A Special day at the Menlo

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A Special Day at the Menlo Park Hotel

To day I attended a brilliant Special Needs Exhibition organized by Special Heroes Ireland which took place in The Menlo Park Hotel, Galway. Proceeds raised by Special Heroes Ireland will go towards Santa Claus making very special home visits to children and adults with special needs who would love to meet Santa. x

As I have two super cute little boys with Special Needs I wanted to go along to find some new Therapy Tools that could help their language, sensory and fine motor needs. The event did not disappoint! x [Read more…]

Brownies

Brownies [Read more…]

Magic Maleficient

Hailey as Maleficient

Hailey as Maleficient

Halloween has been and gone, we all had sickly tummies after too much sweets and goodies to prove it! It was really nice this year as Baby Jack is older so could take part more so than he could last year. We started off the day early visiting both Granny’s house to Trick or Treat as Halloween is not Conor’s favorite time of year and he can get so wound up with all the noises and lights. So we went early in the day so he could enjoy it more.

Hailey of course had asked many weeks ago if I could make her a Magic Maleficient Costume! I can use a sewing machine but I am far from “professional” lol! So I knew it was going to be either a hit or miss situation. So on the wing of a prayer I got to sewing a black spooky type dress with a hood and also a cloak that left room for wings! The one mistake I made was not making the hood larger as the Character Maleficient has her full head covered in Black.  [Read more…]

It could be You

Autism Awareness

Raising Awareness

I started The Little Puddins Blog just a short time ago and I could never have imagined all that was about to happen from that first night I started to write online. By creating the Blog I hoped to help raise “Awareness” on behalf of my two sons, my daughter, my self and my husband as parents, on behalf of all Families who may struggle for whatever reason on their own Special Needs Journey.

My Blog’s tagline is “Living a life unexpected” because that is what a Special Needs Journey is; a complete bombshell out of the blue that can make you or break you. I hoped that by writing the real, honest, hard stories that it would get people talking openly about Autism, about SPD, about the reality for many of what living with Special Needs really means. [Read more…]

Thoughtful

IMG_4299Before I was a mother, before I was a wife, I was me. That sounds strange to read and even stranger to write. What I mean is that before I took on all the roles I have now in my life I started out as me. There is one thing I have always surrounded myself from as far back as I can remember and that is “words”. I love to read, write and learn. I have always found it so easy to learn something if I have an interest in it. I am inspired by learning and more particularly I am inspired by words, quotes, books, poems, novels. My safe haven has always been between the pages of my next good “read”.  [Read more…]

Mammy Loves Conor

IMG_3373Wiping tears gently away from Conor’s little face I pull him in tight, trying my best to hug and kiss away what hurts his beautiful heart. I know that I may not ever find out what plays on his mind when he cries quietly to himself lying on his bed. I lie beside him when his tears flow all too easily and tell him repeatedly “Mammy loves Conor”, holding him tight I do my best to hug all his fears away, hoping if I hug him just tightly enough he will know and he will feel all the love I have for him.

Moments like this are the hardest to bear as I would do absolutely anything to help him speak, so that finally we would hear all the lovely things he wants to say. I never imagined all those years ago when his words stopped that almost 6 years later we would still be hoping, wishing and waiting. In the years since his words faded away, I have learned so much from Conor without him ever uttering one single beautiful word. [Read more…]

Conor’s Autism

Autism

Baby Conor

Conor’s Autism

I have been asked so many times recently about Conor and how we found out about him having Autism. I usually give the good version and say we found out when he was less than 18 months old and at that time he was the youngest in the County to ever be diagnosed. It is all true but what lead to that diagnosis has been some of the hardest most painful years of my life. I decided to finally write down how it all happened and I may come back later to add more to it as I don’t think I could mentally cope with remembering all that happened and all we have been through all at once so for now I have written my first draft for you to read. It will be in two parts as it is a long story.x I’l post the second part in a week or so , once I have built up the courage to write it. So for now here is Part 1 of Conor’s Autism.- [Read more…]

Autism knocks on the door

Baby Jack

Baby Jack

It is not often I am speechless (probably all the tea) but this summer I was shocked into silence, stunned actually. It was from something I hadn’t completely ruled out but you always, always hope your worst fear would not come true.It took me the last few months to get my feet back under me, and finally I have.
You see I am very lucky to have 3 gorgeous children; a beautiful girl and two super handsome boys. We have been living with Autism in our house for the last almost 6 years and it has brought many ups and a very many downs as we tried to find our way with it all.
Then we had Jack and we were so so delighted to have another gorgeous baby to hold and to love and to love us back All was well. [Read more…]

Sleeping Angel

Sleeping AngelAs I enter the darkened room, I have only the dim light of the moon’s sky to guide me. Softly the carpet beneath my feet mute my moving soul, my breathing unheard. Looking down, I watch Jack, my sleeping angel, oblivious to my silent tears as he sleeps in his cot. I find him asleep in the same manner every night no matter how tightly I tuck his little blankets over him he gets out and will lay on top of them, his little bum facing the sky and his cherub face buried deep in the warmth of his blankets. There is a huge lump building in my throat as I watch him breath in and out life, I pick up his favorite blanket and tuck it around his little body keeping him warm under the moons gentle glow. [Read more…]

Special Needs Secrets.

Autism Secrets

 

I have been very lucky to experience what it is to be a mother to both children with and without Special Needs. I am thankful to have a child without a special needs condition or health concerns. To be able to experience what it is to have a happy healthy child that can speak, has friends, can go to parties, sleep overs, go out into the world without a care, who can fend for themselves and live a life away from home when she is ready.

On the other side I have also been blessed to live the life of a Special Needs Mother and I feel equally thankful as that has truly opened my eyes and heart to a world I had not really realised existed until I was pushed through its door many years ago. I am equally proud of my son’s progress no matter how big or small, and hope for the day when he too will be as independent & free as his big sister.

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