At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Connecting For Christmas

Isaac experiences the world in a different way and he makes sure YOU do too,...that includes holidays, and it can be a lot to wrap your mind around as we are nearly three years into Isaac's diagnosis for Apraxia, and into our second year for confirmed Autism,...and the learning curve has been steeper than expected especially in regard to holidays,...because there is no way to know exactly how much Isaac understands,...just hints, and clues,...and fragments of a comprehension puzzle. 

With clearly a high intelligence, we are assuming Isaac understand much more than he is able to express,...but it can be daunting to purchase presents having no idea how they will be receive, or IF they will be receive or even acknowledged,...and that can really tug at a mama's heart,...we love our little guy so much and we want to celebrate this joyous time with him,...but we have to figure this Autism Angle out,...and this year,...praise the LORD,...I think we did,...

For starters it doesn't help that Isaac was not feeling 100%,...his icky cold is lingering and he wasn't that enthused with attending a Christmas party,...although he did appropriately play with some other children for a short time,...but then he climbed into Teddy's lap,...and was 'done' for the evening to the point of eventually taking my hand and then his Daddy's hand and leading us to the door, 'Go!' -- too loud, too chaotic, and too much Christmasy stuff going on, I observed Isaac is NOT a fan of opening presents,...perhaps it disrupts his sense of order, or the sensory sensations of the paper ripping,...whatever it is,...he's NOT a fan,...thank you very much,...he'd rather go to the dentist than have to open a present. 

So once home, as we open our presents on Christmas Eve,...I quietly opened Isaac's presents and scattered them around the room for him to find. SUCCESS!!!! Isaac liked this method,...surprises every time he came into the living room,...and nothing he received was more fascinating than this little wooden play food set,...with velcro, you can 'play-cut' the food,...and serve it to Mama,...and then let her take a turn, and Mama serves Isaac,...and oh-that-wooden-food-is-sooooo-delicious,...

"Yum-Yum" says Isaac,...intent on cutting a hotdog,...and you know it's a carrot, and I know it's a carrot, but Isaac insists that it is an orange hotdog and who am I to interfere with pretend play? Not me,...I was eating orange pretend hotdogs up to midnight,...but I went to bed with a joyful heart, so thrilled to connect with my little guy, means so much to us,...

Non-electronic device fascination is a total SCORE!!!!

And you can count the food too,...the cucumber cuts into "FOUR" pieces, says Isaac.

How beloved was this food-set?
Isaac took it to bed with him,...and no doubt had sweet dreams 
of preparing a pretend Christmas dinner!!!

Christmas morning,...and Isaac is back to work,...that food MUST be chopped. 

So much food,...the choices are a delight to Isaac,...

Only we have to pause in our play for the ending of Toy Story 3,....

Hanging out Christmas morning with Isaac,....SWEET!!!!

End of the show, problem,...Isaac totally knows how to operate the DVR,...

Then back to work,...

Connecting with Isaac is the greatest Christmas gift for us this year,....

Our little guy experiences the world in a different way,...and he makes sure YOU do too,
and we are learning together how to live, and grow, and celebrate,...


Until I post again,...may God bless you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Croup For Christmas

So far Isaac is 2-2 for Christmas Croup,...our sweet little guy had croup for Christmas last year as well,...but hopefully Isaac's icky cough will clear completely by Christmas Day as he is zooming around the house this morning,...perhaps not with his usual high-speed, super sonic energy, but with more zip than he's had for the past few days,...

No Santa Isaac pictures are being tolerated this year, he doesn't feel well,...two: he doesn't want his picture taken with a santa hat,...'Come on, Mama,...I am four',...says his expression,...but our little guy is sooooo cute when he puts on that santa hat while playing,...I can't help trying,...maybe better luck next year. 

Before Isaac's sniffles started he was able to help his big brother Michael celebrate earning a bachelor degree,...that's two older brothers out of college before Isaac even starts kindergarten!!!

