This has been a wild and fun week! To kick the week off, we met with Jack’s transition team to begin the process of getting him ready for his early developmental preschool. Once Jack turns three, he’ll be graduating from his in home speech therapy sessions to attending a special preschool class that is designed to give Jack the support he needs to be on the same track as the rest of the kids for when he starts kindergarten. Don’t even get Mommy started on how odd it is to already be thinking about Jack starting school since it still seems like he was born only yesterday.
Despite Mommy and Daddy being slightly uncomfortable with how quickly time is passing, we are very excited about this new program. Instead of being part of a classroom that has typical educators or even babysitters, like we had imagined when heard “preschool”, this class will be staffed with early education specialists along with speech, occupational, and developmental therapists to ensure each child is engaged in ways that will be most beneficial. Not to mention, Jack will have a great deal of exposure to other kids his age with whom he can socialize. If Jack’s activity level in the classroom where the meeting was held is any indication of his success and enjoyment in the program, Mommy and Daddy are especially thrilled.
The therapists in attendance were extremely impressed with how well behaved Jack was, how social, communicative, and intelligent. In fact, their impressions of Jack were in line with what Dr. Big Wig had said, Jack is just a rare case of a normal little boy who isn’t talking yet. They even added that given their experience with children on the spectrum and what they had observed of Jack, there’s no indication that he is close to being on the spectrum. While this is the same information Dr. Big Wig had given us, it’s always nice as a parent to have additional reassurances from professionals who work with children day in and day out and don’t just observe them in office visits. To conclude our visit, Jack was rewarded with a ride in a wagon from the classroom out to the main lobby. He was ecstatic and we were happy to see him so happy. It was a great way to begin our week with Jack.
All of the fun that was had this week however, began on Friday with a playdate at Kiera’s house. Kiera and JaNae had invited us over for lunch and some playtime. So, after dropping Daddy off at work, Mommy and Jack drove began our special day together. Jack was a little upset after we dropped Daddy off though because Yogi went to work him and that made him rather upset. But, the cries quickly quelled when Mommy took Jack to “get the car breakfast”, also known as getting gas, and then we headed off to get some breakfast for ourselves at McDonalds. This isn’t a common occurrence for us, but Mommy thought some “p cakes” would be a nice way to start the morning before heading off for our playdate. Sure enough, they were a hit with Jack who ate all three! He is definitely a growing boy.
When we arrived at Kiera’s house, Jack was all about jumping right in and playing. From playing with Little People to shopping for groceries, even working with tools and cars, Jack and Kiera had a great time pretending together. At one point Kiera exclaimed, “Jack wants to be a prince! He should have a cape!” This was entirely too cute, but unfortunately for Kiera, there was no way Jack was going to give up his fire truck jacket to tie a blanket around his neck. But it was a blast to hang out and play even if Jack didn’t fit the mold for Prince Charming in this particular Friday.
Friday evening, Mommy and Daddy ordered pizza for dinner and the weather was so nice we played outside. Jack began completely enthralled with the next door neighbor and his “Benji dog”. Jack would throw a stick over the fence and the little terrier would chase after it and run around in circles like he had won a prize. Jack thought this show was all for him, so of course he smiled and laughed with great glee. He especially liked it when the neighbor would hold onto a larger stick and the dog would latch on, being lifted high up into the air. However, before long, it was time to wind down and head downstairs. We went through our usual nighttime routine and Mommy must say that it was a fabulous Friday spent with my favorite little guy.
If Friday was low key fun, Saturday was amped up, going all over the place, but having a blast fun. We had a lot of errands to run on Saturday in addition to a birthday part to attend. So, we were up and at ‘em pretty early. It certainly helped that Jack has been in the habit of rousing at 5:45 AM to 6:00 AM each morning. So, we were out of the house by 9:00 with no issues. Our first stop was out to see Aunt Ali. She’s in the process of moving and had a bunch of toys she wanted to give Jack. So, we left Little Man with Oma and Papa while we searched through the piles to find some truly stellar gems. There were a few things, like a little ride on fire truck that Jack can enjoy now, and few other items that we’re going to hang on to, to disperse either to Lil Miss to give Jack when he needs an infusion of new toys. Once we were done with all of that we had to head out to get his cousin Jailynn her birthday present. Finally, we made a pit stop at Toys R Us so Jack could pick out a toddler bed.
