Monday, July 21, 2014

Potty Training: The Saga (Part 3)

Warning: Gross potty talk to follow

So we have been in full potty training mode since April.  When I last updated, things were going pretty well and we were getting ready for our big road trip.

To sum things up - things are pretty crappy (pun intended).  

Actually, Anna is doing very well.  She only had one peeing accident on our road trip, and it was due to a miscommunication between my husband and I about when she last went.  Otherwise there have been no pee accidents in quite some time.

But -- the pooping is another story.  To make a long story short, Anna has constipation issues.  As per her doctor's instructions, we have been giving her Miralax to keep things soft and moving.  But, for anyone who has ever dealt with Miralax, you know that finding the right dosage is not easy.  Too little and it is ineffective. Too much and you get poop soup.

So we have been struggling to find that magic dosage for Anna. She will go weeks (yes weeks) at a time without pooping and this freaks me out so I up her dose. Then she will spend the next week just basically dripping poop all day long.  I know -- gross!

We were in that poop dripping stage as we started vacation, so I decided to nix the Miralax.  And we haven't given any since then -- so a full month now of no Miralax.  But she is still just dripping poop!  

I have no idea if Anna is able to control it, or if she is doing it on purpose.  Or is there something physically wrong with her plumbing that needs to be seen by a doctor?  I don't know, but I am so tired of changing her poopy underwear and  I know Anna is really tired of sitting on the potty. 

And to make matters worse, I can't take her swimming -- her all time favorite summer activity --  because I cannot guarantee that she will not poop in the pool.  :(

So, things are pretty frustrating right now, but we are trying to hang in there.

Please pray for some sort of potty training break through soon because I'm "pooped"!!

Anna swimming in Lake Huron.  We have to stick to lakes and oceans in case she poops :(

Update:  Oh the power of prayers!!  So, not more than 10 minutes after posting this, I went to check on Anna who I could still hear awake.  I walked in her room and she told me that she needed to go potty. So we sat on the potty (again) and she proceeded to poop...a lot!  I could tell she felt so much better -- but she screamed through the entire ordeal.
Anyway, the next day was much better. No messy underwear!  And after dinner (which is her normal time to poop) she proceeded to squeeze out a few nuggets.  
I am sure our poop drama is far from over, but hopefully things will calm down for a little while to give this momma a break!  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stepping Up!

Today was Anna's last day of school for the regular school year.  She will be attending the summer session which starts in July and runs into August.

But, today, they had a graduation ceremony for the children who were aging out of the program, and a "Stepping Up" ceremony for the children who were moving on to the next level in school.  :)

It was cuteness overload.  The kids sang and danced and oozed their sweetness all over the place.










God has certainly blessed us with such a great school for Anna.  We are so thankful!!

We are so proud of Anna and how far she has come this year.  We can't wait to see what next year brings!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Future Stars Race

Today we took Anna to participate in the Young Athlete's Festival at the Special Olympics USA Games which are being hosted by New Jersey this year.


They set up the Young Athlete's Festival at the SO Sports Complex this year so there was lots of room to set up activities.  There was a fun house (Anna's favorite).



There were games of skill, t-ball, and an obstacle course.  FYI - Anna crushed the ball!




Anna tried out one of the Strider bikes.  She wasn't a fan -- she wanted to pedal - lol!  I guess we will stick with the trike for now.



And, Anna ran in the 25 meter Future Stars Race.  This just never gets old :)



Big Sister Paige was so proud to skip her own field day at school to come support her awesome little sister.


Love the Special Olympics!!  Do yourself a favor and attend/volunteer at a SO event near you.  You will be humbled and inspired!!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Potty Training: The Saga (Part 2)

Just a quick update on the potty training saga -- because I know you all are interested. (ha!)

I have to admit, I am pleasantly surprised by how well it is going.  Sure, we have an accident here or there, but that is to be expected.  For the most part, however, things are working.

But -- that is maybe because I am so paranoid of Anna having an accident that I take her about every 1.5 - 2 hours.  I am sure she can go longer, but just find it easier to take her, than to change her after an accident.  And, pretty much every time I take her she goes - so it is not like a wasted trip.

Also, since mid-April we have spent just about every evening and weekend at baseball and softball games.  Talk about a potty training challenge!  Some ballparks have adequately clean facilities.  But others -- gag!!  I would almost rather Anna have an accident than have to take her into one of those port-a-potties.

But we are persevering and rewarding ourselves for a job well done so far! :)


Our next big potty training challenge will be when we go on vacation.  We will be traveling by car, and I have no idea how frequently we are going to have to stop to avoid accidents.  And should I put a plastic bag or a towel on the seat of her carseat just in case?  We will be pulling our camper, so finding a potty will not be an issue -- we just have to pull over.  I am sure this will make for an interesting update when we get back. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

An Unexpected Break

So, Anna's school had a small fire two weekends ago.  Fortunately nobody was injured and there was no real fire damage. But, there was a lot of smoke damage that prohibited them from opening the school.

So, last week, Anna got an unexpected break from school.

We tried to make the most of it.  We visited her friends at her old school.  We got her glasses fixed, and we watched a lot of ballgames!   But we also got to go to lunch with Daddy.


And help make me make dinner.


And she got to sleep in!  I am pretty sure this was her favorite :)

She is back to school this week.  They are in a temporary location until the end the year, and then hopefully back in their regular building for the start of the summer session.  Please keep them in your prayers that all works out!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Play Ball!

