Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bring on Summer

School is now over for Max and Ivanna. Ahhhhhh SUMMER (YAY!!) This means late nights playing outside, lunches at home, walks to the park, and most importantly: sleeping IN!!

We have been busy, busy, busy. Many appointments and various other activities have been happening as of late. I will fill you in as we go.

Justus is just having a snack and listening to piano practice. 

Justus has had a few appointments with ENT, Ophthalmology, and some hearing testing. His hearing is a bit impaired due to tubes being out and some fluid in the ear. He also has large tonsils and possibly needs them removed along with adenoids. We will wait for a few months - and then possibly do all at once. He was given a stronger prescription for glasses to help with far-sightedness. He is doing very well - and is keeping me on my toes!

 A little hard work in the yard, and a man can lose his trousers ...

We have discovered that Max needs hearing aids. His hearing is in the tank. So ... we are hopeful that with the hearing aids, he will be able to pick up on more sound, and thus imitate that sound - and better the potential to be more verbal. We are hopeful!!

These pictures above are of Ivanna signing 'more'. A huge accomplishment!!

Swinging is one of Justus' most favorite thing to do!

... and eating... 
that's a favorite too

... and mess making...
that's also a favorite
(don't be fooled by this picture that makes it look as if he is 'washing' the bowl - this kid is ALL ABOUT mess making)


Ivanna and her pretty little self ...
(I had just recently cut her hair - pretty cute stuff she is)

Justus is excelling physically. He is getting better at the trampoline and climbing on the play structure in our back yard. Very grateful for his little body getting stronger and doing so well.

Justus turned FOUR in May

Isaac doing Isaac poses ...

Gabe being bashful

Ethan so happy to be on a museum adventure

Chloe being cute in the back yard. With rain boots. And shorts. Together.

Ivanna. So pretty. See the difference in two years?

Ivanna has surgery on Monday to replace ear tubes, remove her tonsils and check to make sure her adenoids have not grown back. She will stay in the hospital over night, to monitor her for any complications. The reason for removing her tonsils is due to severe sleep apnea that a sleep study revealed. 

Max with two of his aunties. We were able to go to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle recently with family. It was pretty fun and I recommend you try it out if in Seattle.

Ellie girl looking so pretty!

Justus is trying to 'get' potty training ...

This sequence of pictures is showing how I am trying to get Ivanna used to holding her own food. Currently she will eat, but if it doesn't involve a spoon - we need to hold the food for her and she will bite and chew. I would LOVE if she could and would feed herself completely! I have a feeling we need to overcome some sensory issues to do so.

That's it for now!

1 comment:

The Potvin Crew said...

WAY TOO CUTE!!!!!!! I miss you guys SOOO much! Thanks for sharing the pics and the updates. I can't believe how much they have all grown. That was NOT Isaac... no way! We'll have to plan to try to get together whenever we plan our field trip to the museum. I know Joseph would LOVE to see Gabe again. Love you guys!

Hugs to all,


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