I'm going to apologize in advance if this entry is dry. I'm battling some sinus stuff and my head really hurts. I do want to update on our week though as it is a busy one.
Today we are relaxing and hanging out at home. I enjoy those days. I waver between wanting to play and wanting to "get something done". It's hard to rest at times when I look around and see so many things that need to be done. Those things will still be there tomorrow though.
Monday - We have an appointment with Eliana's cardiologist. It's been since last summer since we saw him. (We did see him on various week-ends at our daughter's soccer games as well as at heart functions.) I'm not sure what types of tests will be run, but am anticipating a good report. I'm hoping it won't be a really long day, but am thankful that we have been able to go months without having to visit there!
Tuesday - We have a return visit to the ENT. Again, I'm anticipating a good report. Her hearing looked good at the last visit and we have seen no reasons for concern regarding her hearing. Thankfully she has not dealt with any ear infections!
I'm considering a week-end away next month with friends. I'm concerned about flying with Eliana and any difficulties it might pose for her. I'm hoping he can share information on this as well. We flew when Isaiah was a baby and he had difficulty with his ears adjusting to the altitude (fell asleep before the flight). It was a miserable trip for all of us. I don't want to repeat this!
Wednesday - Our therapy day. We are working with Daniel on various sensory things - trying to help him learn to deal better with things and not just "melt down". It's hard at times to discern what it just misbehaviour and being whiney (yuck!) and what is a real issue for him! We are working on it though.
Eliana is learning more and more. We are helping her learn to climb the steps. (I'm not really sure I want her to know how to do this though I do realize that it is a necessary skill.) She is able to do is with some assistance, though it often tires her out. We are also helping her learn to pull to a stand. She can do this on low objects, but not higher ones (like our sofa) yet.
Thursday - We have a field trip with our homeschool group. We are doing a program at the library on Chinese New Year. There is an ESL class meeting there before our program and a Chinese man in the class has agreed to talk with our children about his perspective on this holiday. Isn't that cool? Afterwards we will be going out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant.
Friday - Speech therapy. We are working on helping Eliana learn to identify objects and begin to point to them. All of the things that children typically just learn and do on their own. We are having to be more intentional about teaching these things to Eliana. One of the things we are doing is reading a peek-a-book book with baby faces in it. She enjoys this book. We are hoping she will begin to point or pat the baby when we ask "Where is baby?" She enjoys doing this which is fun.
We also do a small co-op type activity with another friend on this day. The older boys do a science lab while the younger children are doing an art lesson. We are hoping to add in an electronics class to this too. It's a fun afternoon.
That's about it for the week - I think. I will update on the various appointments as I'm able to.