Wowza, sorry about that, folks. I can sit here and blah, blah, blah about how busy it’s been, but it doesn’t change the fact that I have been, shall we say, neglectful of ye olde blog.

So, without further ado…..

Yes, it has been very busy around here. First the holidays and everything that goes along with that. We had an excellent Christmas. I managed to score gold on just about all the gifts for the kids. I was very lucky to have been given a train table and all the accessories in excellent condition, and the kids just love it, plus the toy car ramp they got as well.

George turned two in early January. He has developed a deep affection for all things Mr. Potato Head, and so he got a full set for his special day.

George had his first ADOS appointment in January, which was pretty much just the parent-interview and observation portion. He was supposed to go back in February for the testing portion, but…..

In early February, Adam had to go out of town for work and all of the kids ended up sick with various things; Simon had a viral rash, Eleanor had sinusitis, ear infection, and conjunctivitis, George had conjunctivitis, and I was pretty much laid out with a sinus infection, bronchitis, and conjunctivitis. This all happened while Adam was gone, so I had to reschedule George’s ADOS for March.

Simon is doing great. He’s having a bit of a sensory and attitude regression, much like he went through last summer, but he doesn’t seem to be regressing cognitively. I’ve stopped keeping track of his vocabulary, because I simply cannot keep up. He has got to be well over 100 words at this point. And he can read the names of the kids in his class. He is using short sentences now. “I want ___.” “I don’t want ____.” “This is ____.” It really all so very, very cool, especially considering that 6 months ago I was convinced he would never talk.

George is also progressing nicely. He now has around 6 words, and a couple of signs. He’s trying so hard to talk. We are beginning to think he is apraxic like Simon. His last sensory profile also noted significant auditory processing deficits, so he might have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).

We attempted to potty train Simon over the winter break from school. It didn’t go well. He quickly learned that sitting on the potty was a good way to get undivided attention from Mama and also a good way to get to look at videos on the phone. This turned into hours of sitting in the bathroom, only for him to have an accident as soon as he left the room. Lots of tears, lots of tantrums, and Simon was pretty upset by it all, too. The way we look at it is this: He knows when he has gone. He knows when he is going. He cannot yet tell when he NEEDS to go. So, we’ll give it another try in the summer, but it’s not uncommon for ASD kids to not potty train until 6 or 7 or even later.

We’re also looking at moving the boys into together in a few months. George decided the day before his birthday that he’s too cool to sleep in a crib anymore and now sleeps on a mattress on the floor. Eleanor really wants her own room and we’ve always intended the boys to share a room at some point anyway. It’s going to be interesting to see how everyone handles the transition.

A few housekeeping items:
1. You may have noticed that the pictures of Simon have been removed. I have been worried for sometime that his pictures could be copied and used by others. There are lots of cases of this happening. It made me paranoid enough to take his pictures down. If I get the time, I can watermark them and put them back up, but for now, I won’t be using pictures and will be using videos very sparingly.

2. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @AllisonLuther.

So, I think that about catches everyone up on the last couple of months. I hope to be able to post more often than I have been.

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