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Happy Birthday, Taylor!

My sweet big girl is 7 years old today.

I have no idea where the last 7 years have gone.

She has grown up so quickly, in a blink of an eye.

The last year has been good, but not without our ups and downs.

She continues to amaze us.

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Love you, Taters.

Mean it.

Happy Birthday. =)

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Wordless Wednesday: Swinging Sisters

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It’s Been a While…

I know it’s been a while since I posted any updates on Taylor. Things have been hectic, especially since her and Aaron are on Christmas break.

We did end up cutting her hair about 3 1/2 weeks ago. She was such a big girl! She sat real still ( at least as still as a 3 year old will sit ). She didn’t fight or struggle either. That must be something she only does for me… :). I really like the new look on her.
Doug and I got her a Dora toddler bed with Dora bedding for Christmas. She’s never slept in any other bed than her crib, so we knew it was going to be a big change for her. We put it together Christmas Day. That night went well…but she had fallen asleep before we put her to bed so she didn’t notice. The next 2 nights were rough, because she did not want to stay in her bed ( a couple of times I found her sleeping on the floor when I got up) . We kept at it, though, and now when it’s bedtime Taylor crawls right in and doesn’t even cry!
Another funny thing about the bed switcheroo, For about the first week, when she got up in the morning, she would stay in her bed and wait for me to come get her, just as she did when she was in the crib. But for the last 2 days she’s gotten out of bed on her own.
She starts back to school on Monday (Jan. 8). She’s going to start a segment where she gets to swim a couple of times a week. I know this is something that she is going to love. During the summer we went to my sister’s house frequently to swim and she always had a ball. The only problem was we had a hard time getting her out of the pool. Hopefully the staff at her school will have good luck with her.
She’s doing well in her other subjects, too. I met with her teacher just before break and she’s excelling in everything. We are so proud of her. Also, the 1 year anniversary of Taylor beginning school is coming up on Jan. 12. I can’t believe it’s been a year already…how the time flies!

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A Change for Taylor

After some consideration, Doug and I have decided to cut Taylor’s hair. We have not done it yet, but it will probably be this weekend. It is getting very hard to get her to let us do anything with it, so it is always tangled and stringy looking. Also, now that we’ve got the winter-thing going on, her hair is always staticky (I know that’s not spelled correctly.).

It’s actually going to be hard for me, because I love her hair. I’m jealous of it, too… =). But if it eases the brushing process or the whole getting ready in the morning thing, then I guess it’ll be worth it. Plus cutting it will hopefull bring back her natural curl, which is so pretty.

I will post some pics when it’s been done.

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Taylor’s First Drawing

After talking with Taylor’s teacher today, I found out that Taylor has been working on coloring and scribbling. I had not seen her color, so tonight I gave her a piece of paper and some crayons and got this work of art! =) This is a great accomplishment for her! The last time I tried to get her to color (which wan not all that long ago) she threw the paper on the floor and tried to eat the crayon. We are so excited for her!

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Potty Training Update

This week was a great week for our potty training adventure! Taylor woke up on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings COMPLETELY DRY! To date her longest run without an accident is 20 hours (6pm Wednesday evening until about 2 pm yesterday).

We have been at it for almost a month now and she is doing great! She’s seems to do better every day. She is even responding to the question “Taylor, do you have to go potty?” by stopping what she’s doing and going down to the bathroom all by herself.

Emma’s even trying to get in on the action. Everytime we ask Taylor if she has to go potty, Emma high-tails it to the bathroom-sometimes getting there before Taylor! We hope that observing Taylor will ready Emma for potty training! That would be so awesome!

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Rough Morning

Up until now all my posts have been on the optimistic side, telling about all the good things that are happening with Taylor. But, unfortunately, we have our bad days, too. Today just happened to be one of those days (at least the first half of the day, we’ll see how things go when she gets home).

I got her up for the day at 7:15 and put her on the potty (she went!). After that it was time to get dressed. She fought me with everything she had. She screamed, kicked and threw herself backwards the entire time I was dressing her. One of the times she threw herself backwards she hit me in the nose with her head…it didn’t bleed…but it hurts like a son of a gun.

After that was breakfast. I made a cinnamon bagel for her and Emma to share, but Taylor did not want to share. Everytime I tried to give Emma a bite, Taylor would scream and try to grab at my hands (so I would give it to her and not Emma). She’s been doing this a lot lately. In fact, she was doing this at dinner last night, but it was a lot worse than what she was doing this morning.

Next was hair, my personal favorite. She has always hated it when I brush her hair or try to do any thing with it. So we had more screaming, kicking and fighting until her hair was done, but no bodily injury this time.

Then, when the bus came for school I took away a cord she was playing with so I could take her outside. (It was a small, maybe foot long cord that I use to plug my MP3 player into the computer). That was it for her. She was so mad. She kept throwing herself on the floor and wouldn’t stand up, even when I told her it was time to go to school (this usuallly works).

Granted, she is just three and a lot of this has to do with her age, but there are days that are so bad that I know that her behavior is directly related to her autism. For what it’s worth, she normally has a great additude, but mornings can be tough. We make it through, though. We have to.

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