Sunday, January 4, 2009
It's that time again. Time for new beginnings, resolutions, promises, and good intentions. Like most everyone, our holiday break went by too fast, and we are home again after an extended stay in Atlanta. It was a true break... a break from work, school, therapy, interventions, chores and worry... (well not a complete break from worry,) and I must say we needed it. Now begins a new year, and one of my MANY resolutions this year is to write more diligently... every week I hope... as it is my sanity, and my documentation of how far we have come, even if we are just in the prelude of our journey.
Kaylin had a fun first Christmas. She returns to Texas spoiled rotten and louder than ever, but her personality is really beginning to shine through and she lights up our lives and adds lots of noise to our melody.
Avery also returns spoiled with stickers and her beloved TV shows.... she will have a rude awakening come tomorrow when therapy and school resume and she is expected to "perform."
With a new year I see a time for hope. It is my prayer and my effort that this year will be a year where Avery makes progress, and stops regressing. Where the word "Autism" doesn't haunt us every minute, but makes us who we are and is simply a part of our family and something we cope with exquisitely. 2008 brought with it so many sorrows and a few joys. The ultimate high was the birth of our sweet Kaylin, and the devastating low was the diagnoses of Avery's multiple conditions. But all in all, we are optimistic. I don't think I will ever get over losing my perfectly normal baby into this heartbreaking disorder, but I am in a much better place to move forward and be the best mother, guide, teacher, and support that my children deserve. Bryan often says "she is who she is." I hear that, and I am getting better at coming to grips with it... but I also say... " I can't wait to see who she will become."