Sunday, December 11, 2011

6 months of Therapies!

Tomorrow we have Cam's 6 month meeting for a new IFSP. I can't believe that it's already been 6 months since he started with his therapies. When we first got Cam's diagnosis of Autism it was like a wall came tumbling down on us. Now he has speech, OT, and a teacher that comes and works with him each week. He has made so much progress. Each day I see him learning new things. He is still so far behind, but so much ahead of where I though he would be. Each time I hear him say a new word I swell with happiness. He can repeat most words, but getting him to use them on his own, is quite a challenge.
Eating used to be quite the challenge too. He's still a very picky eater, but now he will eat chicken. In the past he wouldn't eat any meat at all. Once in awhile he will even try something new. He usually spits it out, but at least he's trying.
He still doesn't like wearing clothes. Most of the time he will strip his clothes off. But now he at least keeps his diaper on.
He no longer headbangs or runs into walls. He doesn't gag himself either. He still acts like he's choking. And he still spits. The better he becomes at communicating the less of these behaviors we see. His teacher put in for a grant to get him an IPAD2. We are keeping our fingers crossed that eventually he will get one. That would be a tremendous help with his communication. They make apps that will help him to communicate with us, even though he doesn't have the vocal words to express himself.
He still doesn't respond to others outside of our family, or the people very close to us. He does so much better with meeting people for the first time if it's in our home. He used to go hide under the table when people would come over, even if he had seen them many times before. Now he will stay in the same room most of the time. If there's more than 2 people he will still go and hide. Over time he has become attached to his aunts and cousins. Earlier in the year I wasn't sure if he would be accepting of anyone other than our immediate family. I'm so happy to see that he will actually play with his cousins and kiss his aunts.
He is such a wonderful little guy. He has come so far in the past 6 months. I'm extremely proud of him. I know that Autism isn't going stop him from living a wonderful life. He has so much potential. He is such a smart little guy. My little Moon Man is such an amazing gift from God, just like his 2 big brothers. I'm such a blessed mama. ♥

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Thomas Giveaway

I came across an awesome giveaway at Our Whiskey Lullaby for a beautiful Thomas toybox. The giveaway is for any toybox from Heirloom Wooden Toys. If I win this giveaway I will defiantly be picking the Thomas one because my youngest little man is completely obsessed with Thomas. Head on over and enter for your chance to win.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pre-Christmas projects

I finished up the last of my pre-Christmas projects this past week. I will no longer be sewing anything that is not a Christmas present until the holidays are over. Whew! So now I need to get started on the many presents that I need to make during the next month. Here is the last non Christmas project of the year.

I do need to make Advent Calendars for my boys, but I've never done them before. If you have any links to some that I could make I would love to check them out.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The fat girl has got to go.

For quite awhile now I've been gaining weight. I used to be the skinny girl; even after 2 kids. I was even skinny after number 3 came along. But something happened since then. I've just continued to gain weight. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I quit smoking. I quit smoking during my pregnancies with all 3 boys, but picked it up again afterwards. Well I didn't start smoking again after Moon was born. He's 2 1/2 now and thankfully I am still smoke-free. When I was stressed in the past I would just head outside and light up a cigarette. Now I find stress relief in food, which actually just ends up stressing me out more.

I've been looking into different weight loss plans and I think I may have found one that may actually work for me. I just need to get my husband on board to let me go for it. He wants me to lose the weight, but he's not really supportive of me doing it. I'm not doing this for him though. I'm doing it for me. I don't want to be the fat girl anymore.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time for a xanax

When I'm really stressed out I sew. I find that sewing something from start to finish is like taking a xanax. Most of the things I sew take time and can't be completed in one sitting. These cute little pinafore's that I made for my cousins baby can be sewn start to finish in one sitting. They are completely reversible so it's like 2 pinafore's in one. Hopefully one day I'll have a little girl of my own to cute little clothes for. Until then I'll just enjoy making them for other baby girls in the family.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nice to meet ya.

I've known that I wanted to create a blog for awhile now, but I couldn't think of a name for it. Finally tonight as I was sitting here and listening to the boys it just popped into my head. I kept thinking about what kind of blog I wanted to have, but I still don't know that yet. I've blogged in the past, but life took some crazy turns for me, and I stopped blogging. I could think of a bunch of different things I'd want to blog about, but I can't just settle on one thing. So I guess you'll just get me. And all the quirkiness of me.

Who am I? I'm Mommy, Honey, Pebbley, or Sista. Call me whatever you'd like; none of these are names I was born with. All have been bestowed upon me, and I accepted happily. I'm a SAHM to 3 boys who I'll tell you about in just a bit. I love crafting, and discovering new things to make. I get bored easily so I'm not likely to make the same thing more than a couple times. I love reading, but I don't find a lot of time to do it anymore. When the weather gets cooler I will spend more time curled up with a good book.

The loves of my life:

B- My firstborn. He is 9 years old, and already only an inch shorter than I am. He is the brains in the family. He does so well in school, and I'm very proud of him.He loves learning about anything and everything to do with Science and Space. He is my helper, and normally a great big brother. Lately he's gotten quite a mouth on him. I'm hoping he outgrows that soon and turns back into my sweet boy. I see the mouthiness come out much more when others are around. When it's just me and the boys at home he's usually the best kid you could ask for. I love sitting and talking with him.

C- My middle child, and the biggest handful. He is 7.  He can be the sweetest little boy you've ever met, but he can also be very trying at times. He has severe ADHD. Most of the time it's controlled pretty well, but there are periods where we go through some very rough spots with him. He has a few other issues which I'm sure we'll get to in time. Like my older boy he is very smart as well. He has a harder time in school though due to his ADHD. He loves making people happy, and easily can bring a smile to your face.

Moon- My youngest son, the baby. He is 2 years old. He has led us down a road that we never thought about. When he was born he was the happiest and best baby I'd ever seen. He hit all of his milestones on time, and was turning into an amazing toddler. At his 1 year check up he was doing very well. A couple months later things started to change. He started to change. He no longer talked. He avoided people. He started banging his head. He quit eating most things. etc.. etc... The list goes on and on. Before we received the news I knew.... I thought I had prepared myself to hear the words, but I hadn't. After several doctors we were sent to the last doctor who would give us the final answer. The same answer that the other doctors had given, but this is the one that would stamp the label on our son. Our precious little man is Autistic. Even though we knew, it was still like the walls came crumbling down. But we realized that we wouldn't be helping our son at all, by wallowing in the diagnosis. After more observations, testing,  and all that he started in therapy. He has a great teacher that comes into our home and works with him. He also has speech and occupational therapy. These therapies have helped him so much. Every day I am amazed by how much he has progressed. Every time I hear him say a new word I feel like crying tears of joy. Although we never imagined that Autism would affect one of our kids, it has, and we're dealing with it. It's hard but so is life in general.

Besides my awesome boys, I don't have too many family members that I'm close with. I have my amazing sister who has been with me through so much. I have my beautiful niece and nephews. And I have my dear husband. He can be a real pain in the rear some of the time, but I don't know what I'd do without him. He works very hard for our family. And he is a pretty great guy!

That is the basic sum up of me. :)