Christine McGuinness ‘relieved’ at daughter’s autism diagnosis but misses Paddy
17th February 2020

Christine McGuinness has admitted she is "relieved" daughter Felicity has been diagnosed with autism.

The three-year-old's diagnosis comes three years after the couple's twins, Leo and Penelope, went through the same diagnosis.

Christine and husband Paddy McGuinness were relieved to finally have a diagnosis for their daughter after spotting the signs from an early age.

Speaking for the first time since the diagnosis, Christine said they have a far stronger understanding of autism now so did not have the "shock" that they had the first time round.

But the couple have struggled to find "quality time" together and have accepted that they are "carers" at home.

Asked why she felt relieved, Christine said: "Because I understand it more now. The first time round with the twins there was a bit of shock and heartbreak.

"We didn’t know anything bout Autism. Just our children had a life long condition with no cure.

"Now with the experience with the twins and knowledge it prepared us for the third one.

"Felicity has been diagnosed. We knew it was coming. We spotted the signs. We were more prepared this time."

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Christine explained that speech delay and sensitivity to noises, sounds and textures were the most comment signs.

On her kids, she said: "I get told my perfume is too much. They are honest and direct. They like routine and are resilient to change.

"For us it's a relief all three children have this diagnosis. They can come across as being difficult. I wanted Felicity to have a diagnosis before she goes to school so they know."

Christine confessed it had been "really difficult" to leave her children at home.

She said: "I’m only able to be here relaxed because I know my mum and husband are at home. Two years ago it was different.

"It's taken time for the children to get used to mummy being away for the occasional night for work and me going they’re going to be OK they’ll be alright. I need to leave the house sometimes.

Christine revealed she has only had one lunch with Paddy this year but they do see each other at home.

She added: "We don't go on date nights. The quality time we do miss. We don't have that. We've just accepted that's how it is for us. We've been together for 13 years. At home we are carers."

Christine then read out the beautiful poem she had written about her kids when, which she posted on Instagram when she announced the news.

It read: "Recently our youngest daughter Felicity was also diagnosed with autism, three years after our twins Leo and Penelope were diagnosed.

"Going through this journey again does still bring some heartache knowing all three children will face challenges and difficulties that others won't.

"But ultimately I feel confident as a family we are in a much stronger place, we are able to use our experience and knowledge as power helping us to feel well prepared.

"We are here to love and support our three extra special children and I thank god every day these babies are mine. Proudest mummy," she finished.

Her poem read: "I am so proud to be your mummy, you are everything to me.

"All three of you are thriving with ASD [Autistic Spectrum Disorder]. I will never try and change you, you are perfect as you are.

"Mummy is going to change the world to understand her superstars. You are sensitive, you are strong, and you have such a special bond.

"You are funny and talented, cheeky and sweet, you all love your toys to be kept extra neat.

"Shining brighter than the stars above. You are special, so wanted and oh so loved.

"Leo, Penelope and Felicity, you are unaware of the positive impact you have, even on the tough days you even make me laugh.

"My trio, my babies, my fabulous three. Together we are a strong, proud, unique family. All my love always, Mummy."

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