A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles raising a very sweet little girl with Autism and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Back to reality

"And one of these days, things are gonna get better.
You won't have to worry no more."
-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Back to reality.
Today was Little Bird's first day back at school after a loooooong winter break. I was nervous about how she'd react to going back. We turned the corner to her classroom and she buried her head in my thigh. Two classmates ran up to her with delight, shouting her name and coming in for hugs. They love her. And I love that. I can't wait to hear the report upon pick-up because this is the first day back after our first round of flagyl therapy. I've seen a change. My very skeptical husband has seen a change. I hope that change continues and we can ride this wave a little longer. 'Cause when you're UP, you're UP.
I've said before that kids with ASD are like snowflakes. No two are alike. So many kids on the spectrum have a hard time sleeping through the night. I have friends whose kids have NEVER slept through the night. Not our story. My little bird first slept through the night when she was 4 months old and has ever since. Side note: the first week she ever slept through the night, we were visiting family in Colorado at 8500 ft, and I always thought that had something to do with it! Anyway, at 4:30am this morning, Little Bird walked into my room with a "mommy mommy!!" Looks like we forgot to latch the gate on her door last night. I went ahead and took her back to her bed, where I tried to snuggle her back to sleep. But, nope! Not happening. She was up. No interest in going back to bed. She was so UP, so chatty, just wanted to play. I wasn't ready to play. We hung out in her room for a couple hours before going downstairs and indulging in our morning drinks: coffee for me, watered down apple juice for her (spiked with creatine and carnitine). Interestingly enough, she stayed UP the whole time.UP means engaged, fun, interactive, talkative. I have a whole new respect for those moms whose babes are up all night or a few times a night. Really, I do.
As I close this post, I tune into what's playing on my radio. It's Tom Petty singing "and one of these days, things are gonna get better. You wont have to worry no more." Amen.
UPDATE: first day back to school went well. She was quiet, but fell back into the routine very well!!

1 comment:

My name is Erin. said...

Abby has always slept through the night. Like always. I sometimes had to wake her for feedings when she was a newborn. I'm so thankful for this. I do not do well without sleep.

I'm anxious to hear more about how the flagyl is working for Brodie (my friend LOVES her name btw) and how her first day at school went.

I bawled my eyes out listening to an NPR podcast last night... will find it and send you the link. It wasn't about autism, but totally could be.

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