It's been a while since I've just caught up on the "happenings" of Trey and Carrington. It's tough to even know where to start! Trey and Carrington both had speech screenings at school, and I have to admit that I was a little surprised when neither of them passed! I knew Carrington was delayed, but I guess I had seen such a huge improvement in Trey since his permanent tubes, it never occurred to me that there was any further issues. Luckily, I immediately got in touch with Cabarrus County, and they have been wonderful. Not even a week went by before they had appointments set up for both kids. Carrington is under the age of 3, so her process was a little different. We had a speech therapist come to the house to do an in-depth screening, which was far more thorough than I ever would have imagined. The appointment took about 3 hours, and they way they "judge" a child is that the child needs to be 25% or more delayed in 2 areas, OR 30% or more delayed in 1 area. Carrington was a super-star in everything except expressive language- basically her verbal skills. I was super impressed when Carrington was even able to pick up a shoe lace and lace little beads to make a necklace- who would have thought? :) But, in the verbal portion, she scored a delay of about 29%- basically, she is speaking at a 21 month old level, but she is 30 months old. The screening was incredibly insightful for me, since it really pointed out things that I hadn't even realized- for example, Carrington didn't have a word for 'cup' or 'bed'. I guess I'd missed those little things, but now I know what to ask and look for. Her first "real" speech therapy session was last week, and I know it sounds crazy, but I've already noticed such a huge difference. The good news is that they expect Carrington to catch up quickly, and she probably won't need any speech therapy by the time she is 3. Plus, Cabarrus is being unbelievably accommodating and scheduling her sessions while she is at Jean's house on Thursdays, so Carrington doesn't have to miss any preschool. Jean is wonderful to let them come to her home and work with Carrington there- and I am so blessed to have so many people willing to help us! It definitely makes life easier!
Trey, on the other hand, was a little different, since he is over the age of 3. This means that he had to be screened through the Cabarrus County School System. We spent a Friday morning out at their facility, where he did awesome. Most of this was done without me in the room, but when the testing was completed, the advisor came out and told me I had nothing to worry about- she could understand Trey perfectly, and she was especially impressed with his handwriting (between you and me, his handwriting needs a LOT of improvement, but I'll take the compliment anyways!). She had asked Trey to tell her a story about his day (they do this to see if the words children are using are enunciated properly, and if their thought process is cohesive). Trey told her all about his pets, and this is the story she repeated to me, that Trey told her: "He has a dog Molly, and that Molly sometimes gets hot, but she is NOT a hotdog, like the kind we eat. He also told her that he has two cats- Cesar and Boris. Cesar is a mean cat and sometimes when he's being nice, he actually wants to be mean and he will bite you, but Boris is a very nice kitty cat and never bites, but likes to be outside." I love it! His entire story was truthful, and it always cracks me up to hear what goes on in his little mind. I was a little concerned that the screening at his preschool had a different result, but she said that at this age, kids could just be having a bad day, and not to worry about it at all- Trey is doing great! She did notice that he was squinting during the vision exam, so we'll keep an eye on that- maybe he'll need glasses in the future!
Carrington is doing awesome going potty- which she loves doing. Don't get me wrong, she has no problem going poo-poo or pee-pee on the potty, but she also has no problem doing this in a pull-up :). Basically, the chick just likes to "go". Carrington is also LOVING Cinderella- she loves the movie, the books, coloring pages, her underwear with Cinderella on them, anything Cinderella related is a hit in our house!
Trey is still 110% all about firetrucks. I love that he just picks a "thing" and does everything he can to learn all about it. He watches Chicago Fire at Jean's house and his favorite thing to watch (besides Fireman Sam) at home is this weird documentary on Fire Trucks- it's not animated or anything, but he loves to learn the history.
Trey has also been begging to take the training wheels off of his bike, so 2 weekends ago, he went outside and took 1 of them off himself. He was just riding around with 1 training wheel on and 1 off, trying to learn his balance. We have been taking both of them off for a little bit each weekend, and he almost has the hang of it! It's tough to do when all the other kids are riding their bikes around him going really fast, so he gets discouraged and wants to put them back on, but whenever he's alone, he always wants them off.
Carrington is still hanging out in her crib- can you believe that she hasn't tried to climb out even once??? How in the WORLD did we get so lucky? I'm keeping her in that crib until she doesn't fit in there anymore! Here's to hoping she doesn't decide to escape on her own! Carrington is sassy, independent, bossy, and smart, but she is also super easy going in other areas- like the fact that she still sleeps a solid 12 hours every night, and NEVER cries for us to come get her in the morning. She just plays in her room till we go and get her. She also consistently takes a 2 hour nap every day. She eats everything, and isn't afraid to try anything new. The girl loves dipping, and isn't picky about the dip- it can be ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, Ranch dressing (her favorite), applesauce, soy sauce- anything with a 'dip' consistency is good for her! :) The only thing I have ever seen her truly not like is Lobster, but she tried it twice and then said "Ewww", so I won't force it.
Trey, on the other hand, has completely given up his naps. I sure do miss those nap times, but I know he's getting older, and it was bound to happen eventually. :) He is our little "night owl". He stays up late and wakes up early- I guess he just doesn't require too much sleep. He also wakes up almost every night to use the bathroom, but then goes right back to bed, so I guess he just sticks to a routine!
I think that sums up the lives of Trey and Carrington, at least for now. They love each other like crazy, and play great with one another... at least until they start screaming and crying, and then it's a different story!