By Kim Stagliano
How one girl increases 3 daughters with autism, loses one at Disney international, remains married, has intercourse, bakes gluten-free, is going broke, and retains her experience of humor.
"Dr. Spock? money. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)? money. what to anticipate while You’re waiting for? money. I had a 700 buck Bellini crib for God’s sake! i used to be ideal. And so used to be Mia whilst she was once born . . ."
...and so starts Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s trip elevating 3 daughters with autism. In those tales, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs along with her remarkable skill to put every little thing at the table—from kinfolk, pals, and enemies to basement floods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions—eviscerating and celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern to her expanding activism within the autism neighborhood and exhaustive look for remedies that might aid her daughters, she covers all of it. constantly outspoken, usually touching, and infrequently heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a robust new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) could be a must-read in the autism group and the literary global at huge. 24 colour photos
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I stumbled back to the hotel. I kept Michele’s diagnosis to myself until we got home. We were there for a nice weekend, and I didn’t want to ruin it. When we got home I scheduled an appointment for Mia with a developmental pediatrician at Children’s Seashore House, at CHOP. ” That sounded like a bad day on Continental Airlines, but it didn’t sound like autism. Mark and I breathed a sigh of relief. We next saw a neurologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital. His name was Dr. Grover. I took that as a good omen, since Mia loved her Grover doll so much.
I suppose we both chalked the argument up to wedding jitters. We kissed and made up, and I refocused on important issues like finding a bridal salon to steam the wrinkles out of my wedding gown. The best piece of advice I got for my wedding day came from my dear friend and high school roommate, Laurie. She told me to concentrate on Mark’s face during the vows. You’ll be nervous. ” Little did I know that she was going through a painful separation at the time, as her husband, a Navy pilot, had decided to spread his wings elsewhere.
Why didn’t Dr. Substitute order an MRI then and there? Instead Mia got another round of DTaP, hep B, and Hib. I thought I’d done everything right, dammit. I gained under thirty pounds during my pregnancy. I had natural childbirth. I had a Peg Perego Roma stroller. I nursed. I bought organic baby food. I vaccinated Mia without question. I read all the baby books and followed them to the letter: Dr. T. Berry Brazelton? Check. Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her)? Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting?
All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism by Kim Stagliano