Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sprouting Limbs

Sebastian finished up his "N" mailbox card. Neurotic! What makes a cat neurotic, catnip! So we learned about catnip. Interestingly enough, the oil in catnip that makes cats go bonkers is also used in things like tea that people drink. However, it has the opposite effect on us, it helps to calm & relax. So we talked about calming methods! I had made a list. One of the calming methods that we talked about was watching relaxation videos. He picked two videos to watch. He zoned out when he watched them, his eyes were big, his body was still and his mouth was hanging open, haha. He told both Scott & I separately afterwards.. "Those movies made me kind of tired." haha. At least they worked! The particular ones that he watched were made for children. The second video listed below is a sensory video that was supposed to be geared towards autistic children.

The 2 videos he picked:

We had a fun play date today with Shane, his wife, baby girl & little boy Logan. Scott had met Shane at the comic book shop a while back. Then Shane showed up in the parenting class we recently took. His son Logan is 3 1/2 and has the same diagnosis as Judah. They had some super awesome toys! Logan's bedroom was straight out of a Simple Living magazine - a gorgeous Dr. Seuss room! It had a huge, beautiful, white built-in bookshelf. There was a tiny shelf about a foot from the ceiling that ran the length of one wall, rounded the corner & continued all the way down the next wall. It was adorned with pocket-sized detailed characters & toys like a miniature tractor, dog, etc. And of course Dr. Seuss items were there too! There was a train table with 4 trains placed nicely on the tracks. A Dr. Seuss blanket on the bed.. a Dr. Seuss toy chest.. the walls were painted in stripes with Dr. Seuss looking animations in random places.. a tall, red & white striped hat sat comfortably  on the dresser (that looked like a huge toy dresser). There was a grand collection of boxes, all the size of large bricks. They were painted as bricks. These were stacked along a wall. They accumulated probably 4 feet of height & 4 feet of width! Logan built walls with them. Judah ran his Thomas train across the top of some of Logan's walls - calling the wall his "train tracks". Miraculously, Judah only crashed the walls a few times! Logan only crashed them once. When that happened, Judah looked upset for about 2 seconds because his "train track" had just been demolished. Then he helped with the crashing and was all smiles! It was the perfect child's room. I got the feeling that they would do anything in the world for that little boy. His room was easily the size of his parent's, huge for a kid room! We didn't see the entire house, but there's no doubt in my mind that none of the other rooms (with the exception of maybe the baby's room - but we didn't see it) could even compare to Logan's Dr. Seuss heaven. Logan wasn't a whirlwind, like our children are. He was completely the opposite, very calm and playing very gently.. they said he even cleans up when he sees that they are cleaning up! That explained the room.

Here are some pictures. Our kids definitely have these 2 toys ranked very high at the top of their favorite toys list. The swing was magic. The kids all got in, laid on their backs and were instantly QUIET and completely at peace.. ?!? Judah nearly fell asleep! And this was moments after they had just been very actively playing on all of the other toys in the yard! That papasan swing was the closest I've ever been to utter amazement. And Shane said it will hold 300 pounds!!
This is what the swing did to them..
As we were leaving Willow said, "Take big swing!"

We came home - I finished painting the shelves (my purple project). Sebastian was greeted immediately by Trent. Later Sophia showed up. He had separate playing times with each. I was in the garage while Sophia & Bastian were coloring the driveway. What a sweetheart she is. I don't know her well at all. I just don't have the time to eavesdrop! haha. Today just happened to be a weird circumstance with them playing a few feet away and I needed to be in my specific area for a long period of time (which never happens). Scott was at the store with the other 2 kids. I took a picture of Bastian and Sophia when they completed their chalk "Olaf" drawing on the driveway. Sebastian had told her what colors to use as she illustrated Olaf, the snowman from Frozen. You can look at the picture & see her personality. I asked if they were ready for me to take the picture, they both said yes and then she looked down lovingly at their Olaf, haha. She is 12 and is Trent's sister. Trent is 9.

Sebastian, Sophia & Olaf

Willow discovered Super Mario today. Scott was trying to set it up for Trent & Bastian to play, but his controller was out of power, so they were out of luck. Then Willow got the big controller, sat in her Tinkerbell papasan chair and enjoyed watching Mario run around on her controller screen. When they got home from the store she ran up to me and said, "Game! Game!!" Then she took her seat in her lavender Tinkerbell papasan chair.

We now have groceries in the new fridge! Sebastian and Willow were fighting over putting away grocery items- they both wanted to put all of the food in the fridge!

Judah = amazing. He said so many things today. I don't even know where to begin! He completely understood everything that was going on at the play date, told us he was going to "take" Thomas, said "bye man" to Logan when we left & "bye" to Logan's mommy as he smiled & petted her arm. He played extremely well with Logan. He even smiled for photos! He repeated so many words & told us verbally many times what he thought, wanted, questioned, etc. all day long. He sprouted limbs of progress today. It was the most beautiful thing in the world to witness. When I woke up and walked into the living room this morning, Judah looked up, saw me & screamed! Then he said, "Mommy!!!!!!!" and we hugged & kissed. Who gets to wake up to that??! I love my life.

Judah got no fish oil (we are afraid to use it since it was in the fridge when it went out). He took 1 vit d. No bethanecol (it's at pharmacy). He had one dose of docusate sodium. No l-carnatine- we're out. No dmg w/folinic acid. He had one dose of Miralax. No Oxymag. No vitamin B-6. He took his ear drops twice today & got his cream twice I think?? One big poop. 

Ear drops - Instill four drops 3 times a day for 7 days. Neo/poly/hc otic 1% sol falcon (generic for cortisporin otic 1% sol)

Cream - Apply thin amount twice day for 2 weeks then twice weekly as needed. Clindamycin 1% (generic for CLEOCIN-T 1%)


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