- Myer had his first speech therapy appointment. This was just one of the three assessments we’ve had for him over the last month. He has a significant speech delay. He is speaking at a 12 month old range, which means he has about a year delay. Our speech therapist gave some suggestions to try, which we will start working on this weekend. We are happy to know that he has only a speech delay at this time and is on target with all other areas of development.
- I’m tired. I seem to forget I am no longer a stay at home mom. I work at preschool Monday-Thursday 9-12 and am a consultant for Thirty-One which has kept me quite busy. I also volunteer in Mastewal’s class on Friday mornings. I had a couple of weekends of doing vendor booths and travel in October—AND—with last week being Myer’s Birthday and Halloween-I’m exhausted. We’ve also had soccer practices, games, Birth to Three evaluations, other birthday parties, and the list goes on and on. I know I’m not alone with these feelings, but it sure starts to catch up with you. I am looking forward to this weekend and then Thanksgiving break that is just around the corner.
- Family Pictures. We had Amber take family photos for us this week. OH MY! I have no idea who showed up to the photo shoot, but my children certainly weren’t present. It was a DISASTER. I was losing my mind, really, AND I was honestly embarrassed. It was totally unbelievable. Maybe she’s trying to photoshop a decent picture together, because I would find it hard to believe that there was one “good” shot in the hour and half we were there.
- The very next day my kids were complimented on how well they were behaving in a restaurant. I really wanted to say “you should have seen them yesterday”–but I refrained, because this is their typical behavior and I do feel fortunate. My kids are well behaved in public-EXCEPT on FAMILY PHOTO DAY. It is nice to be recognized for good behavior as well, especially because it was taking our food a really long time to be served.
- I’ve been reading a lot more about One Child Campaign and when I read about how it started and what it stands for I think about my trips to Ethiopia. Each time there has been a child that has impacted me.
- The first trip was my very own children and the children we saw in Addis and the surrounding area.
- My second trip to Awassa was Wondeye (one-day).
- And my last trip (back to Awassa) was Ephraim. I’ve been thinking about Ephraim lately. I’d love to get an update on him. I played juetiny with him almost everyday in Awassa. I didn’t pester him, but I really wanted to know why he quit school and why he just hung out “gaming” all day with his friends. He was always up for a game. He never asked me for anything. He actually paid for most games of juetiny that we played also. He introduced me to apple merinda, which I didn’t know existed–I do love the orange merinda–but not the apple so much. I wish I would have done more for him when I think back about it.
7. I’m thankful for my babysitter. Earlier in the school year, I scheduled to have a sitter come to the house one day a week (Wednesdays). It is nice. I don’t get a full mental break, but it has turned out to be wonderful to have a “free” afternoon. I’m also thankful for a friend who sweeps, mops and vacuums our floors once a week. It is refreshing to know it is getting done, and it smells wonderful. I can never get that done with the kids running around.