Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kids at Play

It was a good day for the Chin Boys.  Caz drove home from school after a half day.  After some down time, a couple of his buddies stopped by.  His pal, Texas, just passed his road test.  That meant a few cars were parked out front.  Coco went right from school to MJ's.  There were a "bunch of kids there hangin'".  That is a really big deal for Coco these days.  He was out of the house.  He was social.  And he was at it for hours.  It is so nice to see.  Happy and playing...the way to be.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Straight Talk

I came home to quite the greeting tonight.  What was all the excitement?  Sex Ed.  Yep.  Freshman Sex Ed classes started in PE.  Coco was very excited to tell me about it.  And the class is "Multigender".  That was his way of saying girls were there too.  Demi thought it implied more than 2 genders but we got back on track.  Today was not a study in erections.  Today was Q&A.  Everything was fair game.  All this is being taught by.........Mr. Johnson.....oh, the irony.  Laughter ensured for a bit.  It was actually a great way to start tonight's family dinner.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Drive Time

Today was Caz's first drive to school.  A big day.  For all of us.  It is a bit nerve wracking for Demi and me.  Our little boy is driving.  He's out on his own.  And he's taking his brother with him.
     It was really a success all around.  The boys got up on their own.  They got into the car without bickering.  They got to school on time.  Demi was able to get into the office earlier than normal.  She had a lot less stress.  This could be really great.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Road Test

A big milestone was reached today.  Caz passed his road test.  He was scheduled at 7:20 AM, on the morning after daylight savings.  That draw was not in his favor.  He is not a morning person.  But he was awake when my alarm went off.  He might have been nervous.  He might have had trouble sleeping.  I made him drive to the test site, in order to cram for the test.  I reminded him of all the little things.
     We checked in.  We sat in the waiting room.  They called his name.  He walked into the back, through the drivers ed classroom.  20 minutes later he sauntered back, with a grin on his face and pumping his fists.  He was very happy.  So happy, all he wanted to do was to drive home and get back into bed.  Well, he earned it.  Well done, Caz.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Auntie

Happy Birthday to my sister in-law and our boys' aunt.  She is a very good aunt.  I am happy my boys have such a close relationship with her.  She is not one of those relatives that they only see on holidays, a few times a year.  She is around a lot.  She talks to them.  She spends time with them.  She tries hard to connect.  What more could you ask for?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Visit to the Nutritionist

Demi was able to get a quick appointment to see a nutritionist today.  It was really good work on her part.  I had done some research on the Mayo Clinic website earlier in the week.  There was a lot of research suggesting that IBS could be made worse by diet.  Some patients seemed to report symptoms worsening after eating certain kinds of foods.  We had tried variations of testing certain things like gluten and dairy but Demi and I were winging it.  We recognized that we are not experts.  We can admit when we need help.  And we did just that.
     Demi did some digging around and found a woman who came recommended.  She also had weekend appointments.  For this weekend.  Something she normally did not have.  How is that for luck?  So off Coco and Demi went.  They came back with a plan.  Demi is really digging in to do this right.  It is a lot of work.  But if it helps Coco beat IBS, then it will have been worth it.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Two Steps Forward

Well, the streak is over.  We had hoped it would last.  But deep down, Demi and I knew it was only a matter of time.  Coco stayed home from school today due to his IBS.  The silver lining is that it truly seems like it is IBS and not the anxiety.  He doesn't appear to be gaming the system.
     The important thing for Demi and me to keep in mind is to stay positive.  We can't appear to be let down.  That only adds to his concern.  We definitely don't want the anxiety to kick in.  It is up to us to set the tone.
     This is only a minor setback after all.  We can perservere.  There will be better days ahead.