For months I have been trying to find a cake- including frosting recipe that the whole family could enjoy. With Giada being Casein/dairy free on top of both her and I being gluten free I thought it would be a pretty tall order to fill.
Turns out I was wrong! It just took me stepping out of my comfort zone for a second and the result was amazing! Continue reading →
I have had a lot of people ask me what we saw in my daughter that first had us asking questions. Looking back we had issues from day 1 before we ever left the hospital.
There was constant crying that I couldn’t comfort, it almost seemed like she was not comfortable in her own skin. I used that statement to describe Giada for her 1st year of life. It sounds terrible that an infant could not be comfortable in their own skin but that was the best way to describe it.
Probably one of the most common things we hear when we tell people about her autism is “I didn’t think they could diagnose it that young… Continue reading →
My 3 year old LOVES science! So I try to have different experiments for him to do. I try to do a few each month. It could be something as simple as filling the kitchen sink up with water and letting him go around the house picking items, then he has to guess if it will sink or float.
Or sometimes I like to pick things that take a few days (also teaching him some patience) :-). That’s where the naked egg came into play. Continue reading →
Ring around the Rosie- so simple yet so complex for a child with autism.
For Giada it means making eye contact, taking not only 1 person by the hand but 2 and following verbal cues.
It was a month into speech therapy. We were working on Giada’s language comprehension as always and decided to push her with a song game.
Giada is very uncomfortable holding hands but we forced her to take Debbie (her therapist) and myself by the hand and play Ring-Around-The-Rosie. Continue reading →
We usually have Sunday dinner at my parents house every week. This week they were staying with friends for the weekend and would be back in time for dinner but not to cook it. So everyone was going to come to my house instead. This wasn’t the first time everyone was coming over for dinner but this was the first time trying this recipe.
I originally found an orange peel shrimp recipe on Pinterest and adapted my recipe from that.
It was delicious!
Below is something I wrote a while back.
The reason I share it now is because I want people to know that these feelings are normal and if I have felt them I know others have too and it is ok!
I feel like I’m dying a little bit inside each day.
The person I am/ who I use to be is dying to make room for the new person I have to be.
Everyone asks if I’m ok and I tell them yes- but the truth is no. I’m not ok- it’s not ok!
The reason I say yes is because even though the answer is no there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to fix it or make it any better.
It is my own personal struggle that cannot be explained or truly understood outside my own head.
So I do what I do best. Be strong. Be strong for my daughter, my son, my husband, my family, for everyone, for myself and I cry in private. Continue reading →