As Jack gets bigger and Mommy’s tummy gets bigger, it’s becoming less and less easy to get him down for naps or for the night on my own. So, it has become clear that before Lil Miss arrives, we’re going to need to have Jack transitioned to a toddler bed. This is going to be rather difficult considering, like his Mommy, jack doesn’t take to change very well. With all of this in mind, we know this will be quite the process and one we should start now. Our thinking is that rather than utilize the transition option on Jack’s bed, like we attempted previously, it would be wiser to have a separate bed that we have in his room that he can get used to having around and perhaps his familiarity with the bed will make him more willing to sleep in it. This is what we’re hoping anyhow. The first step was picking out a bed.
Little Man picked out a red Cars 2 Lightening McQueen bed. He initially picked out the $350 car bed with rotating wheels, but we had to explain to him, that once the smaller bed works out, then we can talk about trading in one car for another, but you can’t start out with a Ferrari right out of driving school. How much of that he understood, we don’t know, but those are the breaks. The toddler bed experience would come Sunday. . .
After rising from his nap, we had planned on jumping right in the car to meet Aunt Shayla, Uncle Shaun, and cousin Jailynn at an indoor bounce house place for Jailynn’s party. Little Man was in a bit of a mood, so we weren’t sure how successful the bounce house experience would be, but we were open minded. Boy oh boy, once he got past the initial in trepidation, Jack was all about leaving us behind and climbing ladders and sliding down slides like a pro. There was no stopping that little boy. From bouncing around to sliding down slides head first, Jack had no fear. There were even a couple of times where he tumbled or was knocked down, but when asked by us or another little kid if he was ok, he would nod his head smile from ear to ear. Fortunately, we were able to film most of the day, but non blurry photos were a little more difficult to capture because Jack was just moving so fast. It completely warmed Mommy’s heart to see my little adventurer having so much fun. Aunt Shayla and Daddy even got in on the fun.
Following all of the face first fun, we headed over to Aunt Shayla’s house for dinner and ice cream cake. Jack was so worn out from all of his bouncing house experiences that he was content to sit and play with a pile of Legos until it was time to eat. And eat he did! The boy goes through phases of what he will and will not eat. As of lately he’s been in a peanut butter and honey phase, but upon casting his gaze on some freshly grilled hotdogs, that phase quickly ended. While we were there, Little Man ate THREE hotdogs! He was a hungry little dude. Then, he followed that up with a nice piece of ice cream cake, which of course he couldn’t turn down. He even went so far as to try to lick the plate. Jack certainly knows what he likes. Needless to say, after our fun filled day, he was ready to pass out when we got home and pass out he did.
While Sunday we mainly hung out at home and relaxed, the past few days have been crazy busy. Monday was mainly spent running around after Jack while we played with his new toys, but today was super crazy. Not only did Little Man spend the morning with Grandad and Nana like most Tuesdays while Mommy set out for class, but because Mommy and Daddy were taking a tour of the hospital where his little sister will be born, Jack was spending the evening with them as well.
Mommy and Daddy are always surprised when Little Man takes separation from us in such stride. Perhaps it’s because our heart strings are tugged a little whenever we have to leave him, but regardless, he’s happy to just hang out with his favorite people. Whether that’s Nana, Grandad, or Oma, as long as he’s having a good time, he’s practically shoving us out the door. Yes, our fearless and fun little guy is happy to abandon us for YouTube videos of kitties doing silly things and I guess that’s just part of growing up. Heaven knows we must be doing something right if Jack is so ready to take on the world. Thankfully, he’s still happy to see us when we come back and more than willing to seek out hugs and kisses.