Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer is here!

Owen is approaching the beautiful age of two.  Things have been going great!  Cardiologist 2 year checkup was perfect, so we go back for an Echo next May.  Such a relief to hear he is doing well :)  Owen is getting better at the eating thing and feels a little more solid these days.  He is drinking from an open cup at most meals at the table and is working diligently at feeding himself with a fork and a spoon.    Meals will certainly be easier when he can do this all of the time.  Owen is still working with the OT every other week on chewing/jaw strength.  We are doing a therapeutic brushing protocol on Owen to help with eating and focusing, so far we have seen improvements when we implement it, so we are going to stick with it.  He has been doing it off and on for about 6 months.  We use a surgical type scrub brush and rub it on his legs, feet, hands, arms and back about 5 times per day, then follow with joint compressions.  It is supposed to improve his eating habits, decrease frustration, increase his attention span and allow him to be more calm... for a toddler :)

Owen and I have been working on a vegetable garden and are happy to report success!  Some of the seeds have sprouted and are promising food for us this summer... if we don't neglect them.  We planted all kinds of things.  Those that have made it are: tomatoes, zucchinis, sunflowers, peppers -red and jalepeno, beets, green beans, peas, lettuce, carrots, basil, chives, thyme and cilantro!

I just finished building a sand/water table for Owen for his 2nd birthday.  Andy taught me how to use all of the cool tools and I am proud to say that I did it all myself!  I followed the plans from the blog, Bumble and Bean.  She had all of the plans drawn up, a material list and a cut list.  It is so nice that people share their great ideas.  It took about a week to do- during naps and night time.  I used wood we had lying around in the barn, tubs from my classroom at school and stain that we used in the house- so it was all FREE!!! I think Owen will really love it :)  We have yet to fill it with sand or water... but soon!

The spring/summer weather has been beautiful!  We have gone to the park, the sprayground, played outside with the dogs, played with the garden hose, made s'mores around a bonfire and visited family in Chicago.  We hope to add some pool days at Grandpa & Grandma's soon!