Check out this bad boy. When he came out with that mustache and hair-do, I wasn't quite sure what did not look right but it was something. And then I realized and we were laughing so hard! Yowza.
It's amazing to think that that man is this beautiful child's father.
From Saturday... we took a little play break between all of the yucky weather
Well, I have been staying up until all hours of the night working on my packages and website. I'm sick, tired and busy busy busy... but I love doing it all! I'm so thrilled to have had such great clients so far and I can't wait to meet even more of you! I'm not going to promise anything, but I'm going to try to be a good blogger this week. :::wink::: Until next time...
Today was a weird day. First half was great. My mom picked up the kids at 8:30am and had them at her house all morning. I got to shower before 11am and with no one screaming/crying on the other side of the door. It was incredible! Then I headed over to the post office (I got to run my own errand??) and went grocery shopping. I LOVE day time grocery shopping! Maybe I should find a sitter so that I can do that every week. Anyway...
the second half was kind of crazy but good. There was major fussiness/meltdowns interjected with games and giggles. To help the afternoon pass as quickly as possible, we went and played in the yard - twice. OH yes. I took the opportunity to play with my new toy, my new 28mm lens. LOVE it.
This evening I am enjoying some relaxation. I had a hot basil/tomato/mozzarella Panini (uninterupted, thankyouverymuch), I am in the middle of a movie - Year of the Dog - and am going to tackle a massive mountain of clean clothes that is taking over my sofa. How am I able to do all of this, you ask? I got all of my kids in bed before 8pm. THAT is the freaky part. Fabulously freaky. It's an awesome, peaceful evening!
I just added more photos to the Ella's Patterns photo album (on the left). Some are older and some are more recent. In case you are wondering, there is nothing profound about what she does. I simple enjoy seeing the art in the every day. The art in the way they play.
Here is one I love that I believe Camden did a few months ago...
Today, Jeromy and I are getting to spend a quiet day with Maya at home. The other two are with Mimi and Poppy for the afternoon. We watched a movie, did a little house work, and will hopefully get even more done before the kids come home. Hope everyone is having a great day!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that Camden was diagnosed with Autism last year. I never expected that. Then again, who expects something like that would happen to their child? Since we felt that things may have been easier for Cam if we had known sooner, we decided to have Ella evaluated just to be on the safe side. We noticed a few concerns with her behavior, but not as obvious as with Camden. Well, Thursday Jeromy and I were on our way to Baton Rouge to receive the results of her evaluation. We talked a little about what we thought it might be. Probably nothing, a social delay maybe.
We were handed the report. I read the words "Autistic Disorder" on the third page. I felt a lump in my throat, but at the same time it didn't really sink in. My baby girl? My ballerina princess? A little ham around her family, but definitely a hermit outside of her comfort zone. On the way home, as we drove in the rain on the interstate, Jeromy and I agreed that we were surprised at her diagnosis. I think we just didn't want to think of it as a possibility. Honestly, I can see why she meets criteria for the diagnosis. You just excuse away a lot of it - especially after hearing the same remarks from family and friends repeatedly (albeit well-intentioned): "It's probably modeled behavior from Camden", "she's just shy... she will grow out of it", "all kids are picky eaters", "lots of kids do that."
There is one thing we do know. We are extremely blessed at how mild the Autism is in our children. Therapy has done wonders for Camden in the past year. Amazing difference! This time last year I would be in tears before lunch time almost every day, just feeling completely overwhelmed by taking care of him - not to mention taking care of a newborn and a 2-year-old. I thank God for helping us through the past year, and it helps me breathe a little easier to know that things can be even easier a year from now. I also thank God for giving me these amazing kids. Aside from easing some of their difficulties, I would not change them for anything. If you ask me, the world needs more people like them. Honest, unique, and so full of love. :)
Here are a few photos of us from the past few days...
Ella relaxing on the sofa this morning
Camden in the car on the way to church
Maya playing peek-a-boo with me
Jeromy watching the Super Bowl
Me being silly with Camden (who was taking pictures of me)