At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Friday, November 18, 2016

I See, You See, We Saw

In the world of child development - joint attention - is a huge deal. It is the ability of a child to share an experience with another. "Look a puppy!" - parent to child. "I like puppies," - a typical child's response to a puppy. However, children on the spectrum, or at least our child on the spectrum has had great difficulty with shared experiences. Or in other words our little guy has been a one-way-street, in the sense he is only too eager to show you HIS world, but dragging him into OUR world is a struggle, if not an out-and-out rodeo. 


But this past week,...Isaac has been playing I-spy game with his Daddy while driving down the road.

"I see a house," says Isaac.
"I see a tree," says Daddy.
"I see a pumpkin," says Isaac.
"I see leaves," says Daddy.
"I see a blue car," says Isaac.
You get the gist. 

In therapy-speak,...this development is a WOW. 
So much to celebrate.
Shared interest.
Give and take.
Cooperation. 
It's a big deal. 
And we are so grateful. 

Okay,...so the puppy pix. Aren't they cute? 
The one with Isaac and Oreo is our current dog: Oreo.
This pix,...puppy on the stairs is our original puppy Oreo,...
who went to live in the country as he kept escaping from our fenced in back yard.


Don't the Oreos look alike!!!
No wonder Isaac wanted to called our present Oreo, Oreo. 
"Two Oreos," said Isaac when we went to visit Nanny and Pawpaw in the country. 
Original Oreo,...actually lives, about a mile and half from Nanny and Pawpaw,
his new family loves him, and were sweet enough to let Oreo come visit with us for the afternoon. 
If you ever wondered if a dog remembers you,...they do.
Oreos is very happy in his new home with lots of room to roam, 
but he was over joyed to see Isaac,...and vice versa!

Back home,...Isaac's been helping to gather leaves,...as we have a huge backyard 
with many, many trees, with many, many leaves. 
All those leaves fall,...oh dear,...but Isaac is on hand to help! 


Very dry here in the deep south,...we're in a drought, which means no bonfires for these leaves.
But that suits Isaac fine,...that means he has more time to jump and play. 


I see Isaac hiding in the leaves.
Isaac saw me with my smart phone taking a pix.
We both saw the Original Oreo last week. 

When Isaac says his prayers at night,
he adds,
"...thank you for, Oreo, and Oreo." 

Oh yes...we have lots to celebrate this fall!

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




Friday, November 11, 2016

Wow! What A Wedding Weekend!!!!

Isaac is catching up on some sleep,...last weekend with the wedding,
and 'other stuff' was quite a life event.


First let's get the 'other stuff' out of the way. 
When one holds their newborn for the very first time and envisions that far off day
when they would happily wed the love of their life,
one does not usually include
your basement flooding the morning of the wedding.
WHAT?
Ah, yeah,...it was total pipe failure which had this Mama and Papa
busy with mops, and frantically calling plumbers. 
Of course, Isaac was totally chill about the whole episode,
when we went to a local hotel to book a room, because we had absolutely NO WATER,
Isaac cheerily walked through the swishing glass lobby doors,
and proclaimed,
"Home Sweet Home!"

What a brilliant little guy to know WHEREVER your loved ones are,...is home. 

But hey,...we had to get Michael and Kelsey married!
So Isaac dressed for the occasion,
and LOVED wearing the vest and tie!!!

Isaac also LOVED his newest best friend,
HUGE best friend,
which Isaac called, "Puppy!"

Thanks to the wedding venue to providing 
a very well trained 'puppy' for wedding pixs, and Isaac's entertainment!


Obligatory bro' pix with Isaac watching the football game instead of the camera. 


But the main event was beautiful!


And a challenge for our little guy,
due to the water-fiasco we forgot the gummy bears,
but "Step one - wedding, step two - done," helped our little guy through the ceremony. 

Snuggling against Daddy helped a lot too. 


And then more pictures with the newly wedded Mr. and Mrs. 


Some heartfelt hugs. 


And oh dear,...MORE pictures,...


Post wedding pictures were a challenge,...we had to call in the big guns - TEDDY!!!


