Monday, May 6, 2013


Rhys just told me he wants to go to California.  Okay, buddy!  This just made me think that we haven't updated you on all the great things Rhys is doing these days.  Mostly they pertain to his speech and cognition, but he continues to make progress with his motor development too.  If you would have explained to me one year ago that Rhys would speak in coherent sentences I would have told you that you're crazy!  I wish I could adequately explain how far Rhys's speech has come in the last 12 months.  It's like one day he had only a few word approximations and the next he was bossing me around.  We are so thrilled with the developments he's made.  Even in the last few weeks I've noticed he makes certain letters sounds more clearly than he did before.  He works so hard at therapy and we continue to see the difference.
He still lives with his iPad. I honestly don't know what we'd do if not for it. He plays his games, but he mostly watched his shows. And his shows are very unconventional for a 4-yr-old if you ask me, but we roll with it! He loves Mythbusters, How It's Made, Tanked, Wipeout and asks for the TV stations HUB, Science, Discovery, Animal Planet, and PBS by name. And shame on you if you try to trick him because he knows the station logos and will let you know you didn't change it to the right channel. He loves anything that blows up or crashes, and loves to watch things being put together.  I wish I knew where this interest came from because we've never said "hey Rhys, watch this", he found these shows all on his own.
Rhys is still in PPCD for half a day, with therapy sessions five times a week.  His teacher tells me he is on track for cognition and is up to speed with his peers in terms of readiness to go to Kinder.  We are so thankful for this, I mean he is a preemie, barely made the cutoff for K with his birth date and he's ready to be challenged by a regular Kindergarten class.  He will be pulled out for about half the day for subjects he needs more assistance with (mainly because of his lack of motor coordination to write, speak, etc.), but his regular classroom will be with average peers.  The new house is zoned to a different elementary school that we aren't familiar with, but his current teacher tells me she loves the resource teacher at the new school so that makes me feel better.  It's going to be a huge adjustment for him, and also a huge adjustment for us in getting a new schedule down.  We will have to change our therapy times, something I've literally been dreading for two whole years because I knew it was coming, so I hope all the transitions to new house, new school, and new therapists go smoothly.

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