20/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : Little hands, big jar… Many probably think I’m crazy for handing you something so breakable and oversized, but you are so careful with it. Actually, the more we trust you, the more you show us you can be trusted. Do accidents happen? Of course… But how else will you learn? And anyway, I don’t really have anything else that will contain the 16 oz smoothie you’ll inhale in one sitting. LOL! <3

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : I mean, is there anything really to say? You found a witch’s broom that LOOKS like a witch’s broom! So much fun! It was tempting to bring it back home, but your were respectful of the fact we were in a protected area and you put it back where you found it after flying around on it for a bit. What a careful heart you have when it comes to the nature that you love. And I love you for it! <3

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19/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : We did it! You are in your big boy bed. We were dreading the transition so much and once more, you’ve surprised us. You never even woke up… slept until 6am without a hitch. I’m so proud of you my sweetheart. You let us know you were ready and by listening to you instead of everyone else, we were able to make this happen as smoothly as water in a stream. A huge step my little man. <3

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : Another wonderful performance. This was your first school pageant. How you adore being on the stage. You are a natural. Well done my darling! We are so proud of you. ❤

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18/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : Mama’s little helper… You’ve been wanting to participate more in our daily activities, asking for responsibilities. You have been feeling a sense of pride an accomplishment that has given you much strength. I can’t wait for our summer together… away from school and schedules. Free to do what we want, when we want. There is so much I can’t wait for you to learn.❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : You’ve been having more and more quiet moments. I love seeing you lost in thought. That day, in the cool sand, you just laid for a long time, watching the river roll by. I sat on a rock, watching you… I could watch you all day. My beautiful angel. ❤

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17/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : I love how simple your heart is sometimes. When we announced we would be spending the day in Montreal, I asked if there was anything special you wanted and you said “I want to go to Chinatown to see the fish!” And there we were, for over 45 minutes, just watching them swim and having them kiss our fingers. And you were happy… So easily happy my sweet girl. Finding such joy in the simplest of things will make you so content in life. I hope you never lose sight of that. <3

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : You are growing up so fast! And the more you grow, the more you want to do for yourself. It has been hard, harder than I like to admit, to let you do these things on your own : seems like you were my baby just a little while ago. But I do love seeing you reach those goals of yours. So never mind me okay? Keep growing and mom will catch-up!  <3

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15/52 & 16/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(15/52) Little Miss : It was your first dance recital this week-end. Everything was so exciting! You had your first dress rehearsal, your first sound and light check. You looked so adorable in your little dress, barefoot on the black stage. When you stepped out of the dressing rooms after the show, grandma and grandpa had bought you flowers, you were so proud. And we were proud of you! You decided you wanted to continue dance this season, it’s the first time you’ve asked for it. I hope you stick with it, it makes you so happy. You know I’ll never force you to do anything you don’t want to do, but to see your passions come to life is thrilling.❤

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(16/52) Little Miss : FREEDOM! This week-end was heavenly. And I know what they about being careful when shedding layers, but we couldn’t help it. The sun was warm, the snow was melting and it truly felt like Spring. You had so much energy, like all the weight of winter lifted up of you in one brilliant moment. I’m looking forward to many more amazing days this season with you my darling.❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(15/52) Little Man : You never cease to amaze me. Little tornado, you never stop. So when it was time for your sister’s dance recital, we planned a big snack to try to make sure you would stay sitting until her group was done. But you just surprised us all by sitting for the full 45 minutes of the show, mesmerised by the sounds and lights. It’s moments like this that truly make me believe that no matter what comes, we’ll be okay. These precious moments as a family, we can truly share them. Thank you for proving to us everyday that you are not a statistic or a label… you are our angel.❤

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(16/52) Little Man : Mud mud mud! That has always been what Spring means to you and you got your fair share by the River, watching the Snow Geese migration, this morning. You are fearless, jumping into everything with both feet… literally! You teach us everyday to not take the world quite so seriously and we thank you. We just have to always remember to bring an extra set of clothes wherever we go!❤

