Friday, March 23, 2012

Our Dancing Girls

Gram and Grandpa B visited a week or so ago and Grandpa always takes great pictures. These are from the girls' dance classes. They look forward to Friday mornings all week long!

Morgan is practicing her "galloping." She's got this down pretty well. She is also working on her skipping, but really only uses her right leg for now. They also chasse, and tiptoe like ballerinas, with their arms over their heads...known as "sunshine arms."

I am not sure what Piper was doing at this point, but she looks so pretty! She's come a long way in her class and is participating for the majority of the class now. They allowed her to start early, but now that she is finally two and a half she is joining in more easily and following directions better. No wonder most teachers don't start kids in dance until two and a half or three years old?! Developmentally it makes sense.

Thanks Grandpa B!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sister Time

Morgan and Piper are currently playing in Piper's crib. I sent Morgan upstairs to "get" Piper when she woke up from her nap. When I got up there, Morgan had climbed into Piper's crib and was VERY proud of herself.

They are playing together very nicely. Every time I go in the room to check on them, Piper waves at me and says "Bye Mama!" until I leave.  Yay! Bonus blog time.

Piper has a stinky diaper though. I don't know how Morgan can stand that. Ick.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"21 Jump Street":an Autism Mom comments

Whoops! Sorry, my link no longer redirects to the article I wanted it to...but I came across a post from an "Autism Mom" blog I regularly read. She has some insightful things to say about it.

Please click here. Thanks.

Friday, March 16, 2012


So many things to write about, so little time...but I just came across something that upsets me a great deal. Do people in Hollywood really have no clue?! Do they think making jokes at the expense of people with special needs is okay?! Unbelievable.

Check out this link and NOT go see the movie "21 Jump Street."

Saturday, March 3, 2012

She's a Biscuit!

Piper, that is...and she's doing just fine! One of our nicknames for Piper is "The Biscuit." Long story...we called her this even since she was in utero and is still fits her somehow.

We had our follow-up meeting with the physical therapist on Thursday. Piper spent some time playing while the therapist ran through the remaining screening tools with me (social/emtional, cognitive and adaptive skills) well as testing her on a few items directly. All in all she's doing well! Later, the therapist told me she mentioned earlier in the day that she had the follow-up with Piper and the other therapists that met with us last week said "Oh that Piper? She's doing great!" So, this was even before she did the testing today.

That was so nice to hear as we have been through so much with Morgan. I think another reason I pushed to have this done was because Piper is the absolute youngest in her "pre-preschool" class. Her birthday is August 27, and our cut-off for K in Washington State is August 31. Sooo, that means we'll have to deal with the dreaded "do we hold her back?" question as we get closer, but we'll take it year by year. It is just hard to gauge how she is doing because all the kids in her class are older and showing so much more of their social skills.

The therapist did give us some activities and other recommendations of what we can do with her at home to be sure she is making progress in her gross motor development. She's also going to call us in about six weeks to see how she's doing.

Yay Piper!!