Saturday, May 31, 2008

52 Activities for You and Your Baby

I just wanted to let you all know about a good resource if you're a bit clueless like me about ways to play with your baby. "52 Activities for You and Your Baby" is a set of cards, each with an activity written by Lynn Gordon and illustrated by Karen Johnson. Some of them are really obvious activities that you could do, but there are also some really fun and creative ideas. It also contains words to fun rhymes and songs from when I was a child that I had forgotten the words to!

Here's the link to the product on

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Top 10 Signs You're An Aspie Parent

I have a lot of funny and crazy things happen sinced my son was born, and they inspired me to write down my "Top 10 Signs You're An Aspie Parent." Yes, they are all based on personal experience! Enjoy!

Top 10 Signs You're An Aspie Parent

10. You have so many pets, that you need a "crib tent" to keep them out of the crib!

9. You consider wiping your arms, legs, and neck with a baby wipe to be an acceptable substitute for a shower.

8. Instead of wanting your child to be football quarterback, you're aiming for chess, math, or science club president.

7. You finally get a night out to have dinner with a friend, and your topic of conversation is, "So, what's your favorite way to generate electricity?"

6. Your baby's just a few months old, and you're already planning what he'll wear to the next Renaissance Festival.

5. Your spouse can dress your child in a more coordinated outfit than you've ever worn.

4. Forgot to write number four because I was distracted by something cool on the NASA channel.

3. You've read a Harry Potter book out loud to your baby.

2. Your baby is wearing mismatched socks, because you've lost pretty much one of each pair.

And the number one sign you're an Aspie parent is...

You love your child unconditionally and value his or her unique differences (whatever they may be).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, Aspie and otherwise. I know that my first mother's day with my son has sure made me appreciative of my parents! My mom is getting a great gift this year! :)

Take care, and call your mom, or send a card or e-mail telling her that you love her and that you appreciate her. Have a great day!

Friday, May 2, 2008

It's Happened Again - Baby Taken Away From Spectrum Mom!

I previously blogged about a baby that was taken away from his family in the UK. Well, it has happened again, and this time in the United States. This is an absolute outrage, and has me again scared for me and my son!

Read the article here. Keep in mind that it is an opinion piece.

The transcript of the court decision (viewable here) states the following, "Common sense tells us, and the circumstances of this case it would clearly not be in [the child's] best interest to be removed from her foster home [meaning she would be returned to her parents]. Why is that? Because Ms. [name of mother] is diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified, PDD NOS."

While it does sound like this mother made some mistakes with regard to caring for her daughter (which we all do!), I am really concerned about the legal precident that this sets. What an outrage! I wish there was something I could do. If I find out someone to contact to send a complaint letter, I will let you know.

Please re-post this story to your blogs! This applies to parents of children with autism as well. You want your children to have the opportunity to be parents and have families!