Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Step Forward

After almost 1 year of occupational therapy, our extraordinary boy gets to take a break for a few months! In speaking with his therapist, she was impressed with how well he has done at reaching the goals we have set for him. Yesterday she suggested that we take a few months off and see how he is doing. She said to check back with her towards the end of the school year to see if we have any more concerns or anything else has popped up that he needs help with! Here are some of the things he has done in the past year :
One year ago he couldn't hold onto a trapeze bar for more than 5 seconds - he can now hold on and swing for at least 30 seconds, often longer! He was scared to be picked up by someone - now he will let us pick him up  occasionally. He self talked his way through the activities he was doing, now he can do the same activities with minimal talking.  He was not forming any of his letters correctly - now he forms all of his upper and lower case letters correctly (starting and stopping in the correct spots). He would hold his arms down to his sides as he cut paper and had a hard time cutting anything more than straight lines. He now holds the paper up to cut and LOVES to cut out different shapes.  He was afraid to try anything new and wouldn't even try something without a lot of begging and sometimes forcing. Now he will see something new and try it. Sometimes he still gets scared, but it doesn't take as much coaxing to get him to do it. He is running, jumping, and swinging with much more confidence now.
I feel so blessed that he has had such great support from his therapist, teachers, and family. I know that he still has some way to go, but he has done so well over the past year. Some days it is hard to see his progress because I'm with him all of the time. Then I look at where he was a year ago and I see how well he is doing. I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to be his mom!

A dream with yummy results!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream. It was early Sunday morning and I dreamed that I made some chicken for dinner that day. I woke up after the dream and knew exactly what the recipe was for the chicken I had dreamed about. I know that is really weird, I don't dream of food often and have never "dreamed" up a new recipe.
After I got up that morning, I thought "Hmmm, maybe I should make the chicken that I dreamed about." I had planned on making pancakes. So I started to throw a little bit of this and that into the crock pot. I turned it on and let it cook for 6-8 hours. To my delight and pleasure, the chicken turned out delicious! My husband liked it too. It made quite a bit, so I froze it and pulled it out for Hawaiian Haystacks tonight. I don't know that I can ever go back to using regular chicken for haystacks again :)
I told my neighbor about it and she said "Did you write it down?" I had not, but will share it with you all tonight :)  I call it

 Paradise Chicken

4 chicken breasts - frozen or thawed
1/2 cup coconut milk - I used the thick canned stuff
1/4 cup shredded coconut
zest from one orange
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice  - I juiced the orange and then topped it off with some good store bought juice.
1/2 cup pineapple juice - I just used the juice from the canned pineapple
1/2 can of pineapple
1/2 - 1 tsp  ground cloves
1 -1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions -  Place chicken in crock pot, pour liquid over chicken, sprinkle pineapple and seasonings over chicken and juices. Cook for 6-8 hours. Enjoy!

We served it with this coconut rice. It was so yummy - light and fresh! Mmmm! For the haystacks, I just threw it in to the sauce and warmed  it through. I served it with regular white rice & quinoa, but had sprinkled a little ground cloves and cinnamon in it. I think that helped to bring out the taste of chicken more. We will make this one again!