Hello and welcome to our little corner of the internet. I’m very pleased to meet you. You can call me Spectrummy Mummy, your guide to our not-so-average family and all things spectrummy. I’m originally from England, American by marriage, and currently living in South Africa, by way of a couple of other countries. Honestly though, it doesn’t matter where we’re living, we know for sure that the journey is more important than the destination.
You see, Spectrummy Daddy is US Diplomat husband who is at least halfway responsible for our family. He likes Batman almost as much as he likes us. Probably more on some days. Sometimes I let him write here too, but not very often, because I’d get attention-starved trying to compete with him as well as our children.
Pudding is the real star of the show. She is our 5 year-old Aspie princess, who was born in Luxembourg and diagnosed a few months before she turned 3. Along with Asperger’s Syndrome (which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder, if you don’t already know), she is also diagnosed with ADHD, a sleep disorder, and Developmental Coordination Disorder, because a simple label like “girl” wouldn’t come close to describing how awesome she is. Pudding is now 5 and likes the colour pink, Hello Kitty and stripping down to a costume in the hopes you’ll take her swimming.
Cubby is her baby brother. We call him nearlytypical, because we haven’t heard any better suggestions. He is incredibly talkative, and likes as many boy things as his sister can’t stand. At almost 3, he is just entering what everyone else would call the terrible twos, but we call “childhood”. He is cute and makes us laugh, so we make sure we pack him whenever we move.
I write once a month for Hopeful Parents, at this blog whenever have the time, and here is a list of other places my work has been published. You can also find the latest from Pudding and Cubby on Facebook and you’ll find me getting carried away with #youmightbeanautismparentif on Twitter.
Please feel free to leave comments (see the comment page for suggestions) and if you need to contact me directly, you can do so at spectrummymummy [@] gmail [.] com without all the silly parentheses and spaces. Feel free to send out my link to anyone you think might like to read it.
I think it is pretty obvious, but a necessary disclaimer that while I may be an employee of the State Department, my views are my own, and do not represent those of the United States Government or any agency. Probably no other government agrees with me either, which I’m okay with too.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you like what you read.