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June 16th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I love how interactive Winter is. I never got this with Alice. People say that around a year autism changes a child. That's completely untrue. It is now obvious to me that Alice has been acting autistic since day one. Not to compare the two, but Winter is just hitting everything so much earlier.

Alice and Winter both started to smile in reaction to us at the same time, but Alice never laughed till she was almost a year, and to this day she hardly ever laughs. We might get some chuckles once a week. Winter started at 2 months, and she laughs several times a day. Alice rolled over for the first time at 5 months(after 3 months of floor time), Winter at 3(after 3 days of floor time). Playing with toys was around 7-8 months with Alice. Winter started to do that at 2 months. It's so fun with our newest "talking" to us. She's been at it for 2 months now. Alice started that at 5 months.

I wish there was a better list of warning signs for parents concerning autism. Technically, Alice was never late at doing things. It was just the later side of normal. She was also a "perfect" baby. You could bring her to movies and seminars and formal occasions that needed quiet. She was just perfect. Never needed to be entertained, was never high maintenance like her highness Winter Rose. She was never a diva. Just perfectly content.

Another big thing I notice about Alice--well about a lot of mentally impaired people--is that she has unbelievable strength. It's like she doesn't realize she shouldn't be able to do certain things with her muscles. At 40 lbs, little miss priss can move my 150 lb cedar chest full of blankets across our room. She could support her weight on her legs before she was a month old. She didn't do "mini-pushups." She could push up her entire body around 2 months. She's so strong! Winter is such a pansy in comparison. lol

To further Alice's baby perfection, she had a full head of shiny curly hair that never fell out. Winter has an undercoat of blonde that is displacing her raven locks. I just hope it comes back in strawberry blonde like mine was!


edit: lol I started this post about loving how interactive Winter was, and it turned into an autism study for me.
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June 16th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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Glad you're getting more baby laughs this time around

Interesting that you now see that Alice had some red flags. I've always wondered why they say autism doesn't show up until later. Maybe because kids that young without autism could show similar characteristics and it could go either way so they don't want to jump to conclusions to soon? If you don't mind me asking, when was Alice diagnosed? I don't mean to pry but I've always found autism interesting.
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June 16th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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Very interesting!
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June 16th, 2012, 11:42 PM
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Glad you're getting more baby laughs this time around

Interesting that you now see that Alice had some red flags. I've always wondered why they say autism doesn't show up until later. Maybe because kids that young without autism could show similar characteristics and it could go either way so they don't want to jump to conclusions to soon? If you don't mind me asking, when was Alice diagnosed? I don't mean to pry but I've always found autism interesting.
I don't mind talking about it at all. =) She started school early because her diagnosis was "developmental delay." She actually passed all autism screenings by one point. One point less would have had her autistic around 2 years. It wasn't until she got into her class(at 3 years old) that her teacher said she was definitely autistic. High functioning, but autistic nonetheless. And now that she's older she has more signs, and the tests now confirm she has it.

She didn't used to line things up for example. She's grown into it somewhat. I guess they are somewhat normal to begin with. It's normal for kids to lose words, it's normal for them to ignore you. After a while we just noticed she wasn't getting new words and didn't respond to her name. She also didn't care about things like her toys. No normal 2 year old will be alright with other kids taking their toys. lol

My brother was like that, and it's clear he's autistic now. He was just ADHD as a child. I have tendencies, borderline autism. I was strange socially growing up. I did the "own little world" deal, had a hard time comprehending. Luckily my brother and I have outgrown the majority of it. I read once that it happens around 25, and that's exactly how it was. It's like someone flipped a switch in my brain, and I suddenly understood. My dad, grandfather, and several cousins also have or had it.
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