It seems my post about Isabelle’s issues didn’t convey what I meant it to! We do not believe Belle is autistic. We think she, given enough time and intervention, will catch up. Most days I am encouraged and can shrug off what the developmental pediatrician had to say about Isabelle. But some days I just have to admit my fears, my sorrow at what might or might not happen in Isabelle’s future. Sometimes I look at her and wonder “Why can’t she say ‘daddy’?” or “Why does she freak out when we go to the doctor’s office?” It is then that I find great comfort in things like that simple story, a reminder that no matter what delays Isabelle might have, she was made purposefully. She is beautiful in her imperfection. She is perfect for us.