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FaceBook Flashback: July 11th, 2012

Written By: teamcharliebear - Apr• 26•13

charlie and abigailInteresting situation yesterday put some things in perspective for me, and with all this stuff about Fifty Cent in the Media, and now the 19 yr old that was abandoned in that bar causing such a negative backlash … I guess it came full circle for me in a way and I thought we could all learn from it. Abigail was outside playing with some kids in our neighborhood. Being my little helper, I asked if she would discreetly take a bagged up dirty diaper to the dumpster. One of the kids started to laugh when they realized her six year old brother still wore diapers, and she started to cry. She came running to me hoping I would attack, Mama tiger that I am. I brushed her hair out of her tear streaked face and called the kids over..assuring them no one was “in trouble”. I explained to her, and them that I knew it must seem odd for a bigger kid to need diapers, after all, Charlie looks just like them, but he’s just “a little different”. He learns a bit differently and in his own time. I told them about his camp and how great he was doing. How he wasn’t talking yet, but said his 1st sentence just this year! They smiled. About that time Abigail went in and brought him out to meet them. She was so proud, and he wanted me to pick him up. They were eating out of his hand by this point..hanging on my every word. I explained how some kids with his severity level could be in their teens before successfully potty trained but Charlie had only used one diaper the past two days so far and the rest were potty trips, and then he gave me a high five! The were thrilled by that. The crowd dispersed everyone went home and Abigail and me and Bear went inside. I just looked at my beautiful little girl, tears long gone, and said “see baby, when we stay calm, and talk to people with love and understanding we are far more likely to teach them what they need to know. But if we get angry and start yelling and getting defensive.. They’ll just stop listening and then no one will learn anything. So we teach with love, ok?” she smiled, I saw the light go on in her head and she said “ok”. But ya wanna know something? …. That light came on in my head too! Just thought I’d pass it along ♥ Have a great day, and love one another!

We’ve Gone Viral…?

Written By: teamcharliebear - Apr• 25•13

I never dreamed in all the time I spent my “early morning coffee ramblings” or my  “midnight moanings in the hospital” about the Bear that it would come to this, but here we are… Team Charlie Bear has it’s own domain!!!! I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m sure the maker of Facebook  is right behind me on that one *smirk*  I tell ya, it couldn’t have come at a better time either. With CBear’s summer camp a mere month away we will have OODLES of things to keep you posted on. So please, feel free to roam about the area. Get to know the in’s and out’s of how we became…”us”…And  BUCKLE UP…it’s bound to be a BUMPY RIDE!!!!   AAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL ABOARD? :)

My Brother With Autism – by Abigail

Written By: teamcharliebear - Apr• 25•13

My brother has autism. It means he has special needs. He goes to therapy every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If people make fun of him they don’t have any idea how mean they’re being. He still has feelings no matter how hard it is for him to show it. Sometimes he might slap your hand, but that’s the way he shows you he likes you.   He is very joyful when you play with him the right way.  Me and him like to role our bean bags down the stairs. We also like to clap on each others hands.  Sometimes he chases the dog.  Other times he pets her very calmly.  He is very sweet.



The Beginning

Written By: teamcharliebear - Apr• 25•13

charlie_babyCharlie was born February 23, 2006 after an eventful pregnancy, to say the least. When his older sister Abigail  was 9 months old I learned I was expecting again. It had taken me a year and a half to get pregnant the 1st time so we didn’t think it would happen so quickly. We were WRONG,  but elated they would be so close in age and have a lot they could relate to each other on..or so we hoped! Ever the optimist I tried to find the positives in everything but the hits kept coming. At 14 weeks, on a visit to a family members house out of state, I slipped on my footing and bounced on my rear down 5 steps! Not knowing any doctors in the town or that were open on a Sunday, I waited till I got home on Monday to be  seen by my own. My husband at the time wasn’t there, not uncommon. We were already falling apart but no one knew it as we did all our fighting behind closed doors. I felt alone… A lot! (more…)