Jack-Jack: "Let me tickle myself so I can laugh!"
He started laughing before he even got his hand near his body! Jack-Jack doesn't ask for much. In fact through the years, the only thing that he has consistently asked for is nutcrackers. This 6 foot tall nutcracker is just a bit out of our price range, but he is okay with that because he got to take a picture laughing with a giant nutcracker. He can find joy in the simple things.
This photo means everything to me today! We are at Macy's making memories, and I was stuck at the "I didn't get matching outfits again, and I didn't get haircuts for the boys." Because I am just burned out, and I can't do it all. And then I look and see my failures at not getting everything done.
This year, like last year and the year before, I won't have the perfect Christmas card with matching outfits. We won't have a picture perfect house decorated with the "in style" decor. But we have joy. We have a deep abiding joy that comes from knowing the Savior. And we have a joy that comes from having a household filled with love.
My prayer for you today is that you find joy in the simple things like taking a picture with a nutcracker or spending time with family. And that you remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. @macys #autism#autismjoy#jesusisthereason#findingjoy#celebrateChristmas#ourSaviorLives#giantnutcracker#nutcrackers#macyschicago#macys#lifestyleblogger#autismblogger#autismmom
What a difference a day makes! It has been overcast here in Northeast Ohio for days and days. For the last several days I have been trying to get a photo for a sponsored post, and although, Jack-Jack loves the new StarLink game by Ubisoft, he has been in a down mood as evidenced by photos 2 and 3 which were taken yesterday. The photo I ended up posting yesterday doesn't show his face because he face wasn't going to be happy no matter what I did.
He really as trying to smile for me. But nothing I did to cheer him up was working. Today he woke up chipper and all smiles.
I don't do many sponsored posts. And usually my kids are happy and smiling to do them, but living with autism doesn't always make for great photo ops. In fact when I think about how many photos we don't have through the years, it hurts. Because in the midst of a meltdown or horrible days, I usually don't pull out my phone. I do a lot of hugging and holding and trying to figure out what I can do to help him overcome.
BTW, my kids love this game. I love the game. Go get the game!
I posted this on my personal Facebook page on Friday: So many of my friends were blessed by this that I thought I would share it with you. And if you are living with autism, you know that the days are hard; so hard that when you get a win you want to share and encourage other mommas that the days aren't always so bleak.
Photo by @melissajoan_m
BIG WIN TODAY!
Today Marcus had a dentist appointment. Douglas was very, very anxious. Asked a gazillion times, "after Marcus is done, what is going to happen?" I kept telling him he didn't have an appointment (he didn't) and he didn't need to be anxious.
When we got to the dentist office, I asked the dentist if Douglas could sit in the chair. I told him he would only sit in the chair and the dentist wouldn't do anything besides look in his mouth.
He got in the chair; the dentist said, "I will do what I want you do to first." And the dentist opened his mouth and let Douglas look at his teeth. Then Douglas opened his mouth and let the dentist look at his teeth. Simple enough.
THEN, Douglas watched almost the entire time when the dentist worked on Marcus - Cleaning and a filling. AND he said he would get a cleaning and x-rays next month!
If you know Douglas, you know this is huge!!!! So thankful for little victories! Shirt by Cat and Jack from Target @target