Happy Birthday My Angel Bear!

So many people celebrate the New Years with champagne & a Times Square ball drop.  I celebrate something else entirely- my son's birthday!  Three years ago in the hospital as I watched the ball drop, I thought, "What an amazing way to start the new year!"

In our house, "New Year's" doesn't even really exist.  Just Kekito's birthday; and I think that's the way it should be. =)
Today was a great day, we got to start breakfast with special Mickey Mouse pancakes, skyping with Grammy and Papa, and blowing out some candles on brownies.  This Sunday we'll be having a big old party with pictures to follow!

To Kekito- My angel bear, I am so proud of you!  You have SUCH a sparkling personality!  You amaze me with your mind...  I am so proud of you and all the hard work you've put into therapy this year!  You've made amazing leaps and bounds; the sky isn't even your limit!

I am so happy to see you turning three today.  I keep imagining the next few years, and I'm so excited to see what happens next!!!

I love you! 

I used to be one of the "normies"

I'm about to type out some very honest thoughts that may offend some people if I don't word them correctly... and I probably won't.  That's never been my strong suit, so I apologize in advance.

I've been thinking a lot lately about "normies", as Dani (I'm just that way and that's just me) calls them.  I used to get so upset by how normies reacted to Kekito, honestly it's still hard sometimes and surely always will be.  I am beginning to realize that I totally was one, despite my own ADD related social struggles.  I used to feel uncomfortable with people with special needs.  I never disliked them, but I see now that I avoided social interaction, or kept it at a minimum.  When I was a picture framer (at age 19) there was a hearing impaired couple that came in a few times.  I was anxious when I'd see them walk up because I felt so bad not being able to communicate normally.  I felt bad for their situation.  I was afraid of doing anything offensive like talking to them, out of habit (they were unable to read lips).  I was mostly thinking of myself, of course.  It had never dawned on me how they felt about the way I acted.

I'm realizing more everyday how "normal" people with special needs are; how much they need normal daily interactions.  Just like everyone else.  There is a young man at my church with some developmental delay, maybe autism?  I've found myself going out of my way to talk to him, and smile genuinely at him.  Sadly, I would not have done that before... :(  Then there's the hearing impaired cashier at our convenience store, that situation makes me crazy these days.  There will be a long line, while hers is empty and she's just watching; waiting.  I try to go to her line if I see her.  She is truly SUCH a sweet person, but I feel like few others have the chance to notice.

I feel so badly for parts of who I've been in the past- letting fear of the unknown take over.  But I am realizing that I had always had good intentions basically.  So it is helping me to realize that the people who react some what unfavorably to K's quirks probably don't mean to, or even realize the way it comes across.

A silver lining- I can really appreciate my friends that love K and treat him like just another "normie".  I am blessed to have many, but I need to send a special shout out to Sarah, Casey, and Paul whom are in his daily life!  Thank you, words will never cover my gratitude for your attitude! ;)

The way I see life is so very different at this place and age, and I am grateful for that.  The view is beautiful from where I'm standing.

Pictures from Danny's first birthday!

This post is going to be dedicated to showing off the Pictures from Danny's first birthday party!  Enjoy!

Me and my goofball!
Don't touch the fire!!!!!

Mom, Dad, and our little baby!
  It was a blast!!!

Numbers Whiz

Today was our well check up for both the boys; all is well with Kekito and Danny, YAY!

We couldn't get a completely accurate read on K's height (because a Dr.s office is scary!), but he is finally gaining weight!  He's moved up to the 60th percentile there!  Danny is at the 75th percentile on both height and weight.

Developmentally, Danny is on track as well, so that makes me a happy mommy!

The crazy part of our day though....  Kekito stunned me yet again with his love of numbers!  The developmental questionnaire said to say "seven-three" once to your child to see if they would repeat it back.  I knew that wouldn't be a problem considering his Echolalia, but I did it anyway.  In the flash of time it took to look down and check "yes", Kekito followed up his "seven-three" with "eight-two, nine-one, ten-zero".  All in one breath... no real time spent in thinking it out. 

My jaw dropped, and eyes popped.  I told him, "Kekito, you amaze me." 

