It was Friday again.

I did two hours with Theresa and her ABA therapist today. Theresa did good and so did I. We went to the pharmacy to pick up her fish oil afterward and she only tried to grab the candy at the counter a few dozen times.

She took a nap this afternoon while I went to get her some play-doh and paint. She requested very well for both of them! By the color and with the right words. She’s responding to “give me five” with the proper motivation. Now she gets to do four fun things for one task.

I even managed to get one article written today. That’s good but I have to increase my summer work load now. I can’t do anything with deadlines during the summer but that’s OK too. I’ll just have to write more of my own stuff instead of what other people want me to write for them as a ghostwriter. I’m going to have fun figuring this out.

We have an appointment with the dietitian in a week to go over the new changes to her diet to heal her gut. OK it’s time for bed and I’ve got to do a couple things before I can call it a day.

Summer’s Started for Us

Today is the last day of preschool for Theresa. She’ll be home in about an hour. Tomorrow we don’t have anywhere to go. We’ll just clean up the house a bit and do some crafts to work on requesting. I’ve got to get one of the charts the therapist use so I can keep track of what she does and doesn’t do. 

I think I’ll get her a picture calender/schedule so she knows what order things come in. I’m wondering how long she’s gonna sleep when she gets off the bus today. She didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. When I went to get her up she rolled over and pulled the covers over head. She talked to herself the entire time she was in the tub. Breakfast was interesting, she didn’t want the cereal I gave her. So she got the one she wanted and poured it in the floor creating her own version of an indoor pool. When I got the vacuum out she turned it on and said “There you go.” 
Nice of her to help wasn’t it? She did good in speech once she got over her stubborn streak. She’s come a long way in such a short time. It was September of 2009 when we asked for the initial Autism evaluation. It’s now May of 2010 and she’s well on her way to functioning on her own in a typical setting. The more progress she makes the more confused I get and the tighter I want to hold on.
Oh well, I’m the one that set the long term goal as her achieving complete independence I’ve got to follow through. Getting all the stuff out of my kitchen that she can’t have is going to be difficult. So far I’ve eliminated the obvious offenders. Her pretzels contain soy and she got a 1 on Soybeans, I’ve got to eliminate them entirely for a while. 
The nutritionist charges $40 an hour or $95 for three one hour sections. So I get to come up with $95 to pay at the first visit to save $25 on the visits. OK it’s about time to put my shoes on and go get Theresa off the school bus. 

Allergy Test is Back

Theresa’s allergy test is back. She’s positive for eggs and peanuts among other things. Those too will be the hardest to get rid of. Oranges and grapefruit are out too. Then there are some other things. Still need to know how you can be allergic to cow’s milk and not to cheese?? 

Uggh! this is going to be fun. Anyone want lessons in making your kid mad? I’m becoming an expert.

Not So Peaceful Sunday

It’s Sunday again, so far I’ve done two loads of laundry and most of the dishes that were so nicely left in the sink for me to take care of today. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m the only one that lives here. If I am it should be a lot quieter than it is.

I managed to sell two stock content articles at Helium this month. I liked the boost in earnings since ad revenue seems to be down a bit right now. I think it has to do with the pages not loading like they should. Oh, well, decreasing earnings are better than no earnings.

My recycling is ready to take off. Actually since I keep forgetting to put it in the car to drop off at the bins it’s probably pass ready. I have to run to the store to get Theresa more juice, I knew I should have got her frozen juice. She doesn’t go through it as fast as the bottles.

OK time to go back to cleaning up the toy explosion. She’s not paying attention so I can clean them up. I get to give some of them away to the local Autism center to use in therapy! I think she’s out grown some of them anyway.

It’s Saturday

Well, it’s Saturday, nothing much done except two loads of laundry and a trip to the store. I gave into temptation and got a thing of bottle tops yesterday. They do give the illusion that you’re kids can’t knock your drink can over. Not sure how I like them yet.

This is the last week of school. Monday and Wednesday Theresa has preschool in the afternoons. Wednesday is the last day of school. It’s time to figure out what’s going on in the community this summer. I think I’ll start with the local library to see if they have a summer reading program. Theresa is starting to read.

I’m undecided at this point, I know there are a dozen sights that have preschool curriculum at no costs. I can take a day or two each week and do a preschool program. We have three days with half hour speech sessions and one day with two hours of ABA. One night a month I have a parenting class that is ABA driven and a requirement to continue financial aid for her therapy. It’s $55 an hour and she gets 2 hours a week. Thats $110, each week the recommendation is 40 hours a week. Since we seem to have gotten broker her therapy is covered 100% with a $3 weekly co-pay.

