Ok, so, forgive me for the seemingly endless biathlon talk. It was a pretty huge event for me, though, and it was hard for me to not bask in the glow a bit. I'm done going on and on about it - all I'll mention at this point is that I'm feeling nicely recovered now. I was actually pretty sore on Monday, and still a bit sore yesterday, too. I've still "got it" in terms of being able to complete events like this, but every year I feel it a little bit more, and I take a little bit longer to bounce back.
I made it out for a run yesterday morning, though, and although my muscles were sore, the run felt great - and check out the nice negative splits -
Mile 1: 9:25
Mile 2: 8:59
Mile 3: 8:00 !!!!
Not too shabby for two days post-biathlon. I also went for a swim later in the morning (1650 meters, mostly freestyle, with some breaststroke and backstroke thrown in). No, I certainly didn't need to do a double workout, but now that I'm getting a good comfort level in the water, I don't want to lose it, and the best way to keep a good feel for the water is to get in it at least twice a week, so in the pool I went - and had a great swim, so I'm glad I did it.
But, ENOUGH about me already! I haven't updated on the boys in ages, so here goes -
Alright, this is also race-related, but I have to share a cute conversation Gabe and I had on Sunday morning. I told him that I was going to do a race, and he pointed to my shirt and said "Is that your racing shirt?" I said "Yes, I guess it is." He thought for a minute and said "Are you gonna get hot at your race?" And I said "Yeah, I probably will get hot when I'm running." Then he thought about it again, and said "Well, that's ok, you'll have watermelon." At his Youth Track meets this summer, they had watermelon for the kids, so I guess he thinks that all races have watermelon : )
Gabe had his first dentist appointment on Monday. It went pretty well. He let the hygenist check his teeth, and he let her brush his bottom teeth, but after that he refused to cooperate, and she wasn't able to brush any more. She said that was pretty typical for a first visit - and that he actually did better than a lot of kids do.
I learned a few things, too - we need to be better about brushing morning and night (we always do nighttime brushing, but aren't so good about the morning); we should really start flossing his teeth (that should be interesting!); and we should gradually switch him over to regular adult toothpaste, rather than the strawberry-flavored kids' kind. All in all, a good visit - the best news, of course, was that he has no cavities! And he's on a regular dental checkup schedule now, so we go back in 6 months - at which time he'll be FOUR!
We had an Early Intervention appointment this afternoon, to review Dante's evaluation and discuss the plan moving forward, which is as follows - he'll have a speech therapist come to the house every other week to work with him, and they'll also give me ideas for things I can do in the intervening weeks to help him with his language development. My first assignment is to work with him to make "m, p, and b" sounds. He can make an "m" sound, and yesterday actually said "boo" for boo-boo, so he can do the "b" sound, too, but that's still something I can work on with him.
In addition to that, I'll be taking both Gabe and Dante to a weekly music class that's run by our EI service coordinator. The class will include a lot of vocal exercises that she thinks will be helpful for Dante, and I think both he and Gabe will really enjoy it. And, um, it's free, so why wouldn't I take them??!!!
So between the music class and the speech therapist, and just his natural growth and development, hopefully he'll be a bit chattier by the time his 2nd birthday rolls around. He also said "uh-oh" yesterday, for the first time ever, so he is starting to talk more all by himself, which is great. One other thing he says is "phew!" If he lifts or pushes something that's kind of heavy, when he's done pushing it around, he looks up at you and says "phew!" It's a riot : )
And finally, as is standard procedure for kids with a speech delay, we're taking him for a hearing test tomorrow morning. I don't anticipate any issues, but it's obviously better to get it checked out, so that's what we'll do.
He may not be talking much, but he is making no shortage of LOUD noises, and is a champion roughhouser. Last night we were playing in the living room after dinner, and he was just running back and forth between me and Scott, throwing himself at us and laughing hysterically. And I remember Gabe doing EXACTLY the same thing when he was this age. Something that's really crazy to think about is that Dante is almost 21 months old now, which is how old Gabe was when Dante was born. I cannot even fathom being on the verge of having a newborn right now!!!!!!
Gabe is still a constant source of entertainment, of course. One night last week we were eating dinner, and Dante put a piece of roasted potato in his mouth, decided he didn't like it, and spit it out. I said something like "Well, I guess he doesn't like those, huh?" And I guess Gabe was feeling bad for me, so he said "I love these potatoes, Mommy," and popped one in his mouth and started chewing it...... and then promptly spit it out and said "yuck." At least he tried....
We've been listening to some Disney CDs in the car lately, and every time a song starts, Gabe asks me what the song is called and what it's from. He's obsessed with knowing what movie the songs come from, even when he has no idea what the movie is. They're not too bad to listen to - some annoying songs, but most of them are ok.
We went shopping one day last week and got a few Halloween decorations and got Gabe's costume, too. I was going to try to put together a clown costume myself, rather than buy one, but then I saw an adorable clown jumpsuit at the party store for $10, so I grabbed it. It fits perfectly, and he loves it. He tried it on that night, and wanted to wear it to bed! I love how toddlers have absolutely NO concept of time, though - he kept asking me if it was going to be Halloween after dinner, or after his nap tomorrow. And he's been walking around just randomly saying "Trick or treat!" I guess he's warming up for the big day....
Last night we just happened to dress both Gabe and Dante in Thomas pjs, and they both thought that was the coolest thing. I think Dante was especially pleased to be wearing pjs that were just like Gabe's. They were really getting along particularly well that night, and when we sat down to read books, Gabe reached over and hugged Dante so nicely - it was so sweet. And when they were having their baths, after Scott had washed Dante's hair, Gabe looked at it and said "His hair looks great!"
They're quite a pair. We took them to the park Sunday afternoon, and they wanted to go play in the tennis courts. There was nobody playing tennis, but there was a tennis ball that had been left behind, so Gabe and Dante spent a good half hour running around the courts chasing a tennis ball around. It was a great way for them to burn off some energy, and now Gabe keeps asking to go to the park and "play tennis."
Gabe had me in hysterics the other day, too. He was running around upstairs and dancing - seeing him dance is funny enough,and usually that alone makes me laugh. But as he was dancing, he was also yelling "I'm rockin' out!" And then he came over to me and yelled "Rock out!" Too funny....
And, as I like to sometimes do, I'll close with a classic Gabe-ism. He pushed Dante the other day at the park, and I made the mistake of saying "Gabe, why would you do something like that?"
His answer - "Because I can."
I never should have asked.