Saturday, August 1, 2009

First Hair Cut and EI Madness

At the tender age of 5 months I gave Yusef his first hair cut. I didn't get any before shots but as you can see from the previous post it was really quite shaggy. I wish I would have gotten a shot of the back. It was down past his shoulders!

Here's the aftermath. That's alot of hair!

And my new hansome little man.

In other news, it looks like there is a good possibility we are going to lose our EI services. The major organization that provides them here is going bankrupt. They serve about 2600 kids in this area. This just months after they opened a brand new multimillion dollar facility. I'm so upset and dissapointed with them right now.

They've realeased a couple of statements saying that they'll be restructuring and will do everything possible to coninue to help kids. Then just a couple of days later, they said they were going to close a couple of facilities, lay off 70 employees and focus on services for 3-5 year olds.

Needless to say, I'm not putting any faith in the hope that Yusef can continue his therapy with these guys. There are other organizations here but I don't know anything about them. I have the feeling they are all going to see a huge influx of people seeking services. I'm getting on the phone first thing Monday morning to try and figure out where we can get his therapies. Also, I'm going to contact our insurance to see if they'll cover anything if we have to go private. I'm stressin...


Laila Of Course! said...

Wow, Mashaallah he looks so adorable!! :) And Inshaallah everything will work out for the best with the therapy and stuff. Allahu Allim.

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Beth said...

Oh the first haircut! Always bittersweet for me. Yusef looks adorable! He looks like his big brother (in the picture where he's holding Yusef on your photobucket scroll).

Thanks for your comments on my blog. My daughter will most likely be blogging from Jordan, and I will likely be linking to her blog as well. It seems that attitudes towards disabilities are slowly changing. Jordan now has schools to teach children with special needs, and it looks as if families are letting their children out into the world instead of hiding them. I see this trend in India and Eastern Europe as well, not unlike the USA 50 or 60 years ago.

Not to worry about 2 Stephanies! No confusion there--I have 3 or 4 Kims and they keep me busy sorting out who's who.

Also, regarding vitamin supplements, it takes time to digest all the information. Take a little at a time. I used to print out articles to read in a quiet moment (as if you have those with four children and work??). Don't jump in until you really understand some of the basic mechanics; take it slowly.

Ria said...

Hi Stephanie!
Ah first haircuts always seem to make our babies "grow up" faster as they look more like a toddler than a baby. I remember Matthew's first haircut. We videotaped it. hehe. And I took him to a hairdresser as I did not have faith in my own abilities to cut his hair.

That's a shame about the EI in your area. I hope you find another organization that meets Yusef's needs.

Have fun with teaching Yusef to sign! At first, I wasn't sure that I'd remember any of it. I was surprised how easy it was to learn and remember the basic signs. I highly recommend the Baby Signing Time DVDs. Then you can use online video ASL dictionaries to look up other words.

umm luqman said...

assalamu alaikum ukhti,

Mashaallah Yusef is so handsome. I don't know what EI is but insha'allah I hope everything will work out and Yusef will continue to get his therapies.

Alhamduillah here in Canada we get free health care and there is alot of agencies that are in charge of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with special need. I would recommend this book "It Takes Two To Talk" A Practical Guide for Parents of Children With language delays. .
Wish you all the best.