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What's Wrong With Him - Answering the Tough Questions about my Autistic Son - Emily's Puzzle - emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

What’s Wrong With Him?

Answering the tough questions about my autistic son. Sometimes I forget that my sons have autism, until other children their age come over to play.  Then I'm quickly and sometimes harshly reminded of their differences. Little by little over the years our fenced in backyard…
Underestimating Autism - Emily's Puzzle - Every time I start thinking we have this autism thing figured out, I get snapped back to reality quickly. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

Underestimating Autism

As we were discharged from the hospital with our very sick little boy I couldn’t get the words, underestimating autism out of my head.  They just kept popping up amidst the fog that had entered my brain since we took our son to the ER the day before. Seeing my child in pain, putting him through painful tests without any preparation and not knowing how much he understood was heartbreaking. 
A Politician's Wife - Emily's Puzzle - Behind-the-scenes wife, supportive and jealous. Marriage, Love, and Encouragement. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Life's Lessons

A Politician’s Wife

In November, my husband’s campaign for local office ended in victory on election night.  Almost a year of talking politics, strategies and campaigning was finally over.  The best part was that he won!  I should have been elated, right?  We should be basking in the afterglow of a long and tiresome campaign season coming to an end.  Instead I felt tired and a little sad.  We had worked so hard and had been focused on Election Day for so long that when it finally passed, even with a successful win, I didn’t feel much like celebrating.
Parenting Paydays - emilyspuzzle.com - Sacrifices and rewards of parenting.
Parenting

Parenting Paydays

Let’s face it.  Parenting is hard.  H.A.R.D.  In the beginning, especially the first couple of months it is ALL work and very little reward.  Yes you have this beautiful child, this life that you created.  Your child is a miracle.  Your child is beautiful.  Your child is a screaming, needy, milk guzzling, bundle of poo that doesn’t care if you are tired, hungry, sad or happy.  His wants and needs come first...period.  Without as much as a word of thanks, or even a sly wink or head nod to acknowledge that he recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices you are making for him.
1 - And Then There Were Two - Emily's Puzzle - Autism in brothers, autism diagnosis, family, and acceptance.
Autism

And Then There Were Two

"So that’s that.” I thought as I hung up the phone with the doctor. She had just informed me that my “neurotypical” child, my youngest son, Eli was also on the spectrum.  His older brother, Owen was diagnosed with autism shortly after Eli was born.  This shouldn’t have come as a big surprise because I know the large part genetics plays in autism and I’ve been watching Eli for red flags since birth.  He first began showing signs of autism at  four months old. However, as his language took off, along with his ability to follow one and two step directions and engage socially with his peers, I dared to believe that he was neurotypical. Even then, my thoughts constantly bounced between “Is he?” and “Isn’t he?”  Still, hearing the words out loud came as a surprise and they stung a little.
To Share or Not to Share - There's no shame in autism, honesty, open-mindedness and integrity.
Autism

To Share or Not To Share

I get it.  Constant posts, pictures and videos on social media from proud parents of their little ones can get a bit annoying.  I’m guilty of it, but I get it.  Let’s face it, new parents have always been known for talking nonstop about their little ones and now there’s actually an online platform for them to brag to hundreds of their online friends.  For those not consumed with baby fever, I completely understand how it could get annoying. 
Lessons Learned this Christmas - Emily's Puzzle - grace and acceptance.
Life's Lessons

Lessons Learned this Christmas

This Christmas there were many firsts for our family.  The first time the boys met Santa and the contagious excitement that follows.  The first time they helped decorate the tree.  The first time they went shopping, picked out and wrapped gifts for Mommy and Daddy.  It’s also the first time that we ran out of money BEFORE all of the gifts were purchased. Ahem, like I said all kinds of firsts.
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