Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Getting big!

Our little boy is growing up quickly. He's conquered walking. He'll say he's running, but for now it's a fast walk with his hands held a little ahead of himself. Sometimes he reminds me of a tall stick with something balanced on top. If you let the ball start tilting forward a bit, you need to quickly start moving in that direction to keep the stick under the ball. That's what happens when Colby runs. He likes to live life on the edge and is just of the cusp of letting his body get ahead of his feet. All along, he'll be talking...rambling sometimes about whatever is on his mind. Sometimes it's what happened that day, sometimes it's what mommy or daddy said. Or he'll count, sing a song or just hum a tune as he wanders aimlessly back and forth, down the hallway to his room, spinning around, then back to the living room only to pop his head in the doorway to say "Hey guys, whacha doin'?".
Preschool is going very well. He loves his friends and teachers. He goes from preschool to daycare and rides in a green van. He loves to tell us stories about the green van. We also know if he gets talked to in school because he'll tell on himself. "Mrs M said "Shhhhhhhh da wibrawy today." Or "yeah...I cwied today at school." Then, just as quickly as that thought popped into his head, he's off on another story or off he goes on a mission to find his little toy train.
He hasn't had that many cyclic vomiting syndrome episodes. He'll go through periods (like a week or two) when he'll have a lot, then he'll go weeks without any or with just a few. We think the episodes are getting a little less severe. There are articles to say that kids can outgrow the syndrome. We hope that's the case.
He's old enough now to get the whole Santa concept and tells us that he needs to tell Santa to bring him toys. We decorated our tree the other day. He saw all the lights light up and he gasped "AWWWWWW!!!!! I see da wites!!!" He's loving the candy canes and is very excited to see if Santa brings him any toys. We'll have to wait and see. : )

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Big steps!

So....what's new? Colby is walking! This video is a bit old now. I'll need to take more video as he's progressing so quickly. He took his first steps a couple weeks ago and hasn't turned back. He's been cruising for quite a while, so we knew it would only be a matter of time until he would be walking. It's amazing to see how quickly he's gaining confidence and strength! He still has trouble if he falls in the middle of a room because the only way he knows how to pull himself up is if he has something to hold onto. But he's working hard on that too. He has a "running" voice, or I should say breath. When we tell him to run, his little legs move a little quicker, but he breaths loudly and quickly, kind of like a dog panting. Then when he gets to wherever he was going, he'll let out a "phewwwwww".

Birth to Three is almost done as Colby turns 3 in a couple weeks. He got into the local preschool for two mornings a week which will be wonderful for him.

Apart from the walking, he continues to expand his vocabulary and develop his personality. He has a little sense of humor going. He's also starting to laugh at certain cartoons he watches which is really cute.

His cyclic vomiting syndrome has gotten better too. He still gets sick a couple times a month. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it and his episodes don't last as long and aren't as intense as they used to be.

He's still wearing his glasses, though we've noticed that when he doesn't wear them, his eye isn't turning in as much. His glasses have been sat on, twisted, dropped, had all kinds of food smeared over them and right now seem to be holding together by a thread. So we'll need to set a new eye doctor's appt for him and see what's next.

So that's the scoop. I continue to look back at how far he's come. I just can't wait to see all the new things that he'll surprise us with.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Little Chatterbox

(Colby brushing daddy's hair)

(Ut ow...road rage at 2 and 1/2)


(Colby amazed and delighted when he found a leaf!)

Colby may not be walking...but boy is he talking!
His language skills are just taking off. It's so neat to see his personality really starting to come out as he can express himself with words now and at times repeat more than we would like him to. It melts me to hear his little voice call my name or call Tracey. He refers to us as "mommy" and "daddy", but every once in a while, he'll say "Twacy" or "Cots".....Tracey and Scott. He'll be in the car, I'll put Dave Matthews on and he'll say "Yeah daddy! Dave! I like it!". He'll also do his best to mimic some of the song lyrics. If he can't get the words, he'll hum the tune.
He is also becoming a bit of your typical two year old and now has a Time Out spot in the living room. He'll scoot himself over into his time out spot on his own sometimes and start talking to himself. "Colby....time out......let's hitting...". After he's been in time out, Tracey will say "OK Colby,let's talk...why are you in time out.....". He puts his own accents and emphasis on different syllables and words sometimes that makes it all the cuter.
He's also doing pretty well with his counting. He can count rather consistently up to 7 now. He's working on his colors and usually does pretty well with Red, Green and Yellow.
His vomiting has mellowed out lately. He'll get sick maybe once every 3 weeks or so and the episodes seem to be a bit shorter than before. For a while it seemed like he was having about one a week. Some of the information we've read states that it can get better as the individual gets older. So that's what we've hoping for.
He is progressing with his walking. He still depends on one of us to put our hands out so he can hold on, but you can feel that he's much more stable, using our hands to correct himself much less often than before. He's also working on cruising around a table or anything else he can stand up next to. He's very unstable and unsure of himself. I think he's very capable of cruising more, but just lacks the confidence to move more freely.
He's due for another CAT scan to see how is ventricles are doing. Just a routine scan to give another benchmark and ensure things are the way they should be, though he shows no signs otherwise.
Colby is now 2 1/2. Birth to three has been seeing him ever since he come home. We now have a visit planned with the local preschool so that they can come and assess him to see if he will qualify to get into their program. I guess a child needs to be delayed in two or more areas. I think the only area that he is delayed is his gross motor skills as he's not walking. But i don't know enough about "normal" 2 1/2 behavior to really understand where he is. It's an odd situation because no parent wishes that their child has delays and needs special attention. But in Colby's case, we want him to have as much support, stimulation and care that he can get. So we really hope he gets into this program as it's right in the elementary school in town and has a great reputation. I guess they will come out in a couple weeks, take a look at him and I guess this will then determine if he'll qualify or not. We'll just have to wait and see.
He's not potty trained yet, though he'll tell us if he's going to the bathroom. We'll hear him tell us "I poopin" or "doin' pee-pee". So we'll need to tend to that pretty soon.
So I guess that's all the good news for now. We change the clocks this coming weekend and look forward to bringing him outside more. The cold and flu season will soon be behind us and we count our blessings that we made it through another winter relatively well.
I'll so what I can to try to take some video of him talking and put it up here before too long.