Coronavirus Diary: Brotherly Love

I was watching the boys the morning this photo was taken. Baby F has crawled up to J and pulled at his leg to come up. J carefully(ish) pulled his brother up and helped him sit on him. Together they were exploring the iPad. Obviously it didn’t last long as a 1 year old doesn’t…

Autism: Is it a tantrum or a meltdown?

I will start this post by saying that I don’t believe having a disability excuses a child when they are displaying ‘ bad behaviour’/’negative behaviour’/’being a little s**t’. Just like any child, a child who has additional needs of any kind can and will be naughty, badly behaved or in a mood that makes them…

Mummy Est. 2014: Our Story

Lately it feels like a chapter of our family life has closed and we are preparing for a new one. This week J finished Tumble Tots, and Wednesday he finishes Nursery. It feels like that is the end of where I feel I am still part of his ‘academic life’. We spent time together having…

Is the recent ‘cleaning trend’ helpful or harmful to parents?

Over the last few months there has been a surge in cleaning and tidying based shows, bloggers, books and hashtags. Whether you’re in the ‘Hinch Army‘, ‘Team TOMM‘ or KonMari it is everywhere you look. Cleaning and tidying are not new concepts, and it’s definitely not a new concept for it to be in the…

Announcing Pregnancy to our Autistic Son…

In August 2018 I got those two little lines that either fill a woman with excitement or fear…or in my case both. We had been trying for a sibling for J for almost 2 years and in 2017 I suffered a devastating miscarriage. So when I fell pregnant this time I was so happy to…

J’s Journey Update: autism and beyond…

It’s a beautiful sunny day. Daddy and J are busy playing Star Wars on the climbing frame so I have a rare moment of peace (except for the sounds of explosions behind me). I thought now would be a good time to reflect on everything that’s gone on lately, and changes that are happening. Speech…

How to be poorly when you’re a parent…

When you’re ill as a child it’s great (well except the feeling rubbish part). You get to lay on the sofa and watch Tv, drinks and snacks brought to you and lots of rest and sympathy. When you’re ill as a childfree adult then you may not get everyone running around after you but at…

5 Fun Sensory and Play Skills Building Easter Activities…

Pre-motherhood, Easter was a more religious part of my year. It revolved around Lent and church. I of course got an Easter egg but it was not really a big thing. Since having J Easter has become more. I still love the religious aspect but I have shifted to a fun and play based version…

Living Arrows: 12/53-The Big Boy Bike.

Firstly, I want to apologise for my absence the last couple of weeks. My grandma passed away very suddenly, and very unexpectedly. It shook my world. How can someone be fine, then be gone? It just hurts my head to think about it. It was hard to sit downstairs, hearing the paramedics trying so hard…