An Autism Journey

“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And, if you’re lucky, he might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.”

~The Water Giver

About Wilson’s Mama

I want to thank each of you for being here. By following along with Wilson’s journey and learning more about autism, you’re helping us in our mission to make the world a more patient, kind, and inclusive place to be and that means so much to us. One of my hopes in starting this blog … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

We miss so many people and places. We’ve slowed down, just like everyone else in the world. Work, school, and therapy schedules have been reimagined or discontinued. But we’ve also learned more about each other. We’ve danced, sang, and giggled more. We’ve rushed less. We’re trying to be more intentional and live with more gratitude, … Continue reading

Wilson Sings 🎶

Wilson has been singing so much lately! When he sings, it’s the most we get to hear that sweet little voice of his and I adore every bit of it. Memorizing songs, phrases, or scenes from shows and movies, and counting has always seemed to come naturally to him. His memory is incredible.  Because of … Continue reading

From His View: Rigidity & OCD

Every morning for the past several weeks, Wilson has come into our room, shut our closet door that was left open the night before, goes over to our window and says “There’s the moon!” and repeats this, until one of us says, “Yes, that’s the moon!” He eats the same breakfast every single day. He … Continue reading

autism, anxiety, and lost time

One of the most unreasonable, exhausting, and heartbreaking sides of my son’s autism is his battle with anxiety.  Sometimes anxiety falls under the ever-broadening umbrella that is Autism Spectrum Disorders, and sometimes you face anxiety as one of many comorbid diagnoses. In our world, anxiety is the fierce sidekick to autism. It’s the root of … Continue reading

never give up

There is much going on inside of this sweet boy right now. We’ve had a rough week. One full of behaviors so unpredictable they leave you quietly planning ways to never leave the house again. The world is just too overwhelming for him sometimes. Today is a new day though. Wilson felt calm and regulated, … Continue reading

quarantine, autism, and the chance to slow down

“For many of us parents of children with disabilities, the quarantine has changed everything, yet much remains the same. The isolating road we are on has narrowed with less in-person support and interaction, yet we continue to face the same kinds of difficult medical and educational decisions that we always have.

We continue to champion for our children to have the supports and services they need to thrive, while we consciously fight to keep our hope stronger than our fears.

With so many unknowns in the future, we must believe that it’s going to get better, and that we will grow stronger.”
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“I’m so happy!”

         “I’m so happy!” This boy has said these words a lot lately. What this means to me, I must try and explain. There have been periods in his life where I never thought he would be able to say something like this. When you have a child with limited or delayed speech, you sometimes … Continue reading

will this ever get easier?

I have asked myself this question so many times in what felt like weak moments. There are parts of this autism motherhood road I have accepted will not get any easier. There is no way to dull the pain you feel while watching your child battle big things, things no child should have to face. … Continue reading

This is SEVEN

Wilson loves watermelon, music, tools, and also things like paper, sunsets, his reflection, and the wind on his face or below his feet. 🍃 He’s constantly taking things apart so he can learn how to put them back together. 🥁  I love watching him explore this world and learn how to connect with people in his very … Continue reading

you are a good parent

“… You’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight.” – Rachel Hollis Truth: It has been a little rough over here. And I know a lot of families are feeling it too. A little Monday motivation (ok and a lot of self-talk) coming at you… You … Continue reading

speaking in pictures

This boy loves the water. On a recent trip, we asked him every day, several times, if he wanted to go swimming. He firmly, directly, and absolutely said, “No.” So, someone would stay home with him while the others headed for the pool. I chalked it up to mood, sometimes you just don’t know with … Continue reading

“Mom, Why Does Wilson Have Autism?”

“Mom… why does Wilson have autism?” “Because he was made that way. Just like you were made to be just the way you are.” Oh, how I have dreaded this moment in the past. I have asked myself that very question a million times, only to come up with as many different answers. Like many … Continue reading

new adventures

New adventures tend to overwhelm Wilson. We went on a boat ride last night and he did great! We had held off for various reasons in the past, mostly concerning safety and how he would react to all the sensory stimulus involved.  These are the things that you and I don’t normally think about but … Continue reading

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