Monday, January 19, 2015

CATCH UP WITH CADERYN


  • Caderyn is halfway through his first year of school.
  • He thrives with learning and playing.
  • He can read, he can write. His coloring is pretty fair (for a boy) and his printing is good. He can recognize all letters of the alphabet and count up to 100. He can read all number words (one, two...) and tell you the quantity of the word (he will say two and hold up two fingers). He can read all of the colors and knows what the color is. This quarter we will be learning days of the week and months of the year.
  • He loves riding his bike and playing outside.
  • He loves all things Lego, Star Wars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • He is testing out his sass limits with his mom and, in turn, I'm trying to figure out what I need to let go and what needs to be corrected. I don't want to infringe on budding humor, but there are limits.
  • Caderyn is kind and thoughtful of other people around him.
  • He is a LOUD crier. Very loud. I'm working with him on trying to tone it down a bit. It's okay to cry, especially if you are hurt,  but not so loud the whole neighborhood wakes up.
  • He is getting more thick skinned, especially when it comes to crashing/falling on his bike. Nine times out of ten he gets right back up and rides again.
  • He is incredibly helpful. He makes his bed and will clear his plate without being asked.
  • He absolutely LOVES playing.
  • He loves being sung too and is starting to enjoy singing himself. I usually sing to the boys before bed and he will join in on some of them or sing them on his own.
  • He still tells me how much he likes having me at his school with him.  
  • He loves science.
  • He wants to do projects all the time.
  • He tries to dictate how everything in his day will go, what will happen when and how people will act. We've been telling him constantly to let it go a little and just to let things happen.
  • He likes routine, but he also loves the weekends when he gets to watch Saturday morning cartoons and stay in his pajamas until noon. We did that yesterday.
  • He is going to play soccer and t-ball starting next month.
  • He usually falls asleep within five minutes after crawling into bed.
  • In typical little boy fashion, he waits until the very last minute to go to the bathroom.
  • He makes incredible sound effects for space ships, cars, dinosaurs, monsters, etc. I love listening to him play.
  • He struggles to sit or stand still.
  • He loves watching movies and playing board games.
  • He is curious about so many things and processes the information we give him so intelligently. Some of the things he's about to sound off on just amaze me.
  • He is nearly six...six..six. My  heart.
  • When we moved down to Arizona we noticed his tics were practically non-existent. Now, they have slowly been coming back (so frustrating). We've tried everything we can think of, but they have been getting so bad that they are now distracting him in school. So, we are going to take him to see a behavioral therapist to see if she can work with him. Maybe she can talk to him about what he's going through, maybe she can work with him on a different outlet, or maybe she can just let him know everything is fine. What we're doing just doesn't seem to be working and I don't want his schooling to suffer because he loves learning. I also want him to work on telling people what's going on because he gets extremely withdrawn when people ask him why he scrunches up his face or moves his eyes and his head the way he does. We are hopeful he will grow out of it in the future, but we also don't want to make a huge deal out of it and make it worse. He is perfect the way he is, we just want to give him some guidance and strength as he continues to navigate this journey.

Overall, Caderyn is growing and thriving. He loves life and has such incredible energy and excitement for each new day. He is my special buddy, so much wiser beyond his years.

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