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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.
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.

Take a Deep Breath Mommy - Emily's Puzzle - Feeling overwhelmed parenting a child with special needs? You aren't alone. EmilysPuzzle.com
Autism

Take a Deep Breath Mommy

Lord help me, I’m having one of those days today.  The kind of day where I worry if my parenting choices are ruining my children.  The kind of day where I question my sanity for choosing to homeschool them.  What was I thinking?  They drive me nuts!  It’s one of THOSE days today.

Emily's Puzzle - Finding My Voice - Advocacy, Autism, Parenting & Family
Autism

Finding My Voice

Advocacy.  What does that mean exactly? It’s when you fight for someone or something, right? In my case it would be for my son with autism.  A common theme among the autism community is the importance of advocating for your child.  I remember thinking, “Advocate for what?”

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.

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

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.
Autism

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.