Heather and Family

I’m Heather.  I am a retired CPA and mom of 4 children.  I was very happy to give up the 80-hour weeks during tax season, but I still like to read business books and figure out how I can apply them to family life (families are like a complex business, right?).  And I am still drawn to tailored suits at Ann Taylor, although they are not very practical for this phase of my life.  I love to read and I love to eat chocolate—and I’m trying to find moderation in both of those things!

I have three very active boys and one very determined little girl (who is on a mission to prove that she can keep up with every single one of her brothers).  They keep us very busy.  My husband is very supportive and helps me with everything.  He has been so helpful in helping with all the different therapies we have tried over the years.  We love to get away to our family cabin (when we can) to relax and ride snowmobiles and ATVs.  We also love to find ways to stay active with our kids.

My life was changed forever when a doctor told me that in about 18 hours, I would be giving birth to a 1 pound 7 ounce baby.  Paul is a miracle in every sense of the word and continues to have small miracles.  He was delayed in most areas of development, suffered a permanent severe hearing loss in one ear, struggled with eye alignment for years, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and later PDD (high-functioning autism) and ADHD.

After a particularly frustrating summer for me, our second son Matt was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in first grade.  It has been a blessing because it has helped me to understand him better and to know how to parent him better.  I know that when I ask him to do something, I usually have to ask at least three times because he just gets distracted.  It has really helped my frustration levels to know that he is not just trying to be disobedient.

While we were going through the process of getting an autism diagnosis for Paul, I met a woman who changed my mindset regarding autism.  She helped open my mind as to how I could help my son progress and how I could approach things as a parent.  She gave me so many good ideas that it set us on a path full of hope when I was feeling devastated about facing an   autism diagnosis.  I hope that through my writing, I can help others feel the same hope.

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