Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Ghosts of Christmases Past: 2005

In 2005, Christmas came shortly on the heels of my grand epiphany that Audrey had autism.  In my grieving, I must have been somehow even more determined to put up a face of normalcy, because I had an embarrassment of riches picture-wise.

I was bound and determined to get a picture of her sitting on Santa's lap, and also did a portrait sitting.  At that point in her development, she had no concept of anything going on behind her...she only believed what she could see, so the whole Santa picture was actually pretty uneventful.  She could have been sitting on the lap of a feral yeti with his hair on fire and had no idea.

The portrait sitting was slightly more humiliating.  The pimply-faced teenager that was the "professional" photographer gave me one of these:  "What?  She can't walk?" followed by "What?  She can't even stand?"








What did that man say to mommy
to make her cry?
This was actually her Halloween costume...
she went as FDR that year.

And here is how my annual Christmas letter should have read:

Happy Holidays everyone!  Our little Audrey is now 20 months old and finally crawling "right".  And no, she's not walking yet, but thanks SO much to every single one of you that have asked every single time that we've spoken in the last 6 months.  You guys are the best!

The pediatrician said that she’s never seen a child with absolutely no physical disability take so long to walk…calling the Guinness Book of World Records!  The doctor thinks that she’s definitely behind on her milestones but the good news is that she thinks she'll be caught up by the time she reaches 1st grade...whew!  We think that she may have autism :(  but the doctors aren't willing to diagnose her until she's at least two years old.

Some of our auspicious "firsts" this year:
  • First point (at a seagull)
  • First word ("book"...greatest first word ever!)
  • First game of peek-a-boo
These firsts would have been even better if there ever had been a "second" ;P
Oh yeah, and I forgot about her first neurologist appointment...I'm still on the hunt for some "Baby's First MRI" scrapbook paper!

We started physical, occupational, and speech therapy in 2005.  Hopefully these are just temporary to give her a "jump-start".  It's not like I'll be shuttling her around to therapy appointments for the rest of my life!

If 2005 is any indication, looks like we are in for quite a roller coaster ride in the New Year!

29 comments:

  1. I love your sense of humor!
    I bet my Sam would beat Audrey for the not walking record, though....sorry! She's 2.5 and still not walking on her own.
    I'm curious...when did Audrey start to walk? I acutally had one pediatric neuro tell me he didn't think Sam was autistic BECAUSE she was a late walker. ok...
    Anyway, I digress...I love your blog posts...they're always good for a well needed laugh :)

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  2. I usually have one of my personal assistants comment for me since I am way too busy to visit blogs, but the FDR costume got me.

    My boy, like Audrey, never met a milestone he couldn't miss. Don't all those "well wishers" who ask you every time you're on the phone realize that when the milestone is finally reached you'll be taking out full page ads in the New York Times. (They still publish the NYT, right?)

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  3. For when you find your scrapbook paper! http://i1109.photobucket.com/albums/h421/ashes1880/forlynn.jpg

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  4. Lynn, you write with such humor and sadness at the same time. You really have a gift!

    My daughter took a long time to walk and stand also! (I wanted to hit that pimply-faced photographer who made those callous statements). She literally stood the day before she started walking (at 19 months, 1 week). It's really hard!

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  5. LOL! *Sigh* "ha! Ha!",* Cringe*, "Bwaaa! "(FDR) *Sigh*

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  6. @Christine: She walked just shy of her 2nd birthday...around 22 mos. I know others have walked later, but at the time it felt like I was going to have a nervous breakdown if she didn't walk. You are waaaaayyyy ahead of me if you can laugh at it!

    @BigDaddy: Is your balloon-like even bigger now?

    @Ashley: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!! I thought I would bust a gut when I opened that! That is totally going in her scrapbook...

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  7. But the pictures are to die for!!!!!!! They are incredible!!!!!! just before I started thinking that there might be something going on with the Juju I took him and his brother to a baby modelling agency casting (because I am insane) on my own. It turned into a full scale disaster with both screaming and refusing to sit, smile, do anything - I left the place with tears stinging my eyes and the faces of the other scornful parents and their perfectly behaved kids burned in my mind - and worst of all, no pictures!!!!!!

