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A bit of a wasted day today

Posted by Sarah on Apr 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today’s day was wasted and I don’t mean that in the good old sense of the word! We were on our way to Sensational Kids when Bethie started to look a bit pale, followed by falling asleep. Beth never falls asleep unless she’s not feeling well so the alarm bells began to chime. We were nearly there though so I thought I’d see how she went. She seemed ok with Melinda, a bit floppy but still doing her work ok. At the end of the session though we went to the toilet and without being too graphic I realised that indeed, Beth did have a tummy ache. She seemed to feel a bit better after that but as Rod pointed out, it wasn’t good to push her if she wasn’t feeling well as we wouldn’t know if she was sick or playing up. What a bugger, I was so looking forward to todays session too as Beth was in fine form this morning. Of course she’s now watching Monsters Inc as if nothing is wrong. And she hasn’t been to the toilet since we got home.

Yesterday we went to the movies again. Beth is clearly well and truly over her fear of movies. This time we went to see How to Train Your Dragon. Amanda came along with her boys again and we picked up Will to take him as we promised to take him out for his birthday. I wasn’t sure how he would go as most of his issues are sensory related. I suggested to Bec that perhaps we took ear muffs to help dull the sound but he didn’t want to take them. I needn’t have worried though, him and Bill sat through it with no problems at all. We went for coffee and iced chocolates afterwards and he declared it the ‘thousandth millionth best movie’ he’d even seen! I love an appreciative guest! He’s such a gorgeous boy. When we were lining up for the tickets Will and Bill were sitting waiting, each with one leg crossed over, chatting away to each other. They were like little old men.

Bec came to pick him up just after lunchtime. She had some exciting news for Will as she’d just had her ultrasound and found out that her baby is a boy. Will was so pleased as he already has a little sister.

In the afternoon we headed over to Bev and John’s to pick up their keys as they’ve taken a trip to the UK and Europe. Half their luck! I think it’s great that they’ve gone, John’s wanted to go to Ireland for years as his heritage is Irish. They’re going on a bus tour around the British Isles, back to London for 4 days, then another bus trip around Europe. I’ll miss them though, especially Bev as I speak to her every day on the phone at least once. I’m very lucky, most people don’t like their mother in law much and we’re more like best friends. They’ve been fantastic with the kids but Bev and I have done things together too, like a quilting course and a pottery workshop. I’m sure they’ll have a wonderful time.

I’m off to my art class tonight. My friend Tiff is teaching a few of us with oil pastels and I’m loving it. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have something in your life that is independant of being a mother and wife. Irrespective of issues we have with Beth’s autism I still found that I lost myself somewhere along the way having 3 children. I love that I now have something that I can do for myself. I know that it’s not always easy to find the time or the money to do this but it might be something as simple as reading a book. One that isn’t about autism! Just absorbing yourself into a fantasy novel can sometimes give you the respite you need, something that is so very important. I’m lucky that I have that opportunity now that Bridie is at school too. And believe me, I’m luvvin it! Here’s a photo of my latest artwork.

 
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She’s a cheeky bugger

Posted by Sarah on Apr 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Beth has been speaking so well lately but with that has come some very cheeky moments. I mentioned how she was asking Deb and Helen if they had birthday presents for her. She’s been doing it with Easter Eggs all week too.

Yesterday we went to her cousin’s house. Peter and his wife Kate moved into their new house a couple of months ago and we hadn’t had a chance to visit yet. As Uncle Frank was down for Easter we decided that we’d pop down for a visit on the Monday. I picked up Bev, and Paul picked up John and Uncle Frank and off we all set. Bev sat in the front of the car where Beth usually sits when I drive but I didn’t realise how put out she was until later. We had a lovely afternoon. I love looking at new homes to get ideas for when our house is built, that’s the exciting part for me, looking at colour schemes and tiles. When it was time to leave Beth spotted the big Easter egg that Uncle Frank had given Kate. I knew she had because I saw her zoom towards it, saying in a very loud voice “thanks Kate for saying that this easter egg is for me!” I quickly interjected, saying that no, it was Kates egg and she couldn’t have it.

When we got outside to go Beth started to get most annoyed that not only had we brought Grandma in our car but that we then had to take her home too. Beth made a pretend phone call to the taxi company. “Hello Mr Taxi Driver, it’s Beth O’Connor here. I’d like to order a taxi to take my Grandma home please as I don’t want her in our car on the way home. 5 minutes? Yes, that would be wonderful, thankyou!” She then looked at Bev and told her that she’d have to wait for the taxi. Luckily Bev knows what Beth’s like. Of course we did end up taking her home.

