#NolanAlex

MOST RECENT

Oh @littlebitessnacks thank you. #NolanAlex doesn’t use much language but one word he is consistently uses is “muffin” Now, most mini muffins are ok, but these are what he means when he says muffin. When he found this wall, he said “*gasp!* muffins!” So being the crazy #autismmom I am, I made him a muffin throne. I’d do it again for these smiles! Oh the bizarre things we do to get smiles! At ABA yesterday, he said muffin and his therapist wanted so badly to follow through reinforcing he words, only to find out he ate his muffins an hour before. Today, mommy sent 2 packs of muffins.
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I got to the root of some of my back to school anxiety being if I wasn’t teaching I wanted to teach at home and the millions of teaching tools I have here were not cutting in the I give my kids educational toys and they take them and use them kind of way. I realized I needed to adjust my teaching and keep trying and I would feel more fulfilled as well as be helping Nolan at home—which would give me a purpose again. #NolanAlex and I have been working and working on the letters in his name. I don’t want him to know his letters exactly but working on recognizing his name in print and then letters build his name. Eventually working up to letter recognition. It is also a #speechandlanguage activity getting him to copy and annunciate. His progress is showing! During this activity, I heard him say the letter but knew he could say it more clearly and the repetition helped him practice so we did it@more than once. Jumping for joy for both of us!
Cards from: @kindergartentoolkit .
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These two are making my silver sparkles more and more prevalent every day. Scare 1) I walked in on #NolanAlex standing on the barstool in our bathroom turning the lights and fan on and off and laughing at himself in the mirror. I’ve found the fan & lights on before but now I know how it’s happening!! 😳 This kid is like a cat—great balance and no fear—but with #autism there is no perceived danger so he doesn’t know how dangerous this stuff is. Scare 2) We put #StellaRose on her little couch in our room last night when she kept throwing up so when she woke up crying we could dive in and get the bucket. Worked great. Today at nap she kept insisting she sleep on princess couch. I gave in and told her if she got up she’d need to go to her crib. She said “ooooookaaaaaay.” She went right to sleep. I just checked the monitor and couldn’t find her and assumed she woke up. Went in her room and she wasn’t walking around. Turns out she was just under the bed. 🙄
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#StellaRose: Noley play with me.
Me: then go tell him. Take his hand nice and say “play with me”
S: ok mommy. **takes off running to the sandbox. Nolan! Nolan! Play with me! **grabs him by the pinky finger and drags him across the yard.
Ps he didn’t want to play on the trampoline and yelled no, peeled her fingers off and ran back to the sandbox... repeat 3x and he gave in and jumped on the trampoline .
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#newpost link in bio! We have had quite the rocky road, but we are becoming experts at overcoming! It is our 7 year anniversary. From high school freshman at our first dance, engaged, moving to Illinois, getting married, @agloudemans graduating with his PharmD, having #NolanAlex, having #StellaRose, and then Nolan’s Autism diagnosis. Here we are a loving autism family of 4. Memory lane is fun, but I’m more excited for the {bumpy} road ahead. With you and our love we can make it through all that is hard, scary, and new. .
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#anniversary #loveandmarriage #ourstory #memorylane #autism #autismmom #autismdad #autismfamily #autismsibling #autismofinstagram #autismblogger #momsofinstagram #momblogger Sent via @planoly #planoly

