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Whoops.

Okay. It's been a while. I admit it. Despite the fact that our days have been full, my brain has been blocked. It happens. Nothing like a good 'ol {stream of consciousness} post to get things flowing.

Legos are serious. 
As I mentioned, our days have been full. It's been a whirl of birthday parties, trips to water parks, play dates with cousins, Lego social skills groups, swimming, and trips to Atlantic City to visit the aquarium and then vomit all over the Rainforest Cafe (poor PJ!). All of these outings have been filled with all of the friends and family who love my Boy and who we love back, and it's been on my mind lately how damn lucky we are to have that. It makes everything more fun when you get to share the experience, which is something we have been trying to make PJ realize through RDI therapy. If there were no friends to go on water slides with, no buddies to try ice skating with, or no cousins to celebrate birthday for, it would be very rough going as we try to let PJ know what an amazing world we live in. Lucky, lucky, lucky us to have so much!

One of my favorite bloggers (and fledgling new friend) Steph, from Life According to Steph, created a list of goals that she was expected to achieve over a season. She recently wrote about her winter goals and how she met them. Most goals were met, one or two were not, but I loved the idea of setting your sights on a finish line and running the race over a season. So, like any blogger worth her salt, I am totally stealing that idea. The first day of spring is March 20th, so I have a day or two to decide what goals I want to try and reach.

I mentioned before that I let my Oldest/Bestest friend, Randi, talk me into running my first 5k in April. It's still a very difficult thing for me. I am not a natural athlete, or even someone who takes naturally to exercise. It's all a very conscious effort for me. That said, running is getting a bit easier. I'm not sure that I can meet the goal of running the 5k in less than 40 minutes, I am pretty sure that I won't look like a complete asshole, trying to disrupt the race by clapping my thunder thighs. I also, finally, joined a gym, along with Pete. We have had a chance to work out and swim as a family which is a wonderful thing. Swimming is particularly good for PJ, as the hard work of being in the water is so good for his hyper, restless body.

And, here we are. Mid-March with Spring right around the corner...hopefully, just after the snow we're supposed to get tomorrow. Boo. But, to everything there is a season, and there are warmer days and new goals just around the bend.

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Yay! I'm still working on finalizing my spring goals list. I like having the whole season to do them. It's the only way I've been successful at getting shit done.
MarlaJan said…
I'm so proud of you! That boy grows bigger and smarter every day, and he's a HAPPY dude. And that's all that matter. I love him. And you! And Pete sometimes.
Keep on keepin at the gym, one of us has to! <3

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Today is April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, and it is Autism Awareness Month.

The month begins on the heels of news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Autism is on the rise. 1 in 68 children in the areas followed by the CDC are identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder, up from 1 in 88 just a few years ago. In New Jersey, the numbers are far higher then the national average at 1 in 45. 

You can view a summary of the latest CDC report here, but there are two points of the report that stood out to me:
Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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