As I sat here this afternoon with our Child Development Services representative, we’ll call her “S” for short, it dawned on me all over again just how far our Evrett Bug has come. Even as I sit here typing away at this, with Bug right next to me playing with the alphabet, I feel almost drunk…or drugged…with happiness. The pure elation that comes from seeing your child thrive….especially when not very long ago you lived under a cloud of darkness that loomed 24-7, hissing in your ear “you don’t know how long this will last”…. is unlike anything else in this world.
So, hell yeah. I’m feeling pretty high on life right now!!
If you’ve followed Evy’s journey at all, you know that 1 year ago he spoke less than 5 words, was extremely behind in his gross & fine motor skills, and was having difficulty chewing & swallowing his food. A very scary time in our parenting journey, to say the very least! And now our darling Bug can speak 127 words, including 2-3 word phrases, is caught up in his gross motor skills (he can even ride his own Thomas the Tank Engine strider balance bike!!), and his fine motor skills have come so very far! He can put beads on a string himself, copy a line or a circle, and even use scissors during art time at daycare. All of this in itself is practically miraculous, but something even more exciting has come to pass lately….
Last weekend, as hubby was making our Sunday morning brunch while I slept in (love that man so much, he takes such care of me & all of us!), Evy shocked him by scaling another H-U-G-E developmental milestone: he began following directions!!! As hard as we, and everyone else involved, have tried with him, up until that point we had not been successful at having him compute a question or direction. At least not that we knew of. For example, if you said “Evy, could you get me the ball?” when there was a ball in the room, even though he knows WHAT a ball is, his brain didn’t seem to be computing the direction. You get the drift. Well, on that wonderful Sunday morning, as Evy sat with his “Leap Frog: Get Ready For School” electronic interactive book, it asked him to pick out numbers & corresponding groups of fruit. It said “Find 9 strawberries”…and HE DID IT!!!! It then asked for another number, and he did that one as well. He did ALL 10 NUMBERS with zero mistakes!! He then moved on to the full alphabet on the next page, and did almost every letter with nearly exact accuracy yet again. Needless to say, this blew Scott’s mind!!
Thank goodness he caught some of it on video…I couldn’t believe I missed that!! Knowing Evy….he may not do it again for a long time. He often learns something new, masters it quickly, and then leaves it behind for a while. But not this skill!! He still does it every day, and it still blows us away every damn time!!!!
Our quiet, sweet little angel knows so much more than he can tell us yet. And he pulls all of his knowledge and skills out at the moments that surprise us most!! It’s better than any present on a birthday or Christmas could ever be.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Evy, you are the greatest gift we could ever have hoped for.
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Warmest wishes on your own journey.