Hey there, amazing readers! It's been a hot minute since we last caught up, and boy, have things taken an interesting turn in my life. First of all, thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin. Your support means the world to me.
Let's dive right in, shall we? Life has been a whirlwind of emotions, adventures, and challenges. From starting co-founding magazine, "Becoming Her Magazine," to navigating the ever-evolving journey of parenting my incredible son, Zach, who happens to be autistic, it's safe to say I've got my hands full.
Zach's New Behaviors: Breaking TVs and Driving Me Crazy
Now, let's talk about Zach. Our journey together is filled with ups and downs, but it's a journey I cherish. Lately, he's been keeping me on my toes with some new behaviors, like his fascination with breaking TVs. Yep, you read that right – TVs. It can be frustrating, I won't lie. But I've learned that every behavior has a reason, and it's up to us as parents to decipher it. Understanding autism is like unlocking a unique puzzle for each child, and I'm determined to solve this one.He has put me in debt because he has broke 4 TVs in two weeks two new 65' and two new 32' ! I had to put all of this on a credit card! So I am stressed!
**The Lone Ranger: Single Parenting an Autistic Child**
Speaking of challenges, being a single mom to an autistic child is no walk in the park. I often find myself daydreaming about having a partner or co-parent who could share the load, whether it's picking Zach up from school or granting me the occasional sleep-in. The reality is, we single parents wear many hats, and sometimes it feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day.
Zach does have a dad, but his demanding work schedule means he can't always be there. And when he is, well, let's just say his help can be a bit sporadic. But hey, we single parents are a resilient bunch, right? We adapt, we persevere, and we find strength in the face of adversity.
**Doctor Appointments, Feeding Therapy, and the Weight of It All**
Zach's journey isn't just about breaking TVs, though. We've also got a packed schedule of doctor appointments and feeding therapy sessions. It can be overwhelming, and I often feel like I'm navigating this labyrinth on my own. The stress can be immense, but there's a silver lining.
I'm beyond grateful to have my parents by my side. Their support is a lifeline. Whether it's helping with Zach's appointments or just being there for moral support, they've been a rock in this turbulent sea of parenthood.
**Small Wins: Celebrating Zach's Progress**
Amidst the chaos and stress, there are moments that remind me why I love being Zach's mom. One of those moments is seeing him make progress with his feeding. It might be limited to puree foods for now, but it's a huge win in our book. Every step forward, no matter how small, is a cause for celebration.
So, here we are, on this wild and wonderful journey of parenting an autistic child. It's raw, it's real, and it's unapologetically challenging. But it's also filled with love, growth, and moments of sheer joy. I want this blog post to serve as a reminder that we're all in this together, navigating our own unique paths.
Remember, whether you're a single parent, a co-parent, or part of a supportive family, your love and dedication are shaping the future of your child. Together, we can find strength in our vulnerabilities and joy in our small wins.
Thank you for being a part of my world and for joining me on this rollercoaster ride called life. Stay tuned for more adventures, more lessons, and, of course, more real talk. Until next time, my dear readers! 🌟❤️👩👦