And I’m just about all ready. We really fell down on the job last year…since Tj deployed and Gmom was spending so much time with Aunt Dolly she ended up not coming here at all! Tj and Max did go see her (when Tj was supposed to be getting his ATP), but she hasn’t seen Jack in over a year. I know that boy has changed so much, she’ll be surprised!
Max has really been making friends here on our street. Noah, Aden and Austin have all been over here, and he’s been over at their houses too. This really started last week, and he’s eating it up! :-) It’s so sweet…well, actually I guess when I’m watching/listening to them they’re really too big to be sweet. He’s really a boy now. Jack is sweet to watch play, and Max is sweet when he plays/takes care of Jack, but watching Max with his friends is just funny now. He gets so sweaty, and thinks it’s so funny to say potty words (butt and fart are big around here, though I disapprove). I try to let him work out his relationships with the boys and I don’t have to step in too often. It was sweet to hear him ask Aden if he had Jesus in his heart! I was so proud of him. Aden emphatically yelled no, though. Heh. They talked about it a little and Max told me later that Aden does have Jesus in his heart.
We made a fire in the backyard and cooked hot dogs. Tj set up the tent and he and Max slept in there Friday night. Saturday morning I took Jack garage saleing with me and let Tj sleep in…he’d hardly slept at all in the tent, and it was horrible sleep at that. I thought it was super sweet that he’d sleep in there in the first place and think he doesn’t have to do it again. Max has slept in there every night since. We have such a wonderful life! The neighbor girls (Addison and Leelee) were surprised that we let him sleep alone, I was surprised that he did with no fear at all. This week is spring break so no therapy/Hippy/Co-op, etc. I think he may have to go back to sleeping in his bed when school resumes. We’ll see.
We went to McDonald’s for breakfast today and this was the first time Jack went up into the slide all by himself! He’s really progressing so much. His doctor heard about Applied Behavioral Analysis (I think it’s called)…a therapy given through Autism Services North but which hopefully will be given in our home. We’ve signed up for the ECHO program through the military and this therapy should be covered as long as we’re active duty, so for another year. I signed Jack up and got a call stating that though their brochure says it addresses symptoms (not sure if that’s the word they used) of Down Syndrome, he still had to be on the Autistic spectrum to receive the therapy. I wasn’t sure if he qualified…I don’t know much about Autism. The main thing I think about Autism is lack of eye contact and diminished emotional connection to people…neither of which Jack displays to any degree. I mentioned it to all four therapists and his doctor to see if they could come up with anything to help. I was excited when his OT came back with a full page of things to tell the ASN people. The most obvious and biggest sign of Autism is his self-stimulation: he has always waved flags/socks/water bottles/anything back and forth repeatedly and stared at it and at its shadow. When I read them the whole list she asked if there was anything else. I told her I didn’t see any signs of Autism but all I knew about it was what I listed above. She asked if he had ever regressed. I said the only regression I could think of was that he used to say Max’s name correctly, and that he’d stopped saying it for 4 months or more, and now he says Bax. Other than that no. I was planning on going back to the therapists for help but she said she had enough, Jack wasn’t Autistic but he was on the spectrum enough to qualify for help. We’ve said several times since he broke his leg that he hasn’t regressed since then, and it still is holding true. I know that he’d plateaued before then probably like any child plateaus, but since his cast came off he hasn’t even plateaued I don’t think!