Author Archives: Jessica

About Jessica

I am currently a stay at home mom to my two beautiful girls. B is 7, thoughtful, and has sensory challenges. C is 5, spirited, and keeps me on my toes. Before B, I was a special education teacher. She's taught me more in her 7 years than I learned in my 5.5 years in college and my seven years teaching combined :)

Picky? Puhleez!

This will probably be my 2nd biggest blog post to date. It’s going to offend some, but hopefully educate others. This post is long overdue, but especially needed in the “picky eating” community. Tread with caution. This post will consist … Continue reading

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The Clothing Wars

I’d like to think I understand B’s extreme sensory challenges when it comes to how clothing feels. Then I have mornings like this morning…and realize I am extremely intolerable and like every other parent out there just want her to … Continue reading

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Mommy Melt-down Moments

I’ve taken a long hiatus from blogging. Too long. The good news is most days have been pretty awesome, but then there’s those days that take us to the brink of our own mommy melt-down. The “Calgon take me away” … Continue reading

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The Back-to-School Blues

School’s back in session. “How’s it going for B?” you ask. “I underestimated the back-to-school blues and challenges.” I reply. Most of us parents cannot wait for back to school. Structure, routine, and normalcy. Who wouldn’t want that? What we … Continue reading

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Respect the Rules

Everyone knows that kiddos with sensory processing disorder live by rules and routine. As a parent of a kiddo with sensory challenges, you learn to always respect that. If you can’t respect that, than you warn them with PLENTY of advance notice. Every once in … Continue reading

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Sensory Delight and Sensory Flight

It’s been way too long since my last post. I apologize to my followers, but honestly since January 2013 things have been going great. Meltdowns were almost non-existent. B’s sensory challenges were easily managed. Eating was what it was. She … Continue reading

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A Word of Thanks

My parents are awesome! I really do have the best parents around. My mom doesn’t smother; yet she loves deeply. My dad encourages. They always go out of their way to let my siblings and I know how proud they … Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken

It’s been too long since my last blog post. After a few months of a hiatus, it’s like I’m starting over. Only this time it’s not all bad news. At least it shouldn’t be. Why then do I feel like … Continue reading

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Social Isolation

“Third grade. Everyone’s food in their lunches is disappearing. I am their target. I run out of the room crying when they tell the teacher I am the culprit. I hide in the athletic closet. I cry and wait until … Continue reading

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Nervousness Never Fades

“Everyone had bologna around me at lunch today.” Spoken by our sensory, orally, and olfactory defensive 5.5 year old when she got home from school. I asked her how she handled it. “I plugged my nose.” While I’m proud of … Continue reading

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Life is But a Dream

You know when you’re in a deep sleep dreaming that fabulous dream where the location is perfect, you’re in love with whatever or whomever you’re dreaming about? That particular dream from which you don’t really want to wake up and … Continue reading

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The Sensory Moments that Get Me

As a parent, do you ever have those little moments that just get you? They break your heart, they annoy you, make you insane, make you laugh, and at times they make you sob uncontrollably. Ask the same question to … Continue reading

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Mental Preparation

Last week B attended Vacation Bible School (VBS) at a local church for five full days. Of course I was nervous that she’d be gone from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every day that week, but she was over the … Continue reading

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Trust Your Instincts

It’s the middle of summer. The time when parents are out there swimming with their kids, visiting indoor play areas, taking trips to the library, going out for ice cream, meeting other parents for playdates, going on vacation, sending their … Continue reading

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Forgetful But Not Forgotten (Food School Routine…Edited)

I realized that I completely forgot to mention the “older” sensory kiddos in my Food School Routine post. I blame it on the heat 🙂 It’s been a pretty warm summer here so far (and honestly I’m probably one of … Continue reading

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Food School Routine

I’ve had quite a few parents ask if I could share the type of routine we use with B before each meal. I decided to go ahead and write up a blog post that does just that…only in more detail … Continue reading

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It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night….

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a down-in-the-dumps post. I try to be as positive, as it almost always lifts my spirits, but like everyone else I have my extra hard, extra bad days. The days when you ask yourself, … Continue reading

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A Sensational Day!

As B gets older I find myself watching her grow, change, and become more independent. She has an impressive imagination. I love listening to her tell me about her dreams every morning. I can only assume while she’s taking a … Continue reading

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Sweet Sucesses!

It’s the little things in life. Sunshine after 3 days straight of rain. Snuggling with my girls while we watch their favorite movie and munch on some popcorn. Brand new tires on my 04′ Corolla (The old ones served us … Continue reading

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Oh that Smell…

We live in the country. Not just a little bit in the country, but far enough out that it takes us 15-20 minutes to drive anywhere. The grocery store, preschool, my hair salon, restaurants…it’s at least a 15 minute car … Continue reading

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