It's been nearly seventeen months since I last updated this blog. I've often thought about it, I just haven't had the time to sit down and type. Since my last post, our life has been a whirlwind!
Harper-Lynn was diagnosed with Autism last year. After three opinions and the last one being the Marcus Autism Center on June 8, 2015, I have finally accepted the diagnosis. Our days/weeks are filled with preschool, therapies, dance class and church. I drive roughly 300-400 miles a week to keep up this crazy schedule. Harper-Lynn is worth it so I'd do it 20 times over to keep her progressing. And progressing she has/is!
Harper-Lynn is in a neurotypical 3-year preschool class. She loves school, her friends and teachers. H is considered High Functioning on the Autism Spectrum. Her main issues center around sensory processing, anxiety, ritual type odd behaviors, PICA, transitions and lack of eye-contact. Our daily schedule is very rigid. I have to explain each step of our day to Harper-Lynn. It's become second nature to me, but I know some people get annoyed by constantly hearing me describe what we'll be doing next.
This Autism journey has been exhausting, difficult and at times isolating, but I have learned more about myself during this than any other time of my life. I have experienced pure joy by watching (and recording!!!) Harper-Lynn say the names of our family members again for the first time, I've experienced grace by God through blessings he has bestowed upon Harper-Lynn and myself, but most of all, I've experienced love that goes beyond anything I ever thought I could be capable of giving or receiving. It is humbling and I am forever changed by it all.
There's a lot of unknowns ahead of us. I hope you'll check back to see where we go from here.