Oh Happy Day! =o)

Posted On July 20, 2010

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Today Nick & I have been married for 8 years! Wow! How can we already mark off 8 years of wedded bliss!? It hasn’t always been easy…well, our marriage is easy! It’s not hard to live with someone you love so much! But life has thrown us curve balls every now and then!

If someone told me 8 years ago that Nick would be in the middle of Optometry School and I would be at home schooling our 3 kids,  I would have laughed in their face! 8 years ago I wanted to run my very own daycare center and Nick was very content at WTRF-7 doing chiron and graphics for the evening news. We loved our little 2 bedroom apartment in St.Clairsville and life was simple.

But I wouldn’t give up our life for anything! It’s not easy to live off of student loans and we’ve lived with our (my) family twice, Nick has spent countless hours locked in the basement studying and even more hours late night at school…but it’s worth it! It got us to where we are now and will get us where we need to be  in another 3 years!

5 days ago our Squishy Baby turned 1~It’s hard to believe that this little guy came to us without all the normal drama that had come with trying to conceive Grace and Trey. No temping, no charting, no fertility Dr’s…he was just a God given gift! We celebrated this weekend at our favorite park (Blacklick Metro) with friends and family! The weather and company was PERFECT! Pics to follow in a later post!

Yesterday the Squish had his 1 year check-up. After a month of no dairy he was earache free! WOOT! He weighed a whopping 22 pounds and is the top percentile for his height and weight. While we were there I took that fear-filled leap off my comfortable bridge to ask the Dr. about Trey. I was trying to ask about how to schedule an appointment for evaluations and then was faced with “Evaluation for WHAT?”


Why can’t I just say ‘evaluation’ and leave it at that. Just tell me if I make an appointment with a Ped or with a specialist!!

Anyway. So I briefly go into the facts. He can’t sleep. He has breakdowns when we go a different way in the car. He has issues with eye contact….The Dr. just stared at me.

So I said it. “I don’t think he is autistic. But I think he might be on the spectrum. We want to know if how he behaves is NORMAL for him, or if there is something else there that we should know how to handle.”


He told me to reschedule and appointment at the window as I leave.  THEN! When I go to the window they need to know WHY I am making an appointment. When I say “evaluation” they press the issue to!

ANYWAY. We really aren’t sure what will happen next week at the appointment, but we feel better knowing that at least there IS an appointment. We’ve gone rounds trying to decide if what we see in Trey on a day-to-day basis is something to be concerned about. Over the last year we have been able to control some of his behaviors with sleep….but that includes giving him melatonin. I believe that regardless of the outcome we just need to KNOW. We need to know if there is something there or not.

Anyway! The kids are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Aunt Olyvia and Uncle Matt this weekend! Nick and I are too! We wanted to go see them in Florida last year, but buying Optometry equipment left us with no extra money to make the trip!

I hope everyone has a happy blessed day!!  


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