Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stuff Avalanche!

Well, I have been mostly M.I.A. all summer, but now it is officially fall, and I am officially back.  Here's a run-down of what Ian's been up to:

Horseback Riding - Ian completed six weeks of therapeutic horseback riding over the summer. He was switched to a smaller house, Aero, who he really liked. He's looking forward to seeing Aero again, and taking more lessons, next summer.

Outings - Ian did a lot of traveling this summer! We had a family wedding in Minnesota one weekend, and went to a waterpark in Iowa the next weekend. We spent a day by Lake Michigan in July, and visited the Wisconsin State Fair in August. Ian took it all in stride, and enjoyed all the new experiences. The last week in August, we went to the zoo to celebrate Ian's last week of freedom before starting school!
Checking out Lake Michigan from Daddy's shoulders
Visiting the chicks at Wisconsin State Fair

Riding the train at the zoo
Minor Trauma - Fortunately, there were no major doctor run-ins this summer. Ian saw the pediatrician once because he got a bug bite on his ear that got infected and he needed to get on antibiotics quickly so the infection didn't spread to his shunt. Luckily, the infection didn't spread beyond his ear, which returned to its normal size again in a few days. The week after that cleared up, I noticed a bump above the tooth that he injured on the playground at school last year, and - long story short - he had an infection there too and ended up having the tooth pulled. I won't be anything short of honest - it was horrible, horrible, to watch him scream and cry while they pulled his tooth out, and to sit and hold him, crying and bleeding, for half an hour afterward, but once he settled down he seemed to kind of like his new, holey smile.

And finally...Back to School - September finally came, and with it, the start of kindergarten for Ian. Even though this is his third year in the school district, he started at a new school this year. All of his teachers and most of his therapists are new to him, but it has been really great getting to know them all, and everyone is doing really well with getting to know Ian and his needs.

Ian also started his second season of TOPSoccer in September, and so far, seems pretty happy to be back at it. The rest of our family loves sitting on the bleachers watching him score goals and pump his fist in the air triumphantly. It's a small thing, but it's a really big thing, too.

I've really loved all the time our family has spent together the last few months. It was a lot of traveling, a lot of coordinating and packing, and sometimes a lot of stress, but we were all in it together, figuring it out as we went along. Ian and Lydia are finally both at ages where they can interact with each other more, and even play nicely once in awhile. There is nothing more heart-warming than overhearing the little conversations they have with each other. One of the best things to come out of this summer was that their relationship grew closer. 

Case and point:
Ian's feet are the smaller, bare ones, just FYI :)