Our Baby Boy
July 19th, 2018 was a life-changing day for us. We knew something was different and we knew our baby boy was his own force. At a young age he always did his own thing, took his time with everything and was so cautious. When we went to the park he would walk the edges and refuses to touch the ground. At first he would only eat store-bought boxed mashed potatoes and after some time, he wanted nothing to do with any foods period.
We finally got him on PediaSure Grow & Gain and he fell in love of course. He will only drink liquids and only from parent choice bottles. His sensitivity to textures is overwhelming at times but his ability to memorize things is impeccable. He will walk until he’s tired and he will count to 13; which none of his siblings can do.
For a long time there was no eye contact or communication in any way. He will not answer to his name but he will high-five the heck out of your hand. Hahaha!!
July 19th, 2018
On July 19th, 2018, Tristan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with developmental delay, speech-language impairment, sensory-processing disorder and feeding difficulties.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments and services can improve a person’s symptoms and ability to function.
There are so many pieces to this puzzle. I will not treat him any different from that of his siblings but I will be more cautious to his surroundings. Many are still unaware of ASD and some uninformed of this vastly growing disorder. We are not so much concerned of our child but more about the behaviors of those around him, concerned of what they may or may not do.
We are thankful for such a blessing and will continue to love him as we have since the day he was born. He is a joy to be around and watch grow in his own unique way.
This is not to share for pity or concern. This is for others to not be afraid or discouraged of their child’s disorder. You are not alone and there is always someone out there that can provide support.
We have many questions and understand that answers may not be immediate or ever. We are optimistic that catching and getting a professional diagnosis at such an early age can only lead towards positive results in the future.
Our lives’ has forever been altered but our journey will continue in forward motion.