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Sweet Child Of Mine

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

I am blessed to be the mother of two sons. My oldest will be 29 next month, and my youngest will be 28 next week. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that they were still little boys who had to reach up to give me a hug and kiss. Now, they are adults, and they both tower over me... I'm the one who has to reach up for a hug and kiss!

When they were very young, I would sing to them, and they each had their own favorite songs. For my oldest son, it was "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." He'd probably be embarrassed if I reminded him of that today, though!

My youngest son's favorite song was "Sweet Child O' Mine." I still sing that song to him just about every day, and it still brings such a sweet, gentle smile to his face. I wish he could sing the words along with me, but he can't. He has autism, and he doesn't speak. He is still a little boy in many ways, but in a grown up body.

He can't take care of himself, so I take care of all his needs....dressing him, cleaning him, etc. Yes, he requires a lot from me, but he gives back so much. He loves me, and although he can't verbalize it, I can see it in his eyes and in his smile.

A few years ago, I had given up on myself due to depression, and I allowed myself to become sedentary and obese. I reached my highest weight, 286 lbs. Being so overweight made it hard to take care of myself, and of course it made it harder for me to take care of my son. I was slowly killing myself. I had really given up.

Thank God, I woke up and realized what I was doing to myself, and by extension to my dear son. I was not giving him the best care. I was not being the best mother to him that I could be. I knew I had to start taking care of my health....for my sake, and for his. He needs me.

Since March of last year, my health has become a priority. I eat right, and I exercise. I have lost 71 lbs and I have gotten strong. Caring for my son is much easier now. And he is healthier too, because I pay attention to what he eats. I control his portions, and I give him good, healthy foods. I keep him active by taking him for walks, and trying to get him to do yoga with me. He won't do a full yoga workout, but he will try to do a few poses along with me.

I know that I won't always be able to take care of my son. There will come a time when I will be too old. But I am going to do my best to postpone that day for as long as possible. Taking care of my health has been a gift...not only for myself, but also for my son.

Happy birthday, sweet child of mine! I love you!

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"Sweet Child O' Mine"

He's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see his face
It takes me away to that special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

He's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they'd thought of rain
I'd hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
His hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go?
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Sweet child o' mine
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MARUKI52 6/22/2013 3:44PM

    Happy Birthday to your son Pixie and that is a beautiful blog.

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MILLEDGE2 6/22/2013 3:42PM

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SEATTLE58 6/22/2013 3:24PM

    Oh Pixie, that is so sweet and right from your heart. I love it! Your son is so blessed with having you as his sweet Mama! emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/22/2013 3:22PM

    Pixie, this is such a beautiful blog. Your son's are very lucky to have a mother like you. I'm so proud of all that you have accomplished. You have helped me a lot on my journey as well. Keep up the great work!!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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DALID414 6/22/2013 3:22PM

    I have a knot in my throat, Pixie. Happy birthday pixie-boy!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 6/22/2013 3:19PM

    How lucky he is to have you as his Mum ... Sweet Mom of His!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 6/22/2013 3:10PM

    Awesome, heart-stirring blog, Pixie! There are so many layers to your strength that it never ceases to amaze me. You have two beautiful sons, and they have a beautiful mom. Happy Birthday to your youngest! I hope you will be there for each other for many, many, MANY years to come. As proud of him as you are, I'm sure he's equally proud of you.
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RAINBOWMF 6/22/2013 3:09PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this blog about love and kids.
Time goes all too fast. We all need to take care of our health so our children don't have to care for us.

Love Mary

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GINGER_BEAR 6/22/2013 3:05PM

    emoticon Joshua! May you have the best birthday ever!!

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PRINCHESSA 6/22/2013 2:47PM

    A perfect blog full of meaning all around! You are definitely a beautiful woman!!!

& great taste in music... well, except for the go-go part... LOL Was that during 'potty training' perhaps? LOL

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DEBPRE16 6/22/2013 2:45PM

    emoticon Thanks for such a sweet blog.

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JANESLOSS 6/22/2013 2:43PM

    Pixie, What a beautiful blog about your sons. Thank you for sharing such a sweet story.

Sending big hugs to your son on his Birthday!!
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Hugs,
Jane

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/22/2013 2:33PM

    How beautiful is a mother's love
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OKIE30 6/22/2013 2:21PM

    Awesome Blog! Happy Birthday to your son!

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/22/2013 2:19PM

    emoticon to your dear son and congratulations to you for working so hard to be all you can be!

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ITSABSURD 6/22/2013 2:13PM

    Awww

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TERMITEMOM 6/22/2013 2:07PM

    Pixie you brought tears to my eyes... I can understand so, so much! Happy birthday, sweet Joshua!

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YAFENELRA 6/22/2013 2:04PM

    That is beautiful, Pixie!!

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Arlene

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KATHYJO56 6/22/2013 2:00PM

    OMG Pixie, I have tears streaming down my cheeks. What a sweet and beautiful tribute to your son. What a wonderful Mom you and he are both very lucky to have each other. I wish him a very Happy Birthday! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/22/2013 1:57PM

    OH what a sweet/beautiful blog post!!!! emoticon to your dear son!!! emoticon

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NERDLETTE 6/22/2013 1:48PM

    Very sweet, Pixie. Happy Birthday to your son! You've given him a wonderful gift by embarking on this journey to health. emoticon

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PINKPUSSYCAT62 6/22/2013 1:44PM

    That is beautiful, Pixie. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/22/2013 1:43PM

    Happy birthday to your beloved son.
Good for you for finding yourself and having the courage and willpower to turn your life around.
Blessings to you and your son.
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PIXIEMOM13 6/22/2013 1:40PM

    Wow Pixie, you and i have even more in common than our screen names!! I, too, have a son on the spectrum.... he's 12 and is middle-to-high functioning and pretty verbal...but at the moment we still do a lot for him (in regards to certain things).... and my initial impetus to good health was for his sake. (And his sister too of course, though as a neurotypical child, I expect she will grow to an independent adult.)

edited to add: Happy birthday to your baby! :D

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