Christmas Eve Day: We woke up around 4am and headed to the airport in freezing rain weather. When we arrived at the airportsomehowthey were announcing "last call" for our flight!! I'm not sure how that happened. lol. Anywayfortunatelywe successfully managed to get through security with no hassles considering we had tons of homeopathic remediesbaby foodcarseatstrolleretc. Drew was taking it all in and being quiet. We were the last people on the plane so I'm sure a lot of people were rolling their eyes at us and all of our shinanigans getting set up in our seats. Surprisinglywe were able to entertain Drew with drawingcoloringand books for a good majority of the flight. The pilot announced that we were being re-routed due to a storm and our flight would be about 30 minutes longer. We felt we should pull out the DVD player....IT DIDN'T WORK! After a few moments of panicwe remembered our new purchase...the iTouch! Hooray! Best purchase ever! We were saved. There are all kinds of games that are age appropriate that completely entertained him the rest of the way. We didhoweverstuff him full of the almond veggie crackers! So much so that he hasn't really requested them since!!
We arrived at my sister's house with all of the extended family already there. I was nervous as to how he would react. Usuallyif I just make him walk inside somewhere he freaks. My hands were full so he had to walk up the grass to the front door alone. Thenhe proceeded to walk right in...where he was greeted by a ton of people. Some that he had never met before and others that he has only seen a few times. He walked in like he owned the place with no fearno tantrumjust good eye contact and even some words. Unbelievable! He did really well. RELIEF!
It was nice to see everyone and for Drew to be able to interact with the family and other kids.
Christmas Day: Wellback up....Drew still sleeps in a crib because 1.) he loves it and it is his safe place 2.) I'm too selfish to give up my mornings by an early riser. Howeverthere was no crib. Drew also will NOT sleep in the bed with me and Hubby. We have tried on numerous ocassions to get him to sleep in the bed with us but he won't (he seriously loves his crib). We had no choice though but to make him sleep with us...or one of us. I chose to sleep with him to make sure that he didn't fall or wake up upset. He woke up a few times but he did really well for his first time. Ok...Christmas morning....I smelled coffee...did I make it in the bed with Drew all the way until morning? Drew was still sleeping. I managed to sneak out of the bed and go check out what Santa had left for my nephews (who were patiently waiting to open gifts). We had hot chocolate and egg with cheese soufflethe boys opened their giftsand even went outside to try out their new scooters and bicycles. Andno sign of Drew. I was really enjoying my morning of peace! Finallyaround 8:30I hear a "cccllliiiccckkk" noise as the door handle to our room opened. Andhere came a little munchkin out of the bedroom after his first night in a bed. He came down the hall and turned the corner to see all of the presents that Santa had left for him.
The rest of the dayhe did pretty well....playing with new toys,playing with his cousinseven sitting at the table and having Christmas dinner with us! It was a good day! Everyone assures me that it was as "normal" as any other Christmas with a two year old would be. It's hard for me to judge because I have nothing to compare it to.
ThenChristmas night....after Drew's bathI tried rocking him to sleep because I knew we were going to have sleep issues again. He was tired for about two minutesthen something very weird happened. He went C.R.A.Z.Y! He was shaking his headbabbling like madand became super hyper. I couldn't rock him so I took him into the room where Hubby was sleeping. We both tried to calm him down to no avail. ThenDrew started spinning and acting crazy. Spinninggigglingacting completely drunk. Andthe worst parthe started dragging his head across the floor. My jaw hit the floor. These are behaviors that we haven't seen in forever. Andit happened soooooooo fast. Last yearthis would have been fairly typical. Not now. Spinning is VERY rare and the head dragging hasn't happened since we started homeopathy. We couldn't stop him and it was very disturbing. The only thing we were able to do was stop him for a second and ask him to verbally imitate a word. The even weirder part was how well he was imitating us. He was imitating multiple syllablesmultiple wordsarticulating clearly. Seriouslyit was the most bizarre half hour. FYI- head draggingspinningand giggling are typically signs of yeast. Yeast was a battle we thought we had already won...apparently not. Howeverwe were in the middle of a clear so to see the yeast regression with the improved articulation and imitation was very interesting. ThenI changed his diaper and found a red ring around his booty which does indicate yeast. Sowe know that was the culprit but how and why is another story. He finally fell asleep and that was the end of the episode.
Day after Christmaswe just all hung around- eatingdrinkingplayingetc. Drew did well...only getting crabby once because he was tired but didn't want to nap. We couldn't have asked for him to behave any better. I'm always finding negative things and looking for "autism"; so I'll find it. Otherson the other handwere very impressed by his behavior and progress. That nightwhile some of the family were sitting around the dinner tableDrew was able to imitate again in incredible fashion. Although the night before showed scary behaviorssomething definitely changed and clicked with him. He was saying"Merry Christmas". He was saying everything!!!!
ThenfinallySunday morningwe left for the airport. The flight home was not as easy as the flight there but we survived. Againthank goodness for the iTouch!!!!!
Since arriving back homewe have discovered that not only can Drew count to ten alonehe can actually recognize the numbersknows most of his lettersknows his colors recpetively AND expressively and his shapes (including things like diamondovaland rectangle). I meanhe's looking at a rectangle saying "rectangle". I'm telling you...something happened!!!
Andhere I sit typing my last entry for this year2009. This year has been very tryingtiringand heart aching. It has also been the year of Drew's breakthrough or comeback. Sowe have also felt reliefexcitementand encouragement. When I think back at what all Drew has accomplished in the last six monthsI am in disbelief. Andso thankful! He has miles to go; but I feel even more confident that he can go those miles. I am excited to see what 2010 brings for us. I'm sure that it will bring many more challenges and frustrations but I'm hoping that they will be more of the challenges that most parents face with a 2-3 year old. We (our little family) have been through alot this year- emotionallyfinanciallyphysically. I reallyreally hope that we can somehow find some stability in the next year...okmaybe the year after that. :)
Resolutions?? ManI haven't done this in a while. Buthere are a few:
1.okthe obvious- get in shape! I'm thinking the 7 minute Taebo video. lol. but serious.
2.Get Drew in OT and/or feeding therapy so that he'll eat solid veggies (carrotscelery,etc) and other meats.
3.After accomplishing #2switch out Drew's fruit snacks with veggies.
4.Continue to introduce quinoamilletpumpkin seedsand sunflower seeds into Drew's diet and bread recipes. (Trying to remove nuts from the majority of his diet.)
5. Learn to live more in the present...not wishing for the future or dwelling in the past.