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Porter: a Speech Therapy Graduate!

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A few weeks ago Porter officially graduated from his speech therapy program. He was in the program exactly a year and the time he spent with his therapists was truly invaluable. 

When we started the program, we weren’t even sure we needed to. We had expressed concern at Porter’s 18 month check up, but our pediatrician did not insist that we get him evaluated. He basically left it up to us and told us that Porter would likely develop just fine on his own if we ended up not putting him in a program. We had him evaluated anyway and started therapy in early October 2014, just a few months before his second birthday. 

For a long time I was convinced that David and I were to blame–that Porter wasn’t talking enough because of something we were or weren’t doing. Everyone kept telling us that he was fine and that “boys just develop later than girls.” Even though Porter crawled and walked later than most babies, this seemed like a bigger deal.

Porter had the same therapist for most of his enrollment in the program. Towards the end of his program, his first therapist moved. We started with a second therapist who was just as wonderful as the first, and we couldn’t have asked for better people to work with Porter. I truly believe that had we worked with different therapists that our experience may have been different.

When Porter was evaluated towards the end of August to determine if he needed to continue the program, he was “off the charts,” and according to the evaluator was not even close to needing services any longer. I know he didn’t earn a Nobel Prize or even an A on a report card, but my heart swelled with pride. Our little guy was growing and learning so much. 

I am amazed by what comes out of his mouth these days. It seems that every day he learns a new word or phrase, and it is amazing to realize what he retains. 

He’s doing better at speaking in full sentences and I’ll never forget the day when I saw him open a cabinet door in the kitchen. I asked him, “Honey, what are you doing?” and he responded, “I’m looking for fruit snacks in there.” I know it’s such a simple response, but it literally made me stop in my tracks because I can see how far he’s come. 

After I pick the kids up from daycare, we have about a 25 minute drive before we get home. I try to talk to Porter a lot about his day and the things around us. He loves seeing school buses and since we have to drive on the freeway, he always points out all the trucks (“Mommy, BIGGGG truck!”) and bridges/overpasses.  For some reason, Porter really likes driving under bridges, so one day I was trying to mess with him and before we passed under, I said, “Porter, we’re about to go over the bridge!” He got so upset and said, “No, Mommy. UNDER the bridge.” He’s so smart, that boy.  

One day while driving home I commented that it was a sunny day and now almost every day when we drive home, Porter points out whether it’s a cloudy day or a sunny day.  He also asks every day if we can “put gas in Mommy’s car.” If I tell him that we don’t need gas, he often replies with “just a little bit?” 

David was messing with him the other day and in true Halloween style was pretending to cut him with a toy chainsaw. Porter was very clear when he said, “No, Daddy! Put it down on the couch.” To some, this may not seem like much, but the fact that he’s using sentences and prepositional phrases regularly is something that even a few months ago he wasn’t doing on a regular basis. 

Even though he graduated from the program, he still struggles with some things. He often leaves out verbs, especially helping verbs. Instead of “Mommy, what are you doing?” he’ll ask “Mommy, what you doing?” or “Mommy, where Daddy go?” 

He also tends to leave out the to in infinitives (to +verb for those of you who don’t follow my English teacher talk.) Instead of saying “Maggie wants to go outside,” He might say “Maggie want go outside.” 

He doesn’t always pronounce the “th” sound and often replaces it with a d (“dis way”) and just the other day while I was feeding Cayia and putting her to bed, David and Porter had to come into Cayia’s room because David couldn’t figure out what Porter was asking for. He was saying “sert,” which means dessert. Of course the boy wanted a donut for dessert before bed! 

He still talks in third person a lot and instead of saying “my room,” he’ll say “Porter’s room.” He also uses “you” instead of “me” at times, and often says “Mommy, hold you?” when he really means “Mommy, will you hold me?” We correct him, and sometimes he self corrects, too.

And this boy has such an imagination! The other day he told us there was a red owl that lived in his pocket named “A-I-A-I.”  Similarly, he recently pulled all of his toys out of his toy bin and brought them to a specific area on the floor. When I asked him what he was doing, he said, “Making a castle!” As you can see from the picture below, this was a stupid question because it was clearly a castle. Just a few minutes later, he had every toy from his toy bin in that pile. David came home a few minutes later and Porter was quite excited to show him his masterpiece. 
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Above all, we are so glad that we decided to put him in the speech therapy program, and we feel so lucky to have been blessed with two wonderful therapists who never showed any annoyance or lack of patience…even when he was acting like the two year old and toddler that he is. 

 

Porter’s Big Boy Room: On the Rails and In the Sky

Porter’s big boy room has been a long time coming. In preparation for baby #2, we moved him out of the nursery and into his current room last April. We wanted to make sure he had plenty of time to get used to his new room before the baby came. 

While he moved into his new room in April, it wasn’t completely finished then.  It’s been pretty much done for a few months now. There are a few more things I’d like to do, but it’s good enough for now (and Porter loves it, so if he’s happy, we’re happy!) 

I debated for a long time on whether or not to get Porter a toddler bed or twin bed. I even wrote this post about toddler beds, as that is what I was leaning towards for a long time. In the end, we decided to go ahead and purchase a twin bed, and I’m so glad we did. Porter loved his bed pretty much immediately and the transition from crib to a twin bed went seamlessly! We did put a pool noodle under the mattress cover on the edge of the bed for a month or so, as I was terrified he would fall out, but after a month, he didn’t need it. 

