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Lovely, Love My Family

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I’m sure a whole host of readers of the Fun House blog have children who watch Yo Gabba Gabba.  Well, there’s one particular song that really caught Seth’s interest.  It’s the “Lovely, Love My Family” song.  One time right before we ate, Emily and I grabbed Seth’s hands at the table and sang the song just for a laugh while we swayed back and forth.  What we did on a whim has now turned into a tradition anytime more than two people other than Seth sit down at the table.  In this video, Ella was our videographer and mom and dad played along with Seth.  He absolutely loves it, and we think it’s a pretty great thing to love.  We certainly do love our family.

Seth loves his family!

A few of Seth’s other favorite songs right now include (primarily because he and his big sister love to dance to them):

The second part of the video demonstrates Kyle’s intense love for bread products.  One of his favorite things to do right now is just gnaw on a bagel.  In this particular case, he is offered a piece of pizza crust.  You’ll notice he puts his hands up in front of his face and begins to anxiously wiggle his fingers in excited anticipation.  He then takes great pleasure in the savory treat, until….. I won’t ruin the rest.  Let’s just say it’s a little sad, but EXTRA funny!

Emily and I are certain that he’s taken to table food faster than either Seth or Ella did.  You can tell he’s a pretty good eater.  He’s almost five pounds heavier than Ella at the same age.  At our nine month check-up for Kyle, the pediatrician wanted to weigh him a second time because of how much he had gained since his last check-up.

So we want to know: What are your kids’ favorite songs right now?

 

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Seth’s pool jump

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Seth surprised us here at the Fun House a few days ago when he started jumping head first into the pool.  He had done it a few times before from the steps, but now he will do it from the side of the pool as well.  Up until then, he had wanted to stay around the steps in his “puddle jumper” life jacket.  I guess this video shows that if our Seth spends enough time in the pool, the uncertainty will eventually wane and the fun will begin!  As part of this diving in bit, he is willingly allowing his head to be submerged, which causes him to come up with a huge grin on his face and his hands firmly placed over his ears because he feels the water moving around in them.  Emily and I can’t wait for him to learn how to swim.  Let’s just say our first attempt with swimming lessons was about as successful as our first attempt at potty training.  We’re not sure whether we can blame that on Seth having Down Syndrome or that we generally are gifted with hard-headed children.

Ella is almost as stubborn as Seth in that we have to cajole or coerce her to do “big arms” when she swims.  She tells us that she’d rather have her arms by her side when she swims.  We think she could be a really good swimmer because she’ll be so long and lean.  Also, Ella tries to negotiate EVERYTHING.  If we ask her to eat her vegetables, she’ll immediately try to lock us in on a “number of bites” minimum.  You’ll also see that Emily and I took Kyle to his nine month check up.  He was a healthy 21 pounds.  They had to weigh him twice because they couldn’t believe how much weight he he had gained since the last check up.  We hope you enjoyed the video.

He's ready for a dip and she's working the pink goggles

Questions for discussion:

1. How long did it take your child with special needs or Down Syndrome to learn how to swim?

2. Do your children negotiate as much as our 5 year old?

3. Are there any really cool pool toys that your kids enjoy that we should look into?

 

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July Fun

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In this video, you’ll see that the Fun House has experienced a lot of firsts in July.  Ella’s gotten tall enough that she can now jump and reach the handle and slide across the zipline-like playground apparatus (no idea what it’s called).  Seth is showing off his much improved throwing form.  That video was from the July 4th weekend that we spend in Tyler with my family.  The fun all happened at my brother’s home.  We were also joined there by our friends Rick, Abbie, and Noah from Noah’s Dad blog.

The kids hope you enjoy the video

Kyle now has the role of baby Jesus in the manger scene.  Seth plays a loving dad in Joseph trying to shush the baby while Ella, in her typically dramatic fashion, is mother Mary.  Seth was insistent on putting the blanket across the crib to cover Kyle’s face.  I guess he was worried about the germs in the “stable”.  Kyle’s laugh and shriek is a big hit around here right now and is evident once again in this video.  Seth and Kyle are learning to get along in their own way.  It’s a somewhat physically taxing relationship for the both of them as you can see.  Seth continues to enjoy each opportunity he has to let loose and dance with Ella.  You’ll see in this video that he has a tendency to close his eyes while he’s dancing around, which makes Emily and me nervous.

