Ryan Gosling on Stress

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up again with Sunday over at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood.  Here’s my fourth Special Needs Ryan Gosling meme:


There’s nothing like a good foot rub!  And if I weren’t pregnant there would definitely be something harder than tea in that cup 😉

Don’t forget to check out all of the other memes this week!


A Brand New Adventure

Trevor has an announcement…

I’m pregnant!  Trevor’s going to be a big brother around November 14th 🙂

It’s amazing that something so small already has a heartbeat.  It is so cool to see that little flicker from the heartbeat on the ultrasound monitor.

I had my first OB appt. yesterday and it was completely different than it was with Trevor.  It’s crazy how far-reaching that little chromosome duplication is.  How not only those duplicated genes affect Trevor’s life and abilities, but how they now affect his sibling’s lives.  Instead of a quick appointment, we had to discuss the different prenatal testing options for this baby.  Having one child with a chromosome disorder may put me at higher risk for having another, so this pregnancy will be monitored more closely than Trevor’s.  We haven’t decided on how much (if any) extra testing we’re going to do.

We also discussed the difficult labor I had with Trevor, which I know exacerbated his issues.  He has right-sided weakness and we may be looking at a hemiplegic CP diagnosis here shortly.  I have a different doctor this time around, and she seems to truly care about making this pregnancy and delivery as stress-free as possible.  Hopefully knowing what we know now will lead to an easier delivery this time around.

Springtime Sensory Bin

It’s a new season, so I decided it was time to create a new sensory bin for Trevor.  He loves playing with his rice and bean sensory bins, but I like to create a special themed sensory bin for him every once in awhile to mix it up.  He had a great time playing with this bin today!

What’s in Our Springtime Sensory Bin:

  • Bird Seed
  • Fake Flowers
  • Pots
  • Flower Bulbs
  • Plastic Bugs
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Watering Can
  • Butterfly Blowers
  • Fake Moss-Covered Rocks
  • Shovel and Rake

I bought the bird seed at Wal-Mart, and everything else I found at the Dollar Tree, so this a fairly inexpensive way to have fun, to learn, and to explore with your senses.

“Watering” his flowers:

Looking at the bugs through the magnifying glass:

Super cool magnifying glass:

Trying to figure out the butterfly party blower:

He doesn’t have the oral-motor strength to blow it himself, so I helped him out.  He thought that was funny:

Burying bugs:


More Inchstones!

Having a child with global delays can be tough.  It sucks that he literally has to be taught everything – how to walk, how to talk, even how to play.  You would think watching him struggle with walking, talking, self-help, etc. would make me immune to feeling hurt that he can’t do the littler things.  But for some reason the fact that he couldn’t play was really eating at me.  I mean, having to teach a child how to play?  It seems like if there’s one thing all kids can do, regardless of ability, it’s play.

Well, after a lot of hard work and therapy (yes, they have therapy to teach kids how to play), Trevor has had a breakthrough.  He instigated pretend play all on his own!  He pushed his shopping cart across the kitchen floor and even said “shopping”!  I was so proud I had to take a picture:


The second inchstone I’d like to share happened today at the doctor’s office.  Trevor stood on the big kid scale all by himself!  It’s so nice that he can be weighed in an age-appropriate way now.  And he didn’t even cry when they weighed and measured him.  That is also a huge inchstone all in itself 🙂

As hard as it was to fill out the developmental checklist at the doctor’s office today, and see in black and white all of the things he can’t do yet, I’m thrilled to report his progress.  He may be behind, but he is moving forward on his own timeline.  I am so proud of all he has accomplished.

Undersea Lightbox Adventure

Trevor loves his light box.  But for some reason we hadn’t played with it in a couple weeks.  I’m not quite sure how that happened, but reading about how much fun Owen and Melaina had with their homemade light box inspired me to create a new light box adventure for Trevor.

What You Need:

  • 2 gallon sized Ziploc baggies
  • water
  • blue food coloring
  • baby oil

How To Make It:

  1. Fill a Ziploc bag about 1/3 full of water.
  2. Add in a few drops blue food coloring and mix.
  3. Squirt in some baby oil (this is optional, but it creates some neat looking bubbles)
  4. Let out the air and seal the bag.
  5. Put the sealed bag inside a second Ziploc, to prevent accidental leaks.
  6. Place on top of your light box and enjoy your own Undersea Light Box Adventure!

Having his fish “swim” in the “ocean” (I found these transparent animals at the Dollar Tree in their glow-in-the-dark section):

The Sea of Trevor:

Cheese Face 🙂

The next day he also wanted to play with the colored gel bag we made previously.  This worked out great.  I had him sort his animals by putting the water creatures in the blue “sea” and the land animals in the yellow “sand”:

Trevor’s Animal Habitat:

Playing and Sorting:

Pretend Pancake Play

One of the things we’re working on with Trevor is developing pretend play skills.  I decided to try out a new play-doh recipe and work on his play skills all at once, because he loves working with dough.   For this project we made Oatmeal Play-Doh.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup oatmeal

How To Make It:

  1. Dump all of your ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix together.
  3. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. Enjoy!

Helping Mama dump the ingredients into the bowl:

Giving the dough a taste test:

Squishing the Oatmeal Play-Doh:

Because Trevor is a pretty literal guy, I even used a real frying pan for this.  It made it a lot more fun for him!  And it helped him get the idea of what we were doing.  After we mixed up the dough I separated it into four equal pieces and made four pancakes for him to play with in the pan.

I also gave him one of my spatulas to use:

Having fun!

Then I got out his beloved Mr. Bubble Foam Soap and told him it was pretend whipped cream.  This was a little bit of a mistake on my part.  He had fun with the foam of course, but since he doesn’t quite get the concept of “pretend” yet I had to keep telling him not to put it in his mouth.  Oh well, lesson learned.  Next time we’ll use only edible ingredients when we’re pretend cooking.


I also got out some rainbow sprinkles for him to shake on the pancakes:

You know it was a good time when you even have goop in your hair!

Cardboard Box Body Painting

Any time we have a good-sized cardboard box left over I try to do a fun project with it before it gets thrown out.  Recently we did some cardboard box body painting.  Because box + paint + toddler = a messy good time!

We did this in our master bathroom so that I could transfer Trevor to a bathtub as soon as he was done.  He had a great time exploring the paint with his toes and his fingers!

He kept wanting me to add more paint, but that made for a slippery surface.  Being the already unstable walker that he is I had to add something that would absorb some of the liquid.  I shook some corn meal into the box on top of the paint.  You could also use flour or cornstarch, but I thought the corn meal’s gritty texture would add a new layer to the sensory experience.

This is such a fun activity!  It also promotes tactile discrimination and works on improving body awareness and balance.

Spread the Word to End the Word

Contrary to the old nursery rhyme “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, words do hurt.  Emotional wounds can ache just as deeply as physical wounds.

Using the word retard(ed) to say that something is dumb, stupid, lame, etc. is hate speech, plain and simple.  It is demeaning to people with intellectual disabilities.  Today is “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day.  Today you are being asked to eliminate the word retard from your vocabulary.  Please go to r-word.org and pledge to stop using this hurtful word.



It’s about respect.