As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Criss-Cross Apple Sauce (CLOSED)

‘Criss-Cross Apple Sauce’ means to sit on your butt, cross-legged and hands crossed on your lap. It’s something we picked up from daycare a long time ago and we still use it to let Bryce know when we want him to sit nicely.

Bryce folds his hands together and walks up to strangers and says, “You do Criss-Cross Apple Sauce” and gets people to cross their hands too. It’s really cute. Now we want to see YOU Criss-Cross Apple Sauce!

Share your ‘Criss-Cross Apple Sauce’ pictures on our Facebook for a chance to win one of our Bubble Blowers! We’ll announce the random winner on our Facebook on Thursday, August 1st, 2013!

Contest closes Wednesday, July 31st, 2013!

Good luck!

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No work and all Playland

Daniel and Bryce were at the 6th Annual Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick Off event at Playland last month blowing bubbles and showing their support. However, the rain prevented them from going on any rides, so they were given one-day passes to go another day.

Today was that day.

Daniel took the day off work so we could go in the middle of the week in hopes of avoiding chaotic line ups and heavy crowds. Their was just the right amount of people there. Check out An Autism Guide to Playland for more tips on going to an amusement park with a child with special needs.

We got to Playland around noon and spent the rest of the day galloping, scrambling, sliding, spinning, swinging, and screaming.

It was the best day ever!

Thanks for reading,

Check out more pictures of our day at Playland on our Facebook page.

Special thanks again to Autism Speaks Canada for giving us a rain check so we could enjoy Playland another day! We had a blast!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pee is for Problem.

Bryce started peeing his pants.

We’re not talking ‘accidents’. We’re talking flat out, doesn’t want to do what he’s told, didn’t get his way, engaged in something and doesn’t want to stop to use the bathroom, going through a half a dozen pairs of underwear a day, full blown peeing his pants on demand incidences.

I have no idea why he is peeing his pants but it only happens at home when we tell him something that he doesn’t want to do.

We tell him it’s bed time and he’d pee his pants.

We tell him he has to stop doing something and he’d pee his pants.

We tell him it’s time to go somewhere and he’d pee his pants.

We have resorted to taking him to the bathroom before we tell him anything so he can’t pee his pants.

My first thought was that he was doing it for attention but we give him so much attention that it just couldn’t possibly be that. Then I thought about it more. Maybe it was for the attention. Like a game.

The first time it happened he was getting into bed and I noticed his underwear was wet and I said, “Bryce! Did you go pee-pee?” and he said, “No, pee-pee pants bad. Stay dry.” I said, “Take it off and get new underwear.” He’d take it off and go get another pair and repeat, “Take off, get new underwear.”

The next time it happened he was getting ready for bed and I noticed but before I could say anything he said something like, “Sorry. No pee pee. Stay dry. Take off, get new underwear.”

It was almost scripted.

I have no idea how to make it stop other than trying to prevent it. Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nothing else mattered anymore

12 years ago today you were born.

I remember the first time I held you in my arms and how I knew at that moment that nothing else mattered anymore.

Happy birthday, Bryce!

I love you with all my heart!

Love mommy