Finally, on the physical development front, Seth was able to go all the way up the tall bouncy house stairs and slide down,all on his own, at the inflatable zone.  We were extra excited about that!  Kids with Down Syndrome are challenged with low tone, or hypotonia, which causes them to take longer to reach gross motor, fine motor, and speech milestones.  So, we really celebrate when he shows off like this.  We hope you enjoy the video.  Let us know in the comments what new milestones your child reached that your family is celebrating.  We’d love to celebrate with you!

 

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Potty Training Boot Camp Has Begun!

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Today I earned a huge salary….or at least those new appliances Joel bought me for our 10th wedding anniversary.  Potty training boot camp started this past weekend for Seth and let me tell you, this kid is a doozy!  I’ve got my work cut out for me!

If only he smiled EVERY time....

In just a few short days, he’s learned that M&M’s aren’t worth his time to “park it” on the potty chair for a few minutes.  And for that matter, neither are Skittles, raisins, Craisins, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, Godfish, Kool-Aid (oh yeah!), Chee-tos or ANYTHING ELSE in my fridge or pantry.  He’s done with books, Imagination Movers and even Seth’s favorite Buzz Lightyear action figure was thrown from the bathroom after he demonstrated his best toileting skills to the onlooking three-year-old.  Oh, but Seth CAN do it.  He’s done it already, lots of times.  He just doesn’t want to, and I’m struggling between feeling like I should strongly encourage him to do it and just keeping things light and fun.

So, today I took the light and fun approach.

And tomorrow I’ll be going back to the strongly encouraging approach.

I know what you’re thinking and what you want to say (and probably will say) to me, “It’s on HIS time.  He’ll do it when he’s ready.  Don’t push him.  Don’t make him do something he doesn’t want to do.”  And while I partly agree with you on that thought, I’ll argue that I bet you haven’t potty trained a child with Down Syndrome. Continue Reading…

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Basketball Fun for Everyone

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We do a lot of random stuff at the Fun House to entertain ourselves and the kids.  This day, we decided to roll the basketball around to each other inside the house.  With the sweltering heat in the summer, no one wants to be outside unless it’s in a pool somewhere.  This video is particularly enjoyable because it shows Kyle squealing with joy at the sight of Ella and Seth playing with the ball.  While we are at it, is that Kyle not the cutest little guy you have ever laid eyes on?

Kyle is such a good baby

 

Emily and I have decided that he’s an obvious tenor as you can hear in this video with the squeals he lets out.  Emily and I can’t get enough of him.  He is soooo easy going, which is such a blessing.  I told Emily that if all babies were like him, the world would truly be overpopulated.

By the way, it’s not coincidental that the kids are using a basketball as I’m a basketball junkie myself.  My goal is to get to the point where Emily HAS to learn and understand basketball because her kids love it so much.  In our earlier years of marriage, I used to bribe her to watch a sporting event on TV with me.  Even with bribes, she rarely had the desire to sit through a single half, much less the full game.  So, it is one of my goals to make the TV programming at the Fun House dominated with sports, and my methods of brainwashing my children to this end will be innumerable.  You should also check out Seth’s ballin’ video as well as Ella’s hit off the tee.  The Fun House WILL be a house of sports.  It already is and will always be a house of music and singing.  But, why shouldn’t it be both.  Who’s with me?
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Vacation now, potty training to come

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Seth and Emily will be starting potty training bootcamp when we get back from our wonderful trip in Colorado. Start praying now!!!

We need your prayers

Here is a shot I took with a cool app on my iPhone called Pano. It allows you to stitch multiple pictures together to create a panorama. We are staying at the Broadmoor. Emily has decided she likes the treatment.

This place is amazing

Joel

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Video: Noah Has Some Fun With a Swing, Bounce House, and Friends | Noahs Dad

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We spent some quality with some quality people. Rick, Abbie, and Noah joined our family in Tyler on Sunday to hang with my mom and dad and my brother and his family. Rick and Abbie have a six month old son with Down Syndrome. We’ve really enjoyed their friendship. You should check out their website daily for a one minute video of Noah. Rick and Abbie, who is very close to finishing her residency as an MD, want to educate and encourage other families who are working through all the new things related to having a child, born or unborn, with Down Syndrome. Importantly, they are doing this from a God-centered perspective, which is truly the only source of lasting hope in this world.

Swings are Fun!

via noahsdad.com

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One handsome dude

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Seth is one handsome dude

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Video: Ella, Seth, and Kyle dance.

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Quite possibly one of the cutest videos ever made!

Seth is moving!

 

 

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Video: Seth rocking it at the pool and loving his brother

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Video: Seth rocking it at the pool and loving his brother

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