Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Superfoods and Supplements - Protein Rich Superfoods



If you cannot access the video above, please click here to watch it on YouTube.

What are some ways that you incorporate protein into your picky eater's diet? Please share your comments and suggestions below! The next video in the series will be up next week :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bubu's Birthday

Bu had a great third birthday! He went to the zoo with his cousins. No one cared to see animals lol...but the car-cycle and the splash pad were big hits!

We also had a mini-party/get together for family, and Bu enjoyed a totally GFCFSF cake...made of watermelon! :) I carved a watermelon into a 3 tier cake (much more difficult than it sounds, I learned) and decorated it with grapes and berries. He loved it!

Thanks to everyone that made the weekend special for Bu! And thanks extra to everyone that donated for his therapies and supplements as a birthday present! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Progress Video #13


Please watch the video at my YouTube channel if it's not loading above.

Happy birthday to my Bubu!!!

In this video:
*5HTP = better sleep, better mood!
*Using more word approximations in speech therapy
*Bu is trying to get away with doing less than he can ;) He can put on his own shoes!
*He ATE YOGURT. Hoping to get him interested in using spoons/utensils…
*He also ate chicken sausage!
*Compression vest @ therapy, made him a bit anxious.
*Playing new games in the iPad, and kicking booty at it!
*Getting more confident with stairs
*Birthday celebration at his therapy center


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yay!

Bubu's OT wanted to bake him cupcakes for his birthday this week, and I felt awful telling her he couldn't have it because of his special diet….so I wanted to do something nice for her to say "thank you for being so awesome and kind to my guy!"

I decided to bake cookies for all the therapists (they were very happy to see them! LOL) and Bubu made his OT a "thank you" card. I wrote the message inside and helped him "sign" it with a handprint, but he decorated the front all on his own! I gave him a crayon, a couple of markers, and Dot-a-Dot pen and all I did was help him grip them! He decided where to mark and how, and I think it turned out looking like an abstract Christopher Columbus ;) 

She was very happy for her card, and I'm very happy I was able to (in a very small way) thank everyone for the role they play in my son's progress :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gift ideas?

OMG you guys, I'm actually crying at the therapy center. I need advice.

My son's OT (our favorite therapist, the one who's been with us from the start) just got teary telling me how happy she is that he hugs her now (he hugged her again today when he saw her) and she told me that she knows he's on a special diet but she wanted to bring him a cupcake tomorrow since she wouldn't see him on his birthday. I told her in the sweetest way that I appreciate it SOOOO much, but we don't break his diet for anything. She said she'd make him a hat instead.

I'm heartbroken that she wanted to do something nice for him and I had to say no. I really want to do something for HER now to show how much I appreciate her, but I don't know what. What would be awesome without crossing any line or being inappropriate (because I don't want to make her uncomfortable, either).

Ideas?


Superfoods and Supplements - Probiotics



If you cannot access the video above, please click here to watch it on YouTube.

Do you give your child probiotics? Have you experienced any benefits or even drawbacks? Please share your comments and suggestions below! The next video on protein-rich superfoods will be up next week :)



Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty good day!

Bubu had a great day today. He drew a picture for me (he's the purple and orange lines lol). They also practiced throwing and kicking a ball...plus independent catching. He caught the ball 40% of the time all by himself according to the PT! Yay! 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

On a positive note...

Two exciting things about today:

1) Bu dropped his cup in the middle of a tantrum and I sternly said "Bubu. Where does the cup go? Please pick up your cup." And for the first time ever, he picked up the cup just like I've been showing him and carefully set it down on the table...without any hand-over-hand, and even in the middle of his tantrum. YAY!

2) he's currently eating a chicken and apple sausage. I offered him the same kind/brand a few months ago and I don't think he even tasted it because he couldn't tolerate how it felt to his fingers. He's now halfway through an entire sausage and still going. Huge progress in his eating this year!!!  

Momma is very proud today.

Frustrated.

Bu's favorite food used to be blueberry yogurt. Almost two years ago, he stopped tolerating any utensils, and so he stopped eating yogurt.

