…. if Ben could put together three-word combinations, I think this is what he would have said today. My little angel demonstrated yet another new skill this morning when I stepped outside to throw some trash away in the outside trash bins, by locking the door behind me. Yes, that’s right, I was locked out of the house this morning by my son. Luckily, I was able to get into the office, since the door he locked was an interior door. I tried not to panic- I remembered that there was a window on the house that had a funny lock on it at one point, so I tried to open that window to no avail- we actually fixed it.
I tried to think of another way in the house, but couldn’t come up with anything. We aren’t really close with any neighbors (that are in town) so no one else had a key.. and if we do have a key hidden somewhere it was hidden so long ago that I have no idea where it is now. I called Todd, since I did have access to the phone. He said he’d come home, so I hung up and waited, staring at the kids through the glass while they played in their playroom, happily climbing on tables and diving headfirst into big bins of toys.
A few minutes later, he called me back. “Check the front door,” he said, “I think I forgot to lock it on my way out this morning.”
Sweeeeeeet. He did indeed forget to lock it. All I had to do was walk around the front of the house and go in through the front door. I would have felt really silly if he had come all the way home and the front door was open!
We usually make a point to keep that door locked at all times, but he definitely picked the right day to forget! The best part was that I had a case manager from Early Intervention come over this morning to evaluate the kids (actually, pre-screen), so I am extremely glad that we avoided that awkward situation. She may have been tempted to refer us to a different state agency had she seen me sitting outside the house with the kids locked inside!
I wanted the boys checked out with EI because they seem to be delayed in speech, as they are only saying about 5-7 words at this point. I don’t necessarily think there is anything “wrong” with them, but if there are resources available to help them learn and develop their skills on track, why not use them? I have to say that I hate the fact that I can’t spend as much time with each child as I would like. Obviously, we spend a lot of time all together, but I always think if I had just one at a time, I could teach them so much more. So in that respect they are at a disadvantage, and that bothers me. I want my kids to do great in school, and love reading from an early age (like I did). How can I teach them to love reading when I can barely get through a book with them before it’s pulled out of my hands by another baby? (Yes, I do read to them every night when they are in their cribs, but beyond that, it’s hard.)
Cameron especially makes me a little nervous, he tends to use “ga” or “duh” for everything. Lily really doesn’t concern me, but they told me that as long as the case manager was there, she might as well evaluate her too, so we did. She scored a little higher on the preliminary tests, so she probably won’t need any extra help. The next step is that we will go to an assessment center and have a more thorough evaluation with several people, who will make a recommendation for what they think will benefit each child. Once that is determined, the developmental specialists will come to our house and work with the kids, and show me things I can do to help them develop their skills. Even if it is a half hour a week, I think it will help.
On a happy note, I got to go out tonight! I met up with 3 other triplet moms at Rainforest Cafe for dinner and it was great! Boy, do I love getting out of the house all by myself!
Not too many pictures to share right now, but I do have this one… is it just me or is Ben holding up the “loser” sign? I swear, I didn’t teach him that.
And this… the kids favorite place to sit when the glass door is closed. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but that is a really tiny space they squeezed themselves into!