Autobiography

How Far We've Come: Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years - Emily's Puzzle - www.emilyspuzzle.com

How Far We’ve Come

Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years

On April 19th we took our youngest son, Eli to the same doctor that had diagnosed his older brother with autism three years ago. This time it was Eli’s turn to be observed, asked a couple of questions and put through a series of play tasks before diagnosing him with a lifetime disability of autism spectrum disorder.
Contentment is for Cows - Emily's Puzzle - Life's Lessons, Growing Up, Finding Happiness

Contentment is for Cows

When I was 19 years old I asked my Mom if she was happy.  She thought for a moment and said, “I’m content.”  I wrinkled my nose and said, “Ugh, contentment is for cows.”  We laugh about that insensitive remark now.  Back then, I felt sorry for her.  I wanted excitement and fun.  The thought of settling for contentment seemed so boring to me.
Accepting Autism - Emily's Puzzle - A mother's emotional journey upon receiving her sons autism diagnosis from grief to acceptance. www.emilyspuzzle.com

Accepting Autism

I never want Owen to feel that his autism is something that needs to be hidden. I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to fix him or disguise his disability because of my inability to accept his diagnosis. Acceptance helped me let go of my expectations of what our life should be and embrace what are lives are really like today.

Emily's Puzzle - the Importance of Date Night - Marriage, Parenting, Family, Autism, Love

The Importance of Date Night

Two weeks after my first child was born, the phone calls, well wishers and Facebook posts had tapered off.  I was contentedly marveling at this little being that we had created.  Then my husband says, “What do you think about having a date night Saturday?”  The music in my head stopped abruptly, I sat up in the chair and squeezed Owen a little tighter, a date night, already?  My mind started racing with excuses, “I can’t go, I can’t leave him.”

Emily's Puzzle - Why Autism Makes Me a Better Mom - From preschool to homeschool to growing up and letting go.

Why Autism Makes Me a Better Mom

My life leading up to Owen’s diagnosis was a series of events.  Life seemed to just happen to me; most of the time it felt as though I was just along for the ride.  I didn’t put much thought into the why’s or how’s of life.  I took for granted that the next step would be mapped out for me.  

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