Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

I am kinda pissed at Joyce Dean’s ABA supervisor. She questioned my dad whether we kiss Dean on the lips, because he has been trying to kiss her on the lips. She also wrote in my progress report book “Please do shape sorter even though it has appeared to disappear!” Like seriously? What are you insinuating here? she didn’t ask my dad where it was and THERE WAS A SHAPE SORTER AT THE KITCHEN TABLE WHERE SHE GETS THE BLUE PROGRESS BOOK FROM! I am pissed at her. I have a parent therapist meeting after work next week and I’m gonna ask her what she meant by this. It is insulting. If you don’t see something that you know he has ASK! I’m sorry she felt too uncomfortable to ask for it and I’m sorry that my loving boy makes you uncomfortable too. And yeah, he gets kissed on the lips sometimes. DEAL WITH IT! Rant over.

2/13/18 – Joyce

Very nice session. Excellent job with picture exchange. (smiley face) Becoming more and more independent (some prompt dependency).

2/13/18 – Ann

Dean was in a good mood this morning. Sat well to play a variety of toys. Chose to do new puzzle. Looking for me to prompt his point.

2/14/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. Was quiet today. Did well with toy play toys, great joint attention today. Went over PECS for snack with Joyce. Dean used his swing today.

2/14/18 – Joyce

Dean enjoyed new tactile book. Deb has different set of cups. (smiley face) Please do shape sorter even though it has appeared to disappear! PECS went well.

2/15/18 – Ann

Dean sat and played and had snack without any running in between 8 to 9:15!! Started string beads on pipe cleaner. Very curious about them and tried to put some on.

2/16/18 – Ann

Dean was busy at first and sat for quick activities. Did better as session went on and did all toys as usual. Great job handing pictures at snack.

I almost forgot! Dean has started with PECS which is Picture Exchange Communication System. He has pictures of different types of snacks, food, and drinks. I pick out a few pictures and he hands me the one he wants. I say the name of whatever it is and give it to him. He is really good at it, but I am unsure if he really understands. He can sign more now and he’ll just sign more all over the house out of context. I have no clue what he wants more of. This is much better.

With Love,

Selena

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Dean’s EI Week

I am writing this on 2/13/18 during my lunch break at work, while I know at home, Dean is having his OT session. It sucks being away from him from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, but I try to squeeze in as much time before bed during the week and I have every weekend and day off with him. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of time by myself for things that I want to do and personal time. I am looki8ng forward to working my own hours at home and maximizing the time spent with my son. Not getting ready and going to work that saves me like 10 hours a week. Plenty of time for myself, blogging, and college in the Fall. Plus, more time for Dean during the week as well.

2/5/18 – Speech

Dean used more sign 2x for swing. “Mama” when mad or wants something. Swing continues to calm him. Dean was seen at home with his grandfather and Deb his ABA therapist. We worked on pointing and more sign together. Dean was very vocal today and he uses therapists hands to get what he wants. Happy boy today. Nice eye contact today with both therapists.

  • Continue to model pointing for choices of snack and more to get more snack/swing.

2/6/18 – OT

Dean has started closing eyes and spinning occasionally. Dean had a great session. He sat in “working” chair for most of session. He got right in to sit when asked. Completed shape sorter, piggy bank, and two stackers independently! Started a new puzzle task in which he needed help for. But he attempted to place pieces. By end of session he was VERY fatigued today.

  • Continue to encourage pointing to desired items

2/10/18 – OT

Completed a Saturday visit so Mom could participate in visit. Mom reported that Dean pointed spontaneously at food this am. Dead did well. Greeted me with a smile and pulled me into living room with my jacket. Immediately sat down into chair when asked 3 different times. He did well pointing to toys with minimal help. He looked when name was called 80% of the time to play a game. Worked on handing picture to mom to get food.

  • Continue to have him point to desired items.
  • On weekend when both home work on handing pictures to someone to get food.

It was nice seeing what Dean’s OT therapist was doing with him. Basically, it is a lot of skill building play and very little fooling around. He deserves to have free play at home. I only do skill building play that is “structured” on non-therapy days, so he doesn’t loose that expectation of him or routine. Routine is very key for Dean.

With Love,

Selena

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Project 200 Pan Update #1

This is the post I will be breaking down my empties post and sharing which ones will qualify for my 200 used up or panned items in 2018. First, I will share the items that I have hit pan on in January.

