Update September 29, 2019

First of all, happy 81st birthday to my mom. We were out celebrating her birthday when I snapped this gem of her and IL.

This has been a pretty good week. D got her standardized test scores from 3rd grade back. She scored 95th percentile in reading and 92nd percentile in math. The more I see scores like that, the more I believe that she has dysgraphia. Why else would writing be so very difficult for her compared to her reading and math? And now that we know it’s not a fine motor skills issue, either, I am more determined to get her diagnosed.

M has generally been managing his depression well while on the happy lamp. So yay! Though he didn’t eat a thing for dinner tonight and complains that he didn’t eat over the weekend (at his biological mom’s) either. He says he no longer likes even McDonald’s! That’s so frustrating, since we frequently use McDonald’s as a reward. Our next step is occupational therapy to see if his pickiness is a sensory issue.

Despite his one unaided step, IL has not yet taken multiple steps. But he does walk quite well with a toy walker. It’s coming soon!

I had a lovely recharge weekend. I spent Saturday walking and reading. (And reading audiobooks while walking.) I finished:

Crash, by Ellen Hopkins

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

Both books are banned teen books, which I read in honor of Banned Book Week.

Today, I decided to mix it up a little. Aaron continued to watch all three kids while I listened to Furiously Happy and cleaned the whole house (sans basement). It felt even better than walking! We have both decided a full recharge weekend is not necessary, but we can take the second day to focus entirely on our own to-do list instead of juggling between who watches the baby and who does stuff (which can get ineffective since we never really get to rest that way. We’re always either rushing through to-do lists or watching the baby (and fending off the kids’ complaints of boredom). I always read when I was bored and waisn’t allowed to watch TV!

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