We're so proud of Michael's achievement,...and we were THRILLED with Isaac's conduct during the lonnnnnnng graduation ceremony. Did Isaac sit still in his seat? Pleassssssse, what four year old does, much less one on the spectrum? But Isaac was very quiet and non distracting during the ceremony with his tablet, and he took lots of adventure walks around the stadium with big brother Teddy,...and never once seemed to mind the the huge crowds or noise until after the graduation, and it was kinda crazy with zillions of folks trying to find their graduates,...but Teddy was on hand to provide transportation assistance. 

After the graduation ceremony we had lunch at a popular restaurant, so popular our wait for a table was 45 minutes long, but again, Isaac was a doll,...and happily played around our outdoor waiting area, and once seated,...Isaac ate, and ate, and ate, and never once wiggled, even a bit,....

This is our second Christmas with Isaac's diagnoses,...and we are still finding that holidays are hard with Apraxia and Autism,....there is no way to sugar-coat the disconnect between Isaac's comprehension and traditional traditions,...which seem pretty meaningless from his reaction,...tree or no tree,...doesn't really make a difference,....packages with ribbons and bows and gift bags piled high, interest,...telling the Christmas story,....Isaac listens, which is NEW for this year, but no feedback,...and that is hard to wrap your heart and mind around,...but we love this little guy so much,...we try everything and anything to help him connect, the point of disconnecting ourselves from traditions 'we' think are important,...because Isaac has a gift of crystalizing everything into the most essential,...and decorations, and gifts, or holiday food,...isn't what Christmas is about,'s about celebrating God's gift,...Jesus Christ,...

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself' -- and Isaac has that sentiment nailed, 365 days of the year,...for our little guy is completely undiluted,...his affection and love is real and genuine,...and selflessly offered, "Hug" - says Isaac with a hug, "Kiss" says Isaac with a kiss, "Hi" says Isaac because he's so very glad to see you,....nothing is pat, nothing is rote, or merely form that polite society decrees,...every smile, every hug, every effort to communicate is a portion of our little guy,...and for us that is the greatest gift,...

Isaac likes birthday cakes,...and oh yes,...we'll be celebrating Jesus's birthday with a cake and candles, which no doubt Isaac will have fun blowing out,...but I also made these little ones for Isaac,....not that he'll eat them,...pleassse I know that's not happening,...but I made them to celebrate the holidays and so Isaac can have the fun of saying, 'birthday cake' - and perhaps he'll marvel that they are so teeny,...probably not, but that is not stopping us from trying,...again, and again, and again, to help our little guy find a deeper connection with the holiday season,...'cause Jesus is the reason for the season,...

Last year pix of Santa Isaac,...he's a year older now,...and has made sooooooo much progress verbally and socially,....and this year Isaac can say, "Merry Christmas," - or "Mer-ree Tmas" - although most of the time when I ask Isaac if he can say Merry Christmas,.....he merely answers, "Yes!"

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Answered Prayers,...

 It is not hard for Isaac to find a cozy spot in the evening,...especially when it is bitterly cold, and when my husband recently brought this beanbag home for our basement man-cave, Isaac had other ideas and promptly wrapped himself into a glowingly cozy cubby,...content and cute,...and so reminiscent of Isaac's introduction to the world,...I was taken aback when I saw the photos.

As a newborn, Isaac had severe jaundice due to very high bilirubin levels. Here is Isaac during his second night at home looking like a babe out of a star-trek episode in his eerily glowing cradle. 

This picture was taken only a few hours before our precious little guy had a breathing crisis and had to be rushed to the Children's Hospital in the wee hours of the morning. Scary, scary, scary,...and heartbreaking when Isaac was whisk away to the NICU (newborn intensive care unit), and my husband and I found ourselves shell-shocked and wandering through the eerily still corridors with an empty carseat. And to be frank, I don't even remember how we ended up in the cafeteria, but I do know when my husband set that empty carseat on the table,...we both broke down and bitterly wept tears of despair,...our little miracle baby had just been given to us,...his little life was on the line, and we couldn't bear the thought of him being taken away,...

