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.
Makes for a catchy title, doesn’t it? And it’s true…well, partially at least.
In case you missed yesterday’s post, I mentionned that though Little Dude’s mother tongue is French, we have also taught him some English words which, until very recently, he never associated as having the same meaning as the French words he knows. Encouraged by his breakthrough and interest in his language development, I decided to combine the color words he knows with other words he doesn’t know.
During the car ride from daycare to home, he pointed out all of the the busses, tractors, lights and fucks that he saw.
There were green fucks, red fucks, black fucks, dump fucks and pickup fucks.
No matter how clearly, or loudly I repeated the word “truck” he just kept saying it his way. He probably just can’t pronounce the “tr” sound right now so he found a substitute sound. I couldn’t help but stiffle a laugh every single time he said it and couldn’t help but wonder what others would think if they heard my little man use the word so confidently.
Less than two weeks to Spring Break! I. Can’t. Wait.
For tonight’s supper, I’m hesitating between hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and smoked meat sandwiches. I know, I know, not the healthiest foods, but that’s what the little peanut has decided upon and let’s face it, who am I to argue with my hormones?
Tomorrow I have to get my blood drawn. Wish me luck! The last time I ended up lying down on a bed with ice packs in various spots and a blood pressure cuff around my arm. (Don’t worry, it won’t happen again. I know that I need to be lying down when I visit the vampires… 😛 )
I’m toying with the idea of leaving WordPress. Ever since I’ve changed up my blog and put up the nifty “contact me” page, I’ve received quite a few advertisement proposals…which I’ve had to turn down because WordPress doesn’t allow third-party ads. And since my premium account expires in about two months, I need to start thinking about what I want to do.
I think I’ve found a good way to add proteins to my son’s breakfast (because lets face it, when I work, there is just no way I am going to start doing eggs for breakfast). I found some hemp at Bulk Barn the other day (33g of protein per 100g!). After using it in his cereal and smoothies for a couple of days, he hasn’t had any adverse reactions! YAY!
I think I might go back to the amusement center with Little Dude this weekend, unless we have an awesome weekend and can play outside.
Speaking of Little Dude, he never ceases to amaze me. He is now able to go down the stairs by himself (under strict surveillance) and he’s been wanting to help me dress him for the past week or so. Crossing my fingers for this to continue ’cause dressing a screaming and squirming toddler is no easy task.
I’m giving a presentation with a co-worker at one of the schools I work at this Friday on technological aids for students with learning disabilities. I just need to work the bugs out of the PowerPoint presentation and I’m all set.
By the way, does anyone have a good suggestion of a program that helps correct English (not just spelling/grammar errors, but sentence structures as well)? The built-in corrector that comes with Word, just doesn’t cut it with my dyslexic ESL students.
After being unsure about the Dexter series, I am now in love with it and glad I stuck with it!