Warning!: very long post with lots of pics!
|Waiting, forever, to see the GI doctor.|
|Just getting into as much as he can until I fuss at him.|
|It's MONSTERS!!! on Friday the 13th!!!!........and his newest obsession....wait for it........pulling off his pants and diapers. Nice. Good thing he's cute.|
As for Sawyer, we've been talking to doctors and sort of ignoring doctors since he turned 2. Why? Because I've believed boys can simply be slower at learning things. Also, Sawyer can act perfectly normal one day and the next day...well there are alot of next days...he can be odd. Odd as in screaming at seemingly nothing, odd in screaming if you dare to stop an activity, odd as in not just a little ole temper tantrum...we're talking anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour plus. Also, Sawyer is perfectly fine with a few friends we have but does better if kids are around. He also seems to do better if we're right there or atleast, Connor is there. He gets scared of our aloe plant. He counts constantly. He sings monkeys jumping on the bed easily 20 times a day. He does that lining up of his cars thing...but oddly, I've not seen him really line anything else up. He carries a blanket around like ....well like he's going to freakin' lose it if you take his blanket!!!! I'm learning he likes muffins and peanut butter crackers or sandwiches....anything beyond that, not so much. He walks in circles....not twirling...just around a room, pool, porch.....if you have something like a kiddie cart, mower or anything he can push...even better.
..........ANYWHO, let me share.
|Another Test.........he scored moderate on this one. Notice I scribbled here and there.....I left a few blank.|
OH WELL....cat out of the bag. I don't by any means want to offend anyone who has a child with Autism. Right now, for our family, we don't truly understand the many aspects of Autism. I think Rainman honestly. And Sawyer isn't Rainman.....I'd obviously be in Vegas if he were. .....but, I do know a family (vaguely through another friend) that has a little guy with Autism. He can seem perfectly normal but I also know that these little ones can do well.....some better than others.......some higher or lower on the spectrum.........and some do amazing because of the work that they're doing at home and with care workers. For us, we've had one daughter pass away from a congenital defect, one perfectly fine teen (though reading some of these sheets had me wondering.....and really, I'm just kidding but there were points that you'd see in any child), one baby with Pierre Robin and various GI difficulties and then we're now finding out Sawyer may have Autism. It's a bit of a butt hurt thinking your genes are responsible for all of this. And really, I heard the neighbor's girlfriend (insert scratchy, deep smoker voice) talking about us one day wondering why we'd have kids knowing they would have problems.......now this was shortly after Connor was born and we went nowhere without his apnea monitor and a book bag full of his feeding equipment and his NG tube (the obvious one in their noses). Of course, I spoke loudly that some people have no freaking clue (insert really bad word here) but even today, I want to punch her because that crap hurt. And she was probably just talking out of her bum that day and not meaning anything but at the same time she doesn't know that we had genetics counseling and were told our little gene mix was wonderful. Gene mixes don't predict developmental conditions like Pierre Robin and about a gazillion other things. Science is obviously amazing....but as Ireland proved, it's got a long way to go too. Gene mixes don't predict Autism. ...............and for me, sometimes I think there are alot of kids functioning in a way that will have them needing care forever....they're autistic and they're parents probably get sick of commercials showing how to "cure" autism.....they probably get sick of the little kid smiling and reading and seeming perfectly normal. I know this feeling because I've got a little of that with the CDH kids that live on. It doesn't mean that I'm not happy for them, it just means I'm human and occasionally get really upset that my little one didn't get the same outcome. Imagine the autistic kid that is grown and still fighting and fidgeting and maybe not speaking at all or needing help constantly........there are major differences in the word Autism. It should be acknowledged that not all of these kids become the commercialized gluten cured. ...........anywho, that was my tangent. I have issues with labels. It may be why I don't subscribe to being an advocate of my kiddos issues. I respect those that do. Goodness knows, I keep them as my friends because they're some knowledgeable peeps and they're there to help in a second if you need to know anything...........and really, I do like to share my story.....thus blogging......and I offer any help at anytime. But, I don't want labels defining me or my kids. ...............that is it. I DON'T WANT LABELS DEFINING ANY OF US.
|He's not all about a good picture......good luck with that.....sorry Grandma, there were things to do.|
|He is not one to stay with the group......he's wanting to explore it all and he'll keep you running and slightly worried if you're closer to traffic.|
|He can be a bit of a 'zoner' out of nowhere.......but be careful near a road because if you startle him, he may just run. He's not really aware that this is dangerous as all get out.|
|Seriously......he's adorable and can be the sweetest kid around. He is fun and alive and I wish I had his energy.|
|If you need a hug...just grab this one. He'll be happy to manipulate you all day. ........know that I say this smiling and with complete love.....though this is quite honest.|
|He loooooooved being with family out east this summer. He did have outbursts going from one new place to another....but he had good times too. He loved the attention, the food, the laughing and fun..........we all had fun.|
|Sweet, sweet babies.|
|As much as he loves splashing, he stays on the steps of a pool the entire time........one party, he simply ran around the pool the entire time. Oh well, we'll get him in there eventually. He still had a good time.|
|He zones out with a good movie.|
Well............that's all folks. Connor is good. Sawyer is good. Tristan loves his job and most of his senior classes, that is good. ........let me know if all of these pics are too much or if it slows down uploads for any of you.