Most of us has them (unless you are an only child, then you only have cousins & friends who are like sisters/brothers to you)I, myself, am a middle child.  I have an older sister AND a younger brother. We are all very far apart in age.  I am younger than my sister by 7 years, while my brother is younger than me by 5.  ...more

The Baby Doll Dilemma: Is It About the Doll or About Annoying His Sister?

we all cooed over kiddette and her purple goo-gooing doll, and how funny it was that she knew just what to do with the doll, and isn't it strange how she took right to dolls and stuffed animals while her big brother went right for trucks and cars and airplanes and Legos. And then kiddo noticed the doll. Promptly he became obsessed with it....more
That's awesome, Lucinda -- how did the nurturing differ?more


I’ve had a good cry on and off the last two days. With my boys still home from school due to the evacuations in our area, I tried to give them a fun day out. Things didn’t go as planned. But it isn’t what you may be thinking, my oldest wasn’t the challenge, it was my youngest....more
Thanks DesiValentine4 for your encouraging words, I sure need them today!more

New Study Shows Higher Autism Rates for Autism Siblings

How likely is a child with autism to have an autistic sibling? The medical journal Pediatrics recently published results from the UC Davis MIND Institute's Infant Sibling Study, showing that nearly 20 percent of 664 infant siblings of children with autism -- infants who were tracked and evaluated from age six to thirty-six months -- developed an autism spectrum disorder. This rate is much higher than previous estimates of three to ten percent....more
I read a similar report before my youngest was born. I was prepared just in case Kalen was ...more

Sibling Revelry

Raksha Bandhan image from www.4to40.comAre you ready for Raksha Bandhan?...more

My Summer of the Wild Gorilla Boy

Do you remember that towheaded toddler from about three and a half weeks ago?...more

Which "One" Am I?

My brother is here for the holiday weekend. He's the only one that actually stayed home while the rest of us uprooted here for some reason that I still have trouble explaining to people. It's rather unusual that we all ended up moving our lives to the midwest while my brother remains in Sunny California. Most people here would think we've been living in the midwest and he was the one that went off to live the glamourous LA life....more

I Dropped My Daddy In The Dirt

Tuesday was not a very good day.  Bro asked me to help him with Daddy and the doctor visit.  His back has been an issue and getting Daddy and a wheelchair down two steps has been worrisome for him.  Sure I can help.  First, the wheelchair is a bit old.  In fact, looking through old pictures I found is of me when I broke my leg at age 11, forty-four years ago, I'll be darned, I think it is the same wheelchair that Daddy is using.  It was my great grandmother's.  Could be another one but it is still OLD! ...more

The Perfect Family- it's all smoke and mirrors..

As originally written and posted on Band Back together May 17, 2011This weekend will kick-off further pictorial evidence of just how perfect my family is....more

My Middlest