My name is Alison and I am a medical journalist and editor.

This is my blog about my six year old son Gabriel who has global development delay.

This is about him. And us. And our life now. The one we didn’t expect, but is not as bad as we feared. Not as bad at all really.

I’m a great believer in seeing the funny side of life, but realise it is those special, often heart-breaking moments, that make us who we are. Both will be covered in equal measure here.

I started the blog three years ago with the aim of explaining the Gabriel conundrum. I thought it would be a way of highlighting his journey to family and friends, far and near, but it has evolved.

What started as a space to voice our fears for his future and keep people up to date with test results has become more about family life with three children, one of whom happens to have some additional needs.

There has been many ups and downs, but I now feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I forgot for a bit that I like lipsticks, reading ALL the books, buying cute clothes for my children and drinking cocktails with my friends.

And boy am I having fun remembering…


The fambo

This is Gabe. He surprises us everyday. For every minute he has made us cry, he has given us hours of joy and laughter. I wouldn’t change him for the world.

Meet the rather amazing older brother (nine years old) and older sister (seven years old).

And, of course, there is the harassed, long-suffering husband who sometimes is the butt of the jokes, but he takes them all in good grace (mostly – I have crossed that invisible line at times).

So here we are. This is us. This is about our life as we juggle and muddle through the best way we can.

Everyday ramblings are covered in the section: Isn’t Life Funny.

Special needs post are covered in the section: And Kind of Special.

For further background see the following posts:

When your pregnancy blows up in your face

The road to acceptance

Testing hell

Contact me

You can find me on Facebook at, twitter @complicatedgorg or email me at