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Exhausted.

I’m exhausted. That type of exhaustion that you feel in your bones. You wake up in the morning, and before you even get out of bed, you’re exhausted. I feel like all I’ve done for the last twelve months, since we got our diagnosis, is worry and wait. Wait and worry. Waiting for services, for therapists, for appointments. Waiting to be able to access Early Childhood Intervention Services. Worrying about the choices I’m making. Is this the right occupational therapist…

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14,000 feet for Support For Mums.

When Milla made her unexpected arrival at 32 weeks premature, I think I spent those first few weeks in a state of shock. My husband and I drove nearly an hour each way daily, to sit beside our tiny little bubba in hospital, for nine hours a day.  We lived on hospital kiosk food and take away coffees. (You can read more about our NICU experience here) We spent every waking moment with our baby or traveling to see our…

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The Rules.

There are a lot of rules in our house. Everything must be done in a certain way. Things must be in certain places, at certain times. Certain words must be used, or not used. We don’t make the rules. Autism does. If we don’t follow the rules, it takes hold of our beautiful, intelligent, funny daughter, and reduces her to a screaming, crying, mess. My husband and I walk around on egg shells, constantly on edge. We snap and argue…

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It’s The Little Moments.

I am a bit all over the shop with the Blog Every Day In May Challenge. However, today’s prompt is ” A moment in your day”.   Today after I picked Milla up from childcare, we walked down to the beach. It was a beautiful balmy afternoon, unseasonably warm for Autumn. This little moment reminds me of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.  

Mothers Day Printables ~ Featuring Kristy Gray Designs ?>

Mothers Day Printables ~ Featuring Kristy Gray Designs

The prompt for todays post, in the Blog Every Day of May challenge, is to ‘educate’ you on something…  Well, I’m going to cheat and call in the help of my beautiful friend Kristy from Kristy Gray Designs to show us all how to create stunning table settings for Mothers Day, on May 12th. Kristy has also very kindly provided the PDF files for all the printables pictured so everyone can download them for free! Kristy is such a talented…

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Autism Is Not My Agenda.

April is Autism Awareness month, and to be frank, it has been making me feel uncomfortable. My daughter has autism. So this should be my ‘thing’, right? Hooray, a whole month to raise ‘awareness’ about autism. World Autism Awareness Day was on April the 2nd. Everyone was encouraged to wear blue, landmarks around the world were lit up in blue lights, to raise ‘awareness’. The Sydney Opera House was lit up in blue, at cost of around $40,000. At the…

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Wordless Wednesday ~The Girl We Call Moo. ?>

Wordless Wednesday ~The Girl We Call Moo.

Lately I have felt like my blog has been a bit depressing and negative. So today I thought I’d show you another side of my daughter Milla, who we affectionately call Moo or Mooie. So far you know Milla was born two months premature, and that she has been recently diagnosed with autism. She is so much more than that. My daughter is honestly the quirkiest and funniest little person I have ever met, and even on our worst days,…

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What to write?

When I started this blog, it was all about the “journey”. Where I had been and what I had to do to get to where I am now. To get my ‘Happily Ever After’. Married to my soul mate, mother to my beautiful daughter. All the crap that I lived through, all the pain and hurt, and mistakes that I had made, to get me to this point. To my family. It wasn’t smooth sailing. Things were lost along the…

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Everything I ever wanted, yet still not quite enough.

I have everything I ever wanted. An amazing husband, and a beautiful daughter; my own little family who love me. Yet somehow, it is not quite enough. I haven’t had a conversation with anyone apart from my husband for a week. And that was just a quick conversation with my mum at midnight to wish her a happy new year. I am so desperately lonely. I spend 12+ hours a day with a two year old with limited language. I…

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Diagnosis

As we sat in the small office of the psychologist and she told us our daughter had Autism Spectrum Disorder – mild to moderate, it wasn’t a surprise. It was what I had been expecting. But still. The reality of it; to see it in writing in the report and the knowledge that this was something our beautiful darling daughter would have to deal with for the rest of her life broke my heart. I’m so sad and so angry…

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