“Nothing in life can prepare you for the joy of becoming a parent. My husband and I have three boys aged eight, seven and six. Our boys are profoundly autistic, non-verbal and have additional health issues. The challenges we have as a family have my husband and I feeling like we operate at 65 percent most days. Sleep deprivation is still a part of our daily life. It honestly feels like we have had a newborn baby for nearly nine years. Kathrine said.