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Welcome to Seven Yellow Bananas!

We have some new followers and I wanted to take the time to say thank you and introduce myself and let you know a little about me.

First, I’m an introvert through and through. Having a blog has given me a way to connect with other families/caregivers and meet people who really get me and understand this journey.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mom. So when I got married to my hubby starting, a family was our number one priority. Time was ticking for us, well me. I was 35 and Richard was 31 when we got married.

After months and years of trying, we moved on to Fertility treatments. We did it all and, after five years of trying and a failed IVF, we gave IVF one more shot, no pun intended, and it worked!!!

I loved being pregnant so much so I delivered at 38 weeks!

Collin was 6lbs 12oz, and Jonah was 5lbs 7oz.

After delivering the boys and seeing Collin, I knew he would need me more. Call it mother’s intuition, but I knew he would be different.

The boys hit all their milestones except for talking.

I was told, “They’re twins, they probably have their special language.” Or my favorite “They’re boys they take longer to develop.”

But my gut was telling me something else.

We had both the boys evaluated at 20 months and they flagged Collin for Autism.

Although we had the feeling, it still knocked the wind out of our sails.

I still remember the whole diagnosis being a whirlwind of information – specialists, speech therapy, OT, PT, special schools, all while handing you a pile of brochures. I sat there nodding my head like I knew what they were talking about, but really I felt like my head was going to explode.

We jumped in feet first! Made a thousand mistakes, been through major meltdowns, 4 different schools, and sleepless nights. But here we are 9 years later to say Collin is growing and making progress every day and along the way, I have found the most amazing people and support. So I hope you find that in me and my blog.

 

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Hello!! I'm Deana. I'm a mom to two amazing twin boys, Collin, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2, and Jonah, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. We live in Florida and love spending time outdoors. When we are not outdoors, I'm homeschooling, crafting and blogging, and raising awareness on Autism.

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