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raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Special Needs Blog Hop: Accomplishments


This week's Special Needs Blog Hop topic is accomplishments. More specifically, recent accomplishments. 
While it's tough for me to come up with something specific, I must say that we are constantly appreciating little things that the bird can do; things she couldn't do before. It doesn't take long for me to giggle, remembering the doctors/therapists uncertain if this kid would ever walk as she races up or down the stairs. I also think about when Jodie, our first and favorite physical therapist, would say, "I'm just not sure she'll be a jumper" when LB jumps off the second or third step and lands on both feet. 

I think the two areas I'm seeing the most progress are in independence and sneakiness. She really has become independent in that when she wants a snack, she tells me she's hungry and goes into the pantry to grab herself something. There have been plenty of times I'll come back from folding laundry in one room to find her sitting on the computer with a huge bag of Lay's potato chips in her lap. She's also started to take her pants and socks off herself. This is a big help at bath time. I anxiously await the day that she will dress herself, eliminating a huge chunk of time and frustration from my mornings. 

Sneakiness: she's a pretty sneaky bird and very determined to get what she wants, when she wants it. She definitely got this from me. However, when two birds (a mama bird and baby bird) like this come together, there's lots of butting beaks :)  I find myself being very proud of some of this behavior of hers, but I try not to reinforce it too much. For example, each morning when we're getting ready to walk out the door, I'll tell her, "it's time for shoes" and she will suddenly say something like, "I'm hungry! I need juice! Brush my teeth!"  Last weekend when G and I were all ready to walk out the door and leave her with a babysitter she said/asked, "want mommy sit on the couch? snuggle?" and when I told her I was leaving, she suddenly declared it was "potty time!" She still needs my help to go potty so she knew I'd stay to help with that. Did she pee? No, of course not. Because she was just being smart and sneaky. And I am so proud!


20 comments:

Heather said...

I remember being at the movie theater and Brian really wanted to go back to the lobby to play with the cue balls at the pool table. He tried whining, babbling, and then it was like a light bulb went off and he yelled "POTTY!" He knew I wouldn't deny him going to the potty.

When I realized he was lying all I wanted to do was hug him for figuring out another developmental milestone!

jillsmo said...

It's so hilarious when being sneaky is awesome. I yell at my NT kid for exactly the same things I praise my ASD kid for.

Cheryl D. said...

Yay for sneakiness!

Happy13 said...

Sneaking is kewl. That's how I've gotten away with as much as I have over the years.

tulpen said...

Independent and Sneaky will get one very far in life.

Has worked wonders for me.

Go Little Bird!

Life as the mother of 4 said...

I love it when they get more independent! (blog hop)

Lynn said...

She's gonna play you like a violin.

Stacie said...

I think it's great when the kids start getting a little more independent. I had to chuckle when you found her with the bag of lays chips. Sounds like my son.

Chris P-M said...

...love the "budding beaks!" Good to hear LB is a little sneak-meister!

Big Daddy Autism said...

Sneakiness is way underrated. It got me far in life. Hell, it even got me a wife.

I too am thrilled when my boy tries to be sneaky. But he is terrible at it.

dotcomkari said...

Yay for trying to trick mommy! :) What a wonderful milestone in her life!

And super yay for independance! that is awesome! :)

JoyMama said...

Oo, smart plus sneaky equals awesome with a big helping of "mama-is-in-for-it-now!" Love it.

@jencull (jen) said...

Sneaky = good problem solving skills :D Go Little Bird:) Jen

http://www.thekingandeye.com/p/special-needs-blog-hop.html

Anonymous said...

Sneaky?? I wonder when she will start coming home from a party 2 hours late and tries to tell you she just fell asleep at a friends house... that's sneaky. She is learning from the pro!! Mom

transplantedx3 said...

Hi~ Nice to met you - I just learned about the Special Needs blog hop, I'm excited to become a part of it - I agress with jillsmo, I find myself getting so mad at my oldest for being sneaky - he's way to good at it - but if JonJon tries the same thing - I find myself cheering -but then he's not so good at the sneaky stuff~ Peace & Hugs~Amy

Varda said...

Yay for sneaky! How funny that you and I both posted about "accomplishments" that we might call something else if our kids were not on the spectrum. Gotta love those kids. (And do we ever!)

Pie Maker said...

Little Bird and Piper sound like they must have had the same tutor! I wrote a post a while back about how Piper manipulates me into doing tasks she dislikes (cutting).

Glad to "meet" you and I'll be stopping by to hear more about your little bird!

Amanda Broadfoot said...

Parents of NT children look at me like I'm nuts when I get excited that Billy's started trying (not very successfully) to deceive me ... Go, LB!!

coldcupsoftea said...

Hi! what a cutie your LB is. I have a glitch that won't let me show the link to the blog hop on my page so thanks for pointing me back this way! hope you have a sneaky weekend.

Tammy said...

I'm always amazed at how sneaky my son can be. It takes a lot of intelligence, planning, and persistence to implement some of his plans. Hi from the Special Needs Blog Hop.

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