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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lessons learned in the emergency room in the middle of the night....

Over the winter break, Little Bird caught a pretty ugly stomach flu. One minute she was totally fine, the next minute there was projectile vomit covering the walls, couches, floor and ceiling (slight over-exaggeration). In a period of 2 hours, she was throwing up every ten minutes. When her eyes started rolling back into her head, I made the executive decision to take her to the ER.

Did you know that ERs in Metropolitan Detroit have metal detectors upon entry? Did you know that having your kid throw up all over the hallway does not get you a bed any quicker? Lesson learned. I started out explaining to every nurse, doctor (twice to the hot ones), orderly, and maintenance worker that Little Bird has Autism and doesn't understand that you're trying to help her. Most of them slowed their speech and raised their voices as though she has a hard time hearing (wtf?) and asked her if her tummy hurts. Ummm, she's freaking exorcist-style vomiting all over your triage, so yes, her tummy probably hurts.

For the most part, everyone was great when I explained the Autism. In fact, it's like it wasn't that unusual to them (hellooooo 1 in 100 and rising). Everyone commented on the fact that she's almost seven and not quite 40 pounds. Yes, I know. That's why we're here- no reserves. When they finally got the IV zofran (aka manna from heaven) and fluids into her, it was like seeing a whole new child. "She's baaaaaaack!" She perked up quickly and soon noticed that there was a TV in the room and it wasn't on. There's not much children's programming on at 2am, so I found a cartoon and stuck with it just as a new doctor walked in. "LB has autism and might not understand that you're trying to help her." By this point I was like a broken record. Just as the doctor asked, "Is she verbal?", the bird recognized the cartoon and shouted with excitement, "Family Guy!! Peter! Lois! Stewie!" I gave the doctor a look like, "I have NO clue how she'd know a show so inappropriate for children" and just said, "yes, she's verbal." Apparently my kid has excellent taste in animation thanks to searching YouTube. Lesson learned.

It didn't take long before the girl was back to her cute, sweet, sassy self.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Birdhouse

"Momma once told me
you're already home where you feel love
I get lost in my mind
I am lost in my mind
There are stars up above
We can start moving forward"
-The Head and the Heart

We moved. Me and my bird. We moved. Sold the house, packed everything up, and moved into an apartment about a 1/2 mile away from home. So, we're still on our turf. I wanted to stay in the same area so that Little Bird could still go to her bookstore, her Target, her favorite restaurants, etc. Plus, we're within walking distance from her school and summer camp. Strangely, we've moved into a new public school district; one that's much better for my kind of kid. That was obviously another big consideration for us in the move.

I left my dream home behind. Seriously, I loved that house. It was beautiful and comfortable and perfect. A little too big, but that's okay. I walked out of that house for the last time a few days ago. I cried my eyes out for hours. One of my favorite neighbors emailed me, asking if I could drive by every so often so she'd see my car and it'd seem like I'd never left. But, no. I don't think I can. In fact, I think it would be impossible to drive past that house ever again. I'm sure that with time it will be easier, but it's even hard for me to drive past the entrance to the subdivision.

I had great memories in that home. Little Bird took her first steps there; the ones that at least one doctor said might never come. Cassidy died in my arms in that home. I had some really great times there. Of course, there were also a lot of very difficult days there where I was filled with anxiety, sadness, and strife. I know that I can bloom wherever I'm planted and that I'll make many, many more beautiful memories in my new place.

We're settling in, making it ours. Slowly. It's a process.

First thing I did was fix up the bird's room. I decorated it with much of the same stuff from her old room so she'd find comfort in the familiar. There are lots of birds and owls and trees and mushrooms (what?) decorating the walls, her bed, pillows, etc.  She likes it. A lot. That's all that matters.

We are making it our own.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cat Facts

Apparently, some kid put his phone number on the facebook and his cousin started messing around with him. Hilarity ensued.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rainbow vomit

Ok, so I'm changing things up a bit. You know little things like, I was married and now I'm not. I lived in a big fancy house and now I live in a nice cozy apartment. I had pink stripes in my hair and now I don't. Things like that. Also, I'm trying to appreciate the little things- like my waist line. Kidding. Kind of. Just trying to enjoy the things that make me smile and giggle each day. I guess I'll start sharing some of them with you, too. 

So, here's a little something for you. Don't say I never gave you nothin'.

That's All.

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Happy Birthday to my Little Bird!! 
She turns seven years old today. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

pic-a-day done

Day whatever:

Awwwww, fuggit.

I just moved, haven't gotten my internet hooked up yet, and I got too much stuff to do to post more pics. Whatevs.

Friday, January 13, 2012

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Day 13:
What's in your bag?

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cake balls!

Little Bird's birthday is coming up in a couple weeks, 
so this weekend, I'm throwing her a little birthday party

I hate hate hate the idea of giving kids cheap plastic toys made by young children in sweat shops for the kids to choke on as party favors. So, I usually make something for giveaways. One year, I melted chocolates into little lollipop molds. For last year's party, I made these m&ms. 

This year, thanks to my friend Evie's obsession with interest in Pinterest, I've discovered how to make cake pops. I'm going to share this wisdom with y'all.

First I baked a cake and allowed it to cool completely. 
Then I crumbled it all up in a bowl, set that aside:

Meanwhile, I took white frosting and spiced it up with a little food coloring:

And then I smushed the frosting into the cake crumbles. This was messy and squishy. Then I rolled this "dough" into little balls*

*hahahaha I said little balls!

I put them on wax paper on a cookie sheet and stuck 'em in the fridge to firm up. Once my balls were hard enough (oh, come on, like I was gonna dodge that one), I took my lollipop sticks and dipped them in melted chocolate and stuck 'em in the balls; basically I used the chocolate as an adhesive.


Back in the fridge with you!

Once I had the chocolate melted (microwave), I started the dipping process. 

Voila! Cake balls!!

This week's prompt:
Create an "instructional" post where you show readers how to do something cool or useful or yummy

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Day 12:
Close up

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Day 11:
Where you sleep

Yep, pretty nice. This has been my room for the last 10 months and will only be mine for 3 more nights. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Day 10:

please pay no attention to the fact that I went from day 4 to day 10. 
I've been moving  under a lot of stress  freaking out busy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Day Four:
Your Letterbox

In the ol' letter box today, I got the best piece of mail I've gotten all day  all week all of 2012 so far:

Gorgeous pictures of my niece and nephew!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Day Three:
Something you adore

(I also love when you "like" me)

Monday, January 2, 2012

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There's been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about the project 365. Basically, you snap and post a pic every day for a year. First of all, 2012 is a leap year, so technically it should be project 366. I could get down with 365, but 366 is just a little too much for me. Actually, I think I could do a month, not a year. Remember last year when I did the 30 Day Project?? Yeah, that was pretty cool. Last night, I saw Jessica post something on FB about a 31 days project with topics, so you have an idea of what to snap and post.
Day One is meant to be a picture of YOU.
Technically, I did that yesterday, so I'm going with that being day one.
Day two: breakfast

Sunday, January 1, 2012

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