What Nobody Tells You About Bringing Twins Home

I know that I wasn't prepared in any way for what it was like to bring home a newborn. Despite what people chose to share, it was nothing like what I expected. 'Ssippi Scoop recently shared a post about what it's like to bring twins home -- which is a must read if you're expecting multiples or planning to help out a friend or relative when they bring their new babies home. It's hard, it's not what you'd expect and she's here to give you some advice. Take it. ...more
SERIOUSLY, try to get them on the same schedule, even if it means waking one. They'll fall back ... more

Would You Give Your Child An Autism-Be-Gone Pill?

As Autism Awareness Month nears its end, I thought it would be a good idea to feature a post that poses a question I've seen debated about various disabilities and issues: If you could give your a child a pill to rid them of autism... would you? Jill of Yeah. Good Times. shares her take on the question at hand. ...more

This is such an interesting question, and it opens a can of worms. Would I want to change who ... more

{Going Blue For April} And Maybe You Should Too!

April is autism awareness month...  so why should you care? Because Autism probably looks a lot different than you think it does... AND because 1 in 91 children nationwide are diagnosed with it every year. If you're new to this blog I should mention that Sawyer and Thatcher, my two oldest have PDD-NOS, a form of autism.  Sawyer knows no stranger, he has no clue about social boundaries and is what we call "hyper social". He loves to hug everyone and more than once has decided a stranger's boob also doubles as a great hand rest. ...more

I know exactly where you are coming from. My g/b twins are 4 and both have been diagnosed with ... more

Brothers Stink, Whether They Have Autism or Not

We don't ever leave our youngest daughter Mali alone with Leo, her ten-year-old big brother. It's not safe. Leo's intense autism may complicate his understanding in some ways, but he remembers very clearly that until he was four years old, there was no Mali and he was Mommy's baby. He has no problem showing his antipathy through yelling and pushing. Understandably, Mali is not a Leo fan, though she tends to blame Leo's autism rather than Leo himself. While I know we can keep Mali safe, I worry that these two children I love so fiercely might hate each other. And that breaks my heart. ...more

I too am the parent of autistic children who have siblings. Right now my NT son is nearly 6 ... more

My Son Doesn't Speak, So I've Learned to Read Him

My son doesn’t speak so I’ve learned to read him in other ways. I know which giggles are meaningful and which are just manic tics. I know his joyous squeals and grumpy whines. I know his attempts at sign language, when he is really trying to tell me something or just going through the motions because he knows he is supposed to. ...more

As a parent of special needs children, I've learned to follow nonverbal cues when they present ... more

Message Boards: Helpful or Harmful?

I used to work as a Substance Abuse Counselor and facilitated many many many group meetings where I saw shared experiences helping all the people present. There's no way to deny that support from people who have shared a common struggle can help each other. The flip side of that is: It can also make you act like a wussy whiny pants. Support Group-modeled message boards, friends. That's what I'm talking about today. ...more

When I first learned I was expecting twins, I panicked. I didn't have any idea of what was ... more

My Son Has a Super Power

My son has a superpower. He is invisible. Most disabled people are, you know. They are born with it, alongside twisted limbs or broken minds. My son, he can't walk, or talk, or eat. He can't hear and he will never fly. But He is invisible. You may not have seen him. But he saw you. ...more

I understand what you mean. 2 of my children are autistic and, when the tantrums come on people ... more

What's Next?

This post is about me.  And not about me venting about the issues surrounding my children so I can start fresh after hitting the "Publish Post" button.  But about ME, my future and my life.  I'm very happy being a mother and a wife.  But for many many reasons it would be a wise idea for me to get a job working with others than just my family.  I'm trying to determine the best way to go and what is the right direction for me to take. ...more

I never thought of putting in the blog address -- that's a very good idea. Normally I just copy ... more

What's Next?

This post is about me.  And not about me venting about the issues surrounding my children so I can start fresh after hitting the "Publish Post" button.  But about ME, my future and my life.  I'm very happy being a mother and a wife.  But for many many reasons it would be a wise idea for me to get a job working with others than just my family.  I'm trying to determine the best way to go and what is the right direction for me to take. ...more

Yours is the first comment that I've had since I've started copying my blog here, and what a ... more

The Similac Recall and Why Breast is Not Always Best

I wrote two posts this week about breastfeeding in reaction to a post about the "breast is best" campaign: one titled, "Breast is Not Best" and the other titled "Breast Bitch." It was a week that at first seemed fairly quiet on the parenting wars front -- and then the Similac recall bomb was dropped. And in a week in which my breastfeeding posts would have simply been my request to stop using supremacy language in regard to a bodily function that is outside a person's control, it became a gathering spot to see, "see, see, breast is best!" ...more

Thank you for writing this post.

I consider myself fortunate to have been able to bf all of ... more