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Fun shopping day! December 31, 2010

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I have had a fantastic day. This morning I went to breakfast with my grandparents, Jamie, and the boys. I adore my grandparents! Then my guys and I went shopping!

Between Walmart and Target, I think I got enough ornaments for us to have a fairly coordinated tree next year. We’ve had an ugly, mismatched tree for years now, so I’m looking forward to having a somewhat put together tree next year! I got almost $80 worth of ornaments and a tree topper for about $18! Woo hoo! Plus all of that glitter makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

We found lots of other fun stuff too!

  • Christmas cactus- $2 (was $4!)
  • 2 Toy Story games- $2.54 each (was $15.09 each!)
  • 4 six packs of bubbles-$0.50 each (was $3 each!) These are great for party gift bags!
  • 3 craft kids-$0.75 each (was $3!) Sand art, mosaic kit, and window art.
  • Excedrin-FREE! (was $5.99!!)
  • 2 Nerds-$0.25 (was $1!)
  • 2 Shrek bandaids-$0.37 (was $1.87!)
  • 2 Glad trash bags-$4.49 (was $7.49!) This is one thing I don’t mind paying a little extra for!
  • 2 Rudolph light up headbands-$1 (was $4!)
  • 2 M&Ms tins-$0.50 (was $2!) Saving these for the Easter Bunny! :o)
  • Twizzlers gift pack-$1.25 (was $5!)
  • 2 Glade candle holders-$1.54 (was $2.99)
  • Christmas puzzles and stamps-$0.50 each (was $2!)

Can’t beat $177 worth of goodies for $47!! :o) Plus now we are all set for Christmas next year, I bought a few birthday presents, some bubbles for birthday bags, a few Easter basket goodies, and a few other things we needed. Yay for saving money! 

I’ve been working hard here at home for the last few hours. I have been so tired this week and haven’t done much of anything but cuddle with my babies! It was so nice though. I tried my new steam mop out today and I am in love. The little things make me happy. :o) Looking forward to ringing in the New Year with the three loves of my life tonight. Its a pretty good day to be me!

 

Only 3 days until Christmas! December 22, 2010

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This week is flying by! I can’t believe its Wednesday already! Aaron is counting down the days of course. He’ll get up this morning and say “3 more days Mom, 3 more days!”. Yesterday he asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him I have everything I could possibly want. He looked at me like I was crazy! We have talked a lot about Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas, but for a 4 year old, its all about the presents!

Alex doesn’t see anything different than any other day of the year. About the only thing he’s noticed is the little jingle bells on the tree because they have little holes that he can stick his finger into. I would LOVE if he could open presents this year. I would cry, but I would love it. I have decided we are only doing one family function a day (Christmas Eve and Day), because anything else is just going to be too much for him. I’ve been reading blogs and articles written by other autism moms, and some have said that because their child is so uncomfortable on Christmas morning, they just let them sleep. I am thinking about this. Just letting Aaron get up and open his Santa gifts, then all of us going to my grandparents. I want to do what’s best for Alex, but it hurts my heart to think of all of the things we won’t be doing. I always thought the boys would both be begging to go see the tree and presents and they would tear into them and be so happy. But Alex is just upset by all of the commotion. Most of the time I have all of these, should I do this, should I do that, wars going on in my head, and honestly I have no idea what to do. One thing is for sure though, this is Alex. All of these little things make Alex who he is, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. He is so sweet and innocent, and the kid could hug me all day. Some day I want to be able to just cuddle him for a whole day. We would both be happy as clams.

I am excited to start my room switch tomorrow. We found a new (free!) desk and everything should be done tomorrow evening and Friday morning. Or so I hope. I really want everything done by Christmas morning, so we can open gifts in our new living room. Fingers crossed!

 

Hallelujah!! December 14, 2010

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ALEX SLEPT ALL NIGHT LAST NIGHT!! I want to scream it from the rooftops! This was his 6th night on the melatonin, and they said it would take a week to see its full effects. I am praying that this is the answer to a prayer.

