Charles Knox


Cecily Blanche


Monday, March 30, 2009

First Day Of School--UPDATE!

So apparently it wasn't as bad for Wild Man as I thought.  I had a call at around 9-9:30 from school, and of course I immediately thought the worst, and envisioned rushing to get him.  Nope.  The director just wanted to let me know how great he was doing and that he quit crying about 5 minutes after Keith dropped him off this morning!  His only issue was when workers would come in and out, but I think his teacher asked them to just peek in on him.

I got to stand and "observe" for a good 15-20 minutes.  He was chowing down, so we all know he was good if food is present.  His teacher said she thought she might have to get him a second plate!  That's my boy!  ;)  There is one little "feisty" boy, that was throwing food at the two other little boys and squeezing juice into his mouth with the sippy cup overhead.  Let's just hope Knox doesn't pick up on those undesirable habits.  Good thing is that I think that little boy kinda freaked Knox out a bit--teacher said he steered clear of him!  Haha!  I think he did play well with one other little boy that is a little more calm, so that's a plus!

Tomorrow is another day, and we'll see how it goes from here!  Oh and tomorrow is picture day, complete with a group shot--I'm sure that will be a hoot!

First Day of "School"

So today is Knox's first day of daycare/school.  He's only going four half days each week, but we think that is plenty of time for him to be socialized.  It's also plenty of time for me to get work competed each day--well for the most part and not including my current favorite hobby that is thankfully turning into a small source of extra income.  Anyway, this hobby definitely bleeds into our everyday life so I had to post pictures of all the goodies I made for Knox on his first day of school.  You can also see that the day didn't start off all that stellar.  Ha!  Poor baby knew we were going to drop him off somewhere strange.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Unexpected, Pleasant Blogging Surprise!

This Lemonade Award is quite new to me, but when I went to check out sweet Adair's latest blog, I saw she had given one to me!  How fun!  Adair is a fab sorority sister and beautiful person on the inside AND out.  By following her blog, I've been able to keep up with her fun times and also her times of trial in trying to add a "new addition" to her cute little family.  I hope God blesses them soon!

Now I am ready for some good ole lemonade.....Here are a few rules.....
1.Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post
2.Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude
3.Link to your nominees within your post
4.Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5.Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award
And my Lemonade Award goes to.....

5.  I know you're supposed to do 10, but I don't have that big of a blog roll!

School Bound

Momma's sweet baby boy will be starting "school" on Monday.  Keith and I have decided to enroll Knox in daycare part-time, to help socialize him (he's the true meaning of the phrase Momma's Boy) and to hopefully get the speech ball rolling.  Not only should this help Knox, but Mommy will be able to get a solid four hours of work, and possibly exercise in, without having to worry about "neglecting" Wild Man.

Starting Monday, Keith will be dropping Knox off at 7am (hanging around for a good 5-10 minutes to help get him adjusted as much as possible) and I will be picking him up at 11:00am.  He will only be attending Monday through Thursday, so we still have the flexibility to make three day trips without penalty, and get some playdates in as well.  I think all members of the Rogers household may be in better moods, once we get over the separation hump.  I hope.  I'll follow up next week to let you know how this goes.  *fingers crossed!*

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fabulously Crazy Week

So our great but crazy week started Monday.  With only $1000 left to pay on student loans before we are debt free (minus the house mortgage), the idea of a new vehicle went up.

Keith's sweet parents have been on the lookout for great deals, and found a fabulous vehicle for an equally fabulous price.  Before making an offer, Keith, Knox and I went to test drive a similar one at a local dealership.  Long story short, we made an offer on the one we test drove and dealer wouldn't come down $1500 so we said no thanks, and I next thing I know I'm in TN and the proud new owner of a 2007 Chevy Tahoe!!!  :)  I even got to see my sweet grandmother and aunt while here, since Knox and I stayed an extra night so we wouldn't feel so rushed.

Now, on our way home, we are meeting Brother and Lindsey in Birmingham so that they can ride with us in the new Tahoe, to help keep Knox happy and Mommy sane.  If only I could fall asleep now, and get some good shut eye...oh well.  Friday Ma Jack & Big Daddy will be join us (after us kids hit the GA Aquarium) for a fun filled weekend of cooking out and a trip to the ATL zoo!

