November 09, 2011

Brotherly Love

Dax and Kai SOMETIMES play well together. They are usually in their own separate worlds. But just sometimes, they are so adorable with each other... The first set of pictures I was in the other room, and kept hearing Dax say "You are such a big boy! You are such a big boy! Yes you are" I thought it was strange, so I went in, and Kai was on top of Dax. They were giggling and having a blast wrestling around. The second set of pictures we were on our bed watching tv, and I look over and Dax was sitting with his arm around Kai. When I ran to get the camera though, Dax was trying to perform and be silly  for the camera, and so I missed the sweet innocent brotherly love....dang it.


I haven't blogged in quite some time. I'm a little over whelmed of the amount of pictures and events that I need to post. So please be patient, and understand... :)
Halloween was great. Dax had a blast. Kai was just happy he got suckers, and now loves candy... Here is Caveman Kai and Super Dax.

August 06, 2011


What kid doesn't love bubbles? Including Cole...


Here are some pictures of Kai having his snacks. The first ones I love because it shows how mischevious he is getting! He is still so small and innocent to me, that I can't get mad at him. I love the pics in the high chair because it shows his cute smile. The dentist confirmed that the shorter tooth will be staying until it falls out due to grinding that Kai did before he got his 2nd front tooth. He is still our little monster face!


You're pretty lucky Dax has underwear on in these pictures. We battle everyday to put undies on. But when Dax is wearing them, he looks pretty cute, and is always doing "picture worthy" things!

Dax's Jeep

I picked up this power wheels from a yard sale quite some time ago for $10 bucks. Totally worth it! Cole replaced the battery with an ATV battery. Dax likes to pick up chicks in it, particularly the girl across the street. Last year when she had short hair Dax thought she was Dora, but they now are on a first name basis.  There is also a picture of my almost 15 yr. old nephew driving it.

May 26, 2011

Kai and his PDD.

This past year and a half of this adorable cute boy has been rough. He has struggled a lot, over came many obstacles, and is still a happy little monster. We love this boy to death, and are so thankful each and every day for the light and love he brings into our home. I'm up late tonight worrying about him, and some things we recently learned about him. Things that will help him to develop, grow, and be happy. But the news is hard to swallow. My eyes tear up typing this. I worry about what people think of him, or how they will treat him. I would never want anyone to think anything bad, or have Kai feel bad. I would do anything I can to keep him from that, one of my reasoning's for posting this. (And so I don't have to explain this over and over. I want people to understand this sweet boy.)
This week Kai was "diagnosed" with PDD. Pervasive Development Disorder. He saw a psychologist this week that watched Kai, interacted with him, and talked with me. He did not want to diagnose Kai with Autism because it is based on a spectrum. But he did say, that he would say Kai has mild autism. Kai is very young to be diagnosed with this, but its so helpful to know now, rather than later, to get a head start on this adventure. I would say that we are very lucky to have this knowledge now, rather than later, when it would be a bigger issue. 

The only reason I am blogging about this, is so everyone is aware. It is really hard as a parent to have a loving and happy child, and have people asking or telling you that something is wrong, or isn't right with your child. Who is to say what "normal" is. I want everyone to be aware of his situation, to know Kai is OK. He is happy, smart, and loving. To me, that is "normal". All kids, talk, walk, sit up, etc. on their own time. Kids should not be a race, or a competition. 

We are very lucky to have found a label, as much as I hate giving children or people labels. It will help us educate ourselves and Kai, so that he can hopefully out grow this. The psychologist believes he has a high chance of over coming this, and being very close, if not completely normal. It's just going to take work.

A little bit about PDD. Not PDDNOS, Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified.

Children with PDDs, such as autism, can display a wide range of symptoms which can range in severity from mild to disabling. They also vary widely in their individual abilities, intelligence, and behavior.
These are some symptoms and behaviors that Kai has.
  • Difficulty with verbal communication, including problems using and understanding language.
  • Difficulty with non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions.
  • Difficulty with social interaction, including relating to people and to his or her surroundings.
  • Unusual ways of playing with toys and other objects.
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes in routine or familiar surroundings.
  • Repetitive body movements or patterns of behavior, such as hand flapping, spinning, and head banging.
  • Changing response to sound. (The child may be very sensitive to some noises and seem to not hear others.)

We feel so blessed looking back at the pregnancy, at 20-something weeks the high risk Dr. told me there is a high risk that he might not make it, shortly after I was on hospital bed rest, thinking Kai would come at any time, he fought until coming early at 34 weeks. Two rounds of RSV, and being hospitalized, and now 18 months with Dax as his brother :) He is a fighter, and he will fight through this. I have to remember this: Kai has no idea he has PDD. He knows that he is loved, and is happy. He has no reason to cry, feel bad, or embarrassed. As a mom, sometimes I worry too much about my feelings and worries, instead of him.  I need to start thinking like Kai. I'm Loved, Kai is loved, our family is loved, we need to be happy. We are SO blessed. I don't know what I would do with out Kai, his smile, personality, and the joy that comes from 
him. I hope that friends and family will also see Kai, as Kai, and not as a label, like we do.

I used spell check, but hey it's 3:00AM!! So forgive me... there may be mistakes... 

Dad's new Ride and his little Mechanic

Dax is a you know, and can see. He always keeps us laughing. He is obsessed with Dad's scooter. Cole is obsessed with his scooter. I think it's nerdy, they think it's cool. But it sure is cute watching these two together.