The Quirky Princess

My blog for the last year and a half has focused mainly on Gavin. Today though, I’m going to tell the story of my beautiful quirky princess, Kendall.Four years ago I thought, without question, that Kendall was demonstrating red flags on the Autism spectrum. I remember clearly, the frustrating weeks that were ahead, mostly because…

Thank you

On Saturday, November 1st, my beautiful little boy, Gavin, will turn three. A typical parent response would be pure bliss to celebrate the arrival of another birthday for their child. However, I’m struggling with a lot of emotions right now. The unknown of what turning three means for Gavin makes it difficult to be completely…

August 13th

August 13th used to just be another day in what had always been considered a crazy month for me, during my ten years in the world of student affairs. However, last year, August 13th forever changed my life. It is now the date I have often had to repeat to doctors, therapists, public schools, friends…

Sharing our story

Yesterday I took a big leap; I let my guard down and allowed everyone in my circle (and some strangers) to have a glimpse into my life through my blog. I didn’t realize what a scary and rewarding experience this would be for me. It felt like I accidentally left my journal laying out and…

It’s time to see the world through Gavin’s eyes

Many people ask me about Gavin’s biggest struggle. However, I realized recently that I have been answering with my biggest struggle with Gavin. I have consistently told people that it is tough that he is still non-verbal. Upon reflection though this isn’t really frustrating for Gavin, anymore. He has learned how to communicate with us…

Autism Awareness Month

It’s funny how a year ago the thought of Autism was so far from my mind. On April 2, 2013 I had an assessment scheduled with our area Early Intervention office because Gavin was delayed in speech. He was 17 months old and was not babbling at all. In fact, he had actually had lost…

Here we go again

It’s that dreaded time of the month again when Gavin needs a haircut. Sigh. The last time, I took him to Supercuts just before Christmas so he would look adorable for pictures. Before we could even get inside Gavin started screaming. He remembered this place immediately and the rest of the trip became my strength…

I want to talk to my son

Growing up one of my favorite movies was Mr. Holland’s Opus. The main story centers around Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Glenn Holland, who takes a job as a music teacher just to make ends meet. One of the sub-stories in the movie focuses on Dreyfuss’ character’s son, Cole. Cole is diagnosed with a hearing impairment as…

You have met ONE child with Autism

For the past six weeks we have been watching Gavin’s eating continue on a downward spiral. I used to brag that he was the absolute best child eater. He would seriously consume anything you would put in front of him and repeatedly ask for more. Slowly though he stopped eating his favorites, he experimented with…

Perceptions

I am amazed by the number of people who tell me how well I am handling the news about Gavin. I silently laugh to myself because little do they know how much I struggle with it daily…hourly…ok let’s be honest every single second!!! The first month was definitely the hardest. I couldn’t even say the…

Mama

He said it…Gavin said Mama!!!!! And he didn’t just mumble the sound and say it in the normal babbling way that he has in the past. No, this time he reached for me and said ma-ma!!! Truly the best sound ever! I absolutely love that the last week I have been able to be home…

Progress

Last week I was fortunate enough to stay home for a couple of hours and watch Gavin’s therapy sessions. I typically only get to see a half hour each week of his 14.5 hours that he participates in weekly. There were a lot of pros that I will get to later, but the negatives were…