Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Monday, October 15, 2012

Waverly, Oliver & Watson Update

I can't believe how long it has been since I have updated the blog. Our new puppy most definitely has taken up a lot of my time, but I think we are settling into a new routine and hopefully I will be able to blog a bit more regularly now.

Watson is doing well. He has been with us for about 5 weeks now. He is almost completely potty trained and has been sleeping through the night for a few weeks. This past weekend was a bit rough for him. He picked up some rare parasite and got incredibly sick. He is still recovering, but seems to be doing better after a few days of antibiotics. He loves to play fetch and go on walks. And he is learning basic commands, thanks to a puppy kindergarten glass we attend together. He gets very excited around the kids, but hopefully with additional training we can work on his behavior with them. Waverly adores him and Oliver is slowly getting used to him.

Oliver is doing quite well. I am incredibly proud of how easily he adjusted to school this year. It is a new classroom and teacher, in addition to a full day. I was worried it may be too much for him, however he seems to be having a wonderful time. Over the summer we noticed a marked shift in his behavior - more easy going nature and easily separating from us a summer school drop off. Thankfully, the behavior changes have remained. He is happy and smily at school. He seems to love PE, recess and music the best (and of course snack time & lunch).

In other Oliver news, we recently started the paperwork to register him for stays at Jill's House. Once he turns 6 in December, he will be able to take advantage of all they have to offer. He is going to be over the moon excited to break through those doors to the playground and indoor pool. I am just not sure what Matt and I will do without both kids for an entire weekend. 

Waverly has adjusted beautifully to her g-tube. We are actually taking her back to see the surgeon on Thursday to have the tube replaced with a longer one and to have some granulation tissue treated. Hopefully this can all be done without sedation, but we are having some minor issues with the tube being too tight. We have put together an easy feeding schedule that seems to be working for everyone. She gets the majority of her calories during the night whilst she is sleeping and then a short meal around lunchtime at school each day. I am so thankful for a classroom team that is comfortable and competent when it comes to her g-tube.

She has definitely been slowly down over the past few months. She can not longer go from a sit to stand position on her own. If she is on the floor, she simply isn't strong enough to get back on her feet. And even when sitting in a chair she can no longer pull herself to standing. She is still walking - a few steps independently, but primarily with adult support. She will hold my hand and take short walks around the house or yard. Her sweet disposition remains and she is the happiest little girl you will ever meet.

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