I hit pan on 3 items: Elf color correcting face powder in cool, Smashbox purple color corrector, and Lush lip scrub in Mint Julep. I feel like that is a great start to the new year. Now, let’s go over everything from my January Empties post that qualifies for this project.

Everything that counts in these pictures are as follows: all the makeup, all the hair, all the skin care besides the foil packets, Aveeno body lotion, and the Equate one as well. So, that is 11 items (I added together two deluxe sized samples). So, in January I used up 14 out of my 200 goal. I have reached 7 percent of my goal this year. Not that bad for the first month. My basket is already filling up with more items, so I am hoping for anything full February. It is a shorter month, though. I would be happy with another 7% down.

How are you doing with your 2018 goals?

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

Dean had a tiring week and he regressed a bit in areas that he was strong in. He is mouthing items more this week, but everyday never mind every week, has its ups and downs. We are all here for the ride and will support him every step of the way. He has been very lovey dovey and even kissed Joyce on the lips. She didn’t appreciate the drooly kiss in her mouth, but you have to learn to turn your face away. Or explain to him that he can only kiss your cheek. She apparently told my dad not to encourage lip kissing. I don’t ever scold Dean for lip kissing. I try to turn my face, so he gets my cheek. If he gets my lips, I tell him thank you and ask for a kiss on the cheek. I love this lovey part of him. I am not going to scold him for it.

2/5/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. Did well with puzzle, shape sorter, ring stacker, and links. Started pointing for snacks, noticing does better pointing with right hand than left hand. Dean needs more prompting with left hand. Lots of sounds and great eye contact today.

2/6/18 – Joyce

Dean happy to see staff, first solo session with Joyce. (We pushed a little). May be an “off” day? Legos an issue; wants to build what/how he wants. Taking pics of Beanies and Bulkie, Mike reported Beanies #1 Preferred. 4 Flops/arches

2/8/18 – Ann

Dean was a little “off” this morning. Not as interested in toys and usual. Played with things briefly and then wanted to get up. Did well having pointer finger ready as I was presenting things.

2/9/18 – Joyce

Introduced photos, Dean very engaging, very nice job with new toys. Lots of chewy today. Much better with legos today!

2/9/18 – Ann

Dean liked new puzzle and new shape sorter. Started pictures at snack time.

ABA started their new paperless process today with their tablet besides giving me little report cards. Don’t know how long these reports will last, but I am happy to know what he does while I am gone at work all day.

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

I still cannot get over his cute hair cut! I cannot wait for my tax money to come in. I never got to do a nursery, so I’m going to do a great toddler room. I’m going to Paw Patrol his room out and order most of the stuff off of Amazon. I will get what I can at Walmart like the comforter set and I think they have some curtains and decals for the wall. I am painting his room creamsicle orange this summer and it is going to be a toddler’s dream room. Dean’s dream room. I am super excited! Once his room is complete, I will do a room tour. Right now, he only has a crib, his toys in laundry baskets, and my old bedroom set dresser that I want to get rid of. He deserves better and he is finally getting toddler sized furniture.  I’m also getting another cube organizer for my room before doing my own room tour as well.

1/30/18 – Ann

Dean did well with toys. Started new coin in bank toy. Pointing when prompted at his elbow.

1/30/18 – Joyce

Dean has done so well, great sitting, more eye contact and awareness, pointing with less prompting. He’s so curious! Lots of nice toy play.

1/31/18 – Deb

Dean did great today. Lots of great eye contact and lots of sounds. Worked on puzzles, books, shape sorter and ring stacker. Did well with pointing. Did great with sitting. Grandpa introduced a cup to help fade out the bottle. Great session.

2/1/18 – Ann

Dean did well playing sitting across from me. Did coins in bank independently. Pointing to snack choices.

2/2/18 – Ann

Dean did well this morning. Doing shape puzzle on his own. Holding at his elbow for him to point. Making several different sounds this morning.

Soon, Dean’s ABA will be all digital to cut down on their paperwork. Not sure if there will be digital day summaries or what. So, I will let you know when these stop completely so you are prepared. I know he will still get periodic reevaluations. I will show those when they occur and I have the paperwork to go with it. His EI ends on his third birthday, so I don’t know what I’ll do after that. Maybe, a weekly Dean diary instead.

