• Monday — we found tiny holes in the majority of our cabinets.  The cabinets are only a 1-1/2 years old.  After searching the internet for awhile, I came across a page that possibly gave the answer to what was making the holes — powderpost beetles.  Yuck!  Thankfully, from what I read, the beetles will only hang out in the type of wood that they were born in — the ash wood that our cabinets are made out of, and we have no other ash wood in our home.  But, we still have to try to get rid of the beetle larva that are now chewing their way to the surface.  Sigh.  Hopefully we found something at the store that will combat this problem.  Yuck!  😦  Oh, and I stepped funny and did something horrible to my bad ankle.  I could hardly even walk on it and I have a fairly high pain tolerance.  Boo.  😦

 

  • Tuesday — my cell phone died first thing in the morning.  This wouldn’t be the biggest problem if my cell phone also wasn’t our “home phone” number.  Sigh.  😦  I had to go pick up Brian’s cell phone from the farm and then call the school and the therapists for the day and give them Brian’s number just in case they needed to get ahold of me for whatever reason.  Thankfully, Brian and I were able to go in to Radio Shack over his lunch break and upgrade our phones.  (We had our others for close to 3 years, so I guess that it was about time! 😉 )  We didn’t go for anything fancy (yet), as we are not really into texting or surfing the web on our phones, but I still think my new phone is cool, so I’m excited. 🙂  (Although, it was a bit of a pain transferring over all of the phone numbers, especially since my old phone was completely dead.  Like, blank screen dead.  I’m still chasing down the last few numbers that I know that I don’t have.  Note to self: make an actual list of all people’s numbers that are stored in cell phone!) Oh, and Olivia is officially enrolled in 4K for next school year.  Wow!

 

  • Wednesday —  I woke up and my ankle was miraculously feeling much better.  Not perfect, but good enough that I could go for a mile long walk.  Hurray!  🙂  The bad news — we are having random “pee problems” around the house.  Just whipping it out and letting go.  😦  Last time this was going on, there was a horrible UTI happening.  I hope that this isn’t the start of another UTI.  Not cool!  😦  We are trying a week of raw milk cheese again.  I’m very curious to see what happens.

I wonder what the rest of the week will hold…  😉

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OK.  We are all finally on the mend here.  We all managed to get some kind of stomach bug.  Yuck.

I managed to get Christian on the bus Wednesday morning, only to get the call that he had gotten sick on the bus.  (Again.)  I picked him up.  Got him home.  And he immediately started running and jumping and eating while running and jumping.  He seemed fine to me.  (I thought that I had traced the vomiting to a fermented bottle of grape juice that I had found hiding in the basement.)  So, I kept his therapy sessions for the afternoon.  Christian did fine.

However, an hour after the last shift, up came the contents of his tummy.  And again twenty minutes later.  And again.  And again for the next nine hours!  Eww… 😦  Poor guy! 

He (and I) finally fell into a deep sleep around 4:30 in the morning.  Liv woke me at 6.  Sigh.  Christian woke at 9:30 and seemed to be (mostly) out of the woods.  No more running to the bathroom.  Eventually he was able to keep down some 7-up and pretzels.  🙂 

He spent Thursday at home recovering.  We kept him home on Friday, too, because his class was taking a field trip to the swimming pool.  Christian is a notorious pool-water- drinker and I was concerned that the pool water would upset his system and end up having something from one end (or the other) in the pool.  I’m guessing the teachers and pool staff wouldn’t be too pleased.  So he hung out at home with us and had an afternoon therapy session.

Two hours later, Liv and I were taking turns losing our suppers.  Eww (again)… 😦  Every 15 minutes for the next nine hours.  Ick!  It was nasty!  (Let’s just say I will not be having anything with BBQ sauce or green peppers anytime soon!)  Liv and I finally fell asleep around 4am.  Christian woke me at 6:30, while Liv continued to sleep until 9:30.

