today we went to play with another little boy (around 15 mos). Ian was VERY engaged with him. They boys chased each other around, had parallel play, stole toys from each other, etc. Ian even gave him hugs and kisses (un-prompted). This is huge in terms of our worries about Autism. He has made an enormous amount of progress since the summer. Early intervention and a solid support system (thanks mom :)) works. I will never regret my decision to get involved with EI. It was the hardest, but best decision I have ever made.

Thanks for reading by brag post. I did take some pictures over the weekend. I'll upload tomorrow and post. :)