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March 20, 2020

Rerun Rides A Bike!!!

3:01pm

It finally happened, and it is a MIRACLE.

Rerun, after years of fighting us, learned to ride a bike today!

We worked on balance, and then I was running alongside him for a while, keeping him balanced and giving him a sense of handling and pedaling at the same time.  Little Mo’s mom and Neighbor Polly were also out watching this as well (proper social distancing observed between neighbors at all times).

And finally, he just took off!

It took a whole 15 minutes of very focused learning and practice, and BOOM!  He was off and gone.

I knew if we could just work through his stubborn mental block, he could do it!  And now he is speeding around on his bike, thrilled with his new skill.  I’m so proud of him.


March 19, 2020

Thumper Loses A Tooth And Gets A Lisp

10:48pm

That front top tooth of Thumper’s (which he would not wiggle for anything) had become so loose that I was concerned about it being knocked out.

So after brushing his teeth tonight, I started working it again – and I felt it give.  Thumper started yelling because he wasn’t happy about it, but I finally got the tooth out!

So not only does Thumper look like he was in a hockey fight, he now has a cute little lisp because of the hole.

It’s just a shame that his therapists and teachers can’t see this cuteness in person for himself.


March 18, 2020

The Other Shoe Drops

5:39pm

We learned on Monday evening that the Autism Center is closing down until at least the end of the month.

That sound you heard was the last shred of my sanity dying a long and tortured death.

My one saving grace is that the weather this week has been awesome, so I have been sending the boys outside to play for at least an hour a day.

On my last shopping trip out to Target, I picked up a batting tee for Rerun.  He assembled it right away and put it to good use.

He had Tad shagging balls for him, but it’s not exactly Tad’s strong suit.

I’ve also been sending them out into the cul-de-sac for riding time.

This would be the perfect time to teach Rerun how to ride a bike… if I can talk him into it!  He’s been fighting us for years and sticking to his scooter.


March 17, 2020

Art of the Week – Baby Yoda

11:35am

As you can guess, Tad’s art classes are also on hold at the moment.  Fortunately, Teacher M is putting some drawing tutorials online for the kids to use, and in a lot of them she is drawing popular characters.

Like a certain popular Star Wars character of the moment.

Here is Tad’s drawing, from Teacher M’s tutorial, of Baby Yoda.

So cute he is, yes.

Tad plans on drawing in his sketchbook and then showing Teacher M everything once he sees her again.  We did post this one on the Facebook video, though – and she loved it!