As people of faith, my husband and I turned to our faith,...and cried out with desperate prayers for healing for our little one,...we just wanted him to survive,...we never asked for him to be perfect or typical,...just alive,...and our prayers were answered,...a thousand fold,...for Isaac survived his crisis,...and now nearly five years later,... he is so vibrantly alive!!!!

That everyone in the world could be as happy as Isaac,...he seemingly finds joy in everything!

And I do mean everything, I was uploading these pictures, Isaac visited me in my office and I happened to have a piece of bubble wrap from an airmailed package. I squeezed the bubble wrap to make some POP,...and then handed the plastic to Isaac,...his eyes lit up and in an awed tone, he breathed, "WOW!!!!" 

"WOW!!!" - is what I think when I think of our answered prayers,...we are so grateful to have the honor to have Isaac in our lives, is not dull, by no means, when Isaac is around,...his little spirit glows from within like the happy little person he is,...content to be himself and love others as their-selves,...he's not asking us to be perfect, or typical, or anything other than to be in his vibrant little life. 

And so we are,....thank you LORD for answered prayers!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, December 5, 2014

One Of Those Days,...

Today started off as One Of Those Days,...Isaac was running late to school, or rather I was running a little late getting Isaac to school,...we made it to school in good time, but we had to rush,...and rushing with a child on the spectrum can be fraught with peril,...but Isaac did get to school, only as a rushing-result, I ended up with a massive headache, which wasn't helped by the state of our home - clutter-city - and my attempts to declutter were agonizingly slow,...and madness, with a massive headache, I attempted to put up a new window blind,...what was I thinking? 

Amidst the chaos the door-bell rings, was FedX, and I was frantically trying to remember what I may or may not have ordered, because I don't remember ordering ANYTHING,...but the long, and suspiciously narrow box was for me,...and my eyes were ROUND with wonder when I opened it to find TWO DOZEN red roses, you see,...splendidly beautiful red roses,...

Now, husband is an absolutely sweetie,...we're 32 years strong and still wildly in love with one another, and delivered flowers aren't unknown to me,...but the only hitch,'s not our anniversary nor is it my birthday,...and when I called my hubby to 'thank' - I drew a blank, "....ahhhhh" - from my husband, 'cause the flowers weren't from him,...and he's got too much ethics to claim credit where credit isn't due,...also he was a 'tad' curious who was sending his wife,...gorgeous, gorgeous roses,...

So was I? Because it took some digging to find a card,...and when I did,...I quite frankly,...broke down sobbing, overwhelmed,...because the flowers are from Kulturecity: (,...a local autism charity,...and the occasion was nothing more than a HUGE HUG of support and encouragement to this mother of a special needs child,...WOW,...WOW,...WOW!!!!!

Who gets red roses out of the blue? This is like fairy-tale stuff,...and I suspect that's how the fine folks at Kutlturecity wanted their offering to be taken,...and it is so hard to express exactly how touched I am for their care and concern,....because one of the harder aspects of autism is a sense of isolation, typical 'social' activities can be quite complicated, any and all support is so welcome and appreciated,...and such thoughtfulness and such kindness to send flowers to a caregiver,...just BECAUSE,...they truly care about my child and me,...and of course my guys too,...but those flowers had mine name on them,...boy was today a day when I needed an encouraging lift,...and did I ever get one!!!!!

Trying to pay it forward,...I couldn't resist taking some of the roses to Isaac's school to share the joy,...because Isaac's teachers and aides and therapist are true heroes in my book,...these individuals have chose to spend their professional lives helping special needs children,...and their patience, and professionalism and humor, because hello,...humor is needed when working with Isaac and some of his challenging challenges,...all those aspects are truly inspirational,...

