Since launching the site, I've been able to reach out to some of the people in the Autism Community; I am so overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received from other Mommies. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I haven't talked to anyone except my closest friends about Dylan's diagnosis. It's not that I was embarrassed by any means, I just wasn't ready.
It's still all so new, I still have a ton of questions, and Dylan still has a ton of therapy and obstacles, but I'm taking it day by day and he is making strides! In the past 4 months since his diagnosis, he has went from non-verbal to nearly 50+ words and finally recognizing Mommy, Daddy & Family. I can't even put in to words the excitement and pure joy I felt the first time he said "Mom". I think I held my breath the entire time I stared back into those beautiful blue eyes. I managed the coordination to pull out my cell phone and record it- "They're not going to believe this", I thought to myself. That has to be the hardest part of all this; I wondered in that moment if I would only hear those sweet words spoken that day, or if he would continue to develop... and he has. Thankfully, I am so blessed that he is just the sweetest little boy who still very much loves his mama (and can now say "mama" too).
Progress, not perfection