Autism: Mapril 2016!!

We got some of the best news we could get. Our class date got moved up a month earlier. This means we get to meet BigM’s service dog one month sooner. These past couple of weeks have been  a flurry of getting the training video together to send in, getting to know our new classmates…

Autism: Puppy Prepping

We are still waiting to have dates of when we get to bring the service dog home with us. I know that this holiday season we will have some more specific information and directions to send in video to help them train the dog. Until then we have been prepping for the dog. When BigM…

Top 5 Toddler Apps

Yes, there is a huge debate as to how much screen time kids should have. Toddlers should have minimal to no screen time. Guess what? I’m a human. I know it’s a shock to some people but as a mom with three little under the age of 5 sometimes a screen is necessary. Especially for…

Autism or Mourning?

At this point I am not sure which would be easier to blame this behavior on. BigM has been having a rather rough last couple of weeks. I could take the easy (easier?) road and chalk it up to him being autistic. Or I cold explain it as him working through his mourning period. No…

BigM 4 Year Check Up

Well, my baby did it again. He missed the memo about not growing up anymore and went and turned another year older. With this momentous occasion comes the annual doctor check-up. I wouldn’t normally make an entire blog post about something as simple as a well child check up but with everything else going on…

Autism: Second Diagnosis

This last week has been a trying one. LittleM doesn’t sleep well sharing a room with other people. Which means that he doesn’t go to sleep AT ALL. BigM had huge routine changes, followed by huge routine changes, followed by long and demanding appointments. I hit 37 weeks in the middle of all of this…

Second Opinions

For anyone who has been following along on the Facebook pages this won’t be any new information. For everyone else, I will try to give a brief catch up/back story. Several months ago HD and I sat down and made a hard decision. We moved BigM to a different doctor. This was no simple task….

Autism: Maybe not?

We have been struggling to put a name to what is going on with BigM. He doesn’t exactly fit Autism but he doesn’t exactly fit any others that have been suggested either. Some that were suggested I just looked at people like they had three heads because there was nothing about my son that would…

Set Backs

I haven’t had as much posted on here for Autism as I wanted to going into this blog. To be honest these past two months have been rough. Increased behaviors, slow doctors offices, a large chunk of fundraising for the service dog vanished in thin air, and school ended and summer school began all in…

The Diagnosis Journey: Initial Speech

When Big M was just a little guy and still our only one he was, as his grandpa put recently, unique. Being a first time mommy I worried about EVERYTHING. By the time he was 14 months old he had already been “failure to thrive” and had bronchitis.  Up until this point his development had…

Autism: Service Dogs

Every since Mathew received his diagnosis of Autism I have been researching constantly. There are so many ways to help out a kid on the spectrum but a lot of them are considered alternative methods and therefore not covered by insurance or recognized by health professionals as being extremely helpful. Thus far we have been…

Autism Safety

As there are lulls in the weekly happenings in the family I will write more about the back story of Big M and our journey through special needs. His story actually starts when he was 13 months old.  Something happened recently that I thought warranted a jump a head and talking about now. Safety concerns…