Tuesday, April 6, 2010

This and That

This week seems insanely busy. Between therapy, preschool, library story hour, and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), my week is so full I don't have time to do laundry. My next project will be trying to have a lighter schedule!

Nolan's CPSE meeting is set for April 27. I am getting very anxious about this meeting, as we are in the middle of testing him with the PLS-4 and he is doing rather well. While I'm thrilled that he is making leaps and bounds with language, I'm also concerned that we'll lose services. Our SLP wants to point out his "language holes" and articulation issues to keep his services intact- otherwise he'll get absolutely nothing in the years preceding Kindergarten. I'd like to have him monitored, at the very least, until he's in Kindergarten. I'd rather prevent a delay than work to remedy one.

Nolan has his tonsillectomy scheduled for April 13.. which is next Tuesday. He's also developing a runny nose. I truly hope a cold doesn't delay the operation, especially since we have family coming in from out of town to take care of Matt during the procedure. Mr. Nolan has also been rather cranky- I'm not sure if he is getting sick or if he is just trying to become the poster-child for the "Terrible Two's."

He also had a complete freak-out attack at MOPS when the nursery worker tried to change his diaper. He shook, cried, and went hysterical for a full 45 minutes after she tried to change his diaper. This is going to present a challenge when we go to California for John Tracy. I either need to get him toilet trained (unlikely) or more comfortable with others changing him. He has a bit of "white coat syndrome" from recent medical procedures and won't let anyone but me take care of him.

I also need to call the pediatrician to get a TB test scheduled for the John Tracy Clinic Summer Session, but I think I will wait until after he is recovered from the tonsillectomy before I have that test performed. I don't want to take him into the pediatrician's office until we are free and clear from the tonsillectomy (we simply don't need any more germs to contend with- preschool offers enough)!

Nolan's speech continues to blossom and we are getting longer phrases from him. Recent "Nolanisms" are:

  • When asked "How old are you?" he answers with "THREE!" instead of two, with a devilish grin.
  • I asked him if he would stay little forever. He answered, "No, I big boy. I be Spiderman (when) I grow up!"
  • "Dinosaurs eat tigers for lunch."
  • "I want candy for lunch."
  • "I want to go to Disneyland tomorrow."
  • "I want coffee in my (sippy) cup."
He's definitely developing more personality!


Ericka said...

The sad thing is that is the way schools do it. They won't give services until the child is behind. Miles has his MFE tomorrow. They gave me a choice to do it at home (where he is comfortable and will probably have great scores) or do it at the local high school. Of course, I chose high school where he will probably be very reserved.

JoeyRes said...

It is a fine balance - you want to see the language develop but you don't want to be testing out of services too soon. I'm sure your time and JTC will help him so much too. Good luck with the tonsils - it's a tall order keeping a little boy germ-free for any amount of time!

Julia said...

I love the coffee request! Ask him if he takes it black. Ben has been going through a diaper changing anxiety phase lately -- he's fine at home and at daycare (his daycare provider is like a second mother to him), but he absolutely freaks out if we try to change him in a public restroom. And it's not just acting up -- he shakes with terror and screams. Talk about a guilt trip!

We're facing the same fears with regard to CPSE. I think our SpEd Director is intending to base elibility solely on the SLP's tests (which he's going to ace) and a WPPSI test.

I'll think germ-free thoughts for you.

Herding Grasshoppers said...


I love the Nolanisms! You'll be so glad you wrote these things down :D


Jujube said...

I'll be thinking about you and Nolan on the 13th and praying that Nolan stays healthy. Jacob is also scheduled for surgery on the 16th - he has hypospadias, which he already had surgery for last June, but unfortunately, he developed a fistula that now needs to be repaired. I had to take him to the pediatrician on Monday to check his ears (and do a general pre-op check-up), and it turns out he has an ear infection. He yelled and screamed and clung to me the minute the nurse walked into the room and didn't stop until we were out of the building! Poor guy. I can totally relate to dealing with white coat syndrome AND a cranky toddler.
The Nolanisms are awesome! Too cute!

leah said...

The cold doesn't seem to be getting any worse, so hopefully it will disappear!

Julia, are they running an articulation test for Ben? Nolan is mostly age appropriate, but he's lost a few sounds that he used to have (a product of the long-standing conductive component to his hearing loss). We're going to play up those losses in the hopes of maintaining some services, though. And I'm pretty sure Nolan would like lots of sugar in his coffee, lol. He cracked me up with that request!

tammy said...

Coffee in his sippee cup! Hilarious!