Life just seems to be flying by these days. It's hard to believe my baby is already 6 months old and my little Park man is now in preschool. I feel so fortunate as life continues to be falling into place for my family and things just keep getting better and better. I am so proud of how far we have all come, how we continue to move forward and pinch myself often to make sure I'm not dreaming. Life is grand!
It is coming to end, our summer that is, and fall is approaching. I can tell by the way the wind blows in the late evening and early mornings, and by the ten degree drop in average daily temperature. Although it is still warm and sunny, mostly in the 80's during the days, it is still a huge relief from the high 90's we experience in Utah for most of the summer. I love the fall, school begins for so many of our youngsters and days for me feel more relaxed. I always joke that we wait all year for summer to come but end up so busy in the summer with house projects, gardening, weeding and taking trips that it's not the least bit relaxing. I suppose someday when I feel we've done everything to our house we want to do and when someone comes up with an earth friendly anti-weed product that actually works, I will finally feel relaxed:)
Our little Jude is growing up so fast. He is now 6 1/2 months old and doing so much. I can't even begin to tell you how fast that went! Jude reminds me so much of his big brother in so many ways while at the same time is so much the opposite. (Isn't it great how unique our kiddos are?!) He is now sitting up with some support, he talks SO much that I swear he says "mama" already (Mom, no teasin'. He is a genius;) But really, when he is crying for me in another room he often times makes the sounds "mamama" and so I think...
Jude began teething a while ago. He isn't drooling quite as much but we've had a few nights of discomfort that only lasted for a few minutes. Let's just hope he teethes as well as Park did. That was a breeze! He loves to stand, with assistance of course, and thoroughly enjoys any toy, bouncer or even his car seat. He even gets super mad when his brother takes a toy away from him. I figure that's a good thing since he is going to need a strong will with an older brother like Park. He is quite friendly and engaging with others as long as mommy or daddy are holding him but does NOT like being in anyone else's arms. Park was the exact same way.
Park is still delayed at speaking but continues to get better and better. We figure it will take a few years for his language to be at an average level. He is doing well with it, and we are proud of him.
Park also began Montessori preschool in August. After finishing up with his services from Early Intervention it was recommended that we put him through the school system's preschool program. After careful consideration, we declined thinking a few things:
(1) He is on the right track already
(2) He is only 3
(3) He would have a difficult time being forced to learn something he doesn't want to learn/sitting at desks, etc
(4) We want him to be in a normal setting classroom, not one that pulls kids aside for an hour a day away from his classmates to work with his language skills.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to have Park in such a great environment twice a week, feeding his heart, mind and soul as an addition to what he has at home. Montessori is so great for him, despite the cost out of our pockets. Oh, did I mention that I drive 2 hours a days to take him for a 3 hour class? Yup, that's LOVE:) My husband and I are trying to work it out so he drops him off and I pick him up to reduce gas, drive time and emissions. We actually did that today and it was really nice. I'm just thinking that I hope we can put him in something else for next year as I would much rather have him in preschool closer to home. I wonder if Jude will be the opposite of his brother??? He may be a homebody who would rather be at home with his mommy, helping bake banana bread and coloring in books. Hey, it would be a lot cheaper if he were!
I hope you are all enjoying the rest of your summer and look forward to the fall of the leaves and change of colors. May you all be well!