One more day and we'll be in on our way to Alaska. I realize I haven't posted in a long long while. So let me catch you up a bit on what's been going on with us since January. The biggest news is that we are moving from Ohio to Alaska. We've known for awhile, but didn't get our orders until the beginning of April. Since then, things have been moving very fast. Our stuff is all packed and with the movers now, and we've been living with our friend Mary's family for a week. Tomorrow, we will start our 23 day venture to Alaska. I'll be trying to post every day (or more realistically every couple of days) with photos and adventures from the road.
Here's a quick rundown of our past few months. We enjoyed lots of snow this past winter and Dylan and I both experienced our first real sledding down a real hill. Twas lots of fun. Winter drug on for awhile, then we thought we were in spring, but the weather warmed up way too quick. Then it was cold again. And now we are getting spring weather. Oddness here in Ohio. I think Mother Nature was prepping us for the cold in Alaska.
I haven't blogged in quite awhile for several reasons. The first was that I had a lot of design and photography work the past few months. Which is good for me and my business. The second has to do with Dylan. He was diagnosed with PDD/NOS (Pervasive Developmental Delay/Not Otherwise Specified) back in December. This diagnosis is considered an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We went to the developmental pediatrician back in the fall after realizing that Dylan was different socially than his peers. The really good news is that with Dylan's intelligence and language skills, he should do fine in the future. We've already seen wonderful proof of this. He started ABA therapy back in January plus he's been in an inclusive preschool class since November. Both of these things have helped him tremendously. His language usage and ability to answer questions and want to interact more with adults and other children has grown so much in the past few months. It's taken me awhile to get to a place where I wanted to share about Dylan with everyone. A lot of people are not well informed about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and if I can do something to help with that, then I will. Dylan is on the mild end of the spectrum and mainly has problems with language usage and social interactions. As I mentioned above, he's improving every day. The real thing to note here is that every child is different and this sort of diagnosis can mean different things to different families (just like "regular" kids). We love and support Dylan no matter what, and are so thankful he is a sweet, loving, cuddly little guy who loves to laugh and learn. This diagnosis has presented its own set of challenges for our move. We've had trouble finding ABA therapy in the Anchorage area, but I did find a Early Language program at a speech school that looks good. And I've been a bit worried about finding a good preschool for him....I hope that will be easier once we get to Alaska.
Now that I've mentioned his intelligence, I can brag a little bit. Our little guy has an amazing mind. His current obsession is letters and numbers. He's been writing uppercase letters since last fall and as added lowercase letters over the past few months. He can write all of them with no problem at all. He even adds serifs to the letters to mimic the "Times" font in one of his books. These days he's learning sight words and likes to write and spell the words he knows. He also likes to draw pictures of the words he's learned. (And he's just 3 1/2!) He's a happy boy and he likes to ride in the car and sing, which bodes well for our trip.
So, with all that being said, I'm going to pick up my blog from today and move forward with our trip. Check back for news from the road!