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I really have no name for this post – none! It’s 4:30 in the morning and was having my reflection/quiet/prayer time. And I realized that I’m officially overwhelmed. I don’t normally get this way since I learned a long time ago that the anxiety feeling makes a situation worse. But I sit here knowing exactly how a feel and this time I just can’t control it.

I’m going to start off with this – until the first of the year, I’m not going to be able to comment on anybody’s blog with this hectic life I’ve created. I LOVE comments and I so hope to continue to get them – but right now it is almost impossible for me to keep up with everybody and their blogs – check/respond to emails – and paint {not to mention everyday living thrown in.}

I officially have 50 orders that are currently on the board . . . . Which is fabulous!!! I was hoping my business would take off, but I thought it would be once all my kids were in school {real school!} before it got like this – but hey, that is a good problem to have!

I will be starting on the Christmas 2008 limited edition piece as soon as I’m through with this post and I do still plan to debut it this Saturday. Just to let you know, I will not be selling it at the Junior League show that I will be at on Saturday {unless someone asks me about it!} I’m saving it for you guys this year! You – my blog friends, readers and customers! Next year might be a little different – but this year it is for you guys! Now don’t think that means you can just wait to buy it! There will be a limited number {if you haven’t already seen that!} – so I think you should jump on it as soon as I list the set!

I need to shout out a Big FAT Thanks {btw} to all those who have placed orders and do not want them till January of 09 . . . Very helpful!!!!

And now to the main reason for the post -


I officially have 3 kids that are in therapy right now {not that kind of therapy – I need that!} But they all are in speech therapy – 2 of them are in feeding therapy – 2 of them are in occupational therapy – and 1 in physical therapy. Nice, uh? I’ve noticed for a long time that Hudson needed something “extra” but everybody that I tried to ask about just shrugged me off – “he will out grow it” – “it’s just him”, I could keep going on and on! Finally, I called my pediatrician and just asked for some kind of assessment because I felt “it wouldn’t hurt.” At 3 and a half, he just started speaking full sentences – just a few weeks before that he started using phrases?

After the conclusion of a moderate speech delay, I easily got him into {basically} every kind of therapy assessment I could think of – and obviously – he needed every one! Wow! Now, hear me I’m not one of those moms! I’m saddened that I wasn’t forceful about this earlier and got him somewhere to “better” the situation. But I’m not sad that he needs it! Hey, we are here AND he is doing great – so, I need to just get over it! And it has been such a positive experience! He loves going. He is showing MAJOR improvement with each session – I’m amazed! And to tell you all the truth – I’ve just been stoked about my situation! Again, “I’m not one of those moms” – Whatever it takes – Bring it!

But the overwhelming part only begins – since all this began with Hudson, I knew I was going to do different by Carson and Lawson. Trust me, I can see some of the same EXACT tendencies with them! So, I was forceful this time and my pediatrician was completely on board for the boys to have a speech assessment. I knew once I got them in for that, I could easily suggest anything else! One of the boys has a severe speech delay and the other a profound delay – quite sad! I talk all the time. I talk to my kids all the time. I promise I give them plenty of opportunities to talk. They just don’t talk!!! But I know they will soon and for that I’m relieved.

But I have to take 3 boys {at different times} to 8 different therapy sessions a week {so far} – talking about adding to the load! I have to find a babysitter for those who are here waiting at the house. A babysitter that I really couldn’t afford if it wasn’t for all you guys that buy my art – THANKS! I know that I’m starting off a little earlier with Carson and Laws. I feel like Hudson was alot worse than they are at this age. And he somewhat caught up. But I’m not wasting time here. I’m not playing around. I want results and I just think that this is the best way to get them.

So, 3 kids in therapy – that’s new one for me!

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About Kim
I picked up a paint brush for the first time 7 years ago, and haven't put it down since. My goal - To paint a canvas for my son's nursery. I never dreamed a business would be born out of it. {And if you saw the first canvas, you would think the same thing, too!}

Comments

  1. Kimberly says:

    Oh Kim, I hope life gets less hectic for you! I am so glad that you have so much work… although I can totally relate to the being overwhelmed despite the happiness!

