Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So much to be thankful for this year!

Hi Everyone! Finally...another post!

I just want to take a minute to count our blessings. First and foremost, I'm thankful that I have been blessed with Emily, Carson, Griffin and Mia. I never imagined that I could feel so fulfilled.

I'm thankful for my parents and Em's parents for everything that they do to help us. Our children are blessed with three sets of grandparents that love them unconditionally. The babysitting, overnights, dinners, gluten-free goodies, the research on Autism, the help with therapies, the financial help with some of the therapies, supplements, etc., the constant gifts for the kids, the house projects, the list goes on and on. There are so many people that I know that would not get this type of support from their parents. I will be forever grateful for this.

I'm thankful for my job and insurance for my kids (and for Em's unemployment, which keeps us afloat....barely:>)

I'm thankful for our entire families. They are all so interested in our lives and what we are doing to try to help Carson. We are very blessed.

I'm thankful for some wonderful friends who also really take an interest in our children and our life.

I'm thankful for my aunts who always make themselves available to help us out by watching our kids. This is totally appreciated...along with the added gifts and extras...a total blessing.

I'm thankful for Mia so that I will know what it is like to have a daughter...it's going to be very different but also a blessing. She is so beautiful. She's her mommy's twin.

I'm thankful for Griffin for so many reasons. He truly is the easiest child ever. He has the perfect personality. He's hilarious and charming. He's one of a kind. He's a true gift from God. He is the perfect fit for our crazy family. I truly believe that he is an instrumental part of Carson's recovery. He's so patient with him. He plays so nicely with him and he truly loves him.

Since this is "Curing Carson," I want to spend a little extra time on all of the things that I am thankful for about him. Carson is AMAZING. His progress is amazing...of course we want more and faster but as I look at the strides he's made just this year, it blows me away. We have conversations now. He can tell me some things that happened during his day. He can tell me some things that happened yesterday and last week. He's making potty progress. He's sharing and taking turns (sometimes.) He's interested in making friends. He's becoming more and more social. He's doing way better than we thought in Kindergarten. He's spending most of his day on the classroom with the other kids. He's coming out of this world of Autism little by little. As he would say "He makes my heart happy!"

I'm thankful for all of the research done by parents before us. I'm thankful for all of the therapy options, supplements, diets, and knowledge I've gained. I'm thankful for Carson's teachers, therapists, aides, doctors and everyone who has taken part in his recovery process. I hope they all know what they have done for my son.

I'm thankful for Carson for making me a better person and for teaching me life lessons in patience, compassion and love.

I'm thankful for Emily for so many reasons but mostly for taking this journey with me and staying with me. I know I'm not easy to live with sometimes. Our life is not our own, especially right now but it is "ours" and that's the best part of it.

Thanks for reading! I'm thankful for all of you:>)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Our future star!

You may see Griffin at the CMA's one day!


video

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The End of Summer

Hey Everyone! We've been slacking on here due to Mia's birth, lack of sleep, tons of visitors and pure exhaustion but here's some more pics from the end of summer. We spent Labor Day up at Grandpa and Grandma K's farm.


They brought up their moped from Florida. Carson loved it.



Ron and Amiee looking very country....




Carson, Luca and Blake went apple picking....

















Little Fin




Ron and Adrian




The motorhome....




Luca's drawing....





Grandpa and Grandma K.



Em driving the Polaris.





My little Carson....



Thanks for reading!



Thursday, November 5, 2009

Party of Five

It has been a while. Yes, I know. We have been a bit busy.

The biggest news is that Miss Mia arrived on October 6th. Yes, a bit earlier than we had planned. Part of the reason I was not updating much was because I was in and out of the hospital with high bp. On the evening of Oct. 5th, the docs decided that it was enough... and scheduled her arrival for the next morning. Things went really well and I am pleased that I was very awake and in the moment. Sure, I was nervous but mostly for all the pokes I was going to get. Having done it twice before, I was not scared. Just ready to meet my sweet girl.
Minutes old - Mia Teresa - 7lbs 3oz, 19 inches long
Totally worth it.



I had a very difficult recovery. It was much more painful than the other two. I stayed an extra day due to my BP. Everyday that goes by, I am feeling better. Of course, very tired but starting to feel more like myself.
I will post more soon. Love you all and thank you for thinking of us - Emily
P.S. - this post is dedicated to Margie. She may be the only person that still comes here and checks for updates. :)