Embracing Midday Dreams

I catch a glimpse of him out of the corner of my eye as I pass by and I find myself captivated by the sight of him asleep.
In the middle of the day, an afternoon nap, so very different from the sleepless nights of our past, reminds me of the incredible journey we've taken together.
A  journey where sleep was once an elusive companion during the night, but now graces us in the middle of the day. I can't help but smile as I remember all the pictures I've taken of him sleeping over the years, each one holding a story of its own.
Sleep hasn't ever come easy for him, but it's funny how those years of sleepless nights seem like a distant memory now.
In these quiet moments, as I watch him sleep, I find myself asking the same question that's echoed in my heart for years: What does he dream of? What adventures, thoughts, and memories fill his mind when the world is still and silent around him?
People often ask me whether time alone makes this autism parenting journey easier. But you know, I've come to realize that it's not just the passage of time that has brought us to where we are today. It's the experiences we've shared, the lessons we've learned, and the acceptance we've embraced that have truly made a difference.
Our path has been paved with countless milestones, both big and small, and it's these moments that shape our perspective and redefine what "progress" means.
He might not be a conversationalist in the traditional sense, but his presence speaks volumes. And as I sit here, surrounded by the quiet and the memories of years gone by.
I'm reminded that this journey isn't about reaching some destination.
It's about cherishing each moment, celebrating progress, and finding joy in the little things – like being grateful for a simple afternoon nap.
So, here's to the nights of uncertainty turned into nights of peaceful rest. Here's to the daytime naps that awaken a myriad of thoughts and emotions.
And here's to the unwavering love and acceptance that guide us as we navigate this unique path together. 
I LOVE YOU Jordan Lane with every ounce of my being.
This was written by Shannon Urquiola at Not Your Average Autism Mom
Thank you for being part of our journey.