Author Archives: gigimama

G is for Girls

When I first became a mother, by marriage, to my beautiful blonde adolescent step-daughters, I took my new position seriously.  The girls, aged eight and nine, were at a critical period, I thought, where body image woes, wavering self esteem, … Continue reading

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F is for Feast Day

I love the internet. It makes learning about and sharing stuff with my kids incredibly easy.  And almost incomprehensibly fast.  With my smart phone,  I never even have to say, “we can look that up when we get home,” because … Continue reading

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E is for Episodic Memory

A decreased reliance on episodic memory is one of the core deficits of autism, as defined by Steven Gutstein of RDI.  Episodic memory refers to autobiographical memory, or more colloquially, personal memory.  Kids on the autism spectrum have a natural … Continue reading

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D is for DiaperFree!

My parental learning curve took a sharp left when I first decided I might want to consider a natural birth during my first pregnancy.  And wow, what a world of wackos!  And also, amazing, smart, grounded women who knew things … Continue reading

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C is for CarWash

It’s the latest in a long string of “special”, “unusual”, or “narrow” interests, as they are called when in reference to children on the autism spectrum.   Others may even call them “obsessions”.  Whatever words you use to describe a focused … Continue reading

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B is for “BOO”

Will loves to make stuff. He also loves holidays.  We’ve had the most fantastically decorated house this year, thanks to his efforts.  I’m documenting a bit of the construction paper madness we’ve had around here the last month, along with … Continue reading

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A is for Autism

I’ve been inspired.  A friend just started a blog using the ‘ol ABC writing prompt trick.  Her posts are short and sweet.  And frequent.  Not too frequent, but way more regular than mine lately.  Like many things go, writing begets … Continue reading

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Still here

There’s nothing like a new baby to speed up the hands of time.  Brooklyn is five months old now and still the happiest baby ever.  She is a dedicated thumb sucker, and I have to admit, it’s fantastic.  No binkie … Continue reading

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The Birth of Brooklyn Marie

Our child arrived just the other day.  She came to the world in the usual way… I won’t get all weird and mess up the beautiful lyrics of Harry Chapin in order to fit our story, but I am stuck … Continue reading

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Will is FOUR!

Little Big Man turned four years old!  And he planned his big day all by himself.  There were pancakes for breakfast, hotdogs for lunch, bowling the next day, and a yellow firetruck cake.  With sprinkles.  I worried about the sprinkles, … Continue reading

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