Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's been a rough week.

Good thing we have Disney World to look forward to, otherwise, I think I might be locking myself in a closet.
Ry has a sinus infection and has just been in the best of moods (note, sarcasm). He has been a real handful lately and I fear he is regressing a bit in his progress. He had 2 great therapy sessions this week and his MRDD teacher comes tomorrow so that is good news.
I am also pretty sick myself. I went to the doctor today and I have a throat & sinus infection. I am on an antibiotic, decongestant & a nasal spray. I just pray that it all clears up before we are on our flight on Saturday. I have heard that flying while sick is no fun at all and I really don't want to experience it.
But the worst news is that, what I thought was an allergic reaction on my face, is really a fungal infection. All together now.....EWWW! Ya, it's pretty gross. Greg's mom was kind enough to get me a gift certificate to a spa for Christmas that I have been saving and decided to use it last weekend. I got a facial, manicure & a pedicure. A few hours after my facial, I started with a weird pimple-sized bumps on my face but they were water filled. There weren't a lot and they were on just two areas of my face so, at that point, I wasn't too concerned and just thought it was part of the process. By Sunday, it was spreading and it itched like crazy and I knew this wasn't part of the normal process. I was then on the phone with the spa and they had me come in and the esthetician that I saw thought it looked like an allergic reaction. So I had the doctor look at it today since I was in there for my cold symptoms and he said it is not allergy but fungal. I never, ever thought I would get something from this place. This is a very reputable spa here in Columbus. (If you want to know which one, just email me.) So I have a call into the manager and am expecting reimbursement for the facial & my medical bills. I am so not happy. And of all times. Hopefully it will be cleared up in a couple of days so that I don't have to walk around Disney World with a bag over my head. Good thing I have pretty fingers & toes now.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I am so proud of my little guy.

Ryan had another assessment at the Autism clinic today and he was so good. He had a small 5 minute meltdown when they first started but came around very quickly. Greg stayed in the room with him and the aide and I watched through the window. I was such the "soccer Mom", cheering him on as he completed a puzzle or pointed to the right picture in the book. I was just so incredibly proud of him and excited for him to show how much he has improved. He showed them all of his new tricks like pointing to things in a book and picking things out and all of his new words. I think the psychologist and the aide were both pleasantly surprised at how much Ryan has come around this past month. He is trying to talk more, is having less meltdowns and when he does have a meltdown, he usually recovers within 5 minutes. He comes up to us and just starts gabbing and we can pick out words here and there to try and make sense of what he is trying to tell us. He still has some troubles with being social with his peers but we are confident that starting him in a special needs school this summer as well as continuing it in the fall, will help tremendously.

We will go back in a couple of weeks to go over all of their results. The psychologist did repeat today that he didn't see enough symptoms to diagnose him with Autism. He is developmentally delayed and has some sensory issues.

I feel like we are starting a new chapter in this journey. Ryan has come such a long way and will continue receiving therapies. I am so glad we decided to start this process early, rather then waiting. Starting early intervention with Ryan is probably the best thing I have done for either of my boys. Our goal is to get him caught up to his peers by the time he starts Kindergarten and I am confident we will reach that goal.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Ready for Kids? Test!

I have no idea who wrote this but it is so true.

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

1. Methods of discipline.

2. Lack of patience.

3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.

4. Allowing their children to run wild.

5. Ways in which they might improve their child's breast-feeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)

2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.

4. Set the alarm for 3AM.

5. Since you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.

6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.

7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.

9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand th e mess children make? To find out...

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.

2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.

4. Then rub them on the clean walls.

5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.

6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.

1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leav e it there.

2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.

3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.

4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child (a full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything that the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.

2. Make a small hole in the side.

3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.

4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the sway ing melon by pretending to be an airplane.

5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.

6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney Channel or Noggin for at least five years (I know, you're thinking "What's 'Noggin'"?). Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying "mommy" repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each "mommy"; this should occasionally crescendo to the decibel level of a supersonic jet). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the "mommy" tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.