today my baby boy turns six. i’m feeling happy and sad at the same time. happy because i love watching him grow up. yet, sad because i miss the baby in him. for mother’s day when mason was in preschool he gave me a paper that said i like mommy because she reads to me. so i thought i would do the same for him.
i like mason because……
he loves to help
he loves to read
he still wants mommy to put him to bed most nights
he loves to build things
he is competitive (everything is a race to him. his teacher thinks this may be motivating him in school to keep up)
he loves his sister and dog
he is sensitive and thoughtful
he is a hard worker
i really could go on and on.
i can’t imagine my life without this special boy in it and i’m so very thankful that God chose to give him to us. happy sixth birthday buddy.
pictures above taken with canon eos-3. below with the canon 6d.
when mason was 19 months old we had our pictures taken by angie warren. i thought i would try to re-create that picture to show how much he’s grown.
okay, someone please pass the tissues now.
update: i posted on my Facebook about mason’s iep so i thought i would share the update here since some of you have asked how it went. basically, it went as expected. since mason is now six he will no longer receive direct services through the school district. all they will provide are indirect services in the form of consultations and links to resources, etc. if we decide to enroll mason in public school, they will give him 30 minutes each week to be in a group of kids his age with the speech therapist to work on pragmatic communication skills. things like saying hi and bye or asking for something he needs or wants. this 30 minutes is not enough to sway our decision because we have seen so many benefits of him attending Golden Hills Christian School. i did manage to get them to continue direct services through May since at the beginning of the school year there was some misinformation and he didn’t start speech with them until the end of september. these additional sessions will make up for that time he missed that he should have received. all in all, i think the meeting was positive for him. i’m glad to know that his articulation has improved so much that she doesn’t see a need in continuing that part of therapy and i think we can work on the pragmatic part at home, with his teacher, and with his private speech therapist. his speech has come a long way and we can now understand most of what he says. i find that the longer his thoughts are the more jumbled his words come out and then he becomes pretty hard to understand. the kindergarten classes did chapel today at school and mason had a ton of lines to read! he did a great job though in front of all those people. you wouldn’t think he’d do it considering how shy he can be one on one. and of course david and i had to hide in the sound booth so he wouldn’t see us. if he sees us he gets nervous and freezes up.
aside from speech he’s doing great in school. he does have to do stretches for a month to see if it improves the flexibility in his calf muscles to help his toe walking. if his flexibility doesn’t improve, he will have to wear a brace for a few months. i’m hopeful that it won’t get to that point and if it does that’s okay. him wearing braces or even toe walking is by far the least of my concern.
as for edie…..we had her neurology check up a couple weeks ago and her head hasn’t grown really in three months which is a concern, although her dr. is pleased with her developmental progress. we go back in May to see if her head has grown anymore. if it hasn’t then she’ll have to go for an mri. she’s quite the little character though! her speech is starting to emerge and she has a handful of words: cheese, outside, hi, socks, baby. those are the ones we hear consistently anyways.
i think that’s it! thank you from the bottom of our hearts for praying for us and our kids. it truly means so much to us.