A HUGE,...thank you to Kulturecity for their kindness and support,...and THANK YOU to everyone who supports special needs charities,...this is the end game of your generosity,...special needs families being encouraged and helped along their journey,....

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Milestone passed last night,...and if I wasn't laughing so hilariously hard I would have utterly cried when Isaac said to me, "Silly Mama."

Silly? Me? You bet, it is THE best way to reach my little guy and help him engage when social engagements seem confusing or apraxia makes speech difficult, Isaac nailed it,...Mama's silly, and we were being very silly last night having a giggle-fest,...which means chase and tag and tickling and lots and lots of giggling.

But it was Isaac's use of an attribute which totally blew me away,...because it is his very first observation toward another's behavior. Mama was being silly, of course, Isaac was too, and we do try to narrate to Isaac,...state-of-being: 'sad'-'tired'-'sick'-'frustrated'- this one usually when Isaac has to have his hair brushed, and of course, 'happy'-'excited'-and 'SILLY' - no surprise there as most four year olds are habitually silly and Isaac is no exception.

The gist,...Isaac thinks I am silly,...of course I had an inkling he did, "Tickle, Mama," or "Giggle, Mama," are frequent requests as we do giggle, a lot, together. But the proof of progress is so heart warming as there are times when behavior norms seems stuck in static,...but lately Isaac's been trying to verbally communicate his impressions of the world within the means of his limited vocabulary, which means, at the moment, Isaac finds everything to be, "Cute!"

Inflection doesn't translate very well upon a digital page, but believe me, Isaac can inflect that little word, 'cute' into a thousand different ways,....and these days everything is CUte, or cute, or Cuuuute,...such as puppies, and trees, and pizzas,'s all soooooo cute!!!

Of course the cuteness factor of Isaac observing everything to be cute, high, and again so encouraging to see our little guy making verbal observations, because Isaac is a master at non-verbal communication and can communicate the majesty of an enormous pine tree just by his expression, and body language, aided by his tone and infection into the single word, "Tree!" - instantly you know Isaac thinks that is a BIG tree,...

"WOW," is another means of attribute Isaac has been utilizing appropriately to express his awe, such as over the holiday weekend his impression of a department store, toy department, "WOW!" "Look at THAT!" "WOW"

It is encouraging that these attributes seem to spring spontaneously from Isaac's impressions, is his thoughts,...and that might sound kinda like a 'duh' - but being on the spectrum seems to hampers Isaac's ability to express in his own creative voice, as Isaac routinely uses echolianian techniques, aka: verbatim dialog from animated movies,...and to give him his due Isaac uses snatches of dialog in a creative 'metaphor' manner to express what he wants to say,...such as when I was holiday cooking the other day and the kitchen smelled delicious,...Isaac couldn't tell me so,...instead he tugged my arm to get my attention,...deeply inhaled and said, with exact intonation from the movie Frozen, "Chocolaaaate!" - and no I wasn't cooking anything with chocolate, but I knew Isaac was trying to tell me the kitchen smelled YUMMY!

For us, there are still so many questions about how Isaac's development will play-out,...such as will we ever be able to have a conversation? Will Isaac ever be able to tell me, why he thinks I am so silly? Will he ever be able to verbally request that Mama make something, "Chocolaaaate!" Or tell me exactly what is so 'cute' about pizza,...I mean puppies and perhaps saplings are self-explanatory...but pizza, Isaac?

Still,...I never thought to hear Isaac use a personal attribute, "Silly Mama," - was sooooo appropriately used, we were both being very silly last night.

Being silly is one of Isaac's most favorite state of being in the world,...and as such being denoted as a Silly Mama has to be one of the highest compliments I've ever received in my life!

Until I post again,...May God bless and keep you!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Understanding Thanksgiving,...

