Sunday, April 1, 2012

Autism Awareness Month

Hello all!

I know, it's been a while since I managed to get a post up!  I've been out of commission unfortunately!  Tonight, however, I wanted to make sure to write and share with you what my life has been like for the past 7, almost 8, years.  :)


This is my Peanut, and his faithful Autism therapy puppy in training, and best friend, Duke.  Andre will be 8 this month, on Earth Day, which he boasts about.  I said once that I was thankful for Autism, and I meant it.  This amazing child has taught me things about life that I never would have gotten on my own.  His passion for life, his strive for perfection, his adorably difficult OCD tendencies only make him more amazing.


Our journey to his diagnosis and proper treatment wasn't an easy one.  I was in denial.  Academically, he is advanced.  He met all his cues as a baby, right on time.  I'm lucky because my baby can say he loves me to my face.  Just like that though, he can also tell me or his siblings he hates us.  He bolts when he's upset.  Having your child run away from you is perhaps one of the most difficult things a parent can endure. Seeing him curled up in a ball and quietly sobbing in the cart during a food shopping trip isn't easy either.  He goes through things I never could imagine as a child.  Sounds, light, people, it can all be just "too much" at times.  We hug him.  A lot.  Duke is always there, ready to take the brunt of a meltdown or even simply kiss him as his boy kicks and hits him out of sensory overload and frustration.  Yet, every second, every hug and even every meltdown has been a gift from God.  My Peanut, like my other babies, is a gift from God.  He chose US to give this precious baby to.  God KNEW in His omniscience that Andre would teach us about life, love and true acceptance.  He's an amazing boy, capable of reciting Bible verses and poetry on a whim.  He has perfect pitch and can hear any note out of place.  He LOVES dinosaurs, and LOVES Legos (much to my feet's chagrin).  I thank God for him every day.  I thank God for my precious Aspie boy.  My baby has Asperger's Syndrome and I wouldn't have it any other way.

6 comments:

  1. Peanut is an amazing kid!!!:) <3

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  2. We have dear friends with a son who has Asperger's as well. God knew that he needed you to be his parent and that you needed him.

    Cheri

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  3. Beautiful boy!! I love how you take the situation and find the blessings in it. Thanks for sharing.

    xoxo,
    Johnnie

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    1. <3 thank you Johnnie! I somehow JUST saw this comment! He is the biggest blessing ever!
      xoxo back!
      -Evey

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