marriage

I'm a Good Mom Not a Great One - Emily's Puzzle - One mom's realization that all of her mommy motivation was out of survival, plain and simple. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

I’m a Good Mom Not a Great One

I had a realization the other night while having dinner with a friend. Although I’m a good mom, I’m not a great one, a simple yet profound realization for me. All this time I thought that all of my mommy efforts, the hundreds of activities that I’ve done with my children were selfless acts of mommy love and that’s simply not true.
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.
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.
Watching Eli - Emily's Puzzle - Autism in siblings, brothers.
Autism

Watching Eli

Since Eli was four months old I’ve been watching him for signs of autism.  In my frantic search for an answer, a cure for his older brother’s autism, I came across many articles on the genetic likelihood of a child who has a sibling on the spectrum being diagnosed with autism as well.

Accepting Autism - Emily's Puzzle - A mother's emotional journey upon receiving her sons autism diagnosis from grief to acceptance. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

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.

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