OK it’s time to go get my clothes in. It’s supposed to rain this evening so I’ll endure the 90 something degrees it is right now to prevent having to rewash them.

Two Hours of ABA for Mom

OK I spent two hours in ABA with Theresa. I’m doing a lot better than I thought. I just keep asking her questions and forgetting to give her the answer. Sometimes the questions are too long. I forget that she’s only three with all that she knows. 

The OCD showed its head today. The seats in the wagon wouldn’t fold down.She had a fit. I’m good at ignoring the tantrums though. No talking to her but talking around her. 

OK now I’m watching Cheers. It’s amazing how much you remember when you see things you haven’t seen in years. 

Theresa is now trying to help herself to bread. 

Resting While Everyone Sleeps

My husband and my daughter are both napping quietly and not so quietly right now. Not in that order either. I just realized that I sent my child to school Monday without her snack. I know years from now she’ll be on a therapist’s couch telling them how that scarred her for life.

In a few minutes I should here my husband’s alarm clock go off so he can go to work. I doubt I will he’s become accustomed to me waking him on the days that’s too tired to remember to set his alarm. I think he needs to see a doctor or go to bed earlier at night. Imagine if he had to work the entire day through. Maybe it’s just the adjustment of going back to work after a year and a half. Of course it could be knowing that he’s gonna have to work two jobs to come up with the income of one and that the summer is a time he has off. 
I did three loads of laundry and baked cookies. I put a roast in the crock pot this morning and I’m going to heat some sides to go with it tonight. Another reason I’m cutting back for the summer. I’m tired of preaching to a choir that’s not listening. There will be no more wasted food just because “I don’t feel like that’, or “I’m gonna run to the store”. We are effectively broke at the moment and well you’re  over 40. Grow up. 
It is time to bring everyone to the same page. You get what you can afford if you don’t want to end up doing without all together. 
Well, my resting time is almost over so I’m going to enjoy a nice peaceful glass of tea and my favorite book for a moment before I go back to work.

Note To Self

Note to self: get a new desktop computer and stop working off my laptop. Theresa just broke my splash drive trying to sit in mommy’s lap. Once mommy put the computer down, Theresa began to loose interest in mommy’s lap. She also tried to eat my dinner while her plate is still full.

Theresa identified an action today. This afternoon we had a make-up session for speech this morning and she said “we’re jumping” while she and her therapist jumped in the trampoline! She’s been identifying her flash cards now without being asked.

OK my overworked mind can’t take anymore even of my own writing right now. Tomorrow is laundry day and we get to clean the house from top to bottom. I hope. One room at a time, I’ll be making my cleaning list so I can go down it and check everything off as I go. That way nothing is left undone.

Just Talking about My Morning.

Theresa is dressed and ready to go to school. The end of year program is this morning. Theresa is dressed and ready to go. Daddy’s not going. Why am I no surprised? Oh well, it’s his loss. 

This afternoon we get to go to the financial aid meeting at Spectrum. Theresa’s ABA has new guidelines, now there are classes that you have to attend. While they may be helpful I have a feeling that there will be too many a month that I have to make to get any work done. Yes I am the one that has to go. I take care of everything or it doesn’t get taken care of. 
I used to wonder exactly how many times I’d have to explain the bills before it sunk in. I finally gave up and began taking care of everything budget related myself. 
I think I’ll do an editorial about the stresses of taking care of the budget alone when you have others spending money that don’t understand the term budget.
On the bright side my separate savings account is in tact even after the extended period of unemployment in this house.

I actually took a nap.

We went to speech this morning and I got to see Theresa write her letters at the end of the session. She even sat still to look at a book with Ms. Nicole. Theresa is back to lining things up again, she missed her noon supplement, I think. Oh well I can add it to tonight, What I can’t add tonight is an extra dose of Ibuprofen. She’s still napping, my nap was over an hour ago.

We have to be at the school at 9:45 in the morning with her in uniform for the end of year program. Tomorrow afternoon we go to Spectrum. Then Friday we have ABA. We don’ t have anywhere to go in the afternoons. 
I get to make a nice long list of things to do in the house and out so that I can finish them. I have to figure out where to put my tomato plant, and one day maybe my husband will understand that a stake and a string will work fine for holding it up.
OK back to housekeeping and eventually I’ll find something to write about until I’ll continue to ramble on about everything else.