Speech Therapy for Jimi

At Jimi’s three year well check with his doctor we (well James, I had to work :/ ) addressed our concerns with Jimi’s speech. While his vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to formulate complex sentences is outstanding, his pronunciation is not. Jimi leaves off the final sounds of most words. While we (James and I) typically understand him, most other people have a hard time if they’re not accustomed to Jimi-nese.

Our super amazing and supportive pediatrician Dr. Katsh referred Jimi to a speech evaluation at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s division in Everett. After the evaluation they noted that he was advanced in most areas but was behind in his termination sounds. The therapists there recommended that Jimi see a speech therapist once a week.

We had a lot of difficulty scheduling issues and were not able to send Jimi to the speech therapists with Children’s because we need a late afternoon/evening appointments and they did not have any weekly appointments currently available. We were fortunate to discover Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy which was able to accommodate our schedule, is only a few miles from my work, and has late enough appointments that I am able to attend his therapy sessions too.

Each week Jimi meets with his therapist, Danny, for “play sessions”. At Jimi’s age one of the most effective ways to help his speech is through regular play and activities he does everyday. The therapy center has a big train set that Jimi asks to play with every single week. While Jimi and Danny are playing, Danny works with Jimi when he hears Jimi dropping off the sounds of the word he ask him to repeat it and works on helping him figure out the sound. Before we started going to therapy we had been trying to work with Jimi to learn how to finish his words but he often became resistant and upset with us.  Jimi loves going to speech therapy each week and has never put up any resistance towards Danny.

At the end of each session Jimi is sent home with some “homework” consisting of a terminal sound to focus on.

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Jimi began the weekly therapy sessions in late November and I definitely feel like we are seeing some improvements. While Jimi still needs some prompting to finish his words, he frequently does so without prompting and is less frustrated with our attempts to assist him.

I know that Jimi is young and he would have likely developed his speech over time without assistance. But I also know what he is gaining confidence in his speech now with some assistance. There may be critics of early intervention in such forms as speech, but if we’re help to help eliminate some of his frustrations and give him the tools he needs to be a clear speaker early on, than I am all for it.

Jimi’s Garbage Truck Bash

When I asked Jimi several months ago kind of party he wanted to have for his birthday he quickly insisted that he wanted a garbage truck party. I kept asking him for the next couple months and he never wavered. At one point I almost had him convinced that he wanted a Curious George birthday party, but then he informed me that his dad wanted a Curious George birthday party. (Surprise honey!).

I was a little nervous trying to figure out what to do for the party but if you search pinterest and etsy for garbage truck parties there is a surprising number of results.

Decorations for Jimi’s party were pretty easy. We put balloons on the recycling bins and garbage cans in front of the house (green and yellow for Waste management colors). But it was raining too hard for the balloons to stay up.  I went to the dollar store and bought a foam wreath which is wrapped with newspaper that I frayed and then hung one of Jimi’s toy garbage trucks in the middle of (I forgot to take a picture of that though, sorry).

For inside decorations we went some good ol’ streamers and balloons. I also spent a ridiculous amount of time making a streamer garland with newspaper and plastic bag strips in it to give it a recycled look. It took me a while to get the hang of tying the streamer and newspaper pieces on without them tearing. You have do it really gently and don’t pull it all the way tight.

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We happened to go to a “Touch a Truck” event in Marysville the week before. (Which is exactly what is sounds like. The city had a ton of different types of city vehicles, buses, firetrucks, excavators, etc out of kids to sit and climb on and mess around with). At the “Touch a truck” event they had two different garbage trucks for Jimi’s viewing pleasure. I took a picture from the event and it printed in 16×20 at Costco. I hung in the middle of a wood frame that I’d been hanging onto  that came with a dishwasher delivery. To make it look a little nicer I made a mini pennant banner to hang across the top.

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We didn’t do anything too special in the way of theme foods (who wants to eat trash?) but I did make some good old fashion dirt cups. a garbage truck cake and some green cake pops with yellow sprinkles.  We also had a veggie  tray, chex mix, cheese and crackers, pigs in a blanket and a delicious brisket that my Dad started smoking at 4 am (THANKS Dad!!!)

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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Jimi’s party and help make his birthday special!

To Jimi: Three Years Old

My sweet Jimi boy,

When you read this years and years for now and notice the late posting date, please forgive me, we have been a bit busy in our house lately. But that doesn’t make you any less special or awesome.

Here is a quick recap of your last year, your accomplishments, and overall amazingness.

  • You have greatly expanded your palate and now will eat pasta (no sauce), steak, broccoli, spinach leaves, hot dogs, pork loin, and more.
  • You started your first year of preschool and LOVE IT.
  • You love your sister to no end.
  • You ask “why?” to just about everything.
  • You are very good about minding your manners and are make sure mom and dad do to.
  • Your vocabulary has grown immensely.
  • You have held an alligator.
  • You went to Universal Studios Orlando for the first time this year.
  • You rode on Thomas the train, a monorail, and several small trains at zoos, amusement parks, etc.
  • You are very stubborn when you want to be.
  • But you are also very sweet and compassionate and love to give hugs and snuggle.
  • You took two trips to the East coast in the last year.
  • You LOVE garbage trucks.
  • You even got to sit in two garbage trucks this year.
  • You also had a garbage truck themed birthday party.
  • You were fully potty trained just a few weeks after your second birthday.
  • You also love trains, dinosaurs, trucks of any kind, and holidays.
  • You impress Mommy and Daddy daily with how well you can form sentences, questions, and complex ideas.
  • You are begin to start imaginary play and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever.
  • You have no fear of animals, heights, or climbing on dangerous things.
  • You help wash the dishes and take out the trash.
  • Your memory is impeccable and you frequently surprise Mommy and Daddy with your knowledge.
  • You are intelligent, funny, handsome, and kind.

