My beautiful little girl has autism and she touches my emotions so deeply that she leaves fingerprints on my heart.

The overwhelming love you have for your child. The heartbreak when you realize your child is slipping away from you and you can't pull them back. The undeniable frustration when they try to communicate the only way they know how but you don't understand and don't know how to bridge the gap. The determination you have to free them from the prison they are in. The pure Joy you feel with each and every step forward they make towards healing no matter how small it is. Those are the fingerprints of autism.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Adventures

Sierra is getting a little braver lately, check her out on the 200 foot Sky Wheel (just a really big Ferris wheel) in Myrtle Beach!

We asked her if she wanted to go on it and she said no at first, but when we were leaving she asked to go on it.  Most of the time she will change her mind at the last minute.... not this time! She was a little nervous at first but loved it after the first time around!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Yes You Don't

Sierra is a little argumentative lately. I am not complaining, it is actually really funny and I have to try not to laugh when she does it. Here is an example of one of our arguments:

Me-"Sierra I can't fix this toy."
Sierra- "Yes you don't!"
Me- "It's yes you can"
Sierra "Yes you can!"
Me- "It's broken, can't you play with something else"
Sierra- "No I'm don't!"
Me- "It's no I can't"
Sierra "No I can't!"
and so on......

It is music to my ears and I chuckle every time we do this. It was only 14 months ago that she was non-verbal!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday

Yes the 4 is backwards, just noticed that myself!
Sierra is now 4! Where has the time gone? We had a little party for her and I let her pick out the cake and decorations. She picked a Pirates Of The Caribbean cake and pirate decorations. I knew she liked pirates but she bi-passed all her favorite cartoon characters for them! 

The biggest thing about her party was that she blew out the candle herself! Sierra has never been able to blow out her mouth until this past winter when she was sick and had to use her mouth due to a stuffy nose. I am so glad that she was sick all winter now, it really was a blessing in disguise!

Sierra has also moved up to a more age appropriate class today! She was in a younger class due to self help skills and socialization problems. I am happy about that but I am sad because her best friend is still in the younger class. I believe that he has helped her tremendously with social interactions, and he was always so glad to see her when she walked in (I just wanted to hug him for being her friend). I think he was the initiater of that frienship and I am curious to see if she makes any new friends.

I can't resist showing you our new puppy, we named him Mojo (darker one) and my mom's puppy named Sweet Pea which is Mojo's sister. 
Mojo and Sweet Pea 11 weeks old

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Getting Caught Up

I haven't posted in a while as you can see, I guess you could say that I am in a funk. I am trying to pull out of it and get things going again. Here's what has happened while I was funking.

Last week Sierra had her IEP and everything went great! They are pleased with how much she has progressed and they tell me now that it mostly her speech that is holding her back now. They switched Sierra to a speech therapist that specializes in Speech Apraxia so we can focus mainly on her speech problems. They told me Sierra does not have an interest in coloring, drawing, cutting, or painting, which I knew already. The problem, I told them, is that those things are hard for her and anything that requires her to put an extra effort in she just chooses not to do. So they are evaluating her motor skills to see if she needs extra help there, which I am sure she will.
Birthday cake!

Hannah turned one year old and we had a little party for her. Every present that she was given has now been taken over by Sierra as well as all the ones she got for Christmas. I am working hard to get Sierra to share Hannah's toys with Hannah, and Hannah wants anything Sierra is playing with no matter whose toy it is.

Sierra has been sick a total of 5 times now since Christmas! 4 major (out for a week) colds and one bout with diarrhea. She goes to school for a week and then is out for a week. I think that is over now (hopefully) she actually has gone to school for a week and a half now.

I am battling a kidney stone and the stone is winning I think. It is a 2mm stone but it feels like I am giving birth to a 10 pound baby! I am on pain killers now as I am typing this so disregard anything out of the norm!

Our new puppy at 6 weeks old
We have done a world wide search for the perfect puppy and found one! He is a male Havanese and I will be bringing him home tomorrow, he is 8 weeks old. We are going to name him either Elmo or Mojo haven't quite decided yet. We also purchased his sister to give to my mother who lives about 5 houses away from us. 

That is about it, I think I am all caught up now. Sierra is turning 4 next week..... wow time sure does fly!

Mom's puppy at 6 weeks old