Unfashionably Early

I don’t arrive places “fashionably late,” I tend to arrive “unfashionably early.” I wind up doing one of two things when I do. I either hang out in my car for the bonus 45 minutes I gave myself or I head on in and help out. Regardless, I RARELY find myself late or missing an…

Cover Baby

In early March, right before COVID-19 really blew up, Lennon was asked to be the cover baby for Las Vegas Baby Magazine. I didn’t say yes. I said, “HELL YES!” I mean, the thought of Lennon’s beautiful face on the cover of a magazine debuting in April – Autism Awareness Month – meant the world…

How did you know?

Today is WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY so I thought I’d take a moment to answer a question I’m asked a lot. How did you know Lennon had autism. And at first, we didn’t. When he was just over 1-year old we noticed things like (1) he was making very little eye contact (2) he wasn’t…

Just another day

I’ve been reading the thoughts of so many other autism parents (and regular parents) lately. On facebook, on instagram, in their blogs. Social distancing is having major impacts on their children. Schedule changes aren’t good for people with autism. The unknown is scary for people in general. People are going stir crazy. Parents are trying…

Acceptance

I was optimistic going into social distancing, I still am. I know it’s necessary and I know we are going to have a ton of fun together as a family in the coming weeks. But also, there are many things I am going to need to accept. That’s just the reality of it. My house…

Progress Report

Lennon did something cool today and I wanted to share. Around noon he started to get fussy – he was hungry. So I strapped him into his booster seat in the dining room and gave him a small bowl of his GoodBelly Probiotics cereal so I could make his meal. We still have to strap…

Social Distancing

Social distancing – we’re doing it. We made a big grocery store run, cancelled 99% of our appointments, opted to take time away from ABA, Kenny and I are both working from home, rescheduled vacations … The list goes on. Kenny was a long-time heavy smoker and is convinced he has respiratory issues. I have…

You always need asparagus

Kenny and I were doing our COVID-19 due diligence and decided to brave some stores together (with Lennon) to get any necessities we were running low on. A few things of note, we went to three different stores and: All were out of toilet paper (but we didn’t need any, plus Kenny is contemplating a…

Friday the 13th

Just a bunch of cute pictures for you to enjoy! Photos by LaLa Photography.

It gets easier

It gets easier. This is something I have been told since the beginning. In regards to motherhood, in regards to home/life balance, but mostly in regards to being the mother of a special needs child. And that’s the one I’m writing about tonight. It gets easier. I honestly just want to know when. Because as…

What Autism Looks Like

I think by now a majority (I’m an optimist – it’s probably a tiny fraction) of the world is well aware that autism presents itself in different ways. Sometimes it manifests into a variety of stims (self-stimulatory behavior / Repetitive body movements or repetitive movement of objects), sometimes is looks like social anxiety, and on…

Health Matters

At some point last year I came to the realization that I have to live forever. Well, maybe not forever, but at least as long as Lennon. Morbid thought, I know. But the reality is, he is likely going to need 24-hour care for his entire life. Sure, he’s making progress, he’s learning ways to…

A Good Night’s Sleep

I don’t know what it is, but it seems as though a lot of the kiddos with autism I know or hear about absolutely suck at sleeping. Lennon is no different. We average four, maybe five (if we’re lucky) hours a night. We have tried it all: diet changes more clothes / less clothes temperature…

All your friends got one, right?

“All your friends got one, right?” a mother asked her son at Tinkergarten yesterday. I suppose the answer was yes if all, maybe 7 or 8, participants were that child’s friends. Minus Lennon. A little boy was handing out little red bags at the end of our class on Saturday morning. I don’t know what…

Just putting it out there

The concept of “putting it out there” seems so easy. And it probably is, for some. I am not one of those people. I certainly overshare in some aspects of my life on social media, at least with pictures, but for some reason sharing my written word is difficult. Only recently did I make my…