• Learning at Home
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler,  School

    Learning At Home

    It’s been about two months since things came to a grinding halt. We initially thought it was going to be two weeks longer than the planned March Break. But, in some ways for the best, we’ve been trying to learn from home. Kiddo has been doing well. She misses the heck out of interacting with her classmates. We’ve been lucky that we have an excellent special education team in her class, and all of us love them.  They’ve kept in touch and have been providing materials to work with her on. One thing I’ve noticed is she loves the Cbeebies Numberblocks and Alphablocks. She’s actually made huge strides in counting…

  • Germies
    Health,  Kiddo,  Seasonal

    Germies Germies Germies

    Every year around this time, I get really wound up about viruses and germs (or viruses and germies) The first year that the little girl was with us, we almost lost her to RSV. This year my adorable little illness vector managed to catch a cold, the flu and have it progress to pneumonia in short order. My anxiety was, and is through the roof. She passed it to both her father and I, and on top of the flu, I have an ear infection. So yep, coughing, sneezing and being unable to hear. Two big thumbs up there. /sarcasm For me the flu is dangerous as I’ve got asthma.…

  • Autism Awareness Acceptance
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler

    Adventures in Autism

    I’ve been putting this entry off for a while, because I’ve needed time to digest, to sit and actually feel the emotions that come with this. The little miss has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, because there is a large genetic component and as her father is on the spectrum (Aspergers), as well as other family members. But it did surprise me. I’m not going to lie. It surprised me for the fact that, as one of her speech-language therapists put it, there is no hard fast line that divides ADHD and ASD from each other. They are a Venn diagram.…

  • Health,  Toddler

    Sleep My Little Toddler

    Little miss has been having a hard time with sleeping lately. I don’t know if it’s a cognitive leap or a physical growth spurt, but she’s really having a hard time with getting to sleep and getting up from sleep. Which means Mommy and Daddy are having issues with sleep. Which means everyone is tired and on edge. Ugh. So much fun. We all just want sleep. However, none of us is really getting the sleep we need. Right now I would kill for a magic potion that would put us all to sleep for a full eight hours. That and dogs that understand that sleep is a good thing.  

  • Health

    Hemangioma Baby

    My daughter has a hemangioma. Well, she was born with three. One is very small, less than the size of a dime. But she has two on her face, which, evidently is normal with hemangiomas. What is a hemangioma? In short it’s a benign blood vessel tumour. They don’t know why the show up, but they think that heredity plays a role. They’re fairly common, and usually resolve on their own by the age of 10. But, as our daughter has two on her face, we decided to go with treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) . She was referred by our family doctor and has been…

  • Health,  Kiddo

    Viral Sensation

    I’ve just gotten home from a week in hospital with my daughter. She had bronchiolitis caused by a virus called RSV. She was the youngest baby admitted last week with the virus. We spent a week with her hooked up to wires and tubes. I have never, ever, been as scared as I have been this past week. I cried for the first half of the week. I seriously believed that I was going to lose my baby girl. She got this infection in the hospital where she was born. The first person to tell me that we should’ve gone to a birthing centre… silence. Please. I was a moderate risk…

  • Health

    The Breast Question

    I take a bit of flack over my choice to not breastfeed the baby I’m having. Yes, I’m aware that breast is best. I would love to be able to, but… First, I’m on psych meds. Right now kidlet has no option to ingest them. When kidlet operates in the atmosphere, I have the choice as to whether I want to continue essentially forcing psych meds on a delicate new life. Second, as I’m on psych meds, their side effects are that of lowered milk production. I don’t want to, in essence, start something I can’t finish… If I were to breastfeed, it would be until the child is on solids.…

  • Health

    Sick, Sick and Tired.

    I am exhausted. I’ve got a sinus cold with a mild fever. Mild as in a degree. Single degree. The sinuses. OMG. The sinuses. Forget pregnancy rhinitis. This is hell. I can’t sleep because I can’t breathe. I just want to be able to breathe out of both nostrils. And I can’t take half the meds I’d normally take with the kidlet having a cosy one bedroom apartment set up. So I’m suffering through it.