    You’re a great mom to the cutest little kids, and I think you are being smart in cutting back where you can! Sometimes that’s just what you gotta do!

    I hope the therapy helps the boys. I’ll be thinking of you! :o )

  2. A New England Life says:

    Kim, how you have time to blog at all is beyond me! You must be a high energy mom : )

    Good luck with everything! You are a great mom who knew when it was time to do something for your children. It’s not an easy decision to make thats for sure. Especially when others tell you it’s ‘nothing’ and ‘not to worry about it’. Been there, done that!

    My best to you and congratulations on all your work. Love your new picture by the way.

    Take care,
    Sharon

  3. Kelly says:

    Kim – I’ll be praying for you. I understand anxiety. (Not I have four kids and I’m trying to get them to therapy and take care of a baby and paint a million pictures anxiety – but anxiety all the same!)
    Don’t you worry about reading blogs or commenting – you have a LOT on your plate! Enjoy the season and I know your boys will all be great!!! They are lucky to have you as a mom!

  4. Live from the Quick House says:

    Hang in there girl, I will keep you in my prayers!

  5. Mabry's gamma says:

    Kim, all I can say is “God Bless You.” I am glad that your business venture is taking off so well, you have a lot on your plate but…
    take a deep deep breath and it will all come together. You just do what you can do. Your post was honest and I think that in itself let’s people know you will try the best you can.

  6. Kelly says:

    I feel your stress! I have 2 boys, but only 1 of them had to have therapies. My youngest has some developmental delays that have been treated with s/t, p/t, o/t and food therapy since he was 1. He is now 7 and receiving s/t at school. We had him tested for autism, but they said it was unlikely that he had it because of many other factors. I’m now having him tested for a sensory disorder so he can receive o/t for that in school. His school said he has ADD and they need me to get his pediatrician to sign some papers so they can help him with that too. Fun Fun Fun, I tell ya! I know how hard it is with just 1 child. I can’t imagine how hard it is for you with 3 children in therapy and 1 small one to still deal with. Hopefully, your daughter won’t have these same issues. It seems to be more prominent with boys. Good luck to you. You’re doing the right thing though. Early intervention is key!

  7. Handmade Housewife... says:

    Oh Kim, bless your busy heart! Our son was in physical therapy when he was 5 months old, scary and rewarding at the same time. Those are some very talented and sepcial people. It’s amazing all the work they can accomplish with our children! I can’t help but think how ironic, or maybe planned, it seems that your business picks up 10 fold at the same time your little ones start their therapy rounds. Maybe it’s God’s way of giving you the means to afford the babysitter and prepare you for much business success in the future too!

    -Hayley

  8. Sandy Toes says:

    That sounds very busy to me!!! Alot of running around!!!
    Hang in there!
    -sandy toes

  9. les_mason_curt says:

    Hang in there girl… That is a lot to deal with… I am just putting this out there… If you ever need a free babysitter, you can bring some of your sweet littles over to my house. I work in the mornings but am always home in the afternoons… I am sure you think I am crazy for saying this since we have only met like 3 times… But, you know where I live… Mason could sure use the friend time…
    Hope everything gets better. I will pray for you.

    Leslee

  10. Courtney says:

    Kim, I’m glad that you are getting the help and intervention that the little guys need. It was said earlier by another poster, but bears repeating: early intervention is KEY.

    I can’t imagine where my little guy would be now if I had taken the (ex) pediatrician’s “advice” to wait it out, he’s fine. I know it can be overwhelming at times, so I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  11. Julie says:

    Hang in there Kim…we all love your art and your adorable kids… your lack of sleep blog posts…

    your kids are adorable… and I pray that you get through all the driving around! You are a great mom!!!

  12. Ashlie says:

    Your kids are so cute! I’m sorry y’all are having to go through all this, but it’s so great that you’re already seeing improvement with Hudson! Way to be on top of things. Oh, and I don’t remember if I’ve ever commented on your blog before, so I just wanted to say that I love your work! If I had a kid I would definitely be ordering from you!

  13. Dana D says:

    I’ve got one in speech and one in PT and OT, so I feel your scheduling pain— to a lesser degree! I don’t know how you get it all done. Do you ever sleep? ha!

