Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer 2013

Hayden fell on his arm at his birthday party at Monkey Joe's. The doctor couldn't tell from the first x-ray if it was broken, so he casted it for two weeks. When he took the cast off, Hayden said it still hurt a lot, and the 2nd x-ray didn't show any healing, so the doctor thinks it was a sprain. He wore a splint for several weeks until he felt better.

He is taking swim lessons. A friend's daughters are on the swim team and offer lessons in their backyard. Hayden went to them last year for a few sessions, so this year has gone very well. The girls are great with him and have gotten him to do all kinds of things. He can now put on his goggles and dive down to get a toy, and can swim in the deep end without his pool noodle. Hopefully Rylie will be ready next year to get started with lessons as well.

I went to the Autism One conference and had a great time. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was very much geared to parents, so it wasn't too far over my head. Many of the speakers have provided their Power Points on the A1 page if you're interested in learning more.

Several friends have made an effort this summer to get together with me and the kids, since I tend to get stuck in my routine and forget to reach out to people. I'm grateful for their friendship!

My life has changed a lot in the past month. My mother is struggling with her Parkinson's disease. The kids have been amazingly healthy for a few months. My divorce became final after 2 years of separation. I'm closing on a new home in a few weeks and will be moving. I'm dating someone who is good to me and the kids. School starts back up in 2 1/2 weeks and it will be time to change the kids' routines again. Rylie is moving up to a new room at daycare, and has starting using the potty in the past week. I had to go to physical therapy for my back for several weeks, but now I'm almost pain free, which is a great feeling. A good friend had surgery to remove cancer a few weeks ago, and her initial scan looked good. Thank you for all the prayers through Facebook. : )

It has been an unusual summer, but life is better for me and the kids right now than it's been in a long time, and that's a very good thing. Here's to Hope: Coming Soon. : )  Thanks for reading!