Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keep it up Trenton!!

I'm so proud of Trenton!! He continues to be phenomenal lately! He continues to work so hard at Harsha and is a fantastic little boy at home! Nothing makes me happier than to see and hear about all of his accomplishments. Plus, to put the icing on the cake, he is being affectionate lately!! I LOVE IT! He let's us hold him, cuddle him, and love on him!!!! Oh how I pray this continues!



LOOK AT THAT SMILE!!!! It melts my heart.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lunch Date & Sickness

I have a lunch date every Tuesday with this little guy!
He wants to eat at the same restaurant every time!

Poor little guy is sick today. We had a rough night last night. Trenton was up at 1:38 AM and Andrew was up at 2:30 AM. Andrew was very needy. I had to hold him the whole night while Trenton ran wild all over the house. I wondered how Andrew would do at Harsha since he was up since 2:30 but Harsha called me at 11:00 AM saying that Andrew had 102 temp and was throwing up.

Andrew made me something at Harsha before he got sick. I love it! Trenton tore part of one M from Mommy off but I still love it! They said he walked around saying, "Andrew loves Mommy" several times.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Social Stories & Sensory Treat

It's been awhile since I have shared some things that I use with the boys. I have talked about social stories before but not for a long time. Social stories were devised as a tool to help individuals on the autism spectrum better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication so that they could interact in an effective and appropriate manner. Social stories do the following:
  • Helps teach students routines, expectations, and behavioral standards in an alternative way
  • Reinforces correct behavior
  • Information presented in a story format
  • Provides visual examples of behavior expectations
  • Provides a more personalized and tailored behavioral intervention
  • Helps involve students in the learning process
  • Works well with students on the autism spectrum and those with ADD/ADHD
One of my favorite social stories apps can be found at this link
http://www.virtualspeechcenter.com/Resources/social_norms_app.aspx

It has a lot of different social stories that cover behavior, community, home,hygiene, manners,safety,school, etc. Every day I have been showing Andrew the social stories under the behavior column in hopes that it will help him to use "nice hands" at all times. (Andrew likes to just walk up to people and hit them.)

Another app that I am new at using but am going to really like it is called, Sensory Treat. I had an OT, who has never worked with the boys she just follows my blog, emailed me and told me about this app.  This app can be found here
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sensory-treat/id833885177?ls=1&mt

I highly recommend this app for parents of children on the spectrum who have a lot of sensory problems like Trenton.  I can manage Trenton's sensory diet from the app. I am new to using it but it appears to be amazing!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Holding Hands

The most precious moment I have ever witnessed was this....

God is good!!!
It didn't last long but I was so blessed to witness it for as long as I did!

Weekend!

We had a really good weekend! The boys got to see Nana and Pop! They were both excited to see them. I can't brag enough on how good Trenton was all weekend! I don't know if it is the full time consecutive therapy already that is having an impact on him or he could just simply be in his good phase right now. Whatever it is, I am amazed at his progress lately. He is much "calmer" these days even this weekend with no therapy! He is much better at following commands. He is doing great at using words. He is fantastic at saying, " I want ______."

We took Trenton to a restaurant this weekend. Trenton did the best he could. We are no where close to going to a restaurant where we just relax and take our time but he is making progress. He was so happy to be in a restaurant. He started making his happy noises as soon as we walked in. I always know when he is happy when he makes the noises and puts his fingers up to his face.

Nana and Pop also helped us go to church this morning and Trenton did fantastic! He sat through the whole service and I never had to take him out once!! He made me sooooo proud this weekend!!!
Andrew also did great at children's church without me. I took him to the class and he immediately sat next to two girls showing them his dimples:)

I also got a little sleep this weekend! I haven't had a break in the night for a long time. Nana and Pop took care of Andrew on Saturday night while I slept great with Trenton! I actually got some consecutive sleep. I haven't had more than three hours of consecutive sleep in well over a month.....and its a challenge getting the two boys and myself ready and out the door for Harsha each morning on very little consecutive sleep.  Andrew is the one that is having sleep issues every single night right now. I was very thankful for the sleep!

So, all in all, it was a great weekend! Andrew was very sad to see Nana and Pop leave. Before they even left, Andrew looked at me and said, "I miss them." I know he does! Andrew was at their house every day before we moved! His world changed drastically when we moved but he is starting to adjust very well now. He only asked to "go home" a few times last week. He asked to go to Lincoln's house once. So we are making progress but I know he misses everyone back at home!


Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

Andrew was very excited to get a haircut!!

He loved snuggling with Nana....
 and reading books with Pop.
 I love the way he falls asleep each night!


 The boys did really well for a few pictures before church









Psalm 100



1{A Psalm of praise.} Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.








Thursday, January 15, 2015

Favorite Part of the Day

My favorite part of the day is the morning! There is a type of calmness that comes over me when I know that I have fought the battles through the night again and survived! Now don't get me wrong, my mornings are pure chaos. Most of the time Andrew is extremely needy in the morning and Trenton usually is ready to run his marathon. Between bouncing Andrew around on my hip, controlling Trenton, making breakfast, packing lunches, getting the boys ready, getting myself ready, loading up the van for Harsha....I feel like I have already worked a full day. However, during all of that chaos, I take great pride in motherhood and wouldn't trade it for the world! I know all too well one day my boys will not be boys. They will be grown men and I will be wishing I had these times back.

This morning during the chaos I got a huge surprise! HUGE! It was the best surprise I have received in a long time. Trenton was pacing around the living room and I was setting breakfast on the table. All of a sudden Trenton stops in his tracks, made direct eye contact with me, shined that beautiful smile at me, said "Mommy", and walked up to me and hugged me!! It literally took my breath away....

Thank you Trenton James! Mommy needed that today!

And when he can't say my name or give me a hug or eye contact.....he does this to bring a smile to my face.....



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It Will Inspire Others

I saw the below pin today and it was perfect for what I have been told lately. I, by no means, am trying to toot my own horn. Believe me.....I'd rather be living a life of "normalcy" with never being able to toot a horn. However, what I am trying to say is this.....

I have cried and shed more tears over what my life has brought me the past years. I have cried more tears over my boys and their autism. I have cried more tears over my marriage. I have cried more tears about the lack of educated people in this world. I have cried....I have cried...and I have cried! But, those tears only made me stronger. Many of you have lifted my spirits. Many of you have informed me on how I am inspiring you in your life. Many of you have told me, "If Angie can do it, I can." That right there means the world to me. I had no idea that I was inspiring anyone. All I was doing was living my life of autism and doing the best that I can. So thank you to all of you who follow our story. My goal is to make my boys have the best life possible while educating people that THERAPY is the key! I am here to make an impact in the world of autism! One day our story will be "bigger" and we will inspire many! There is good out of every bad and I am bound and determined to make "good" out of our life.



Don't Be Ashamed of Your Story!! You never know who may be struggling with the very same experience. You may be able to shed some light on the situation and inspire in a way you didn't see before. // Happy Food Healthy Life