Some of my new followers who don’t know our whole story have asked about the kids and their diagnosis. Also how we ended up where we are now. So I will answer these questions for you.
The diagnosis were two totally different experiences. I will never forget September 21st 2006. Its the day our lives changed forever the first time. We were sitting in the doctors office. I went in and told Paul this is the day that our lives would change. I could just feel it so deep within my being. Blake had been so different than all the babies I had dealt with. He never liked to be held. All he did was scream his fool little head off. Believe it or not the only thing that got him to sleep was Dr Phil or Bob Seager. If we are still having issues with sleep we put on a Dr Phil show and he is out in 10 minutes. He was always independent. At 6 months he was crawling, at 6.5 months he was walking. There was nothing funnier than seeing this little one walk. He was always a moose really tall and solid for his age. At 10 months he was scaling gates like no ones business. We used to double gate the door way, he was running and busting through the door. There was nothing that could keep him in. At 18 months he was putting clocks back together in working order after taking them apart. He also lined up all his toys all green tractors in a line smallest to tallest and would continue on with all the other cars and colors. Numbers he loves numbers.He can tells us license plate we saw in Ohio 2 years ago. He has apsergers which is like rain man. That is pretty much how he acts he is repetitive and very rigid in his routine. I tell Paul I don’t need a clock in the house when I have Big Ben.He tells me what time it is and what needs to happen next. It is really overwhelming at times. I have to say he does really well though. He is a huge joy to have in our home.
Nathan was a total different experience. We still had Dr. Carson do the diagnosis but we couldn’t understand how this happened to our family a second time. Nathan has the pddnos which where they have symptoms but not enough for asd or aspergers. Nate had been having issues since birth. He was a preemie and I just assumed he would catch up. We had no such luck. We did the MCHAT which is a questioner given out around 18-24 months of age. We did Nathans at his 18 month check. We got his results March 15 2007. Our world rocked again. How was I going to handle 2 autistic children. It has been easy but I do it. Nathan is also an insomniac. He was dx at age 2. He would stay up for hours on end. He never really wanted to sleep. He was different in the fact that he wanted to be swaddled for as long as he could be and as close to my heartbeat. That was his soother.
What they both share is adhd and sensory issues. Nathan has a really strong since of smell and hates certain textures. Blake hates certain textures and taste. They both flap but not as noticeably as some children. There is more I just cant think of all the little quirks that they have.All the reason I am raising money for Carolina Autism here. Such a cause close to my heart.
We got to South Carolina thanks to the help of an intuitive Natali. She had been talking with Paul at my moms house. He the ever so great skeptic as I was she told him about a chair that we used to have from his grandfather that was pea green. Really ugly chair. We covered and moved out of the house when a cat peed on it. He wasn’t happy. She then told him to look at Palmetto Ford and July 13 would be his lucky day. We sent his resume. It took about 3-4 weeks before we heard from the Ford Store. He went in and was interview for five minutes before they hired him. Was this our best move most likely not since we are just making ends meet. In other areas yes. We have been able to focus on us and not the drama surrounding our lives, like back home. We had to contend with his crazy mother and my mom with the depression of losing my dad. To much for me to take. Not to mention wiping out our savings while living in one of the most expensive states in the Union.
We are now about to be Military once these last two test are done. The paper work for Military is crazy. I am excited about our next step. Do I hope we get to stay in SC yes but in reality that most likely wont happen. I am OK with that. We are looking forward to living on base so we can be around other families like ours. Will it be a long 18 weeks without Paul most defiantly but I know we can work on it.
So some of our story thus far. Hope it answered your questions
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