Finding Mariah

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“Want to Hear the Most Annoying Sound in the World?”

I title this entry after that movie, Dumb & Dumber when the character Jim Carey plays says that to his buddy. He then proceeds to make an unbelievably obnoxious noise that could literally curl your hair. This is similar to a grunting, screeching noise that Mariah makes often. However, it became even... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Catch 22 for the First Day of School

I was a bit nervous about Mariah going to her first day of preschool as any mother would be. But, I know it was a little different for M and I compared to normal kids’ parents because of her special needs. I realize she is going to a special ed preschool and that made it easier knowing they expect... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Will I Finally Meet My Little Girl in Texas?

The week following M’s graduation was packing and preparing for the 2 + day drive to Texas. Though we are on a tight budget, I thought it would be a good idea to splurge for a portable DVD player to keep the kids entertained on the road. It cost less than $100 and boy was it worth it. The first... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bringing Daddy Home...For Good This Time! Pic for Proof!

I left the kids with relatives for a few days so I could fly to Austin to see the Mr. graduate from the police academy. He is now a Texas State Police Officer (aka State Trooper) and endured 18 weeks of one of the toughest police academy’s in the entire country. I was quite nervous about Emmie and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Official Diagnosis Results & Bug-Bug Comes Close to Her Demise

I had a meeting with the team assigned to Mariah’s evaluation on Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting was to go over her evaluation results and discuss her specific needs when she enters her special ed pre-school. They didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know and had read from the report they... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Raccoons, The Ringing Couch & Sippy Cup-MIA

I figured I would share a pic of the star and co-star of “Finding Mariah” after explaining the title to this entry. You see, my kids are actually thieving raccoons disguised as little people. The other day, I realized I hadn’t seen my cell phone in a while. This can mean either I left it in another... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Don’t Need to Buy a Vowel. I Have Plenty in the Refrigerator

A common behavior among kids with Autism is lining up objects. It could be toys, cards, magnets, stuffed animals, etc. and sometimes even color coordinate them. Several times, I have walked into the room to find a line of things from one end of the room to the other. She also gets a little “OCD”... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Wicked Duck and the Evil Lion

Mariah has sensitivities to certain sounds. It’s basically a play-it-by-ear thing with her because some things I think she might hate, she loves and vise versa. About a week ago, I came across a tiny duck that makes a jingly sound when you shake it. She used to be fine with it when she was a baby... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hurry Up and Wait

I started researching Mariah’s symptoms to see what my next step would be. My biggest concern was that she displayed a great vocabulary but couldn’t (or wouldn’t?) use her words to talk “to” us. I was also concerned about her grunting and getting upset when asked certain questions. I no longer knew... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

“Why is That Thing Still in Our House?”

I gave birth to Devin, a 10 pound baby boy in February, 2010. He was in the proper “launching position” (head down) a few weeks before I went into labor, however, he decided to move sideways about 2 weeks before his birth. My doctor said it is very common for extremely large babies growing inside of... Sign in to see full entry.

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