In other crazy news, while we've been here in TN, we've come to realize that Knox is growing way too fast (like we didn't already know!)  We put him to sleep in his pack n play Grammy has for him here, and we woke up to find him on the BIG BED next to the pack n play, playing and gibbering to himself!!!  I tried to put him down for a nap today, and as soon as I closed the door, THUNK, there went Knox overboard since I pulled the pack n play away from the bed!  So my inability to fall asleep has a little to do with the munchin asleep on my leg, that has regularly sat straight up in attempts to get comfy himself, and the three glasses of a Pulaski delicacy, Sundrop, I consumed before bed.

Oh and please keep Grammy in your thoughts and prayers--she's having outpatient surgery on her hand tomorrow.  Hope she makes a speedy recovery, so she can give Knox sweet lovings next time we see her!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Update on the "plan"

After talking with Michelle, Knox's pediatrician, our current plan regarding Knox's lack of verbalization is to wait.

When talking with her about the extra tests the ENT "prescribed," Michelle was not familiar with the ABR test, and said that the sedation would be a bit extreme.  (Thank goodness!)  She said that she could send us to the autism early prevention center to have him tested, but again stated that she DOES NOT think that Knox has autism.  So she said she felt comfortable revisiting the situation at his 18 month checkup.

Several of my sweet readers, one being a sorority sister 
that works with delayed children, assured me that Knox's situation is quite normal--so my nerves are a little more at peace.  Thank you to everyone, including Ma Jacks and Grammys, for all of your help/assurance/input.  We love you all.  We are so glad to know that Knox is so cared for and loved.  And of course, now I think, since he has found a new love in Blue's Clues, I could swear he tries to say "Blue's Clues" when I go to put it on--but I could just be delusional at this point!  :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My Non-Verbal Sweetheart

Many of you know that Knox hasn't really been talking--at all.  Not even his first word.  He has been walking since he was 8 months old, and I've been told that when their gross motor skills are advanced that fine motor skill, like talking, are often delayed.

We went to his 15 month check up yesterday, where his growth is fabulous--weight normal in the 57%, head circumference in the 73% and height in the 85%, so he might be a tall one!  All else checked out great, with the exception that he hasn't said one single word yet.  Michelle, his nurse practitioner that we ALWAYS see, wanted to check his hearing, to rule out that as a possible cause to the lack of talking.  She also said that not talking is a major warning sign for autism, but that she did not believe that Knox suffer from that.  He may very well, just be a little stubborn in verbalizing what he wants.

Anywho, we call yesterday and manage to get an appointment at the ENT today at 2:00pm.  I wish I had followed my own advice and waited for a morning appointment.  It was QUITE difficult to keep Knox entertained for AN HOUR AND A HALF.  Regardless, his hearing check out fine, but now they want to see him back in 4-6 weeks to "run more tests"--I think it's to get more money, so I asked if it was necessary, and of course they said yes.  Then they want me to call and schedule a test called a ABR with SEDATION through the Children's Hospital of Atlanta!  I am completely freaked out to put my child through some form of sedation for an optional test, especially when it's known that some children don't really talk until they are 18 months old.  Needless to say, I'm waiting a few days/weeks to schedule the later test until I get more info.  I am calling his pediatrician to go over today's test results, and to see what Michelle thinks we should do.  I was okay with him not talking, but now I'm getting a little more uneasy with it...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lovely Springish Walk in the Neighborhood

We (meaning Knox, Mommy and the "girls") love going for walks in the neighborhood on beautiful days like what we've been having here. Sadly, our last walk was too long ago to remember, so Mommy and puppies were both out of shape. Regardless of how often we walk, Chloe, aka Puddin' Pop, can never really keep up with her sister. Our first two walks last week proved to be almost too much for our fat one. This is what happened half way through our walk on both Thursday AND Friday.

I know I've always been the crazy lady of the neighborhood--walking, pushing a stroller and walking two shih tzus all at once. I just can't leave the dogs at home when we're getting out for some excercise since they need it too. Now I'm just the REALLY crazy lady that lets her fat dog ride in the cargo carriage of her baby's stroller. I'm surprised I haven't caused any wrecks, from the looks of amusement/shock I some times receive. Ha! At least the people of our neighborhood are getting their laughs for free! ;)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Knox's Newest Favorite Toy

This is Knox's newest favorite toy.  He loves this mixing bowl that I found at Dollar Tree.  Isn't it funny how they love the most inexpensive thing that's NOT a toy?  He also enjoys using one of mommy's mixing spoons and "stirring it up!"  Anyways, there are several more of these pictures, so this is just a small smickling of how funny he is with this thing.  Even funnier is that he laughs and runs full speed with it on his head.  All fun and games 'til someone gets hurt--which he does multiple times.