I started my blog 7 years ago, and although I was somewhat random in my posts, I always leaned heavily towards faith and spirituality. With time, I thought it was best to change the “tune” of my blog to find an outlet to speak about my daughter’s developmental delays.
Here is a brief story of the journey with my daughter:
When I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, I ensured I ate healthy. My beautiful daughter was born with a perfect APGAR score. She weighed 8lbs 12 ounces (huge!). She hit all her milestones and walked at 9months! There were no signs of delay, but at some point, I started to notice slow regression. When my daughter was 2 1/2 years old, I stopped breastfeeding. By age 3, my daughter had become nonverbal and this is when she got her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and started school. With continued speech therapy, she began to communicate again (mostly through echolalia) but she had lost quite a bit of skill. With her regression came behavioral problems. Her doctors were unable to give us any guidance for my daughter. This was when I demanded a referral to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for evaluation. My daughter was then diagnosed with Autism at 3 1/2 years.
haloandbutterflies.com is dear to me since it has always been a place where I can vent, converse with God and try to make sense of a situation. I hope you will be able to identify with the posts.