This is my little brother, JT. He drive’s me nuts… He’s weird…He’s very socially awkward…He just doesn’t get what you are saying and takes everything literally- Sounds like a lot of little brothers doesn’t it- But he’s not like most little brothers…He has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Now the first thing I want everyone to understand is that he is not and will never be defined by his diagnosis. Just because he needs assistance at school to handle social situations or sometimes just needs a quiet place to desensitize himself does NOT mean he is weird, stupid, or crazy, or anything else I’ve heard people describe him as. That young man you dub as crazy or stupid happens to easily be in the top 10 grade wise in his freshman class. He has a photographic memory and can give any college professor a run for their money when it comes to knowledge of most subjects, especially those he takes a special interest in.
He worked very hard for years to be able to write legibly, tie his shoes, handle being in large groups of people, deal with all the noise around him…He also take honors classes and was a step ahead by taking some of his freshman classes while he was in middle school. In 11th grade he’ll be taking classes that will count as college credits.
He’s an incredibly awesome uncle. He wasn’t too sure about Marina at first. He thought she was cute but was afraid to hold her. Now he loves holding and playing with her. He always keeps her giggling. She adores her Uncle JT and looks forward to when he gets home from school each day. I may not tell him or show it often, but I am very proud of him and everything he has accomplished. He’s an incredibly smart and giving person and he can be a lot of fun to hang out with :)
I hope anyone who reads this stops to think before they judge someone by what they may see/hear on the outside. Everyone is weird or crazy in their own way. It is part of what makes us individuals.
One of the biggest issues I have had with Marina is very sensitive skin. Something as simple as a drop of vinegar will cause a rash on her so I am very careful with detergents I use to wash her clothing, bedding and lovies in. I also have to be careful of the dyes and material that come in contact with her skin. It can be trial and error. Most of the time the rash shows up very quickly and very red and other time it’s small raised bumps all over her skin. Because of her sensitivity, I became very conscious of the clothing she wears. The material and dyes used are very important to me as well as the styles and overall comfort and fit of the clothing. These problems sent me on a search for 100% organic cotton clothing for her. In my search I found L’ovedbaby on Amazon and fell in love with the simple styles and colors of their baby and children’s clothing. Anyone who has done the research has seen that organic cotton clothing is much more expensive than the standard clothing available in stores. After saving some money for a couple of months, I purchased several bodysuits to try out in the 18-24mth range to make sure I got a fit
L’ovedbaby shortalls in lavender
that would last awhile for her.
I LOVE this clothing line. The fit is great and the material is so soft and comfortable. I love the colors and styles, Marina has plenty of growing room in them but what stands out the most for me is there are NO synthetic dyes that could harm her skin. L’ovedbaby clothing is 100% GOTS Certified Organic cotton.
A couple of months after my initial purchase, the snaps in the shoulders of two of the bodysuits had come off. I was very disappointed so I did a search online and contacted L’ovedbaby through their website. The customer service was outstanding and they replaced the bodysuits for me. Good customer service is a big factor for me. Quite often I do not get taken seriously because I am so young but I am a very conscientious shopper. I research products before I buy because when I do make a purchase, I want that item to be durable and great quality. L’ovedbaby clothing is that and so much more. They treat their customers with respect and stand behind the product quality. While I was on their website I found out that they run contests every Tuesday and also have a “Big Find” on the first Thursday of each month. The contests are great-Who wouldn’t wanted to win a cool prize-but the “Big Finds” are my favorite. They normally offer a “Big Find” Item for $8.50 for 24 hours which i love but they have also
Shortalls, sleeveless bodysuit, and headband
featured 4 piece item grab bags. For between $30 – $35 you can purchase 4 surprise items. This is an affordable way for me to add their clothing to Marina’s wardrobe. You can see my first grab bag reveal here. I received my second grab bag purchase yesterday and I am absolutely thrilled with it. The package came with 2 shortalls, a sleeveless bodysuit, and a headband. Very adorable additions to Marina’s wardrobe and perfect for our hot southern summers. Be sure to check out L’ovedbaby for beautiful organic cotton basics and tell them Carmen sent you :)
I thought I’d share this really awesome deal from Wayside Furniture in Akron, OH. They are offering a FREE Crib or $100 gift card to parents to be. This is a great deal and I think it is really cool that they are offering this to new parents! Find out more information HERE.
While everyone says that our kids won’t go to college in diapers, that’s not always the most helpful advice when you’re in the thick of potty training. Luckily, there are lots of moms that have already mastered the potty training challenge and are more than willing to share their best tips. Kandoo is sharing 25 Potty Training Tips from Real Moms!
What would you add to the list?
Whether it’s potty training or keeping clean, Kandoo is all about helping kids find their “Kid-Dependence” while helping moms keep their sanity!
With products that give kids the tools they need to stay clean – in fun scents and packaging that make kids WANT to do it themselves. We focus on Potty Training Season in the spring and summer, and keeping toddlers clean with foaming hand soap and scrubbing bubbles.
I am officially finished with my second semester of college. I am registered for one online summer class and have already registered for my fall semester. I still haven’t decided what I want to major in. It is such a tough choice since I had to rearrange what my plans were but I am taking a class in the fall that is in the area of interest that I originally wanted. I may not be able to get into the exact field of work I wanted but I am trying to look at a broader aspect and see if something related to it catches my interest. I’m also going to get a drawing class in. I love to draw and am looking forward to gaining some more skills in that area.
Marina is doing fantastic. She has the balance and the mechanics of walking down but she still doesn’t quite trust herself. She will walk a few steps without holding on to anything and then realize what she did then drop to the floor and crawl. I have a feeling when she finally realizes that she can do it she will go straight to running! She’s really been enjoying some of the new toys she got for her birthday. A couple of her favorites are the Smart Stages Car and the Little People Magic Kingdom play set, both from Fisher-Price. I have a lot of fun sitting with her and playing. She’s so smart and catches on to how the toys work very quickly. We also have a lot of fun playing catch with the balls my little brother got her. She is getting pretty good at aiming and throwing. She also loves when we read books, play music and sing. When she hears a song playing she will hum along with it. I love to see her laugh and smile. She is always so happy.
I am looking forward to a fun filled summer with her. I can’t wait to take her swimming in the pool. She loves water so being in the pool is going to be a big thrill for her. I’m also looking forward to scheduling some play dates with some of my friends. Now that I will have some free time it will be so much easier to schedule. We have some great parks in our area and a very cool petting zoo/ animal sanctuary that is a must visit for us this summer.
No matter how much I have had to change my life and plans, every moment I get to spend with Marina makes everything worth it!
I absolutely LOVE L’oved Baby’s clothing line. The fabrics are soft and comfortable, the fit is great and the styles are perfect for everyday wear for the little ones. The first Thursday of every month they offer a great deal on their clothing line. This month’s big find will be a special GRAB BAG of 4 surprise goodies from Their Cotton Basics Collection, all for just $30.50 plus $5 shipping. The grab bags will be available TODAY at 9 a.m. PST until they run out.
The last grab bag day I received 2 short sleeve body suits and 2 pair of shorts in my package. My sister also received the same thing. My Mom’s package contained 2 Short Sleeve Body Suits, a pair of shorts and a hat.
You can find Today’s Big Find HERE. Be sure to tell them Carmen sent you :)