Non-traditional Thanksgiving this year,...via an icky cold-Mama can't shake which made cooking a traditional(home-made) turkey and dressing dinner not exactly feasible,...but as Isaac doesn't 'get' holidays yet our lapse in tradition didn't faze him,...and he was happy to eat out at a restaurant, especially since we ordered catfish for our little fish-loving guy,...I mean surely the pilgrims ate 'fish' on Thanksgiving Day too!!!

Thanksgiving Day Isaac enjoyed his catfish and french fries, while everyone else had turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. While he was at it, Isaac managed to charm our waitress as well with his cheery, "Hi," and "Tank you!" - when she refilled his drink,...and for a four year old he did GREAT in the crowded restaurant. Of course his tablet and having big brother Teddy there helped, but Isaac showed a lot of maturity by sitting in his chair and paying attention when the food arrived,...because he was anxious to get his plate,...which arrived last to his chagrin as he wanted a plate, everyone else,...which is for us a big social development,...

Does Isaac understand Thanksgiving is a special day? No, I am afraid he doesn't, not in the sense of a typical four year old would,...with the understanding of the pilgrims and turkeys as significant,...but Isaac colored a turkey at school, and was very proud to say, "I color," while showing me the brown crayon scribbles. And we both admired the colorful feathers which were glued on, no doubt by the teacher as they were too precise for a four year old, and Isaac has a 'thing' about glue, but the entire point is Isaac was proud of his turkey and he exhibited recall, 'I color," which is HUGE as it is still a rare occurrence. 

At the restaurant Isaac folded his hands and prayed with us, his family when we gave thanks for the food,...his ringing, "AMEN!" - drew smiles from us, and others,...

Unprompted, Isaac knows to pray over his meals, even snacks are lisped over, "Tank you, food, AMEN!"  - Is this by rote or by understanding? Impossible to tell, but Isaac is very courteous to say, "Tank you," - for any consideration, also unprompted, I might add, so perhaps he grasps more of the essentials than he is able to communicate to us. 

With apraxia and autism holidays are more complicated, the sense of trying to communicate what is 'special' about the day or tradition to your child,...and frankly it is a consideration I would not have bargained for, children are usually so excited by the prospect of a holiday, but that's not the case with Isaac, our little guy lives for the moment,...

Understanding Thanksgiving takes on new meaning when trying to translated such sentiments to your child,...and as I thought about Isaac's Thanksgiving,...trying to connect with his understanding, which is so hard to gauge, I have to stick to concrete facts and that's not such a bad thing as the facts are indisputable as Isaac spent Thanksgiving Day with people he loves,...he ate a meal he likes and was thankful to receive. I mean half the restaurant must have heard that, "AMEN!" - and as usual, Isaac manages to simplify essentials into a nutshell,...if he understands that thanksgiving translates into love,...and no doubt Isaac felt loved, he was so happy and content,...

Although I keep repeating this phrase, I can't get over the fact that Isaac experiences the world in a different way,...and he makes sure we do as well,...Such as, everything we thought we knew, like traditional holidays are place in a different light, and usually pared down to the very essentials: thanks, love, family and food. Our Thanksgiving this year was non-traditional, but yet it had all the essentials,...and that's all that really matters. 

Thank you Isaac for helping me to understand what Thanksgiving really means. 

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Old School, New School,..

Having 20th Century parents,...Isaac is exposed to old school learning such as coloring with crayons and having an art easel,...and of course the alphabet on our living room wall. 

But Isaac is a 21st Century kid,...and let's get real, plastic easels, in his book, are more for jungle-gym climbing than art,...and ho-hum coloring with crayons is no where as exciting as using a coloring app on his electronic tablet,...

So many instant options,...colors, patterns, and of course, endless coloring pages,...with animation to boot!

Those little fingers are very skillful tapping out his commands upon the screen,...

And while Isaac will quite often work alone upon his coloring pages,...he's very open to sharing the fun,...and no worries if you make a mistake upon the page,...because Isaac can and WILL fix the error with a swipe,..."All Better!" 

