Monday, March 7, 2011

Party of Five

You may know us. You may not. Either way, I decided it was time to give you details about our lives. We are a family of five. A family that only three short years ago was simply a husband and wife. We had tried for three long years (ironic, isn't it?) to get pregnant when we were blessed with triplets.

The road to our triplets was a long one, but the road with our triplets is where is gets interesting. Not a day goes by that I think "wow, now that was a boring day". From the day our triplets entered the world, our lives have been turned upside down. We've learned to live with only 45 minutes of sleep a night (I know what you are thinking, oh I remember when my baby slept only 45 minutes at a time...ummm- no I mean literally we got only 45 minutes of sleep TOTAL in a night!), being able to feed three babies at once with only two hands, changing three diapers within 5 minutes of being awake and learning to make space for three at once on your lap.

I know what some of you with multiples are thinking. Yeah, its tough. I remember how hard those days are. Well, let me throw you another curve ball. Autism. I know, its a scary word. Its a word that parents don't want to hear and hate to say out loud. Its something I need to tell you about though, because if you are even wondering if your child could be on the spectrum then you need to hear what I have to say. My plan with this blog is to get the details of my kids lives with Autism out there. I want other parents to hear exactly what we went through to get diagnosed and what happened after that.

Autism effects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. Early detection is key and can make a huge difference in the child's life (and the lives around them) that it effects. I hope that by starting this blog, I can help just one other parent get an early diagnosis for their child.