One thing I noticed between both ABA and EI is that he has been babbling more. I am so excited! Maybe speech is not that far away.

With Love,

Selena

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Dean’s EI Week

Here’s the down low on another week of Dean’s state services. He has done so well and has come so far. He is really pointing now when prompted, but still isn’t pointing on his own. This past Saturday he got his hair cut and was so good in the chair with me as he had two dumdum pops. Cherry and Pineapple in case you were wondering. He has been eating a lot more lately. I joke that he’s going to eat me out of house and home, but when I have to pit stop in the middle of the week for more bread and fruit, you know that he is eating A LOT. I am not complaining, I am Happy that he has such a good diet.

1/29/18 – Speech

Not using any of his words at this time. Dean was seen at home with Mike. He was very tired today. He sat in his chair and used more sign several times. He required some hand over hand, some modeling and he requested more several times on his own. He enjoyed and followed a game of ah choo. Brought toy up to my head and he followed smiled when it fell off “ah choo”.

  • Continue to model “more” sign with snacks.

1/30/18 – OT

Dean had ABA today and Ann brought in new toys for Dean. He has been spinning/closing his eyes. Dean greeted me with a smile today and vocalizations that sounded like “Hi”. He did well again with shape sorter, pop beads, and star stacker. Consistently pointed with moderate prompting at elbow for right hand and at hand for left hand. In swing, he recognized he had to do something with his hand so routinely gave them to me to sign more. He signed more independently for swing 4 times.

  • Continue to facilitate pointing and signing more.

2/1/18 – OT

Dean had a busy day today. Grandpa reported it was a difficult day cleaning up after Dean today. Dean continues to do well with pointing to desired item with minimal prompting at elbow for right hand and moderate prompting on hand for left. Signed more 1x for swinging today but able to hold hands out to help to sign “more”. Did all 4 animal shape sorter pieces independently. Tapped my arm with vocalization to get my attention appropriately for more snacks.

  • Amazon – type in chewy tube. There is chewy tube combo pack for $23.97 by the sensory university.

Dean had a great week full of pointing and signing more. While he doesn’t really sign for me, he has been pointing when I assist him for snacks, at meal time, and for toys to play with. I really want to foster as much communication as possible.

With Love,

Selena

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New In

I have collected a few new pieces over the course of January and early February, so I thought that I would share what I have picked up. I like writing these posts when I get have a pile of new things to do a haul post with. Most of the time, I pick up things spread out over a long period of time. I don’t do a lot of hauls. I think that I did more hauls in the past. I’m trying to use what I have rather than buy buy buy. I’m being more consumer conscious and I want to move towards being a minimalist. I enjoy the aesthetic and the concept of not having more than you need, use, and enjoy. Less clutter. It will be easier to do once I own my home, but this year I am focused on using up and decluttering.

toy

Dean loves these blocks that were bought for him at Christmas time. His box was defective, so I had to return it and I rebought it at half of the price because it was clearanced. So, I used the extra money on his food for the week: Parent’s Choice fruit and veggie pouches and a couple of cans of beanies.

face

Simple is a cruelty free brand and I was in desperate need of micellar water, but couldn’t find any that were cruelty free. I do not like the Simple brand one. Maybe I should retry it? I think it might be different formula wise by now. These were clearanced down to $2.50 each and I had $1 off coupon, so two for $4 was not a bad deal at all for these. I use these every morning to cleanse my skin and on lazy nights.

dean

I bought Dean a coloring page for practicing how to color with his therapists.

deodorant

I needed a good cruelty free deodorant and I think D recommended this to me. I find that this dries out my underarms, so I apply lotion nightly and sometimes in the morning as well before applying. FINALLY! I have found a deodorant that truly lasts all day on me. It is even making me less wet when I stress sweat, which is AH-MAZING. I love this deodorant, but I want to try Tom’s next. I need to see if I can find something less drying.

Until I can find a better furry white or light blue seat cover, this seat throw will have to do. My dad bought me a black chair, which doesn’t go with my room. Throwing this fur (fake of course!) on the chair makes it look less harsh. If anyone knows a site or place to look for a furry white or light blue cover, leave me a comment and let me know. I want to find something so I can use this as a cute rug under my desk instead.

What have you bought lately?

With Love,

Selena