Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter, A Birthday, & ADHD!

I know that, technically, it is still fall.
But once December arrives, I am a winter girl!

My baby boy was born on his due date, on a cold December day.
This month, I've had many reasons to reminisce about his childhood.  He arrived with an insistent cry, in constant motion, with an aversion to calming mechanisms (pacifier, swing, car rides, etc., etc., etc).  With three other children under the age of five, I thought I would never again be sane.  
I did not sleep through the night until five years had passed!

He set the toaster on fire at 18-months of age.
He started the car before he turned two.
He climbed the backstop wall at little league baseball games
by the time he was three.
At age four, his preschool teacher suggested 
a visit to the doctor for an adhd diagnosis.
Well, halleluia....
I'd wondered if he had sensory integration disorder, 
so an adhd label was easier for me to understand.
~As a teacher
I already knew something about these precious children.~ 

We chose to meet a pediatric neurologist and a family behavioral therapist.  The good doctors both agreed that my sweet son 
was a poster child for adhd.  
They also thought he was a gifted artist with an amazing vocabulary who thought outside the box.
I still give thanks to God that we were led to doctors 
who saw the positive in the personality.

This school year, I knew after an hour upon meeting her that J. was very much like my boy.  Although not as physically rambunctious, she spouts conversations that are remembered verbatim.  
Her contribution for the letter A was "absolutely". 
Her illustration for the pilgrims' hard winter was 
a completely untouched white page....she said,
"The snow is so deep, the houses and windows and people
are all covered up.  You can't see anything but snow!"
I love this child.
I love this child. 

I want to take the opportunity to thank my own son, for making me a better mommy and a better teacher.  Happy Birthday, my J...
we would be computer illiterate without you!
With winter right around the corner, 
would you like a new game for your kiddos?
I will send a copy to the first person who replies!
This packet contains "I have...Who has...?" games containing the Dolch pre-primer, primer, and first grade word lists.


  1. This would be amazing for my kiddos!! It looks great! :)

    1. I'd love to send this to you, but I can't find an email address for you! Please come back and let me know how to share!

  2. Oops, wasn't ready to press publish! Happy Birthday to J! :)

  3. You warmed my heart. HAPPY BIRTHDAY J!

  4. My brother has ADHD and I love his personality. Always happy, funny, and a big heart. I thank him too for helping me to know how to handle kiddos with ADHD and being able to recognize it!

    1. I think we should add this skill to our resumes, lol! I'm glad you and your brother have a good relationship. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful post, Chrissy! Your son sounds like one amaaaazing kid! And, so very lucky that you are his mom!
    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties is having a giveaway!

    1. Awwww, you are so kind! I'll try to post a picture of him soon. And, I'll hop over to visit your blog tomorrow!

  6. Hi Chrissy! Merry Christmas to you too! What a sweet story and actually a good preparation for what might be for my husband and I. Since my husband was diagnosed with ADHD as a child. =) Enjoy your last few days of school before Christmas Break!

    Kinder Kraziness

    1. Laura, my hubby has ADHD, too! In fact, when we were at the neurologist's for the first time, he actually answered his cell phone when it rang. He stepped towards the door as the doctor looked at me and said, "This runs in the family, you know.". It's good to laugh about it!

  7. I have three children with various levels of ADHD. It is a blessing! They are smart, creative, messy, compulsive, honest, wonderful people. Thanks for sharing your story...It touched my heart!
    Owl Things First!

    1. I love the adjectives you used to describe your sweeties! So true!


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