Our autism journey – from no support to regular support

Child hand holding colorful heart on blue background. World autism awareness day concept

I recently shared a post about our autism journey so far; from when we started noticing signs of autism in Jacob to when we started to receive support for him at school. Since we started that first support process with the pastoral support plan, we have received no end of professional involvement. As much as we gained the support, it still constantly felt like banging our head against a wall. Because nothing seemed to be moving anywhere. No matter how many professionals we met with and how many meetings we attended, I felt like we were just going around in circles and meanwhile, Jacob’s behaviour was becoming worse & worse. Read more

Our autism journey – from first signs to first support…

Child hands holding colorful heart on white background. World autism awareness day concept

Whilst I’ve shared many snippets of our life on the blog – especially one of the more personal taboo, unspoken subjects of my mental health struggles – there’s one major part of our life I haven’t really spoken about. And that is, autism. A while ago I wrote a letter of sorts to my fellow special needs parents and that was really the first indicator on here, that we were dealing with this. Read more

I see you, the parent of a child with special needs

To the parent of a child with special needs

I see you

The parent who wishes they could change the world’s view of their child’s normal, which is not like every other child’s normal.

The parent who dreads every single school run. The school run that ends in the walk of shame. Because your special child, is just being normal.

I see you.

The parent who lives in a shell with their special child because you dread every single outing.

Jacob playing with water

The parent trying to hold it together whilst your special child is having a meltdown; because that’s their normal.

I see you.

The parent who is begging for help. Because you know your child isn’t every other child’s normal, but their special kind of normal.

The parent who is crumbling under the pressure of living with the difficulties your special normal child faces every. single. day.

I see you.

The parent who is sad that their special child is forever excluded from peer events, like birthday parties.

The parent who is sad that this even extends to their siblings.

I see you.

The parent who is reading this.

The parent who feels isolated.

I see you.

I see me.

I see me

I’m the one walking there, standing there, holding back the tears, head held in shame. But why should I be ashamed?

This is my special child. This is his normal.

My child can’t help the way he is. He just needs understanding. He needs me.

I need to be strong. Even if I don’t feel it, I need to show it. I need to fight for him.

He is my strength. He’s made me the mother I am today.

I see you – reading this. You are not alone. I stand with you. We have the fight, the strength, the courage. 

We have the special kind of normal.

Mummy and Jacob with Harry Potter

Meccano Ferrari Formula 1 vehicle | Review

Meccano Ferrari Formula 1 vehicle

Meccano – such a classic toy, isn’t it? It’s been around for so many years and is constantly evolving. I’ve never had any myself; it’s not really something I’ve ever been into, if I’m honest. But the boys, especially Jacob, are beginning to notice it more. As for The Husband, he’s had his fair share of it in his lifetime! With the boys being fans of cars and The Husband having a soft spot for Formula 1, this gave him the opportunity to revisit his Meccano building days and introduce the boys to it!

Construct one of the most iconic Italian racing cars to ever tear up the track! This model car kit gives young builders real tools to piece together metal nuts and bolts, creating an authentic Ferrari Grand Prix Racer!
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A wicked Christmas with Wicked Uncle!

Wicked Christmas with Wicked Uncle

Now when I say wicked, I don’t mean wicked as in evil wicked; I mean wicked as in awesome wicked. Which is exactly what Wicked Uncle are. Especially for last minute Christmas shopping! I’m almost done with mine, but I do have a few little bits still to get this week. I am not usually as unorganised as this – I’m normally all done with wrapping by now! Luckily the boys still have another four days at school, so hopefully I’ll manage to get some done then.  Read more