Since I last posted the Holidays have come and gone and it’s 2013 already! How fast time flies. I guess a “Happy New Year” wish is in order. The year 2012 was eventful to say the least but I have to admit that I was not sad to say goodbye to it and welcome a new year – a new beginning. Looking back, for me I feel that 2012 was an uphill struggle most of the way. Sure, it had its ups (this picture representing one of them), but overall I feel that it was a pretty tough year. I am, however, much more optimistic for the coming year. I can feel that it’s going to be a great year!
A short recap of 2012
2012 began similarly to how 2011 ended. We were barely over the initial shock of having realized that both our boys are autistic but what had changed was that we were increasingly okay with talking about it. After my husband’s encouragements, I founded this blog in February and I can tell you that for me personally, it made all the difference. Suddenly I had a platform for letting it all out, both good and bad, and it was very therapeutical for me. Of course, I hoped that in the process I would be able to help others who were going through similar things and educate those who don’t have a personal experience with autism. Further, I hoped that my writings would be a small contribution to opening up the discussion about autism since, in my view, there’s no point in shying away from the subject. There’s still a lot of misconception about autism out there (I held a few of my own before all of this) and an open and honest discussion about it is in my opinion good for everyone.
It wasn’t far into the year when we decided that the best thing for the family would be moving back to Iceland after the summer. We were in the process of writing our Master theses and hoped to be finished well before moving but it turned out to be a little too optimistic a plan. As a result, we went through a few months of crazy busyness where everything was happening at the same time; writing and defending our theses, packing for Iceland, moving to Iceland, starting new jobs, the boys starting their new kindergarten, we adjusting to Iceland and our families seeing for themselves how things really are. I could go on and on… I won’t lie, by the time it was December I was beat and I couldn’t wait for the Christmas Holidays.
Although we had wonderful holidays, it wasn’t nearly as relaxing as I’d hoped. Of course, the normal routines went out the window. We weren’t eating like normal, sleeping like normal, really not a lot was like it normally is and we did pay the price. Our boys are wired in a way that no matter when they go to bed, they always wake up early. Very early. So lack of sleep would be one way to describe the Holidays that we had.
However, the boys really surprised us in a positive way. They were having so much fun and enjoying all the precious things of Christmas kids should enjoy that it was impossible not to be infatuated with their joy and excitement. They’re not always the best of friends but they truly bonded over singing christmas carols, particularly those that include dance and movement, and it was wonderful to watch. V isn’t always the easiest when it comes to eating and that didn’t change much but he did eat more of the food than we expected. Santa Claus made a surprise visit on the 24th (the biggest Holiday in Iceland) and the boys had no problem speaking with and hugging him. We even went to a Christmas dance and although the boys were clearly not behaving like the average child, they sure had fun in their own way. I for one, really enjoyed seeing them dancing and singing and wheeling around. So, even though it wasn’t the most relaxing Holidays ever, I think we can’t complain. It really was a lovely time filled with family moments and once again we realized what wonderful families we have.
For some reason, this year has me all excited. I have high hopes for this year in so many ways. After last year, that was a little difficult and depressive, I feel that things are finally falling into place. Now, a little over three months after we moved back to Iceland, I feel that we are finally back for real. Things are slowly returning into a comfortable routine where it is possible to make room for friends, family and last but not least exercise. The adjustment period for how the autism support system works is close to over and we are seeing great progress in our two boys. They are doing great. Further, there are great things on the horizon and I can barely wait to start. I’ll keep you all posted as things progress but I can feel it – it’ll be a happy new year.
I want to end this post by wishing all my followers a happy new year. Thanking you all for your support the past year, it wouldn’t be the same without you.