Finding My Place in Her Heart

Daddy And Melanie

Daddy And Melanie

Regular readers to this blog know about Melanie’s very independent personality. She loves to do things on her own, never really needs the attention of others, and isn’t much of a “cuddler.” She’s the exact opposite of her sister. She is always testing boundaries and has the most mischievous air about her. She even has a particular way she runs away when she was caught doing something she knows is not acceptable. We call it the “guilt run.” (As in, she’s guilty of the “crime,” not that she feels guilty about perpetrating the act…)

One thing that parents always experience is the “favorites” syndrome. One child will prefer the attention of one parent to another from time to time. Michaela as gone back and forth between mommy and daddy and it has been a healthy and fun “competition” between Kelli and I. But with Melanie, it’s been (in my mind) a bit one-sided. (more…)

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Sensory Water Bag

Just in case you didn’t know, Pinterest is an addictive creative site for anyone! A while back I found this idea for a sensory water bag. I showed it to Melanie’s speech therapist last week and she said let’s do it!

During Melanie’s therapy session today with her speech and occupational therapist, we put together the sensory water bag! You will need:

  • thick, clear plastic tarp (like painters tarp)
  • duct tape
  • water
  • food coloring
  • small cheap toys: balls, animals, shiny necklaces, glitter (if you are brave) (more…)

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What’ve we been talkin’ about?

This is a just a fun post. My work environment has exposed me to some very creative people and new ways of thinking. I was introduced to a service some time ago that allows you to submit a large amount of text and it will analyze and produce a graphic that helps you see at a glance the various subjects and thoughts that compose the work. It does this by counting all the words in the text and producing a word count list and then creates an image of those words with the most often used words largest and the least often used words smallest. (Omitting the more common words in the english language, such as “the,” “a,” “and,” etc…) (more…)

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It’s come to “a list….”

Table Manner Rules

Our "Table Manner Rules" proudly displayed over the dinner table.

Kelli and I have been trying to work on Michaela’s table manners. She eats well on her own and, like any children her age, fight us on the green stuff, but eventually relents and eats everything on her plate. The one thing we are fighting right now: manners. She’s wiggly, stuffs her mouth on occasion, likes to stand on her knees in the chair and is sloppy with drinking her milk — to the point she makes a mess. She reminds me of a 5-year-old female viking, celebrating the latest plunder with a victory feast, replacing manners with festive revelry.

But the one thing that Kelli and I absolutely cannot tolerate: chewing with her mouth open. It’s truly annoying to hear our eldest sit at a table and masticate upon the various food stuffs on her plate. Constant reminders will fix the problem, but she quickly forgets. (more…)

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My Rainbow

My mom is finding out that she likes to write. Mom has been a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years and is absolutely wonderful with children. Plus she is one of  my biggest supporters when it comes to the girls. Mom and I have gotten closer when I had the girls and even more close when the girls were diagnoised with autism. Here is a short story mom wrote for Michaela to be shared for autism awareness month! (more…)

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