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Motherhood after Infertility and Parenting a child with ASD

15 months

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Grant,

Oh my sweet boy. How on earth did I get so lucky to be your mom? To get to spend every day with you? I eagerly await 7am every morning to get you up out of bed and each night I never want to stop rocking you before you sleep. I look forward to every silly thing you do, every hug you give, every laugh that escapes your lips and every smile that graces your face.

SO much has changed in the last three months! We finally got the go ahead to get your ear tubes put in; we were all tired of you getting ear infections. The doctor also said that you have had fluid in your ears for so long that it could be impacting your speech and ability to walk. We went to the ENT and you had about 20% hearing loss but they are confident that it will be reversed. The tubes were placed on September 21, 2015 and while you took your first steps on September 6th, you started walking independantly on October 12th. Just three weeks after the surgery!

Each day you do something new and exciting. You absolutely love to dance and you shake your booty to the beat which is just about the most adorable thing I have ever seen. You have discoverd where your snacks are kept in the pantry and are constantly opening the door and bringing me things for you to snack on. You love macarroni and cheese, turkey breast, and will eat just about anything if it is a carb. Veggies are still a challenge but I sneak them in every once in a while. You love fruit though which is great!

You decided a few weeks ago that you were a big boy and didn’t need to be in your highchair any more. We got you a booster seat and it made you so happy. Now you can sit at the table like an adult and you thoroughly enjoy it. You are also starting to use silverware instead of your hands all the time! I can’t believe how fast you’re growing.

The love you have for your puppies is also growing. You love playing with Odin and Olive. You love trying to give Libi hugs even though she would really prefer you not and you love petting Shana. Everyone we meet says how wonderful it is that you love animals. You are so gentle with them. Considering your dad and I’s love of animals, we couldn’t be happier.

Even though this was your second Halloween, last year didn’t really count since you were so tiny, we had so much fun. You were Popeye and looked so handsome. It took you going to one house for you to figure out how to take candy out of one bowl and put it in your bucket! We had a blast trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and then sitting in the driveway, handing out candy with some friends. It was a Halloween I will never forget.

You still aren’t using words to communicate but I have deciphered most of the cute nosies you make in reference to things. Hopefully soon we will see if we need to get some additional help with your speech. I know I shouldn’t worry because we can tell how smart you are but a mom’s job is to worry, so that’s what I do.

I can’t express how much I love you. You are my every reason for living and I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead of us!

Love,

Mommy

 

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