What Autism Means to Me #autismawareness

April is Autism Awareness month. A time to celebrate, educate and learn to have more acceptance for those children and adults living each day in a world I know little about how to relate to. It’s difficult being a parent, I am sure, to an autistic child. From what I’ve learned thus far, it’s a broad spectrum and no two autistic people are alike. If you are an every day reader of my blog, you may have followed along my life in regards to my now seven year old son, Aj. If not, you can catch up, but there’s a […]

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Bipolar and ADHD can be Confused with the Other

As most of you who read my blog are aware of, my middle child has had some struggles along the way of his life. Having been born completely irritable all of the time, we knew that something was just not right with him. This is not to say that he was just different than the other child I had, but that something was unique to him. The idea that something was unique to my middle child soon became more obvious as we had another son and he too was a happy baby like my first born and only daughter. I […]

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Risperdal Is Working For My Five Year Old

I have told the story of my Aj forever now, it’s been three years since we started the fight to find out what was up with him. Our first concern was the lack of sleep, never having slept through the night & always having been an irritable baby {not to be confused with colic, he was just irritable}, we knew lack of sleep meant no possible way to tell if his moods were based on insufficient sleep or a real genetic mood disorder issue. Then the whole sleep issue was resolved. Intuniv came on board for ADHD, and well I […]

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Switching from Intuniv to Risperdal

My son has tried all sorts of medications, the first process with our now five year old son was at age 2 to start figuring out what would assist him in sleeping. Never having slept through the night and being up for hours on end unable to slow his brain down to sleep, we were reluctant to take on any pediatric diagnosis without first getting him ample sleep. Any human being would be aggressive, irritable and slightly off with lack of sleep for days, but this child had gone all of his life with lack of sleep. The first step […]

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My Son Will Not Live That Life

Ever since my five year old son was born I knew something was different about him, but I swore it was only because I felt not ready to be a mom. Honestly, I had zero interest in being a mother again but I was pregnant and about to have another child. I blamed myself for so long and to this day I sometimes am caught blaming myself for the way Aj is, but I have been reassured that my feelings of not wanting a baby, these internal feelings, are not the cause for who my child is. I am not […]

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