Spring sports are about to wrap up around here.

Paige played softball and Charlie played baseball on two different teams this spring.  And, it was Jonathan's and my first foray into coaching.   So - needless to say we have had a busy spring!




Both kids have had a great season.  They continue to improve their skills, but mostly, they are having fun and enjoying the sports they are playing.




Poor Anna gets dragged to all of Charlie and Paige's games (which was just about every night between the 3 teams), but it is nice to see that she has picked up some skills from watching all those ballgames!



Maybe I will have to sign her up next year! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

IEP/Annual Review

We had Anna's annual review and IEP last Wednesday.

If I haven't mentioned it before - we LOVE Anna's new school!

Anna is a completely different child when she is at school.  Happy, comfortable, cooperative...a far cry from the "No! Stop it! Sorry!" that I get regularly at home. - lol! (She is improving, though. So my ego isn't completely shattered yet.)

Her teachers and therapists are working miracles (Okay - maybe not miracles -- but it sure seems like it at times) with her.  They know what they are doing, how to get results, and won't settle for anything less. And, Anna is happy to work for them!

We were quite pleased with our recent IEP meeting.   Anna will continue getting all the services she needs, and then some - even throughout the summer.  She has made such great progress in so many areas. It can be discouraging to see goals and evaluations on paper, but it can also be so encouraging when you see the progress in black and white.

Anna and the cuties in her class on the day I went to read :) 

We continue to praise God for his blessings.  Anna is going places - just you wait! :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Potty Training: The Saga (Part 1)

Confession: Anna is 6 yrs. old and not potty trained.
Confession: I don't really care.
Confession: But I do care because it is kind of a pain at times.

So -- We have jumped in feet first!  We are in full on potty training mode.

Anna's teachers told us it is time, so we are going with it.

We have tried to train before, but Anna just wasn't ready.  Her behavior was very resistant and she would have an accident 10 minutes after having just gone on the potty.  So, we waited.

After several months of consistent performance and control at school, we have decided to push her a little farther.  For two weeks now, Anna has been wearing underwear during the day.  She gets taken to the potty on regular intervals, and for the most part has been staying dry.  She had a few accidents when we first started, but seemed to be getting the hang of it.  Even on the weekend when there is no routine and our schedule is fast and furious going from one game to the next she was doing well.

And then, it was Mother's Day...  After almost two weeks of "getting it".  After almost two weeks of me feeling proud and successful.  After almost two weeks of being "Mother of the Year" -- Anna blessed me.  And by blessed me, I mean she peed on my lap...twice...on Mother's Day.  -- sigh


But, we got right back to it.  She had a great day at school yesterday and today looks promising.

I mentioned that we still have a long road ahead - but at least it is the right road!



Friday, April 25, 2014

Bandit

Did I mention we got a new dog??

Meet Bandit!!





Bandit is a spunky terrier mix that we adopted just after Thanksgiving.  He has definitely been a fun addition to our family -- and the one sure-fire solution to cheering Anna up when she is being a cranky pants - ha!! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Long Road Ahead

So, I haven't given an update on how Anna's new school is working out.  Not because there is nothing to report. I just haven't taken the time to actually write a post about it.

I can sum it up with this: So much progress, but there is still a long road ahead!

Anna joined her new school at the end of October.  It took her a couple of weeks to accept and fall into the new routine they were introducing to her.  But, right away, we could see the impact.  Anna is still a stubborn mule, but her resistance to transitions was much less.  Her teachers encouraged us to to keep reminding Anna of the end goal, or "prize", be it a video, a trip to Dunkin Donuts, or whatever it is that she is looking forward to.  Not gonna' lie, I often feel like Dora repeating our three steps to get to where we are going..."Potty, Shoes, Playground!  Say it again! Potty, Shoes, Playground!!"

Then came the holidays and winter.  I don't think Anna had a full week of school from the beginning of December to the end of February due to holidays, snow days and illness.  And boy, could you tell that the lack of routine was affecting her! The lack of routine and her never-ending winter cold really took their toll on her energy and attitude (not to mention mine!!).  But let's face it...this winter sucked!!

Since March, however, Anna has been going full-time, and again, her growth and development are noticeable.

I have been to her school a number of times for various reasons, and it is pretty amazing.  Anna is a completely different child at school. She is calm and seems so comfortable and under control - not to mention happy!  It is really a beautiful sight for this Mama who witnessed the chaos of her first couple of months of kindergarten.

We got to go have lunch with her on her birthday (and see that she really does have manners and know how to use her napkin!).  They had a little celebration for her that was really sweet.




Then we stayed for a couple of her therapies.  What an eye-opener those were!  Anna has definitely been holding back on us!  Anna was saying full sentences for her speech therapist and the pride on her face was priceless!

Anna's PT has also been giving Anna great reports in her communication book.  One thing that Anna has been working on and has finally gotten the hang of is riding her trike!  I am so thrilled about this!  I think she rode her trike for 5 hours one day when we were camping last weekend.  :)




So - definitely progress and growth!  We are so thankful for our prayers being answered and for Anna finding a place where she can thrive.

However, as we embark on the adventure of potty training this week while she is home for spring break, I am reminded of the long road ahead.  But, I am feeling a lot more confident that we are on the right road this time.   :)