Unfortunately, I was up with a sick Aaron last night, so I didn’t get to enjoy Alex’s full night of sleep!  He does not like being sick and turns into a huge baby (hmmm… reminds me of someone… oh yeah, his Dad!). But I don’t mind babying him a bit-he is growing up so fast.  Late last night he was coughing a lot, so I spiked a drink with some medicine for him, but he didn’t want to drink it. So after about 20 minutes of begging him to drink, I bribed him with a present. Around midnight I snuck into my gift closet, unwrapped a present for him (something Toy Story of course!) and he sucked his drink-and meds-right down. I guess a little bribery never hurt! Luckily he perked up this afternoon, and has been singing and dancing so I know he’s feeling better. I am hoping that since he was sick now, he won’t be for Christmas. The two of us are always sick for Christmas! Fingers crossed!

I am getting excited about a little-ok, kinda big-project that popped into my head the other day. Since we put the trampoline up in the playroom, it just takes up too much room. Its not a very big room, it used to be the dining room, but I needed a safe place for Alex to be, and it had to be somewhere that I could watch him every second. So I have decided to make the old dining room/now playroom our living room, and make the living room our playroom. Our living room is kind of odd shaped, its a long rectangle, and I can only arrange furniture in one way that works and I’ve never liked it. So I have everything layed out in my head (and on paper!) and I just can’t wait to get started. I just have to wait to find a new desk that will accomodate our 2 computers and printer (our L-shaped one won’t fit, so its gotta go) and then I can get to work! I just love a project. :o) Our living room will be great in its new room (I can even get a coffee table which won’t fit now!) and our playroom will be a little bigger with lots of room for my babies to play. And most of all, safe and calming for my angel baby!

I am off to work on organizing the boys room. Santa will be here in only 11 days! Time to get rid of some more toys and go through their closet! Wish me luck. ;o)

 

Always biting off more than I can chew… December 13, 2010

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I had the bright idea of making snowflake crayons for all of Aaron’s friends and cousins (and 1 uncle!) for Christmas. A little gift just from him. I decided that I would make 4-6 for each kid-12 kids. So I would need at least 55 after counting in all of the ones that Aaron wanted to keep. :o) I’ve been making these things for 3 days. I peeled 300-400 crayons. I just took a set out and decided that I quit. We have 41. Enough for each kiddo to get 3-4 and a set for Aaron. I always have these bright ideas but can never seem to follow through or finish what I start! Even though I didn’t make as many as I set out too, I still made enough, and I’m more than happy with the end result. They are so pretty. :o)

(Not a great picture, I was too tired to grab the camera and my phone was right there!) The boys have had a pretty good day today. Aaron seems like he might be coming down with a cold though. Always  just in time for Christmas… Alex has been his normal sweet self. Aaron helped me go through the toys in the playroom today. He was so helpful and this was the first time that he was actually throwing toys in the donate box and not trying to keep everything! Once I told him we were giving his old toys to another kid who maybe didn’t have many toys, I had to stop him from putting everything in the box! He is so sweet.

Not much going on today! Just cleaning out toys and making crayons. We are wild and crazy!

 

Is it time for bed yet? December 11, 2010

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I am having a bad day today. Maybe its the lack of sleep or just how overwhelmed I’ve been, or maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I just feel cranky. I decided to put Alex’s indoor trampoline up today. I just couldn’t wait for Christmas! He is climbing on EVERYTHING-onto the tables and windowsills and desks and it is just exhausting trying to keep him off the furniture. I really can’t even turn my head for 30 seconds and he’s making his way to the countertop. He climbs with his legs though, so he’s looking for that deep pressure in his legs. The trampoline will hopefully give him the input that he’s looking for. So I just thought I would wake up, put the trampoline up for him and we’d have a calm and easy day. Wrong. I worked on the trampoline for about 2 hours before Jamie finally got up to help me. It had a rip in it, and it ended up having to be taken apart and put back together three times. I have 4 or 5 different cuts on my hands and I stabbed myself with the screwdriver. I normally don’t have any problems putting things together, and I’m usually the one that puts everything together, it just wasn’t working for me this morning. When it was all done I just felt like a complete failure and broke down a little. I never really cried or felt sad about Alex’s diagnosis because  I had known for a while so it wasn’t really a shock. But maybe that’s all catching up to me today. I just feel like I’ve failed my child. I feel like this but I don’t know why-I know there’s nothing I could’ve done, and I know I’m doing everything I can to help him. I just feel really low today. I pray that tomorrow will be better.

