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    Autism And The Washing Machine

    When we were going through Ethan’s autism diagnosis we were asked if he showed an interest in the washing machine. I thought this was a weird question and didn’t understand it at the time. It turns out that an autistic trait can be an intense interest in washing machines. Ethan’s interest at that time was just watching the drum spin as it run a cycle. It then moved onto opening and closing the door and manually spinning the drum. He would get obsessive about it and it was something I tried to stop. I encouraged this relationship by letting Ethan help me turn on the washing machine when it was…

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    My First Child Is Autistic, Should I Have Another Baby?

    Dear paediatrician who diagnosed our son, You advised me not to have anymore children. You said one autistic child would be enough, You were worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope with two children on the spectrum. Those were your words at my son’s six month check up. What you didn’t know is that I had already spent the previous nine months telling myself that Ethan would be our only child. Wondering how I could possibly bring another child into the world that would need extra support. Another child that wouldn’t be able to talk to me. My initial grief in our autism journey was for the child that…

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    Autism and Anxiety

    When Ethan was going through the diagnosis process I was often asked if Ethan suffered from anxiety. The answer to this was always no. In-fact it sometimes felt that Ethan took lots of things in his stride, something that shouldn’t supposedly happen with autism. Since the soft play incident anxiety has reared it’s ugly head. It started with Ethan avoiding Little E and distancing himself from us. Thankfully this was short lived. He now has anxiety issues when going into nursery, it is getting easier but some days you do feel like you are pushing him through the door. Ethan’s main cause of anxiety is other children, brought on by…

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    The Prompt – Age

    I don’t know if it is the Autism diagnosis or just becoming a mum, but age is something that really concerns me now. Age for me means getting older, getting older means we have less time on this planet. Which in turn means that one day we will no longer be here to look after our children. They will be left without us! It’s funny because when you are younger all you want to do is grow up and get older. I remember being so excited when it was my tenth birthday, I had finally hit double digits. Now I don’t really keep track of my age, if someone asks…

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    The Prompt – Vacation

    Sara at Mum Turned Mom started a new linky where she will give you a prompt every week and you can link up a post inspired by her prompt. Every week I have wanted to take part but this pregnancy is really taking its toll on my blogging and my blogging time is interrupted by the need to sleep! This week her prompt is the following… This means I can write about Walt Disney World, we all know how much I love my happy place! So whilst I’m sitting here, not half asleep for the first time in months, I’m determined to join in.    After I was able to make my…

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