Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cheerful Achievements!


My Nick is the sweetest, gentlest young man that you ever could meet. He may not strike up a conversation with you or even seek to engage, however, take the time to really get to know him and you may be surprised at his capabilities!

This week I celebrate three small achievements that made me smile. Three little moments that gave me reasons to be cheerful.

The following made my heart melt and I felt the need to share with the world, aka facebook!  "Nick came over and took my hand. Not sure what he wanted, so decided to walk with him. He led me to his Dad and then pulled me in for a family hug!"



We went away to our favorite spot for the weekend. There were lots of walks to be had; along with way too much down time! I had bought Nick a new Monsters Inc jigsaw puzzle and it sat there on the counter for a day and a half...... just waiting for some attention. On the Sunday, Nick was having a lovely time stimming on our very ancient laptop; when all of a sudden he surprised me by leaving the laptop and picking up the puzzle. He came over to me and gestured for me to help him. Silently I thought to myself that this was a great opportunity for the husband to get involved, therefore suggested to Nick that he ask his Dad. They had a lovely time together and I am thrilled that Nick chose to be with his Dad and not the laptop!




If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I started addressing Nick's food issues last year. We have been going slowly, taking into account the *edge plus one* concept. However, I have also been doing a bit of limit setting.... as in; he must try at least ONE piece before he eats his regular faves. It is working and Nick is now open to trying new foods without any fuss. In fact, if he sees something to his liking on our plates, he will help himself (very huge!). His diet is still quite limited BUT it has improved. This gives us all encouragement to keep moving forward.

In the grand scheme of life, these little achievements may be small for some. For us, they are huge!


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Ethans Escapades



Ojos World



24 comments:

  1. Oh what three lovely achievements, well done Nick!

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  2. what lovely achievements, my daughter randomly comes in for family hugs, it drives her stimming crazy when she does it! #SSAmazingAchievements

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    1. Hi Amanda, lovely that she comes in for family hugs. Sorry not sure what you mean ~ does she stim more after hugs?

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  3. Lovely photo of Nick and his Dad: it's so important to see our children interacting with others and not just us xx

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  4. I tend to send little one to his dad's side, for some things I would normally do, it's lovely to see that bonding. Well done with his food, I'm not ready to try yet, I will though! One day! Xx

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    1. It is wonderful to see the bonding, Jo. Good luck with the food story, when you decide to try. x

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  5. Glad you are seeing some improvement with the diet. It's great when dad gets more involved isn't it?

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    1. Slow improvement, Erica.... but SO much better than a year ago. Always awesome when the Dad's get involved.

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  6. Awww so many lovely moments! Thanks for sharing. I honestly need some good stories like this =) #SSAmazingAchievements

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, pixiedust. Hope all is okay.

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  7. These are HUGE! You are doing such a great job!

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  8. These are great achievements. I need to check out your strategies on the fussy eating front as that is an issue with my teenager.
    Jigsaws - have stood the test of time and great to have son and Dad time
    Have a lovely week ahead

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    1. Hi kateonthinice, kids and food... always tricky! Good luck. Thank you for your lovely comment. x

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  9. Three very big achievements. I love that he wanted you all to have a cuddle. The fact that you can also do a puzzle together gives me hope, Ethan doesn't want to do anything with me. I'm hoping it's an age thing. I'm so glad the food issue is getting better slowly, I hate food battles!

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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    1. Hi Jane. I take advantage of all those family hugs! :) Age does play a big part in the progression of our kids. We had many years where Nick did not want to engage with me. Thank YOU for creating such a lovely linky. x

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  10. Those are such fab, mega achievements, wonderful!
    #SSAmazingAchievements
    Jeannette @autismmumma

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