Anyway, Porter loves pretty much anything that “goes” (Have you seen this book? It’s perfect for little boys! One of my dear friends bought it for Porter when Cayia was born.) He especially loves trains, but I wanted to add planes into the mix, too.  I love that it’s very much a “big boy” room, but we will be able to easily adapt it as he gets older and as his tastes change, too! 

The paint color is Wet Cement by Behr. I’ve linked as many items as I could at the end of the post. 

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And just for fun, here are some pictures of Porter with his P pillow now and some with his P pillow when he was about 7 months old! 

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Okay, mom. Enough pictures. 

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Ah! Why is he so big now?! 

Links: 

Airplane Decal (made in Indiana!) 

Train Pillow from honeybeeskneesshop (It looks like the pillow is no longer available, but she has the same train print available on a t-shirt–too cute!) 

Bronze Flush Mount Ceiling Light (You can’t see it in any of the photos, but it’s there!) 

Lantern (Porter loves reading by this at night before bed!) 

Galvanized P

Metal Magazine Rack

Black Walnut Frame 

Striped Duvet Cover

Walnut Industrial Side Table 

Walnut Industrial Dresser 

Metal Spindle Bed 

Vintage Plane and Train Prints from Quantum Prints 

Distressed Train Sign from MayfairMarketSigns

World War II Plane Prints from dotsonthewall  

P Pillow from Hydri

Rubberband Aviator Plane

Wooden P from Michaels (could not find link to exact product) 

Melissa & Doug Farm Train 

Joya Rocker 

 

Cayia’s 4 Month Update {And a Giveaway!}

I know this is going to sound cliche, but where is the time going? How is it that Cayia is already 1/3 of a year old. I blinked and it happened.  

So what’s new with baby girl? Cayia is a such a sweet girl. For the most part, she’s a really happy baby. She’s cooing and babbling a lot. It’s the cutest thing. She loves to laugh, especially at her daddy, and she just rolled over from her belly to her back a few days ago. She’s really starting to look around and respond to her surroundings. When she plays on her play mat, she bats and grabs at the toys that hang down. 

Porter loves his baby sister! He constantly wants to hug on her and kiss her (sometimes a little too much!) His favorite thing to say is still “She’s so cute!” and she’s one of the first things he asks about in the mornings. (I say one of because he often asks about waffles first.)  Cayia watches Porter a lot and Porter loves to announce “big smile!” whenever she gives him a big ole’ grin. 

I’ve been posting a side by side picture of Porter and Cayia each month because I love to see how similar they look. Here’ s this month’s sibling side by side. 

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Here are some other favorites!

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Don’t you just love baby headbands? I know I’m a little biased, but I happen to think she looks quite adorable in them. I love the way they seem to dress up any outfit, even a simple onesie. She’s also wearing one in some of her previous monthly photos (2 month, 3 month.) 

I bought these from Our Chic Littles–aren’t they the cutest?  I especially love this pink striped one that she’s wearing in her photos this month. I can’t wait to buy some more! 

Are you pregnant with a baby girl, do you have a baby girl, or do you know someone who does? Well, you’re in luck, because Kelcie from Our Chic Littles is giving away two headbands to two different winners! Use the giveaway tool below to enter!

This giveaway will end Tuesday, October 13 at 12:00 a.m. (central time).  Winners will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim prize. 

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Lightning Strikes (and Some Favorites)

Well, a lot has happened since I last blogged when I posted Cayia’s 3 month pictures (and she’s turning 4 months this week–I can’t believe it!) 

A week and a half ago our house was struck by lightning at 3:43 a.m. (what a way to wake up!) We started to smell an electrical burning smell and heat was emitting from our air vents even though our a/c was on. Needless to say, I enjoyed my cup of coffee while watching a team of firemen investigate my house and admired the light show that the three fire trucks were creating outside. 

We have a few thousand dollars worth of damages that we’ll need to cover and then we’re crossing our fingers that our insurance is easy to work with and that they cover the rest.  We were without internet for about a  week, and we just got new garage door systems and a new dryer. I never knew how much I would miss a dryer until I was without one for a week! There’s still a long list of repairs, but we’re just thankful that it wasn’t worse.  In fact, the baby monitor camera that was hanging in Cayia’s room left a burn mark on the wall and took off some of the paint. It could have easily started a fire, so while all of this is a hassle to deal with, we know we should thanking our lucky stars.

Although it’s not Friday, I originally intended to post this on the Friday that our house was struck and since we just got our internet back up and running, here are a few of the things I’m loving lately (albeit a little lot late!) 

A friend recently sent me this article called 24 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant or New Mom, and it made me laugh. #5 is the worst, especially when you go past your due date like I did with both babies. 

I have been using this CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara lately, and twice now people have asked me if I’m wearing false lashes. I have naturally long lashes as it is, but this mascara gives it some added length and volume. I do not twirl it like it suggests (because I’m not that coordinated). I just apply it like I would any other mascara. 

Even though it’s not super chilly out, Cayia’s hands and feet tend to get cold when we’re hanging out at home. I’ve been putting these adorable Luvable Friends booties on her lately, and not only can she not kick them off, but they automatically make any outfit look cuter. They’re super affordable, and I think I’m going to get another pair in a different color! 

I recently bought this open front cardigan from Old Navy in the mushroom color and I’m obsessed. It’s going to be perfect for fall. I can’t wait for the weather to get a bit cooler so I can wear it with some skinnies and boots. Can you believe it’s almost October?!

Are you familiar with the Pigeon books? We have this set and Porter loves them. He chooses to read them every night before bed, and he has Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus memorized. It’s so adorable to hear him recite it. Since he loves them so much, they have a few other ones that I’m planning to buy him for Christmas. 

And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures to date. Porter’s face is just precious!

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