Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cutting toe nails

I always think to myself, If the kids would just go to sleep I could get so much accomplished. Ha!! What do I do when 2 out of 3 children are sleep? Well, that's a good question! I'm writing on my blog, of course!

Writing on my blog seems like a much better option than the laundry that needs to put away and the bags that need to be packed or the car that needs to be loaded up once the bags are packed.

Dalton has had a pretty good week at school. We are finally getting in a groove and he is accomplishing some work!

I know that cutting toe nails to most people is an everyday ordinary thing! No biggie. But in our household things like cutting nails or hair, brushing hair, or brushing teeth can but an ordeal. More so the nails & hair then anything else.

Cutting Dalton's hair is like taking his blood at times. It takes multiple people to hold him down and multiple attempts to get it right. About 1 1/2 months ago we conquered cutting his finger nails while he was awake. Of course he has to be watching Netflix on the iPad to do it but that's okay with me.

However, cutting his toe nails is a whole other story. I normally do it while he is completely asleep and I have to do it over the course of a few tries because he ends up waking up. Obviously, this is something we have been trying to get him to work through. For him cutting his toe nails is like fingernails on a chalkboard for most people. As soon as you grab his foot and tell him what you are doing he starts saying "No, No!" then proceeds to the crying and meltdown stage.

BUT yesterday we did it! Yep I cut his toe nails while he was awake and watching Netflix. No tears, no meltdowns, barely even an attempt to stop me. I was thoroughly excited.


Corinthians 9:15 NKJV
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's it like to be a mom?

If someone asked me "What's it like to be a mom?" What would I say? Where to begin...

The experience is indescribable at times. To love a child gives a whole new meaning to love. It is a feeling unlike any other and to be love back by a child is just amazing. It can also be heartbreaking.

Smells of being a mother-pee, poop, spit up, puke, baby lotion, soured milk cup/bottle left under the couch or the bed.

Feelings-exhausted, wonderful, insane, crazy, loved, taken for grant.

What you hear- I'm pretty sure I'm told "NO" more now than I was as a teenager, "Me (this is what Dalton calls me instead of mommy), me, me, me what you doin." x10 :) I don't like to complain about what I hear because there was a time when I wondered if I would ever hear more than a handful of words from Dalton.

I wouldn't trade being a mom for anything in the world. God blessed me with 3 beautiful children and I'm convinced I'll come out on the other side of this wonderful journey as a better, slightly less sane, person.

We are finally getting settled in with school and the new medicines. All seems to be going pretty well. Dalton is starting to get some work done at school, Payson is starting to talk more, and Nick is crawling everywhere!!


Colossians 3:14
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Doctors, Therapists, Teachers...Oh My!

There are certain frustrations when you have a child with special needs-if you have a child with limited verbal ability, not knowing what they want or what hurts is at the top of the list. Finding a diagnosis that is for certain can be a challenge. But I know for me in the #1 slot has to be finding the right medical team to cover all of our needs.

Wading through doctors and therapists can be a trip and much like everything else it is a game of trial & error. We are on our 6 pediatrician! No I DO NOT enjoy changing doctors every time the wind blows but it is extremely hard to find a doctor who can cover all the basis we need them to cover. Thankfully, I believe we have finally found a pediatrician!

Therapists for Speech & OT isn't as bad because there aren't as many choices and luckily we hit the nail on the head with Speech. We love our private Speech Therapist and the great progress she has helped Dalton make.

But nonetheless the "Find the doctor" game is frustrating and there are times when you just want to give up. Why can there not be a road map with blinking lights that says "Right here, this is where you need to be!!!"

With teachers, most of the time, you are just at the mercy of the school system to get it right. I know here, there are only certain schools that have the programs that Dalton requires, so there isn't much of a choice. Not that ours isn't good. There just isn't any choices.

I hear "Brittany, I don't know how you do it." a lot. Honestly, I have only two secrets. My faith in the Lord, my savior, who I cry out to when it feels like the weight is too great to carry on my own (pretty much daily, sometimes hourly, & a few days every minute) and I have an awesome family to help me out!

But I believe that everyone has somethings in their lives that is their "weight." Everyone is different but we all have something that afflicts us. Mine is no greater than anyone Else's.


Deuteronomy 31:8-And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”