Summer 2012!

Just a day or two ago, we received a letter in the mail telling us that Nicholas has been accepted into the Brighton Area Schools as our School of Choice district.  Due to some issues I had with our home district, I chose to go with BAS.  I also chose to go with BAS since most of the schools are geographically closer to us, including the middle schools, and high school.

If all goes well, Nicholas will enter into BAS at Hilton Elementary in their Junior Kindergarten class, with Andrea Spaanstra as his teacher.  When we visited Hilton during Kindergarten Roundup earlier this year, I fell in love with the school.  They have lockers, and on the door to the JK room, there was a poster of “How we greet each other”.  This kind of thing is EXACTLY what we’ve been working on with Nicholas.

We chose Junior Kindergarten since we suspect his ASD diagnosis will become an Asperger’s diagnosis when he turns 5 this fall.  They won’t classify kids as Aspie’s until they reach their 5th birthday.  It’s pretty evident to us, and most people that are close to us, that Nicholas fits this ‘description’.  In addition, he has something called hyperlexia, which means he can read, and he’s been reading for close to 2 years.

Here’s a video of him reading at 3:

Here’s a video of him reading “The Cat in the Hat” at 3.5 years old:

And here he is singing “Amazing Grace”:

While he may be ahead of other kids his age in an academic sense, we’re still working with him on social skills.  He’s definitely come a LONG way, but we’re still seeing some things that we need to work with him on, so that later on in life, they won’t become hangups and hinder him.  It’s so strange to me that I’m discussing sending my son to JK or Kindergarten, since it seems like just yesterday we were praying that he’d arrive safely.  Nicholas is wearing 5T clothes and is about 4olbs now.

Here’s a recent picture of all three of our beautiful boys:

Christopher just recently potty trained, as in, within the last two weeks.  We started with gummy bears as bribes for him, but the real decision came down to him.  He has decided that he doesn’t want to take naps, so he is wearing underwear.  We’ve had only 3 accidents in about 2 weeks or so, and he’s doing fabulous!  He’s still napping, since we are dealing with his 3-year old attitude when it comes to bed time.

He will attend BAS’ Tot Spot in the fall, having the same teacher Nicholas had when he was in the 3 year old class.  Mrs. V. is now the Bird Room teacher, and we’re looking forward to hearing all kinds of stories about our social butterfly.  Christopher couldn’t be more opposite to Nicholas when it comes to social interactions.  Whenever we’re out and about, he’s always saying “Hi!” to people and waving.  He’s got such a cute sense of humor and firecracker personality!  He’s about 28 or 29lbs now, and is only a bit shorter than Nicholas!

Andrew is now 9 months old.  We can hardly believe it.  I know that this time has FLOWN by for me.  He’s eating real food now, though we’re still waiting on teeth.  His first word was “Hi!” and he’s working on other words.  He’s been sitting up since April, and started standing up last month, all before he was 9 months old.  Far ahead of his brothers.  He’s cruising around everywhere, and we’ve recently had to reconfigure the playroom so that the other boys’ toys aren’t within his reach.  He’s about 22lbs and is almost as tall as Christopher.

That’s all I have for now…it’s been a long time since I sat down to write, and I wanted to make sure I got these thoughts down in text, before too much time went by and I forgot them.


1 comment to Summer 2012!

  • Kristi

    GREAT post!!! Love all of the info. And what are you going to do with that picture?? It’s such a great one! Really great one! Make sure you print it or frame it or make it your wallpaper on your phone or computer or something!!! 🙂

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