Looking Ahead

We’re back into the swing of things around here after our trip, although I’m still having sinus problems and I’m starting to think it’s an infection (sigh). The boys are feeling better and everyone is at least getting enough sleep, so that’s positive.

We’ve suspected for a while now that something was different about Justin, but we had to wait six months to get in to see a pediatrician — we finally had the appointment the day after we got back from Europe. Anyway, he thinks Justin has Asberger’s (a sort of high-functioning autism), which we had kind of concluded anyway, but now we have to start the long process of getting him officially diagnosed, which requires a psychologist and a speech pathologist and God knows what else. If he does get the diagnosis, then a world of resources opens up for him, so I’m anxious to get this done, especially since he starts kindergarten this fall. We’ve always said Justin’s a lot like my brother Rob, and once we started digging into Asberger’s we realized Rob very likely has it too. Huh.

Brayden is doing great and continues to move like a flea on speed (that’s my new favorite phrase for him, since it describes him so perfectly). He’s talking a lot more now and amazes us with his whole word recognition — it’s not exactly reading, but he recognizes words he’s seen before. He knows his alphabet and can count to 10, which is good, but since Justin was counting to 40 at this age our standards have been set a little high. He begs to go to preschool whenever Justin goes, and fortunately I have them both signed up for some preschool summer camps, so we’ll see how that goes. Brayden will start preschool twice a week this fall, and Justin will be in kindergarten every morning — I’m going to have so much time on my hands that I won’t know what to do with myself. I’m not looking to get a job, but I suppose I’ll have to do something to stay occupied.

We’re off on our annual Saskatoon trip in a few weeks. Rob and Janettte’s baby is due shortly after we get back to Kelowna, but I’m sort of hoping she has it early. Otherwise we won’t see our niece/nephew until at least Christmas. But the important thing is for everyone to be healthy, of course, so we’ll see how it works out.