Overwhelming Numbers
Jan24

Overwhelming Numbers

So, I’m at this blogging conference that’s supposed to start in 10 minutes, and for some reason, they aren’t letting us into the room. They have us mingling in a small hallway with wine and food and tables, all I’m assuming, to facilitate networking. I find it overwhelming, overstimulating, and downright uncomfortable. Since I’m an adult, I can opt out. I can come sit here in the lobby and keep my eye on...

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A Little Morning Sunshine

This morning child came to get me up with a cheerful, “Mommy, Mommy, sun come up.” I agreed that it had. “Mommy, you want come play x-box with me?” I had two edits, a couple of websites to update, and it sure would be nice if I could ever write again, but when faced with such a polite, articulate and optimistic question, how could I say no? Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Why I Couldn’t Write About Parenting for a Month

Last month, I was all set to start blogging 2-3 times a week. I even managed to do it for one whole week — the week I was away from home when my uncle had a heart attack. In many ways, that was a magical week. I’d driven to Dallas at the last moment in a bit of a panic. My husband and I had been in San Antonio the week before, and we hand’t even been home for half an hour before I had to get back on the road for...

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My Baby Is Finally Not a Baby Anymore
Aug29

My Baby Is Finally Not a Baby Anymore

For a long time I referred to my son as a baby. In fact, I referred to “the baby” for so long that people I didn’t see regularly often thought I was talking about a second child. Most people it turns out, don’t refer to their child as baby much past eighteen months. They certainly aren’t referring to their 3yo as a baby. So why was I? I thought about it a lot these past few months, especially when we were...

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Why My Autistic Child Will Still Get His 4 YO Vaccines
Aug28

Why My Autistic Child Will Still Get His 4 YO Vaccines

Sometimes I get asked if Castle’s autism was caused by his vaccines. In our particular case, the answer is a definite no. His primary issue, dyspraxia, was present on the day he was born. The child never could coordinate the muscles in his mouth enough to latch properly, and if bottles didn’t exist, he would have starved to death. (Incidentally, the same was true of me and my half-sister. We both have dyspraxic symptoms...

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Homeschooling (?) Adventures
Aug23

Homeschooling (?) Adventures

Today we started homeshooling (?) our four year old. (And yes, I know it’s a Friday, but that’s the beauty of homeschooling. I can do it any time or place I want.) This would be an adventure even without the autism diagnosis. As it is, we’ve been experiencing some growing pains. Castle isn’t rigid or routine bound. This has always been a bit of a blessing, especially when we travel. It means that we can work in...

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