Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Kyle!

Today was an exciting day, not just because of the autism walk, but because we're celebrating our youngest child's 2nd birthday. Kyle is the sweetest little guy but I can already tell he's going to give me and Jason a run for our money when he's a teenager... he's the dare devil, the rule breaker, and the pretend crier in our family. Gotta love it!

Kyle's 2nd birthday is kind of bittersweet to me because it reminds me that JD was diagnosed the day after his 2nd birthday. Looking at Kyle and his development, it's like day and night of JD's when he was that age. Kyle is such a chatterbox and wants to be in the middle of everything. He's fearless, all boy, wants to wrestle and laugh and is so interactive. The day JD turned two I remember how overwhelmed he was at his birthday party. He didn't talk then and I could tell that he would have done anything to run and hide away from all the activity. I didn't know at the time that it was autism, but now looking back I wonder how I didn't see it sooner.

This is hard to say, but I'm so relieved that Kyle isn't showing any of the signs for autism. I worry each day about it and I probably won't stop worrying until he turns three, by then I think we'll be in the clear. It's also hard to say that I worry about the day that Kyle will be developmentally "older" than JD... I know that time is coming soon as they're about the same developmental age now.

As a parent of a child on the spectrum I feel like just when you think you've conquered one issue, another comes up. But Jason and I are so proud of all three of our little ones and wouldn't change a thing! Happy birthday baby Kyle - I can't believe it's been two years already!

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