Christine McGuinness, wife of Take Me Out star Paddy, has taken to Instagram to reveal that the couple’s four-year-old twins both have autism.
In a sweet poem she wrote herself to mark their birthday, Christine celebrated al of the milestones that the pair had been through during their early years.
‘Today you both turn four, and I celebrate so much more,’ she wrote. ‘In the last 12 months you have learnt to talk, and you are using flat feet to walk.’
‘You are conquering your daily challenges, and I’m here to hold your hand, when you’re dealing with sensory overload, the quietest room sounds like a big brass band.’
In keeping with scenarios that will resonate deeply with other parents of autistic children, she said: ‘The meltdowns, the routines and all the planning ahead. The groundhog days, the beige food and the temperamental “time for bed”.’
‘I love you unconditionally and I will encourage you both to embrace your autism. Because you are totally unique and fantastically awesome.’
The pair choose to keep their three children, twins Leo and Penelope and new baby Felicity, out of the limelight, although model Christine has documented her journey with her body throughout and after her pregnancies.
After seeing her latest post, her loyal fanbase has rushed to congratulate her on her honesty and for being such a supportive mum, with many even reaching out in the comments section to suggest meeting up.
One Instagram user said: ‘Beautiful words, happy birthday to your babies. They’re lucky to have such an understanding, accepting strong mum.’
‘Such beautiful words, becoming an autism mum is challenging and rewarding,’ said another. ‘Seeing their faces when they manage to conquer something you never forget im an autism mum to 4 beautiful little warriors and days can be hard but when they achieve something the reward is much more powerful sending love to you paddy and the twins.’
Another said, ‘@mrscmcguinness oh my goodness…… my 4 year old beautiful girl Layla has just been diagnosed with autism….. literally 3 weeks ago….. it’s a different journey but still an amazing one. Wishing your twins a happy 4th birthday and perhaps we can be in touch… a journey for a girl with autism can be a lonely one as there isn’t many of us diagnosed this early. Xxxx’.
FROM: Our sister site, GoodtoKnow