Going Primal!Ā 

I am honestly enjoying the process of writing my book so much and I’m super excited to see it coming together. A huge thank you to all of you who have been cheering me on! The following is an extract from the book that I wanted to share with you. The Chapter is entitled: Going Primal! 

Here goes….

My normally laid back and easy going self switched into a different gear, one I didn’t know I had. Kiddo at sixteen months of age was different to how he had been three months ago and I was overcome with a primal determination to find out why. Once a Mama goes primal- watch out! 

The answer that was slowly dawning on me was that autism had happened, or was happening. People have said things to me like ‘well, a Mother just knows’ and ‘you have a teaching degree, of course you knew what to look for.’

Both are incorrect. I didn’t ‘just know’. Infact I knew nothing about child development.  As for the teaching degree I had majored in social science and religion for high school aged teens. A world away from infants and their behavior. 

My formal counseling training in self awareness and self reflection was the one part of my educational background that helped me a lot on the road to a formal diagnosis. I had learned to examine my thought processes, record them and know that I could really trust them, and therefore trust myself.

I was going to rely heavily on this skill over the next few months as there would be many educated health professionals that would lead me to second guess myself. 

I would hear things like ‘lets just wait and see’ and ‘he is just being a boy’. Also ‘you are being an overly anxious first time mother’ and my personal favorite ‘your child does not have autism… If he has autism I will eat my hat’.

That assessment came from a medical doctor.

Well- That’s it! …. Just a small sound bite from the book. A short post I know- but I also needed a reason to share with you this gorgeous pic of Kiddo I took recently  Xx Kaz

Ps – have a great week !

 

Five Funny Things Kiddo said this week

My Kiddo says funny things a lot. I decided this week to write them down because i just don’t remember things otherwise. 

So here are the top five funnies of the week: 

1. Kiddo lays down on the bed next to his cat who is napping (as cats do).  Of course Kiddo is meant to be brushing his teeth. I hear him whisper to his cat Brobee (FYI- this name was bestowed on him by the cat haven where we adopted him) 

Kiddo: Brobee, you are like a beautiful black egg.

Me: an egg?!

Kiddo: ok maybe not an egg. Brobee, you are like a beautiful black rectangular prism.

Me: ok – lets go with that! 

2. Walking into Barnes and Noble together:

Me: I am feeling old today Kiddo. You have to walk slowly. I am tired. 

Kiddo: walk slowly?! what?!

Me: When people get older they have to walk slowly. Hey Kiddo- when I am super old will you take care of me and look after me?

Kiddo: Yes Mom- when you are 44 years old I will do this for you. I will take care of you. 

Me: perfect! 

3. Driving in the car with Hubby, Kiddo and me:

Kiddo: Dad, you are so strong, and you are so big, and you are so handsome, and you are so gorgeous! 

Dad: Hey, what about Mommy? 

Kiddo: Mom… Well she is just COMPLETELY NUTS! 

Dad and Kiddo crack up laughing. 

Me: you know I’m holding the two of you responsible for that. Just saying! 

4. Easter Sunday Church Kids Presentation to the Congregation. The kids are waiting to begin their song and there is a few weird crackles coming through the sound system. Everyone is quiet then from Kiddo in a loud voice:

‘What is that noise?!’ 

Nailed it Kiddo – it’s exactly what we were all thinking!

5. All four of us having morning cuddles in bed: me, dad, kiddo and baby sister:

Dad: we have a wonderful family. I love my family! 

Kiddo: we are a family. We are an autism family. (Cuddles for everyone).

Ps: a little update on my blog to book writing…I am in the thick of it now and it’s going well (insert hand clapping here!) I am looking for a couple of volunteer draft readers to give me feedback on the overall direction and vibe of what I have written so far. Please comment below if that’s you šŸ™‚ otherwise comment anyway on your favorite funny line from Kiddo or something funny from a Kiddo you know and love xx

Blogging from A to ZĀ 

I was inspired this morning after reading a post on Unstrange Mind and saw she has taken on the  ‘April 2015 Blogging from A to Z Challenge’ (see http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ ).

The challenge this brave blogger has taken on for the entire month of April (except for Sunday’s) is to blog through the alphabet on autism- related topics to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. 

My contribution to the month and to April 2 which is Autism Awareness Day is to give you, the reader, a choice of some of my favorite autism blog posts to read. Your challenge is to pick just ONE to help increase awareness and acceptance of autism! I’ve picked some good ones! 

If you have time please share with me in the comments which one you read. I would love to know šŸ™‚

Here are the posts I chose for you for Autism Awareness Day:

Autism and Oughtisms is a blog written by a mother who is also a lawyer. She can slice through the tough autism topics like nobody else. I hope she blogs forever. Read: https://autismandoughtisms.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/has-autism-versus-is-autistic-a-muddled-debate/

Sparrow Rose is a brilliant writer and an autistic adult. Read ‘A is for Acceptance ‘ on her blog: https://unstrangemind.wordpress.com

This is from Bec at Snagglebox. I share this post frequently. It can help save lives. http://www.snagglebox.com/article/autism-wandering

Jason writes about faith, his family and autism. Check this post out: http://www.jasonhague.com/2015/02/05/a-letter-to-my-autistic-son-on-his-9th-birthday/

I stumbled across Carrie Cariello more recently. This post is perfect about her take on what causes autism: http://carriecariello.com/2015/01/19/i-know-what-causes-autism/

Bacon and Juice Boxes is written by Jerry (aka Mr Bacon) and he is my kind of writer. As a parent he validates the struggle, gives dignity to his son and can also make you laugh out loud! Head over and read this from him- http://baconandjuiceboxes.blogspot.com/2014/12/whatever-it-takes.html

Last but not least – one from me about inclusion : ‘As I Held My Breath’ https://kazbrooksblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/serenity-courage-and-wisdom/comment-page-1

Love Kaz