The House Of Burghardt has been busy, busy, busy! I started sharing my life updates with you, and then stopped once life seemed to take over. But that’s usually what happens when you have children – they just need you! So I had to take a step back from this ‘life update’ series to tend to my little boys. But I’m bringing it back to share with you everything we’ve been handling lately and what we’re planning.
We’re Still TTC
That’s right, we are still trying to conceive our 3rd little one. We’re still early on in our journey, and we only started a few months ago. I usually wouldn’t share this information with my readers until we knew for sure we were pregnant and past the 1st trimester – but I found that there are hundreds of women that read my blog that are going through the same journey. And while misery loves company, so does support. And in the spirit of sharing my life with my readers, I’m doing my best to be honest and raw. Chris and I have both been taking vitamins (not an affiliate link) and eating as healthily as we can to increase our odds. Ideally, we would conceive in September so our baby could be born in the summer (versus my other two babes who were both born in winter), but we know trying takes a while so we’re getting a jump on things.
Jax’s Special Education Needs
When we first found out that Jax needed a little extra help with speech and some OT, Chris and I both strongly disagreed. Kids eventually talk, and they eventually do the things they need to in their own time.
We had taken this route with my oldest son, Max, and he turned out ‘just fine’. Except he wasn’t. He wasn’t ready for Kindergarten, and practically cried for the first three months. He didn’t talk until he was closer to three – which helped with the terrible three’s tantrums. He had sensory processing issues that we didn’t know about or how to handle that we still deal with today.
Looking back, I wish I had the information I had today – but I am incredibly thankful that I know what I know now and I can help him the best way possible. SPD takes a lot of patience. Now that I know better and have the resources and support from my husband to help Jax’s special needs, we had him evaluated and he is now enrolled in classes. He will also start speech classes twice a week through our insurance starting this summer. He’s already making strides in learning, and I think he will soon be ready to be discharged from OT as he is quickly catching up. Right now, we have integrated sign language to help him communicate his needs.
My understanding is that sign language encourages young children to communicate verbally once they see the response/reward that their communication through sign language gets them. So instead of him pointing at something and whining, he will pat his chest for ‘Please’, or bring his fingers together from each hand while they are pinched together for ‘More’. It took me a full three weeks to teach him to communicate this way – it finally clicked when he wanted some chewy candy from me, and I required him to do sign language. He suddenly did it, and the jig was up. I knew that he had just been refusing to do it until I had something he really wanted. I still encourage him to do sign language for everything he wants or needs to keep it consistent. Now, we use sign language for just about everything. It’s nice to finally understand what he’s trying to tell us, and to be more involved in helping him communicate his needs.
I’ve shared this before, but Chris is an avid kayak fisherman and has loved fishing since he was really young. He started taking Max out fishing when he was three, and the two have had this incredible bond when it comes to fishing and the water.
Fishing season is here! Chris has been competing in a few tournaments, but he’s stepped back from being gone every weekend so he can be home more with the kids, which has been going great. I love that I actually get to see him on the weekends :). The boys just went out last week, and Max scored this big fish:
My Blogging Anniversary
MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY FOR SLAYATHOMEMOTHER.COM IS MAY 29TH! I can’t believe it’s already been a year – so many changes have happened in the last year, and I am thrilled to be able to do what I love. Keep your eyes peeled for my 1 year anniversary post at the end of this month!
Coming Up: Our 5th Anniversary
Chris and I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage on June 11th. I’m really excited to write about everything we’ve learned and been through in these last 5 years.
Thank you to my loyal readers for your support this last year – I am so incredibly grateful to have an audience of mothers and wives like you. I have some really neat changes coming up these next few months that I can’t wait to share with you!