Going outside is Janey's favorite thing, with the possible exception of music. She loves to be in the back yard. This afternoon, I took a bunch of pictures of her, for fun and to show what DOES make her happy, as so much of this blog is about what DOESN'T make her happy! Our back yard isn't a showplace, but it's fairly good sized for a city yard. It's on a slope, which doesn't bother Janey---she likes running up and down the little hill. The times when Janey is outside, making up her own games and just enjoying nature, are the times she most reminds me of myself as a girl. That's what I did, every available moment. I love seeing Janey play in a way I completely can relate to!
Janey looking at the grape vines....
Making up a game with a ball and a bucket
Examining a bunch of leaves
Jumping for joy
My sweetheart in the sun
And here's a few bonus pictures. The first shows a habit that Janey does all the time---pulling on the side of her eye. I'd be curious if any other girls (or boys) with autism do this.
And here's a picture of Janey's toes. Ignore the dirty feet---this is after running around barefoot! What I wanted to point out there is the left foot (which is to the right in the picture!), how the 2nd and 3rd toes are mildly joined, like they have a common root. They sometimes also overlap. I've looked this up, and saw it was connected to a few genetic things, and I was wondering if any of your kids have toes like hers?