You are such a joy and we are so blessed to have you in our family. I LOVE you!

*Mommy

 

 

P.S. At your three year check up you weighed 32lbs (54 percentile) and 38.25inches (64th percentile)

Jimi’s First Day Of Preschool

Last May we registered Jimi for preschool at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Jimi was baptized at the church, my mom used to teach preschool there and it’s a great program, so the choice was pretty easy about where to go. I just didn’t think time would fly so fast before his first day.

Two weeks ago we had orientation at the school so he could see his classroom meet his teachers and get a feel for the school. For the following week Jimi kept asking me when he could go back to school. Well his chance finally came this week.

130 136Jimi was s excited to go to school, it made me even more excited for him. I know that he will learn A LOT while he is there and that he will also develop many friendships, but no one except for family members has ever watched him so it was a little difficult for me to leave him behind. I thought I would cry a little but I think his enthusiasm for school helped me keep it in. I definitely felt emotional but I know that he is ready for this next step and that he is in good hands at the school.

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Sitting in his spot at circle time, waiting for class to start.

When Cecilia and I picked him up from school, he greeted us with the biggest smile and hug. I think he mostly took away the playing and making friends aspects of school for the first day, and that’s ok, he is supposed to be doing those things.

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Post-first day special lunch!

Since his first day of school, he has thrown two tantrums wanting to go back, asked what type of cereal and chips he can bring for snack, and continuously brings up school when something reminds his of it. I am so glad he had a great time and wants to go back. It’s also a little bittersweet for me though because I will be entering the workforce once again on Monday and I will no longer get to spend all of these special moments with him. I know that we will still have our special moments together but I am definitely going to miss doing the everyday routines with him, like taking him to school.  I’m sure he will hardly notice I’m gone though.

Here’s hoping for a successful year of preschool for Jimi.

 

 

Cecilia 12 month check up and photo shoot

I forgot to mention on my previous post about Cecilia that she recent had her 12 month check up at the doctors and a little birthday photo shoot (not at the same time).

Cecilia’s Stats: Weight- 20lbs (51st percentile), Height- 29.5″ (56th percentile)

This was the first appointment that she has been in a higher percentile for height than weight.

Cecilia and I both caught a nasty bug on the airplane and got hit pretty hard with stomach sickness the day before her 12 month check up. So needless to say she wasn’t her usual perky self for the appointment and probably weighed a little bit less than before the stomach bug. It also means that we get to go back for a second appointment so she can get her vaccinations.

Next week she has her first dentist appointment!

Almost a year ago I stumbled upon a new photographer who a few friends from high school had used, Ashley (Photography by Ashley Mae). We used her for our family pictures last Fall and are hooked. We love her work.  She took Cecilia’s 6 month pictures, 12 month pictures and we already have scheduled an appointment for Jimi’s 3 year pictures. If you live in Washington and don’t mind traveling to the Camano Island area, I would definitely check her out. She’s great with kids, super patient, and has a great eye for getting great shots.

Here are some of Cecilia’s pictures:

Dear Cecilia- 12 Months Old!

Dear Cecilia,

You are now a little over one year old. You learn that every parent says this, but it is true; I have no idea where the time has gone. You were just a chunky precious newborn sleeping soundly in my arms. You are now an independent, on the move full fledged toddler. 

Here is brief review of your first year:

You were a stubborn little baby and had to be encouraged to make your entrance with the help of some medicine.

You were born one week and one day after your due date.

You began rolling over tummy-to-back at 11 weeks.

You rolled back-to-tummy at 15 weeks.

You have made two trips to the East Coast. Once at 4 months and once just before your first birthday.

You tried your first foods at 5 months but weren’t really a fan of them.

You started sitting up on your own at 5 months.

You began crawling at 5 1/2 months.

You “army crawled” until you were 8 months old.

You discovered your love for food at 6 months.

You are an amazing eater and will devour any food in front of you. Whether it’s for you or not.

You began walking at 10 months, 3 weeks.

You have had two ear infections.

You catch colds easily but have only had one really yucky bout of sickness.

You have the craziest hair growth.

You hair goes well past your eyes. I call it a “reverse mullet”.

You used to sleep through the night but have been waking up once or twice a night lately.

You had four teeth on your first birthday.

You had three first birthday parties.

You spent your first birthday in Birmingham, AL.

You love your big brother more than anything else in the world.

You also love all animals but have a special fondness for ducks.

You can say Dad, duck, quack, that, gim (jimi).

You make elephant noises.

You have the sweetest smile.

You give high fives.

You wave “hi” and “bye” to everyone and anything.

You get the cutest look on your face when your proud of yourself or just perfectly content.

You are very independent and love to figure things out on your own.

You give the sweetest kisses and hugs.

You are an amazing little girl and the perfect addition to our family.

And lastly, You are LOVED!

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Jimi, 2.5

On Saturday Jimi turned two and a half years old. The last six months have been a time of amazing growth for Jimi. And I don’t just mean physically. Most of Jimi’s growth has been intellectually. Every. single. day. we are amazed with how much information Jimi has retained, how many new words he can say, and how much knowledge is packed inside of his little brain. He can count, he knows almost all of his colors, he sings songs, he knows shapes, etc..

A lot of Jimi’s language still needs to be interpreted for other people since he’ll only pronounce half of words but the overall knowledge is there. Aside from being the smartest two year old we know (hey, who doesn’t think they’re kid is smarter than all of the other kids?), he is also a sweet, compassionate, loving, amazing brother, funny, adventurous, tickle loving, hide and seek playing, tantrum throwing, overall amazing 2.5 year old.

I am constantly amazed by Jimi and love to watch and experience the world through his eyes.

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We love you Jimi-jam, keep being awesome!