Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Post I keep On Putting Off

I have started this post so many times just to delete it all.  And by all like three lines.  But I have always prided myself with keeping it real with my readers and this is something that is real.  And it isn't like I can't make it private at some time if I so feel the need so here goes.  So Monday we took Destructo to have him evaluated for behavioral/sensory/etc issues.  Since he was just a baby he has been super spirited as all get out.  But I always wondered if this was normal boy or if there was something "off" for lack of a better word.

We took him and for now they recommended occupational therapy and speech.  It wasn't until his regular pediatrician pointed out that he omits certain letters that I realized his speech was a little behind.  I for the most part understand everything he says lol.  I have known since 18 months that he has some sensory issues as he is a super picky eater, doesn't like certain textures, and really seems to be sensory seeking in a lot of way.  I figured he would eventually end up with a sensory processing disorder.  And he probably will if we ever actually see a occupational therapist.  (Insurance doesn't cover it without a medical diagnosis.  We are figuring out how to swing the expenses.  And working on seeing what he will qualify for through the public school system.  But that is another blog post.)

What I wasn't really expecting was that the doctor would tell us that while she wasn't highly concerned there were some markers/ warning signs of an autism spectrum disorder.  He is pretty social and friendly and very talkative so it never really occured to me.  But what I hadn't ever really known a whole lot about was Asperger's.  I can understand her concern now after reading up on it.  He does have some characteristics of this. But on the flip side, he has some characteristics that are the opposite of this.  He loves to play imaginary play for example.   He could just be a very spirited, stubborn wants his own way three year old.  Only time will tell on that one.

Either way this goes, I want to help him get any and all help he needs.  He is quite behind in his fine motor skills, slightly behind in his gross motor skills, and obviously as I said earlier needs a bit of speech (although I honestly think that will work itself out as he matures.)  So I hope to get all this stuff straightened out but also to work with him at home a lot as well.  What do you guys recommend for fine motor skills practice?  Or gross motor work?  

And a cute Destructo story for you.  While doing the evaluation, the nurse asked him to stack blocks in a certain way.  He did it backwards.  She said that is really great effort, but can you try to do it the way I asked.  He replied "Nope.  Some people just do it differently."  We had to stifle our laughter.  That is our Destructo.  Blatantly refusing to do something that is asked of him and cracking us up all the while.  

Gah I love this boy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Skype

You know Skype really is a wonderful thing.  My bestie that lives in Italy and I are able to keep in touch and actually see and hear each other.  This wasn't possible a few years ago.  I imagine I would have lost touch with her eventually like I did so many other people over the course of my 32 years.  (And yes, I have to do the math a lot of time to figure out how old I am.  Kids eat brains I tell ya.)

I also use Skype a lot to stay in touch with my family in Michigan.  We moved in 1993 ten hours away.  600 long miles.  When we moved we could send letters in the actual mail.  Oh how I looked forward to getting letters on fancy stationary with stickers decorating the envelope from my grammie.  (Heck I still look forward to getting the occasional letter from her.)  We also could call them occasionally.  But you know you could never talk too long because it was a long distance call.

My sons will never know what a long distance call is.  Heck for the record, there will never be a time when my boys aren't able to immediately receive a phone call no matter what they were thanks to cell phones.  I remember using pay phones.  I can't remember the last time I saw a pay phone to be honest.

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I think it is a great thing that modern technology has come so far.  I don't have a whole lot of super close bestie friends that live where I do.  But because of cell phones, skype, and Facebook I can stay just as close with them as if they were here.  Trust me my friend Trish sure knows I don't hesistate to call her.  Each and every evening when Mr. Destructo is at work and I am losing bits of my sanity by the minute.  Gah I love modern technology.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rumps Around Thirsty Rumps Diaper Review (and Giveaway)

I was given a Rumps Around Thirsty Rumps diaper for review and one to giveaway.  This diaper was adorable first and foremost.  And that is what is most important isn't it?  I mean zoo animals.  Be still my heart.
Look at the zoo animals (and his stunning blue eyes)

This diaper will fit from 6.5 pounds to 40 pounds.  I can say I agree with that.  Ollie is 17 pounds in this picture and I just moved it to the second snap setting.  There is four different size settings.  I put this diaper on Destructo to see and it fit although at 36 pounds he was definitely at the far extreme.  I really like the cut of this diaper as well.  Even when I forget to check it sits more on his groin and not on his chunky legs (which causes him to get horrible red marks that don't fade for weeks.)

This has four snaps (two on each side) for the wings.  I had no problems with wing droop.  I also love the snap wrap feature to store poopie diapers in the wet bag when out and about.  The outer of this diaper is PUL and I had no problems at all with leaks.
Fits well on his chunky legs 

The inner of the diaper is organic bamboo cotton and is so very soft.  It reminded me of sweatshirt like material and has double gussets which was awesome to contain breastfed baby poop.  The inserts that came with this diaper were three layers of 100% bamboo and were very absorbent.  They are so thin that even stuffed with two the diaper is super trim.  

Overall I really love this diaper and there wasn't a single feature I didn't like.  I really wish I had a few more of them in my stash.  The price is good for a bamboo diaper as well at 16 each.  Great news!  One lucky reader will get a chance to get a free Thirsty Rumps diaper.  Be sure to enter the giveaway below.