September was a good one for our family. We had lots going on, but we also had a very nice rhythm of our routine of school and the therapies I take Spencer to every week (3 therapists, 4 different appointments). We are loving the predictability of a regular routine, and the lovely fall weather. We have been so blessed in so many ways.
Starting at the beginning, we started a new therapy with Spencer called Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Spencer has responded to it brilliantly. Basically, it will give us better tools to deal with Spencer’s reactions to our requests and help him to deal with some of the things he feels in the same manner every time. We are still in the beginning stages of it, and we are still doing the Child Directed Interaction. So what that looks like for us right now is Special Time. For 5 minutes a day, each of us plays with Spencer using something like blocks, legos, tinker toys or something. During this 5 minutes, we are not allowed to ask questions, give commands or use any negative talk or sarcasm. We ARE aiming to praise him, talk about what he’s doing and reflecting back to him what he says to us. Spencer has just been eating up Special Time, and Adam and I are pretty close to the goal of 10, 10 and 10 (praises, descriptions and reflections). He has responded so well, that we are actually having his teachers learn the same thing,TCIT. We’ll see how this goes, but his teachers are wonderful and willing, so I’m not worried
Adam and I were able to go see Wicked again. It is such a good show, and we were so glad we were able to see it again. Not much else to say about that, but it’s always worth mentioning.
Adam jumped on a planed and headed to Sugar City for a visit. No real reason. He just thought he should go visit, so I made sure he went. When he came home, we were SO glad to have him home. The boys really missed their dad, and I really missed my husband.
I started trading boys with my friend (thank you so much!) while Spencer is at school. So Matthew has gotten SO much better about going to other people and being less of a Momma’s boy. We were really concerned about when he goes to nursery in November (oh yes, just 3 more Sundays before Nursery!). We were nervous he wouldn’t be able to be there without me. He’s shown us lately that he’ll be JUST fine. He’s such a laid back guy, and he’s really good about going with the flow. We are so grateful for his attitude.
Adam and I spend a lot of time training for our half marathon (running it on October 19th). Our Saturday mornings are spent doing our long runs, which get increasingly longer as the half gets closer. I was supposed to do another sprint triathlon on September 28th, but it was cancelled because of nasty weather. I was a little bit bummed, but it did let me get closer to running the half marathon distance wise before the race.
That’s what’s been happening with us for a while. Just in a very deep routine, and we’re loving it. It’s so good for our kids.