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Hiya. I'm Lindsey and I live in La-La Land, Fla with my hunky husband and two little bites, J Boy and J Girl.
Interests: As few as five years ago, we thought an unexpected and totally prevented pregnancy would boost my budding career as a reporter to new heights, what with the odd hours and low pay and all. Shockingly, it was totally unmanageable so I stayed home for what we thought would only be a little while. During that time, we had the privilege of finding that our precious boy has mildish autism. He's four now and doing beautifully, but that's not to say we don't fight tooth and nail for every victory and to keep our family life intact. Fun, huh? Here you'll read about our battles with insurance, fundraisers for his awesome school and all the minutiae that having a child with special needs provides. Here's hoping you leave here with a little information and maybe a partner-in-arms. Cheers!
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Another great post from author Jeff Stimpson. Please visit his blog at My son Alex (13, PDD-NOS) and I took a long subway ride the other day, on a slow local train through The Bronx. We sat on a hard plastic seat for an hour not looking at other... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Jacob is full of witty bon mots this week (consolation for some really frustrating behavior), and he came up with this little gem before bed last night: "Mom, will you go to the castle and be my princess?" I DIE. And he means this castle. What is it you say?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
J Boy's feeling particularly put-upon this week. That's fine, I feel the same way sometimes. Among his list of complaints: His mother has banned Trix from the house. Considering that it's one of the only foods he derives any pleasure from, I can understand. However, my mounting displeasure at his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Made it onto Alltop!! For those of you who don't know about it, it's a great resource to find blogs on practically every topic you can think of. Check us out on the Autism page and browse around a bit to find some pretty awesome and talented bloggers you probably... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
I often wake up in the morning with mild anxiety weighing on me, only to realize it's outlived it's purpose. It's hard to shake. It sneaks up on me while I'm driving J Boy to school, attacks me as I look through our mail, and bathes my brain in gentle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Tip: we found a way to get J Boy to take some of his medicine that might help some of you. Be aware, it requires some wrestling and outrage on his part. Many over-the-counter medications come in melt-away form. We crush it, put in in a spoon or other narrow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Hell, I'll come out and say it. I think pitocin is to blame for J Boy's autism. I know, no one knows the reason some children are autistic. Bite me, I'm busy using my mother's intuition and have always wondered whether my crappy OB/GYN was to blame. I have never,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
We ate inconspicuously in a restaurant last night. J Boy did an excellent job and was not overstimulated or anxious in the slightest. Even the wait for a table went smoothly and he showed us excellent manners. I'll wait while the applause dies down. He deserves it. James came home... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
After J Boy and I suffered through forty minutes of screaming and wailing and a great gnashing of teeth from his sister on the way to school today, I need this exercise to remind myself I love her. Lindsey, you love her, you love her, you love her. That helped.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
I really didn't mean for this to happen and I still argue the point to myself most days, but I cannot deny that the pillars that prop up our daily routine very much resemble an attachment parenting style. It's not how I was raised. It's not how parenthood and childcare... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Looky, looky I have free stuff. Which books are your preschoolers obsessed with? J Boy can't get enough of Olivia the Pig and has wrestled it from his sister's posession. Leave your comments below and the winner will be randomly selected next week. This is a new book I bought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Let me just say that I knew this was coming. Some day, some way, it would happen and it was as bad as I thought it would be. And it could have been entirely avoided. I made the rookie mistake of thinking that J Boy had overcome his fear of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Talked to James about possibly doing some ghostwriting. His response: "Will you please wear a white sheet when you work? It's the only way to do it." We aren't very sophisticated people. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Blah, blah, blah I know it's been awhile since I posted. I'm having TOO MUCH FUN not working and taking care of my family. It's funny how everyone settles when the incidentals in life aren't being pushed around or ignored. Which brings us to today's post. My mother pointed out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
After three years and untold amounts of frustration and aggravation, I quit my crappy serving job on Monday. I won't go into details, but let me just say that they found my line and ran screaming past it. So I quit. And the clouds parted and choirs of angels sang.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
I'm waving the white flag as far as J Boy's diet is concerned. Over the past two years, he's gone from a relatively varied diet to one that includes only Fruit Loops, Bagels, Pirate's Booty, rice cakes and pizza. Occassionally pancakes, apples and bananas. And all forms of candy. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
about how to live in love. This is one of my favorites, and I think every couple who was ever married in a Christian ceremony feels the same way. I tend to have great aspirations about the kind of person I want to be and want step-by-step instructions on how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Jacob has The Ear Infection That Won't Go Away. This is due in no small part to the fact that he and anti-biotics do not get along, or any medicine for that matter. We're going on a month now of chasing him down, wrestling with him and injecting it into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Just finished staying up with J Boy all night and we can only guess that his ear infection has STILL not disappeared. Crying, demands to be downstairs, several trips back to bed that concluded with more trips downstairs for a Sesame Street DVD, and a sister who is light sleeper... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
I don't know which is more perplexing, that J Girl peeled off her diaper and pooped on the floor or that it scared her and she ran away whimpering. I think I just moved up potty training to tomorrow. And upped my dosage of xanax. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Because I feel myself getting bogged down in minutiae, I'm beginning a reading campaign to keep my current negative life view from becoming permanent. More Than a Mom by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett has been on my list for awhile. If it were available on my Kindle, I'd have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
For those of you who are still figuring out which therapy regimen to use for your autistic children, or are looking for a way to reduce problem behavior at home, I thought it might be useful to divulge some details from JBoy's behavior plan. These strategies were created by his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
Something we've come to realize about Jacob is that he's a very good learner. He absorbs pretty much anything we put in front of him and his recall is mindblowing. For the most part, it's very encouraging because we know that his therapy should be very effective, but occasionally that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
So, I'm sitting here ten minutes before we have to leave for school waiting for J Boy to make his appearance downstairs. He is not dressed, breakfasted, brushed or bathroomed and pushing the issue lately is making for VERY rough mornings. Because tourist season is imminent, my work schedule has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye
J Girl found a solution to my problems yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at A Pocket Full of Rye