Andrew was born 9pounds 5 oz. He was a huge baby, all the stuff we bought was way too small! A fit and healthy big boy with a big sister & brother.
At 4 months I noticed Andrew was not doing all he should be doing at that age. We raised it with doctors and health visitor and told he was maybe just slower, as some baby's were.
By the time Andrew reached 5 months I was pregnant again. In November 1999 Andrew becomes a big brother to Rebecca, he was 14 months old and couldn't sit, stand, or roll. He was talking in bits - more sounds than words.
The paediatrician came to the house to assess Andrew when he was 16 months old. Andrew was intrigued with letters, signing his ABC'S - all the alphabet forwards and we were blown away when at almost 2 he was signing it backwards we thought he was so smart, and all his numbers - wow our smart funny wee man!
The report from the doctor came in and our world fell apart. His father went into denial - there wasn't anything wrong with him, and I was just a fruit loop. Our relationship suffered HUGELY to the point of now divorce.
Andrew became more smart but still very poor speech, Andrew became very upset when he tried to tell me what he wanted. At age 6, I would stand him on the work top, open the cupboard and let him take what he wanted. He would ask for things in brand names like corn flakes were kelloggs, chocolate was Cadburys, juices were Robertson
Using pic exchange in the house and at home helped, since the age of 3 Andrew's sleep has been bad, trying to get him to sleep was hell. We tried the gluten free diet. We were told to remove all sugar and all gluten, we did the food diary and took him off all gluten. Then we slowly saw the triggers that made him tuned to the moon ((pasta bread, rice, pizza's, burger buns)).
It been a roller coaster and each day we learn. He's now 17 and lottery crazy, anything to do with the lottery. He also has a collection of trees from cars, its the swinging motion he loves.
Thank you for doing this quilt for Andrew this means the world to him. I told him and he's super excited.
It's been a long road, but we got there and we will do college next. Go my handsome big boy x