2012 So Far…..

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog! Quite a few things have changed in our lives since I blogged last about updates with the twins and our family in general!

Zayd’n- just recently finished first grade (yay)! However his reading is still a struggle and some days I just really worry about where he will fit in academically in the upcoming school year. Other then that he has the brightest Character. I am in the process of creating a category called Zayd’n Says– he says the funniest things that always catches us off guard. We never know what to expect from this little kid! He is currently enjoying summer camp. He also enjoys aggravating the mess out of his older brothers and turning every nook and cranny of my house into a secret hide out!

Ziah- has definitely improved over the last year. His reading is finally at grade level (due to speech issues) and his speech has grown rapidly. He is using words that has shocked and amazed us all. He still lacks a lot of confidence when it comes to socially interacting with others and self-esteem. He is quick to call out something is not fair. He still has his moments, but they are usually on the lower end of the scale! I am thankful that he has moved from being high maintenance to just chillin’ on the block! He is still my little “lost boy” when it comes to asking him to do stuff- sends him upstairs to brush his teeth….. I hear the water running and running and running and running. “Ziah, what are you doing?” “Oh, uh yeah…..” We’re still getting there with reminders and cues but I am thankful for every step of progress!

Zion- has improved in many areas. I have written about the struggles that we’ve had with him over the last few years and decisions on whether or not to put him on meds. I We finally came to the conclusion that it was the best thing for him. I am still wavering on this at times, but I have seen the difference it has made for all of us. We visited the Autism Specialist in the beginning of the year where Zion’s dose was upped because of all the difficulties he was having at school. The Doctor mentioned about taking Zion off Prozac over the summer (since I was not a 100% med believer) to see the difference. Well… we tried that for about a week and it didn’t work. We put him back on it at half the dose and it still didn’t work. Finally we went back to his regular dosage. His anxiety level is usually high. We’ve also noticed quite a few more sensory issues become prevalent in the last 6 months or so. More chewing- I can’t tell you how many shirts I’ve had to toss out because of chew marks, holes, tears, etc. If he had a small hole in his pants, he will sit there and continue to pick at it until the hole is bigger. At our most recent visit to the Autism Specialist we were able to get a script to get a full OT evaluation with sensory integration! So happy for this. Now just have to find someone that will take our insurance. Thankfully living in Michigan we have the new Autism Insurance Bill that was passed recently. Hopefully I will be able to find a good OT here in the Lansing Area!

Ziah really really struggles with Math and Writing. He understands what he is doing, but he works himself up to have major anxiety attacks. We hope that OT will help with his writing because he still struggles to properly grip a pencil.

Since the last time I blogged about the twins and school we moved and are now in the Grand Ledge School District. At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year their teacher (they were in the same class together for the first time) right away noticed some issues and we were able to get an IEP started for both of them. Wow, can we say what the f*** was Waverly’s problem and NOT seeing this?? Overall, I have been satisfied with the help that Grand Ledge has been able to do in the past year. Hopefully that help will continue to be there next year, because I see greater challenges in Zion’s future.

On a good note with Zion- he was able to make a friend this past school year. And even had his first play date (yay). Now we are trying to teach him how to appropriately behave in social setting and proper etiquette so he doesn’t lose that friend.

Summer has been a struggle for Zion, but we’re hanging in there. Both of the twins start a social skills class next week (which is FREE!) through Hope Network! I hope that it helps them to come out a little bit more, build self-confidence, work on anxiety, and overall how to socially interact with their peers.

As far as the parents….. I have been busy continuing to work full-time and also blogging about saving money, coupons, and deals. You can visit me at A Mitten Full of Coupons to learn more and start saving $$. This has definitely helped our budget which seems to get tighter every single month!

Derrick (Dad) also has a blog (hmm wonder why we’re never on here) about music reviews. But you won’t find the cheesy, every day popular Beyonce, Katy Perry, Usher people there… but undiscovered talent. Check him out at Mitten Mouth Music!

And how could I forgot about our loveable dog Jeffers! He is doing great! Enjoying the boys being out of school so they can play with him. He just recently turned 2!

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