January 3, 2014

New Year, New Direction

It is no surprise to my regular readers, if I still have any, that I haven't been blogging on a regular basis. I'm not going to make excuses—I just haven't made time for it. And though I know my writing seems effortless (yes, that was sarcasm), it usually takes me an hour or two, sometimes more, to write a decent post.

But I don't want to abandon the blog. So I'm changing focus a little. Instead of writing longer pieces, I'm just going to share shorter thoughts or snippets from our days. I'll still be mostly focusing on Moe and our interactions, but I'm working now, so sometimes it will be about that. And of course Jeff and Jelly will make their appearances too. Jelly has been amazing lately, so funny and cute, and I don't want to forget any of it. I've also been looking for a place to write some of my own childhood memories, so maybe those will show up here as well.

Moe has had a rough couple of weeks. Even though his schedule wasn't affected too much by the holidays, Jeff, Jelly and I have certainly been around more. We have a new nanny, and friends came over for New Year's eve, and all of this led to a dysregulated little boy and lots of hair pulling, scratching, and even more upsetting, some self injurious behaviors (SIBs) that we've thankfully not had too many of in the past.

But yesterday Moe was jumping on his bed. I went over and took his hands and we stood about eye level with each other. I leaned in and gave him a kiss. He was so happy, he asked for another ("ma ma" which could be "more" or could be "mommy") and then actually puckered up (as best he can—it varies between duck lips and a smile) and kissed back. As you might guess, I could have done this all day, but he only did it twice, then went back to jumping.

Hope you all had a great holiday season, or at least got through it the best you could Here's to finding joy in moments small and large this year.


  1. I love this idea! I've been toying with something along these lines, too. I like the idea of getting to see snippets and glimpses into your life, your family. In a non-creepy,non-stalkerish kind of way, I mean!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Jennifer ~ glad to "see" you again! What a sweet little scene with Moe, I could just picture it and it melted me. Don't feel bad about not making the blog a priority; I'm a writer and that's why I started my own blog but I've been terrible at keeping up with it - and now my best friend (also a writer) is co-authoring it with me and it's still sporadic! Life just gets in the way, that's all. But I know that I for one am looking forward to reading about whatever you choose to write about! Hearing about daily life with Moe and Jelly is interesting to me, as I have no idea what it's like to have a kiddo with autism (or a kid at all!), and childhood memories are always easy ways to sucker me in since I'm a huge nostalgic and love to dredge up stuff from my own childhood as well. So write what you want, and know that I will always be here to listen! I may not always comment, but I'm here. :)

  3. Love, love, love that Moe wanted another kiss. I really understand the joy in that.


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