Happy little things that make me do a double-take

I help you bounce, Bubby!

C spent three days home sick last week with a cold and fever, which he then passed to Baby Jo over the weekend. Nights have involved making trips to bedrooms to administer ibuprofen and little feet landing in my face from the sick child next to me. The two of them have been at each other for days, yelling and fighting and whining and pushing. Goodness, do they know how to push each other’s buttons (and mine). But there have been little things in the midst of it all. Happy little things that make me do a double-take and think about how far we have come from the relationship that the two of them once had.

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Two Years with the G-Tube Button

Nov 13 G Tube Procedure 2

Look at this photo from two years ago! I can’t believe my baby boy has had two years with the g-tube button. He had the surgery more than two years ago, then they inserted the button three months after the surgery. He has come so far since that day.

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Mickey and Minnie

Brother and sister Mickey and Minnie costumes

I was looking through the pictures on my phone and realized that I didn’t post any pictures here of my children in their Halloween costumes! C and Baby Jo enjoyed Halloween as Mickey and Minnie. The teens at his therapy center put together a really cute Halloween event that we were able to attend as a family. There were games, lit pumpkins, costumes and candy. They also were able to go trick-or-treating with their cousins. Or, as Baby Jo called it, “Frick or freat!”

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Family Adventure Day

Kids on a tractor

We lucked out with a gorgeous Friday when Hubster took off of work, C had the day off from therapy, and we had a family adventure day! We enjoyed stealing some time together. The four of us piled into the car and headed out for a day in Door County. Family adventure day started with a quick lunch at Culver’s. Side note: did you know the chicken tenders and fries are free of dairy? 

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Feeding the Animals

Feeding the animals at a farm in Door County

We had a membership to our local zoo when C was little, but he was more interested in running along the sidewalks than looking at the animals. With all the sidewalks he could explore for free on campus, we never renewed the membership. Baby Jo hasn’t had much exposure to animals. I wasn’t sure what she would think when we took them to a farm where they could feed goats and horses. Would she enjoy feeding the animals?

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Big brother reading a bedtime story to his little sister.

My four-year-old C is not reading yet, but his autism allows him to memorize books, dialogue from favorite TV episodes, and puzzles. He and his little sister have developed a new bedtime routine that involves him, “reading,” a book to her. I love watching him tell her the story. If he doesn’t remember what words are under one of the flaps, he turns to ask me and then repeats it. Once he repeats the complete phrase, he almost never needs to ask me again. When C tells Baby Jo that one part isn’t funny, I couldn’t help but laugh. He is so matter-of-fact about everything! Here is big brother reading a bedtime story to his little sister:

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