Well, we got a new light fixture and towel rod, etc (thanks, mom!) for my sour apple bathroom last night. this is how cool my husband is: he knows how much i want stuff done 'now' that he installed it in the dark (sun went down + fuse turned off). i did hold a flashlight for him, but the only one i could find was thomas' lion one that growls and shuts off after about 1 1/2 minutes. it added a little whimsy, i think. and the conversation consisted of me asking annoying questions about what i should do if he gets shocked. but the light is installed and looks great! before and after pics later, but here are the curtains i made yesterday and the cute outlet! (cute outlet?) (same color paint, just bad lighting - and the outlet isn't crooked, just bad photography).
thomas was acting weird last night. he was just so mellow. he is usually either happy (and a little wild), or having a hard time with his diet/vitamins/overstimulation (and LOT wild). i was thinking that maybe he was getting sick or something. that's the only time he is so quiet. oh, well, i guess we'll see. i feel like it's the calm before the storm...
thomas is on a gluten-free/casein(dairy)-free diet. it's supposed to help a lot with autism, and we have seen a big difference, which is great. a friend told us about it, and i didn't really believe that it would work, but you get to a point where you are so desperate for anything to help your kid that you'll try it. once i read up about it, i realized that it made sense. we've seen a big improvement in behavior, general happiness, and speech. which is amazing and wonderful. but we have to be SO careful. we're not supposed to use the same knife to spread jam on his gluten-free bread as we use on a sibling's bread. we have to make sure that monkey doesn't drop a cracker on the floor that thomas can get. and his food is expensive! it's been really hard, but worth it. we also think he reacts to red food coloring and peanuts. it's just so frustrating because there are always so many variables that it's hard to know for sure if something is bothering him. 'is it the popsicle he had? or because i forgot to give him his vitamins? did he eat a goldfish cracker?' we've thought about having all of us on the diet, but 1 - it's SO hard, and not so tasty, and 2 - it's expen$ive.
i think part of the reason that i've had this urge to create / make stuff so much lately is that he is just 'recovering' from a seriously bad month. we switched vitamin types on him, which i think was helping him (so we switched him back), and i know that he got hold of something he wasn't supposed to have at least once. it's hard to describe what living with thomas is like. i got NOTHING done last month (except for princess' birthday tea party) except for chasing thomas and keeping him out of trouble. so i'm going to go into crafting withdrawals when my mom leaves! it's been nice not just to craft, but to feel like i had something i wanted done, and i did it, start to finish. what a good feeling!