Six Things About 6 Christmases

Dear Readers,

For us, autism was like falling down a big hole and we are just finding our way out. Beth is 5, and this is the first Christmas in 3 years where we are happy and having fun. There are many good things happening for Beth that give us hope this holiday, and for that we are very grateful.

Looking through pictures of Beth at Christmas time over the years, it amazes me how well the pictures tell our story. Below are holiday snippets from our family album, along with the first six thoughts that came into my head when I looked at them (the first three words describe our view of Beth, the last three words describe our feelings).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Fumbling Mama & Papa

Baby Beth

9 Months Old, Candy Cane From Fire Truck Santa

9 Months Old, Candy Cane From Fire Truck Santa

  1. Attached
  2. Aware
  3. Fussy
  4. Fun
  5. Happiness
  6. Exhaustion

First Year

Snow Kid

  1. Sensitive
  2. Aware
  3. Smiles
  4. Fun
  5. Happiness
  6. Exhaustion

Second Year

The Stim Begins

The Stim Begins

  1. Anxiety
  2. Frustration
  3. Disintegration
  4. Fear
  5. Sadness
  6. Exhaustion

Third Year

Candy Cane From Fire Truck Santa, No Sleeves or Pants Tolerated

Candy Cane From Fire Truck Santa, No Sleeves or Long Pants Allowed!

Moments of Connection

Rare and Beautiful Moment of Connection

  1. Sensory
  2. Frustration
  3. Disintegration
  4. Worry
  5. Sadness
  6. Exhaustion

Fourth Year

Eating Snow (What Else?)

Eating Snow (What Else?)

Watching the Snow Fall

Watching the Snow Fall

  1. Sensory
  2. Unique
  3. Emerging
  4. Disappointment
  5. Change
  6. Uncertainty

Fifth Year

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From Light Stim to Light Appreciation

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From Sound Stim to Music Passion

  1. Calming
  2. Awakening
  3. Reconnecting
  4. Acceptance
  5. Clarity
  6. Hope
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2 thoughts on “Six Things About 6 Christmases

  1. stephanie says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey with your amazing little girl!!! I smile as much as I do for my own kiddo when I read a milestone she has conquered. Merry Christmas and cheers to many more adventures (fumbling thru autism).

  2. I loved this. So happy to hear things are relatively peaceful at the moment. The pic from age 3 is heartwarming.

    Hope to see you after your big trip! xoxoxo

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