The poor photographer,...he was DETERMINED that Isaac was NOT going to have his tablet 
in the pictures, and when it was Isaac's turn to stand with the wedding party, 
and the photographer said, "Okay, Isaac we've got to put down that tablet,"
The ENTIRE wedding party shouted, "NO! It's okay,..the tablet is totally OKAY!!!"
With tablet,...Isaac's picture was taken for prosperity. 

But let's get real,...Isaac is only six years old,
and the only rings he was really interested in were these DONUT RINGS!


While the wedding ceremony was a clear challenge for our little guy,
I.I. wholeheartedly approved of ALL the wedding reception fun!!!

"Shall we dance?"
It would probably easier to list all the people Isaac's didn't dance with 
than to list his action on the dance floor. 


Who knew,...Isaac was such a disco dynamo?


And so now Isaac has a wedding into his frame of reference,
and a NEW big sister. 

But the honeymooners are honeymooning,
and Isaac's got to get back to the business of living his busy little life. 
The plumbing is fixed,
and autism therapy had us at the local children's hospital this week. 


Isaac had to decide if this was an Easter egg on a pedestal,
or a ginormous Christmas tree light. 


Kooky grin with Santa helped with the mystery. 


And so back to routine,...our little guy still has challenges that need help,...



We're thankful for all the therapy opportunities,...
and we're especially thankful that Isaac brings so much joy to our daily lives. 

Weekends, Weddings, Hotel Stays, I.E.P.s (Isaac's was this week),
and all the unique wonder Isaac brings to every event,
it's a WOW!


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









Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dah, Dum, Dee, Dum,...

Yes the post title is suppose to be the wedding march!
The wedding is near,...very near,...and Isaac has been preparing,...


Or rather Isaac has been our sidekick as we prepare for Michael and Kelsey's special day.

Isaac didn't get to go to the Bachelor's Dinner, but he helped to buy the grub!!!


Shall we go to dress-fittings with Mama?
Sure,...Isaac was kinda glad too,...it was a great place to practice patience,
AND we got a super cool pix of Isaac going into infinity!!!


After the fitting,...Isaac did some bridal pix practice,...
Say, "Cheese, I.I." 
While all the sales ladies said, "Awwwwww" 


Life on this side of the wedding date has been a little crazy,...with schedules unscheduled,
and a lot of flexibility needed. 
Isaac has done great with all the craziness,...just as long as he gets enough sleep!!!


Oh,...let's take a wedding prep break and go to a fall, "F-A-I-R" -- spells Isaac,....


This is the first year Isaac was REALLY interested in the other children's costumes,
but he wasn't interested in dressing up himself, and that's fine,...he rocked his little blue helmet!!!


Okay,....Isaac's spelling and reading has totally taken off.
The other morning on the way to school I was listening to the radio when I suddenly realized
Isaac was doing some kinda of sing-song in the backseat.
I turned down the radio, prepared to hear, "Row-row-row-your-boat."
Instead, Isaac was READING every single billboard and store sign,
"D-O-L-L-A-R T-R-E-E,  Dollar, Tree, Dollar Tree," 
Adorably mind-boggling. 



My prolong discussion with Isaac over his missing boot was equally adorable. 
"Isaac where is your boot?"
"Boot missing." says Isaac, slightly patronizingly, because can't I figure that out myself?
"Yes, but WHERE is the boot?"
"Boot gone," says Isaac with an audible 'duh' - because the boot is missing.
This thread went on for quite a bit, then Mama got no-nonsense!
"Isaac GO find your boot!" 
"Here boot," says Isaac with a there-there tone to his voice, as he flung his booted foot in my lap, "Found boot." 

What else could Mama do, but take a pix, because I.I. was rocking his mismatched shoes.

Later,...like 9:00 p.m. Isaac found his other boot, and was so thrilled, 
he busted into big brother's room,
pounced upon a sleeping Teddy,
"I FOUND MY BOOT!!!



Lucky for I.I. big brother is a nice guy 24/7


No doubt the wedding day,...Isaac will be glued to Teddy's side,
hopefully after the ceremony. 
I will neither confirm or deny Daddy will be carrying a HUGE sack of gummy bears
for the wedding ceremony,
nor the fact,
ear buds for a tablet have been procured,
and a path for a sensory overload break have been quietly marked. 
No matter what,...it will ALL be good!

Michael and Kelsey love one another,
that's the most important thing
for Isaac to take away,
as we march closer and closer to the wedding day!


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