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May 27th, 2009, 04:17 AM
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How does your other children do with all the extra attention their sn siblings get? What do you do to help with that (ie extra time, etc...)?

Do the siblings try to help care for them?
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May 27th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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I take Andrew on errands with me when DH is home. We may go to the movies next weekend to see "Up" (just the 2 of us)
He does fairly well & loves to help.
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May 28th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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Kannon does well, I think, although, I can tell that some of it gets to him. He has to spend A LOT of time in doctors' offices. He was recently diagnosed with reflux, and I have no doubt that some of that is stress. Not all, but some. Right now, we're watching him closely because there's something weird going on with him-he had his tonsils/adenoids out bc of severe sleep apnea, seemed to be doing better, now not so much. He doesn't have any energy, he's pale with red circles under his eyes, and his behavior fluctuates rapidly and HUGELY. People laugh and say, Oh, he's just being 2. Sure, sometimes, but it's that mother's instinct that *something* isn't right.

BUT even with all of that, his actions toward Milo are pretty much entirely loving. They have gigglefests that last for an hour sometimes. I'm glad that they like each other so much.
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May 28th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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We walk a thin line. Ty sees his therapist every couple weeks to help him deal with the stress of it all. He loves his brother very much, but the first year was very hard for all of us. He also lost 2 of his great grandparents that he was very close to that same year. He has developed an anxiety disorder and we work hard at giving him the time he needs and explaining things the best we can so that he doesn't worry himself sick over it all.

On the other hand, he prides himself on being able to interpret for his brother most times when others dont understand. and he is very supportive of him in tough situations.

We just make sure that ty has his own stuff to do, our kids are not a pair, they are 2 individuals, so that means that sometimes marmee will call and ask if just ty can come visit or vice versa, it helps them understand that they are their own person and are valued that way
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May 28th, 2009, 01:05 PM
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Dakota handles it well. She's old enough to understand, but we make sure she gets time for her. She also does a few activities that she loves (softball, cheer, gymnastics) so she stays busy.

Christian has had a very hard time on/off. He's delayed, which doesn't help him express his feelings. He gets aggrevated and just cries. We make sure to give him alone time with us seperately each week. His Dev ped says we're doing everything right, so he's going to start behavior therapy. It gets very stressful at times.

But, the only person in this house he is never upset at is Ava. He's very possessive of her and will run when her alarms go off to "fix Ava". He loves her so much, I can tell.
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May 28th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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even in rough times with ty, they are best buds, and he protects him all the time. Its so awesome to see that love
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