Happy Mother's Day!
I hope that everyone has a special day today! We are lucky to be having my parents over for dinner tonight...it will be so nice to have some special time with them! I love my mother dearly - she is such an amazing woman! I'm so thankful for all that she has done for me and my sweet family! Have a beautiful day!
Mother's Day always makes me reflect on my role as a mother...how I feel like I'm doing, what I can improve on and in general...just loving on my three sweet children that I have been so blessed with!
I have been absent from my blog for the past month becuase we have been busy with Dr.'s appointments and evaluations for our little Jaxon. He is not talking much and we've had a few concerns. After all the evaluations, he was diagnosed with a 'Severe Speech Articulation Disorder'. He is almost 28 months old and is speaking at a 1 year 1 month level. His 'receptive speech' is just a month or two behind - so he can understand what we are saying, follow commands, etc., but he can't 'express/articulate' himself with words.
Jaxon has started Speech Therapy at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital and goes once a week for an hour. He also is having therapy done at our home which has been once a week so far. It's amazing how in just a month...your schedule and life can change so much.
We are teaching Jaxon some sign-language so he can communicate to us his needs. It has been so thrilling to see him sign 'eat', 'drink', 'more', 'all-done', and 'me'. We are also working on the signs for 'help' and 'please'. It is very clear that he loves it - he loves being able to communicate and tell us his needs. And as a mother...it's so exciting to see him working so hard to communicate with us!
This past week, Jaxon said the sounds.../oooo/, /h/, /p/, /b/, /m/ and said /go/. It was exciting and I'm so happy to see that the therapy is helping him. By the age of 2, children should be able to say at least 50 words. Jaxon says ma, da, and no. So, we have a lot of work to do but the progress he has made just the past week is exciting to see.
As mothers...I think it's so amazing how we all have our own struggles in life. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and often times, embracing them and working on them is what it's all about.
I love my children with all my heart! Through diagnosis of autism, anxiety, and speech impairment and through lots of sessions of occupational & speech therapy...we have been tried, but we have also been so very blessed. We begin another journey now with our little Jaxon boy...and we are ready! Ready for the therapy, ready for the home sessions we need to do, ready to work to get him where he needs to be! Cause as Mothers...that's what we do. Help them to be the best that they can be...whatever that may be!
If you haven't seen this fabulous video yet, take a moment today to watch it. I cried and smiled all at the same time. It is beautiful! I have never met Stephanie but I talk about her to my family all the time. Madisyn wants to go and play with her girls every time she see's them on my computer! :)
Have a wonderful day my sweet friends, mothers and mothers-to-be someday!