Some days may seem long, but the months (and years) go by so fast!
Today marks 11 months of loving you on the outside, Caleb Paul 💙
We tried (and tried!) for the typical monthly pic, but got this beauty instead: The look of pure joy and our last photo without teeth!
His first 3 teeth are just now on their way, he’s RUNNING non stop and climbing and exploring, and eating it all...18lbs and full of grins!
#teethinglife #11monthsold #smilewithyoureyes #iugrbaby #runbabyrun
I am crying right now as I write this. Out of joy and guilt, gratitude and relief!
All of the great qualities in my oldest...his kindness and helpfulness, intuition and inventive thinking, wisdom and thoughtful questioning.
All of those things are FREQUENTLY overshadowed by his energy and impulsiveness, STRONG #strongwill, inability to focus, exuberance and rambunctiousness.
But now, now those good things are all SHINING through and magnified. 🌟
He is having calm conversations.
Asking what he can do to help around the house.
Randomly hugging me and telling me he loves me.
Actually ANSWERING ME when I ask what he did at school that day (and recalling it with details!!) Telling his brother “It’s okay if you play with my toys, I will pick them up for you when you’re done.” Saying “See Mom, I’m trying hard to make good choices and be a helper, and God is helping me do that now!” We have prayed daily for help in making good choices and listening over the last 3 years...so cool that he is seeing an answer to that prayer and God in action 🙏
I honestly thought it was a fluke, but knew in my heart and gut he was changing. And it happened in just one day. ONE DAY! After all these years (cue the mom guilt for not getting him to this point sooner). We did #allthethings to try and help him...from cutting back on sugar and processed foods and common food allergens, to new discipline techniques, positive reinforcement and reward charts and running out all his energy...playing calm music and taking better vitamins & omegas.
Everyone would say he was “just an energetic kid,” but his energy often took up the whole room to the point that we couldn’t think straight, and our patience wore thin about 20x a day. We knew his actions & feelings could be overpowering to others too.
We narrowed it down to 2 things that must have helped his mind and body slow down enough to feel calm and at peace, literally overnight 💗💗💗💗💗 1. Rubbing an essential oil blend along his spine that supports cognitive and nervous system function (it has majorly changed the lives of so many kids with ADHD/Autism and those suffering from nervous system & neurological issues (cont 👇)