Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Levi!

Last Saturday Levi celebrated his 3rd birthday.  These last 3 years have just flown by and we are very proud of what he has accomplished. He continues to get stronger in his legs and can now stand on his own for 5 to 10 seconds at a time.  He is also cruising a lot more these days. He has been making great strides in speech therapy as well.  The other day he said bubble and hi.  We really feel like this is going to be a breakout year for him.

Since Levi is now 3, he is no longer eligible for the Early Steps program and has to enter the school system.  This past Wednesday we met with the school for his IEP meeting.  Overall it went well.  He qualifies for a lot so I feel like we didn’t have to fight for much.  Right now I feel like I don’t know what I don’t know so as the year progresses I might have a better feel for what he might be missing. It’s all a learning process and I am very fortunate to have access to some great resources to help me if I have questions.  (Thanks Henry!)

On Friday, Levi had his first day of school.  It all happened so fast.  From the Wednesday IEP meeting to dropping him off on Friday Morning.  The physical therapist met Caroline and Levi at the car.  They invited her into the classroom to go over a few things about his day to day. It sounded like Levi was intimated at first as they were moving him from place to place trying to get him situated with all the equipment they had brought in for him.  Soon after Caroline left and we were left to wonder how he was doing all day.  Caroline went back to pick him up at around 3 PM and called me with the report.  Levi had a wonderful day!  He didn’t eat very well but other than that it appeared that he really enjoyed himself.  He colored, ate lunch with his classmates and tried to participate in the conversation the best he could.  He even had PE that day. After hiking it out to the PE area and back he was pretty tired and went down for a nap.  I am so proud of him.  The one thing that Levi has always done well is adapt.  Today was no exception. 

I was so excited and happy to hear that he did so well in his first day of school.  Obviously as parents we were a little nervous but once again he proved to us that he is up to the challenge.  Way to go little buddy