Today we went to my Uncle Peter and Aunty Margaret’s house. First thing I saw was Beth with an Easter Egg saying that Margaret had given it to her. It seems that she really did but I can never be sure with Beth, she does make up stories to cover her arse! We love going to visit there because Margaret always remembers their favourite foods and drinks and buys them in for them. I get to sit and drink coffee and eat and the kids run around or watch dvds so it’s always nice and relaxing. We usually try to get there at least once every school holidays, both of them work on weekends so it’s the only time we get to catch up. They are my only biological family in Australia as I was born in the UK so it’s always nice to catch up for myself as well as the kids. And I set Margaret up on to Facebook so now I can be in contact even more!

The kids all got sent home with giant easter egg packs which were eaten before we even got onto the freeway, thank goodness Easter is finally over! I can’t believe I’m finally saying that I’m over chocolate. (Until next week at least!)

Tomorrow we’re off to see How to Train your Dragon with Will. Thursday Paul has off as we have Sensational Kids. Everybody has been saying how well Beth’s been communicating lately so I always look forward to how well Beth’ll do at her next session. I’ll keep you posted. xxx

 
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Not much going on here

Posted by Sarah on Apr 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

We’ve had a fairly uneventful holiday so far. We’ve done a few things but nothing really stands out. Wednesday last week we had our first pyjama day for the holidays which Beth was most pleased about. On the Tuesday after she was dressed we had changed plans and didn’t have to go out after all, I had to stop Bethie from putting her pyjamas back on 10 minutes later! She’d live in them if she could.

I did have a bit of exciting news on Wednesday, That’s Life magazine told me that they would be publishing a letter with a link to my blog in it. I was sooooo excited to hear this! I’ve had such lovely feedback from new readers as well as old so I’d officially like to welcome the new readers into the wacky world that is my life. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoy writing about it. It’s not terribly sane at times but how boring would it be if it was! And a big thanks to That’s Life for doing that for me.

Thursday we had friends over most of the day. Bec came with Will and Kasey. Prue came with Tabs and Zy. Bree came with Nimi and Aullen. Unfortunately for Beth Bree didn’t bring Naarii this time so she couldn’t fawn over him like last time! I love days like that, all the mums sit around and drink coffee and eat and the kids just do what kids do. Beth was most fascinated with Prue’s hair as she had it shaved for the World’s Greatest Shave day. She ran her hand over Prue’s head and laughed “You’ve been shaving your hair Prue.” The way she said it was as if she had told Prue she had been a naughty girl!

Friday was a quiet day being Good Friday. We had forgotten to buy hot cross buns so we had to settle for hot cross pancakes. Bill and Bridie don’t like hot cross buns anyway so that was fine. Nothing was open and muggins here forgot that that meant no supermarkets were open either. The only takeaway food shop that was open was fish and chips so that’s what we ended up having for tea. Bill was most put out when I told him he couldn’t have his hotdog in batter. I’m not so strict on the no meat on Good Friday but we went to a fish and chip shop for goodness sake, it would be like mocking religion if I bought him a sausage. And Paul and the kids are all christened Catholics.

Saturday Paul went sailing for the day. I hadn’t caught up with my family for Beth’s birthday or my dad’s birthday which was the week before. We went around to Debbie and Neil’s for a late lunch. I was a bit apprehensive about taking the kids there without Paul as they are hard work at houses without toys. As it wasn’t a hot day they couldn’t play in the pool either. They were really good though. Deb’s got foxtel thank goodness so the kids just sat back and watched some tv for the afternoon. Bill and Rick played some music and Beth had her DSi there too which is always good for a backup. Dad and Helen both mentioned how well Beth was communicating, she’s speaking so well lately. Of course this doesn’t mean that she’s using the right manners. She was very good with yes please and no thankyou, I’ve noticed that more and more lately and I’m so pleased to see it. When we walked in though Beth went straight up to Debbie and said “have you got me a present?” Then when Helen walked in Beth said the same thing! I guess she wanted to know and what better way to know the answer than to ask the question. I thought to myself, ‘how very autistic of you Beth!”

Today is Easter Sunday so Happy Easter everybody! It was also the end of daylight savings which meant that we were woken up at the ungodly hour of 6am. I allowed the kids one egg before breakfast and figured that they could eat the rest afterwards, better to get it out of the way early than hyper at night. Beth was in an argumentative mood and didn’t feel like going to Bev and John’s for lunch to visit with Uncle Frank as she wanted to watch a dvd. She went into a funny little fantasy and rather than merely arguing with me came up with this little beauty, “In other news, Beth O’Connor has decided not to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s for an Easter Egg Hunt, she’s going to stay at home instead and watch a dvd.” No imagination they say, not bloody likely!

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