Monday, May 30, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Zoo Zoo Zoo

Sam wanted to leave the bird show to go to the carousel.  Once he sets his mind to do something he is pretty tenacious.
As soon as the bird show was over Sam booked it for the carousel, not even minding the throngs of people racing back to their strollers.

Even though Sam was bent on riding on the carousel, he wouldn't get on without someone else.  Most of the ride he was trying to get me to take him off, except for the split second when we passed Ashton and he'd pause to wave at her.

Sam is mimicking the giraffes (not pictured)

Sam looking at the elephants. That strange tuft of hair on Sam's head is actually my hand.  Weird.

Here we are gazing into a perfectly good swimming pool that has been empty every time I come to the zoo.  It's like the elephants think they are too good for it.

This is, of course, a spider monkey.

Friday, May 13, 2011

1st Report Card

Over the past six months Sam has been working with some amazing therapists in order to get him caught up with other children his age. Due to his kidney damage and malnutrition he fell behind in several areas but is now catching up. He has a speech therapist, a swallowing therapist, and a physical therapist. Just recently he had an evaluation to tell us approximately where he is developmentally. There are six areas that the therapists observe - gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, self-help, and social/emotional. We are happy to report that he is caught us in almost all of these areas. We are still working with his gross motor skills (he's still new to walking) and his self-help skills, which entails speaking. He understands and communicates very well he just doesn't use his lips to do it. We feel no rush there. He will start when he is good and ready :)

Monday, May 9, 2011


Just one more week and Stephen is done with his first year of medical school!!! Sam can play with his dad all he wants! I'm going to take a nap.