Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hey, It's Okay!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog any day of the week. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post.

--To have gone to see Storks on Sunday. It was funny! Sometimes I'm not sure about kid movies, but this one was entertaining.

--To not be surprised about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I believe in Karma. But I do feel for the kids.

--To think if you have an amazing teenager that you should share their story here. They can win a platform to share their story with others! #ad

--To have watched the debates and have posted this...

--To really enjoy the new shows This Is Us and Designated Survivor so far. I also saw Speechless, and it was amusing.

--To love this fall shirt from Gymboree:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Is My Son Missing Out On A True High School Experience?

My son was all, "It's homecoming week. I guess. But I don't care."

I asked if he wanted me to take him to the football game. Or the dance. Something.

"Ew, no," Tommy replied, wrinkling his nose. Obviously I know he hates sports. But I wanted him to know that I would take him if he wanted.

Honestly, I don't know if he'll go to any of his high school dances. He skipped the middle school ones. I won't force him to go.

I went. I didn't attend many games, because yawn, but the dances I showed up to. I'd go with a bunch of girlfriends and we'd giggle and point out the boys we liked. Sometimes we had dates. Other times we didn't.

I'm learning my son is different. He has autism, and being in social situations isn't fun for him. They weren't always fun for me, but I went for the excitement. I went to see if the boy I liked would dance with me. (He did. But it was terribly awkward.) In my senior year I met Tommy's Daddy and it wasn't so awkward. Or maybe it was because I was older and more mature. I don't know.

I do wrestle with wondering if I should have him go to a high school event. Suppose he regrets not going when he's older?

But. I have talked to other people who said they never did any of the typical high school things and don't regret it at all. I never went to any football games and I don't regret not going because again, how boring.

Tommy is only a freshman. Maybe he'll surprise me down the line and say he wants to go to a dance. Perhaps he'll meet a lady who accepts him for who he is. Maybe she'll have autism too. Maybe she won't.

It stings a little to know that I might not have photos of him in a rented tuxedo putting a corsage on a date. I see many of those on Facebook. I remind myself that not everyone is the same. My boy doesn't want to go to Homecoming. THEIR boy does.

I do wonder if I should push him into an extra-curricular activity. But he doesn't want to join any. No sports. No clubs, because, ick, other people. I did plays in high school. My parents forced me to do cross-country and I vowed that I would never force a child of mine to do something they didn't want to do. I was miserable in cross-country.

Is my son missing out on a true high school experience?

Well, no, I guess not. Because it's his experience.

It might be different from mine. It might be different from yours.

But it's his.

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Must Have Essentials For Baby With Diapers.Com Coupons

This post has been compensated by Nakturnal. My opinions are my own.

When you bring home a newborn, no matter how much you are prepared, it can be a whirlwind. There is crying (sometimes from the baby AND you). There is confusion (how do the snaps go?). But there is also pure joy.

We had certain things ready to go when our children were born.  There are many diapers.com coupon codes to help save money because you will be spending quite a bit of it. Kids are not cheap.  Here are some items that helped us out a lot.

1. Diapers. I mean, duh. You can do cloth diapers, or disposable. We always went with disposable. We generally went with Pampers because it never gave our babies a rash and there were minimal explosions. (You'll experience those. Sorry.) Also, grab some wipes!

2. A safe carseat. I also liked clipping toys to the carseat to help minimize crying. (There would sometimes still be crying.) Parents Central has a lot of helpful tips about car seats.

3. A bouncer. Some people might argue that they aren't necessary, but I used mine a lot. I could never baby wear, so my kids were in theirs quite often.

4. A crib with bedding. Sometimes people have their babies sleep in a bassinet beside their bed for the first few months. My son immediately took to his crib. My daughter did not. She would only sleep if someone was holding her for the first few months or else she'd scream the house down. She eventually went into her crib though.

5. Easy to change clothes. My daughter wore a lot of sleepers or onesies.

Having a newborn can be chaotic and tiring, but it's worth it in the end.

What would you add to this list? 

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