Today, with minimal coercion (I had to gently hold his mouth open), he ate some strawberry almond yogurt. He took 3 spoonfuls before he started fighting me. I don't want to push the issue or force it, so I left it at that.



Its so frustrating that we have to WORK at something that he used to love doing...but baby steps. We'll get there. I have to keep reminding myself to go with the flow and not get upset.

Friday, September 19, 2014

PHENOMENAL Day!

Bubu slept through the night (for less than 7 hours, but hey!)

He didn't cry walking into his OT session (he ALWAYS cries at first), and he didn't cry whatsoever during. He did everything that was asked of him and was very "talkative".

I spread the gospel of biomedical to a momma in the waiting room that was super impressed by the variety of food Bu eats. I'd been waiting to tell her about vitamin therapy for her daughter for months, but didn't want to stick my nose in their business. She asked though, so I let rip! LOL

Then when we were leaving, his OT bent down to say goodbye and he grabbed her around the neck and gave her a BIG hug before grabbing my hand to go. She almost cried and the waiting room erupted in "AWWWWW"s lol

So proud of my sweet man!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekly Progress Video #12



As always, please be sure to check out my YouTube channel if the video above cannot be viewed for whatever reason.

 I'd love to hear any paleo/GFCFSF birthday treat recipes you may want to share! I have a couple of weeks to experiment and see if Bu likes any of them :)

Also, the Preschool Prep DVDs I mention in the video are on sale at Zulily today! Check them out, we love the videos, apps and board books!


In this video:
*Bu is STILL sick!
*Having fantastic sessions! …except for "not favorite" PT (L)
*I'm shocked at how quickly he warmed up to his speech therapist! (D)…we were able to get all 3 sessions with her.
*Cutting down on screen time, replacing it with play!
*Encouraging play and interaction with the iPad rather than passive watching
*Bu knows his colors, numbers, shapes, letters!
*Process of elimination when answering…not great at test taking, but knows the material!
*Preparing for Bu's THIRD birthday!!!!!



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Superfoods and Supplements - Nutritional Yeast


If you cannot access the video above, please click here to watch it on YouTube.

Please share your comments and suggestions in the comments! The next video on Probiotics will be up VERY soon! :)



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Progress Video #11

Bubu ASKED to do the balance beam and climb up and down the stairs at PT today! woohoo!



If you can't see the video above, please check out the video HERE at my YouTube channel.

I'd love to hear how YOUR child does on cod liver oil, GABA, 5HTP, and any of the other supplements I mention in this post :)

In this video:
*Not a good week…lots of oppositional behavior.
*might need B vitamins or some calming supplements to balance out the Methyl B-12, restarted cod liver oil and boosted his probiotics
*Bu loves swimming!
*considering adding 5HTP to help sleep
*motor planning…or lack of confidence?
*Introducing a weighted compression vest
*New schedule and new Speech Therapist (whom we LOVE)
*TACA Webinar on Homeschooling your ASD Child




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our "Anniversary" - The Day We "Met" Autism

Warning: I cry. A lot.


As always, if the video above isn't visible, you can watch it on my YouTube channel.

Today makes one entire year since the IDEA of autism entered our world. Our lives have been forever changed in the blink of an eye (or a Facebook comment).

We all start somewhere…in some ways, we hoped Bu would have made more progress by now. But the realistic and grateful side of me knows things could be so much worse, and he's really made huge strides in a year. Who knows what this time next year will look like?

To all the parents that have newly diagnosed children, or those who are still waiting for an official diagnosis…I won't say it gets easier. But I WILL say, you will get stronger, and you are NOT alone.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day One

...of tapering off screen time.

We had a whole 15 minutes before the first tantrum. That's actually longer than I expected him to last! Especially since I was asking him to do OT activities with me during that time.


I opened the gear puzzle (he hasn't seen it in MONTHS) and he immediately put the colors where they belong (not on their pegs, but in order) with the exception of a couple "good try"s. 

The putty was an absolute NO GO. lol Poor guy! I showed him the stiffer one first and he was icked out, but he was absolutely avoiding the goopier one at all costs. That activity didn't last very long.

