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Monday, October 26, 2009

No More Snuggles

Griffin is really growing up and one of the biggest indicators is that he no longer wants to snuggle. It is bittersweet indeed, I am glad that he is becoming so independent but at the same time he is just doing it so fast and it kinda brings tears to my eyes.

We increased the Abilify to 10 mg. and it seems to be helping a lot=fewer meltdowns. Today I sent him to school without the Focalin XR so we shall see how that works, it would be great if I could take him off of it.

On the weekends he is on the computer most of the time searching for videos of funny commercials such as Geico, M&Ms, Aflac, and his favorite shows like Sesame Street, Teletubbies, and Wishbone. I am always in the same room with him just in case he stumbles across one accidentally that is a homemade video which may have a bad word in it. He is quick to change it as soon as he hears it or I let him know that it is not okay. He sure does get a lot of joy out of watching them and dancing around when he hears songs. The only thing that is not really so great is that he now has ecolalia and can recite them verbatim...over and over again. Oh well, it could be worse.

School is going great and I am working on a research paper about Alexander the Great, the man he was and the relationships that he had. Mostly information about him that most people never hear or read about. I am loving it and think that it is wonderful to have the opportunity to research something that is so intriguing.

The weather is so perfect this time of year, my favorite season...especially here in the mountains. It is my first fall in many many years back here in my homeland and I am loving every moment. Griffin thinks that it is pretty neat too. Haven't even turned on the heat yet but soon.

1 comment:

Melissa H said...

You asked how Conor was doing with meds. It's always a guessing game, of course. But, he is on 15 mg of Abilify and 10 mg of Lexapro. He definitely needs both. The Abilify seems to help with the anxiety and aggression and the Lexapro helps him do things beyond his obsessions!

I laughed when I read what Griffin likes to do on the weekend. We spend our weekends in the same way, except Conor looks for videos of PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and things like that. We are also always on the lookout for the homemade ones with bad words. I'd love to meet some of these people who have nothing better to do with their time than make videos like that with curse words. I have a few things on my to-do list that they can spend their time more wisely on. :-)