Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Dr. Syd, Medicine Girl Fire Chief Kaden
And then there's the ultimate . . . Dr. Fire Chief Sydney Girl.  It's tiring.  She needs coffee.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kaden Update

I finally captured video of Kaden strutting his stuff. He's getting stronger and more confident everyday.
We're extremely proud, of course, and very, very excited for him.

Kaden's been a busy bee over the past several months.  He's been getting almost daily ABA therapy and is doing a great job with shape sorting, puzzles and matching. He's not a big fan of coloring at this point, there's just a little too much motor planning involved, but it seems he's turned a corner when it comes to persevering on tasks that are hard for him. This little boy works harder than I can even comprehend.  In just four years he's taught me more about strength and grit than most people will learn in a lifetime. I am in awe of you, sweet boy, and I feel so incredibly privileged to share this journey with you.

It's with that in mind that I want to share that Kaden recently received an official autism diagnosis. It doesn't change anything and it doesn't define him. It just gives us a little more clarity on what we need to do to help him reach his full potential. For that, we are thankful.

Finally, a few weeks ago I noticed Kaden kept watching a new video on YouTube.  I have no idea how he found it but when I actually sat down to watch it myself, I cried. You might too.  Check it out.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sweet Silly Sydney

This little girl LOVES LOVES LOVES to laugh and play. She's silly, sweet, daring, inventive, curious and just about a million different kinds of cute.
At 19 months old, Sydney is a jokester. She currently loves to pretend that various toys are hats. For example, her latest trick is putting a bucket on her head and marching around like a robot or putting it on my head and saying "haht" with a sly smile that says "I know it's not really a hat, mommy, but isn't that SOOO funny?" Yes, my sweet girl, you are so very, very funny.
And by the way, my angel, you so ROCK a hat!
Sydney's other big pastime is eating.  She's a food lover.  Her current favorite breakfast is french toast sticks and yogurt.  As you can see, she savors every bite. It's adorable to watch.
Not even a rainy day can bring this little one down. She recently passed time on a dreary day eating snacks and watching the rain, no doubt plotting her next trip to the playground.
You're a non-stop ray of sunshine, Syd, and I am so, so incredibly lucky to be your mama.