My spirit changed dramatically, somewhere deep inside. I have become more accepting – more loving, really, of every type of person. You’d never be able to tell Ella was autistic by looking at her, and sometimes that confuses people when she doesn’t respond to their hellos. But please don’t judge children who may come across as rude – they might be fighting a hard battle and really just need tons of love and support. To the mamas of sweet babies who are given a diagnosis of Autism or other delays: don’t be afraid. This will challenge you in ways you’d never expect, but you will grow tenfold in love, patience, hope, and acceptance, and your baby will know that love always. Everything will be okay!