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Sense and Sensory Ability

It is 7pm on bank holiday Sunday and I write this post from the comfort of my living room. The doors and windows are open, and I can see the sun starting to hide itself behind the foliage at the end of my garden. Days like these in the UK are few and far between, and a… Continue reading Sense and Sensory Ability

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The Parent Trap

Marriage is a funny concept when you stop to think about it. Strip away the legalities and the love, and you’re basically left with an agreement to spend the rest of your life desperately trying not to kill another human being. Perhaps that is why, traditionally, people get married before they have children. Perhaps it… Continue reading The Parent Trap

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Sometimes

On a school day, Mummy or Daddy (or sometimes Piper) wakes me up and tells me it is time for school. I don’t like being woken up. I’m always very tired in the mornings, and Mummy says it’s because I stay up reading so late. I am supposed to read for half an hour and… Continue reading Sometimes

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Unfair Dismissal

This afternoon I was stood in the kitchen buttering rolls, when I asked my youngest, Piper, to lay a blanket out on the floor ready for their ‘picnic’. She was tired and hungry, so when the familiar whinge reply came back at me I rolled my eyes and buttered on regardless. But as I heard… Continue reading Unfair Dismissal

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Letting Go

One of the most difficult parts of being Sawyer’s Mummy has been trying to find a balance between ensuring his safety and ensuring that my own anxieties never stop him from living as normal a life as possible. Until Sawyer turned 5, whenever we went out walking we largely confined him to a buggy board… Continue reading Letting Go

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Lemon Squeezey

My name is Nicola and I’m a fixoholic. I don’t mean that I like to tend to leaky taps or spend my time super-gluing old toys back together (that’s what my Dad is for) but rather people, and their broken situations. Sawyer is now six and a half years old, and dealing with his sensory… Continue reading Lemon Squeezey

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Sense of Impending Weirdness

I suppose the most frightening part of having an autistic child is not knowing what they will be like when they are fully grown. Sawyer is an extremely loving and kind-hearted boy. He is well liked by his peers, despite not having formed any close relationships with anyone in particular, and as well as that… Continue reading Sense of Impending Weirdness

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I If I Only Had a Heart

I’m not sure if I was excited or nervous when I finally heard his little feet on the stairs body ricochet off every wall on his way from his bedroom to the living room. I was sat in quiet reflection with my tiny newborn sleeping on my chest, and with one almighty crash, there he… Continue reading I If I Only Had a Heart

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Un-expectancy

The first thing I felt when I stared at my positive pregnancy test was guilt. By that time, Sawyer was 1 year and 9 months and was taking up every inch of my time and energy day in and day out. What if someone were to happen to me during childbirth and I left him… Continue reading Un-expectancy

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Ship to Shore

I knew I was having a boy before he was even born. And I don’t mean that in some sort of hippyish, at one with the universe kind of a way, I mean we had the gender scan and saw his willy on a screen. Furthermore, we had already picked out his name, without any… Continue reading Ship to Shore