Coloring with crayons is not a favorite activity for Isaac,...we try, but a degree of Apraxia also affects Isaac's grasp which he has occupational therapy at school to help correct,...and that is fine and well, but as physical coloring has not been easy for Isaac, we've been delighted he's been able expand his creativity with the coloring apps even as we continue with (old school) coloring to strengthen his fingers.

Play-dough and kinetic sand are different stories,...Isaac LOVES to play with both, especially the kinetic sand, which is really very cool as it feels very silky and clumps together so obligingly well. 

Arts and crafts have not been a big draw for Isaac, yet,...we've tried various projects, but with not a lot of success,...there are sensory issued to deal with painting and gluing, and magic markers seem to be another ho-hum to Isaac, so far, but lately we have had success with little foam crafts from Sunday school at church. 

No surprise that Isaac is not able to complete his Sunday School crafts at church, too much going on, but his teachers always give us the craft-kit to take home,...and I keep them at my desk, and when Isaac visits with me, has worked very well to take out a kit,...and put together the Bible verse and illustration, which are usually pre-cut and sticker foam pieces,...very cute,...and very social as Isaac helps me take off the sticker-back and place all the components in place, I narrate the Bible story or attribute that the Bible verse encourages, Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,...which was from our latest project. 

No doubt being a 21st Century kid, Isaac is going to prefer new school methods in this instant age we live in,...but as a 20th Century mother, I have hopes,...Isaac will be able to appreciate old school methods as well, there is much to say about the benefits of each to enrich our lives....

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, November 14, 2014

When We Don't Feel Well,...

Sniffles have arrived this fall,...and croup is making life difficult for our little guy as he hasn't felt well, although he's a LOT better now, or I wouldn't be on the computer,...because when we are four years old and don't feel well, and are non-functionally verbal,...we want to be held as we don't know why we don't feel well and we can't express,...exactly what hurts,...thus lots of guessing for us: head, throat, sinuses? Guess, guess, guess,...and we know when our little guy doesn't want popcorn or diet Coke,...he's SICK!!!

This is the most icky side of autism when you have a sick baby and limited communication,...
it is a very helpless feeling,...and not a test,...this is the real deal,

Lots of hugs, lots of kisses,...and tag-team holding our little guy to soothe.

Mama's here, Daddy's here, Teddy's here, and Michael too,
we can't make the boo-boos go away,...not quickly at any rate,
but we're here,...we hold, and hug, and soothe,
it's all we can do,...and thankfully by Isaac's reaction it seems enough.

IEP meeting was this week, 
and our little guy is making progress on his education goals,
and of course before Isaac's cold took hold,
he help us be good citizens,
only those voting ballots were soooooooooo complicated,
according to Isaac, who was not amused by how long it took to for us 
to fill in all those little circles.
However a giggling Isaac did like getting a sticker at the end.

School lunches are going VERY well,...
Isaac has been enjoying the variety ,
and his teachers have commented, with surprise, upon 
the variety of healthy foods,
Isaac will consume,
from legumes to turkey to apples to corn and peas,
and a corn-dog or two,
Isaac is at least eating his lunches,
and breakfast too,
Isaac LOVES oatmeal,
I make homemade instant oatmeal,
quick, easy and very cheap,
(There is a how-to on the sidebar pages)
Isaac eats it every day,
he likes it with sunflower seeds and raisins,
and I can make it the exact consistency which he'll tolerate,
like the three bears it has to be, "Just right!"

We're glad Isaac is feeling much better,
thankfully he's rarely sick,
and we're very thankful Isaac is at such a good preschool.
IEP: Individual Education Plan,
is a lot to take in,
so many people are working together to help our little guy
be the best he can be,
and learn all these essential skills.
We are eternally grateful. 

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, November 7, 2014

What Really Matters,...

 End game for autism charities,...mean a little guy playing miniature golf at the zoo at NIGHT!!!

