Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Yesterday

On the 25th day of the A - Z Challenge, 
                 Y is for Yesterday

"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
oh, I believe in yesterday"

As I was trying to come up with a Y post, this song popped into my head, so I decided to go with Yesterday as my Y post.  

It seems like yesterday that we had two beautiful little babies with all the hopes and dreams that new parents have. 

It seems like yesterday that we spent hours in the emergency room when David had a severe reaction to dairy and we learned about his food allergies, which Michael later shared.   

It seems like yesterday when we received the devastating diagnosis of autism for our sons. 

It seems like yesterday that I was up driving around all night so that Michael would finally go to sleep, stopping at an all night Dunkin Donuts for an iced coffee and later at a construction port-o-potty so I could pee.

It seems like yesterday that we began this 'autism' journey, not even knowing what autism was, and having to navigate through immunizations and education.

It seems like yesterday when David finally answered me instead of repeating everything back to me.  

It seems like yesterday when we planned our first vacation and stressed out wondering if the boys would flip out being away from home.

It seems like yesterday when Michael finally became fully toilet-trained.

It seems like yesterday when Michael would melt down practically every day for some reason or another.

It seems like yesterday when I was pretty much home-bound because I wanted to avoid the embarrassment of being out in public if the boys acted up.

It seems like yesterday when I would drop Michael off at school and listen to his cries and screams as I walked out the door.

It seems like yesterday when we rented our beach house the first time.

It seems like yesterday when we first ate out together as a family in a restaurant.

It seems like yesterday when the boys got awards at school for their high scores on the NECAP tests.

It seems like yesterday when David was appointed to Student Council and later, Michael was too.

It seems like yesterday when we took NY by storm, went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Michael navigated the subway system and got us around.

It seems like yesterday when both boys made the High Honor Roll at their middle school.

It seems like yesterday when they were just babies and not young men.

We've come a long way from yesterday's trials and successes and are looking forward to many tomorrows.  


  1. What a moving post Judi - I positively teared up. Congratulations on handling so many yesterday challenges and bon voyage for many happy and fulfilling tomorrows.

  2. Oh judi, what courage and fortitude your life has taken, and how fortunate for your sons to be born to such a person of strength and dedication! Congratulations to you all. Fondly, h

  3. You are AMAZING! I have only had to navigate the food allergies, and to add Autism and all you have known to manage... I salute you. !

  4. This was so poignant and beautifully sad in places.

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

    1. thanks so much for stopping by - one more day!

  5. Great post, Judi! I wonder, if on some higher or deeper level, you've chosen to be a mom to two autistic boys to help serve your life purpose (if you believe in such things, which I do), and that the experience of being a mom to a normal daughter gave you some parenting experience first before life handed you the additional challenge of autism. For a new parent, dealing with two autistic boys and not having any parenting experience, would be beyond dreadful. Sharing your experiences is a big help to new parents who find your blog.

    Congrats on getting to Y!
    Maui Jungalow

    1. interesting perspective Courtney - a good friend of mine had said something similar years ago about the food allergies, although I think I would have enjoyed a life's purpose with more beach and sailing! Congrats to you too - one more to go!! #AtoZChallenge! xoxo