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Momma Morton
South Carolina
Eccentric human, artist, writer, wife and mother made of starstuff and kickass spending her days with two boys, two cats, three chickens and prince charming. A work-at-the-homestead mommy, her life revolves around bodily fluids, toys and ignoring laundry.
Interests: special needs, children, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, life, love, art, music and all the good stuff
Recent Activity
Yep. I'm telling you about vomit bags. When Action Jackson was younger, he often gagged and often vomited on food, during meltdowns, and sometimes just because the sky was blue. I've seriously cleaned up more vomit in six years than anyone should have to. My life changed a couple of... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 10, 2015 at Special Spot
Didn't really mean to disappear on you, but ended up taking an extended hiatus for various personal reasons including but not limited to learning Dyl Pickle (my two year old who has Down syndrome) can't really see and can't really hear, fighting with Medicaid to get his glasses and hearing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Special Spot
I'll take a rainy day anytime. We go OUTSIDE. We stomp in the puddles, make mud pies, catch raindrops on our tongue. Outside is a goldmine for a sensory kid, especially on a rainy day. But what do you do when it's 100+ degrees outside and the mosquitoes are swarming... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Special Spot
I keep disappearing, realizing summer was not the time to launch a blog. Action Jackson pulls me one way, Dyl Pickle another ... and so on ... and there's so little of me left to go around. I am NOT giving up on my dream! Way too many signs from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Special Spot
Some Every night you just need a quick, easy healthy meal everyone can agree on. This one even got a nod of approval from Mister-Don't-Let-The-Three-Things-I-Eat-Touch-Each-Other. CHICKEN AND CABBAGE ASIAN SALAD Get a ridiculously large bowl and make your dressing first by whisking together: ⅓ cup soy sauce (I use gluten-free... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Special Spot
If you've heard about autism, chances are good you may have also heard these kids love to wander. Alot. And often near water. (Drowning fatalities following wandering incidents remain a leading cause of death among those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.) The stories spread on Facebook, and my heart... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Special Spot
I started strong with Special Spot and then disappeared. What the heck happened?! Well, lots of things. Action Jackson's half-day 4K program ended for the summer much earlier than I expected (almost a month earlier!), and then he had several bouts of tonsillitis before having his adenoids removed just after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Special Spot
I previously mentioned my Caregivers Notebook. (You have no idea the depths of my need to organize.) The notebook is very similar to the "home managers" notebooks you see bookmarked and Pinned, but goes even further for those of us who have a bit more to handle (that extends far... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Special Spot
Oh yeah. You know it. I'm that mom. The one who makes fart jokes at the dinner table. Anything to get Action Jackson to eat. Jokes of the gaseous variety always get a smile, and a simple dinner (sometimes) gets eaten. "Beans, beans, the musical fruit; The more you eat,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Special Spot
Action Jackson is a "difficult" eater. Trying to make someone who has no experience with such a beastie is a whole other lesson in patience; picky eater doesn't cover it. I had no idea just how cray-cray it was until I had Dyl Pickle, who eats anything and everything you... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Special Spot
The dreaded waiting game. The words alone make my eyes roll to the back of my head. On average, I figure I spend at least two hours a week or so just waiting (some weeks even more and some weeks ALOT more). We wait in the waiting room, we wait... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Special Spot
Behavior and discipline. Those two words make me cringe, yet they seem to be a constant topic of conversation in my house especially where Action Jackson (almost-five-year-old boy with ASD and SPD) is concerned. We've. Tried. EVERYTHING. Big rewards, small rewards. Positive consequences, negative consequences. Time outs in the living... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Special Spot
Food is fuel, and it's a topic near and dear to my heart especially when you start talking health. Good health begins with what you use to fuel your body, so I look forward to sharing some of my family's favorite recipes. I hope they empower you in the kitchen.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Special Spot
I knew it was coming. Watching Dyl Pickle stand, I could clearly see his chubby ankles roll over on themselves. (The fancy term for this is pronation, and this is what it looks like.) As a mama, frankly, all I could think about was Forrest Gump and his "magic shoes."... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Special Spot
Today is the day I should audition for the Walking Dead. I spent the night wide awake and motionless in a very noisy recliner while Dyl Pickle had his second sleep study completed. This was our family's third -- each at a different location, so we're starting to get the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Special Spot
So the other day Dyl Pickle (My one-and-a-half-year-old son who has Down syndrome.) is sitting in therapy working on the iPad and the therapist notes how well he's using his pointer. I let the therapist in on my secret ... a baby sock. I took one of Pickle's socks, cut... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Special Spot
I love this scene in Good Morning Vietnam when Robin Williams' character throws down an absurd list of acronyms. It's not unlike my own conversations these days, which frequently involve discussions of EIs, OTs, PTs, SLPs, IFSPs, IEPs and even more BS. Now, of course, it's kind of old hat,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Special Spot
Welcome to Special Spot. Several years in the making, this blog is truly a labor of love I'm thrilled to see make it's way in the world. Even as I write, Action Jackson (my four-year-old with Autism) and I are battling because he wants to get up for the day... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Special Spot
The fam and I have been mostly vegan for a week now (mostly because we've had a little dairy here and there). All in all, the week went really well and I definitely noticed a change in my energy level. A great piece of advice I received was to explore... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Go Famously Green
By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World The Bisphenol A [BPA] story just gets bigger and bigger. Today, the Associated Press [AP] reported that the American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to phase out rules which allow BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Sounds good,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Go Famously Green
This is a brand new Meatless Monday for my family. After reading Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet, watching Forks Over Knives and having many long conversations, the mister and I decided to nix the meat and dairy in our diet. We're no longer meatless just on Mondays, but everyday of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Go Famously Green
My college roommate introduced me to thrift stores, so, really, my addiction is all her fault. I love looking around, and there's nothing like finding the perfect ________ for a steal. Unfortunately, I've never had much luck when I go into one looking for something specific. For example, when my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Go Famously Green
Everyday Green is a new feature. Once a week I show you one small way my family lives green. I hope it inspires you! If you would like to be featured on Everyday Green, please send your story and photo to my e-mail for consideration. When we started trying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Go Famously Green
Sometimes life just doesn't go the way you'd like. September was simply not my month. Among other things I had to have a broken tooth surgically removed, I had a bad reaction to the prescribed antibiotics and the past couple of weeks I've had the plague a really bad cold.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Go Famously Green
My family has made huge leaps and bounds in our diet over the last two years. We were a family of Hamburger Helper and Stouffer frozen meals. We ditched the processed foods for whole foods, then ditched "conventional" foods for organics (when financially possible) and most recently have been steadily... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Go Famously Green