Archive for March, 2011

Couch Potatoes

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Shhhh…

Today’s gift:  M, J and I decided to take the afternoon off from all activities and spend it on the couch.  Being bad never felt so good!

The List

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Today’s gift:  M and J each wrote a grocery list for me.  I had nothing to do with the lists’ content — and that’s what made them so delicious.

J’s list:  Ovaltine, Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal, Cran-Grape Juice, Capri-Sun, Coffee (for Mom)

M’s list:  Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal, Walnuts, Apples, Pears, Fruit Bites

Their small gesture made me smile every time I looked at the two lists.  Usually, I dread my grocery shopping trips.

My Cheshire Cat Grin was plastered on my face through the checkout line and stayed there during the grocery unloading and fridge packing at home.

School Girl

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Today’s gift:  our school chose me to be a member of the interview committee for our new O.T.; being a parent participant is humbling and honorable.  I’m taking this very seriously.

My opinions and my input will (hopefully) help us chose the best O.T. for our school and for all the students in our district.

I can’t think of a better compliment as a parent.  I offer my deepest gratitude to our amazing public education system.

Return Trip

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Usually when my husband and I return from an overnight (or full day) away from M and J, I always see M’s challenges more clearly.  They are more sharply focused, more noticable, and honestly, they seem MUCH worse to me.  As much as twenty-four hours away refreshes me and gives me a much-needed break, those same twenty-four hours can make me see M’s challenges anew.  It’s tough and emotional and stirs my doubt over parenting M (and J).

All of our reunions with the twins are the same and I have to prep myself for re-entry and the transition back to our normal as much as I prepare M.

Nothing could have prepared me for this afternoon:  M did not seem worse and his challenges weren’t more visible when we returned.  In fact, everything seemed better — not worse.   A first, a milestone and another amazing gift!

Daylight Savings

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Today’s gift:  M embraced the concept of Daylight Savings Time.

Unlike last year, this year M understood the idea a bit more and didn’t react with fear or anxiety or anticipation.  It was a simple discussion for our family and didn’t require any special preparation for M. And then it was over.

Losing an hour this year means gaining tolerance and accepting change.  I’ll gladly give up an hour any day for that!

The Old is The New

Friday, March 11th, 2011

As I close in on my one year anniversary here at My So-Called Sensory Life, I’m reflecting about the past year and how blogging has transformed me.

My daily posts are about daily gifts of motherhood but when I heard this line today I discovered that MSCSL has also brought me another gift:  me.

And so today’s gift celebrates the new and the old:  “The new mes back to the old me.”****

****courtesy of Eminem.

w/u

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Today’s gift:  M told J “I can’t live without you.”

Heartfelt.

Spontaneous.

I feel the same way, M and J (and my dear husband).

Elmo To The Rescue

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

When the twins were VERY little (1 or 2), I purchased an Elmo Ice Pack.   Both children were stumbling a lot because they were still polishing their (late) walking skills and M was dealing with his dyspraxia (though we didn’t know the name of this condition yet).  Regular ice packs were rejected and that’s when Elmo came to live in our freezer.

Fast forward to the present, the Elmo Ice Pack still perches on the same shelf in the freezer and is still our go-to magic for any boo-boos.  We had to pull it out for Julia’s fall on the way to the bus and Elmo banished the tears and made everything better just like he always does.  In fact, Elmo’s washed away my tears on several occasions, too.  He’s ageless and tireless — what a guy!

Today I celebrate the lasting power of the Elmo Ice Pack –  he’s the gift that keeps on giving.  In fact, I’m already planning to sneak Elmo into M and J’s college packing one day (our Elmo has a twin — I just don’t own it yet).

Baby’s Got A Brand New Dress

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Today’s gift:  my smart, crisp new it’s-almost-spring dress!

Silly, frivolous, fun.

We had an intense meeting about M and my mixture of feelings about the meeting lingered for a long time today. It’s hard to discuss his needs, hear about his needs, plot ways to tackle his needs and then jump back into a sunny disposition.

Thankfully, my new dress found me and now everything feels a little bit brighter.

What Friends Are For

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today’s gift:  at karate M’s friend and classmate complimented him on doing a “good job” and M’s reaction was beautiful and socially perfect — he gave a spontaneous bear hug to his pal and a heartfelt “Thanks!”.

Without any prompting, this boy has made it his mission to help M, to support M, to cheer him on in class and to be his friend.   (The boy has an older brother with Asperger’s and his Mom confided in me that her son feels a connection to M because of this.)

Sometimes the universe gives back so much.  Kindness and miracles when you least expect them (and when you need them the most).