Some of you... OK, many of you have noticed that I have been rather absentee from my blog and other social media lately. I'm writing today to offer my apologies and a little explanation.
I've often written about my daughter on this blog -- she's my amigurumi muse and my inspiration. Most of my designs have been for her, in one way or another.
The last six months have been hectic for us. My daughter started preschool in February. Back then, I was elated. I thought I was going to have more time to crochet -- more time to dedicate to The Itsy Bitsy Spider. And in some ways, I did have more time. Those few hours in the afternoon on school days have been a little slice of heaven for me. I guard that time jealously and give it up only when I absolutely must.
As my daughter began to "get in the groove" with school, her needs also began to change. And so did her behaviors.
As she began school, we realized that we needed more answers for our daughter. These types of answers would ensure that she got the services she needed. We sought out specialists. We had her tested. And, we received several diagnoses. In April, we found out that our daughter has a speech disorder known as Mixed Expressive Receptive Language Disorder (MERLD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Then after an MRI last week, we discovered the root of these disorders -- a pre-birth brain injury known as Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and underdeveloped portions of the brain used to keeping and categorizing memories.
With my daughter's disabilities, early intervention is the key. Her neurologist was very positive when he gave her diagnosis and encouraged us that with the progress he's already seen from our daughter, he has no doubt that she is going to be able to get past a lot of difficulties -- in effect, to "re-train her brain to take over the functionality of the parts that have been injured."
It's been intense. Every week we have speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and behavioral therapy. In addition to shuttling my daughter between therapies, I've been making First-Then boards, visiual communication aids, practicing pretend play, and dozens of other activities designed to help her get to where she needs to be.
There are some bright spots for The Itsy Bitsy Spider. My Angy Birds patterns have been even more popular than I ever expected. I've been using the money I've made from the sales to help defray the cost of therapies (I won't even go into the insureance situation). I can't begin to tell you all what a blessing your continued support for these designs has been.
amigurumi tea set is a finalist in the Vanna's Choice Challenge. I don't know when the winners are supposed to be announced, but any way it goes, I am pleased and honored to have gotten that far.
I also just finished one of my biggest projects -- EVER for Voodoo Labs in Italy.
Finally, I am working on a very special project for a group who has become very near and dear to me over the past few months -- the incredibly supportive community over at The SPD Blogger Network.
In a nutshell, my friends, it's been a rough ride these last couple of months... but I am here. I still love each and every one of you and I still am doing my best to responde to all the emails, Etsy conversations, and Ravelry messages I receive.
Your support keeps me crocheting and designing. Thank you.