I can't believe he made up his own pattern!  I'd be shocked as it was if he'd have noticed the pattern from two sets of numbers, but making his own in a split second?!  Phew... awesome.  I swear his brain is a computer.  He may have problems processing anything more than emoticons some days ;)  but it seems like he processes consistently factual information like nobody's business!

Baby Danny, it looks like, will be the "jock" of the family!  He's already bouncing and throwing balls all over the place!  Today he even fought his Daddy for control of the football. =)

Happy Birthday Danny!

 My Danny Boy

My Baby Danny, It's been a very fast year!  You've gone from itty-bitty to big ol' cutie in no time!  Today I watched you playing with your brother and it hit me just how much you've grown!

Finding out we were being blessed with you was wonderful.  The morning sickness wasn't so great... but boy you are worth it! ;)  I hope I am giving you enough love and attention!  Always you are on my mind, and tugging at my heart strings!  I love the way you laugh maniacally! I love that you are a flirt, and how much you love your older brother.

Danny, 1 year old!

I hope that being where you are in the birth order, having to share time with K, doesn't make you feel "shafted" ever.  I hope that you will grow up seeing the benefits of your situation.  I hope that you will continue to grow up into a passionate, funny, empathetic man someday!
I can't believe that it was one year ago that I was just getting ready to meet you!
Baby Danny, It's been a fabulous year with you! ;)

Baby Danny is Walking!


Well, I'm a little late posting this video... and it's just a little sideways.  Oops...  I took it on his second day walking, with the best of intentions! ;)

He's getting really good at it now!!!!  I'll put up another video this week- I am writing a little love post for him for his birthday!

"A Room With a View"

What an awesome day!  Sergio has lately been really beginning to understand just how much I need a break from "mommy hood" to just be Jill and let off steam.

So he so thoughtfully decided to surprise me with another spa massage!  Although.... I found out that there was more to the surprise.  Two weeks ago when we watched "Date Night" he asked why I laughed so hard after Tina Fey said that she didn't fantasize about other men, but rather about being alone in a hotel for a whole day and night.  I explained that I had this fantasy several times a month... several times... the exact same one.  It was so funny to know I wasn't the only one "fantasizing"!  Sergio decided to surprise me with my own fantasy night in Waikiki! Just relaxing, relaxing, and relaxing.

Sadly for me, he didn't realize that even hotel masseurs need appointments.  I thought mine was booked by him... oops!  But boy, I still have had fun!

On a crazy but related side note....  I missed Kekito's first steps/walking on the one night I went to a hotel in San Francisco.  I had always thought, "How crazy is it that I never leave him ever, and the one time I do.... I miss it?!"  I knew this time, I would not miss Danny's because I had no one to watch them while I gallivanted about town.  So go figure; Sergio books my fantasy suite, and two days ago Danny started taking 3 steps here, 3 steps there.

This morning I told him, "Do not walk while I'm gone.  It's one day, so you can wait.  Okay? ...Okay!"  I kissed my sweet baby boy goodbye for one small day.  Less than a couple hours later, guess what text message I got:

"Danny is walking all over the living room".  So Sergio and I talk, and yes, he is walking for real.  Really Danny?  Really?!?!? ;)

So the only response I could come up with was:

"I can't believe they are so intimidated by me that they wait until I'm gone!"  Yes, I am going with that!  They want so badly to impress me, that they wait until they can perfect it before they show it off for me!  It's the only explanation that makes it somewhat OK for me... :)

Tomorrow when I get home, I'll snap up some video of my little wobbly walker to share with you all!

Cooking with kids

 I've been dying for Kekito to want to join me in the kitchen.  I have a lot of awesome memories of baking and cooking all sorts of things with my mom when I was about the same age.  We were her little helpers; she measured, we poured and stirred.  Until our little arms wore out at least.

I've been trying for months to encourage Kekito to help or even just watch.

Today was the day!!!  I was in the kitchen making "Pizza bread", and Kekito was endlessly curious!  I asked him to help pretend to stir the empty bowl and pat out some dough, and he gladly jumped in!

Man, it sure was a fun day with my little guy! I can't wait for more joint cooking adventures!