I've been quite neglectful of the blog this summer. I'm actually a little sad about it, but I can say with certainty that we had an AMAZING summer with our little man, and blogging just didn't fit into the picture very often.
Being pregnant this summer and chasing after an energetic 3 year old with a busy schedule kept me very tired. Most nights I would put him to bed and go straight to bed myself. I don't like to give "no time" as an excuse, because I believe you make time for what you want to make time for, so instead I will chalk it up to "no energy."
We spent lots of time in the pool. This kid is a fish. Seriously. We often dressed him like this, although he lost the tube pretty quickly because he's so great in the water! The one-piece outfit is SPF 50, so that we wouldn't have to put suntan lotion on every inch of his body.
Check out this daredevil:
Lucas spent time at camp, we went on many day trips, spent some time at the beach, and just enjoyed having mommy around full time. We didn't get through the whole alphabet, but did quite a few letters.
Lucas had his first day of preschool today. He attends a mainstream preschool, at the same location as last year. He will attend 3 days a week for 2.5 hours this year with nine other typical hearing peers. Much to my dismay, I was unable to go with him to his first day, but Oma took him and reported that he enjoyed himself and was happy to see friends from last year. One of the mothers inquired about his ears, and wondered how well he could speak. Apparently she was pretty impressed when she heard him. (*insert proud mommy grin here*)
Lucas continues to receive services at Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, one of my favorite places. He gets speech therapy once weekly and physical therapy biweekly. He still struggles a bit with his gross motor skills, although he's progressing well. He also gets weekly services from a great Teacher of the Deaf at home. I believe he is thriving with his current services. He had some formal testing done at CHOP this summer when he was 3 years 6 months, and he was testing in the 4 year 2 month to 4 year 8 month range in a variety of receptive/expressive/skill categories normed against typical hearing peers. GO Lucas!
I'm on the final countdown... 7 weeks or fewer to go in this pregnancy! It has not been a particularly easy pregnancy, and I've been watched closely because of Lucas's premature birth and myriad of health issues. I've had 16 (weekly) shots of 17P (progesterone) so far to prevent pre-term labor, and I only have 4 to go! This week I start weekly non-stress tests. I will be glad when she's here. She has a name, but it is a secret. Not even Oma knows. Of course, I have my worries, but I can tell you that hearing loss is at the bottom of that list. We know that it's certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. But, that's another post altogether... hopefully soon.