The Financial Costs Of Autism

I find our life situation to be blessing. Due to Hubs line of work, the insurance it provides covers all of our children’s therapists and doctors fees. We live in a area where the therapists either come to our home or have access to our children at school. However, I know when we move from here there are areas where the services won’t meet me at our door steps and that scares me. But after reading the following article I realize I should be thankful that we are not asked to pay any sizable amount out of pocket.

Following is a article published by Parade magazine about a family’s financial cost of having a child with Autism.

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How One Family Struggles with the Financial Costs of Autism

DIY Butterfly And Ribbon Crib Mobile- As Seen On Etsy and Pinterest


Since I like to make a lot of thing myself instead of having generic store bought items, I often find myself studying a item intently in order to break it down for construction.

While Hubs was away and I was preggers with SB, I had complete control of decorating the nursery. I never asked for his input since baby would be almost a year before he meet her (yes, you read that right!). So I spent many of pregnant induced sleepless nights stalking Pinterest for decorating ideas.

One of my favorites with this ribbon and butterfly mobile. It fit perfectly with the bedding I was reusing from Diva’s nursery. And since it was hand made and one of a kind, it was right up my alley to take on as my next project.



*Martha Stewart butterfly punch (these can be costly. So I waited for a coupon and got it half off. I also used it for other decor in her room)
*ribbon (different material, widths and color pallets)
*white floral wire (found at floral section at Walmart)
*fabric (I used pink felt)
*fishing line
*paint chips
*hot glue
*eye hook

The nursery was in browns and links so when choosing my supplies I chose in that color scheme.

To make it more stable I would suggest using a wooden hoop you use for cross stitch. However, due to where we live we only have one craft store that didn’t carry them. So I went to Walmart and found the white floral wire. It works but doesn’t hold it’s shape as well.

I made two circles out of the floral wire. One larger than the other. I then took 4 pieces of the floral wire and spaced them out evenly, hooking one end to the small circle and the other end to the large circle. So when you lift the small circle, the large one is connected (since I did this over a year ago; I didn’t for see to take photos). I then attached for more pieces of floral wire to the small circle. I gathered the other ends of the floral wire into a cone and taped them with white tape. I made a small loop on the end to hang them from.

After that I just cut pieces of my ribbon, material, lace and yarn at about 3 inches each. And just tied a simple knot around the white floral wire. I did no pattern and tied it all extremely random. I wanted all the different materials to show, so I just tried not to group them.

After that I got to punching out my butterflies from the paint chip cards. I can’t tell you how many I did. But maybe 30.

I made about 7 “chains” of butterflies tied on a piece of fishing line. Since paint chip cards come with 3-4 order different shades of colors, I made sure I didn’t tie two of the same shade close together. On 7 of the chains I tied 5-7 butterflies. On about 5 chains I tied 3-5. I wanted to vary the lengths of chains.

After I punch and tied all the butterflies, I then tied the 7 longer to the top smaller circle. And the 5 shorter chains I tied to the lathers bottom circle.

I then took my 3 inch wide ribbon I purchased and hot glued 4 pieces along the 4 floral wires at the top I attached to hang. This hides the floral wire. I then created a cute bow and hot glued it over the hook I made to hide that as well.

Lastly, I screwed in the eye hook into the ceiling and hung up the mobile using the hook I created with the floral wire. Good thing is I know when I need to lower the crib mattress bc I find pieces of butterflies on her floor. So just make sure you hang it high enough to where baby can’t reach. And it beats the $60 kit on etsy you can buy.

The Moment When…

The moment when you hear the “barking seal”. We heard it all night. It never stopped, until of course I took Bug to the doctor this morning. Then he stopped barking and SB started wheezing. Is today Monday? Sure felt like it.

First it started with the “barking seal” cough all night. Then Hubs waking me up before he left to work out suggesting I take Bug in to the doctor. With Bugs medical condition his immune system is compromised. We have to take over-reacting decisions for him. This includes taking him to the doctor for the slightest cold. So I alert the kids to no school today, which sent their and my world spinning out of control. I am slowly gaining back control as we speak. But as I was trying to get the kids in the car, Bug tells me the car is locked. Enter mom freak-out moment now! Why? Because I leave my keys inside (don’t yell at me, I know its not smart. But it beats my kids walking off with them in the house). I call Hubs to calmly explain my frustration at him for locking my keys in (maybe calm is a major understatement). And then realized he left the spare set at home (GO HUBS!) so I was fortunate to get to the doctors on time. Then it started.

The kids started coming unglued. Running in the busy parking lot, throwing shoes at ceiling tiles, throwing bodies against the wall. All the while Bug was not coughing and SB was wheezing. It finally dawned on me this was because I changed the morning routine of not getting ready and going to school. But trust me, the doctors was not on my list either. Finally done with the doctors with a diagnosis of croup. We are sent home. They will not get Bug steroids because it will lower his already compromised immune system. So he needs to fight it off. Hoping that works. But what isn’t working is him acting like a complete lunatic. Finally I call Hubs up and ask him to take Bug to school. And Hubs calmly tells me he is bowling tonight and offers to bring me home a bottle of wine on his way home from work today. Smart man.