Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


So ever since Bea was about 18 months old, I began to notice that she didn't have a lot of words. I didn't think a whole lot of it, but as time went on I became more and more concerned. She was a chatter box, it was just hard to tell what she was saying. I would talk to Dave about it, and him being the "non-worrier" that he is would always say, "She's fine, she'll get it!". So I kept listening to him and although I have seen that she has made a lot of progress, she is still seemed a little behind. (Oh, and I AM a worrier! :)
I finally started to look into getting her tested around September or October of last year. Since she was about to turn 3, I was told that it needed to be with the school system. I had to fill out a big questionnaire and once I completed it, they told me that they probably wouldn't meet with her until the beginning of January. Nice and super frustrating. Waiting another 3 months seemed like a long time. So, finally at the end of January, she had a meeting with the early learning center here in Bountiful, and... she had NOTHING to do with it! She would not cooperate with any of the women, so they weren't able to determine her abilities. Therefore, they decided that they would have her meet with the speech therapist from Valley View Elementary (the school that Bea will go to when she goes to kindergarten) So, another 2 months go by and I finally had to call to see where we were with the whole process. Her paperwork had gotten lost in the shuffle and nothing had been done. Geez. So, finally, over the past month, Bea has met a couple of times with the therapist and she completed all of her testing. She loved it! She thought it was so much fun. She thought she was going to "school" and thought she was quite the big girl. Very cute. She actually ended up testing really well! Her scores were all in the "average" range. Obviously average is not what you usually aspire to and, although average doesn't sound totally great, I was very happy with the results. It tested articulation and word recognition. The problem is, she has more issues with sentence structure. The speech therapist recognized this and made a recommendation for her to be involved in a program called "Talking Time". It will be with 4 other children and their parents and I guess they are going to help us learn skills to improve her speech.
An additional part of this testing was getting her hearing testing. I took her yesterday and she scored low! I was in shock! The audiologist thought she had an ear infection because inside her ears was red. He recommended antibiotic therapy and then retesting a month or so after to see if it changes her results. He was 95% sure that would, so we will see!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Still behind, but couldn't leave these out!

On our way to trick-or-treat with Grandma and Grandpa Richards!

Getting the hang of it and super excited! (with dad and sister Clara)

Bea, Greta, Clara, Elle, Sam and Grandma!

The fun could only last so long...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mama ain't a homemaker!

So, here is what I am learning about myself. I am not a super mom. I cannot get myself to do these things that I see so many other mom's doing every day. I rarely blog, scrapbook, call people, make a good dinner, etc., unless I have checked the following off of my "to do" list and that is cleaning the house. I have to say it is my priority, and it never seems to be as clean as I want it to be!! And yet somehow it seems like those who are able to accomplish these tasks still seem to have a clean house! What am I doing wrong? I need help! :)

Therefore, this blog doesn't get a lot of attention! 

I do, however, have a new wall unit/closet/whatever you want to call it in my bedroom. Dave has spent about the last 3 weeks building it and now I finally have decent storage in this house!! It has been life changing for me and Dave is probably going to be relieved to not hear me gripe about it all the time...

On the bright side, Sam and Bea are absolutely amazing! I feel so lucky to have them. Bea is becoming such a love bug and Sam always has a smile to give me. They wear me out and I am beginning to forget about how not so long ago I only had to worry about myself. Wouldn't change it for anything...

These aren't our latest pics, but it's what I have downloaded on the computer! More to come... I hope!

Smiley Sam!

First time in the bumbo seat

Trip to the fair with mom and Auntie Jill

Sam snuggling with Bern

Trying on mom's boots (the girl loves shoes)

Bea on her way to nursery - finally decided it's time for her to start...

Drooly boy!

 Getting big!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Miracles Happen!

Well, I may be going a bit overboard with that statement, but Sam slept for 8 hours last night! He went 5 hours the night before and besides that he has been awake and ready to eat every 3 hours in the night! I am hoping very hard that this is a trend developing. I realize he is only 7 weeks old, but I think he has been feeling guilty that I went back to work last week. He enjoys a happy, well-rested mom!

Some of our latest pics:

Sam and tummy time

Mom and her handsome dude

Hoping to stay looking young!

Loves going through the drawers!

Apparently I was supposed to be telling dad to look at the camera!
Cute kiddies!

Saturday, August 29, 2009