by Jun 18, 2019|
http://phantomsparaicehockey.co.uk/?ai1ec_render_js=calendar.js&is_backend=false&is_calendar_page=true&ver=2.5.41 It’s days like today that i’m reflective of the changes in George over the last couple of months.
His interaction is a joy. As I dropped him off at creche this morning I watched him interact with a couple of his educators. His eye contact, playfulness and understanding is so far beyond what it has been.
Another cool thing is being able to go for a walk with George without him running off. It sounds simple, but for all of the parents of ‘runners’, walking down the street holding hands with your son is a pleasure that I certainly don’t take for granted. Sure, there are still challenges but there is also great development. George has had two sessions with a new speech therapist and he is settling in really well. Certainly not the same kid that needed multiple sessions to adjust to a new person or new environment. He is getting to be so resilient and so stubbornly persistent (i’ll take credit for passing that on).
It often feels like we’ve been doing therapy sessions for far longer than we actually have. I have to remind myself sometimes that he is still only 3 (nearly 4). He is still so young and has time to grow and learn. I am so grateful for him and I tell him everyday that I love him and that I am proud of him. If all he needs is two besotted parents that will bend over backward for him – this kid is set!
by Apr 4, 2019|
It is so wonderful to see George’s growing relationships with those close to him.
The people that have invested so much time with George on a regular basis are really starting to reap the reward now. His OT, educators and speech therapist now get cuddles, kisses and smiles every time they see him. His trust in people and the way he shows his playfulness and affection is one of the most heartwarming things to see. I truly believe that he senses the non-judgemental people that just want the best for him and he gravitates toward them. His frustration is still there on occasion, but he is able to calm himself and focus on other things
George has been in speech therapy for about 12 months now and today he said “bird”, “car” and made a car sound! This is huge! It makes all of the shitty sessions all worth it – and there have been a few. But, there is a lot more to focus on then just words, and George’s attention, interaction and communication is just skyrocketing!
It’s so amazing to see my little boys understanding and language really progress; I couldn’t be more proud.
Well, I finally have the printed copies of my book, A Lesson in Patience, in my hands. What an awesome experience!
I’ve been overwhelmed by the people that have been genuinely excited to get their copy; old friends, new friends and people I’ve never met.
I’m looking forward to bringing some knowledge, awareness and understanding and I can’t wait to hear your reviews.
George has been a bit under the weather with a double ear infection recently – poor little bugger.
Even in the shitty times, it’s easy to see how far he has come. Post-vomit, with tears in his eyes he will look at me and try to tell me what he’s feeling and reach out for reassurance and comfort.
He is so aware of his surroundings and so keen to interact. He’s had some great speech and OT sessions lately and is having a some beautiful experiences at creche.
Our six-monthly paediatrician appointment went well and she said to keep doing what we’re doing.
Sometimes the journey might be a little slow, but there is progress and that’s all I can ask for.
It’s a bit surreal that I am at the final stages of publishing my first book. I have worked extremely hard and I just can’t wait to hold that little beauty in my hand and share it with the world. I have been really lucky to have found some wonderful people who have given me guidance, inspiration and have helped me navigate the unknown territory of a first time author.
George is doing SO well. His interaction, attention and learning has come leaps and bounds. Brett and I are so proud of him and we get so much joy from seeing him grow. He is so loving and has the most wonderful laugh. We’ve had a couple of big moments too. George was at creche last week and the music man came in for his regular interactive performance. George is usually off doing his own thing, but this time was different. He stood amongst the group and became interested by the guitar that the music man was strumming. His curiosity got the better of him and he just had to see it up close. In no time, George was strumming the guitar and laughing with pure joy. The fantastic educators captured some great photos of the moment and they could not wait to tell me about this huge step when I picked George up later that day.
George’s receptive language has really blossomed this week too. He understands when I tell him that it is bath time, ask him if he would like a snack or ask him to come to me to put his shoes on. His self regulation is also coming along beautifully. He can still become upset and frustrated, but those meltdowns are relatively short now and not happening multiple times every day. He will also look at me for an explanation or reassurance during these moments, which is huge.
Onward and upwards!
Although this is my first blog, this is not the start of my journey.
My name is Loretta and I have a beautiful, sweet, funny, charming little boy named George. George is a little bit over 3 years old and has some significant developmental delays. My husband and I are yet to hear his first words. As I write my first book about my journey with George, I’m reminded of how far we’ve come and excited at the promise of things to come.
In all honesty, it is the hardest fucking thing in the world being a parent. Nothing and no one can prepare you for it; but it is wonderful and the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. There have been some magnificent milestones and we are working hard through speech and occupational therapy to make sure that George continues his development and achieves some more. Throughout this journey I have grown as a person, as a mother and as a wife. I have learnt strength, persistence, determination and a love like no other. I believe that the best growth can come from the hardest challenges and some of my darkest days have brought about some wonderful changes.
My son is the light of my life and I am so proud to be his Mum. In the last 12 months my life has changed dramatically. I have enlisted the help of professionals and grown a network of support for my family. I have started my own business and started writing my first book. I am so excited to share my story. Stay tuned.