Drew just completed his first swim lesson session which was four weeks long. He came such a long way! The first day he freaked out about the locker room (he has a fear of public bathrooms for some reason), and it was his first time in a shower so he was unsure about that too. The good news is that he has never been scared of the water and he let me carry him right in, and was willing to blow bubbles and put his face in the water, and "jump" assisted off the side. The second and third weeks he was fine with the locker room, but was kind of whiny in the water and didn't really understand what he was supposed to be doing. Finally on the fourth week he started showing some signs that he was getting it! A few times he made swimming motions with his arms, and did some kicking with his feet. He also held onto the wall and blew bubbles. We're making progress.
We started doing some time out with him in the past couple of weeks. We've never had much of a problem with disclipline in the past, normally just telling him to quit whatever he was doing was enough. But lately the temptation of chasing the cats is just too great, and he can't stop himself from doing it no matter how much we yell at him to stop. So we started doing time out and he got it right away. He still chases the cats, but he seems to know that he's doing something wrong and will give us a guilty look when he does it, like he's thinking twice about it. But he still doesn't have much self-control about it so we'll keep doing the time out. :)
Jumping, jumping, jumping.... the kid is obsessed with jumping right now. As a form of transportation, and an activity. He travels all around the house by hopping (could be BE any louder??) And now is liking to jump OFF of things, like the big boulders in the yard. He is surprisingly sure-footed but I still am careful to keep a good eye on him.
So he had his evaluation a couple of weeks ago, and they decided that he is indeed significantly delayed and eligible for continuing speech therapy services once a week. They couldn't find any specific reason for his delay, other than he just doesn't seem all that interested in it yet. Probably being in this home environment also doesn't provide much of an impetus for him to talk, either. They said probably if he were in daycare or something like that he'd want to talk more just to get his point across, but here at home where Mom takes care of everything he doesn't really have to work for it. On Tuesday mornings his speech therapist Annie comes to our house and does play therapy with him. It's really cool how quickly he picks up on things! She's having us do some signs again (which we started to do when he was a baby but gave up on a long time ago..... now he seems a little more responsive to it).