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Dec
31st
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Thankful to have shared so much of my 2013 with this guy. Happy New Year, everyone. 2014 Ahoy!

Thankful to have shared so much of my 2013 with this guy. Happy New Year, everyone. 2014 Ahoy!

Dec
30th
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First Fun Dip (with help from his cousin)

Sep
18th
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After more than a year of declining to perform (because of the stress to his system), the boy has decided to give theater another go.
Of course he nailed the audition.
And since he has the movie memorized, he pretty much already knows his lines.

After more than a year of declining to perform (because of the stress to his system), the boy has decided to give theater another go.

Of course he nailed the audition.

And since he has the movie memorized, he pretty much already knows his lines.

Sep
9th
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Christa grabbed this one (at his request) over a year ago. He had just turned eight.
I never saw it before today. 
I can’t stop looking at it.

Christa grabbed this one (at his request) over a year ago. He had just turned eight.

I never saw it before today. 

I can’t stop looking at it.

Aug
23rd
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If I had seen this ropes course before we started I would never have consented to letting him try it.

I could not have imagined him capable of making his way through it. (I couldn’t have imagined myself doing it either.)

He led me the entire way.

Four days later I am still sore and he is still my goddamn hero.

Aug
16th
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“Daddy, look!”

Points to Adventure Time cover image.

“What?”

Points again.

“Look!”

I have no idea what he’s pointing at. 

“Wait here.”

He exits the room, and returns with X-Men Marvel Masterworks #1. He speaks before I can respond.

“Now look at THIS.”

He points at a different Adventure Time cover. I am stumped once again.

He leaves the room again, and returns with Fantastic Four Marvel Masterworks #1. 

“See?”

Was blind, but now I see.

Addendum:
Daddy needs to up his nerd game.

Aug
3rd
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In which the boy receives a watch and his first impulse is to recreate the poster art from Back to the Future. 
(via Christa)

In which the boy receives a watch and his first impulse is to recreate the poster art from Back to the Future. 

(via Christa)

May
30th
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Apr
22nd
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Capable

We do not know when he will be able to tie his shoes. 

Or to take a shower, or to dry himself with a towel.

Or to ask for help without shrieking when the wifi on the iPad stops working.

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We do not know how he will make it through college (or, some days, even high school). 

We do not know when he might be ready to live on his own. 

And if he is able to live on his own, whether he will live on Amy’s frozen macaroni and cheese, like that character in that movie.

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But last Wednesday, with his classmates, as “La Raspa” played, he was capable of marching in time.

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And spinning in time.

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And kicking in time.

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And circling up in a group. 

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And of blowing kisses to the crowd when they’d finished. 

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And of knowing that he could.

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Apr
4th
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In general I’m not huge on awareness-raising.

Nor have I been engaged in attempts to change the name from Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month.

But I will totally shill for this delightful 15-minute documentary from BBC in 2011, starring 13-year-old Rosie, “My Autism and Me.”

Some of Rosie’s choice quotes:

“Although it can be a problem, I wouldn’t swap my autism for anything.”

“The best thing about my little brother is absolutely everything.”

“It makes me who I am. I just would’t be the same without it.” 

“It also gives me my incredible skill at remembering hundreds of impressive facts.”

This one means a lot because our boy watched it this week, after his recent introduction to a couple of new words.

We’ve been doing a little awareness-raising of our own.