Brian came home around that time and started his nine hours of illness.  😦  He and Liv took some good naps.  Christian let me snooze for a little awhile.  🙂 

Eventually we all ate something.  (Although, I have to say that my tummy wants me to be very cautious!)

I’m still feeling pretty weak today.  And contemplating when I will be able to get back out for my walks.  (I haven’t been out since Wednesday and I’m starting to feel like I could use to walk at least a mile.)  We’ll see.  Perhaps later today.

Now to catch up on all of the “sick laundry” and cleaning.  I’m hoping to get through a fair amount of that tomorrow as Christian has 3 therapy shifts (as he doesn’t have school).  I’m just thankful that we are all on the upswing and things didn’t get any worse!  (And I’m just happy to be getting more than 3 hours of sleep at a time again!  🙂 )

I love walking.  I could walk for hours.  I had been going for 3-mile daily walks last spring and then I had a week where I was feeling horrible and napped instead of walked and I never made it back to walking daily.  😦

Today, I decided to restart my walking routine.  But this time with a goal — running a 5K in June.  Whoa!

Because of my inactivity and ankle stress fracture, I’m starting by just throwing my 3-mile walk back into my daily routine.  After a month or two, my plan is to follow the “Couch Potato to 5k” program.  According to that program, I should be running 5k in 2 months.  Awesome. 

I have been missing the euphoria that I would used to get from running or other heavy workouts.  I haven’t been able to make that kind of exercise a part of my day since Liv was born and I think that it is taking more than just a physical toll on my body.  I am not able to handle my life stresses as well mentally or psychologically either.  😦  Boo.

I’m ready to try and change that.  Brian has agreed to start training for the 5k in a couple of months, too, so that we could run it together in June.  That gives us both a goal and some motivation!  (I always needed to have a “fire lit under my butt” to workout effectively. 😉 )

Is it too much to think that if the 5k goes well, there could be a 10K in my future in the next year?  How about a half-marathon in the next 2?  OK, now I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but I am excited.  🙂

(We are also thinking of working running into Christian’s daily routine (especially after the ice/snow) is off the road.  We can teach him some rules of road safety and allow him to burn off some of the excess energy that he has built up in that little body of his!  😉 Maybe run the 1k in June???)

Somehow last week managed to just slip away so quickly.  I honestly don’t know where it went.  And now, all of the sudden, it’s almost October.  I have a feeling that this week will fly just as fast.

Brian and I were able to get an afternoon away on Saturday.  It was lovely.  We went for a walk in the woods and actually held hands without little people pushing in-between us.  We enjoyed frozen custard without someone else asking for a bite (and another and another).  We stopped at the store and were able to actually take the time to read the labels on items without chasing down a small person who ran off.  It was peaceful.  Wonderful.  Much needed.

Life goes on, though, once you get home.  Brian headed out to do some bow hunting.  I hunkered down at home with the kids.  Christian ended up running down the driveway at top speed as I watched a truck rumble down the road (going at least 50mph).  His life flashed before my eyes, as I was too far away to actually do anything but shout at the top of my lungs.  Amazingly Christian stopped right on the edge of the driveway.  (I also stopped breathing.)  Christian didn’t bat an eyelash as the truck just drove by.  I let out a sigh of relief and was almost overcome with emotion.  Seriously.  I was so terrified.  My hands were shaking as I jogged down the driveway to walk him back to the yard where we had been looking for the missing “J” letter block.  Either the work that Brian has been doing with him about NOT walking in the road is starting to sink in or a guardian angel came down and stopped him from running in the road.  Maybe both.  For I was really scared this time that he and that truck were not going to stop.  Ah, yes, then we came back in the house where Olivia had decided that she needed to eat every piece of candy and/or chips in the house and if I didn’t cave in immediately she would throw a tantrum about it.  We listened to a LOT of tantrumming Saturday afternoon.  Sigh.  I was ready for another break by the time Brian got back from hunting.  But then it was getting close to bedtime, so that didn’t happen.  Perhaps that’s why I stay up so late and just veg…

Thankfully, Sunday contained a bit less drama. 😉

We are now into the last week of before 3 pm therapy sessions.  I will enjoy it while it lasts.  But I do think that the time between school and therapy will be a good break for Christian.  (It will also afford me the ability to not have to scoot across town so quickly.)

