Thanks so much for the emails and comments ladies! I know I haven't been on and some of you have missed me posting stuff. The first week and a half I just hadn't been making time to get on the computer like I used to or even create, but after that Cait has been in speech therapy and then also getting diagnosed so we've been really busy with that. When she starts school I'm sure to go nuts since she'll still be in therapy as well as going to school. But she loves her therapy time and her speech pathologist is such an awesome gal so I'm sure it's just me that will go crazy with Cait having so much to do. Until I get some of my bearings back the color challenges and my art are most likely going to be on hiatus. I will post if I manage to make anything and I'm hoping that sometime in September I can start on the color challenges again and this time with the new colors!
Onto some family info, Caitlyn has finally been diagnosed. She had PDD NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified). Basically she has some symptoms of both Autism and Aspergers but doesn't fit into either. PDD is on the autism spectrum disorders and Caitlyn has more of the Asperger symptoms than the Autism ones. She has above average IQ on her visual intelligence but below average IQ on her verbal. What the psycologist told me was that basically the right side of her brain is developing and working great but the left side of her brain is having a hard time. The good news is that with therapy and early intervention she should be able to attend regular school (she will most likely need speech therapy for the first few years of grade school still as well) and with our help can learn to cope with or overcome some of her learning challenges. She'll most likely grow up to be a fully functioning adult which was a big worry for us when we were told she could have autism, so we are happy to finally have an official diagnosis and a more specified treatment plan. Our speech pathologist had already started us on a great path to helping teach Caitlyn more efficiently and Cait has been catching onto social conversation so much quicker than before. And now with a diagnosis and some recommendations from the psycologist we can change her IEP to fit her even better for school too.
For some other good news, Paul's internship has credits now so he won't be doing a full load of school plus tutoring and then plus the intership. The internship will just take the place of one of his other classes, and since he's working on a documentary he'll be able to put his work from the internship on his professional resume :D That means he won't be gone from home as long which is a big deal to me. I love having my hubby around ^_~ And not to leave her out, Audrey is doing great. She's talking up a storm almost at Caitlyn's level already and is starting to learn to count. She still has trouble with some colors, but she's getting it and is finally letting me read more to her. It was so different with Caitlyn since Cait LOVED books even at just over one and always wanted story time (still does, lol. In fact she just got 3 more new books!). Audrey is also starting to be night time potty trained, yay! So the day of the diaper is almost at an end! All that plus their aunt spoiled them with stuffed animals this last week. There is a huge bear, bigger than Audrey, so Audrey didn't sleep in her bed last night, she slept on top of the huge bear on the floor, lol. Just some of what's been going on with us. Thanks for all the check ups everyone ^_~