Lastly, I stacked up some blocks and counted down to "BOOM!" (knocking them down). He helped me knock down a couple of towers but wasn't interested in helping me stack. He DID, however, help me pick up ALL the blocks off the floor, hand over hand, with ZERO resistance. I sang him the clean-up song and he got right to work (with my help).

He was very proud when I praised him, and he even got some of his favorite potato chips when we were through. He's moved on from his teeny tantrum, and we're now at about 25 minutes straight with no tv.

This is going to be tough. But he's capable. I just have to remind myself that I am, too.

Superfoods and Supplements - Coconut Oil


 If you can't see the video above, please check it out on YouTube HERE.

This is the first post of...well, many...about superfoods and supplements. As promised, I'm going to detail different things we give our son to fill holes in his nutrition that his diet might leave to be desired. There's also benefits to mommas including most of these in their own diets as well!

This post is dedicated to COCONUT OIL.

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated. It contains so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length (duh LOL). Most of the fatty acids in our diets are so-called long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy, autism and Alzheimer’s.

Also of interest is the fact that another great source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids is… breast milk!
Breast milk is rich in Lauric acid, the same fatty acid found in coconut oil...and it’s there because, in addition to easily digestible nourishment, it provides immunity against infection. the Medium Chain Fatty Acids in coconut oil are believed to help with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods.

According to the research, when a lactating woman adds foods rich in lauric acid to her diet, the amount of lauric acid available in her breast milk increases substantially to levels three times the original level and nearly double the amount of capric acid. A single meal of coconut oil can significantly affect the breast milk fatty acid compositions for 1 to 3 days with the maximum increase occurring during the first 10 hours. This data supports the hypothesis that diet directly affects the quality of human milk and possibly the womb environment.


Also, coconut oil can be used to ease dry skin, diaper rash, cradle cap, even to moisturize nipples after breastfeeding or pumping!


This is my favorite way to use coconut oil, because it stays liquid even when cold or blended into smoothies...although Costco sells HUGE tubs of organic coconut oil for about $15...much cheaper than I've found organic coconut oil anywhere, even Trader Joe's. It's important to try to get organic or at least cold-pressed or virgin, because the cheaper stuff is usually extracted with chemicals.



Sources: 1, 2




Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh, well.

Bad news is that 7 nights in a row in his own bed seems to be enough for Bu...the streak is over! He was in our bed last night as of 4:45.

Good news is he gave me a kiss last night. Those are always a welcome surprise :)

Just started Methyl B12 patch #3. Started it first thing this morning so he's actually wearing it now during speech therapy.

Wish us luck!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekly Progress Video #10



If the video above cannot be seen, please click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I'd love any advice on potty-training a nonverbal child!…Even if the advice is "leave well enough alone for now" ;)

** I think I said my grandpa at some point…I meant my Dad, Bu's grandpa lol

** I also said butter, what I meant was ghee. Butter is NOT casein free!!!


In this video:
*SOMEONE can't keep his diaper on! LOL
*Using the fidget brush for anxiety
*So much good sleep!!! A whole week sleeping through the night!
*updates on B12 and GABA, plus we're out of biotin!
*responding to "look!" prompts
*a new food
*imitated a cartoon character on TV






Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Series on Supplements

A repost from my Momma Friendly blog...I will be reposting this series of videos here because they are about filling holes in the nutrition of children that have sensory or food aversions, which definitely pertains to this blog.

The wording regarding MY personal situation is a bit vague because these videos were filmed before we came out ;)

If you cannot see the video above, please click here to see it on YouTube.

This is not to be taken as medical advice, as I am not a medical professional. I am only sharing what I do with my family, and what we find works for us. Please share in the comments what your own experience has been with picky eating, due to sensory sensitivities or otherwise, and what you do to help overcome any "holes" in your child's nutrition.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Experience (so far) with Methyl-B12 Patches



In case you can't see the video above, you can watch it HERE on my YouTube Channel.

Here is the link I mention in the video about Cyano vs. Methyl B12: LINK


EDITED TO ADD: Many people have asked where I got the patches so they can try them for themselves. I got them HERE but I suggest you call (1-877-212-7282) so you can specify that you want METHYL B12, NOT CYANO. Let me know how they work out for you and your family if you take the plunge! :)