Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Working our Program

Listening to Mozart with his headphones.

I finally figured out how to get him to keep his glasses on.  Baby Signing Time on the ipad.  He doesnt even try to take them off.  He's getting used to it!  Doesn't he look cute??

It's been quite an adjustment to do this program with Bunny.  Last week I felt like a complete failure because I just could not get it done with all the kids home.  I am not a scheduled over-organized person.  I have always said I could never homeschool because of how I am.  But here we are and I am determined to make this work to help Bunny.  I finally had an epiphany last night about how to structure things differently and today it worked magically.  I fit everything in with no stress.  Things are looking up!


This is our new favorite drink.  I'm the mom who only lets my kids drink water.  They drink kombucha and almond milk or raw milk too but mostly water.  When I saw this "Cool-Aid" pinned on Pinterest it cracked me up so I decided to try it.

We love it.  I go back and forth on stevia but it isn't very much so I think it's okay.  And you can't taste the apple cider vinegar it just gives it a slight tang.  We've tried Tazo Passion Fruit and Tazo Wild Orange.  Even though the orange has more of a herby taste to it my kids all like the orange best.  Daddy and I like it too. 

Spring Break

Ah the dreaded Spring Break.  That sounds so mean to my kids.  I do love having them home and having no wake up time or pick ups.  It is hard to keep them all happy and entertained for a week.  And fed.  My kids literally ate me out of house and home when they were home all week!

I promised the girls if they were my super helpers and did chores during the week so I could keep up with Bunny's program that we could go to the beach on Friday..just us girls.

Monday did not start out on a high note.  By the end of the day I had broken up multiple fights, witnessed the death of a few of my baby plants, cleaned the flood of soapy water off my kitchen floor, cleaned the poop off my bathroom floor (???) and had been rained on because someone decided to unhook the shower head during shower time and sprayed the bathroom.  It was not looking like anyone but myself and a bottle of tequila were going to the beach on Friday.  Maybe two bottles and I don't drink.

Thankfully, the girls rallied big time and the rest of the week was so much better.  In fact it was so smooth that I am wondering why they aren't always these angels!! 

The deal was the girls had to earn 10 tokens each to go.  They got tokens randomly for being extra helpful to me or helping their brothers.  They didn't quite earn their tokens but I told them that because I was so proud of their effort that I was going to show them grace and mercy like God shows us.  That apparently made a big impression on Baby because she kept writing me notes that said "Thanks for showing us gras and mircy".

It was such a nice day at the beach.  A little overcast but it was not crowded at all.  What a difference to take just the girls to the beach!  I still kept my eyes on them the whole time they were in the water but I didnt have to chase anyone or get sand thrown on me or anything stressful.  My lunch was sand free.

My crazy girls went in the freezing cold water.  Baby was scared of the water at first and Boogie was teasing her by running into the waves which would make Baby squeal. Hilarious.  By the end of the day Baby was in the water all by herself.  A little caution is fine with me!

It was the perfect way to end our Spring break.  I am glad we didn't end it on Monday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Current Workout Love

About 5 years ago Daddy and I made an attempt to do P90x.  Both of us love to work out and we could do this at home and together (unlike the gym).  I loved it and stopped only when we moved because I had nowhere to work out (We stayed with my parents for awhile while we were house hunting).  Daddy enjoyed the workouts but thought they were WAY too long.

So when I heard P90x3 was coming out and it was only 30 minutes long I was so excited.  I was doing the Firm at the time (which will always be my true love) but I wanted to challenge myself and mix things up.  I was hoping Daddy and I could do it together again.  Of course this has been the busiest winter his work has ever had so he hasn't been able to (He HAS lost 40 lbs to date though!!)

P90x3 is a three month program.  You do three weeks of one schedule then a transition week and then into the next schedule and so on.  I am in my second transition week so I have one more month.

I have to say that I am LOVING it!!  I was worried that 30 minutes wouldn't feel like enough of a workout.  I was used to doing an hour.  Let me tell you, the first month I was sore after every workout.  Now it is only after the kickboxing workout but I always feel my muscles were worked hard the next day.  I also like that it is not a ton of cardio.  I loathe cardio.  I prefer to get cardio outside.  I hate doing it at home.

My muscles are way more defined than they were when I started.  I have a ripped stomach.  I have had 4 kids and twins and I am way too close to 40.  Yes I am pretty pleased with the results.  I am way too shy to ever post a picture but I swear it's true.  Daddy now calls me "Little fit wife"

The workout moves are hard.  I'm not going to lie.  The yoga is crazy.  But you work at your level.  I still can't do everything but I am definitely better than when I started.  Thirty minutes FLIES by.

