Friday, November 20, 2015

Let's Talk Parenthood

In an attempt to (very) slowly get back into the blog mindset, let's talk parenthood, shall we? I used to have this image of parenthood.  You know the one: the perfect family in the perfect house. Kids are happy all the time and listen to their parents. No, I didn't honestly think it was all that. I didn't think it would be easy. I knew we would face struggles and kids would misbehave. I can honestly say, however, that I never expected it to be THIS hard. "Why did no one warn me?" crosses my mind about a hundred times a day. I've felt alone in this internal struggle for years. Slowly but surely I'm hearing the quiet "me too" from other moms. That makes me feel better;  more.... normal. So let's be honest here: parenting is hard. REALLY hard. That doesn't mean its not worth every difficult moment. I love my kids. I wouldn't trade them for anything.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Once Upon a Time I Had a Blog

Once upon a time, I had a blog. It wasn't a big or fancy blog. It was just a blog. A place for me to write. A place for me to share. Most importantly it was a place for me to learn about myself as I wrote. 

I didn't start the blog for any reason other than curiosity. Turned out it was a therapeutic process so I kept it going. After a while I collected a few followers. (I'm not going to lie: that was a little exciting.) I made a few connections by way of online friendships. I "met" other women like me. Women that helped me know I'm not alone and everything will be OK. Other women with postpartum depression.

We blogged about our healing, our struggles and our emotions with some sprinkling in of family happenings and just the random tidbits of life. It was great. It was my little community. A few even nominated me for little blogging awards here and there. I'm not sure I ever felt I truly deserved that - but I was proud none-the-less.

Then... life happened. There was a second baby and then a third. The first would be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and when you put that all together? My once quiet life became... Chaotic. Busy. Full. And my little blog sat. And collected cyber dust.

I never forgot my little blog. Turns out it's still here. I'm hoping to get back to it soon. I miss the catharsis of writing (even if no one reads it but me). So here I am. Will this be a new start? Only time will tell. I sure hope it is.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

National Sensory Awareness Month


Imagine wearing a piece of sandpaper down the back of your shirt… or trying to eat your lunch next to a hot garbage can… or trying to walk across a room during an earthquake.

No – you are not a contestant on a television show, you are experiencing a slice of life as a child with sensory integration dysfunction, also known as sensory processing disorder.

For the estimated 1 in 20 children affected by sensory integration dysfunction, life can be much like what was described above… and sometimes worse. Inundated by sensory information all day, most children develop motor planning abilities that enable them to appropriately adapt and respond to the sights, sounds, smells, movement and other sensations around them. Children with sensory integration dysfunction (DSI/SPD) react differently to sensory information and are often overwhelmed by this information, experience developmental delays and have difficulty with daily living skills.

“Unfortunately, some children with sensory integration dysfunction are misdiagnosed with other disorders,” explained Kathleen Morris, pediatric therapist and publisher of S.I. Focus magazine. 
 “The good news is that many children with sensory issues are helped immensely with
the right treatment.”

The solution that many have found success with is sensory-based occupational therapy. With this type of therapy, the child is incrementally exposed to a variety of sensory experiences to help regulate the child’s interpretations of and responses to sensory input. Because DSI/SPD is an emerging health concern, there has not been widespread research conducted on treatments, but studies and anecdotal evidence strongly suggest that sensory-based therapy can have significant and long-term success.

Parents, educators and healthcare professionals who suspect a child is affected by DSI/SPD should contact an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory-based therapy for an evaluation.

S.I. Foucs magazine sponsors National Sensory Awareness Month “Come To Your Senses”
each October to raise awareness of sensory integration dysfunction/sensory processing disorder
among parents, educators and other professionals who work with children. Visit
for more information and articles regarding sensory deficits.

*Press Release text credit to Kathleen Morris, editor at SI Focus