  14. joanne says:

    Take a deep breath. This will work out I know it will. You’re in my prayers. Always!

  15. chesley says:

    I’ve said before that I have no idea how you do all that you do. I can’t imagine adding all of that to the mix. It seems that lots of little boys need speech therapy …and lots of men need listening therapy. If they could only get it all at age 2 or 3! Good Luck with it all; I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers.

  16. Monica @ Writer Chic says:

    OH my! I can’t believe how much you’re juggling! I’m sure you’re doing a great job, though!

  17. Jen says:

    Hang in there Kim. Focus on what you need to. Your kids and you…don’t forget to take care of you too.

    Love your new photo on the side. Sending hugs and positive vibes your way.

  18. Megan L Hutchings says:

    I think that we all get anxious/overwhelmed at some time. Don’t even think twice about reading or commenting on blogs. Your blog friends understand and if you need anything, just hollar!

    All of your children are very lucky to have you as a mom ;) .

  19. Leigh Ann says:

    You are such a good mom and doing the best thing you can do for those boys! I pray they all catch up really quickly. I’m so happy you are seeing such fast results with Hudson. I firmly believe starting therapy young is the key. Don’t feel like you waited too long with Hudson. You are still doing it when he is young and that’s what counts. I totally understand about the schedule. Evan’s therapy schedule can wear me out, so I understand, but the thought of doing it times four makes me want to go to bed! Hang in there sista! You inspire and amaze me every day!

  20. Jenni says:

    I know you must feel very stressed but as a speech language pathologist I must tell you that you are doing something wonderful for your boys. You are giving them a head start that many children do not get. I have done speech therapy with children 3 and under and now work in the public schools. It is such a great thing to start therapy before they enter school. As crazy as your schedule must be just remind yourself that you are doing a great thing helping your children gain age appropriate developmental skills. I don’t know how it is where you are but here in Indiana I used to provide therapy services at the home. Makes it much easier for busy moms.

    I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas painting! I hope to get one. :)

  21. LuLu says:

    Good luck. your kids are so lucky to have you as their mother. Your paintings are beautiful!!!

  22. Em @ Bunch of Scrap says:

    Your kids need an advocate and you just did that – congrats on being proactive! My daughter is ADHD and my son has behavior/abandoment issues from the divorce – I totally know how crazy things can be – I have been fighting with the Dr, pharmacy and insurance all day over medication and now am stuck with no pills for my daughter for school tomorrow. I will have to keep her home because she is unmanagable without medication. Focus on your kids and your business and be happy for the Holidays! We’ll be expecting comments next year though ;)

  23. Jasperson Family says:

    I feel bad commenting so don’t read on if you are too tired. :) I grew up with a stressed family and have made it a point in my life to understand my limits. Sometimes I am unreasonable by turning down things. You amaze me and I understand and respect you taking time out especially for your precious boys. I hope all goes well with them which I am sure it will. Don’t feel like you ever have to comment on my blog- I feel honored that you even have before. I know you are still out there now take some time for yourself girl!!!

  24. Jerilynn says:

    Kim – I enjoy the random post you offer up to my humble blog, but in no way expect it. I am so amazed at all that you do and am proud of you for looking at options to make your life a little less crazy. I hope things settle down for the holidays and you can enjoy the time with your little ones Ü

  25. Rachel says:

    Hey Kim,

    I’m right there with you with the therapy. My daughter wasn’t speaking at all when she turned 2, and after several hearing tests and ENT appointments we got her into speech therapy. She’s been going six months now and the difference is unbelievable. So hang in there – it will get better. I’ll be praying for your little ones! They are so adorable!

  26. Shady Lady! says:

    Hang in there Kim! I am praying for you and have no idea how in the world you even begin to have four kids, a business, and time for anything else. We have to keep kidding ourselves that we are superwomen – we do the best we can.

