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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Hillard is the best:)

My son Hillard is autistic as many of you already know. I never try to post anything to personal on my blog because this is my "escape" or "hobby". There are many days that I think to myself "He isn't going to make it, he just can't get it" and it pains me that Hillard is just beyond our grasp. Then we have our good days when he really reaches back and I think to myself "he is gonna make it in the world!" Chris and I don't bring him many places because he really can't handle the crowds. He will sit nicely in a confined area like a stroller or shopping basket but their are certain conditions to be followed:)You MUST keep moving at all times and their MUST be goodies and bribs availble at every moment! If demands are not met he gets really uncomfortable and vocalizes. People tend to stare at us aa lot. After 3 yrs of this I am use to the stares he gets, but I still don't like it. This is why we don't go out in public places too often! Also Hillard is 4yrs old and he is getting way to big for these "confined" and "safe" areas. He is really begining to blossom as far as speech goes, he will repeat words to you, you just have to give him a good reason to speak and tell him what to say:) I LOVE my 4yrs olds VOICE!!!!!
We had a great day today and I thought I would post! It is Brandon's first birthday today and we went to babies r us to get some gifts. Hillard was so patient and played with all the toys and sat in the cart!!!! Brandon wanted everything, and we stopped for snowcones afterwards. I love my boys they warm my heart and they are such wonderful people:)
Happy Birthday Bran-Man!


Blogger amylovie said...

Hi Catherine,

What a special day...and special boys. Happy Birthday Brandon!


12:14 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Happy B-day to the little one! I hope things continue to improve with your other son. I know that can be hard. It seems like you handle it very well.
I get a lot of stares from people when I'm in my wheelchair out in public. I can understand your annoyance. When will people learn?

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Very inspring post, Catherine. Thank you. Wonderful boys you have there. Happy birthday, Brandon :)

2:02 PM  
Blogger CynCyn said...

Awww. Sounds like you had a terrific time with both of your boys today. 1st b-days are so special!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Atouria said...

Happy birthday, Brandon! I'm new to your blog, but I thought I'd stop by and say hello. :)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Momma22wildfires said...

Happy birthday, Brandon.

That was a beautiful post. You are an inspirational momma.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous leah said...

You were meant to be a Momma too :)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

Happy B-Day! I am so happy you are able to share this with us... Its so inspiring! You have wonderful children :)

4:30 PM  
Blogger RunsWithTrowels said...

happy birthday brandon!
it's so great that hillard is doing so well.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

Happy, happy birthday, Brandon!
Sounds like you all had a truly special day! How very lucky they are to have you.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...


My son has autism, too. We've known since he was about 4 years old, and he is now 14. Gradually, gradually, he has learned to almost "fit in" with the rest of the world. He still fights upstream in many ways, but life is 100 times easier now that he's older and we can explain to him exactly why he is having to work so hard to do the same things everyone else does! I learned long ago not to worry about people's reactions. It only made my blood boil!

Good luck! It WILL get better! :-)

7:51 AM  

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