When her firstborn exhibited extreme sensitivity to smell, sound and touch, along with some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, Sarah Howard wondered if it was her fault, if she'd done something to harm her baby boy during her pregnancy. She just didn't know.
She and her husband, Andrew, had only recently moved to Jackson in 2006, and he was their first child, the 40-year-old mother of two told CNN.
As he got older, he wouldn't use public restrooms. The noise of the flushing was overbearing, so he'd just hold it until he couldn't. He wanted his bathtub filled to a specific level before he'd get in. He demanded pancakes cut a certain way, and his parents kept extra syrup on hand because he always wanted the bottle full. When Jackson's muggy heat gave way to fleeting winter, the boy struggled wearing pants instead of shorts.
It didn't compute. Sarah Howard felt she'd done everything right during her pregnancy, she thought, even giving up her beloved coffee.