One of the things we have learned to appreciate over the course of this journey are the not so small victories. We get so excited about the smallest accomplishments which aren’t really all that small.
Jake is talking more and more each day. Last night he was sitting on the couch playing with his cars and he looks at me and excitedly says “the blue car is between the red and orange car! And Mommy, the red car is under the red blankie”. He was so proud of himself, as he should be! You see, we’ve been working on spacial concepts for as long as I can remember. This is HUGE! I wished I had his both of his speech therapists numbers because I would be calling both of them shouting I think he’s got it!!!
We have a cabinet under our TV it is where we keep photo books and some of Jake’s toys. The other day Jake was playing with the doors opening and closing them, something he knows he isn’t supposed to do. Anyway, I tell him to leave the doors alone. He looks at me and says “Oh, okay mommy. This is your cabinet (pointing to the door that holds the photo books) and this is my cabinet (pointing to the door that holds his toys).” The fact that he can verbalize this is cool, and the fact that he used proper pronouns is really really neat (another thing we’ve been working on) but it is the clarity in which he says cabinet that is so cool, it was clear and distinct. Wishing again I could call his speech therapists Ms. M and Ms. K — they are probably glad they never gave me their personal cell phones – ha!
Another thing we’ve been working hard on are Jake’s self-help skills. One in particular is dressing himself. He lacks some of the motor skills that allow him to do this but we work on this every day. Jake has pretty much mastered putting his socks on, although it takes forever for him to do it. We’ve been working on putting his underwear on by himself and although he hasn’t mastered this skill yet; he is getting there. It is funny though, he gets so tickled that he has trouble putting his feet in the right holes. Like most kids this age they want to do things themselves and Jake has the determination to have this skill mastered in no time!
Jake has his favorite foods (don’t we all) but he won’t eat anything else except the foods he recognizes. If you slip him anything “new” he doesn’t handle that well at all. Even foods he used to eat he won’t even try them again. But a couple of weeks ago we were at the grocery store and he saw Dora yogurt (I know not the healthiest) and he told me he wanted to buy Dora. I told him what it was and that he would HAVE to eat it if we bought Dora…and of course like any kid does he told me he would. We got home and he wanted his Dora yogurt. I opened it up and handed it to him where he pushed it away crying and saying “Jakey doesn’t like yogurt”. Ughhhh!! So after trying to coax him into tasting it I remembered a song from Yo Gabba Gabba — “I tried it, now I like it” So I started singing this song and do you know what??? He picked up his spoon and tried it and liked it! I never thought I would say thank you to Yo Gabba Gabba but thanks guys for this song!
These are just a few of victories we have had over the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I get caught up in the BIG goals that I tend to not notice the small goals accomplished. Jake works just as hard on the small goals as he does the big ones! After this past week, if I have learned anything it is to enjoy each moment. Messy or not so messy, big or small they all matter. So we will celebrate each and every day, we will celebrate each and every victory!