Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eating Raw

   This afternoon I am going to make some of the biggest changes of our lives.I am going through all the cupboards and cabinets and throwing away everything with sugar and unbleached flour.We are all starting on a raw foods diet,and getting the girls off all dairy and processed foods.
   I am totally desperate to get the girls behavior issues under control,I don't think I can do much more the way things are going so I am becoming way more aggressive than I have been and I'm making changes NOW.
   After nap we are going to my sisters,her and her husband have been eating raw  for about 5 days now,and they have bought a few raw foods uncooked books and I am hoping to get a glance thru them and then I plan to go buy one for myself this afternoon while I'm out grocery shopping.
   I'm sure the girls are going to HATE the diet for the first little while,they are so picky and Lilly prefers to go hungry most of the time rather than eat so I'm also going to supplement their diet with a few natural cooked foods such as Oatmeal with apple sauce,rice milk,soy cheese and yogurt,cooked sweet potatoes,scrambled eggs etc.But there will be no sugar or processed foods.
   Honesty,Im excited!I cant wait to lose weight and get healthy and make a huge improvement in my girls lives!I also got a membership to the gym,and they have a daycare program that the girls can go to for 2 hours a day.So they can go play and do crafts while I work out, win win situation for both of us! Yay!
   Wish me luck my friends!This is what our table will be looking like soon!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Signs of Autism

Early signs of autism in babies and toddlers

  • Doesn’t make eye contact (e.g. look at you when being fed).
  • Doesn't smile when smiled at.
  • Doesn't respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice.
  • Doesn’t follow objects visually.
  • Doesn't point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate.
  • Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out.
  • Doesn’t make noises to get your attention.
  • Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling.
  • Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions.
  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up.
  • Doesn’t play with other people or share interest and enjoyment.
  • Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests
  • Signs and symptoms of social difficulties in autism

    Basic social interaction can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorders. Many kids on the autism spectrum seem to prefer to live in their own world, aloof and detached from others.
    • Appears disinterested or unaware of other people or what’s going on around them.
    • Doesn’t know how to connect with others, play, or make friends.
    • Prefers not to be touched, held, or cuddled.
    • Doesn’t play "pretend" games, engage in group games, imitate others, or use toys in creative ways.
    • Has trouble understanding or talking about feelings.
    • Doesn’t seem to hear when others talk to him or her.
    • Doesn't share interests or achievements with others (drawings, toys).

Sleeping Disorders SUCK!

   Lilly has pretty much never slept through the night,ha she has never slept more than little cat naps here and there all of her life.The first time she was put on medications for sleep was right around 13 or 14 months,at that time she was put on a round of 7 days of heavy sleeping meds to try to pattern her to sleep thru the night....didn't work,so for over 2 years I have been fighting to get her to sleep thru the night,or even long enough that I can get a few winks so I can face the new day with a fresh outlook.
   On Feb 2,I was flat out desperate no sleep and the screaming were finally taking their toll on me and I finally broke down and took her back to the doctor and asked him to put her on sleeping meds so I could rest without worrying what she was doing,or getting into(Daisy has been on sleeping meds for months)That night as I measured out her new meds I prayed for sleep and prayed to be able to just relax without worrying about her,first night she was up a couple times then went back to sleep.For the next 12 nights she slept ALL night!It was awesome!My weary body was enjoying every second of being able to finally sleep,but unfortunately the meds have worn off already and she isn't sleeping again :( Her doc put her on melatonin but that does nothing for her,so I have no clue what our next step is but I'm hoping and prating for answers soon,its really rough because Lilly falls asleep by 8 pm and then I wait for Daisy to go to sleep before I remove Lils from my bed and put her in her bed  and by this time its usually 1130 or later! and then Lils is up by 1am pretty much every morning!So I'm averaging about 1.5 hr sleep every night before she is awake again.I worry about her not sleeping allot,and what she can get into while I sleep.If anyone has any ideas please feel free to mention it,I'm desperate!See,she doesn't even look tired without sleep does she?Wrong in so many ways!!LOL I on the other hand...well,we wont go there! :p