#MagicMoments – The BiBs and what it means to be shortlisted

By | April 29, 2013

It’s Monday again and I’m linking up with Jaime at oliversmadhouse for #MagicMoments.

It’s a self-indulgent one this week, with some humour. I need it after the last week…believe me!

My autism blog – which I know is an acquired taste, people are either interested or not – is shortlisted in the Commentary section of the “Brilliance In Blogging” awards, organised by BritMums!

I’m amazed and didn’t believe it at first. Lovely Karen aka @cherriemayhem tweeted and mentioned it. Then, because initially it was listed as Autism Mamma not Mumma, I decided it wasn’t me but decided I needed confirmation, so I DM-d BritMums and asked them. Feeling like a t*t for asking, feeling very insecure and wondering why I’d assumed it was me in the first place.

Whilst waiting for a reply, I was googling to see if there was an Autism Mamma blog, there didn’t seem to be but I still wasn’t convinced.

Guess what, it was definitely me and I received an email the next day:

“The BritMums team are very excited to let you know you’ve been shortlisted for a BiB. Well done!

The shortlist is made up of 16 blogs, 11 represent the top nominated blogs and another 5 chosen by the BritMums team for their excellence in each area.”

Like I said before, the blog is an acquired taste and will only really appeal to those either living with autism or wanting to know more about it, I’m not under any illusions about that.

The shortlist news came the evening before we received confirmation that our son is also on the autistic spectrum, albeit at the other end to our daughter. The diagnosis was expected but it was quicker than anticipated and still an element of shock and sadness. Not for our son, he’s an amazing, intelligent, mature ten year old who also happens to be a high functioning autistic, but for the way he may now be perceived.

This appointment was followed two days later by blood tests and an X-ray for our daughter, as part of ongoing hospital investigations.

It’s been an incredible Rollercoaster week, one that I honestly hope we don’t repeat soon, but here I am, at the start of the next week, still blogging, still trying to get awareness out there. For everyone, not just my two lovely children.

You really wouldn’t know from these pictures, would you?



They bring so much happiness and pride into our lives, but so much concern for their futures.

A cheeky plug for the BiBs now, the “Commentary” category is number 17, please consider voting and helping me get to the next stage, it would mean so much to both me and help raise awareness of a life-long disability that can’t be seen. Please click here for the link.

Looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts, thanks for taking the time to read mine Jx 😘


Facebook Comments


avbarber on 29th April 2013 at 8:01 am.

Congratulations on being short listed Jeannnette


mumstodolist on 29th April 2013 at 8:28 am.

You absolutely have my vote, raising awareness through your blog is a fantastic achievement that deserves an award. And thank you for the mention too. Defo a magic moment for you 🙂 x


Jaime Oliver on 29th April 2013 at 11:38 am.

yay yay yay! you had my vote honey and still do you are amazing!

p.s thanks too for linking up with #magicmoments xx


LauraCYMFT on 29th April 2013 at 12:12 pm.

Well done! Good luck with the BIBs!


Kara on 29th April 2013 at 12:59 pm.

Congratulations – I am loving finding new blogs through the nominations as well as seeing some of my favourites!!


lisa on 29th April 2013 at 1:52 pm.

Congratulations xxx


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:46 pm.

Thanks Andrew, please consider giving me a vote – or 300 – if you haven’t already. I’m still amazed to be included!!


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:47 pm.

Thank you lovely, it feels a bit surreal now, all the…
You’re shortlisted?
Whoopee! But am I, it’s spelt wrong….
Insecure half hour then…
Yippee!! It IS me!!


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:49 pm.

Awww, thank you. I’ve just done my voting too *grins*.
Always a pleasure to link up xx


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:50 pm.

Thank you x
I love your blog title btw, very similar to my second blog – which is self-explanatory in its title – http://www.ditchflabgetfab.wordpress.com!


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:51 pm.

Thank you, it’s all a bit exciting isn’t it 🙂


AutismMumma on 29th April 2013 at 2:52 pm.

Thanks Lisa, it’s all a bit oh-my-goodness-how-and-why and then, how can I drum up support? I’m not on FB which is a disadvantage so…every vote counts I guess x


sarahhillwheeler on 29th April 2013 at 4:40 pm.

Congratulations on being shortlisted, you are doing a great job to raise awareness.


Nichola fabfortymum on 29th April 2013 at 10:20 pm.

huge congratulations for being nominated. You are spreading such an important message and your blog really deserves to be there. I wish you the very best of luck (and votes) 🙂


AutismMumma on 30th April 2013 at 11:49 am.

Thanks so much N, I can’t decide whether to be very excited or very nervous! It’s fantastic that it happened during autism awareness month though.
Really appreciate the comments x


AutismMumma on 30th April 2013 at 11:49 am.

Thank you so much Sarah 🙂


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