Thursday, January 21, 2010

Yesterday was a HARD day.

Tuesday night, Garrett was having tummy troubles again and there was nothing I could do to comfort him. He threw up three times and was in so much pain that he couldn't sleep. He was trying but he would just wake up screaming a few minutes later. It was horrible. I finally brought him into bed with me to see if I could do something to make him feel better. I tried to rub his back, but he didn't want to be touched. He took my hand, placed it on his tummy, and then rolled over. Neither of us slept that night.

He was finally starting to drift off around 6:30, when Bronson came in and woke him up. We all got up and changed clothes. I fixed breakfast. Garrett only ate two bites of his toast. He started falling asleep on the stairs around 10, so I carried him up and put him in his crib. I usually change him back into his pajamas before he takes a nap, I made the mistake of not doing that.

When he woke up before 2, I went into his room and saw poop on the wall.

Yeah. Yesterday SUCKED.

After two baths, more laundry and disinfecting everything upstairs, I came down to feed a now starving Garrett. I made him a protein shake (hemp milk, rice protein, strawberries and bananas) and that was sufficient to fill his little tummy.

He went to bed at 7 pm and woke up at 8 this morning. Today is already a million times better than yesterday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New routines

With Garrett's communication difficulties, even something as simple as a drink of water requires a routine. It has taken almost the entire six weeks that we've been here to get this down. He still has trouble with it sometimes, but if I give him a cue, he knows what he is supposed to do next.

I leave a cup on the edge of the bar by the fridge where Garrett can see it. If he wants a drink, he guides me to it and I'm hoping he will eventually point to it. I pick up the cup and hand it to him, giving him another opportunity to communicate with me.

Garrett hands me the cup and I fill it with a half inch of water.

When he is done drinking, he has to hand it back to me to indicate that he wants more. If he doesn't hand it back to me, he's done. It has taken a LONG time to get this part down. Even now, sometimes he'll forget and he'll throw the cup down and scream at me. If he does that, I'll wait until he picks it up again (which has only happened once), or he guides my hand down to pick it up, and we start over again.

Note: Did anyone notice all the eye contact in these photos? Crazy! Because he's looking at the camera. He's not looking at me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

He's been approved!

We got our referral authorizations this week for Garrett's therapy. He's authorized to receive services for Speech and OT. And it's at least twice what he was getting through Montgomery County.

We're still waiting on approval for ABA and that will hopefully come through next week.

Monday, January 11, 2010


I finally got around to setting up the trampoline that Garrett got for Christmas. We decided not to spend the extra money for one with handles because we thought he would hurt himself. But right now, I'm almost wishing that this one had a handle. Garrett doesn't have the core strength to stay balanced while he jumps. He's all over the place. I can stand there and hold his hands, but then he wants me to pull him and make him jump. I want him to do it on his own, so this might take a little while to get used to.