God doesn't give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn't take a special family, it makes a special family.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Today was Brenden's last day of his first year of preschool. When I told him this morning it would be his last day for a while, he said, "Yay, Mommy!" I said, "I thought you liked school?" His reply, "I do, but I miss you." Um, are you trying to make me feel guilty for sending you to Summer school?!?! That won't start until the second week of July, but I'm sure he will be good and bored by then so he'll be ready to go back.

Jonathan is almost finished his second week at the academy and will come home tomorrow evening....but again, he has to work part of the weekend so we still won't see him much before he heads back on Monday morning. Today was the first time in two weeks that I escaped the house with no kids, thanks to Jonathan's dad. While it was only a trip to the bank, post office, and grocery store, it felt amazing!! I will also say that taking out the trash is perhaps the most horrible thing I have to do with Jonathan being gone.....

Brenden had two appointments at UVA this week, which went fairly well. First, we had an appointment with his neuro-opthamologist....an eye doctor that deals with things in the brain that afffect vision....basically a super fancy eye doctor. I absolutely loathe these appointments. They book like 3 times the amount of patients they actually should so we are usually there about 4 hours. The doctor is a bit off the wall, but is apparently the best in his field, or so we've been told by several other eye doctors. About a year and a half ago we went to someone else for a second opinion on Brenden's eyes....when we told him who we were currently seeing he told us we were crazy for wanting another opinion. Brenden's eyes have only changed slightly, so we have a new prescription for glasses....and don't have to go back for a year!!! The second appointment was a kidney ultrasound and follow up with urology, and as expected, everything still looks perfect.

Last week Madelynn had her first trip to the dentist....let's just say she was less than thrilled. I'm so used to Brenden being comfortable around doctors, as he should be since they have been part of his life since day one. Madelynn on the other hand, freaks as soon as they step into the room. I love the dentist the kids see, she's so good with them. We ended up having to lay Madelynn across our laps, I kinda held her down while the dentist checked her mouth. I didn't realize how much the binky could affect her mouth and teeth, but hopefully it will all correct now that we've taken it.

Uncle Dennis from California stopped by for a visit....he's been on a cross-country trip on his Harley, so of course, Brenden got to sit on the bike....

Madelynn on the other hand, wasn't so sure!!

Madelynn, and her cousin and BFF, Oliviah, enjoying some girl time in the pool :)

Brenden sporting Jonathan's hat...

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