Hello, I'd like to introduce myself...

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Registered: 12-29-2007
Hello, I'd like to introduce myself...
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Sat, 12-29-2007 - 8:30pm

Hello everyone, my name is Jennifer and I am a SAHM to a a very sweet 4 1/2

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 02-11-2008 - 6:19pm

I have a Xander too! He's my ASD child. He tends to be right down the middle between Autism and Aspergers on his yearly evals.

Nice to meet you!

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 8:11pm

Jennifer, welcome!!!

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Fri, 01-18-2008 - 2:44pm

WOW Jennifer I love your intro!!! You sounds so empowering , i definitly need that !!!
My daughter who will be 3 in march, we are on the verge of getting a pdd-nos diagnoses but as u said i see ive been having to step on a few toes to get to this point.!!
Look forward to chatting with you.

Amy.H

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Fri, 01-18-2008 - 1:14pm

Jennifer,


Welcome to the group.

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Mon, 12-31-2007 - 1:34pm

Heehee... WHOOPS! I can add (sometimes). Sorry about that... still, four is more than two (um, yeah) and I STILL have to hand it to anyone who is surviving motherhood, let alone x2 or x3 or more. I struggle every day with it, and I admire those of you who take this great gift (and headache & backache) that is motherhood and run with it with a baby on each hip and and one or

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Mon, 12-31-2007 - 12:45pm

Hi Jennifer,

This is kinda' funny, but I just had to recount (seriously) and no, I'm only having my FOURTH. I think we're done. Really pretty darn sure. Four is a nice even number, and two boys and two girls. Plus, I do worry about the ASD thing (esp. since this is a boy). He is already signed up for the Sibling Study at Yale (about 45 mins. from me) so he will be going there for observation starting his first week of life and continuing through age 3! At least if there are areas of concern I will have impartial opinions...

My shopping isn't that enlightened... I am always looking for sensory toys or puzzles (which he seems to be OK at) or other games that he can play.

Cathy

P.S. I have a pin up in my laundry room (DH doesn't think this is funny) that says "Who are all these kids and why are they calling me Mom?") LOL

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Mon, 12-31-2007 - 8:52am

Cathy,


Thanks for your reply! What sort of materials and such have you found useful for your DS?


My DD is such an eye opener to me. She walked much earlier, points, and claps, says some words, listens/ complies

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Mon, 12-31-2007 - 7:50am

Hi Jennifer,

I enjoyed your intro. DS sounds a lot like mine (who is now 6.5). I thought the flapping and stuff was typical, b/c it was typical in our house!

My DH is a rock, too. And my big thing is to buy materials and supplies for DS, which is easier than actually being useful I guess (and feeds my shopping frenzy!)

Glad that your DD is doing well. It is a blessing and she will be good for Xander. I have two typical DDs myself (9 and 3) and am expecting another boy in 5 weeks.

Cathy

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Sun, 12-30-2007 - 8:53pm

(((Jennifer))) it's so hard when they're sick!

Owen and Martha had a stomach bug the weekend before Christmas-- they took turns for 2 nights and the day inbetween puking---- blech! Dh doesn't do puke so it was all mine-- gee thanks. Then Weston got it the next day. He is old enough to at least make it to the bathroom every time, and was just pretty miserable but I didn't have to hold him the whole time, thank goodness. I remember the days when they were all little and we had weeks of sick-- seemed like an eternity and I thought I'd pull my hair out or go off the deep end, but I still have a full head of hair and haven't lost my mind yet. I still have down days, but it does get easier when they're older. You change the little problems for other problems.

Baby fever was my downfall, ever single time, when the baby hit about 14 months... I'd miss holding a newborn so badly, LOL, that's why I have 5 and they're all about 2-3 yrs apart. And, I didn't have a confirmed Dx for my guy until he was already in school, so I didn't know what I was dealing with.

Keep your chin up, it'll get better and you're doing all the best for your little guy!

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Sun, 12-30-2007 - 7:53pm

Thank you Betsy for your kind words. I am in awe of you and your FIVE lovely children!


How do you do it? What do you do when they get sick?


Xander is just getting over pneumonia & possible strep throat... now the baby is real sick and I feel like running away. I cannot imagine adding more to the mix (can't they just keep their germs to themselves? Ha!) even though I already have baby fever again.


I am downstairs typing as an escape- Xan was having a meltdown because I told him he had 2 more minutes until it was bedtime, and he had the idea we were going to be having a party. Um, no....


So, anyway- thanks for the nice welcome, and I hope to hear from you again sometime.


Jennifer

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