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  8. I love your sense of humor and of course the beautiful pictures of your baby girl. Who could ever make it through the day much less a year without the ability to laugh. :)

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  9. I always love your humor and sunshine-radar-finder.

    What absolutely adorable pictures!!

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  10. I love the snarky sarcasm!! Her pictures are absolutely stunning, even if she was oblivious to Santa. Better oblivious than the reaction one of my kids had when we visited the dude...lets just say something sensory about his outfit triggered vomiting and Santa was a lot less jolly. I just laughed. He was the idiot who asked my almost entirely nonverbal class what they wanted for Christmas and actually expected an answer!
    I love the FDR costume comment. :) You have such a great sense of humor! BTW, is she walking yet? LOL

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  11. Your Christmas letters are cracking me up. The photos are squishably cute.

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  12. The pictures are amazing! The fact that she couldn't walk should have been pleasing to the pimple-face. Didn't he realize that photographing a stationary kid makes for WAY easier photography?

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  13. Know what though? Even if it hurts for you to look back at that time period, I'm very happy for you that you have these pictures.

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  14. Your letters are great- such truth.

    Charlotte's first word was "book" too!!

    As for missing milestones, I used to say the only things Charlotte ever did early were hair and teeth.

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  15. BB's first word was 'Asda". That's the UK supermarket owned by Wal-Mart. Enough said.

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  16. That's a great smile and picture of Audrey ruined slightly by the FDR outfit and background... just kidding! Love the letter. I'll be waiting for 2010's in my mailbox.

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  17. @coldcupsoftea: My husband used to try to push me to get Audrey into modeling...I didn't listen because I knew that we would have exactly the experience that you describe.

    @AutismMom,Reyna,Bethany: Glad you share my black humor!

    @goodfountain: she was not early with her teeth, but definitely was on the hair...I'm going to use that line!

    @bbsmum: that's about as good as Starbucks...which was a friend's kid's first word.

    @Lauren: you weren't around to help me then! It was the best I could do!

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  18. Yeah. Keep these letters coming. Cracking my shit up.

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  19. My second son didn't even sit up until he was a year old, and I got so sick and tired of people, doctors, whatever saying, "Wait...he's not sitting up? HOW old is he?" I should have said "Wait...you haven't learned enough manners to keep questions like that to yourself? HOW old are you?"

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  20. People can be so callus. Maybe thinking before speaking comes hard for them.
    Lynn, as long as she healthy and happy, that's all that counts! She's a beautiful little girl! And she'll always be your little baby!

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  21. Awww, so sweet! I still have the films from my baby's first MRI at 10 months old. So sweet. Nothing like nursing a little baby coming out of anesthesia!

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  22. i have met a few late walkers and talkers that apparently turned out "normal". ironically, my son met all his milestones early ----so there is NO WAY he could have had any type of autism, according to the drs...thats all they kept focusing on and then dismissed my concerns.

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  23. I am thoroughly enjoying these!!

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  24. @kim: That is the very blessing in disguise that Audrey's gross motor delays were. She got in Early Intervention at 13 mos based on that well before we had any clue about her autism. So she was under a microscope at an early age...otherwise who knows when she would have been diagnosed and received services.

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  25. The pics are so sweet! Thanks for sharing and adding a little snark to my afternoon!

    (HAHAHA when I first wrote this I mistyped sharing and wrote sharting HA!)

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  26. This is brilliant! My son is 18 months old and his pediatrician suspects he's autistic. We begin testing for it next week (the day after my root canal - yay). He just started walking about three weeks ago, much to our relief, but I was ready to sock each person who asked in the mouth. No talking yet - and I'm also ever so thrilled when people incessantly ask. Glad to have found your blog - and I enjoy your sense of humor!

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  27. @Nate's Mom: Good luck next week...it's been 5 years since I've been there, but I remember it well. My direct email is under my profile if you have any questions or just need support...or to vent! Welcome!

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  28. I love her big smile though! And this must have been before the crouch grapping began. I can't stand the FDR comment, you caught me with that one. Oops! Gotta go! Time to pick up from therapy. But that should only have to happen for a little longer...

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  29. My son's first sentence was, "This is NPR.....National...Public.....Radio". Guess that says as much about me as ot does him!

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