What I wish I had known…

Hindsight is 20/20 or so the saying goes. There are so many theories on what causes autism that it boggles my mind. Instead of dwelling on the past and on things I cannot change, I would like to offer my two cents of what I wish I had known and now hold closely to my heart.

PARENTAL INTUITION — it is a gift that comes with having a child. It doesnt matter how many books you read, times you have babysat or people you have talked to. Nothing is like having a child that is yours. 

I remember leaving the hospital with my first baby thinking “why isn’t the nurse coming with us, they check his and my vitals often, how will we survive”, but like all those before us we figure out how to care of a new little person.

Those first few weeks, months and years are full of learning, questioning and triumphing. Much of it has to do with intuition, especially in the challenging moments. If I were to go back in time, I would ask more questions about everything concerning my child and if unsatisfied with the answers I would have done my own research on the topic, not just taken someone else’s opinions. Many times I felt that tug of intuition, but shoved it aside to follow the status quo.

Now, if something triggers that intuition I take it upon myself to research a variety of opinions on a subject and see what resonates for me. I feel this is my responsibility as a parent and one of the many ways I show love to my little ones.

How do you feel about parental intuition? Has it steered you in the right direction?

4 replies
  1. Brandi Hicks
    Brandi Hicks says:

    I totally agree with you. I don’t think my Mommy intuition has ever steered me wrong. There have been times that I have choose not to listen to it and found out the hard way that I should of.

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  2. Jenny Lenczycki
    Jenny Lenczycki says:

    Yes. No one wanted to believe there was anything going on with Cole. I felt very alone searching for and seeking out our diagnosis – but my heart just knew. He wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasnt for all the early interventions we put into place, and that wouldn’t have happened if I wouldn’t have forged ahead on my own.

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  3. Jamie Nicole Scott
    Jamie Nicole Scott says:

    I knew at a very early age (six months) something was different with my child. Intuition was everything in our situation… especially when others would downplay my concerns for our child. I even considered cancelling my child’s evaluation but it was my intuition that made me keep it. It was my intuition that made me start the gfcf diet… it’s my intuition that helps me bond with my autistic child as well! Most importantly, it’s my intuition that lets me know everything is going to be just fine. 🙂

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  4. Sarah Cline
    Sarah Cline says:

    Emma you are so right! Both my boys were/are in the EI program and I just refered my 3rd. You have to do what is best for your child!

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