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Back to work

Tomorrow is my first day back at work after 15 months. So nervous.to leave my babies, especially Micah who is so attached and not used to being away from me. So nervous about work itself - i still have really bad mama brain and am so clumsy from being so exhausted. I had hoped and planned to have a week vacation or at least a weekend away from the kids to catch up on sleep before I returned… But as baby was so stubborn and refusing to give up the breast, it never happened.

I am constantly spilling things, forgetting to turn off the burner or turning on the wrong burner, having trouble figuring out meals, trouble making proper sentances… Not good for a nurse.

Hopefully it wont take long to get back in the swing of things and work will help my mental functioning.

Wish me luck!

Success

For weeks I have been playing a sesame street dvd get up and dance. Been dancing along, helping toddler do the moves, repeating the simple songs. Today had progress, we repeated one song over and over, and then he got up and started doing it. He’s a little miniperfectionist lol. First time he’s followed along in a group activity type thing, not lead by me. Many toddler programs or circle times he wont sit still, throws temper tantrums, or just stares without doing the simple moves that he can do like clapping or stomping etc. I can sometimes get him to follow and do the hokey pokey or head and shoulder type songs, but only if its just the two of us.

Very happy, once I can get more of this out of him, he might be more inclined to participate in group activities, with help of course, but hopefully less resistive.

At the Aquarium. Toddler liked the first few exhibits, then was amused.for 5 seconds on each from then on, once he ran up a ramp, only wanted to run up and down it, throwing temper tantrum after temper tantrum when I tried to pull him away and see more exhibits (let him do it for 10 mins first). Didn’t even get to see the butterflies that he was excited about seeing when we were on the way to the Aquarium.
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At the Aquarium. Toddler liked the first few exhibits, then was amused.for 5 seconds on each from then on, once he ran up a ramp, only wanted to run up and down it, throwing temper tantrum after temper tantrum when I tried to pull him away and see more exhibits (let him do it for 10 mins first). Didn’t even get to see the butterflies that he was excited about seeing when we were on the way to the Aquarium.

Ice volcanoes - frozen ice and baking soda, then pour on vinegar. The rock is supposes to be pulled out so its in the shape of a volcano but i was impatient

So about a month ago, we realized, or opened our eyes to my mothers nagging about their being something off about our toddler. She did have many valid points, for which I have many excuses - I was on bed rest for 4 months so teaching was almost non-existent and then I was taking care of a newborn, he’s preemie, a lot of self blame on my teaching skills, he’s focused on his alphabet etc.

We went on the Autism Society of Canada website, found that he has half of the non-classic signs of Autism, the toddler test was the average score for Autism. Not going to list them all, but even that he is brilliant in knowing/recognizing the alphabet at 2.5 years, counting to fifty and backwards from twenty, memorizing books, could be a gifted sign.

We went to the paediatrician and he said its either Autism or a learning disability. I have been calling around to different services, have Infant Development (IDP) helping, am researching different treatment options etc.

One of the first things I did was box up his gazillion toys, especially his cars that he rolls back and forth for hours. Next, hubs and I spent a weekend testing some different teaching methods. After that, we got tips from IDP that we started utilizing. We also went gluten-free, as a first step in dietary changes (going to try casein free at some point). Good news is, we’ve seen huge improvement, he is expressing himself better, temper-tantrums are going down, he is interacting more, he is independently experimenting/doing new things with toys occasionally, putting own phrases together a couple times. When we are at play gyms he will sometimes copy others and doesn’t spend the whole time pushing cars around.

Still having some troubles getting him to pretend to draw something, or getting him curious about things as he sticks to the familiar, or even imaginary play of any kind, but we’ll get there. Its a lot of work but boy is it paying off.

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