Friday, October 12, 2012

Turkey Time


 Well turkey time came and went and we sure have alot to be thankful for. One of them being that Jason's sister and family have moved to town. It was actually their second night in their new home so I think they were a tad thankful for a meal outside of their new home in which they are working to organize.
Its such a nice time to have family move closure when the kidlets are still all little and can really enjoy the benefits of having an Aunt, Uncle and of course cousins to grow up and know well. I forsee a great deal of good wholesome family times. Love it! 
My brother George also made it out from Edmonton so it made for a nice cozy table full.
 Francis of course enjoyed all the cuddles that were being handed out.
 But enough was enough for this little lady and she decided it was time to crash.
 Dad gave her a prop after she fell asleep!
Another thing we are so thankful for is PRESCHOOL! You know I was fairly sure it wasn't going to work but I knew that I was going to do my darndest to try and make a go of it.  I just figured since his sleep schedule was in the morning, he sat up in his chair for only an hour max at a time, and my concept of what preschool was going to be like made me all think it wasn't going to work. WOW was I ever wrong. After day two I think it was, I was basically twiddling my thumbs...actually more like sitting on my hands to stay out of the road and well stop being the hands on mama. Heather, Alistair's fabulous support worker I might add, came over to me and gave me a gentle nudge saying it was ok if I wanted to leave. Well it didn't take me long to get out the door. I couldn't believe it. Still can't really. I guess I saw them dealing with a screaming child for 2 1/2 hours which wouldn't be good for anyone let alone his fellow preschoolers. I also remember the very first day seeing another little higher needs girl getting carried. I was for some reason shocked that the support workers would actually carry our kidlets about or do much lifting. So ya this mama has been in her own bubble and thankfully was proven way wrong. Actually, I think they all can teach me a thing or two ie the support workers and teachers as they obviously have had a fair amount of exposure to little peps like Alistair. Anyways its so good for this mamas brain. I get a good two hours three times a week where Francis and I can zip about and get stuff done which in turn makes this brain of mine much happier. I just don't have the weight of "stuff to do". But its not only about me LOL. As soon as I get Alistair into the CDC he starts to smile and calm. He gets in the room with the other kids and seems to be taking in his environment. He's generally happy when I pick him up and well he just has presented himself different even within our own home. I can't really put my finger on it but I think its contentment. He's finally getting stimulation that is different, fresh and new from his mundane routine that any family can get into. Not that I'm putting down our home environment but its just so nice for Alistair to get this new stimulation.....AND it warms both Jason and my heart to know he's getting lots of socialization. Just the fact that other kidlets will come and play with the toys he has in hand or solely the fact that they are around him obviously impacts him in a fabulous way.
 
I'm just so thankful to all of Alistairs "team" as without them it would be a heck of a lot more challenging for US.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Alistair and Family
    My name is Jenna and I came across your site. Your kids are precious miracles, special gifts, handsome prince and beautiful princessess They are cute earthly angels. Alistair is a smilen champ, inspirational hero, courageous fighter, and a brave warrior. I am so happy you had a great thanks giving. I did too! Like your family, our family has a lot to be thankful for too. One of them is that i am still here fighting with a smile on my face, just like your lil Alistair. I am from BC. Canada, and we have family and friends in Calgary and Edmonton. I hope everything goes well for Alistair in pre-school this year, that he enjoys it, and makes new friends. I am sure that the kids in his class will like him though cause he is full of joy, smiles, spunk and life!
    I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, 14 medical conditions.
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  2. Alistair does have a wonderful team working with him. He also has an amazing Team leader (Mom) who is filling his life with as much she can. I am thankful that I am related to such an inspirational person! Thank you for the blog.

    Valerie

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  3. Great blog again Julie auntie rosi

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  4. How wonderful that school is helping Alistair get a fresh look at the world around him! I enjoy your updates and peek into your beautiful family - although we don't know each other it is obvious what a great Mom you are to your boy. If you haven't already, consider looking into a therapeutic horseback riding program for Alistair. My mother ran one for 25 years and it was amazing to see how helpful it was to people of all ages and needs. Congratulations on your newest arrival - Francis is a STUNNER - such a beautiful girl!!!

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