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Fruit & Grain

For Great Value Fruit & Grain Apple Cinnamon

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Dean and I both love soft granola bars. I have repurchased the Market Basket brand in the berry flavor (Blueberry?) and that one is a hit as well. Dean usually eats half the bar at a time and I break it up into small, easy to eat pieces. It can be very messy, so I always feed him this in his highchair as part of his morning snack between breakfast and lunch. I am surprised that he can eat that much of the bar, but he loves to eat. It really shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. It is made with whole grains and real fruit filling, so it is a healthier snack. Half of the bar will give you 6 grams of sugar, 1g of protein, and 1.25 g of total fat. Half of a bar is 70 calories, so it is very filling to a 21.5 pound little boy, who loves to eat everything in sight.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Chatty Life Update

It has been a long time, since I have done a life update. To be honest, nothing had really changed and I didn’t have a reason to post an update. So much has happened in such a short amount of time that I feel like I need to do a life update post. I have so much stuff that I want to talk about. First, I’ll take about my posting schedule, which is I don’t have one. I blog on Saturday and Sunday for the most part and pre-schedule posts to go up during the week. I love blogging and if I don’t blog like yesterday, I’m writing reviews to go up on my blog. Most of my reviews are pre-written with pen and paper. I enjoy blogging, but I don’t do a set number. I try to at least post twice a week.

You are talking with a college graduate right now. Yes, you heard that right. I earned my Associates in Information Technology on August 21st. I plan pursuing another Associates in Insurance Data Analytics. I probably won’t start that until November and the first test period would be between April and June. I would probably take another break and not take the next test until October to December of next year. At the end of next year, I’ll have another degree. That is the plan BUT I have made a bid on a job within my company. I applied for the position of Actuarial Analyst. I would like to be an Actuary and this is like the starting position for that. Also, the starting salary is double of what I make now. If I get this job, I could save enough to go house shopping next year! So, depending upon if I get a new job, the degree plans could go right out the door.

Dean has been struggling with talking for a long time. He was just qualified for early intervention services in my town. He scored more than 30% lower than the average boy his age. He is seeing a speech therapist who is bringing in an occupational therapist and developmental specialist that will work with him 1 hour a week. They all come in and see Dean with my dad while I’m at work. I was there for the consultation and the assessment test that scored him. He is also getting a hearing test on Wednesday to make sure his hearing is okay, because he doesn’t listen. I know people are going to say that kids don’t listen, but he literally doesn’t pay much attention when you call for him. It’s a bit worrisome, so it’s just to rule out a hearing issue.

Later this month, Dean is going to a pediatric dentist that is like an hour and a half away to see if he can laser Dean’s tongue tie and upper lip tie. His ties are affecting his speech and the speech therapist will write a letter to that effect for the dentist for insurance purposes. Hopefully, he’ll have an appointment by November to fix his ties. It is a laser treatment and they give kids a little drink to fall asleep before using the laser. It takes 30 seconds per cut, so I’m looking at like a 10 minute procedure when it actuality it will be like 5 minutes or less and he can eat and drink right after.

The early intervention program is going to be reaching out to the Beacon program, which will work in your home for up to 40 hours with your Autistic child. Yes, you read that right. They are thinking that Dean is on the spectrum. I love my son no matter what, but I always knew he was different. Did you know that autistic children have higher than average IQs? So, my boy must be really smart. I’ll take all the help to get him to talk. I just want him to tell me he is hungry, thirsty, or went poopy. I’m also selfish and I want to hear him say mommy when he isn’t upset and that he loves me. I want to ask him if he’s hungry and get a yes or a no answer. I just want to be able to communicate with my boy.

I just want to know that I’m not a terrible mother and did everything I could to help my child. People are going to blame the vaccines on why he’s autistic or that I must have done something bad during my pregnancy. But the truth is, I carry the maternal genes for autism and Asperger’s since both of my brothers have it. (One with each). But it’s not a death sentence. He’s not handicapped. He just needs help with speech, social skills, and fine motor development. He loves to be hugged and kissed. He’s a lovable boy that’s just too smart for the rest of us and they just don’t think/see the world like we do.

And we should love everyone of these kids instead of segregating them and saying they are abnormal. Maybe, to them, we are the abnormal ones that need help and they are trying to show us the way.

With Love ❤

Selena

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Paw Patrol

For Nickelodeon Paw Patrol 3-in-1 Blueberry Bark

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I loved washing Dean with this product. It is thicker than the other washes and moisturizing. It has a nice slip to it and smells like blueberry oatmeal. It has enough moisture to condition Dean’s thin hair, but I always moisturize his body after a bath/shower. He has a tendency to have dry arms and legs. Dean loves that he gets to play with his T.V. friends in the tub. I keep the empty bottles for him to play with as long as the caps stay intact. They have a tendency to break and I chuck them out when that happens. I used the Marshall one for the first time and the cap broke. He’s still playing with Chase though.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Banana Cookies

For Gerber Graduates Banana Cookies

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These cookies are messy, but boy does Dean love these cookies. I haven’t repurchased these. I think I’ll buy them next week as a treat next week to surprise him. I occasionally will still buy Dean toddler cookies, but he mostly eats bread and adult crackers. He doesn’t need the special snacks anymore. I’m not afraid of him choking. I love that these are made with real bananas and the cookie is on the bigger side. There is about 16 cookies per box, so enough for two weeks if you only give one a day as a treat. I’m glad that he is branching out and trying new things. He had barbecue chicken, sausage, cheesy bread and watermelon last night. He’s growing up.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Lil’ Meal

For Gerber Graduates Lil’ Meals Mac & Cheese w/Chicken & Vegetables, Spaghetti Rings in Meat Sauce

Two of Dean’s favorite foods are Mac & Cheese and Spaghetti, so he ate these two 6 oz bowls in two sittings. He ate 3 oz at a time. He can really pack in the pasta. He loves anything in a sauce or cheese. I will not repurchase these, because he eats the “adult” version just as well. He doesn’t need the toddler version. I like to expand his taste buds with these Gerber meals and if he does well with them, he can “graduate” to adult food from the table. These meals are fortified and sneak in veggies, which I like. I will be repurchasing other kinds of these lil’ meals, just not these particular ones. I highly recommend these for convenience, when you don’t want to cook a separate meal for your toddler. When we have pork chops, these come in handy, because that meat is too tough for him to eat and chew.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Pasta Pick-Ups

For Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups Cheese & Spinach Ravioli

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Dean is not ready for these yet. They went to waste for the most part. He’s not ready to eat this kind of food yet at this size. He gets bored easy with food also. I might try these again in a month or so. I feel like these are for two to three year olds. My son is just not there yet to eat these. He likes to eat the filling, but doesn’t really finish the pasta part. He will eat four whole pieces of ravioli before he gets full and starts only eating the filling. I like these packets for a quick meal, when what the family is eating is a little too advanced for him.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Fruit Pick-Ups

For Gerber Fruit Pick-Ups Diced Apples

Dean really loves these cut up apples. I will not be repurchasing again, though. Dean eats pieces of fresh cut up apples now. I am not afraid that he will choke on a piece anymore. These bowls had two servings of fruit and he generally ate these in four sittings. I like that there aren’t a ton of preservatives in Gerber foods and I feel like Gerber wasn’t always like that. I have only seen the apple option at all of the stores that I shop at, so I am unsure if they make anymore kinds of diced up fruit. I highly recommend these, because they are soft, easy to mash up, and swallow. They are great for early chewers.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