Our names are Ginny and Michael. We are the parents of 2 wonderful, beautiful, fantastic, special needs girls. Ginny is a full time mom, between therapies, school, doctor’s appointments and early intervention, she is one busy mommy. We are also a military family, so about a quarter of the time, Daddy has to be gone. Thankfully we have other family nearby to help out. Grandma and Grandpa are two of our favorite people! We also get to have uncles and an Auntie and cousins near.
Our past year has been crazy, both with getting an ASD diagnosis for Little Little as well (Big Little got hers a while ago), moving across the country (Military), and losing Ginny’s big sister. Life has been great, and terrible, and dramatic, and confusing. That is why we have decided to get back to writing, not only to help those navigating this same road, but also as an outlet for our stress.
A little about Ginny: I was a pre-school teacher for 8 years. I have a degree as a Child Care Specialist. I had my own inhome daycare for 3 years. I do not expect everyone to agree with me. I also am not a medical professional, so make sure to talk to your doctor about things! I am just a mommy figuring out what works for my girls and sharing it with you!
About Michael: I am originally from Kenya, I am a member of the Army National Guard, a pilot, and am willing to do whatever it takes to help my girls grow and make the world see how amazing they are.
About my kids: Our first child is our Miracle Baby. We had 10 miscarriages before we got to have her, along with losing her twin at 8 weeks along. She spent the first week of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) not being able to keep herself warm or keep enough oxygen in her little body.
Ginny knew from the time Big Little was about 6 months old that something was different. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it, but Ginny started asking people if they thought she may be autistic. At that point everyone else thought she was over-reading into it. Big Little didn’t walk until she was 18 months old, lost all her words, and started looking away from faces. At that point we knew something was wrong. At 2 we made the doctor help us to find the professional help we knew we needed. For those who have not been through it, the diagnosis process is LOOOOOONG. We received a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3 years old.
Since then it has been a whirl wind of therapies, special education and more. She is now 5 years old and growing every day!
Our second child was also a miracle. Little Little was born with the cord around her neck, but instantly recovered. Ginny was not as lucky. She lost a lot of blood and dealt with medical issues from it for quite a while. When Little Little was 6 weeks old, Mommy and the girls made the big move across the country to join Daddy who had already left to go to flight school with the Army. Unfortunately because daddy had to go before the girls, he missed out on her birth.
We honestly thought she was neuro-typical. She was a happy, giggly little girl and was so different from her sister. The first red flag was her not speaking yet at 18 months, as in no words. Then there was her obsession with eating dirt. At that point we had her tested and low and behold we have 2 special little girls.
Well, that is our family and we look forward to sharing our lives with you!