2015 was a busy year for me but it was a quiet year for the blog. The year chucked up many new things for us including Charlotte morphing from baby to toddler and confirming our suspicions that Dylan has autism, something which we are still waiting for an official diagnosis for. You will find autism as the common theme for my 2015 posts as it was the one subject I most wanted to ramble out about as I try to put what was going on in my head down on paper or, in this case, blog post.
Let Films Be Films Disney UK – My first blog rant of the year went straight to Disney. I make it no secret on Twitter that when it comes to gender equality, it should start at a young age with what toys and films the kids are exposed to. Disney upset me with the way they liked to gender categorise their films and trying to encourage the fact boys should be exposed to films like ‘Cars’ and girls ‘Tinker Bell’. The only response I got from them was them unfollowing me on Twitter.
I Am Not Alone – At the same time as realising Dylan was most probably on the autistic spectrum and that it was something we had to come to terms with. I realised we weren’t going through this alone and that there was plenty of support available out there regarding people who have and are going through it themselves. Something I learnt long ago was that no two spectrum children are the same and that as well as being different they can be extremely unpredictable. I have found other bloggers to be an important source of help and comfort to me and especially so in the last few months as Dylan gets older and more complicated.
Sensory Play Is Not A Load Of Goo Or Baskets Full Of Crap – Continuing my rants I aimed one over at Netmums, who rather upset me with a post which was meant to be funny but pained me instead. It was the kind of thing I avoid reading online but I thought it was a parenting site aimed at generally helping and supporting parents so thought it would be harmless. They took a jab at sensory play and poked fun at something which to autism parents like me is vital. Since writing my post and going back to read the post, it seems they have changed the wording they used. Maybe my ranting does get me somewhere, if only Disney could listen hey!
Ignorance To Autism – The last post that I wrote in 2015 which was autism-related and something I have been reflecting on over the last week. Maybe relating that woman’s reaction to autism was harsh on my behalf because she might have done it to any kid who was acting the way Dylan was but at the same time she should have never reacted in the way she did, people need to learn that some disabilities are not always visible.
Pirate Party Invitations – We had so much fun making these and preparing for Oli’s 6th Pirate themed birthday party. Like so many other posts sat in my drafts the blog post about his party with what we did with other decorations and food is waiting to be finished. Who knows maybe before he turns 7 I might get that post up on the blog! I did manage to blog about the photo cutout we made and what the kids wore to the party.
Visiting Alton Towers With Our Autistic Child – Yes another autism-related post but I did say it pretty much dominated my blog and my life in 1015. We were invited to a blog event at Alton Towers and it was the first time I was nervous about taking Dylan along and almost cancelled us going. Safe to say I am glad we didn’t and we had a fantastic time at the event but what was amazing was the day out we had together as a family at Alton Towers because of the way they catered for Dylan and us.
BritMums Live 2015 – Being in the same building as most of my favourite bloggers? Yes, please! And that’s exactly what I did at BML. It was a fantastic and fun weekend filled with many laughs and new friendships. I came away from it feeling inspired to continue to blog because of this amazing parent blogging community we have going on.
Can We Survive Autism? – Like anything life changing in life autism became a strain on our lives and we were sad to say our marriage, we were no longer communicating with each other and was shutting ourselves way instead of dealing with it together. We got through that rough patch and came out of it stronger than ever and more determined to deal with what life has to throw at us together as a couple and as a team.
LA Here We Come – What started out last year as me thinking that it would be cool if we could attend Comic-Con in San Diego ended up with us instead booking a few weeks in Los Angeles. We pretty much have everything planned and booked now and the only details we have left to sort are what attractions we plan on going to once over there.
Me, The Man & The Kids – 2015 saw a big change to this blog, to my little hobby which has changed my life. At the same time as giving birth for the first time in 2009, I breathed life into this blog and called it. Me, The Man & The Baby and this blog title has served me well and seen me through 3 babies. Now that Charlotte is a toddler it was time to say goodbye to that name and obviously, it made sense to go along with Me, The Man & The Kids.