So many of my posts are filled with stories about my boys – all three of them.  It’s what this blog is all about, after all.

Watching my oldest and my youngest struggle with their brother’s autism diagnosis has been the most difficult thing for me.

When I first read the blog The Squashed Bologna, written by the amazing Varda, I felt an instant connection to her story.  She was also writing about her boys – twins.  One of her twins has autism, the other does not.  Her stories were like mine.  We both felt the tug of wanting to be there for one child, but needing to be there for another.  We both felt the sadness when one child hit developmental milestones that the other did not.  We both just wanted one day when things would be easy for us and our boys.

So when she approached me to be the first writer in her Special Needs Sibling Saturday, I instantly said yes.  Actually, YES PLEASE!

Today is that day.  Please visit me over at Special Needs Sibling Saturday at The Squashed Bologna.  And while you’re there, read Varda’s posts.  Her stories, her photos and her love for her boys warrants a long stay.  I am so honored to call her my friend.

Special Needs Sibling SaturdayClick Here for My Brother, My Brother

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I have seen the promised land of therapy rooms.

I have visited these amazing basements equipped with swings, trampolines, a trapeze and quiet tent spaces.  Rooms filled with sensory balls and body socks and noise canceling headphones.  I have stood in the doorways of these spaces but have never crossed in.

Because it’s not my house.  Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s therapy room.

I’m over at Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys with the rest of the story…I’m wanting what I can’t have.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Click Here for You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I have my first post up on the new SPD Blogger Network.

I called it “Mother’s Intuition”.  It’s about that moment as parents – as mothers and fathers – that we just know something isn’t right.  The moment that we know we have to trust our gut instincts and stop listening to the other voices around us.

My hope is that if you know someone who is struggling, you’ll pass it along.  Let them know that they are not alone.  Let them know that you are there for them.

 

SPD Blogger Network Post
Mother’s Intuition

Click on the picture or click HERE for Mother’s Intuition

 

And while there, please join us at the site.  If you have a story to tell about sensory processing issues, share it with us.  You don’t have to be a writer.  You just have to be a person with a story to tell.  We want to hear it.

A big thank you to my two friends who helped me with this post.  They tell the best stories.

“You haven’t lived until you’ve dissected a doughnut.”

Several weeks ago, I posted that as my Facebook status, and got a few puzzled comments.  Most of my friends could not understand what I was talking about.

But you, my fellow parents of children with sensory issues, you understand.  Don’t you?

Even Weird Al Yankovic can’t make my son eat.  I’m talking about our difficulties with food at Hartley’s Life with 3 Boys today.  Come check it out and don’t forget to vote for the SPD Blogger Awards while you’re there!

Click here for Eat the Doughnut!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another thing I am thankful for is that my post “Motherless Child” is on Mamapedia today!  I know many of you have left me comments on this one before, and it was your encouragement that led me to submit it for others to read.

If you get a chance today between eating turkey and watching football, click over here and leave me a comment!

Click here for Mamapedia – Feeling Like A Motherless Child

It’s the premiere of my first post as a regular contributor to Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys today!  I’m so honored to be there.  Hartley is the reason that I started blogging on a regular basis, and joining her Sensory Processing Disorder Blogger Network has been a life changing experience for me.  I have met so many amazing people through that network, people that I’m proud to call friends.  I’ll be writing on her site twice a month along with Caitlin from Welcome to Normal, Population 0, Patty from Pancakes Gone Awry, and Michelle from She’s Always Write.  These women, including Hartley,  are incredible writers and I am humbled to be included with them.

My post today is called “Getting to Know You” so that Hartley’s readers could meet me and my family.

Click on this button to get there!

I am excited to be participating in Hartley’s Life with 3 Boys celebration : 30 stories in 30 days.  Every day in October, she’s featuring a story from a family dealing with sensory processing disorder.  Today is our story!  I called it:

From Birth

Click on the words above to read our story, and leave me a comment there if you’d like