The big and the small of it.

Today we had a third child diagnosed with Autism. I am just bereft right now. I’m sure I’ll find my bearings eventually but for now I am lost. But…

If I allowed myself to constantly focus on all our problems I’d go insane. Yes we have ‘issues’. I’ve lost count of how many, and who has what issue these days – there are just too many. So I thought for a moment that it’s time to take notice of the good things. The things that happened this week that made me smile, that made me proud and made me laugh out loud.  Or where just plain exciting 😉

  • There was the conversation I overheard my husband having with our eldest daughter. Dad: “Turn that light back on Lucy!” Daughter: “But what about the green house gases?” Dad: “I’ll green house gas you in a minute!”.  It made me laugh so hard it brought tears to my eyes.
  • Hearing Thomas say “put my pants on” – awesome kiddo!
  • Enjoying wasting time staring at our newborn. Ten week old Charlie has started to coo and laugh and interact with us now.  You can waste too much time just staring at each other, grinning like monkeys. Goofy drunken little old man smiles. 🙂
  • I got excited about husband saying “do you want to get a second computer” – oh yeah!
  • Watching two year old Henry build himself a fort in his sister’s room and then defending it from said sister’s. Hilarious small person violence.
  • I finally felt well enough to get on with our mass clean out/give away of the copious amounts of kids clothing we have – friends and family with small children watch your mailboxes, massive parcels coming your way!
  • I love the moment when I walk into the preschool each afternoon and get mobbed by my toddlers. And get to see the look of relief on their teacher’s face when I arrive, the look that says; “Oh thank god she has returned to take her heathen little room destroying bastards away”. That’s special don’t you think?
  • Noticing how much more communication is coming from one year old Austin. He is copying sounds and actions and now saying car and hello. Gorgeous.
  • I got to laugh my pants off at three year old Georgie learning to do a “double rimmer” salute (from Red Dwarf) and finish it off with Monty Burns ‘excellent’ (Simpsons). Who says my kids watch too much telly?
  • Oh and the paediatrician saying to my husband today that she believes that the iPad may be a useful communication tool for autism (because of all the autism apps that are appearing now) – awesome, cause I want one!
  • Thomas called me Mum today. A VERY rare occurance. Very sweet. 🙂

Today hasn’t been that good a day. But we’ll get on with it tomorrow shall we?


Filed under Autism, Moments

8 Responses to The big and the small of it.

  1. Oh Candy, you make me laugh!! I know that teachers look soooooooo well. And the similar looks from surrounding parents too. Keep your chin up hun, you guys are doing an AWESOME job. <3

  2. 5kidswdisabilities

    Thank you so much for including my blog on yours! We can share readers!
    Lindsey Petersen

  3. Pen

    I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, you’re an amazing woman and you have seven very lucky kids x

  4. “I cannot begin to even suggest I understand the trials in front of you and the ones you have already passed.”
    (I love Lisa A’s quote)

    I am inspired too that you can still see the humour & joy no matter how tired & bereft you must surely be.xx

  5. Biggest hugs to you.

    I’m glad that you can find some good out of a very bad day but still, my heart goes out to you.

  6. Sannia

    You are one amazing lady

  7. Your all gorgeous. Thank you.

    Lindsay, no worries – you are my been there done that mum – hey who am I going to look to huh?

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