Be Seeing You

We Skyped with Mr. Book this morning, and he and I talked on the phone afterwards—and he mentioned that he could see that Joey is falling behind Kit developmentally. I’ve been seeing the same thing, but it’s still hard to have it confirmed. But this morning, Kit was talking and signing and making a lot of eye contact; Joey was willing to do his latest and coolest thing, which is clapping, stomping his feet, and saying “Hooray [actually ‘hooway,’ which is infinitely cute]” at the appropriate moments of the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Joey has made progress in many areas, and I sometimes lose track of how far behind typical kids he is: His fine motor is so much better! He regularly uses more than a dozen words! But seeing his brother catch up and then start to pass him is a stark reminder of Joey’s delays.

We’re coming into a slightly busy season; two weeks from Friday, Cricket and Nora are coming. Then, a week and a half after that, the boys and I are going to visit my sister Kate in the Midwest. And then, at the beginning of October, Mr. Book is coming to see us and we’re taking the boys to Disneyland.

I still haven’t really accepted that Cricket and Nora are coming. A week ago, Nora sent me a short video of Cricket riding his new bike (he is amazing!), and so I sent her a short video of Joey dancing at a concert in the park. She replied with “Cricket says I like the way you dance, and I’ll see you in a few weeks!” There have been a few situations like this, where Cricket say over Skype or in a text sent by Nora that he’ll see us soon, and I’ve always been awkwardly silent in response. I haven’t said anything of the kind to either one of them. But we’re supposed to Skype again on September 1; I have to try and say it.

3 thoughts on “Be Seeing You

  1. I’m glad that there is a lot of fun in store in September and October! Dancing Joey is the cutest thing.
    I can imagine how you might feel some uncertainty with regard to Nora and Cricket’s upcoming visit since plans have fallen through in the past. But I’m crossing my fingers that they will be there in just a couple weeks!

  2. I feel this cautious optimism for you. It sounds like Nora is really making steps to change things, and that Cricket is at the age where he can start to be vocal about what he wants and Nora is willing to listen. I hope that she is able to follow through and keep up with this.
    I do give you great credit for giving her an opportunity to change, I know it can’t be easy to trust that she will keep up with the promises she’s making, but at least giving her the opportunity to do so I think is a really big deal.
    I hope in two weeks a visit happens and solidifies even more the future for all of you.

  3. Wow–what a busy next chapter of your life, but hopefully a wonderful one! It’s so exciting that Cricket and Nora are coming to visit. I hope you’re able to get some good one-on-one time with Cricket and that you find some healthy ways to emotionally and mentally prepare for the visit, which undoubtedly will be difficult in some ways. You’re an amazing mom!

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