Living Arrows | Freedom

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'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran

When it comes to children I think freedom can be a confusing thing. Does too much freedom create unruly children? Does too little create timid children afraid to reach out? I don't have the answer but I know that throughout my childhood my mother managed to achieve a near perfect balance of freedom.

Living Arrows | Blood Isn't Always Thicker Than Water

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'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran.

This is Iris with my mum and my mum's husband. He's been in our lives for about 7 years now. I was an adult when he entered my life and because of that I feel like I can't refer to him as 'my dad' but in all the ways a girl could need her dad this man has stepped up. He's been there for me through thick and thin. He's held my hand throughout a fair few mental health challenges, he's listened, he's talked and he's understood but most importantly he has embraced my daughter with a love that goes beyond the boundaries of 'mum's husband'. He's her Papa...he's our Papa and we'd be lost without him.

Living Arrows | Fun With Ben and Holly

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Fun with Ben and Holly? An interesting title considering the look on Iris's face. She doesn't exactly look like she's having fun! This is one of my favourite ever pictures of my daughter purely because her grandparents had been telling me for weeks how much she enjoys 'the ride outside Iceland' and when I finally got round to seeing it myself this is what I was met with.

Living Arrows | There's A Toddler On The Loose!

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'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran. 

Back to blogging and back to our favourite post, our weekly Living Arrows photograph. A link up sharing a snap shot of life as a child and what better celebration of childhood than a family party where you get to put on your best party dress, your fancy new shoes and you get to strut (and I mean strut!) your stuff on the dancefloor.

How To Write New Year's Resolutions

How To Write New Year Resolutions autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum

There is a simple answer to this. Don't write them. I never, ever write New Year resolutions in January. Why? Because it's a brand new year and with that comes a sense of a fresh start, a chance to start again, a chance to change, be different, be better. Some would argue that is the perfect time to start again but in the flurry of all that newness and excitement I get carried away and set goals bigger than I can achieve.

A Life Update

Hello readers!

I just wanted to write this post to firstly thank you all for the wonderful support that's been given to me throughout the lifespan of this blog so far. I originally started the blog to help and support those with autism on their journey to becoming parents but the blog has blossomed into more of an online diary of my time as a parent. Whether you've found the blog as a helpful resource throughout your pregnancy or you've joined in following our families adventures I hope you've found this space useful and/or entertaining.

I'll be changing the pace of  the blog until the new year as we're in the process of moving house! Our new house is a definite fixer upper and the plan was to be in and cracking on with it well before Christmas but as everyone knows things don't always go to plan so we're only just arranging completion dates almost 8 months after our initial offer was accepted! It's been a tough few months living out of boxes so to avoid getting too stressed i'm going to take a step back from some things so I can throw myself into the house and get it clean and livable for the festive period.

I'll be trying to keep up with my regular Living Arrows posts if possible as I love writing those and pouring over the hundreds of photos of Iris we take in a week and choosing just one!

Thank you for all your support, 
autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum