I’ve been pretty absent lately and it’s not because nothing is happening. Perhaps, in fact, it is because too namy things have been happening.
I am absolutely jammed at work. My days are so busy that they fly by (which is a good thing!). The best part is that my students are progressing in English! Yes!!! You see I teach a group of 13-15 year old students who have learning difficulties. Specifically, most of my students are at about the level of 4th graders. They have trouble with their mother tongue (French) so English is waaaaay far on their priority list. BUT, so far, things are going smoothly and not only are they progressing beyond what I had though, but they are actually enjoying themselves.
Then, there’s the home front. Amélie is now confidently walking (and climbing, and hiding inside cupboards and trying to do everything her big brother does). She is seriously all over the place. And she talks! This surprised me because (even if I know I shouldn’t be comparing my children), Charles was only saying “water” and “mom” by 18 months whereas she has quite a few words in her vocabulary (“eat” being the most prominent one…). She also recently started to cut her canines…all four of them…at the same time…at 13 (well, 14 now) months. Sheesh! She’s such a sassy little miss though and lights up any room she’s in. Oh and she has rendered my plug protectors obsolete as she has figured out how to take them out of the plugs.
Charles is doing really well too. He is now able to dress himself (when he wants to…). It’s always very apparent when he does so because his shirt, boxers and pants (and usually shoes/boots) are facing the wrong way, but boy oh boy is he proud when he surprises his father or I by getting out of his room all dressed. He is also talking non stop and loves to sing. “Row, row, row your boat” anyone? He still has his tantrum up and downs, but they seem to be getting (if not less intense) further apart and shorter in duration. Perhaps it’s just a placebo effect to my knowledge that he is going to be three (!) soon though. We’ve been keeping up his swimming lessons and have really seen an improvement in the last few weeks. He’s now able to float on his back unassisted and he’s able to put his whole head under water (which is wonderful because we used to get huge meltdowns when we got his face wet even a little).
By the way, for those of you who use the Allerject epinephrine injector in Canada, I received an e-mail yesterday stating that the company was issuing a voluntary recall of their devices because:
“The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery,” (source)
We’re not using an epinephrine injector anymore (thank goodness that Charles doesn’t need one anymore), but for those of you who are using Allerject, it might be worthwhile to look into with your pharmacist.
‘Till next time!