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14/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man :  We are back in winter clothes again this week, but you are taking it in stride. As long as you have some good friends in hand and a nice shielded spot to watch the world around you, you are happy. But Spring will come my love, I promise. And all this waiting will just make it grander when it arrives.❤

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : Oh that increasingly gummy smile. Your 3rd and 4th teeth fell out back to back and now, you whistle when you speak. Watching you eat has become tremendously entertaining and you keep sticking your tongue out through the holes.  Most of all, you feel like you are growing up and you love it. But please try to not grow too fast okay? Mama wants to enjoy these moments with you for as long as she can.❤

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No sense in going backwards

I could try catching you up, telling you all that has been happening here, but it seems pointless really. Not that I view the last almost 8 weeks of near perfect silence unworthy of telling, but because it is the “trying to jot everything down” thing that has been causing the writer’s block.

Where to start, organizing my thoughts, not writing 2000 words, losing half of you after only 750, I just couldn’t make it happen.

So the next best thing is to simply think back a few days, look at today and a bit into the future. Much less overwhelming, wouldn’t you say?

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Although it has been a bit uneven temperature wise, Spring has been treating us amazingly well. We are outside almost everyday, rain or shine, cold or warm, and nothing has been more healing on our bodies, mind and spirits. Our feathered friends have been coming back in droves, bringing with them joy and song. Our yard has been filled with chickadees (pictured above), goldfinches (pictured above), savannah sparrows, chipping sparrows, blue jays, white-breatsed nuthatches, robins, cedar waxwings, house finches (about 100 of them in line of sight as I type this) common redpolls (pictured above) and mourning doves. The cats have been having a fit watching them fly around the yard, chirping menacingly through the windows.

We’ve been rediscovering some of our favorite haunts and soaking up every moment of sun we can get. Our greatest thrill has been the return of our days on the beach. The St-Lawrence River has gone from completely covered with ice to free and clear in a little over one week and our water’s edge exploration has begun. The icebergs are spectacular this year and the kids can’t get enough of them. It’s been so amazing to get out and dirty without fear of freezing in place. We even found an howl nest (last picture)! How cool is that?

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I’ve been spending more time in my craft room lately and it has felt amazing. Easter presents for the kids stayed simple (mushroom peg family for Little Miss and rice tossing bags and rope bowl for Little Man) and a nice comfy paper pieced pillow was made for my niece’s 10th birthday. And as I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, crafting, like reading, truly is like riding a bike. The more you create, the more you want to create and I’ve been loving every moment of it.

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We couldn’t be happier with the way our Little Man has been doing in therapy. We’ve seen such progress in his everyday way of being. We’ve been focusing on life skills and he’s been enjoying helping around the house and feeling useful. He has started to undress himself when prompted and will clear his place setting when meals are done. He helps undo the groceries and love putting the heavy stuff away. He puts on his boots when asked and will eat more runny foods (like applesauce or yogurt) with a spoon now. We’ve been practicing washing ourselves in the bath tub and combing our hair.

Another big thing we’ve been working on is his behavioral quirks. Much of his impulse control issues are being addressed in therapy and we’ve seen such improvement in his patience and the intensity of his tantrums. He’s also trying to speak more and more. The sounds aren’t quite words yet, but they sound like words and we are just on the edge of our seats, waiting for them to overflow from that smiling little face.

Last, but not least, we are in the midst of the emergence of imaginative play. For those who don’t know, many kids with autism have a lot of issues with imagination. It was actually one of the big red flags we had mentioned to the psychologist conducting his initial assessment. Not anymore though : He will put his peg dolls on the back of his dinosaurs and have them take a ride. He will take his baby in the tub with him and wash him. He loves putting costumes on for role playing and having imaginary “conversations” on the phone. His favorite thing these days is taking the toy guitars and having us play together while dancing.

He makes us so proud everyday, I can’t even find the words.

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And I truly believe that all of his amazing developing social skills are mainly because of this little lady. What a big sister he has.

So there you go. We are here again : Happy, healthy, connected and blessed.

Wishing you an amazing week-end! xo

 

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