Wednesday, August 3, 2016

It's That Time of the Year

A year ago this month was the last time I wrote anything on this blog, but who are we kidding, this is what I do! Life gets in the way of best laid blogging plans, what can I say?

Updates, updates, updates. Well. Julian is now 15 months old, walking with the best of them and talking about a storm. We are still breastfeeding strong, which is so different than how his older brother was at this age. With Daniel, he didn't even notice that we stopped. To wean Julian now would be unthinkable. They are so differnt from each other! We are anticipating his first big trip at the end of December: a trip back home to Japan! Gary's parents haven't seen him since he was a much smaller guy and he'll be almost 20 months by then. Not to mention we haven't been back to the motherland since Daniel was a mere 7 months old. And I'm looking forward to being somewhere that actually gets cold during the winter.

I am now working multiple jobs, one full-time 3 shifts a week in the NICU I've been working for over the last 2.5 years. I picked up a second as-needed job with a 1 shift a week minimum to enable us to fund things like our upcoming Japan trip and eventually, buying our first home. This is the biggest part of why I am severely lacking in blog updates; between working 4 nights a week, transitioning to home life on my days off and everything life entails in between all that, blogging takes both back burners unfort. But we're still here, still thriving and enjoying life!

The biggest update on our family is Daniel's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder last year (August, actually). It's hard to believe it's been a year since we learned why Daniel was so behind with language, fine motor skills, and social situations. Our sweet and friendly but continuously behind little guy finally had a label. Label. So taboo in most cases but in our current situation, we'll take it with gusto. His ASD diagnosis has opened up so many resources to aid in his development of skills he currently lacks and help him navigate the eb and flow of life as someone on the spectrum.

It's impossible to say what the next year, 5 years, 10 years and more have in store for Daniel but for now, he is progressing slowly but steadily. He is, more or less, able to tell us what he needs (and definitely what he wants). He is potty training, which is huge of young kids on the spectrum. We've pretty much transitioned away from pull-ups completely, making sure to toilet him every few hours if he hasn't already told us in his way that he needs to go. We also make sure to take him to go #2 at the same time every day, which he's doing great at. THAT was something I didn't not anticipate him doing before kindergarten, which he starts this month in a transitional kindergarten program! He just completely a little less than a year's worth of pres

I could go on and on about what he's doing as a kiddo on the spectrum but that would take this post down a road that would go on endlessly, SO! Until next time, hopefully this won't be the only blog post for the year.

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