About Me

“Who you tryin’ to get crazy with ese? Don’t you know I‘m loco?” - Cypress Hill, “Insane in the Brain”, Black Sunday, Ruffhouse,
Columbia Records, 1993

The name OneLoCoMommy doesn’t imply that I’m crazy (though some days…). I live in Loudoun County, VA, commonly referred to as “LoCo” (much like Northern VA is “NoVa”). I am a transplant from PA – a proud product of the fine Central Pennsylvanian school system.  Don’t hold it against me.

I have a husband (“Husband”), a son (“Mayor Bee” or “B”) and a daughter (“Mayita” or “M”).

My son is now five and is the true purpose (much as I will go off tangent sometimes) of this blog. He was diagnosed first with a speech delay before he was two, then on the autism spectrum (PDD-NOS) in June 2010. He also has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). He is more hypo-sensitive to touch and movement and sensory seeks when possible. However, in true fashion, not every SPD kid is the same. He is also hypersensitive to noise and visual input. We are also close to an ADHD diagnosis as well.  ADHD was added our arsenal in 2012.

“The Divine Miss M”/”Mayita” was born in Spring 2011. After trying so long to have Mayor Bee (we won the Battle of Infertility after almost 2 years), little Miss M just decided to be a very welcome surprise. Even so early in her life, I can already tell that they are worlds apart. She enjoys music, Mickey Mouse, anything soft, and giggling at Mayor Bee’s antics.

Jack shows his good side - OBX 2010

Jack shows his good side – OBX 2010

Recently we said goodbye to our “first” child, Jackpot. He was our rescue bully/terrier mix that can be best characterized as a Jack Russell on steroids. He was such a treasured part of our family and his absence is felt every single day.

When I’m trying not to be addicted to social media (ahem), I love, not in any particular order: reading, beer, football, music, beach, margaritas, friends, spa treatments and Zumba. So, friend, if you have a Super Bowl party with a beach theme, serving margaritas and beer, great music, and have a massage therapist on site, I’m there. Forget reading.

11 Responses to About Me

  1. I’m Angela, and am a new follower from the Bloggy Moms Special Needs Group. My 11 year old daughter has CP, which is nothing like B. But I am anxious to follow your experiences, and offer support whenever it is needed. (((Hugs))) to you!

    http://erinslittlesecrets.blogspot.com/

  2. TJ says:

    Just found your blog. I will make my way through it. My son has been diagnosed with dyspraxia and oral dyspraxia. Look forward to reading your journey – even though it is one very different to mine. Perhaps I can learn from the things you have gone through already! Speech is tough – so slow and very tough! Just trying to make sense of the SPD and dyspraxia.

    • Hi and thanks for stopping by! My son still struggles at times with dyspraxia. However, his speech struggles have decreased. It was a lot of work, first through Early Intervention then through he public schools but he has thrived.

      The best thing for us was simply printing out images of what we wanted him to learn and putting them in a three ring binder. It was portable but sturdy!

  3. Andrew says:

    What?! My mom didn’t give me cool names like “Mayor Bee”! It was usually just my middle name, because I was in trouble.

  4. spdmama says:

    I’d like to invite you to Voices of Sensory Processing Disorder. This is a community website where bloggers can share their experiences, victories, tips and everyday sensory challenges with others. And we want you! We’d love to share your writing.

    Please visit us at http://www.voicesofsensoryprocessingdisorder.com to learn more. I do hope you’ll join us. Happy blogging!
    Regards, Jennifer

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi! I came across your blog via the link-up at “Love That Max” and was surprised to see you live in Loudoun County,VA….because I do too! Nice to meet you through the blogosphere and looking forward to following your blog! =)

  6. Hi, LoCo! I, too, live in Loudoun County, VA! Small world! I found you on a blog hop a few weeks back, and was instantly interested because of the autism connection. I have twin girls with Asperger’s syndrome, and I blog about my adventures with them. I am looking forward to seeing what else we have in common! :)

  7. abc mama says:

    Hi, I found your blog through http://www.thesitsgirls.com (twitter handle post).
    My oldest son is SPD & ADHD with anxiety, and my youngest is LD (and he’s undiagnosed but I swear he is also SPD and OCD.) I just started blogging and am so happy to find other moms out there who understand!
    I’ll be following :)

  8. Hi—
    Psychology Today magazine is hosting a free webcast tomorrow (11/12/13 at 12 pm EST), called “Love and Autism,” that you might find especially interesting. An expert panel will discuss the unique challenges faced by the families of children with autism, which goes along perfectly with what you blog about:

    http://shop.pesi.com/product/10246/

    (Enter the promo code “PSYCHTODAY” for free access and please feel free to forward the link to others!)

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