Monday, April 21, 2008

Mondays - All About Alex

I have been a bad blogger again, I know!

Monday is one of those days that is all about Alex. Every day is all about Alex and Owen, but Monday is a day that is scheduled finely. We had a very hard time finding therapists here in this area. When we finally got a speech therapist, the practice closed a month later so we were back to square one. Luckily we found a speech therapist again after about a 6 week lay off and we drive about 30 miles to get to her. Occupational Therapy however, was beyond elusive! It took over a year of being in this area to finally find one and once we found her, we were not letting go. Consequently, since Alex has changed schools and is enjoying a longer day, there is a very small window between her getting off her school bus and her OT appointment. It involves a lot of me driving on two wheels while she enjoys a snack in the back seat! I know, it is not an ideal scenario but we have to do what we have to do.

We are now awaiting a second appointment that will hopefully take place next month. That will bring it to two OT sessions a week - and it only took 3 years! Patience is hard to find sometimes but we have to remember that assets have yet to catch up with needs! Alex has been in a new School program for about 3 months now and it has made a difference like none I would have believed. She now goes five days a week and her days are longer. She has blossomed and grown in so many ways. I had suspected for some time that she could read but now I have seen it and others have too. She tends to hide her light under a bushel. This weekend we found out that she can write too. I happened upon a stash of words that were written on her craft paper. Red, Raft, Paper, Party, Dog, Cat and many other words, each on their own piece of paper and each perfectly printed! I just wonder how much more is still waiting to come forth. Then I wonder how many children are not lucky enough to have the therapists and teachers that my daughter has. She is wonderful, fabulous, smart, sweet and a pain in the butt, and thanks to the roll call of people who help her, we get to enjoy that!

Oh and her two bottom teeth fell out so she looks delightfully goofy too!