Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tears of Joy

is what I cried today in the doctor's office with Shaun and his mother to talk about what is "wrong" with Aidan. At 3 1/2, along with Fragile X Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder is what he's been diagnosed with. He doesnt have Autism but traits of Autism not even really strong enough to be on a spectrum or Aspergers. He has rituals with spinning/swinging, no language, and difficulty with socializing. Though he is very social he just isnt as social as he should be and has difficulty with doing things "normally". The doctor disagreed with the psychologist on saying he is Autism-Spectrum due to his very social behavior and he only has a few traits of Autism and that is directly related to Fragile X. He may even grow past these "autistic traits." Which is what i've thought the entire time but I never wanted to get my hopes up. It's hard being optimistic with this.

This is a very very good thing. With us, the school, and his speech therapists help he will progress and never regress. He's almost normal in other areas except language. He rates with a 16 month old in that regaurd but he is babbling more and wanting to say things...

But the best news is he will speak. My son will talk. I have dreams about him saying words and in my dream I run and hug him and kiss him. My dream will come true soon. I am the happiest mother in the world right now and i cant stop smiling and crying.

I love my special little guy.

Me and my world.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Love Sarah

is what I autographed on quite a few copies of Renee Jacobs' calendar PROVOCATEUR last night in Atlanta. I had no idea what to write. I've signed a few prints for people but nothing like this. I was initially there to support my girl Renee but she got into gushing about me (making me blush) as well as revisiting our crazy story to get the shot in that calendar. She's a great speaker and a wonderful photographer. She deserves all the success she gets. We had lots of wine after... LOTS.

ATL was alright. Jay Bowman was a wonderful host and a complete gentleman. I cant wait to see the whole 3 frames we shot. I left the airport today in Georgia, it was 60 something degrees. Landed in Columbus to 19 degrees. Fuck.

The great news is my Europe trip is coming together very very well. For January, i'm impressed. Looks like Dublin for 4 days, Germany for 3 and Scotland for 3. I'm excited.

Tonight i'm going to play with my little guy and try to stay in from this arctic air while it snows.

Kinda wishing I was California, except in this image there was 50 mph winds, hail, and it was about 40 degrees:

Image by the talented and dear friend of mine Renee Jacobs.