I know I haven’t published a blog post in over a month but there is a good reason for that.
Around the time I published my last post things my wife and I had recently moved house and were still getting settled in. What I failed to mention as I didn’t want anything to go wrong is that back in January of this year my wife found that she as pregnant.
Now if fast forward nine months to now and my wife and I are now the proud, all be it exhausted parents of a beautiful baby girl. She was born September 8th at 9:24am, weighing in 6lb 7oz.
She has a name and it was the only one we were ever certain on. I won’t reveal what it is and I won’t be including any pictures in posts, just because unfortunately as I am sure you are all too well aware there are some not very nice people out there shall we say.
Just a quick update as to why I have been quiet.
I thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this post and previous ones.
Let’s talk about pets? They are as much a part of the family as mum and dad. We will do anything to ensure that they are safe and healthy.
As well as ensuring that our pets are safe and healthy we also confide them and use them in part as a counsellor and therapist. This further re-enforces the love we have for our pets and their place within the family. This is particularly if a family member has autism.
Pets can be very supportive of someone who has autism. They will protect them from hurting themselves during meltdowns.
They can also help someone with autism deal with change or transition. It is the help with change transition that prompted me to write this post in first place.
The last big change I experienced was moving out of parents house and living independently with my now wife. It was a big step and I found it strange and quite difficult experience. I did appreciate the space, quiet and general freedom but missed the presence of the pets.
I had resided myself to the possibility that I would probably not have animals in my house for a very long time but that turned out not to be the case.
After living independently for about 6 months we moved house. It was at this point that my decided on a whim to take back ownership of her cat.
This actually, really helped me with my transition to living independently. Having our cat around made the surroundings a lot more familiar to me. This, in turn, made the whole moving out process easier for me.
We have since gone on to adopt another cat who was only a kitten when we first got her. Away from making my surroundings feel more familiar they also make a house a home.
I know it wasn’t a very long post but let me say thank you for taking the time to read it.
Going through puberty is one of the most challenging times in anyone’s life. Most people wish to never relive their experiences from that point in their lives. As mentioned it is a challenging and confusing time for anyone, but having Autism makes everything just much more difficult.