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This week has some new beginnings in it.

On Monday J started Preschool and today we got a 6 month old puppy named Haelee.

On Monday, J & I did good with separation. I was able to control my “stage 5” cling-on Mom behavior and he was able to control his toddler clingy behavior. He lasted 2 days, then the novelty of Preschool faded to black. Thursday & Friday were mornings filled with brief tears.

  

I fought against my natural instinct to coddled because I knew it was him being sad about not being with me. I asked him why he was crying he responded ” I sad!” He has never been without me; I don’t want to crush his independence by hovering when I shoud be letting go. My Mommy instincts tell me he is OK, just missing me. He gets plenty of attention…there are 4 teachers and 9 students. So, I don’t think he will be ignored. All of the kids seem older than him. So, I don’t know if it is a friendship issue… I will check it out.

  

J also lost his fulltime bestfriend Sky….The last 2 days he has exclaimed “I miss Sky…I sad”

I also have to politely tell his teacher not to tell him ” Don’t be silly!” when he is crying. I want him to be able to express his emotions freely.  I want him to know crying and being sad are normal and I am here for him.

I had a lightbulb moment yesterday….I recently bought J some letters and numbers magnets but due to budget constraints I didn’t by a magnetic board….when I was working with J I remember our metal serving tray….To my relief the magnets stuck. We are using the tray for academics. We are also using our letter books such as The “a” book.

I will be tailoring our academics to what he is doing at school, so create a bigger educational impact on J. I will read the same books , review the same concepts and just have FUN!

Today, we got a new dog because our dog Jack ran away and refused to come back home. He ran to a neighbors with 5 other dogs. When I brought him home, he was reluctant. He sat depressed in the same place without movement besides to eat. I gathered Jack needed a friend. So, I jumped on Craigslist and found a 6 month old female named Haelee….She is boxer, carolina dog , and mutt.

Our Haelee has black on her face, chest and tail. She has white on her neck and tummy, white paws, white tip tail, and a random white spot on her top coat. Haelee has short coat, shiny with marled brown on her legs.

She is a great dog ! Very nice, already protective, and a little shy. But has a adventurous side. She took off by jumping the fence. However, she was easy to lure and capture! She and Jack are hanging out laying down on the front porch together. Best Friends.

Jack is funny, he is neutured but still insist on humping Haelee….He gets a erection just looking at his new bestfriend….lol!

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O! the Drama

This morning I was adjusting the fitted sheet and switched my sleeping position. This disturbed lil J, and he began requesting “eat”. I told him to go back to sleep, moments earlier he finished nursing. He doesn’t like it when my back is facing him when he is sleeping.

He refused.

He tried force. Trying to roll me over. Digging his hand down my bra and trying to scoop out my breasts while he pleaded and demanded “eat”.  He crawled over me.

He tried manners. “I eat please.” I responded “thank you for using manners, but Momma needs to sleep. I’m right here, it’s ok!”

He then used drama and manipulation. He began crying and whimpering “owwwww, owwwweeeee”. Tears filled his eyes. I asked him what hurts and he points to a six month old scar. He looked so pitiful. I knew I was being conned.

I let him nurse and told him “You are a faker and a con artist!” he replied with a smile and attempted to close my blasphemous mouth with his chubby hand.

No Nap Friday! :(

Today, we had a fun day!

J had his blood drawn to check his Ammonia levels. Before the Technician could draw his blood he said ” No! Stop”.

We went to the store, and bought a 2nd Thomas backpack. Just in case anything happens to the first. I haven’t found too many places where I can buy a Thomas Backpack. We also bought lunchware. It was Cars themed.

 

We came home and colored a picture for J’s Speech Therapist and I wrote a Thank You note. She appreciated our gratitude picture.

After his Speech visit; we had a pizza party. The boys ate blueberries, kiwi,  & grapes for appetizers. They enjoyed pizza and french fries for lunch. They also watched a Thomas Movie.

We had storytime. We read books on shapes and colors. The boys each picked a fun book…Superman and Wheels on the Bus.

Next, was bedtime….it was a nightmare. I was exhausted and J was not. He was playful. So, I gave up on him and sent him to his room to play with his cars. He went into the playroom and woke up Sky.

After Sky went home, he became even more rambocious. Biting, hitting, not listening, just being obnoxious. I knew the mania was caused by being tired but he refused to laydown even when I laid down with him.

To refresh my nerves I took him to McDonalds…we had a small icecream and then he played for 3 hours. He had so much fun runnng up & down the jungle gym, sliding , and meeting new friends. He told Diego ” You my friend.”  They shared alot of laughter, smiles and happiness.

He was standing by me and lost his balance. He fell and rolled, hitting several of the steps. I gave him several kisses and hugs and he was better. He continued to play, energetically!

Then we picked up some groceries. He had snack…finished our bedtime routine storytime and teethbrushing. Before I finished singing the first chorus he was knocked out.

