Friday, March 09, 2012

Did it snow in your kitchen last week?

...because it did in mine!  Yes, it was one of those moments when I caught sight of what had happened as I strolled down the hall from the bedroom and just gasped.  I had been back in my room just for a few minutes hanging up some clothes and putting away laundry that I had folded.  Micah found the corn starch in the pantry and had a blast with it.  My mom had a good suggestion:put things like this in a ziploc bag! 

What can you do?  I can't discipline him or scold him.  He was just having fun.
I couldn't do anything but just stare for a few minutes until I was snapped back into the reality that I needed to start cleaning it up.  It was EVERYWHERE!  On the countertops, on the refrigerator, under the dishwasher, and in various crevices and cracks. First, I got the broom and then realized I really needed to get Micah cleaned up before he scattered it further all over the house.  So, I took him to get a bath, meanwhile not even thinking about leaving the broom out.  When I came out I found Gabriel wearing my mary jane shoes and pushing the cornstarch with broom. 

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Thanks for praying

I haven't blogged in a long time, it has been a hard couple of weeks.  Some of you know through others or through facebook.  I just wanted to say thank you to all who have prayed for Micah in the last couple of weeks. He is doing much better. For those that don't know what I'm talking about, he has been having a really hard time at school, really all year, but especially in the last couple of weeks. Sometimes at home he hasn't done so well either. At school he was just very unhappy, being aggressive and throwing toys and just being destructive in general. There was this weird thing where he was just going crazy if he went outside even for a few minutes. I could hardly get him from the car to the school, and in fact I couldn't a couple of days. I had to have help carrying him just to get him in the building. We also had a couple of evenings at home in which he was just very upset, crying, thrashing and hitting with Wayne trying to contain him. It seemed he was in some sort of pain, but of course we had no idea what if that was the case. He hasn't gotten upset like that anymore and he has calmed down at school. He has even gone outside a couple of times for 20-30 minutes. We thought maybe it was allergies, so we are still taking him to an allergy doctor in a couple of weeks just to be sure. The outside thing could have been just a sensory issue, who knows? He has also had a few nights of waking between 3 or 4-4:30 and not going back to sleep. It would help a ton if he would just sleep a little later!

A couple of changes that have happened are that he is now riding the school bus and loves it. We live too close for him to do that, but one of the drivers who had been helping me carry him got special permission for him to ride the bus and he has been doing so for almost a week now. What a blessing!
He has also moved to a smaller classroom in which there is one teacher, 2 para professionals, and 6 students. At first we were not sure if this change should happen, thinking maybe it would be a step backwards for him. This class focuses more on life skills and less on academics. However, they do work on individual goals and with it being a smaller class he will have more time to do this. A change was really necessary though because he was just so unhappy and causing lots of problems in the other class. We now feel like it will be a good move. He started in there on Friday. I would just ask for continued prayer for him to adjust to that new situation. They have their hands full already as 3 of the students are in wheel chairs and incapable of doing anything for themselves. Micah is all over the place, into things, and sometimes when he doesn't get attention he wants to throw things or be destructive. The teacher told me that if he could just focus for a little bit, she believes he has so much potential. I do too! I want so much for him to grow and develop and learn to communicate better. We are using the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) but it is going very slowly.

One praise is that we have not seen any seizures in about 3 weeks! He started a new med about 5 weeks ago and it is apparently working! This med may be causing the sleep disturbance, but we hope not.

Thanks so much for your encouragement!