The Truth is I’m Struggling

You may have gotten this from my posts about fear and the autism clinic last week, but the truth is I’m struggling. Special needs parenting is kicking my butt in a whole new way. I knew C would have a difficult time transitioning to preschool. I didn’t expect to see him lose skills and independence. I didn’t anticipate that he would get a cold and end up vomiting so many times that he hasn’t kept a full tube feeding down in days. Yes, vomiting from a cold; because that’s how his life is as a tubie.

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Crowd-Sourcing: Preparing for the Autism Clinic

C puts together Disney Planes puzzle

I’ve been reading articles, watching videos, observing my son and absorbing as much information as possible. I believe he may have high-functioning autism.

He has an appointment next month with a clinic specializing in autism and developmental disorders. Our first meeting will be with the clinic psychologist. She will determine if his case warrants an appointment with the rest of the team.

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Pick ‘n Save Recipes: Grain-Free Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff

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Are you starting to plan your goals for 2015? As I finish up my list, I have one big health goal: going grain-free. Yes, that means no wheat, oat, corn or rice. Sounds crazy, right? I challenged myself to two months of grain-free living this fall and I felt fantastic. I want to make that commitment to my health in 2015 and Pick ‘n Save will help me do it!

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Holiday Guest Self-Care Baskets with Immune Support

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My aunt and uncle lived in California when I was growing up in Wisconsin. Every time I visited them, I was greeted with a guest basket filled with items to pamper myself. My favorite chocolate, a journal to record memories from my vacation, a soft robe to sink into. I treasured the thoughtfulness and love that went into each basket. Now that I’ve grown and find myself hosting guests of my own, I like to keep that tradition alive. My holiday guests will receive self-care baskets this year with items like bath salts for relaxation and Vitamin C for immune support.

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Hi Teacher, My Son has Special Needs

Hi Teacher, My Son has Special Needs.

C is starting 3k on January 5! He’ll be in school three mornings per week. Those mornings conflict with the group therapies he has attended since February, adding to my anxiety about his transition. We’re excited for him and nervous about the new environment. I think he will *love* school. I think. I hope.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

Winter can get long and dreary, especially for our kids who are usually stuck indoors. We need to get creative to expend that energy we so easily use outdoors in warmer weather. It’s so much easier to go for a walk or a trip to the park in the summer! Exercise is great for our bodies and our minds. Here are five ways to keep your kids moving in the winter:

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5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with a Tubie

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5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with a Tubie #LittleMamaJama

Stress runs high during the holidays! When you have a child with special needs, packing, traveling and attending holiday events can be even more stressful. When I’m packing my tubie’s supplies, I will admit to thinking that it would be easier to just stay at home! Here are five tips to avoid that feeling this season:

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The Holidays Then & Now

The Holidays Then & Now

There was something about the holidays that was magical. The snow falling softly. The warm cup of coffee in hand as we critiqued neighborhood Christmas lights. The gatherings of friends and family.

I have to say, the holidays no longer feel magical. I think a lot of the “magic” of life is gone now. These days, my world revolves primarily around C’s health, therapy and feedings. Everything else just kind of…happens.

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C’s Organic Blended G-Tube Diet

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C has always had difficulties with food, and I wanted what little food he would eat to be the best food I could afford to offer him. I started buying organic snacks for him when he was little. When he had his g-tube placed at age 2, he was put on Pediasure. Four bottles of Pediasure per day through his tube. I was mortified by how much sugar he was getting, but I felt helpless because he needed those calories to gain weight and catch up on growth.

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A Little Grace

Friends, I need a little grace right now.

I may look at your message, only to be interrupted before I am able to reply.

I may not be able to answer your call, because C is acting out.

I may forget something that you asked me to do, because my mind is racing with therapy ideas and tasks.

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