Take one Kids can be embarrassing, am I right?! Nothing gets you over embarrassment than being a parent, especially of a special needs child. Let me explain. Yesterday began just fine. Nothing out of the norm. We did have a blissful weekend of lazy mornings, so maybe being back in the swing of things made … Continue reading A Tale of a Special Needs Parent
This is just a regular old day for most of you. For us, it’s our wedding anniversary AND our amazing friend, Tricia’s birthday AND the former Mr. and Mrs. Federline’s anniversary. That’s right, we got married on the same day as Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. I’m happy to proclaim our marriage has surpassed the … Continue reading Our Magic Formula
There are few places on this Earth where the separation of before, now and after is as thin and obvious as what you may find in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of your local hospital. Call it what you will – religious, spiritual or even scientific – but there is something unexplainable and beyond … Continue reading I need you to fight.
I’m sure many, if not all of you, have either heard of or watched the hilarious sitcom, Arrested Development. Before kids and I could watch or listen to what I want during the day, I practically had the show on a loop. The school several of the family members attended, Milford Academy, highly encouraged/mandated children … Continue reading Children should be seen AND heard
I’m going to be very straightforward in saying one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when parents of typical children claim they know the struggles of an autistic child’s meltdown or tantrum... The logical part of my brain realizes they’re just trying to commiserate, BUT a typical child’s meltdown is NOT the same as a … Continue reading Autism, Meltdowns, & Tantrums
Today, I arrived at my daughter’s school earlier than usual. I decided to surpass our normal routine of waiting in the pick up zone and parked my car in the lot. It was one of those days in the Pacific Northwest when the sun was out and temperatures mild. It’s basically mandatory to be outside … Continue reading Autism, Fear, & Elopement
Anyone who truly knows me, recognizes I’m not one to repress my feelings about anything. I’m especially candid about the difficulties of parenthood. Then, in our case, the addition of having a special needs child has caused me to become incredibly transparent. At times, I’ve fallen victim to pitying myself and our life. Every outing … Continue reading Embracing & Celebrating Autism
Hey guess what? April is World Autism Awareness Month AND today is World Autism Awareness Day! DUH! Okay. Okay. Maybe not everyone knows, but if you have a loved one or friend with Autism, you know all about it. In honor of this month, we celebrate our girl, Brynn. We celebrate her challenges, strengths, gifts … Continue reading Autism Awareness