Cavity 🦷 update... Dentist wanted to give Luca liquid sedation... Two pretty heavy drugs for a 7 year old (one high dose of Benadryl, the other Valium ☹️), plus laughing gas. I expressed my concerns about the drugs and told him Luca will be fine with just the gas if you simply answer all his questions. So today, we went in and they showed him exactly what will happen when he does get the filling. He got to ask lots of questions, ride the chair up and down a few times and test out the feel of the things that will hold his mouth open. He also got to smell the things they’ll be using and feel them with his hands. It was a positive experience 👍💙. I now feel pretty confident we can get through it without the sedatives. Appointment is in a month. We’ll see how it goes. 🤞. For now, no candy for the holidays. That’ll probably be harder than getting the filling! Thanks for all your input from my earlier post. #lifewithluca #autismjourney #sensorykids #askthequestions #dontsettle
Magic... witnessing the holidays through their eyes makes this time of year so special. #lifewithluca #avi #garafalofamilyadventure
Luca has a cavity ☹️. It’s in a baby tooth that should fall out in about a year. Dentist wants to give him a mild sedative and put in a filling. Anyone else been through this? I’ve been doing some research but I’d love to know... What are your thoughts? #autismmom #autismquestions #lifewithluca
Excited to announce I am now a board member at the non-profit, @autismtree I love their values and how they provide programs for the entire family. I’m so honored to be part of this family and can’t wait to spread more LOVE for kids with autism 💙💙💙🙏. #autismtreeproject #autismawesomeness #EVOL
After years of reading the menu to him, yesterday he said...”Mama, give me the menu and I’ll decide!” I love witnessing his journey to independence 💙. It reminds me of when he was a baby. One day he took out his pacifier and threw it across the room. He was about 6 months old. He never put it in his mouth again. And then I stopped nursing because one day after nursing he said “ba-bye boobie” and that was it! Then at 4 years old as I was reading him a bedtime story, he took the book from me and said, “I’ll do that Mama”, and he started reading. He knows when he’s ready and he does what needs to be done. This #lifewithluca is simply awesome. #autismstories #autismawesomeness #EVOL #autismevolution
Getting a little hair and make up to film some yoga classes today and met @karinacaromua She teaches kids/teens on the spectrum how to do their makeup, hair and skincare. She’s awesome!!! Thanks Karina!
Shout out to all the #autismdads out there. Especially this one who has stepped up so much for me lately. I love you @robgarafalo 💙. I’m so grateful you are my person. #autismfamily #myperson #autismparents
Immersing myself at the neuroscience conference with @autismtree 💙🙏🙏. So much amazing information. Especially loving the talks about the benefits of neurodiversity. #autismmom #EVOL
Something amazing happened... Last night, the night before Halloween, Luca’s costume arrived. This was the first year he requested a specific costume. In years past, he’s simply put on whatever I got him. Pretend play has always been a struggle for his logical mind. This year, as he opened this astronaut costume, put it on and zipped it up, he immediately started pretending to walk on the moon 🌚. I was laughing and crying all at once. He’s starting to get it... the magic of pretending. #autismmom #lifewithluca #autismawesomeness #EVOL
Aces For Autism was awesome! More details, pictures and thank you’s coming. This is a shot of Luca singing to all the players before the tournament began. My heart is overflowing with gratitude 💙🙏💙. #acesforautism #lifewithluca #autismawesomeness
Our first place team will win Ricky Fowler signed Puma hats 😱. Aces For Autism is this Saturday!!! #acesforautism #charitygolftournament #charitydinner #forthekids #neurodiversity #shiftyourperspective #EVOL
Aces For Autism is this Saturday @stmarkgolfclub Two spots left for golf and a few open dinner spots as well. Watch out for this kid. He’s got a mean chip. #acesforautism #lifewithluca #EVOL #autismawesomeness
This is the face... the one he makes when he drifts off to think... the one he makes as his mind formulates a new question for me... This is the one face that makes me wish I could see the amazing things going on in his awesome brain. That’s what we told him autism means = awesome brain 🧠. And I really believe that. And this Face is why I’m doing all I can to shift the way we see autism. That’s what EVOL is... a shift in perspective. It’s seeing with less judgment and more love. This is the last week to donate for Aces For Autism. Will you join our mission and help us spread the word that autism can be awesome! 💙💙 Link in bio. Thanks @patlrhodes for the 📸 #lifewithluca #acesforautism #charitygolftournament #charitydinner #autismawesomeness #EVOL
I only have 8 spots left for the tournament!!! Who’s going to take them? There are still a few ‘dinner only’ tickets available. Registration closes Friday! This is your chance to have a little fun, learn what makes autism awesome and be part of this social change for acceptance and love for all. All proceeds will be donated to @autismtree and all the free programs they provide to help kids with autism thrive! Thank you to all our sponsors and donors...
It takes a village. Our second annual Aces For Autism is in 2 weeks!!! The outpouring of support and donations has brought me to tears at least once a day. Thank you to @susanpackisme for volunteering her time, her beautiful yard and some beautiful succulents that will serve as centerpieces and take home gifts for our attendees. And thank you Luca for writing EVOL, and for reminding all of us that LOVE is what unites us. EVOL simply represents that shift in perspective... shifting from judgment to understanding and from fear to LOVE. That’s the lesson Luca teaches me everyday. And I know there are so many more kids out there like him. Kids who see the world differently, who are open and honest, and who give us a fresh perspective on life. Still accepting videos of why you think autism is awesome! Message me for details. Still a few spots open for our tournament and spots open for dinner. Registration closes after Oct. 15th. Link in our bio. Donations for our raffle and hole sponsors will close on October 24th. #acesforautism #lifewithluca #autismawesomeness #golfforautism #EVOL #dinnerforautism