Yesterday we had Jacob's first appointment with the new behavioral specialist. I think it went well. I had a massive scantron (you know, those test things where you have to fill in the circles) that needed filling out, and I immediately became thankful for my relatively short name as a kid. Not only did I have to do a couple names, but a few pages worth of behaviors and their frequencies. It will provide them good information and give us some direction, but it was a lot to process! But the woman we worked with was good. She asked good questions and related to Jacob pretty well. He was actually pretty good, all things considered. He answered most questions clearly, and he sat normally for a good portion of it. He was vague on some questions, such as what I do that makes me mean (sorry, Jacob, making you go to bed at 9pm is not mean). But as a whole I think it was pretty pleasant.
We had baseball last night, and at the end there was a pizza party courtesy of the coach for the kids meeting some goals this year, and the kids were having a blast running around after. Carter got in on the action, too!
|They look like they're having a meeting at the mound, don't they?|
|Very long shadows that time of night, as you can see! The kids were running the bases and Carter was having a blast doing it with them. And unlike his brother, some of the other kids were including him and cheering him on!|
|Craig took this one, and it's really a sweet picture! Such a cutie.|
A few days ago I had the realization that last week I forgot to acknowledge the anniversary of the culmination of the minor fertility treatments I had to get pregnant with Carter. That was right around this time of year, and four years ago right now I was in that awful two week waiting game to see if it worked. The thing that struck me, though, was that it was four years ago already. That doesn't seem possible on its own, but when you realize it also means that Jacob has doubled his age since then, it is truly unbelievable. He was turning four at the time, less than a year older than Carter is now! We've covered so much ground since then--three grades of real school, four years of sports, and more than three years with two kids. I can barely remember what it was like to just have one. But I just can't believe that the time between Jacob's birth and fourth birthday has equaled the time between Carter's conception and today. Doesn't seem possible, but it is!
As I mentioned, Carter is still staying up too late. It seems that it's really starting to impact his behavior, as he's gotten bad reports two out of three days at daycare, which has never happened before. I just don't know what to do. This week hasn't helped with all of our late nights, but even if I put him to bed early it seems like he's still going to be awake for far too long. Most nights he's in bed around 9, but he'll be awake until at least 10, if not 10:30-10:45. He's gotten better about getting up and bugging us, but he's still awake. Short of getting rid of his nap, which seems counterproductive in its own way, I don't know what to do. I will try an earlier bedtime, but I'm not confident. I tried laying with him tonight (since I hadn't tried that yet) and I thought it might be working since he seemed to be trying to sleep, but he was still tossing and turning and eventually started talking and playing again. I hate that it seems to be impacting his behavior, and now I wonder if Jacob's problems were all based on chronic overtiredness, since he's never gone to bed particularly early either. Crap.
We don't have any games this weekend for the first time in months, but we do have Jacob's baseball picnic. It's going to be a hot weekend, but hopefully we can squeeze in some fun, some pool time, and maybe even some productivity....