Kosta and I were looking at old pictures again of Panayioti. This time we didn’t get sad, instead we were laughing. We used to take some really fun and funny pictures. He was always doing something goofy and chuckling to himself. For his 1st birthday a good friend of mine got him a farm house … Continue reading One year old Panayioti
I’m going to just put the blame on exhaustion. Exhaustion from having to keep an autistic toddler constantly occupied with something or else! Or else he’ll scream, run back and forth, put his hands into his pants, and just make a mess. So yesterday around 5 I suggested we all get ready to go out for … Continue reading How a simple argument can turn into an all-out brawl.
right down the street from our house. The whole building process, digging dirt, breaking apart the building that was once there, the tractor thingy backing up, is making A LOT of noise. Noise that on this rainy, windy day I’m thankful for. It’s actually drowning out the little guy’s jungle man sounds. I was sitting … Continue reading There’s a new apartment building being built . . .
My neighbor’s daughter is a child psychiatrist specializing in autism spectrum disorders. She’s also a first time mommy to a little boy around Maria’s age. Last summer when I first met this neighbor of mine, an elderly woman who’s now a retired Chemistry professor, she told me that if I ever wanted to speak to … Continue reading Sometimes it helps to speak to a professional.
Easter was a fucking disaster this year. I’m not even going to asterisk the word fucking because there’s no point and because I want you to feel the full effect of how bad it was. That’s it. That’s all I wanted to say. But wait, I’ll elaborate. There were so many things, so many stimms, … Continue reading Autism reared its ugly head and boy was it ugly!
Panayioti was born in the summer of 2009 so Christmas of 2010, when this picture was taken, he was 18 months old. Close to the age that my baby girl is at now (17 months). I’m doing that vicious and depressing thing again where I look at old photos and videos of him before he … Continue reading At 18 Months.
All day long I hear alienese (what I like to call the sounds that come out of Panayioti’s mouth: the didi’s, the lala’s, the humm’s, the siren-like sounds, the george of the jungle sounds, the list goes on and on). But there are moments where it’s eerily quiet, at least in terms of alienese. Usually … Continue reading When he’s quiet there’s usually water involved.