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How My Son's Autism Diagnosis Led to My Own

**I'm taking a little break from writing about sewing today, since it is "Autistic Pride Day!" This article was originally published on my former blog and was also published on Scary Mommy. I've referenced my son and myself being on the spectrum in previous posts, so decided to repost this article for those who'd like to read our story! 

Current autism research in little girls is greatly limited. Separating the sexes in diagnostics and research is a burgeoning new field, meaning that current estimates of autism affecting 4:1 boys to girls, respectively, may be grossly out of date. After my son’s diagnosis, I began fiercely researching anything I could find about it, and have learned that I, myself, am autistic.

 This past summer, my son was diagnosed with autism. I knew he was different from the moment he was born, but every time I saw him do something “quirky,” I would tell myself (and everyone else), “Oh, that’s normal, he’s just like me. I did that.”

 He was the …

Beginner Sewing Tutorial: Hamster Tent

Make this adorable doll or hamster sized tent from soft wool felt with my free pattern PDF download and practice your hand stitching! A fun sewing project for kids, teens, and adults!
A few months ago, my craft room hamster, Gus Gus, decided that his 2-story condo wasn't quite big enough and was trying to chew his way into a hammy heist! Thankfully, I already had plans to expand his home in the works and he was upgraded to a 5,000 ㎠ hamster haven. With this new space, he received some new toys and hidey-holes, one of which was a small wool felt tent.
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A great little tutorial to practice blanket stitches, this round retreat is also fitting for Miss Marie Mouse! She is enjoying her tent …