Autism can make for a lot of difficult times, so I like to celebrate every accomplishment. It can take a long time to get there! It’s been a few of those difficult days again, but C has been eating fairly well for the past two weeks. A few weeks ago, I successfully weaned him off his reflux medication. I lost count of how many times we’ve tried to do that in nearly two years. We did it! Today, I decided to try going without his gastric emptying medication.
These two tiny gardeners loved helping their nana plant vegetables. “Help.” I am using that word loosely!
There was a lot of dirt throwing, digging up seeds that had already been planted, and fighting over a shovel.
C still talks about how he and Nana planted a garden last year, so I guess it was worth the stress? Perfectly imperfect moments.
As parents, we love our children with all of our being. They are so much a part of us that we feel joy when they smile and pain when they cry. We are bombarded with messages to treasure every moment. Life is fleeting. Our children are only young for a short amount of time. That’s true; but sometimes it is hard to treasure our days together. There is another truth that I have come to know. Sometimes, autism can be an asshole.
We’ve lived in the same city for three years, but there are so many places we’ve never been. Last weekend, we spent a whole day just exploring new destinations with our kids and it was so much fun!
There is a coffee shop with an indoor playground for kids. YES. What a brilliant idea! It was just as fun as it sounds.
C was diagnosed with autism over a month ago now. Although we expected the diagnosis, it was difficult to process. I have had time to process it and am doing well now. We know where he will get intensive ABA therapy and are in the process of getting that started. There is a plan in place. Even though I am doing well with this new status as an autism parent, I still find myself sensitive to certain things.
I treasure our quiet time together while Baby Jo naps. These moments began while I was pregnant when C gave up his naps. I required a nap to get through each day, so we lied on my bed and he played games while I took a power nap. Those sweet moments of cuddles and kisses are memories I cherish.