Can't hear the giggles,...but Isaac LOVED the BOO-at-the-ZOO,...presented by KultureCity a local charity for autism awareness.

It was a great night,...thanks to all who give so generously of their time and money,
our little guy had a BLAST!!!!

Of course,...Isaac has a blast just about 365 days a year,
he is one happy little guy,...

Fall Festival time and Isaac was a quasi-superman/ClarkKent,
those glasses were only worn during this photo shoot,
then Isaac declared the glasses were 'all done' 
(Note: our dog Oreo wanting in on the fun!)

Did Isaac know he was dressed as superman?
Did Isaac care that he was dressed as superman?
Did we care that Isaac didn't care that he was dressed in costume?
All that matters is that Isaac had a super-good time,...and he did!

In his own way,...of course,...let's get real,
Isaac is Isaac
he experiences the world is a different way,
and makes sure you do too!

In case you have ever wondered,...quasi-supermans like french fries and chicken fingers. 

Super heroes have super powers which set them apart.
Autism and apraxia set Isaac's development apart,
and those diagnoses make us examine the world in a different manner.
Like fall festivals and trips to the zoo.
Same, but different.
And we're getting use to approaching celebrations
from a different perspective,
or rather from Isaac's perspective.
How much does he understand?
We don't know because he can't communicate to that degree, yet.
But Isaac communicates his joy,
and excitement,
and curiosity.
He LOVED the fall festival,
He LOVED the Boo-at-the-Zoo,
He LOVED noshing on chicken fingers and french fries!
And that's all that really matters.

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Never Bored,...

Empty store, problem for Isaac,...he'll find something to do like experimenting with the physics of centripetal force that pivots the float in a circle,...

Fancy that,...the float pivots in a circle,...every time,...Isaac was fascinated,...

Our little guy is never bored with a great big world to explore,...

What is nice is that Isaac is exhibiting more 'shared interest'  - on his terms, true, but he does want to share his discoveries, like a knot in a tree, pages of an electronic coloring book app, and the central pivot of a utility float,...

Vocabulary is expanding daily,...although Apraxia still makes communication a challenge, but Isaac is so intrepid,...he gets out what he wants to express within the limits of his ability,....

Those great big smiles go a long way in allowing Isaac to share his enthusiasm,...

"LOOK,...round and round it goes,...

When you are four years old,...Physics is FUN!!!!

"Ta dah!" says Isaac,...and yes he can really say, 'Ta dah!" - and appropriately too,'s hilarious, but then our little guy has so much joy for life,...

Share interest is a very big development and very exciting for all of us as Isaac is showing us his world, and of course it is unique, like that knot in the tree,...Isaac really, really, really wanted to make sure we knew that knob was in that tree, and he really, really, really wants you to notice the coloring pictures on that app, and quite often, you color while HE directs the operation, here, red there, and orange here to make the picture perfect, and if you make a mistake that's OK, Isaac can and WILL fix it! As for that utility float,...Daddy was working for a bit on a Saturday and we were along for the ride, but no boredom for Isaac that centripetal force kept him busy for nearly an hour!!!!

School lunches have also been an issue lately,...Isaac has not been eating his school lunch or breakfast (as he also eats breakfast at school). Not exactly surprising as sensory issues can and do trump hunger, this week I've packed breakfast and lunch for Isaac with concerns over transition from cafeteria food to a lunch box,...but his teachers report that Isaac has shown great interest in his lunch box lunches and EATS which is the prime importance. Of course it helps that Mama knows exactly what her little guy will eat, and from my point of view it is helpful to be able to see exactly what Isaac has eaten at school, as before I had no idea exactly how much he ate or didn't eat, but now I can see what is left over, and it is nice to make sure Isaac is eating healthy foods,...he doesn't get too much leeway in that area, especially sugar as giving Isaac sugary treats is like throwing gasoline on a fire,...Mr. NeverBored has enough energy without adding a sugar rush!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!