If you want to get in shape or challenge yourself or are tired of going to the gym I really can't recommend this workout enough.  It's 30 minutes!!  I plan to start it over when I am done. 

And if you are a weirdo like me who loves to watch exercise infomercials then you can see the one for P90x3 here.

Little Lion

Buddy's first big boy face painting.  I posted a different one of him and Baby on Instagram but this one is my favorite.  He waited patiently in line for at least 30 minutes and then sat there like such a good boy while she painted his face.  I truly didn't know he had it in him!

After his face was painted he spent the night "Rawring" at people.  Pretty darn cute!

My Big Decision

As I alluded to a few weeks ago, I was not happy with what our IEP team had to offer back in March.  I told them that at the meeting and told them I would keep an open mind and visit the school they suggested for Bunny.  The school is for children that are labeled "Severe".  Not a very nice label if you ask me.

In the meantime, I came up with my own plan.  I wanted to take Bunny out of preschool altogether and work with him at home.  Because I am so tired of him being sick.  And I am tired of our lives being run around his schedule.  Our quality of life (the boys and I) has gone way up since Bunny graduated from his early start preschool.  We have time to read books and take walks and play in the backyard and go to the park.  It's been heaven.

I know myself though.  I am not great on follow through.  I did not want to take Bunny out and fail him.  I don't want him to be further behind than he already is.  I needed a plan and accountability.

There is a program I have wanted to do with Bunny since he has just a few months old.  I researched it to death and read books on neurodevelopmental programs and begged Daddy to let me get him evaluated.  Daddy told me 1. I was crazy (we were barely surviving when the boys were that tiny) and 2. It wasn't fair to the other kids because this program is intense and takes a lot of work.

And he was right at that time.  My other kids needed what little they could get of me.  I was consumed with taking care of the boys.  Baby still wasn't in school and she still needed me.

I put the idea in the back of my mind and revisited it every now and then wishing that I could do it because I really thought it would make a difference for him.  I was jealous every time I saw that a new parent had started the program.

Now it is our turn.  I had Bunny evaluated last week and we started a neurodevelopmental program right away.  Once I realized I could do this instead of the preschool I felt peace.  I was worried that I wasn't making the right decision for days but when I called our Neurodevelopmentalist and talked to her about setting up an evaluation I knew that this was right.

These programs are somewhat controversial in the therapy world.  That is not a problem for me.  We eat different and I have different beliefs of medicine than a lot of people.  I am okay with doing something that is not the norm.  As it turns out, the Neurodevelopmentalist and I spoke extensively about Paleo eating and supplements.  I feel like this is the perfect fit for us.

Two days after his evaluation I took Bunny to visit the preschool.  I am beyond relieved he doesn't have to go there!!  It was small and run down and just honestly...sad.  It would break my heart to drop him off there everyday.

Bunny eating with socks on his hands to encourage pincer grasp.  He rocked it although he never will use pincer if he has full use of his hands.

Today was our first day to do a big chunk of our program.  I spent the weekend organizing our activities (we have about 30 and they vary in frequency from 1-4 times a day).  I cleaned the playroom and purged a ton of toys so that could be our workroom.  Buddy participates with us when he feels like it or plays on his own.  He is happy as long as we are all together.

I'm sure I will get better with organizing our time as the weeks go on.  I was fumbling a bit today but I'm just trying to figure out how to make it most efficient so that we can still enjoy our adventures outside together.  I don't want to lose that!!

I have already seen one MAJOR improvement in Bunny.  He is not a huge fan of 4 point crawling.  His preferred mode of movement is still army crawling although he can definitely crawl.  (Incidentally, his ND was thrilled that he was army crawling and not butt scooting and was going on and on about how great it was but I finally said "But he's 3!!"  Mommy is done seeing army crawling)  Anyway, today he 4 point crawled more than I have seen him do it in the last few weeks combined.  Every time I turned around he was crawling like a big boy!!  I am thrilled and quite honestly shocked to see such a huge improvement already.  It's amazing!

So that's what I have been cooking up these last few weeks. I am so sure this is the path we are supposed to take.  I truly believe this will help Bunny reach his potential.  There is no doubt in my mind he was not meant to go to the "severe" preschool.  Not happening on this momma's watch!