The Out of the Ordinary Becoming Ordinary

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I’ve realized that I haven’t been posting here regularly the last few weeks.  My brain’s been trying to cope with changes in the ordinary schedule of life, and it throws me off a bit.  First, we were trying to sleep train William around the beginning of the month.  My nervous system got fried with all the screaming, and once he was out of our bed, I enjoyed being able to rest alone.  Then, I realized his birthday was nearing, and my brother was coming to visit at the same time.  While I thoroughly enjoyed both events and some nice family time, I didn’t know how to handle preparing.  I wandered around the house for days, stressed, but unable to actually do anything.  I would be so overwhelmed, I didn’t even know where to start.  Throw in a couple of special events at church, and I was a fun person, let me tell you.

In some ways, it was better this time though.  Usually, I mope around wondering what’s wrong with me, but this time I knew.  I know now what ADHD and Asperger’s can look like, and I saw what the stress and special events were doing.  It gave me permission to be OK with how I felt, and in some ways, just knowing made it a little easier.  I worked when I had windows of mental clarity and took it easy when the stress made it unable to plan.  The house probably could have been cleaner, I could have probably planned better and gotten things taken care of earlier so as to relieve stress, but in the end, it all worked out.  I was able to visit with family, and I got to meet my adorable, little niece, Misha, for the first time.

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I only get to see my brother, Phil, and his wife, Jayde, briefly, once or twice a year, so this was one of those special times. Even though family events are a little extra work from the every day life, they are totally worth it!

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We also celebrated William’s first birthday.  It was lots of fun, and he enjoyed himself so much, he ate his party decorations at the end of the festivities.

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All in all, the important things happened, and we had a wonderful time.  I’d like to say life is slowing down and getting back to normal, but my calendar still seems to be full of special events for the next few weeks.  While most of it is fun gatherings, they still make me a bit nervous.  However, since out of the usual events are becoming a bit more usual, I am getting accustomed to them as time goes on, and I’m hoping I can handle them a bit more easily.

Here’s to a lovely Monday for all of us!

We Made It To Friday!

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It’s been a pretty brutal week, so I fully mean it when I say Thank God It’s Friday!!!  I’m looking forward to the weekend, having Nate around, maybe finding a little down time, and laughing at some hopefully good commercials with friends on Sunday.  I am sad to admit I am one of those unAmerican folks that really doesn’t care about football, and the Superbowl is the only game I watch the entire year, but I pick a side to keep it interesting, and it’s always fun.

We’ve learned some new things about the kids this week.  Gabriel’s struggling with what is referred to as audio and visual discrimination, meaning he’s having trouble discerning one object or one word from another when he is presented with several options.  This makes it particularly hard for him to follow directions (forget 2 step directions), and it explains a lot of our issues.  I have to think about how we’re going to manage with that, but a picture book to provide a visual aid to directions has been presented as one option.

William officially needs to nurse to move his digestive system at this point.  It is SO sluggish on it’s own.  The poor kid tries so hard, but nothing moves.  At this point, we’re going to try taking him to the chiropractor several times a week.  The doctor is able to keep clearing his blockages and use his cold laser to stimulate the system.  I’m hoping if we keep away at this, his digestive system will finally kick in and run by itself, kind of like yanking at a rip cord repeatedly till the motor turns over on it’s own.

So here’s to a good weekend, and naps all around for everybody!  🙂  Love to you all.