Journey to the Center of Sylvie’s Brain

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Big Sisters Rule May 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — janaquinn @ 6:01 pm

Amelia was invited to a friend’s birthday party yesterday, and because Matt was out of town, I had to bring Sylvie along… among the many kiddy  amusements was a big ol’ bouncy house. (Side note- seriously, does life get any better than a bouncy house when you’re a kid?) At one point, the house was jammed with all the party goers, including Sylvie. Amelia suddenly stopped her bouncing, and said quite loudly, “EXCUSE ME, EVERYONE! I need your attention! EXCUSE ME! You need to listen to me!” This went on for about 30 seconds at which point I convinced her that despite everyone’s continued jumping, they could, in fact, hear her. (All of Arlington could hear her, quite frankly.) She continued: “Everybody, my baby sister Sylvie is in the bouncy castle, and you all need to be really careful around her, okay?”

I sat there, stunned, with tears welling up in my eyes. Now, I know Amelia loves Sylvie to the moon and back, but I’d never seen such a proud, brash display of sisterly protectiveness before.  We’ve been explaining a lot more of Sylvie’s “stuff” to Amelia lately, and it’s like she’s really getting it. At 4 years old. That kid rocks my world time and time again.

And it should go without saying that Sylvie had a ball:

And another picture that made me laugh from that day:

Apparently, my never-ending quest to capture a picture of the two girls looking at the camera at the same time has been hit with yet another obstacle- Sylvie’s new found jumping abilities. The kid can’t keep her feet on the ground to save her life these days!

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Family Vacation = success! May 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — janaquinn @ 6:26 pm

I can now breathe a sigh of relief and say, with absolutely no worry of karma coming back to bite me in the butt, that our Florida trip was an unequivocal success! Lovely weather six of the seven days, grandparents who were just the right amount of involved (and provided ample hours of free babysitting!) and a few kid-free afternoons by the hot tub made for a vacation the likes of which I didn’t think would be possible.  It was also a good chance to see how Sylvie would handle a stretch of unstructured, therapy-free days, and I’ll admit- I was a little nervous. But she was amazing! Except for a little craying jag on the descent of our first flight (we had connections both ways), she was happy as could be on the planes.  She showed lotsa love to Yiayia and Pappou, and she even warmed up to the pool and the beach after a chilly first impression.  It was so great to get away for a while, and even greater to see how well Sylvie managed “in the wild” (as I referred to it). She really did better than I ever imagined, which eases my worry with regard to the summer a LOT. I’ve been pretty stressed with how uncertain the coming months look, but I’m realizing that she’s not nearly as dependent on the XX hours of therapy as I originally thought. Sure, she needs therapy. There’s no debating that. But I’m realizing that her therapists have passed on to me more knowledge than I realized, and it’s pretty easy for me to turn anything into a learning/growth opportunity for her… at Lion Country Safari, I pointed out animals in the distance to help her work on following my gaze. We asked her what colors the birds were at the zoo, and she happily told us. We dug holes in the beach sand for her to shake her rum in… sensory break, anyone? I’m quickly realizing that learning for Sylvie doesn’t just happen at the dining room table. It can happen anywhere, and I’m excited to see what she’s capable of this summer. 🙂

All this being said, I’m still a little bummed she lost the hours she lost. We also had to say good bye to two of her therapists, which bummed us out as well. But her new schedule is shaping up pretty nicely. She now has therapy Monday-Thursday mornings, as well as Monday afternoons. Her Saturday speech session will also likely move to a week-day afternoon slot.  A little lighter than before, but then again, it’s summer, and everyone slacks a bit in the summer, right? 😉