Christian has his first field trip of the year on Wednesday.  They are going to McDonalds for lunch and then to the woods which is just down the road from our house.  Christian should LOVE this trip.  He LOVES McDonalds.  Mmm…burger patties. 🙂  And he LOVES the woods.  I gave his teacher warning, though, that he loves to run through the woods.  We try to get there on the weekends and we definitely get our workout with Christian along.  🙂

As for me, I’m enjoying the fall weather. 🙂  I am looking forward to the leaves changing colors on all of the trees around here.  I’m just trying to keep the housework under control, but for some reason it always seems to get the best of me. 

I am also tinkering with the idea of writing a book, but not real sure what to write about.  A novel?  Autobiographical book?  Semi-autobiography?  I’m not sure exactly how to start.  Would people want to read about my life?  Our family life with autism?  Christian’s life?  Something totally cooked-up in my head?  I’m pondering…feel free to tell me what you think. 🙂

Short version — the day was really good.  Long version — read on…

I woke at 5:30 (to an alarm — crazy!!) to have a chance to read, get dressed, and have a cup of coffee before the kids were up.  It was lovely to just have a little slice of peace before the chaos!  😉  I turned on Christian’s wake-up music at 6am.  (A combination of High School Musical 2 & 3, the Doodlebops, Choo Choo Soul, Crazy Frog, Baha Men, and the Imagination Movers.  It’s great get up and get moving music.  🙂 )  By ten after, he was up AND DANCING around in his room!  Of course, I had to join him!  He is the CUTEST dancer EVER!!!  (I’m serious!  I will try to get some video to prove it!)  By 6:30 Olivia was up, too, and had joined the dance party in Christian’s room.  What a great way to start the day!  🙂  The choreographer in Christian, though, got a bit upset with me when we got to the “I Don’t Dance” song (from HSM2) and I wasn’t doing the dance moves correctly.  Apparently, that will be my homework while he is at school this week!  (OK, and how ironic is it that they are dancing during a song about not being able to dance?  Anyone???)  I was able to work in the beloved cheeseburger in between the dance moves and Christian was fed, dressed, and toileted by 6:45!  Yay us!!! 

Getting on the bus — now that was NOT a happy adventure.  He saw the bus and dropped to the floor.  Grabbed all of the door frames between the living room and the carseat in the bus and held on like his life depended on it.  And then came the lip quiver and crocodile tears.  Now THAT breaks my heart EVERY time.  It is the saddest face you’ve EVER seen.  It is hard for me not to cry when he pulls that out and he only pulls it out when he really IS sad.  My heart wanted to open up and just hold him until he calmed down, but instead I had to try and talk him through it as I wrestled him into the carseat.  I tried to console myself with the knowledge that when he cried like this last school year, I was told he always calmed down by the time they crossed the railroad tracks (about a 1/4-mile from our house).  As Olivia and I waved “bye-bye” to him, I waved good-bye to part of my heart that was on the bus with Christian.

After I knew that he was at school, Olivia and I headed out to a nearby county woods.  We had a lovely walk.  It was gorgeous and QUIET and peaceful.  Exactly what I needed.  Then we stopped by the convenience store for a bunch of bananas (we were out and Christian’s taking them in his lunch) and Olivia talked me into a beverage as she was thirsty from our 45-minute hike.  She made herself busy coloring when we got home, so I busied myself with the dishes and sweeping the kitchen floor.  Ah, I felt much better about the house.  🙂

Olivia settled into a nap with Brian after lunch.  (Yay for a walk that tired her out!!!)  So, I had time to just chill and play a game on the computer.  (Latte Land, anyone?  It is TOO much fun!)  Before I knew it, I had to head out to pick up Christian from school. 

