Damien has taken to walk, or running, and or jumping off furniture while saying “I’m Super Damien“.
Just because he is super doesn’t mean that everyone else is.
When asked if granma was “Super Grandma“, he said yes, very quickly.
When asked if I was “Super Daddy“, he took a moment to think about it but eventually sighed “Alright“.
Which is better that other times, when I have asked before, I reciever the answer “Nope“. The sad part (for me anyway) is how quickly the “Nope” anser came, it was almost instantanious, as if he had been waiting for me to ask, just so he could dash my hopes.
Sergey also has a new catch phrase, “Poopy“, and he means it lteraly.
Sergey will come up to me or Mommy and say “Poopy” and indeed he is poopy. This is a great step toward eventual potty trainnig, a step that Damien, skipped over. The other benefit, is that the sooner you can change the diaper the less fowl the air will be, so it is good to know that Sergey is part of the clean air team.
To start things off there was a strange smell in my office when I came in, in the morning, like rotten food. After a little searching, I checked the mouse trap behind the printer, and saw a nice plump mouse. Ewwww.
Then when we get home, I find out that Damien had an accident at daycare. Good thing we keep a spare set of under pants there.
For the kicker, just before I was going to take the kids out of the tub, Sergey takes a dump.
so I had to:
1. Get the kids out and let them stand without towels.
2. Then put the toys in the sink (for washing later).
3. Then (my favorite part) fish out the poop from the water (by hand).
4. Yuck, yuck, yuck (This was an actual step in the process).
5. Drain the tub and rinse any remaing poop down the drain.
6. Put the kids back in the tub for a quick soaping and shower off (which they handled better than I would have thought).
Well we all survived, and Olya launched a second attack on the tub while I took care of the kids.
Well we went to the review of Damienâ€™s multiple evaluation.
Basically he has Educational Autism, but the good new is that everyone feels that he can be helped through this.
On the bright side Damien will begin getting help starting next week, for four days a week. The school will bus him from daycare to the school, for his lessons, and then back to daycare.
The bad new is that we will need to start waking up by 6:00 AM.
Goodbye late night gaming I will miss thee. *sniff* *sniff*.
There is also talk of a parenting group starting up, and they will let us know when it gets going.
One thing we need to start doing with Damien is letting him use scissors, because that is an important motor skill that he is lacking, and it is a development step in learning how to hold a pen or a fork better.
I was always worried he would star trying to cut live electrical cords, so I have not allowed either of the kids to use scissors.
One thing they mentioned is that we should always explain things to Damien starting with the most complex model first, rather than the easiest. This is because his first introduction to something set the standard for him, and he will usually not strive past the first way something was introduced, but he will learn easier ways after he has the complex way.
Another thing is to keep giving him choices, including multiple options, none of which he may like. Such as offering him to choose his own bowl, but donâ€™t have pint (his favorite) as an option.
More later, I got to go.
One of the things that Damien is a bit behind in is block building.
This one is our fault, we didnâ€™t give him blocks at an early age because we were worried that he would throw them, like at the window, or computer, so he just never had the experience.
When it came up during his eval I started playing with him with blocks.
Not just building towers, but other shapes as well. Damien is not really interested in copying my shapes like squares, triangles, or pyramids. He like to make upside down Tâ€™s, but now he is branching out into making Lâ€™s as well.
We will even make multiple sizes of the same shape, like several small Tâ€™s and one big T (the master T, or maybe itâ€™s Mr. T).
This morning when I took the kids downstairs, Sergey wanted to watch Elmo, but Damien wanted to play with blocks. That was fine with me, I am sure it is better for him. So I went back upstairs to catch some more Zâ€™s (not a block pattern).
Later we heard Damien cry out, I turned to Olya and said â€œI bet Damien Is complaining because Sergey smashed his block tower; because that is what Dan (the evil block basher) did to me when I was that ageâ€.
As I get close I can hear Damien asking Sergey to â€œStopâ€ and â€œgo awayâ€. At the doorway I can see Sergey on top of his brother with a fist full of Damienâ€™s hair in each hand. Sergeyâ€™s notices me and he immediately stops smiling and begins to cry as if he is hurt.
â€œNot a chanceâ€ I tell him. I go over and comfort Damien. Damien said â€œSergey smashed my blocksâ€, which is a really good sentence for Damien. Then I yell at Sergey about how bad it is to smash other peopleâ€™s blocks â€œIf you donâ€™t make them, then you canâ€™t break themâ€.
Sergey had a â€œYou arenâ€™t supposed to yell at me Iâ€™m the babyâ€ look on his face.
After Sergey left, I stayed to comfort Damien a bit more and he said â€œSergey should get a time out, he was bad.â€ Thatâ€™s two really good sentences. So there is a silver lining.
Parenting Tip: Kids start to lie and deceive before age two.
Well with the third child on the way, we will need a vehicle big enough to carry to parents, three car seats of kids, and at least two more adults, plus luggage for two weeks.
This is what happens every time Olyaâ€™s parents come to visit.
The Saturn Vue just wasnâ€™t cutting it as I would have to stay home, while Olya went to pick up her parents, as there just was not enough room. Now add a new baby into the mix.
So we got a Venture Extended. It was about 2 grand under the normal asking price, and was bought to help shuttle their one grand child around.
It has half the miles that the Vue has , and rides quieter, and smoother. Far too easy to speed in the Mini Van, because I have a hard time gauging my speed without looking at the speedometer.
No tape player, so I will have to convert my vast tape collection to CD or MP3.
No automatic door opener, but I am told that is a good thing.
It was never used for towing, and we donâ€™t plan to tow with it either, so that should help keep it running longer.
Doesnâ€™t take pot holes as well so I will be working to avoid them now, rather than just driving over them.
I thought about titleing this post the thrid coming, but this one seemed more appropriate.
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