I like to look back at Sierra's videos and pictures to compare her with her sister Hannah just to reassure myself that Hannah is developing normal (which she is so far). I ran across these videos of Sierra on her 1st birthday and now it seems so noticeable to me that she is autistic. It also makes me wonder why, when I told other people that she didn't seem to be developing normal, they dismissed it? In this video she never smiles, doesn't look at anyone, and is humming the whole time, she also seems fixated on the ice cream. She is a year old, she should be interacting and babbling!
This next video she is playing with one of her presents, a ball popper, on her birthday (it's the same day, we had changed her clothes after the cake), there is no joy or laughing, no eye contact, just fixated on the balls.
All the pictures I have of Sierra before her 2nd birthday, she is not smiling. I tried to get her to smile and on occasions she would, but if I pulled out the camera forget it! She eventually was afraid of the camera. Hannah smiles if I just look at her, and I can always get her to smile for the camera. I knew something was not right because I had two older children and they smiled so easy as well, I kept saying this is not right.
I think some people might have noticed but just wanted to reasure me, but I would bring this up to her doctor and the nurses but they just blew me off. One doctor of the group even commented on her humming when she was a year old, and I told him, "that is all she does and she doesn't babble at all." He gave me some generic line about they should have so many words by such and such time. Bull Crap!