Sunday and Ryan.

by Ash on March 9, 2012

Good morning my loves.

I guess the rumors were true. Google did screw over non-Blogger bloggers with the removal of Google Friends Connect.

Oh well. List of reasons why I hate that company grows.

A list of things I love? Right now, this woman is on top – Sunday at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood. She started a hilarious series called Special Needs Ryan Gosling. I have always admired her fantastic attitude and real-world view on the ups and downs of parenting children who just happen to need a little more TLC. To be honest, my attitude as of late is not worthy of her link up, but I’m a work in progress.

For those of you visiting for the first time, thanks! The Youngest (turning 6 next week, holy shit) has a rare metabolic disorder called PKU. You know that heel-prick test all newborns get that most parents have no idea why they are doing it and feel really guilty about inflicting such pain on an innocent child just ripped from the womb, yeah, that, that’s what he was blessed with. 

Basically, he’s a vegetarian diabetic with a bum liver who has to live his life on deal-a-meal because his protein intake is limited to about 7 grams per day in order to keep his brain healthy, wealthy and wise. For perspective, a typical McDonald’s hamburger found in one of those delectable Happy Meal boxes = 12 grams of protein. It’s a massive pain in the ass, but I hit my knees every night in appreciation for the ease in which we live, for the incredible medical and nutritional staff who keep him happy and whole, for portable scales, and for McDonald’s french fries = 1.3 mg of phe/15 grams of food.

Do not doubt my mad math skillz.


Thanks, babe. I think I will.

For far more funny Ryan Gosling shots, visit Sunday and her awesome crew at Adventures in Extreme Parenting. The perspective might do you some good.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Sunday Stilwell March 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

Yay! I’m so glad you joined in on the fun!

I would LOVE to have Ryan as my personal assistant. That is totally going to happen one day, right? RIGHT?!


Ash March 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’ll send him your way as soon as he’s done with dictation.



Jim W. March 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

He IS looking pretty badass in that picture. But. . . it’s hard to go full badass with a scarf.


Ash March 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

LOL – He’s the best kind of badass, one confident enough to wear a scarf. So sensitive, swoon.


Lisa ~ AutismWonderland March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

Swoon…I totally want Ryan on my side, making phone calls on my behalf.


Ash March 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

Can you even imagine how much easier insurance calls would be?!


Amanda @ Confessions From HouseholdSix March 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I think all special needs families need an “enforcer” like Ryan.


Patty March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You deserve to have Ryan wait on you hand and foot!


Deborah March 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Hope Ryan brings you some good news… and some wine & chocolate to go with it!


tulpen March 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’m so clueless about the whole Google Friend Connect thing… Think Ryan could explain it to me??

*So Happy To See You*


CDG March 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hey Girl… Is there nothing that isn’t made sexier by Ryan? Even PKU, it turns out.

Not to make even lighter, but lord he does draw attention to a cause.

And love to you because you should have it and I can give it!


Lexi March 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Guh. I couldn’t even begin to imagine. I don’t have the attention span to remember to cook freaking dinner for my children, much less monitor what they eat and what’s in it. My hats are off to you.

And my hats are HUGE, because my head is gigantic.


Tracie March 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

On the list of things I love? Seeing you pop up in my reader. xoxo


Terri Sonoda March 10, 2012 at 12:48 am

Hi Ash! So nice to see a new post up in here. I’ve missed my regular visits to your place. I don’t get the whole Ryan thingy but if he helps out with you and the youngun….then YEAH.

HUGSSS my friend!


Elyse March 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

FANTASTIC IDEA!! I would love keeping Ryan all to myself with work! 😉 Love that you joined the meme!


Shell March 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Oh Ryan! How I HATE having to wait for lab results.


Paula March 12, 2012 at 4:20 am

I totally understand waiting for lab results. Hoping for low phe levels!

Can I borrow Ryan the next time Anna has high leucine levels?


Mad Woman behind the Blog March 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

What do unoriginal, my-mommy-prays-I-don’t-eat-my-boogers -needs get? Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a scarf? (If he can bring me sleep in a box, I’ll take him.)

Praying Ryan brought you good news.


Ash March 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

Thanks guys for all the good level vibes – sadly, not there yet. But we will!


John March 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

We all love Sunday 🙂


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