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First grade

I have a hard time accepting that I am here now. This is farther than I thought we would be and also very far behind where I first dreamed I would be. Dayna will be starting first grade a week after next. She will be in a typical class room with a lot of support. It took a lot of fighting to get here.

My friends that I made at infants and toddlers social group are still connected. We still get together for lunch and to celebrate birthdays and holidays. We talk about IEPs and therapy's.…


Posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

With the light: raising an autistic child By Keiko Tobe


I found this Magna novel called " With The Light" It is about a family who is raising an autistic child. I read through the first phase and on the last page the little boy finally looked at his mom and said "mommy." I don't know why but it just triggered something in side of me and I can't stop crying....

This book it just made me see. Like I have talked to other moms and seen a lot of other children but to read this book that so bluntly illustrates what my life has been…


Posted on September 27, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Better is not good enough.

At the age of 18 months D was sitting in the middle of the floor screaming for hours on end. I thought that I was the worst mother in the world. I had taken all these hours of training on Child care and development, spent years taking care of other peoples children. And yet I didn't know what to do about my own child. I couldn't conect with her. She lived in her own world and it hurt so much when I could see that that world wasn't nice to her.

It was a secret. We never went out, we never… Continue

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

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At 3:06pm on May 26, 2015, melinda baby said…
Hello dear,I'm Melinda by name, this is Important please email me back at (,I will be waiting to hear from you soon.
At 7:46pm on September 27, 2009, Cristina Benitez said…
Hi Samantha, how was Dutch Wonderland? I've heard it's lots of fun and have it on our list of stuff to do with the kids, eventually. Hope you had a great weekend!
At 1:10am on August 12, 2009, Cristina Benitez said…
Welcome Samantha!! Thank you for joining the site.

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