  27. Laura Beth says:

    Your boys are so lucky that you are so committed to them and their development as little people! I hope that the therapy continues to go well and you keep your mind in all the juggling you have going on these next few months! :)

  28. Krista Lee says:

    OMG Kim!!! I am sorry to hear about all of the drama! I COMPLETELY understand what you are going through… (Okay, maybe not about the speech therapy with the kids but with the part of the business blowing up on you so fast.) It is really hard to handle. Just make sure you don’t take on too much work, because you only have 2 hands and you can only do so much! You only live once and balance in life is everything.

    Let me know if I can do anything to help out! :)

  29. missy says:

    hang in there…i have 3 kids and i know how over whelmed i feel at times running here and there…and everywhere!!!!(and i have one that can drive!!) so i can not imagine how you juggle all of this!!! it will all come together and you will look back and laugh at all of this!!!! just do your very best and hang in there….you always have all of us to vent all of your craziness to!!!!! take care of yourself!!!!!

  30. Rach says:

    You can do it! You can do it!! I am SOOOO happy for you that your business has taken off….it is so fun to sit back and watch from a fairly close perspective. You continue to amaze me everyday that you get done the things that you DO get done way back when– even before Hudson. You are one amazing woman! You know that and your kiddos are VERY lucky to have you as a mama. {I know you are rolling your eyes at this comment right now–hee hee} BUT hey just look at it this way….by the time they get to school they are gonna have such an advantage on the others that you will really be able to see the fruits of your labor in action. Hang in there and I wish I was closer so I could help more!!!! Dang James’s job! =)

  31. Laurie from GA says:

    Just know that you are getting them the help they need and everything will work out down the road! I’ll be thinking about you and your busy, busy schedule!

    Keep your happy spirit up!

  32. candiceschenk says:

    I’m so glad you have a great attitude about getting your boys the help they need!! It’s so hard when as a mom, you know that something is off, but no one wants to listen. My son had a speech delay when he was 2. I knew there was something wrong, but everyone around me told me he would talk when he was ready. I just pressed the issue with our doctor and she sent us to the school system, which was wonderful! A therapist came to our house once a week and we went to group therapy once a week. It helped sooo much! Now at 7, no one would ever know he was speech delayed and he is being tested for being gifted. So anyway, good job at being such a concerned mom!!! It will only help your kids!

  33. My Beautiful Mess! says:

    Girl!! Your plate is really full! So glad (but not at all surprised)your business is bursting – overwhelming but a good overwhelming.
    I know your boys will do awesome!! After all they have a great Mom looking after them….who could ask for more.

  34. The Duseks says:

    I’m sorry it’s so hectic for you. I understand the stress of therapy. My oldest son has a severe speech delay at least 1 1/2 years and is 4 yrs old. He’s in the PPCD program thru the school district where he has SLP and OT, but he also has SLP on the side. And I think he might have to start behavior therapy.
    feel free to email me if you wanna vent or have any speech questions if you’re new to it…I’ve been doing it for 2 1/2 yrs now. whew!
    littledarlindesigns@gmail.com

    littledarlindesigns.blogspot.com

    Leigh

  35. Sheila says:

    My daughter attends a special daycare for kids with serious speech problems and deaf children. She is 3 1/2 years old and she is still only using loose words and some 2 to 3 word sentences. It gets frustrating when you can’t have a conversation with your kid, and I really hate it when people say, “Don’t worry she’ll be talking soon.” I just want to smack them upside the head. LOL

  36. Fuji says:

    I had speech therapy in fifth grade but it was because I just did not talk. I read comments by people and think, “How can so many kids need therapy?” Someone should have been spending time with me talking. Or I should not have been exposed to whatever chemicals I was exposed to, like varnish, paints and all kinds of other fumes that were prevalent in the 60s. Of course if I speak with a British accent, the problem goes away so maybe it is just American English being really nuts.

  37. Libzsonshine says:

    Wow! I just discovered your blog and website from the Nester and have been reading for the past hour and just amazed at your talent and beautiful family!

    I'm a Pediatric OT in NW Missouri and serve kids within their home setting (or school). Unless there is an extreme shortage for Pediatric therapists in your area, you might be able to have OT, PT & speech within your own home. Wish I were closer to lend you a hand!

    Your children sound precious and you sound like an OUTSTANDING mom!

    God bless!
    Miss Libby

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