I still feel as though I am faking being an adult…
In some sort of quantum leap I woke up one day 34 years of age, as a working mum of two children (one girl, one boy), one of whom is on the autistic spectrum.
My name is Nikki.
I grew up in a small town in Suffolk, raised by my Mum and Dad, and alongside 2 sisters and a brother. When I look back on my school days I often ponder the fact that autism wasn’t well recognised, and wonder if any of my classmates were diagnosed in later life. It is something we’ve become much better at shining a light on in society, but there is much more work to be done.
I always knew I wanted to have children one day, and in 2009 my husband and I fell pregnant with our first child, Sawyer. Sawyer started showing signs of being autistic when he was less than a year old and so began a long, exhausting and emotionally draining journey toward diagnosis – and beyond.
My blog focuses on our experiences raising Sawyer, as well as my fears, hopes and dreams for his future. General parenting topics are threaded in to each post, since not only am I mummy to Sawyer, but to his neurotypical little sister, Piper.
Thank you for finding us. Put your feet up and have a look around my site. Read some of our stories, join our journey.
“Diverse, moving copy that speaks to every kind of parent.”
– Miranda Doyle, Author of A Book of Untruths
“There are many of us out there – mums of autistic children – and Nic is one of them (as am I). Nic is brave and honest enough to write about hers and Sawyer’s emotional roller coaster journey. It reminds us that we are not alone on this journey, although our kids will show different symptoms and it is OK to be frustrated/angry/an emotional wreck/ask for help/awesome/amazing. Thank you Nic for sharing.”
– Di Brown, Autism Mum