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Autism: Regression Sucks!

My little one with autism is approaching 3 1/2. He's a great little guy with a ton of personality and he's so smart. I have watched him grow for the past few months in his therapy at school and it has been so exciting. We got a progress report recently showing he is meeting all of his IEP goals.

I have felt hopeful. I have felt proud of him, and often filled with intense emotion watching him advance....
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Recovering From Depression Is Hard, But Not Impossible

I have had a really, really tough couple of months. Between starting work, the holidays, and everything else in between I have been one big, giant yoyo.

With pretty severe depression settling in, I started the Effexor and ended up a little manic. I knew it was likely, actually, I knew it was inevitable. Going a little manic created it's own set of issues for me and this life I live. My doc spotted it long before I did,...
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Going Back To Work Is Great For Me, But Not For My Teenager

I took some time to write about all the things I love about going back to work. With my kids though it has been a little tough. They have been so used to me being home that they don't really know anything different.

I had expected my two middle kids to have the hardest time but to my surprise, they're okay. When I get home they run to hug me as they used to...
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Finally A Job I Love! I Hope This Lasts

I started working again last month. I have been anxious, but I have enjoyed everything about it. It's a great situation for me and my illness and it's working out very well. Let me tell you all the wonderful things about my new career.

I get to work in my PJ's. Yes, that is awesome! When I'm having a tough day I can throw on my robe, park my bum on the couch and...
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“But MOM! I’m 16 now!”

Yep, my teenager turned 16 this weekend. Aside from feeling old it was an exciting day. We took him to breakfast for his birthday and took him to the mall so he could go shopping. It was strange that my 16 year old was at the mall and didn't find anything at all to buy. It was fun though.

He's probably the only kid in his class without some type of a smart phone....
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I Failed My Depression Test Miserably

Depression is sneaky. It's almost like one day you're okay and then next you are wondering what happened to your life. Well, it feels that way to me at least.

I have brief episodes of depression more often than I would like. I cant say that it is crippling or severe depression, but it's annoying and nagging. It's just like a rain cloud hovering over me. A simple med adjustment usually does the trick to kick...
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Going Back To Work Is Tough, But I’m Doing Great!

The decision to go back to work was a hard one. We went back and forth for a while trying to decide what I wanted to do exactly. Well, now that we have figured it out things around here are changing a lot.

I haven't been blogging as much, but that will pick up real soon! It's just been kind of nuts. I'm adjusting pretty well to all of this and I think I...
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My Teenager Has Sex On The Brain, Oh Boy….

I have never had a hard time talking to my oldest son about sex. It has never been this huge hush hush subject. We are very open with him about everything.

Unfortunately, he is turning 16 next week and all that talking and open honesty hasn't been as effective as I had hoped it would be. He has sex on the brain, and I don't know how to approach it.

I am good friends with...
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I Had The Worst Paranoia Episode Ever, I Thought My Toddler Was Going To Die

On Christmas Eve we were all standing around the kitchen as a family. We kept it simple and made nuggets for the kids. It wasn't an "around the table" dinner; we were all too anxious awaiting Santa.

In the middle of the commotion my 3 year old walks into the middle of all of us with a distressed look on his face. He was gagging. This is something that happens pretty frequently with him...
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