Trying New Things

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Good Morning 🌞

 

We have been going to the park as much as we can. We will have a few days of sun and then several days of rain. So we try to enjoy the sunny days outside.

Yesterday we went to what Chloe calls “The River Park” to play. There were only a few children there, which was nice. Chloe was smiling and giggling the whole time. I was super proud of her when she attempted and conquered more difficult ladders and rock walls. She wouldn’t even try them before. She is getting braver for sure🙂

Her favorite activity is still swinging, but now I set a timer for her and then encourage her to do other things. She would swing for HOURS if I let her. Lol. I don’t blame her, swinging is quite relaxing. Oh to be a kid again 😊

Tomorrow will be a rainy day and I am hoping to get her to do a craft or two. Maybe practice her writing by sending some pen pal letters out. Depends on her mood.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day😀

Read Aloud for May

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Good Morning

 

Charlotte’s Web was my favorite book when I was a child. I kept it checked out from the library. One day the Librarian actually told me I had to bring it back. I was heartbroken 💔Luckily my Mom got me a copy the next week😊

Chloe loves the old animated movie of this book and so when I saw it at 2nd and Charles for $1.00 I had to grab it. We started reading it yesterday for our Read Aloud for May.  So far Chloe is sitting still and listening well. 

I am hoping to do a few crafts with her to go along with the book. She loves farm animals, so I thought a few animal crafts would be fun. 

What is your Read Aloud for May?

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day😊

My Advice on Toys for Kids with Autism

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Happy Monday😊

The picture above is my daughter’s room. Ugh! I have discussed our issues with toys before, but I want to give you advice on how to avoid this issue all together.

Toys, books, games, puzzles  paper, blocks, coloring books, crayons and markers. SO MUCH STUFF!! Is it all needed? No it isn’t.  So why did I buy it all? Good question.

When I was a child I never felt deprived. The outdoors, my bike, my softball and glove were my favorite toys. I would spend hours throwing my ball up in the sky and catching it or throwing it against the outside of the house, I rode my bike everywhere without fear. I had a Barbie doll and a few books. I love to read and spent hours doing it. I also loved my paper and pencil. That’s all I remember playing with as a kid. Oh and my cassette player and cassettes. I loved singing into my hairbrush as a pre-teen. Lol. I was content with what I had.

I don’t know what happened when I became a Mom. One thing that happened was the character toys really started coming out in the 90’s when my first 2 were born. They would come home from school talking about this toy or that toy. There were commercials all over TV.  I was a single mom by the time my first daughter was born and I think guilt was a huge part of the toy buying. Gotta make them happy, right? I was on them constantly to clean their rooms. It was so stressful. 

Fast forward 13 years and did I learn my lesson with Chloe? Umm nope. I did well at first. I say I because most of the toys I brought into the house. It wasn’t until her Autism diagnosis that I went overboard.  I was a stay at home mom and felt I had to make sure she had everything she needed to improve. 90% of the things I brought in she wouldn’t touch. I either ended up giving them to friends or local daycares. So a few years back I tried to slow down. 

Here is when her OCD kicked in. She started obsessing that everything she had must be out where she could see it. It’s been like this ever since. Now I am trying to minimize her stuff a bit at a time, without causing her anxiety. NOT EASY!! I know she would be 100% happy with her stuffed buddies, a handful of characters and a few books. I have a long way to get her there.

So my advice is don’t over buy toys or anything. Get them outside. Let experiences be their fun. If they are happy with the few things they have that’s awesome. I think these are items they should have: wooden blocks, paper, pencils, crayons, music, outside time, a few people toys (not characters), a doll, a ball and books. I loved my bike, so if you live where your child can ride a bike that’s awesome.  

Toy rotating is great as well, but unfortunately doesn’t work for us. Also new toys in, old ones out. Let me know what works for you. I am determined to get Chloe’s toys minimized over the summer. She may have to deal with the anxiety so she can eventually relax.

Have a wonderful Day😊

 

Keto Update

Good Morning🌞

I wanted to share an update on my weight loss journey using Keto. It is working very well for me. I have lost 25 pounds and over 8 inches total. I feel better and have more energy.

I do need to expand my meal plan a bit. Right now I keep things super simple. That works well for me, but every now and then I want a more flavored meal. Tonight I am frying zucchini in olive oil. I have always loved fried potatoes, but fried squash and zucchini are good replacements. I also love cauliflower rice in place of brown rice. I buy the flavored type so it’s quite yummy. I am really looking forward to all of the summer veggies!

If I eat any breads or carbs I feel it. I feel sluggish and my tummy really hurts. So not eating heavy carbs has been beneficial for me. Do I miss any foods? I do miss potatoes and occasionally will eat one. I also miss cornbread. I can get out of control with cornbread and butter. Lol.

Chloe is affected heavily by carbs. I have removed the ones she seems addicted too. No cheese its, buttery crackers or cookies. I do keep graham crackers and animal crackers for her. She doesn’t eat them as often.

Exercise is going well. My knee hurts off and on, but I try to push through. Some nights I walk and others I dance to music. I am also doing a 30 day squat, ab and arm challenge.  It’s going pretty well too. The squats aggravate my knee, but really do help.

Here is a Salmon Patty recipe I make:

1 can Salmon drained, no bones

1/2 cup Almond Flour

2 TBSP Mayonnaise 

1 large egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground thyme

1/4 tsp black pepper

*Mix all together. Fry in Olive oil 5 to 6 minutes each side until crispy.

Yummy😊

 

Have a wonderful day😀

 

Summer Learning Plans

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Good Morning

Chloe has been on a mini break since finishing her school year. She is beginning to get extra stubborn on me, which is a sign that we need to get back on track. 

I found the cutest little workbooks at the Dollar Tree a few weeks back. She loves the Disney workbooks.  I got one with Time and Money plus one with the Alphabet.  I also have a Kindergarten/1st grade review workbook I’m going to use. I don’t want to drown her in worksheets, but if they are ones she enjoys then it’s a win win😁

I am also having her read a lot during the day to keep those skills fresh for her. She loves to read, so that won’t be a struggle.

Now on to the tougher areas, which are self help, social and behavioral.  Chloe has made huge strides in her self help skills, as I have shared. I want to work on social skills by having her be around kids more often. Hoping for some play dates with some of her buddies back home. I am also creating social stories for her about socializing.  Behavioral is my least favorite area, Lol, because Chloe is a very strong willed child.  She can be super sweet and compliant,  but can also want her way with a vengeance.  So I am thinking about a reward chart or a reward box for her. It’s tough because she doesn’t always understand consequences. She’s getting better in a few areas. I’ve got my work cut out for me😉

So that’s what I have so far. I’m sure I’ll add things along the way. 

Have a wonderful day😊

She Can’t Swallow Pills!

Good Morning 🌞

So Chloe started her new medication Monday night. It is a pill she must swallow, which she just can not seem to handle.  I told her Dr this, but she prescribed it anyway. It cost $160.00😲!! I almost got sick.

The Dr wanted her to take it at night, along with her other medicine, to help her sleep. This pill can’t be crushed or chewed. So I put it in peanut butter and she pulled it right out and started crying.  I knew at that moment this was going to get rough. Many tries and an hour later she was hysterical. I finally threw in the towel. The Dr said to try for a week and if she didn’t take it we would try something else. 

I don’t want to upset her, but I feel I have to keep trying. If anyone has any ideas please share. I even told her if she swallowed it she could have a chocolate chip. She still struggled.  Heartbreaking 💔. 

So I will keep you updated on this new adventure of ours as the week goes on. 

Have a wonderful day😀

Chloe’s 9 Year Checkup

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Happy Saturday 😊

Yesterday was Chloe’s 9 year checkup.  I didn’t tell her until we got there because she gets super anxious. Once we arrived she started saying “No shots, No throat, No Ears”!!! I was like “Oh boy here we go”. 

I was very shocked by her weigh in. I knew she had gained some weight, but she was off the charts for height and weight. So deleting most of the carbs that are not healthy for her, like cracker type snacks. She is only an inch away from being as tall as I am, at 9 years old😲

She was very nervous when her Dr came in and started having verbal tics. The Dr is good with Chloe. She doesnt rush her at all.  Chloe’s anxiety was so bad she couldn’t answer the Drs questions. I talked to the Dr about Chloe’s massive OCD and anxiety issues. She decided it was time for anxiety medication. I agreed and we moved on to other areas of concern. 

Next was therapies and education. I have been doing Chloe’s therapy and schooling for 2 1/2 years. I have reached a point with her therapy that i know she needs more. Schooling is an area that I am struggling with.  Dr wants me to put her back in school. I know this will be hard for Chloe. I want her to have friends and not be scared of kids. I have a lot to think about. 

So new medication,  better diet,  possibly school and research therapy needs.  Yikes! It will all work out. 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend😊