A Little Bit Autistic Presents...
"Good morning, Brad," I said with exagerrated ear-to-ear smile.
Nothing. (Can you blame him?)
Brad was more than 12 weeks old and he still wasn't smiling.
What's wrong with him?
Of course, I had an idea. After all, I Googled "late smile" the first day Brad went into what I call the What To Expect (WTE) red zone. The WTE red zone is when a milestone is so delayed, WTE recommends you have your child evaluated for developmental delays. This happens at week 9 if the infant still isn't smiling. When I googled "late smile", of course all of the hits were "autism."
At that stage, I couldn't even process the possibility of autism. I did what most mothers do: I sublimated the fear. Even so, the fear kept creeping up on me. Like, for example, every morning when Brad didn't greet me with a smile.