Thursday, May 7, 2015

Diagnosis: Autism

Last year at this time, I was ugly crying in my car whenever I was alone.  Through a series of events I realized that my sweet little Bunny had autism.  It just hit me and I KNEW.

We officially got our diagnosis a few weeks ago and today, through testing we got the label of "moderate autism". 

The diagnosis a few weeks ago sent me into severe sadness even though I knew it was coming.  Then right after that Bunny got really sick and it was a very intense and stressful week of me having no idea where he hurt or what was wrong except that I knew his skin looked like it was exploding.  Today, I heard the word moderate and honestly I thought "At least he's healthy". 

I don't care what he is diagnosed with as long as he is my sweet bright eyed boy.  Last week was miserable.  It's all about perspective.

Of course I have concerns for his future and what having autism simultaneously with down syndrome means for him but I can't allow myself to worry about that.  In this day, in this week, he is back to his happy almost healthy self and for that I am grateful.

This doesn't mean I won't be proactive and a research nut.  But we all know I do that already.  My first goal is to get his immune system stronger.  We have been working on that but we are clearly not there yet.  I have doing the Gemiini program with him for speech and Daddy and I have both noticed a big difference!  As soon as our report comes in we will also be going after ABA therapy.

It's a lot.  It makes my heart sad.  But he makes me happy.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hike #19

This was a challenging hike for Boogie.  Knibbs Knob at Uvas canyon is not a long hike but it's steep.  You climb 1700 feet in two miles.  I did a lot of encouraging.  My motto is always that you have to climb to see the best stuff.  Boogie was not liking my motto.

This would be a miserable hike on a hot day.  When we went it was in the 70's and it was plenty hot.  There is no shade at all once you are near the top.

The views are fantastic though.  I keep exclaiming "LOOK!" as we were hiking but Boogie was pretty focused on the tough factor.

Not amused.

 There was a lot of wildlife on the hike.  Tons of crickets and butterflies and lizards.  TONS of lizards.  They were brave lizards too.

The smile was back once we were near the top.  I know she was proud of herself for toughing it out.

At the very top there isn't much of a view but there is a bench and shade.  We snacked and rested and then she was her old self again.

I was so proud of her.  I think endurance is a good lesson to learn young.  I'm still learning it.  The grind sucks but then you're at the top and your like "Hey!  I did that!"

In all honesty...the way down was way harder for me.  Very steep and slippery.  My old lady knees were not having a party.  I don't think I would need to do this hike again but I'm glad we did it!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hike #17

This was one of our more memorable hikes...for many reasons. We decided to go to Pinnacles National park on National park weekend. Parking was free and there were a million people. In fact we had to be shuttled to our destination. I chose a shorter hike from a day use area that included the caves and a reservoir.

It really is a beautiful park but I remember it being super hot from hiking there as a kid and it was this day too.  The kids were VERY excited about the caves.  I was wearing Bunny so I  was pretty nervous but I thought it would be easier for me than Daddy

It was nice and cool in the caves and the kids loved it.  There are tons of stairs.  I definitely got my workout!  There were also a few parts that were not very carrier friendly.  At one point I was on my hands and knees crawling over a steel grate.  That was fun.  Right before the last stairs I had to take him off because I couldn't squeeze through the rocks.  I immediately put him on again when I saw the last staircase that was super steep.  I had to lean him to the side to avoid the rocks and he was not a fan.

I got out to the reservoir to find my family and it was very crowded.  Bunny was screaming on my back.  I put him down but he kept screaming then Buddy started throwing a tantrum about something.  People were staring.  It was also not fun.

We hiked back a different route (thank God) and everyone calmed down.  Sometimes it is pure torture to take everyone with us but I know it's good for them.  They all said they had a good time despite our fairly embarrassing scene.

Baby even saw her first snake.  A gardener snake that I apparently walked right past.  I want to go back soon and try some other trails before it gets too hot.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hike #16

This hike was more of a "Pa and Mama want to collect rocks" adventure than hike but we did walk a bunch and explore a bunch of new places so while maybe not as adrenaline charged as other hikes it was definitely hike worthy.  We couldn't have picked a better day either.  Gorgeous clear skies for miles!

One of those weird blue things that have been washing up everywhere


Hiking the bluffs we saw gorgeous wildflowers!  So many things in bloom! 

We went right at low tide and I was looking for one of these guys!  I can't remember what they are called but my dad and I looked it up when we got back last time because we were so curious.

We had this whole beach to ourself for awhile.  So peaceful!!

Spider of the sea.  click click click

Pa and I are such nerds that this kind of day is our favorite.  We appreciated the beauty, explored, picked up rocks and took a bunch of pictures.  The kind of day our dreams are made of!

On the way home we busted out the selfie stick for a selfie with Pigeon Point.  I always feel it after these days.  We climb a lot of cliffs and are bending down to pick up rocks and walk quite a bit too.  It was no 5 miler but we got a few miles in and a lot of r&r.  A success in my book!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hike #15

Hike #15 of my 52 Hike Challenge was a "plan B" hike. I had a different hike in mind but it was raining on and off yesterday and there was predicted thunderstorms in the area where I was planning to go so we stuck closer to home.  I've been wanting to do this trail too so it worked out. 

On our way up to the trail we found a friend.  I don't have extensive caterpillar knowledge so we didn't pick him up with our hands.  He was a furry little guy!

As we got closer to the trail it started to pour.  We could see that the rain cloud was about to pass so we waited it out under a tree.  Baby ran right into it.

Last time I saw this area it was covered in cows but we didn't see any yesterday.  All that was left was their smell and patties! Ha.

The hike up to the top was fairly easy.  It wasn't too steep.  The view from the top was so worth it!!  Amazing!  It was very windy at the top.  We felt like we were gonna get swept away. 

You can see Coyote lake on the left and Gilroy on the right.  I love that we were up high enough to see both at the same time.

We tried multiple group jump shots at the top.  My sister is a big fan of the jumping shot so Boogie and I usually try to get a few for her.  It's a little harder with a group.

We found a butterfly with a ripped wing.  It was very sad but Baby was happy to see one up close.

I'm definitely coming back here.  The views are unbeatable!

We managed to hike between rain showers but the rain was definitely chasing us on the way back.  We hussled down the hill.

This was an easy hike that could be made longer by connecting trails from Harvey Bear or Coyote. 

Hike:  Parked at the spillway of Coyote Lake>Took the service trail to Harvey Bear trail>Ed Wilson trail> and back down Harvey Bear trail and service trail to the car.  This was about 3.4 miles. 

Boogie, my super hiker, suggested we do a little detour to Mummy mtn.  I was cracking up because that's another 3 miles.  Just a little detour!!