When Kira was two my husband and I started noticing some developmental delays and behaviors associated with autism. We noticed behaviors such as pointing and grunting, tippy-toe walking, flapping her arms, lack of speech, zoning out, high-pitched squeals, and fear of loud noises and objects or toys that moved and made sounds. All these things were of concern to us so I contacted her doctor and set up an appointment. They asked some routine health questions and did a wellness check. Afterwards, her doctor told us that he saw no cause for concern, she was just developing at her own pace and that we were rushing her to do things she wasn’t ready to do yet. He said we needed to be patient. For the next two and half years we noticed that the symptoms weren’t improving and that she was developing new ones. All the symptoms listed above became more frequent, along with new ones such as spinning, loss of vocabulary, strange hand movements, severe and frequent meltdowns, and delayed motor skills. On March 12, 2012 Kira was finally diagnosed with autism. It has been a challenge raising an autistic child but we wouldn’t have her any other way. She is perfect just the way she is and is very loved by those who know her. Mommy and daddy love you so very much and are thankful that God blessed us with you.