“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.”
During the years surrounding Wilson’s autism diagnosis, I could barely say the word “autism” out loud. I thought I would just break down every single time and, frankly, I didn’t have time for that. To be clear, this had … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
“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.” Continue reading →
“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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
“… 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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
“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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
I am so grateful to have connected with so many new families who have children with autism or are going through the process of obtaining an autism diagnosis for their child. In 2018, I was asked to share my advice … Continue reading →
When it comes to disgusting comments and disgraceful humans, I try to avoid sharing the things that give them air, life, and room to breathe. The notoriety. The truly hurtful stories and events, I want to hide those from my … Continue reading →
This is the boy that never allows his head to get wet. When we force a hair wash, he used to scream throughout the entire process. This eventually morphed into him yelling for a towel as we quickly washed his … Continue reading →
Oh, quarantine and autism. You have been a doo-ZY!
You would think we would have embraced this socially distant period like all the autism memes suggested at the beginning of this lockdown. “We’ve been social distancing since before it was a thing!”
These past few months at home have allowed regression to creep back in, distressing my boy at a whole new level. I knew it would, right when we said goodbye to his routine back in March. It was inevitable. Unfortunately, that expectation did not make these months less painful for any of us. Especially this sweet boy. Continue reading →
Nailed it!!👏🏻🎉 Earlier this year, I posted a similar video, same questions but Wilson had all the answers mixed up. I was worried and a little sad because it was all information he had known for a long time. In … Continue reading →