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One. Not Only.

Dear Milla, I’m sorry. I know how desperately you want to be a big sister. How much you want to have a little brother or sister of your own. I understand, I spent eighteen years as an ‘only’ child wishing I had a brother or sister to share my childhood with. I swore I would never have an ‘only’ child, I always dreamed of having a big family. Your Daddy grew up with three brothers, I think he also hoped for…

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival {Giveaway}

In 2013, Disney Enterprises released a little movie about two princess sisters, Anna and Elsa. Then every child under ten years old collectively LOST THEIR MINDS with Frozen Fever. You may have heard of it?? Well, get ready because Frozen Fever is about to hit again, with Princess Anna and Queen Elsa starring in this years Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.  The show opens in Australia in June 2016, and will feature the magical Winter Wonderland of Frozen.  Recreating the…

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Autism Acceptance.

April is Autism Awareness Month. April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. My daughter has autism. These are all facts I had no idea about five years ago. Milla was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder not long after her second birthday, although her paediatrician had raised concerns from around 18 months. Milla was born at 32 weeks gestation, so at first her delays were put down to her prematurity. As I sat in the paediatrician’s office, I knew from the questions she was asking…

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Jurassic Creatures {Giveaway}

  I’m not going to lie. When an invitation arrived in my inbox to attend the opening session of Jurassic Creatures featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice at Harbour Town Melbourne, my husband may have been slightly excited. OK, so he is counting down the sleeps he is that excited…! I can’t say I blame him really. Featuring an interactive walk through ancient world full of moving dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures of the ice, when else would we get an opportunity to…

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Ebb and Flow.

One of the best things about writing a blog, is being able to look back on your life and see how much has changed. We are often so busy looking forward, we forget to reflect on how far we have come. In December 2012, a few months after Milla’s second birthday, she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She was unable to use language to communicate, instead using it to label and repeating herself and others over and over (echolalia). She had…

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Starting School with Stuck On You! {Review and Giveaway}

Remember this kid? She was two years old, heading off for the first time to childcare. It was 2013, and Miss Milla had not long been diagnosed with autism. She happily waved goodbye to me, and I cried in the car park after I left her. My little baby girl had taken her first tentative steps in to the big wide world. Then somehow, this happened. In a mere ten days, this kid is starting school! For real, this is not a…

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Broken.

When I was born, I had so many beautiful things. They were precious, special, just for me. But someone kept breaking them. I thought she would help me look after them, but instead she dropped them, smashed them, kicked them away. The more I asked her to stop, the more she seemed to relish taking them away from me. Even though I tried to understand that she was sad, as people had broken all that was special and precious to her; it was so hard to live…

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The One Where Everything Changed.

  Yesterday I read this post that Kerri Sackville shared on her Facebook page, talking about  signs that you grew up with a toxic parent. Reading through the comments, it became clear that some people really had a very limited understanding of exactly how ‘toxic’ a parent can be. Comments along the lines of ‘everybody has issues with their parents’ and ‘be grateful you have parents’ cut me a little deep I must admit. Not everyone is lucky enough to be…

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