On Alex’s end, he’s had a great day. I was excited because when I woke up I thought he had slept all night, but Jamie said he woke up once. I have had a handful of uninterrupted nights of sleep in two and a half years, so once a night will be more than fine. Also, he LOVES the trampoline. He smiles and giggles and flaps his little wings. He’s so beautiful. Aaron even got in on the jumping action.

My little jumping beans. (Yes Alex is naked today. He refused to get dressed and I just let him stay his little naked self. Mom of the Year, I tell ya!)

I’m hoping the next 3 hours will be semi-easy and the boys and I can crawl into bed a little early. I have a migraine trying to form and every inch of my body is tired. We’ve been making snowflake crayons since last night and we only have about half of what we need to give to all of Aaron’s friends and family, so I still have a few more days of working on those. I was hoping to make some ornaments with Aaron today too. And our house looks like a tornado went through. Well, one kinda did, his name is Alexander the Destroyer. I had lots of plans, but didn’t get any of them done! Tomorrow will be a better day. Tomorrow HAS to be a better day!

 

I forgot about my blog… Oops! December 10, 2010

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I had good intentions for my new blog, I really did. But somehow I just forgot it even existed. My brain overfloweth. I have so many things on my mind, kids to raise, house to clean, Christmas to plan, and crafty things to make to try to help keep me sane. I have a million things running through my head at any given moment. Everything from the boys and our families to crafty ideas and paint colors for the walls and money, stupid money and too many other things. One big thing that never leaves my mind is that our family has become a family affected by autism. While I certainly wouldn’t choose this for my beautiful angel baby, these are the cards we’ve been dealt and we will handle it. We adore this amazing child. He completed our family when he came, and we love him more than words can say. I have a hard time not worrying though. Will the other kids pick on him at school? Will he ever talk? Will he ever have friends?  Will he feel like a complete outcast? Will he ever get married? The doctors feel its best for him to go to school at 3, which is only 9 months away. I don’t know if this is right, but I will try what they say. I just can’t sleep at night for the worrying. I know that I’m doing everything I can to help him and I will continue to do so. I won’t ever stop trying to help Alex. Ever. Just look at him, isn’t he an absolutely perfect little angel??

Unfortunately Aaron has been feeling a little neglected and has started acting out a bit. Alex is constantly screaming or banging his head on the floor/walls/cabinets/doors or hitting himself or climbing on the furniture and I have to pay extra attention to him. I’ve been trying to do little things to make Aaron feel important too, but sometimes I just feel like its not enough. I started a Christmas countdown for him, and everyday in December he gets to do a special activity with me and he gets a small gift. This is only for him, and I think (at least I hope!) that it helps him to feel special. I adore him and don’t ever want him to think I don’t love him as much as Alex, or that there is anything wrong with him. Thankfully, he doesn’t have any jealousy towards Alex. At least not yet. He is such a great big brother. He loves pushing him in his swing and he makes him laugh all day long. He’s a pretty awesome kid.

I am one lucky mom. What we are dealing with might be hard, but look at the two gorgeous boys that I’ve been blessed with! It doesn’t get any better than that. Some days are worse than others, but we’ll get through it. These past 2 years have been a struggle, they really have. I feel like we’re starting to get into a groove though. I need to start taking a little bit of time for ME though, so I am going to try to get back into scrapbooking, read a few good books, and maybe even get back into this blogging world. Its nice to have a place to vent or write about our day. Or vent, lol. And it makes me feel a little better. But normally when I have some free time, I just crash in bed. I’m one tired mom! So, maybe I’m back to blogging. Or maybe I’ll be back in a few months. We’ll see. :o)