Author Archive for suburbamom

Boys

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Up until now, I’ve never really thought of my children as “boys.”  They didn’t really do anything that “only boys do,” but now I’m starting to see inklings.  Perhaps girls do these things too. I wouldn’t know. Even though they don’t watch movies or play video games modeling these behaviors, they like to pretend to…

Li’l Artist

DrawGoofy

Either my four-year-old is a total artist, or I’m just incredibly untalented.  I’ve never been able to draw anything or create images in my mind.  For the last year or so, my big guy has been creating some great images. The first thing I remember, was his dinosaur.  He went from scribbling and color-blocking to……

Hide and Seek

HideBlanket

I’ve noticed that with the house a mess, I feel defeated in ever getting the dishes and laundry clean.  It is so futile.  But I carry a heavy weight on my shoulders of being “busy” even though I’m not attempting to tackle it.  I busy myself with other things, to escape the overwhelming chores and…

Cries

Cries

Every morning, there is a lot of crying.  Not the baby, of course.  The big boys.  One offends or assaults the other, which results in crying. On this particular morning, while we were getting ready, I heard both of them break out in a cry at the same time.  That never happens.  I came running. …

Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day! The word “labor” reminds me of childbirth, and it’s such an amazing experience!  True, it’s hard work, but it isn’t all bad. I’ve done it three times, without pain relief, and here are the top ten things that helped me through it: 1.    Prayer I prayed about the birth throughout my pregnancy…

Gleaning

GleanStrawberries

Since I was a Brownie in second grade, I’ve been volunteering and serving the community in one way or another.  My husband and I did a lot of work in disaster response with the Red Cross, and planned to someday do it with our children when we had some.  Of course, they will have to…

Squeaky Wheel

squeakywheel

Sometimes, OK most of the time, it’s really hard to get services for my kids.  I had a tough time getting my baby into Occupational Therapy.  I started with a Regional Center evaluation that said he was fine, which convinced me more that it should be looked into.  I got the pediatrician to prescribe an…

Ickies

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It’s true.  From the minute the baby is born, and every day after, poop works its way into your everyday life.  I don’t think I’ve gone a day without discussing poop at least once:  “When was the last time he pooped?” and “Was it a big poop?” and “Was it a soft one?” and then…

Mentor

Heart

Recently, I met a mom of a baby whom she feels shows signs of Autism.  She was looking to me for support and advice, with fear and hope in her eyes. I didn’t expect to ever be in this position.  At least not so soon. When I think of support groups, I always think of…

Explosion

LittleBigGuyRiver

My little big guy has been working really hard to learn new concepts and improve his language and speech.  His expressive language was a very slow and tough journey.  That is, until one amazing day in April.  Don’t get me wrong, he still has a long way to go, but on that day he experienced…