A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Special Appearance by Darla

I'm excited to introduce you to Darla, who is Rory's mom. I've been in touch with her for many months. In fact, she was one of the first bloggers I connected with. Still, I think that there are a lot of people who don't know her, but should. You can check out her blog We've Got Animal Trouble here:

Without further ado, heeeeeeeerrrrrreeee's Darla!

Woo-hoo my first guest post! First off I am Darla, and I have 3 hyper yet awesome kids. And a saint of a husband! My life is a great one and with each year I learn more about who I am, and who I want to be. I will not lie to you... I am a scattered mess most days, and it takes every ounce of concentration I have to finish any one task. So that is me in a nutshell.

On to the main part of this post, my middle son, Rory. Rory was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. It was not a surprise to me. Many families are shocked to find out this diagnosis, this was not the case with us. Rory never did make good eye contact, and lost all speech he had shortly after turning 2. The amazing thing is that having 2 other "normie" kids, I have no choice but to treat them all equally. Which has, for the most part, benefited everyone. My son has an unbelievable imagination. Better, I dare say then his older brother. I  do not know what the future holds for us, but I do know that finding other parents out there who know what it is to try and find balance in life with a child or children who have special needs is so comforting! Before I felt so alone in this, as I am sure most parents do. But then I found a blog, then another. Before you know it, I became long distance friends trading sleeping tips, and dietary issues. Everyone wants to help their child to reach full potential. Not to just survive in this world but to enjoy and exceed! We are no different, and neither are our children's dreams. Thanks Dani for letting me get some of the spotlight on your blog, you rock!


Jen said...

I so agree with what you wrote. It can be so lonely when you have a SN child. My online buddies are my biggest support, if only in knowing there are others out there dealing with similar things. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to start reading your blog.

Ashley said...

My 4yo son was diagnosed just before Christmas. We've been expecting it for about 9 months now and all during that time, I've been greedily collecting blogs to follow. Happy to have another!!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Brilliant post. Your son sounds very much like my daughter, Amy. Her imagination is fantastic, too, even though, when she was first diagnosed in 2003, her consultant said she would never have an imagination. How wrong that woman was.

Great to meet you.

CJ xx

Chris P-M said...

Great post Dani/Darla...yes, it can be lonely and isolating with a SN kiddo, and it can be equally as challenging trying to parent a NSN child, and having them no miss out on "normal" great opportunities.

Off to check out your blog!

@jencull said...

I think we are supposed to meet Darla, my child with autism is my middle child and guess what his name is? Yep :D He was diagnosed at 23 months but had lost his speech and eye contact at about 16 months old. Lovely to meet you:) Jen

jillsmo said...

Hi Darla!!


Lynn said...

It's Pisces Girl! I've seen you comment here for a long time...so nice to "meet" you!

Dani G said...

So glad everyone's enjoyed getting to know Darla!

Piscesgirl said...

Man, I should have done this long ago! Hi everyone! Looks like I have my blog reading cut out for me now. Darla

Adoption of Jane said...

Great post!

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