As an autism mom, I'm thankful that today I have been marrie for 9 years to my honey. I'm grateful that even though we have both gone through so much, we endured it, and we never gave up on our marriage. Marriage is very hard work, but I'm happy to have that support and the love of my husband.
Nov 18, 2011
As an autism mom, I'm thankful for fridge and cabinet locks, so I still have groceries the day after I go shopping. :) Let's not forget the fact that these locks prevent my kids from cracking eggs all over the house, pouring the spices out onto the floor, drinking medications they shouldn't be taking...the list goes on and on.
I used to use the Safety First fridge locks (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Safety-1st-Fridge-Lock/16383404), but after Garrett figured those out, I shelled out some money and bought these locks that have adhesive on the back (http://www.marinelock.com/White-Refrigerator-Lock_p_8.html). Of course, adhesive isn't enough, I do use super glue as well, so the kids don't just yank the adhesive part off of the fridge. I also decided to use combination locks instead of the key locks that come with the kit, because my kids figured out that the key opened the fridge, and they would carry it around and bring it to me all day. I finally lost it after they carried it off somewhere...
For the cupboard locks, we ended up drilling holes in our cabinets to make a spot for handles because the best cabinet locks for our needs go around the door handles. (http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Grip-Cabinet-Lock/dp/B001CWQT46) However, the reviews for this product say that it is too hard for adults to open. It is pretty hard to open, but we figured it out, and luckily, our kids didn't. :)
As an autism mom, I'm grateful for Garrett's awesome sense of rhythm. He's always had a need to beat on the walls, his tummy, whatever. This morning he was pounding on the big exercise ball Aunt Michelle brought, and he was "rapping." He'd pound a beat and then say different words, like "cookie monster!" and "spongebob." It made my morning.
As an autism mom, I'm thankful for Garrett's silly echolalia (repeating stuff from TV, etc). He always makes smile when he says, "We solved the puzzle!" or "Better ingredients, better pizza, Papa Johns." It makes my day a lot less boring to hear the cute little things that are going through his brain.
**Disclaimer - I'm not grateful that Garrett picks up any cuss words we say without thinking and says them all day in front of everyone else...that can be quite embarrassing. It has helped us to watch our mouths though...so maybe I'm thankful after all.
As an autism mom, I'm thankful for the ways my kids show my affection. I love when Garrett says, "Want the mommy show," or when Caiti slaps my lips with her hand over and over as her way of giving me kisses. I love how Jason moves my head to the side so that he can nestle his head on my shoulder when he's giving me snuggles.
Nov 14, 2011
As an autism mom, today I'm thankful for all the things that help my kids with their sensory issues: Garrett's body sack, the yoga ball, the trampoline, the disk swing...etc. It's so nice that they have ways to regulate their little bodies. A good book on Sensory Processing Disorder is The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Kranowitz (http://www.amazon.com/Out---Sync-Child-Recognizing-Processing/dp/0399531653/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323101769&sr=1-1 ). It was a blessing to find out through occupational therapy how to meet my children's sensory needs.
Nov 13, 2011
As an autism mom, I'm so thankful for all of the wonderful tutors/therapists who have worked so diligently with my kids Not only have they helped my children on their journey to reaching their fullest potential, but they have done it with love and compassion and also have become some of my dearest friends.
As an autism mom, I'm thankful for our carpet shampooer. It is a necessity when you are potty training some cute kids. That is $150 well spent, considering it costs just about that much to have a carpet cleaning company come clean the carpets one time. I am on my second shampooer, and I use it at least twice a week.