Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce you to this weeks member:
Living With a Jude
Living With A Jude is a wonderful blog by Alice and its title is inspired by her son Jude, who has learning disabilities. Alice is been a regular linker with #FamilyFun from the beginning and I always look forward to and enjoy her posts. Her blog has always struck a cord with me and makes me reminiscent of my childhood and growing up with my disabled brother. I can relate to and understand many of the issues Alice discusses through her posts and think blogs that shine a light on family life with a disabled child, son or sibling are a fantastic and important way of highlighting the highs, lows and difficulties it can bring. Please do go check out her blog, it really is a brilliant read.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
I’m Alice, 35. Here is me ready for a rare night out!
I live with my partner Joe and three children, Jude (10), Elsa (7) and Emmeline (15 months). My blog is about life with our severely disabled son Jude and how all aspects of his disabilities affect our lives. I also throw in a bit of politics, disability issues and plenty of stories involving the girls into my blog so it can come out pretty random at times. It’s largely about Jude-stories though as that boy gives me enough material for a lifetime. He has Microcephaly, Global Development Delay and Autism…though this last one is not yet diagnosed because our council have over a years waiting list for autism assessments at the moment! But anyone who has read my self-diagnosis article (http://livingwithajude.co.uk/disability-issues/autism-assessment/
) will see he is clearly very autistic! I talk a lot about how he lines everything up, it’s something you have to laugh at or else you’ll cry.
I love this picture of Jude as it is the only one I have of him not looking or behaving “disabled” and I know many people would beat me down for this one but I often wonder what he would be like as a little boy without the microcephaly/autism.
2. When your not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When your not working what do you like to do for fun?
I’m a stay at home mum so fill my daytime largely with Emmeline related things; she is an amazingly smiley and happy toddler and I love to see her character flourish. I’m a trained Montessori teacher so try to maintain this ethos at home – for example, she sits at a table rather than in a highchair and drinks out of a glass. My parents think I’m nuts but I love how independent it is allowing her to be. Once the other two come home from school I turn into military mum, driving everyone to activities, making dinner, attempting bath times, etc.
I’m also currently writing a book which is a bit of a follow on from my blog and is entirely about life with a disabled child. I have a couple of publishers awaiting it’s completion so I just pray they like the finished article eeeeekk.
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I have only been blogging for seven months and do not feel I have given it enough attention during this time but it’s really hard with a little one at home. I’m loving it though and everything it is teaching me. My favourite thing is having people call up or email to say that something I wrote about has really helped them. I have had a few parents of disabled children contact me just wanting a chat because they struggle to find people who understand their situation and a few others just wanting advice and that’s just really amazing for me and one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place. To help people.
Least favourite – I don’t like selling myself really which is probably why I’ll never make my millions through blogging!
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Always remember why you started blogging. I have been asked to review a few things that I really didn’t feel fitted with my blog and I could have said yes just for the items or the fee however, you need to think about the bigger picture and what it may look like in the long run.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
Probably a bit of a dull answer but I’d love to take the whole family on a safari. I’m such an animal lover and just love being outside with nature so my dream would be to spend a few weeks on safari, staying in log huts and watching animals in the wild.
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
I really love Patricia’s blog – White Camellia’s. The photography and images are fantastic and she talks a lot about style which is a subject I would desperately love to know more about and very much admire in people. How do stylish people have the time to be stylish?! I’d love to know. https://whitecamellias.com