Ace's occupational therapist discharged him today. She said a couple of weeks ago that she didn't know how much longer she'd need to see him (in the sense that it wouldn't be much longer) and last week, I asked about his goals, which seemed really minor. When she came this week, I talked to her a little bit about how he was doing on his goals and asked if she thought she'd need to see him much more, and she said no and after some further discussion said she could discharge him.
YEEEE HAW!!!! Now I want to get her a little thank-you present - she's only been seeing Ace for around 3 months, but I adore her. Not sure what I'd get her. I got her a gift certificate to a local coffee shop for Christmas, which she seemed to enjoy. Maybe some chocolates? I don't think another fruit basket is in the budget... Hmmm...
Also, Ace's speech therapist is coming tomorrow morning and I'm going to squeeze some goals out of her, too. Y'all...
Ace is straight up blowing me away with this vocabulary explosion. Christmas was only a few weeks ago, and it seemed like he was identifying ducks vocally, and now boom - he's got probably a 10-12 word vocabulary. He's also imitating the cats - I got a video last night of me saying "Ace, what do kitties say?" and Ace responding "mwow?" but the video sucked and I deleted it. Not only is he repeating and retaining words, he's making commands now too. He says "up" when he wants to be picked up, "baba" when he wants a bottle, "more" when he wants... well, okay, y'all are smart people. If he can't figure out how to say a word, he busts his derriere trying, and spits out something along the lines of "beowebokeobebo?"
I swear, it seemed like he just stopped doing anything at 10 months, and now within the last 3 months it's like his cognitive abilities have caught up to and started to overcome his developmental abilities. Gonna have to stick with the physical therapy for a looong time, but that's cool. One hour a week I can deal with. I know three hours a week doesn't seem like much, but it seriously jacks up the rest of his schedule.
I'm gonna pull a dangerous move and go get him out of his bed and cuddle with him. I need some Ace-a-roo hugs.
23 hours ago