Sep 06, 2011
It's been a while since I journaled and there is so much to tell! Some good and some not so good.
Rory starts pre-school on the 19th and I'm very excited and anxious/nervous at the same time. I look forward to her going for so many reasons but mostly because she is so bright and imaginative and full of energy that I think she will have a fantastic time!
Lexi has been doing fairly well. She's adjusting to Shawna but let's face it, Shawna is no Kelly! Lexi has been saying, mom, dad, bubbles, baby, ball and cookie all unprompted! Lexi tends to say mom a lot but most recently, she actually means me!!! She also is now saying: calm down (from watching Ni Hao Kai Lan), thank you and you're welcome. Lexi can now stack between 5 and 6 blocks...just 4 months ago she couldn't even stack more than 2! Lexi is also learning to clean up during therapy and this has rolled over into her daily routine. Lexi now brings you her bowl or plate when she is done eating...it's the cutest thing to watch!
I am, however, worried about her increasing fear of the second floor of our home. I've posted a question in the autism forum and would love some feedback. I love feedback from you all but would especially love to hear from other asd moms and/or moms who have heard or dealt with this.
Lexi's hair pulling comes in ebbs and flows and most recently it sure is flowing! She had one patch of hair left on her left side (the hand she uses to suck her thumb) but now that is nearly gone (overnight!). It breaks my heart to see this. I know it will most likely pass but I worry that she'll do permanent damage.
Sorry to be a debbie downer today. There are some days I am just thrilled to pieces and others I feel overwhelmed. Today, I'm feeling sad and slightly overwhelmed. DH's family haven't been very supportive, rolling their eyes because I needed to leave an event early because of Lexi. They really have no idea what it's like! She clings to me mostly. I don't even get an option to sit down and hold her, that's not good enough. I must stand and hold her. have you ever tried to hold 30+ lbs for hours on end and take care of a 4 year old? It's nearly impossible to prepare a meal or do anything else alone? There are 3 adults in the house and it's like a tag team event every day just to get simple chores done. His family really has no clue!