Author Archive: Still Leveling

Why Pokémon Go is Better than your Fitness App

Every year after the holidays people vow to hit the gym and make it “the year I finally get healthy.” Not many of us follow through on that. “Getting healthy” isn’t that much of a motivator. “Getting sexy” generally works better, but so few of us still follow through. Admit it. Exercise is hard. Much …

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It’s Been One of Those Days

Weekdays I get up at 6:45am and the children are woken at 7:15. Saturdays we can sleep in somewhat, as OT doesn’t start until 10am. Little Man, however, decided to wake up at 6:40 this morning. He’s congested so it looks like another cold is in the works. I make him waffles and go back …

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Communication is More Than That

I feel like we’ve hit some sort of turning point with Little Man, though I can’t explain exactly why. His speech has gotten immensely better over the last year. He actually passed his annual vocabulary acquisition goal in school after only four months. It’s more than that though. In the beginning there were only nouns. …

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Stuff I’ve Pulled out of the Baby’s Mouth

  dog hair black plastic screw tan bark lint kitty litter paper a mini corndog she somehow got out of the trash used kleenex charging cables shoes leaves I love it that she’s crawling but just everything is going into her mouth. Ugh!

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Autism Milestone #34

He can now tattle on his sister. “V push.” Not much, but it’s enough for me to go on.

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LOL Vomit

A year ago we went to a birthday party for one of V’s classmates. The kids enjoyed playing in bouncy castles and eating pizza. After the cake was served and the children had begun consuming their treats the birthday boy vomited. After he’d been cleaned up I expressed my concern to the mom and told …

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Last Child Syndrome

V’s first year seemed to drag on forever. I was new at being a parent and a stay at home mom. Somehow I managed to be both bored AND super busy at the same time. Life revolved a lot around naps. When V started walking and talking it felt like the fun part had begun, …

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Why I’m Embarrased to Host

I’m not exactly a neat freak. While I enjoy clean and well-organized homes, my own is rather cluttered. Having kids exasperated this by about 500%. Going to playgroup at other people’s homes is a special kind of torture. It’s not just the cleanliness- everything is so tasteful. Walls are painted and adorned with artwork. They …

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Advocating for my Daughter

I understand my daughter. Probably better than anyone. So it really bothers me when other people either don’t understand her, don’t respect her wishes, or both. My husband is big on physical and verbal affirmations of affection. It crushes him when our daughter runs away screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!” when he wants a hug, or if she …

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Quirky

That’s the word my preschool teacher used to describe my daughter. At the time she was not the topic of discussion- that would be my son, who had been recently diagnosed with autism. The teacher was talking about how she would have caught it once he joined her class the following year, especially as his …

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