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Eyelid Hemangioma – My last update (hopefully)

I have updated before but our last optometrist appointment yielded such amazing news that I felt compelled to update again and bring hope to those in a similar situation.

Little Miss E developed a (deep) Hemangioma on her eyelid when she was a couple of weeks old. At first it looked like a bruise but shortly after it started growing and her eyelid started looking droopy.

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Optometrists and pediatricians gave us little options treatment wise, so we decided to wait it out. At this point e weren’t sure whether her eyesight would be affected.

As she grew it stopped growing and in time it started shrinking. It was what we had been praying for.

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Her eyesight had been affected. There was no way of telling whether it would be restored once the hemangioma was gone, but as long as it was shrinking we were happy.

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A couple of weeks ago we went back to the optometrist for a (much less traumatizing) appointment and her eyesight has been almost fully restored and the Hemangioma is almost gone! It is amazing how resilient little bodies are. So here’s our ‘no treatment’ update πŸ™‚

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Tardis shirt DIY

When your child has uncommon likes it can be hard to find clothing to match. There are so many great Doctor Who tees out there, but finding them for children at a decent price is hard. Especially for a cheap-o like myself πŸ˜‰

So I worked on some for him instead. In this post I will show you how I made it step by step, in case you would like to try πŸ™‚

What you will need:

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Iron

Freezer paper

Shirt (I found these at Meijer on clearance, but you can use shirts you already have, I have done it before)

Fabric paint and brush

Crafting knife or x-acto knife

Step 1:

Trace your image on the rougher side of the freezer paper. I picked a Tardis.

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Step 2: Cut, cut, cut. Make sure you have a cutting board under the paper and keep all the pieces you will want to keep white (or whatever color your shirt is)

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Step 3: Iron it on the shirt, smooth side down. It will stick. Iron every piece you will want to keep the same color.

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Step 4: Paint. You may put a piece of paper inside the shirt to ensure no paint soaks through.

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Step 5: Let dry for a few hours. I usually leave it to dry overnight.

Step 6: CAREFULLY peel the freezer paper off

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Step 7: Make someone’s day πŸ™‚

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I have made several of these. You can paint anything, it is quick and easy.

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Good luck, I hope this helps πŸ™‚


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Bean plant observation – Hurray for science

We are growing not one, not 2 but 3 bean plants! It has been quite the excitement at our house, with Little J carefully measuring it every morning and reciting to me all he knows about plants every chance he gets.

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I looked all over for a printable observation journal but couldn’t find one like I had imagined, so I made my own (feel free to save and print if you are also thinking about growing a bean plant πŸ™‚ Just don’t laugh at my free hand bean).

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Check out that focus, making sure it looks exactly like it πŸ™‚ If I was to redo this I would add some space for measurement.

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Little Miss E has been keeping busy with gluing. she loves anything sticky πŸ™‚

Super easy to make fish activity for her. I cut fish out of construction paper, drew a sea environment on white paper and drew the fish the same color as the ones I had previously cut. She loved matching them.

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I also made a printable for Little J to label. He loved it but got done so fast that he decided to color it (he never ever colors). You are welcome to it also πŸ™‚

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In other news our Little Miss E is growing up too fast! She went from never having used the potty to potty trained in about a week.Β Such a big girl!
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Homeschooling – Doctor who style

As I have mentioned before, Little J’s current obsession is the Doctor. We talk about the Doctor all day and he enjoys re enacting scenes from the show. As a homeschooling mother to a child like him I do my best to engage him in any way I can, especially with subjects he doesn’t enjoy. So I thought to myself ‘What better way to do so than to use the one thing he can’t stop thinking about to help him with one of things he dislikes the most?’ IΒ  looked online but struggled to find anything so I worked on my own ideas. Sentence makers.

I wrote down characters, items and places from the show and had him cut them out and glue them in the right spot. Little J is not a fan of cutting, it is hard for him to cut straight lines and he can get frustrated, but he focused and cut them out as carefully as he could.

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He kept saying ‘This is the coolest work I have ever done’.

After he was done gluing I gave him another task. To make a sentence using some of the words he had preciously cut out. Making up sentences has been a struggle, but this time he was all over it and even used one word from each category.

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That is pride, right there πŸ™‚ He even colored my little Dalek!

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And why not some math problems too while we are at it?

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In the end Little J said this was his favorite ‘school’ day ever! Huge success!

Once again, thank you Doctor!


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You are perfect

You… my sweet boy…

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Today is your birthday my sweet boy. The big 6. What a journey it has been so far. We have been across the seas haven’t we?! Every time we made a home for ourselves and we were happy together… because that is the most important thing.

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As I sit here, typing this, I know we won’t be together forever… I know that one day you will fly out of the nest and find a family. I often pray for your future spouse… For patience and love and for strength. And I pray for you… I pray that you never lose yourself and that you always stay true to who you are and where you came from. I pray that you keep dreaming and work to make those dreams come true. I pray that you become independent but that you know you can always count on us, your family.
I pray that you know just how much we love you and that you forgive us for any wrong doing.

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I pray that you never lose your smile.

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I pray that you are gentle with yourself when you make mistakes. Remember that is part of being human.

I pray that you learn to accept and love your differences.

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And I pray that you are never lonely…

There is a reason you defied all odds, I am sure of that, and I look forward to see who you become!

But for now, I love the science nut, doctor who obsessed unique little boy that you are and I thank God every day for trusting me with such a character.

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You are Special… you are Perfect in my eyes… always.

Happy birthday little man

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Halloween, ASD and Doctor who

It is that time of the year again… the time many parents like me dread… Halloween! Little J has a hard time with Halloween… Dressing up isn’t something he enjoys and pretending doesn’t come naturally to him. That on top of his sensory issues makes for a sometimes rough night. Last year he hated the feel of the costume and the fact that it touched his wrists, so while he enjoyed that we were wearing ‘Star wars clothes’ as he called them, there was a lot of hyperventilating and grunting. This year as I asked him what he wanted to dress up as (fully expecting him to not want to dress up) he immediately said ‘The 11th doctor!! And Little Miss E could be the tardis’. As a Dr. Who fan myself I knew exactly what he meant ( and I was a little proud).

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So I started working on gathering the necessary items. A lot of them he already had. The shirt, the black skinny jeans, the shoes, those were easy. The suspenders and bowtie I purchased on ebay. And I was left with the quest of finding a coat. I looked everywhere I could find and nothing… There were no tweed jackets for children at all! So I bought an adult one (thrift stores have tons) for a couple of dollars, washed, dried and cut down to fit him. It is far from perfect but it will work and he is thrilled! Hopefully (thanks to the doctor) trick or treating will go wonderfully.DSC_0430

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Then I focused on Little Miss E. My first thought was a painted cardboard box, but I know she would be miserable, not able to move as her toddler self enjoys. So I went a different way with it. She loves hats and tutus so why not work with what she likes? So I did.

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Together they are The doctor and the Tardis πŸ™‚

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Be safe this Halloween!