A year ago if we walked towards the shed #NolanAlex would start crying and run for the house-he was that afraid of the lawnmower. Today, we opened the shed, took the mower out, walked him towards it, and put him in the trailer. We stopped after each step to see how he’d react and every time he was ok, we kept going. Finally, we put headphones on (he kept taking off) and I held them on while daddy started the mower. I was close in case he started to panic and he never did! I took my hands off and away they went. Huge deal!!! .
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Last post of the night {sorry so many, it’s been a big day}Every time #NolanAlex went to get off the trampoline, #StellaRose would grab him by the waist and say “no no no!” while backpedaling trying to keep him on with her. I taught her to say “play with me!” instead. She said “play with me!” and Nolan smiled a big smile and stayed and jumped on the trampoline with her. 😍
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Went to a Alzheimer’s benefit brat fry with live music tonight. Dementia is so hard on all those involved-finding a cure would be so nice! The kids ate like champs and we’re so well behaved. A friend was watching them while I got food and said, “ #NolanAlex is really getting attentive! He seems more alert and he got out of the stroller when you were gone and I said come back and he did right away. He never used to even look at me” Hard work on his, ABA, school and our part is paying off! .
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I have never in my life seen these two play together for so long—for #NolanAlex play this long in general!! Great hot summer day sensory activity for the win!! Who knew putting a sprinkler under the trampoline could provide so much joy to two totally different kids! Also loving #StellaRose’s new water bow from @gooseandmills! Keeps its shape and hair out of her eyes!!
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#NolanAlex is basically non-verbal. He had a lot of language but has regressed into basic silence. Even getting him to copy has been a recent challenge. Today, after a lot of practice and praise, he copied “happy Father’s Day, love you” to the best of his ability. #StellaRose, on the other hand says the whole phrase with no help needed. Her language is ahead for her age and we attribute that to her hearing the many speech activities and language rich home we have to support Nolan. Raising two children so different but so amazing and making accomplishments at their own time definitely has its challenges but also it’s own kind of joy. Caparisons are the thief of joy, but when the two kids are so close (siblings, less than two years apart) it is very hard not to. It is essential we do though or sadness takes over our home. These are very hard emotions for a parent, believe me we have our good days and bad days. Today, on Father’s Day, we are proud of these two, their own progress, that we have such an awesome daddy to love and that daddy (@agloudemans) has such amazing kids to love. .
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#newpost on the blog! Brushing teeth is tricky in our house—harder than the typical toddler running and screaming—and in many autism families this is a common story. It’s an overwhelming sensory experience and it’s a “necessary evil” .
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One of #NolanAlex’s IEP goals is to play with a toy independently for {an increasing amount of time} Right now, 30 seconds is a goal. This video is 32 seconds long and this was round 2. AND he took the toy from me and initiated it!!!!!! So proud of this kid. .
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#newpost, link in bio! Haircuts and #autism can be tricky! Each kid’s ability to tolerate them varies. We’ve made a lot of progress in this area and it’s less torture every time! .
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#newpost, link in bio. Last day of school for #NolanAlex had come and gone and now we’re off to our #summerplans. Unfortunately, it’s not quite a vacation, but it hopefully get him off to a good start for next year. Details in latest post!
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We all stood up in each others weddings. We stood in rows and smiled. Then we started having kids and we clumped them and acted silly while taking photos. We went from 10 adults (if 20 something’s are adults) to 10 adults with 10 kids 5 and under. We achieved the unicorn picture tonight. 20 eyes on the camera and ALMOST all smiles!! Even #NolanAlex smiled when we said cheese...maybe because he knows it will be done faster and maybe because it’s just routine now. Regardless, happy mom dance (x5 moms) right now!!
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#newpost up {link in bio}. IEP, 4k readiness. We are pretty sure #NolanAlex was listening during his IEP because the following session and then the Sunday with mommy were his BEST.DAYS.EVER. It’s all hills and valleys with #autism, but boy are we high on a hill right now!!! Yay!!! Check out my stories from yesterday (and I’ll be moving over to milestones highlights, too)🙌🏻🙌🏻
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How blessed are we that this gorgeous day fell on a Tuesday when we are all home. Highs of only 40s this weekend, but we’ll soak up the 80* today. It won’t be long before they are in school and these Tuesdays will be filled with fond memories instead of activities.
Pool: Amazon
Stella suit: @lillybowpeep
Nolan suit: once upon a child-Children’s Place
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Nolan was having trouble falling asleep. Pudge (aka chow hound) left me cooking pork chops and ended up here...Extra weight put Noley right out. #nolanalex #adogspurpose

Autism Society of the Fox Valley hosted a members daynat Tundra lodge. It was great to get to try it out and see how #NolanAlex And our family would handle it with understanding people around. We had fun staying mostly to the kiddie pool, but trying the climber out a little, the big pool, and warming up with toes in the whirl pool. Nolan did well in the water though a lot of running out only to run back in. He did find a quiet place by the door occasionally too. Nolan was at his calmest with his toes in the whirlpool. Great event! —-If you’re keeping track, we did mom prom, walk 4 autism 5k, bazaar after dark, grandpa’s birthday brunch, Tundra lodge, and wrapped up the weekend with our usual Sunday dinner, but our family handled it like champs! I am blown away by the way these kids handle change, each other, and allow us to do so many great things. .
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