It started yesterday, J went to bed early.He missed dinner. He slept nearly 16 hours. I was exhausted because I was told he was only suppose to sleep for 4 hours . So, I spent alot of time trying to get him to wake up. Losing sleep. I was EXHAUSTED today. J was well rested despite my efforts  to thrawt his slumber.

When we got there the nurse told me ” Sleep deprivation wasn’t neccessary”.

J did really well. The Valium took effect almost immediately. In his drunken stuper he said “I’m a awake!” while fighting the drug. He refused to go to sleep. He was not distracted by the Spider cartoon on the Ipad. He watched the Dr. perform the test and complained of pain. He whimpered and cried without tears. The Dr. performed the test solely on J’s legs.

For a while J was walking on his toes and had other strange behaviors. Mr. J was picking at his skin until it bleeds, however, has since stopped those behaviors. He was given several blood test where it was discovered that he had elevated levels of ammonia, beta-alanine & createse kinase. I’m going to take him later today or tomorrow to get his levels checked again.

 

The Dr. reported that his nerves and muscles are working properly.

Electroencephalograph, or EEG, is a neurological test that uses an electronic monitoring device to measure and record electrical activity in the brain.

Nerve conduction studies (NCT) are specific tests designed to detect diseases of the nerves and muscles.Nerves control the muscles in the body using electrical impulses. Whenever a muscles contract (tenses up) in response to a signal from the brain, it also produce an electrical discharge of its own. Electromyography (EMG) measures the electrical discharges made by the muscles. Nerve conduction studies (nerve conduction velocity) measure how well individual nerves can transmit electrical signals.

Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help detect the presence, location, and extent of diseases that can damage muscle tissue (such as muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). In the case of nerve injury, the actual site of nerve damage can often be located. EMG and nerve conduction studies are often done together to provide more complete information.
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In nerve conduction testing, the technician will place round metallic electrodes on the skin over the nerve at various locations of the body. The technician will send electric impulses through specific nerves, and the response time or reaction of the nerves will be measured.  The response time of each individual nerve will help determine if the nerve is normal or abnormal.

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School shopping

Today, we went school shopping for Mr. J. I found some good deals. I am only buying winter items because he has plenty of short and T’s.

I found a Hoodie set: Black, White, & Grey Checkered Plaid Hoodie coat (mid-weight), long-sleeve T, and black cargo  jeans.

I also purchased two waffle thermal long sleeve T’s.

Warm brown, bright blue, and red plaid longsleeve campshirts caught my eye…especially one with elbow patches. My heart swooned.

 

I also found a Tapout newsboy hat.  It was on clearance for $3.oo.

This outfit knocked my socks off; I’m a big fan of turquiose. I love the subtle touches of blue and the embellished back pockets.

              

  

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Monday was a good day! We had a great time at our playdate with Greta.

The Boys enjoyed splashing in the pool. They had the BIGGEST smiles and giggles.

 

They played with mud and rode bikes. They had sensory play with playdoh. Chuckles & giggles escalated as they ran through the house chasing each other.

We took a late nap…then ventured off to the Grands for dinner and a movie. Afterwards J played with his trains; we read books and had snack and off to bed he went.

He pulled on his ear several times but didnt complain about pain.

I decided a while ago I was gong to start journaling J’s behavior, sleeping habits, mood, etc…even his daily diet.

Diet: Today J ate string cheese, a bite of cheese pizza, a few spoonfulls of strawberry yogurt, a few bites of red and green apple with skin. He drank several cups of water. He breastfed only a few times during the day.

Activity: We played at the childrens museum, he enjoyed himself. J explored coloring with the neon light, the orange obstacle course, monkey room, and train table.

He enjoyed his visit with Andrea & Christie; the speech and occupational therapist. He practiced using his core muscles while doing activities on the big blue ball, he did a obstacle course thru his tunnel and tent using pillows. At the end he began to wimper and cry (without tears) as if he were in pain. He got a lost look in his eyes and just quietly sat on my lap. He perked up a lil walking the ladies to the door sayng good bye. He was able to play longer without having to laydown so much on his right side.

He played really well at the park; he favored the yellow double slide.

I have noticed a tremendous personalty change in J. He use to sing all the time, play  his musical intruments all the time, have so much zeal and energy, smiles every few seconds, he seems more aloof and withdrawn, He only wants to play with his trains. He loves to play with his Bestie Sky, crys when he leaves and talks about him alot…but use to to talk about him nonstop. His appetite has decreased dramatically. He doesnt eat much solids or breastmilk. He is consuming lots of water. He was also picking at his skin til it bled and continue to pick at it,however,  has stopped. He was doing toewalking everytime he walked but that has also stopped.

J’s vocab is increasing…he is saying sentences…such as :

stop it!

don’t do that.

No spitting.

I don’t like that!

I jump,

I sad.

I mad.

I’m 2.

J kept asking to go potty when Sky had to go potty but he didn’t have to go….just imitating.

He didn’t take a nap today but went to bed early.

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