Of course no one wants to see their child as anything less than perfect and it's often a hard thing to swallow when we are told they are less than perfect, but it doesn't make anyone any less happy to have that child in their lives.
And that is exactly what I told myself all throughout this whole process, no matter what they say it will not make me love Christopher any less. And he will not be any less perfect in my eyes. I asked for him, God chose ME to be his mommy, and if God chose him to be "special" than that is what I would take, and I would love him all the more!
Christopher went in for his autism evaluation the other day, and of course he was a little charmer, Mr. Personality! He is definitely a crack up, despite his lack of speech. He has his way, he's a total flirt, and he won them over immediately.
First came his motor skills evaluation, and he passed with flying colors. They put this wooden puzzle in front of him with cut out shapes of square, circle, and triangle. She put a piece down and he immediately grabbed it and put it in it's spot, correctly, time and time and time again! They gave him a peg board with square pegs and circle pegs, small ones and big ones and he knew exactly where they went. I think the hubs and I were beaming with pride that he's so smart!
So when the speech and language evaluator came in, he again charmed her and made her putty in his hands. She tested everything, she watched him eat and how he communicated with us and with her. And she immediately said "he doesn't have Autism". But that his speech and language is at the 12-14 month level. It has nothing to do with what we have done or not done, it has nothing to do with him being a preemie, it has nothing to do with the fact he's a younger sibling.
Remember my post about our issues with day care?
Basically because my dumb self trusted this hand picked individual to care for my children, and she fed my child in a little baby hammock lookin' like thing, with a bottle propped up when he wasn't holding his own bottle it contributed to chronic ear infections between about 4 months to 9 months....about when he sat up on his own. And due to those chronic ear infections he wasn't hearing properly, so he completely bypassed his babbling stage. So because he missed all that "exercise" so to speak for his mouth and tongue and all that goes into talking, he is delayed.
So what now you ask? He will go to some speech development sessions. We have to wait to get the reports and have them figure how many he will need and such and hopefully before long, he'll be age appropriate.
So in other news we had an absolute blast at the Dierks Bentley concert last night, the guy rocks! I didn't get a single pic because let's face it, a pic doesn't do the experience of being there any justice!
So thanks for all the prayers, and well wishes. Now we move on and hope both boys continue to thrive despite their day care mishap!!