Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Tanner!!

Tanner, Tanner, my gosh you turn 9 today!!
Wow, my other special needs boy! Diagnosed at two with autism, but has come such a long way since. Looking back, if I knew then what I knew now about autism, I would have seen it when he was a baby.
My best baby, never, ever fussed. Could entertain himself in his swing for hours!


After not talking one word at two, our speech therapist is the one that saw the other symptoms of autism. After getting into Pingree school for autism for preschool, they totally turned my baby around. He went in not speaking one word, and came out not able to shut up!
Jenny McCarthy is wrong, you can't cure autism. He'll always have his autistic tendencies. But they are manageable, and there's no reason why he can't get married and have a full life.


Now he goes to a "typical" school, with the help of a resource teacher that has taken him under her wing. I'm very worried about school this year though. This resource teacher will no longer have him, so I'm just hoping that we can keep him in the "typical" school setting without her. She would let him eat lunch with her, instead of the noisy cafeteria. And if there was a cloud in the sky, he could stay with her inside for recess.
But man he's turned into a handsome young man. Often he is called the mini me of Ray. (I really need to find Ray's kindergarten picture, you would seriously die!)

Tanner is going to be such a great big brother to Makayla. He loves Down syndrome babies. Ella is his girl, and he wants to bring her home to be his baby sister!

Happy Happy Birthday my little blonde babe. Keep showing the world you can do whatever you want to! We love you!!

14 comments:

Skye is the Limit! said...

so beautiful

Kristin said...

Happy birthday Tanner! Love those baby pics - his cute face hasn't changed a bit.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Sweet Tanner, you are such an amazing boy. :) I hope you have a FANTASTIC birthday, and I can't wait until your new little sister is here!

Denise said...

Happy Birthday Tanner!! I just asked Ella is she wanted me to say Happy Birthday to you for her and she nodded and said "oh, ya" that is new saying. We hope you have a great day today and we can't wait to see you again!! You are going to be the best big brother to Makayla!! We love you!!

Rochelle said...

Happy 9th birthday Tanner! Wow what an amazing story you have already. Keep reaching for the stars!

Becca said...

Lovely!!! Happy, happy birthday, Tanner. :-)

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Happy BIRTHday Lacey and Happy Birthday to Tanner!

Melissa said...

I was so glad to read your post today. It just makes me happy to hear other kids with autism doing great things as well. Tanner is a cutie and a great inspiration to me. He is only a year older than my son, who is 8.

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Happy Birthday Tanner!!!! Wow what a kind hearted, loving and caring young man u are! Have a wonderful birthday!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

happy birthday tanner :) hope you have fun today and a yummy cake tonight to celebrate!

Alison said...

Happy birthday Tanner!! I hope you have a great day.

The VW's said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TANNER!!! You are one handsome guy and such a sweetheart as well! Hope you had a great day!

I LOVE that picture of Tanner and Jax together in the stroller! ADORABLE!!! HUGS!!!

Zoey's mom said...

Happy Birthday Tanner!We know first hand what amazing guy you are and what an amazing big brother you are to Jax and will be to sweet Makayla.

Hope you had a great day.Love and kisses from California!

stephanie said...

Hey there Tanner! Happy Birthday !!!!