Special needs parenting

Defeat

4 years since I bought Ella her first toilet seat.  3 years since we started actively toilet training. 1 year since We really dug our heels in, and along with the school went 'nappy free' almost full time.  And Today, I feel defeated. I feel like giving up, I'm wallowing in misery, and you know what?  I'm allowed, I'm not sorry and I don't give a flying ...

Special needs parenting

School holidays

School holidays can definitely be a challenge for us.  As I'm sure is the case with most families, boredom is the enemy, and we fight it all holidays! So comment below/message/inbox/email, your school holiday activity ideas! (Bonus points if they need minimal equipment or input from me 😂)  let's share all your holiday parenting hacks!!

Special needs parenting

Stop and Smell the Gum Leaves

This morning, we were all up early (thanks Reece) and ready so I figured, fuck it, we'll head off half an hour before we usually do, it's the last day of school. We weren't even past our property line, that it hit me She can walk!

Special needs parenting

Waves, grief and the future

It hit me like a freight train. It was just like any other day, nothing new or exciting, a tiny little things just just set it off. It seems the grief is never ending, it just coming in waves.

Diagnosis, Special needs parenting

Who am I, Who was I and Who would I have been?

For some new mothers, they slip into motherhood effortlessly, Toting their tiny babies around in clean prams, with perfect hair and pre-pregnancy jeans, sipping chai latte's and chatting. For me, Cafe's and Latte's got replaced with hospital canteens and cheap coffee, coffee dates turned into appoinmappo after appointment, oohing and aahing over my baby replaced by "whats wrong with her" and a thousand questions I couldn't answer.

Parenting, Random Ramblings

Mum guilt & the pressure to be perfect

There's too much pressure on mums now. We're living in each other's lives more than ever, every trip to the park edited, polished & uploaded. Perfect, shiny, smiling faces for all 500 'friends' to see, & here's were it gets tricky...

Special needs parenting

The ultimate goal – Walking. How we overcame the odds

When Ella was diagnosed with cri du chat, I was told She would never walk. This was a huge blow, but as I learnt more, I realised with physio it might be possible for Ella to be able to do something the 'experts' said she can't - walk

Ella, Special needs parenting

To mainstream or not to mainstream – the biggest choice we make as special needs parents

Making the choice to send your child to a specialist school or a mainstream school is an extremely personal and sometimes controversial one,  No special needs parent takes it lightly.  There's so much to consider, it depends on each individual childs needs, the area you live in, what schools are available and so much more.  - This post is based on my own personal experience, and is merely one opinion, and an insight into how I came to my decision.

Parenting

Social Media

Most nights before bedtime, I try to do some kids yoga with Ella. It's a great way for her to unwind, and also great for her balance, which she still has a lot of trouble with. Sometimes she'll even do it herself, as Ive got the photo visuals laminated on her wall! I'm sharing this for 2 reasons, 1 - because it makes me look like a fantasic parent, and 2 - because I feel guilty that a couple of hours ago I lost my shit because Ella did not want to get dressed, which then caused a naked meltdown of epic proportions that lasted nearly an hour and ended with both of us in tears, proving I'm not, in fact, a fantastic parent, most of the time I'm pretty fucking mediocre. Just like yoga, It's all about balance... 🤷 cont...

Ella, Parenting, Special needs parenting

Physical vs emotional Tiredness

Physical vs emotional tiredness. So, I have a secret - My 8 month old Doesn't Sleep, but nothing quite compares to the tiredness that comes with a special needs child. Here's my 2am ramblings about why.