Doesn’t Matter the Label, Just Matters That I am Mom

The label that my middle child receives down the road as we venture into the path of a possible new diagnosis really doesn’t matter to me. Aj’s Dad and I have been raising the same boy for the past seven years so whatever label is placed upon our son really doesn’t matter as it pertains to anything other than giving us something to research better. You see, no one lives our life. No one outside of our home has experienced the real Aj. With no medication interfering with Aj in any way positive nor negative, the school is starting to […]

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What Brings me Absolute Joy?

Each day I wake up to the same routine for two weeks in a row; Aj needs his specific morning routine and breakfast ready for him. My youngest needs his scrambled eggs or toast or cereal whatever he finally decides upon after 15 minutes of being indecisive. My daughter, the eldest of three, wakes up groggy but always has a slight smile on her face when she gets a hug from Mama. Each morning I wake up to children happy, healthy and thankful for their Mama who wakes up each day bringing them joy, but what I get in return […]

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Updates on Aj, After our Last Counseling Appointment

This has been a journey and a half with my now seven year old son, Aj. First day he was born I could tell you something wasn’t right, he was more angry than happy. It appeared my son had inherited something that runs heavily in the gene pool; bipolar. So it began, a lot of testing and counseling to ensure we were parenting the way Aj would respond. Aj had test after test, all coming back that he was a normal child as far as brain goes and most of the developmental areas. Sure Aj was not speaking much by […]

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An Evening at Park Turns into Gentle Reminder

Each Friday through October our town has a farmer’s market and the children love when I take them to wander around looking at all of the vendors, as well as to take a ride on the train that is there. After we had our visit at the Farmer’s Market, my youngest asked if I would take him to the park later. My middle child was all set on that idea and grumbled that he didn’t want to go. We headed home and let my middle child settle in at home with my boyfriend while I took the oldest and youngest […]

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Six Year old has Case of Sillies

My six year old son is usually the serious one of my three kids, he is the middle child and often is found simply being a bit more rigid and right to the point. This is the child that you better say yes and mean it or else you will pay for it. Aj remembers every single thing you say and will hold you accountable for taking bad your word. Mean what you say and do what you say with this child or else…. With that being said, there have been some funny moments with him lately where he just […]

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Siblings at their Best, Worst and Most Amusing Moments

Sometimes I sit back, watch and listen while my kids interact, more so with my two sons. My boys are 2 years and 6 days apart, both being born in August and they are extremely close. They are like partners in crime one moment, best friends the next and in another blink they may be smacking or punching each other saying how much they hate each other. It’s the most amusing time of my life watching as my sons continue along in their close brotherly bond. I never had a brother, just a sister who is four years younger than […]

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Happy Birthday Aj With Love

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear AJ, Happy Birthday to you! My middle child, Aj, turns six today.  Six years ago I was in a hospital room not sure I was ready to take on another child and yet Aj has taught me how strong a child and a mother can truly be. I love this boy more than anything and I have gone dry on energy fighting various specialists for this boy until finally about six months ago he received an answer;  the diagnosis of bipolar or a mood disorder just the same. Risperdal […]

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Risperdal Has Really Been a Blessing

I started the journey with my middle child at age 2 and most of you who have been reading since then know my story but for those who don’t, my son Aj was born angry. He had one emotion, angry, since the baby years and up. At age 2 his Dad and I finally started to see various specialists who once again were not sure to diagnosis a child so young with anything. Later on Aj was diagnosed with ADHD, however, the mood changes are what made the ADHD diagnosis not 100% certain according to his counselor. Finally about six […]

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How We Became Closer, A Sisterly Story

I talk to my sister at least once every day. I will do anything for my sister as long as I am able to do so. I am always there for my sister even if she feels she does not want me to be there for her. I love my sister even when she does not want to ever speak to me again. This is what we do, siblings and family, we are there for each other, to drive each other insane, to deal with the ups and downs, and to simply love each other for who each of us […]

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Using Pictures to Capture The Diminishing Fear of Swimming

Summer is a wonderful time, school is out and the kids are ready to hit the pool and beaches as a way to stay cool in the hot days.  At one point or another I realized that I had not really encouraged a love and trust of water with my middle child, I am not one hundred percent sure why he was not introduced to swimming at an early age like his siblings but he was not introduced to swimming until he was a bit older. I am thankful to have all of my family photographs organized by month and […]

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