my day

this has been my day.

ugh.

(Quite literally, too, since TBS sees fit to show this clip constantly in the commercials and Elijah literally copies it second for second because he thinks it’s hilarious.)

spelling test aka too literal

Each week I give Elijah new spelling words from the words he’s been encountering in his reading book. He’s been getting five words and he will copy them three to five times for Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday I give him a test. With his steel trap of a memory, this really doesn’t take long or much effort. In fact, he remembers what all the words are and in the order I originally gave them to him and he pretty much guides his own test, LOL. Maybe I should give him more words… again.

So, anyway, earlier today was his spelling test. He brought me his spelling notebook and I said, “do you remember your words?” “Yup,” he said. “Ok, let’s see if you can write them without looking. Write ‘slug.'”

What does he do? He sits down, takes his pencil, closes his eyes and turns his head and proceeds to try and write “slug” with his eyes shut!

It took me 10 minutes to get him to understand that we’re not doing anything different than before, that “not looking” means don’t look back in the notebook where you’ve already written the word, write it from memory! He just kept shutting his eyes because *I* said not to look!

Oy.

6 months

6 months Kayleigh is now 6 months and 10 days old, actual age, not quite 4 months adjusted. The other day, we went to the pediatrician for her 6 month check-up. It’s really amazing to think how this little one, who couldn’t survive on her own when she was born, has come so far in only 6 months. Heck, most of her battles were completed by the time she was 4 months. Of course, the pediatrician could not stop raving about her progress and saying what an amazing little miracle she is.

She now weighs about 12 lbs, 3.5 oz (5.54 kg) which is up about a full pound from the last time she was weighed, right at a month ago. She’s grown out of her newborn clothes and it was bittersweet for me today to go through and take them out of her drawers and set them aside.

She’s a little bit behind on some things, but I think that’s to be expected. For instance, she still wobbles her head pretty good when holding it up. It’s strange, because she started to get control pretty early but we’re not worried, it will come in time. But because of this, the pediatrician does not yet want to start her on any rice cereal.

However, she’s also ahead a little bit – she can roll over both ways! Here’s 56 seconds of K rolling around a bit and lifting her head and what not. The third clip though she is just talking until she notices me there. Yeah, she is doing a really weird thing with her eyes there.

That’s the other thing we discussed. I think that all she is doing is trying to focus on something, it seems to happen when she’s trying to look about 8 to 10 feet away. It doesn’t happen all the time, though, either. We might go 4 days and not see it and then have a day where it happens several times. She’s due to see the eye doctor in early December – apparently preemies can have all sorts of eye issues. In May when she saw him last he said to me, “I see no problems that are typical to preemies,” but, of course, it is now nearly 5 months later. So we’ll see. The pediatrician told us that if we see it getting worse, though, to go in earlier to her eye doctor.

That’s about it, though, everything’s on pretty much the up-and-up. The doctor did say that we should start physical therapy with K though, so I guess we’ll have to start up home visits again. Blah, I hate home visits. Beats taking the kid out in the dead of winter, though.

memory of an elephant

I swear this kid has the best memory ever. He asks questions, tons of questions, and makes a mental note of every answer… then he remembers them later!

Yesterday he said to me, “So, Mommy, your first car was a Lovo, right?” (Volvo.) When I answered that he was indeed correct, he started firing off questions about our vehicle history! He’s so interested in everything, he wants to know what make and model of vehicle, what color, how long we had them, how old our current vehicle is now, etc. It’s unreal.

It’s really one of the main reasons I can’t lie to this kid! Big things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aside, I can’t even, apparently, mention just once that, yes, I saw what you were doing behind the couch because I do, indeed, have x-ray vision. ‘Cause then, for the next 3 weeks, I have to listen to: “Are you SURE you have x-ray vision?” The daily questions for this have died down, but I still get asked on at least a weekly basis now. He does, however, completely believe that I have eyes in the back of my head. He doesn’t seem to realize that just because I know what he’s doing it doesn’t necessarily mean I can see him. I’m not even sure where he got the idea of the eyes in the back of my head in the first place, one day he just started asking me about them and, while playing behind me, telling me to “close your back eyes…. ’cause I don’t want you to see what I’m doing.” Oh, yeah, that means I’m not going to look!!

X-ray vision and Back Eyes aside, I really do have to be conscious not to stretch the truth or brush him off with a lame non-true answer about something like parents do, or say something that will be taken the wrong way. When K was still in the hospital, my friend had him with her and they went to the store to get a new prescription filled for her father-in-law. She saw the new price and said, “Ohhhh Grandpa’s going to have a heart attack!” Ever since then, Elijah has been extremely concerned about his friends’ great-grandpa having a heart attack! He went on and on about it for about 3 days even though we were all telling him that she was just kidding that it was just a figure of speech, and now, months later, if it comes up, he still remembers.

The other day, out of the blue, he mentioned a certain couple that I have not seen in over 3 years now, nor spoken of around him in about 2 and a half or longer. I met the wife online and we were friends for a while and they visited here in July of 2006. The other day, Elijah just started talking about something her husband said or did while they were here. It took me a minute to figure out who he was talking about (because he never used the man’s real name but called him by the pet name the wife did, haha). I mean, dang, kid, that was half a lifetime ago for him!

On the upside, his memory is great when it applies to school. However, I think that he also has employed some selective memory when it comes to math. Though, I do also get the feeling that if he’d just stop and think for even a second and not be worrying about how long it’s going to take him to get finished or what not, that he’d know the answer right away. Great for reading though! He’s been acing his spelling tests.

Oh, speaking of elephants? A few weeks ago he was sitting on the couch and out of the blue he muttered to himself: “I hate elephants… cause of their long trunks.” I about fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard!

not quite that easy

I tried to find this when the commercial was still new but no luck. Stumbled on it today.

I assure you, it doesn’t always go this way!!

I might consider this to be offensive to parents of preemies… if I was one of those people who jumped on the politically correct offense bandwagon. :P