She got to go see a movie and had her favorite vegan chocolate cupcakes, we don't do huge events for Amanda because it isn't fun for her, instead we had a small family gathering following the movie.
Amanda is a scrappy little girl, tiny, thin, but strong and healthy, and we are grateful for that! She is growing on a consistent curve, but she will never be a tall woman.
Yes, autism still lives here, however, Amanda seeks out cuddles, reassurance when she is reprimanded for destructive behavior, which she is working hard at curbing, and she has a growing need for company and play, she no longer craves being alone. That is progress. Nothing happens fast, but we stopped expecting it to, we accept her and love her for who she is right now.
She is content with her life and is a wonderful daughter.