Thursday, March 04, 2010

The sweeter moments...

EACH and EVERY day I am amazed at something that Sophie does. Amazed. It fills my heart with happiness and patience. And it gets me through the more challenging moments of the day.

I was NOT looking forward to today. Sophie had to stay home from school. I was to be alone with all 3 kids. And if you REALLY know Sophie, if you have spent a long period of time with her in her normal home environment without the distraction of being able to have one-on-one attention from an adult, then you would know how hard this can be. But I am not going to get into that in this post. This post is about the sweeter moments.

And there was no sweeter moment than 12:10pm today.

Charlie had just fell asleep and I put him in his crib. I needed to make lunch and the kitchen was still a mess from breakfast. So, I got Sophie and Elsa cozied up on some blankets on the floor in front of the TV. Dora was on. Their new favorite. I picked up the dishes from the table and started rinsing them off in the sink. A few minutes later, Sophie came up to me saying "look, look". As I looked over at her, she was half naked, holding...


I immediately swept her up and danced around and sang songs of praises. Her face was lit up. She was so proud of herself. I was so proud of her. We called grandma and daddy and even her teacher at school. I could hardly contain myself. This is the FIRST time that she has ever done this. There has been just a handful of times that if you sat her on the potty at just the right time or entertained her long enough, she would go. But this was the first time she had ever done it ALL. BY. HERSELF.

Just in case you don't realize the whole thought process that she had to go through, I will recap it for you.... She had to not only understand that she needed to go but to hold it. A huge concept if you really think about it. Because it is not something I can explain to her or show her. Then, she had to shift her focus from watching TV, decide to use the potty, walk over to the next room to use the little potty, take off her big girl undies*, and sit down and go. Hooray for Sophie!!!

*Sophie has a diaper rash so I used baby gates to close off the part of the house with hardwood floors, rolled up the rug and put big girl undies on her to let things air out. I kept reinforcing the fact that she was wearing them and not wearing a diaper.

Here are some random pics...

The other night, while we were eating dinner, Elsa decided to sit on Sophie's lap. We have a rule that no one is allowed to sit on anyone's lap while eating dinner. Because things were getting out of control with climbing in and out of laps and demanding this and that and blah, blah, blah. So, once Elsa was rejected by me, Brandon and Grandma Debbie, she decided to try Sophie who willingly let her on up.

Charlie fell asleep in between bites.



By the way, Charlie is doing incredible. He is cruising furniture and crawling all over the place (including up the steps...which I learned the hard way). He is still just a super laid back baby and can easily entertain himself.

One last thing. Sophie never made it in the potty again today. But she did pee on a paper plate that was lying on the floor that she was playing with earlier today. And she was very proud of herself. She said "peepee...yeah" and when we asked "where" she led us in the opposite direction of the potty to the paper plate. She was so excited. I wanted to be really excited for her but at the same time I did not want to encourage her to find random objects to pee on. Oh, this is going to be interesting. I am going to try to keep up with it through the weekend and see where it goes.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

New insurance...

Means new headaches. And trust me...I am very grateful that I have insurance. I still have the insurance statements rolling in from Sophie's brain surgery and I am very fortunate to NOT have to pay all the charges STILL going through.

Our new insurance covers therapy. Sophie's physical therapy went through just fine. But her speech therapy was rejected with the following note...

Charges for speech therapy are covered only when the speech therapy is expected to restore speech function or correct a speech impairment resulting from non-chronic conditions, acute illnesses and injuries, or gross anatomical defect present at birth. Based on the information provided, this charge is for speech therapy which does not meet this coverage requirement.

I have put in one phone call so far with no answers. I am still planning on making a few more later this afternoon. But just wondering if anyone else has gone through this. I am not sure if epilepsy or brain surgery falls within the above category.