Ballet Class to be or not to be

We need to change everything up and to also somehow get this ballet adventure back on its wheels so that we can navigate what’s happening with Johnny as well. THIS matters to him so we need to somehow make sure that it matters to all of us as a family. What’s hard sometimes is that…

Becoming The Big Brother

“This morning really early I heard our daughter saying “Johnny” really loud and I called out for her to back to sleep. I heard the flutter of little feet on the hard wood floor. She sleeps in a crib still. It seems that big brother wanted to play.” Originally posted on March 7 2012 Flash…

A Pile Of Leaves

  I saw a big pile of leaves that just beckoned to the kids to run and jump in.  It was Mother Nature’s version of a giant ball pit playroom that is in every Ikea.  Johnny was having a challenging time after a very busy week and we thought what a great opportunity to throw…

Its All About the Hazelnuts

It was a crisp Fall Sunday morning and we optimistically thought it would be nice to visit this big city park that we had not been to with the kids since they were babies and have them wander around in the fresh air, hike through the woods,  find the big pond,  see the ducks,  pick up lots of beautiful…

Is Your Daughter Autistic Too?

  Is your daughter autistic too? Now that’s a question to wake you up pretty fast on a Wednesday morning when you drop your kids off at school. But if I’m truthful with myself I know that this is a question that I knew I was going to face at some point with Princess joining…

He’s Annoying

  “Mommy the other kids on the bus think that **** is annoying when he gets loud, shouts or cries on the school bus in the morning.” Its been six weeks now since my 4 year old daughter  Princess who is neurotypcial started kindergarten and riding the small bus to school with her brother Johnny….

Grade 2 Begins With Change

  A new school year is always filled with change as students start a new grade and get to know new teachers, but this year has a special beginning. Princess, Johnny’s little sister began Junior Kindergarten this September. She is now in full time all day kindergarten and rides the school bus with her brother…

She Reminds Me What I Missed Out On

    “Am I glad that I had a *normal* child so that we can experience what we missed?”  That’s what I was asked by someone close to me recently. It felt like one of those important moments that in the end left me a little stunned. It is true that with the birth of…

Leading Her Through The Dark

I never know when I am going to get the unexpected appearance of maturity or movement forward but when it happens I savour it for how special it is. This morning when I got up I noticed that Johnny’s little sister,  Princess,  had used “her potty” during the night and went back to bed.  …

Is A Name Important?

John or Johnny?  Princess, Johnny’s 3 year old little sister has been bringing this up a lot to me recently.  At her preschool some of the children class are calling her ***** and she has been telling her teachers and peers , “My name is Princess not *****.”  She has mentioned to me before when we have…

She Deserves A Sticker Too Mommy

We are in the midst of fine tuning potty training with my daughter “Princess” who is 3 and we have created rewards chart that we placed on our fridge for her.  She has a specific number of boxes that she can place a sticker in when she meets an expectation and then she gets to…

Just Like Sleeping Beauty….

I could hear some little giggles coming from the living room while I was making dinner and I wondered what Johnny was up to. I had turned on a Disney movie that both his little sister and he liked while I tried to quickly make dinner. I snuck a peak through the French glass door…

Princess Wants To Go Potty

2 weeks ago my 2 year old daughter, “Princess”,  used her little trainer potty for the first time during her bedtime routine! Yeah! The thing is we didn’t plan on starting potty training right now but while we were in Cape Cod she decided on her own that she wanted to sit on potty like…

Bring on the Belugas!

  Two weekends ago we had an opportunity to participate in community event done by the Provincial Autism chapter at an Aquarium / Theme park.  I usually have lots of troubled thoughts about ocean mammals in captivity specially since I grew up on the West Coast but I knew the kids would really enjoy seeing…

What Is It About Amusement Parks?

The need for speed, going fast, spinning, lights, colours, laughter and lots of movement. Even when he was a baby he loved being on the baby swings for an extended period of time and would cry if we took him out too soon.  We started taking Johnny on rides  at an amusement park when he…

The Art of Copy Cat

Children learn by copying one another and if you had to go four whole years before you saw your child copy another child consistantly then you would be celebrating every single moment when they did come.  Ready set go! “Princess” has a ribbon Johnny wants one to wear too. She is wearing New Orleans style beads…

The crayon broke.

  The crayon broke. That’s all it took. In between the anguish and and tears he said, “Mama fix Mama fix.” We were out for dinner and the waitress had only left one coloring paper and one pack of crayons when his little sister reached out and snatched the crayon.  She did it so roughly…

Becoming The Big Brother

  “Momma…Momma” he said with some urgency. We were all sitting at the dinner table tonight when Johnny with a serious voice was trying to get my attention. “Momma….baby. Baby.” I look over at his little sister and she is having a real hard time keeping her eyes open. It was time for Daddy to the…

Laugh, Play, Cry

On January 25 we had a big breakthrough with Johnny. Johnny started to cry when he tried to unsuccessfully get his sister to play his “run and chase” game with him. She runs from the living room through the dining room into the kitchen then the mudroom where she giggles and laughs at herself in…