Archive for January, 2011

J’s Gems

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

To celebrate completing 300(!) consecutive posts(!) on My So-Called Sensory Life, one of J’s gems (with special guest commentary from M)–

“Mom, when a kid wakes up in the morning she/he can never just ‘Go back to sleep”; Mom, that’s the truth.”

Spoken like true experts.

J and M:  Thanks for the gifts of genuine honesty and extra caffeine this morning.  Without you, I wouldn’t be sitting here reminiscing about the 300 amazing gifts I’ve received so far and My So-Called Sensory Life wouldn’t exist.

“…Here’s What’s Happening In My Neck Of The Woods!”

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Today’s gift: my brave, fabulous, funny, smart, surprising, bold, beautiful, creative, daring, strong, cool, kind, nice, gracious, charming, sophisticated, mature, confident, articulate, insightful, artistic, well-read, mathematical, intuitive, miraculous daughter made her television debut today as a Weather Girl!

I have video, pictures and so much to share.  Right now, though, I’m being selfish and keeping this gift to myself.

I promise to let you all peek inside this box soon.

(I’m not too proud of J — am I?)

Middle March

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Today’s gift:  M was able to march into the middle of an undesirable situation and take a breath and take the middle ground.  Sure, he started to tantrum and started to fall back on past behaviors.  But, today his reaction wasn’t extreme. It wasn’t out of control.  It was as close to neutral.

Like all of us, M has some “hot buttons” and today’s situation was not easy for him. It was unexpected.  It was very undesirable.

To my utter delight, M took the high road.

Life is a highway, M.  Great driving today.

Beach Riddles on a Snow Day

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

M displayed some wonderful understanding of inferential language today. Yeah!

We read Beach Riddles by Jennie Spray Doering to celebrate the snow day.  These are some of the jokes that made him exclaim, “I get it. Haha!”  and made me fist-pump –

What’s the friendliest way to start a day at the beach?  “Hi, Tide!”

Where’s the best place to go shopping at the beach? On a sailboat!

Did you hear about the whale pirate? He made his prisoners walk the plank-ton!

Who keeps the ocean floor clean? Mer-maids.

Who fixes things in the ocean?  Hammerhead sharks.

Which team wins ocean soccer? Nobody. The score is always tide!

And when you leave the beach…wave good-bye.

We had so much fun frolicking and reading.  Was it my imagination or did I smell a faint hint of sunscreen in the air?

Battle Hymn for Moms Like Me

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Today’s gift:  I can move mountains (both at home and at work and sometimes, like today, at the same time)!

Remember that I am a book publicist?  Books have been and will always be my first love.  (Sorry hubby and twins M and J. JK!)

Thrilling that today’s gift brings so much full-circle for me — publishing, motherhood, special needs, friends past and present.  It’s been a whirlwind, power pitching, pride-filled p.r. day spent on behalf of mothers everywhere like me — Special Moms that parent for our children and not for ourselves.

Thank you Patty Chang Anker for leading the Battle for all Mothers!

Here is the post that is now on the front page of The Huffington Post thanks to yours truly!

My Twin, My Friend

Monday, January 10th, 2011


I’ve been thinking about two books and two authors today:   Twin: A Memoir by Allen Shawn (Viking) and My Twin, My Friend by Lynne Crump.  They couldn’t be more different but one book made me pine for the other…more on that later.

In a recent interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” ( Allen Shawn comments,  “I don’t think I’ve ever felt like an individual the way a non-twin does,” he says. “I literally feel like a bookend, as if there were a set of books next to me and at the other end of those books, there was another bookend. I have a sense of being part of a pair of things.”

I remember when J and M were born, we received My Twin, My Friend (one day two little ones gleefully shredded it).  It had the line, “Lucky me, Lucky you.  God made us not one but two.  Together we make a really great pair!”

Both books confirmed that two is better than one.  I’m so glad that M and J have the gift of one another, my sweet bookends (and that I have the gift of being a MOT, Mother of Twins).

The Pop Corn Factory

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Today’s gift:  a family pop-corn making party.

Using popping corn (still on the husk! see photo) from my brother-in-law’s organic farm, we literally had a blast making popcorn.  We never experienced this culinary challenge (and delight).

We successfully made it the old fashioned way and then devoured it.

Simple, delicious family fun.


Saturday, January 8th, 2011

A Warrior is a lifelong learner and a lifelong practitioner.”

You guessed it!  M did it again!

M had his second successful karate class today.  This time Dad was there to witness everything and like me, he could barely contain his pride and joy. Watching M participate (willingly), have fun and actually do an activity feels miraculous and new every time I see it.  I know my husband feels the exact same way — I thought I glimpsed tears of joy in his eyes, too.

Of course, we still had to prepare, bribe, bargain, and really support M to get him dressed, in the car and then on the mat.  But we know he can do this and we know it is right for him.  And most importantly, so does he.  He believes in himself.  Once he begins class, he’s like a different boy.  And any doubts I had disappeared when he repeated the entire class at home as soon as we returned.

After two classes, the wisdom of Karate is already growing in M and he is a Warrior.


Friday, January 7th, 2011

Many of you may remember my post Why Y? (

So, what do you get when M adds his favorite letter to a winter vehicle?  Plow-y of course!

The recent snow provided M the opportunity to admire the power, beauty and importance of the snow plow.

He watches in awe the sheer force of the large highway snow plows.  He giggles when he sees neighborhood tractors fitted with small driveway plows.  And he jumps and cheers when he finds video clips of plows in actions online.

Most of all, if the weather forecast even hints at the possibility of snow, his begins an adorable snow plow siting vigil.

Another unexpected gift — I’ll never look at snow plows the same way again!

I can’t wait for the next Nor’easter! Let it Snow!

I Scream, You Scream

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

J and I are alone in the house.  No boys.  No sensory issues.  No worrying about anyone else.  Just girls.

So we do what we always do:  S-C-R-E-A-M.  With abandon.  Together at the same exact time.  Not just any scream, this is a joyful, powerful, giddy, girl scream.  It’s delicious.  I ask her if we can record our screaming and she beams with pride, the only child for a this moment in time. No rules, no restrictions.  I’m so happy for both of us.  You’ll hear it in my scream.

Have a listen to today’s gift (you might want to turn down your computer volume first!):

scream beam ahhhhhhh

(Audio clip title courtesy of J)