Christian was busy typing on the computer when I got to his classroom.  He had a GREAT day at school.  Even went to the bathroom for them.  (This was a concern of ours, so YAY!!!)  I guess he must have been tired from his early wake-up call, and had fallen asleep in his sensory break area after lunch.  They woke him after 45-minutes.  (My request to let him sleep some as he is not one to nap unless he needs it and he still had 4-1/2 hours of therapy after school.)  So, yay, great first day!!!  My worries, again, were proven useless.

We rushed back home to start therapy (and visit with my bro who happened to be in town on business yesterday).  Christian jumped right into therapy.  He was working with one of his senior therapist, AT, and a therapist in training, CZ.  Busy times, but Christian did great.  (I think that nap did him a world of good!)  Then AT left and AB came while CZ continued training and our other senior therapist, AZ, came to do paperwork and file for approval to work on community outings.  (Like going to the grocery store without running away.  Wouldn’t that be great?!?)  Christian was still going strong at 6:30.  Wow! 

So, all the therapist left and our family was able to have dinner.  Christian then played in the basement (to just unwind, I think, and be by himself), while Olivia reminded Brian of his promise to take her outside after supper if she took a good nap during the day.  I was able to veg as my mind wasn’t functioning very well anymore.  (Perhaps I should nap with Brian and Olivia, too.)

We attempted to get Christian into bed around 8:30, but he wasn’t ready.  He couldn’t sleep.  Once Olivia was sleeping in her bed, he came out and snuggled with me on the couch and finally fell asleep around 10:15.  LONG day for my little man!  He complained a bit when I moved him to his bed around 10:30, but then rolled over and went right back to sleep.  🙂

I decided to move his wake-up time back a little bit this morning since we were ready SO early yesterday.  We still got out the door on time.  He was all tears and lip quivers this morning.  ALL morning.  From the moment he came out of his room this morning.  Oh, my heart aches for him!  Is he not feeling good?  Just sad?  Not liking this new routine?  I wish I knew.  But, for now I’m praying that his day goes just as well as yesterday did…

Olivia and I went for a walk in a county woods today.  This is what we saw and the words that came to mind…

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The LORD is my shepherd,  I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

~Psalm 23

My Dear Christian,

It’s hard to believe that a year has almost passed now since you came into this world.  Last year at this time, I was trying to coax you out by taking LONG walks and doing Tae-Bo, but you were going to come out when you were good and ready — certainly not on my time!  I’m sure your extra time made you stronger.  You are one tough little man!  Oh, how I love you!

I started working on teaching you some sign language about a week (or two) ago.  You seem to be a little more interested in watching me do the signs now.  I’m curious to see if this is something that you will pick-up on and use with us.  That would be very exciting to be able to communicate with you better.  I think that both of us would have less “meltdowns”.  We’ll have to see how it goes.  🙂

We have having a small birthday party for you on Saturday.  I got you a “Blue’s Clues” birthday cake, too, since it is one of your favorite TV shows.  It will be interesting to see what you do with the cake — you don’t seem to like it much yet.  We’ll see what Saturday has in store!  🙂

Walking is habit for you now — climbing is your new adventure.  I would love to strap a little helmet on your head to keep you from hurting yourself.  You put quite a few marks on your face this week between scratching yourself with your fingernails and running into things with your head.  I’m told this is very normal for an active boy, like you, a bit of nervousness, I guess, that I’ll be privileged to live with the the rest of my days.  The loving concern that only a mother could have for her children.  🙂

Well, my sweet boy, I love you.  Sleep long and well, but know that I’ll always be here for you when you need me (even if I can’t always be physically there for you)!  I will always love you, too!  That’s the love that truly matters!

All my love,  Mommy