Thank you for all the comments here and emails that I received from the last post - you are all so sweet, and wise. One day at a time while we go through this journey.
So, I haven't heard back from any of the Genetics tests yet, which I'm slightly surprised. I was told I'd be contacted as they came in over a 6 week period, so I expected the X-Rays and urine tests to be back within 2 weeks. I may call by the end of the week if I don't hear back.
I received the huge packets of paperwork for the Child Development Center to keep me nice and busy over the next week. I'm sending along paperwork to the boy's teacher and speech therapist to school tomorrow. I noticed that once they complete the paperwork, they're supposed to mail it directly in. Boo, I wanted to spy on what they wrote!
I need to look and see if I made copies of the paperwork that I sent into Genetics since they want to know the ages of every single development - oy.
Otherwise the boys are great. Brady's random cough is subsiding and only kept us all up for 2 nights, but thankfully Jax never started (thank you daily steroids!).
We put up some Christmas decorations outside last weekend because it was beautiful out and in the 60s (and already down into the 30s this week), so our neighborhood always looks funny mid-November when we all want to take advantage of the decent weather, but we don't want Christmas decor up (let's have Thanksgiving first!). So we have the big wreath up that requires a ladder, lights that we're not turning on yet, and... pumpkins and scarecrows... it's a twist of the holidays for another 10 days.
The boys have been running around loving the outside time with their neighbor friends and they even had a playdate later on Saturday night, while all the parents had some snacks and cheer. Going down into the playroom after 7 kids ransacked it for 2 hours is a treat, ugh. But they had so much fun, and that's most important.
Ok, so this leads to our current dilemma. How do you keep your kids from DESTROYING their playroom every time they play? Each time I take a shower, I let the boys play in the basement, and in a short 15 minute time frame, it's completely trashed. And by making the boys "clean up", they may put something inside something, but then they just play.
We started telling them they could play with 2 or 3 toys, but then they'd have to put one back to take out another - nope (suggestion at the school meeting last week). It's just NOT working, and it's such a chore for us to properly clean up such a giant mess each night. What should we do?
I love letting them have their independence and play in their designated area. They play so well together and I Looooove listening to their pretend play with each other while I'm in the kitchen (we have an open concept to the finished basement). So what should we do? They need to learn responsibility of how to properly treat their things, but they just.don't.get.it. We don't expect them to put everything away completely right, just SOME effort, and not a complete tornado - especially after we JUST gave rules of how they could use the area. (sigh)
Jason threatened to give away any toy that they leave out tomorrow. And he meant it.
*I'm sorry for the lack of photos. I've lost the battery charger for my camera, so it's useless! I need to order one, so I'll try to capture some on my phone for the next post.