On Sunday, I was in the kitchen cooking dinner while Avery was in the living room watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. This is a show she's "watched" lots of times over the past year or so, but what I saw Sunday was a first.
In every show, the viewers are asked to help Mickey and his crew choose the right tool to accomplish a task. Although Avery has watched the show several times, as I mentioned, she never once responded to these questions. But Sunday, I watched in awe as she pointed to a ladder when Mickey asked what they could use to get something on a tree branch. Not only did she show that she understood she was being asked a question, but she also picked the right choice! I was thrilled. Moreover, I watched her point at several other choices throughout the show. She didn't get them all right, but I was so excited that she was starting to grasp the concept.
This small feat came after a difficult Friday, in which Avery was evaluated for autism. Her neurologists were concerned that her undiagnosed neurological disorder might actually have triggered autism. We were told, however, that although she displays some of the characteristics of autism, it wasn't enough for a diagnosis. This is of course great news for us- autism on top of all of her other medical issues would be a lot to deal with. On the other hand, we were told once again: "We don't know what this is." And that's hard to take for any parent.
So today, I'm rejoicing in the small stuff - even if that means I'm jumping up and down that Avery pointed to a ladder.