Today starts the kickoff for Autism Awareness Month so it's called, well, Autism Awareness Day. Hmph Or as Lynn says Merry Autism Awareness Month!
Well every day in my house is Autism Awareness Day so while I'll be lighting my house up blue and wearing blue today won't be much different than yesterday. I don't get to escape it. It's part of my life every waking moment of every day. But it's not all bad. There are more GOOD days now at this present time than bad.
Take for instance last Friday. She's had this little Minnie Mouse pocketbook for months that has this insanely tight clasp on it. She also has about 3 barrels of monkeys. On this day in particular she busied herself with putting monkeys in the purse, closing it, bringing it to me and holding it and wanting it to be open. On this particular day she said, "Mommy please" in such the cutest way that I would have given her whatever the hell she wanted. Now that is awesome.
This weekend she also acted like a neurotypical 4 year old. What do I mean by that you ask? Well when my oldest would get yelled at for being naughty at 4 years old she would start this "baby cry". You know the kind. The kind that you hadn't heard since they were itty bitties and they "knew" they were in trouble. Little one did this twice on Saturday and while we were taken a bit back by this development it dawned on me that "YES! She knows she's was naughty!" She also used her IPad this weekend and told us that instead of chicken nuggets she wanted Taquito's and she got them.
This weekend was a good weekend. It topped off the spring break from school that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be for a little girl who lives by her routine. It was ok. She fought a little bit about getting on the bus this morning even after seeing her driver come down the street and saying, "Buuus!" She even gave me a big ol "HI!!!" when she got off the bus after school. Now that's positively great progress!
Today I ran 7 horrible, horrible miles and then I did Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred for day 2. I started that dvd last night and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was going to wait and do it tonight after the kids went to bed but yeah I think I'll need a cocktail instead. See workout during the day, enjoy some wine at night.
Today while I did the 30 day Shred I was fixated on two things. 1) JM's angel tattoo on her foot. I need to look for a big picture of it because if you follow me on Shelly5672's Tats Board you will see my love of Angels in tattoo's. I also have an Angel board and an Autism Board. And 2) Little one decided that for the last 8 minutes she was going to join in the exercises. So while I was doing jumping jacks she jumped and raised her arms. When I was on the floor working abs she got on the floor and moved her legs around trying to imitate the bicycle move. I wish I could share that cuteness with everyone!
Two things that normally don't go together Autism & a party.
Well it's not really a party per se but more like the start of my fundraising for the 2012 Chicago Marathon begin!
When I decided to run the marathon this year I also decided to raise for Autism again. Last year I raised over $1,200 and this year I hope I can match it! My minimum goal is only $700 and I would like to start with a push to fund raise today. If I had 70 people donate $10 I would be at goal. If I had 100 people donate $10 I would be on my way to matching last years goal.
Any bit helps towards Autism Research. I know the research done into early intervention is what has helped my little one be on the path to being a verbal and successful little kid. Please help by making a donation so other families can see and hear the miracle of their little one's say, "Mommy please!"
Run For Autism Michel M. Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2012