Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Beautiful Family

     I know it's been a while since I posted anything but we've been incredibly busy. So here's what's new: Kevin has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Kevin is going to start flag football next moth, James has learned to roll over, and his next hurdle is crawling; Right now he does the army crawl. Jim still works crazy hours at his job and I stay home cooking, cleaning, taking Kevin to and from school; and his doctor appointments, as well as to games and practices.  Of course, I also take care of our baby James who is now six months old.

     Kevin was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in June 2013.  I was taking him to a therapist to be treated for anxiety when after the first appointment Dr. Pittington took me aside and said Kevin may have Asperger's.  It was a hard thing to hear at first because we all want to think of our children as being perfect, but I decided to have him evaluated because if he did have it I wanted him to have the help that he needed. The evaluation process took seven appointments between two therapists who evaluated his speech, his gait, his assments, and reading skills. They also tested his IQ which is between 134 and 143; genius level.

     His strengths are memorization and concrete subjects; such as: Science and math.  His weaknesses are social skills with his peers, nonverbal communication, and tactile functions.  That's why Kevin is very touchy with some people and very standoffish toward others.  His senses are also very heightened, which makes him afraid of heights, hates loud noises and crowds, prefers loose clothing, and has a hard time adjusting to changes in his routine.  To help him understand his diagnosis we bought the book "All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome" by Kathy Hoopmann.  We also had our loved ones read it as well so they would understand it too.  It is a great read and only takes 10-15 minutes to read.

     It was hard to hear that my son is autistic but his case of Asperger's is very mild and it doesn't change the fact that he's my son. I would do anything for my boy and he knows it too.  He will forever be special to me and I have no doubt that he's going to grow to be a successful man :)

     James may be 6 months old but he's still not sleeping through the night.  As we introduced baby cereal into his diet recently he started sleeping more through the night! Yay! We all love him and his happy demeanor.  He is a very calm, quiet, content baby.  He only cries when he's hungry and fighting sleep.  He loves being around his family, watching TV or his dad or Kevin playing video games.  He loves toys that light up and make noises.  He likes to mimic sounds and noises as well and is very animated as he does it!  However, to catch up to Kevin's height, baby James is already wearing 12 month clothing!  It won't be long before he too is taller than his mommy and eats us out of food at home :p

     So I've been taking a day at a time. Taking a break from school to be with James and catch up on sleep when I can. Jim still works for the same company. He is one of the favorites and his job also offers many great benefits.  I love being married to my best friend, having two adorable, smart boys, and a big house to come home to. So thankful for the blessings in my life.  I know that there will always be good days and bad days ahead but with what I've been blessed with I will always be grateful and mindful for my miracles.  As well as being married to my soulmate.

     Now we recently had our family portraits taken and I thought I'd share them with you.  So here's my beautiful family: