I went back to late September 2012 for my Throwback Thursday Post today. Little Prince was only about 6 months old, Princess Belle was about 10 and developing her own sense of style, Princess Magpie was about 4 and Princess Snifflefritz was about 2 1/2.
In these pictures, Princess Belle and I were on a field trip for homeschool and we had so much fun!
Princess Magpie and Princess Snifflefritz were inseperable and felt that being at home was clothing optional. I still have this problem with them LOL!
Little Prince was an easy going, sweet and funny 6 month old baby.
Looking at these pics, I remember that he used to look at me. I used to be able to get his attention. I wonder when exactly autism took that away from me? I can’t remember. At least he is still that funny, sweet little boy.
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I know I have mentioned that Little Prince’s diet is limited. Honestly since our move, his diet has been mostly limited to peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches and chocolate milk. I have been working with him to at least get the foods he used to eat back into his food repertoire. Now I know that even there we have limits. He needs things to be of a bread-like texture and they need to seem familiar. And I have found that I can slip things in if I am creative. If I break his chicken nuggets in half he will sometimes eat one or two. And if I cut waffles in quarters and them pile them up so that they look like sandwiches, he will occasionally eat half a waffle. That is only a little bit, but it is two more foods that I can sometimes get him to eat.
TWO WHOLE foods that he used to eat and will sometimes eat again now! To me that is a breakthrough.
Every time I can, I try to do a little more to get settled in and make this place mine.
This weekend, I put together our new end tables and I have to say, I love the red with the chocolate brown curtains and the new lamps. It makes me happy. There is so much more I want to do, but I am finding frugal, inexpensive ways to make this place look like home.
Princess Magpie helped me decorate Little Prince’s room and while not every sticker is where I would have put it, I like the overall effect and I love that his room now looks settled. I don’t have a picture but I also put a matching curtain over his closet, which has no doors.
Since the overall theme is pirate monkeys (or a combination of nautical and monkeys LOL) I loved the effect of hanging a few of his monkeys over his crib. That cement block wall is hard and none of the stickers seem to stick on it, so I got creative and I kind of like the effect.
I replaced his mattress and the first thing he did on his first nap in it was tear off all the bedding and lift up the mattress to walk underneath it!!! Crazy kid!
I put some Anne Geddes pictures up in the bathroom. I LOVE the effect.
The best thing about living here in the city is that taking the kids out is no big deal. I just put their shoes on them, take their hands, we hop on the bus and a new adventure awaits. They are equally excited to be going out no matter what our destination is.
This weekend I was going out for a quick trip to the dollar store at the mall and at the last minute I decided to take the little girls with me.
When we got their they wanted to take the ramp instead of the stairs and since that was so very exciting to them, I let them. Next they discovered a mirror that called out for their cute little reflections.
And when they discovered an absolutely adorable shoe-shaped chair, they had to test it out.
The Halloween decorations were too much for the girls to miss, they had to be carefully touched and investigated.
Since we were having such a fun time, I treated them both to an ice cream and milk.
On our way back to the bus, we took the sky-walk instead of crossing the road. The girls were so excited by this simple little change and couldn’t wait to look out the window at the road below.
Princess Magpie took the tooth fairy money she got this week and bought a present for herself and her sister (isn’t she sweet?)
Aren’t they cute?!
Princess Magpie even went up to put on the proper dress for the occasion.
We had two Autism Moments with Little Prince yesterday. Moments where you have to rearrange your thinking to remember that this little boy sees things differently and to remember that sometimes you need to adjust your thinking a little to understand.
1. When he got up from his nap it never occurred to us that he would notice that we had put our new end tables in the living room while he was sleeping.
But he sat in his chair with his snack in front of him, not touching it, just looking. He looked worried, pensive, unsure. He sat their staring and not doing anything else. Then after about 20 minutes, he started to cry. It was different, we had changed things and he is autistic and just wasn’t comfortable with it yet.
2. Later on, when we had settled him down with a nice bottle of chocolate milk, he still wasn’t eating. He would look at his food, some of the very food that he had eaten before and touched it, but he wouldn’t eat it. Suddenly it occurred to me that it was wrong! It wasn’t cut the right way. So, I hopped up, cut the food and he started to eat. He was hungry and he was shoveling it in so fast that he was almost gagging on it. I made a mistake, I didn’t cut it the way I usually do and he is autistic, if it looks wrong, he can’t eat it.
My poor little boy. It doesn’t take much to reassure him, just a few little things. But it doesn’t take much to throw him off his game either and that is something I need to remember.
Sunday’s heart felt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
Here are some things I am grateful for this week:
1.Watching the imagination of my beautiful girls as they dress up and pretend. It does my heart good to see the things they dream up.
2. I love how eager Princess Magpie is to help me in the kitchen. She is such a little mommy’s girl.
3. Watching as Princess Snifflefritz thinks she wants to help and then finds excuses to just watch instead. She is so funny, she loves cleaning and cooking, she could watch it all day. LOL
4. Watching Princess Belle get involved in a book she didn’t think she would like at first. Listening to her enthusiastic accounts of what is happening each day.
5. Princess Snacks in the living room, need I say more?
6. I am so grateful for a fun night out with my friends, the best parts of the night is laughter and the free tupperware!
7. Shopping with my two little girls, they get so excited.
8. Princesses parading down the stairs to show just how beautiful they are today!
9. My sweet little princess dancing with her daddy in the living room.
10. Getting Little Prince a new mattress for his crib and watching my silly boy playing with all his new bouncy balls