J has been in school just shy of a week and a half and things are going beyond well. We have even started to see some positive changes here at home which just excites us about the coming school year. We are just so proud of him! Now if he’d only take the much-needed nap he needs right now but is fighting profusely at I write this.
- J has become much more independent in the last few weeks, wanting his own space, doing his own thing. It’s especially noticed when iPad time has been granted, he’ll look at us and tell us bye so off we have to go. We usually have to talk him into letting us sit with him on the couch or even in the same room. We are able to get a few more chores done inside now in other rooms because we aren’t allowed to sit and relax with him.
- J has started to say love independently. I taught him a few weeks ago to cross his arms over his chess as a way for him to physically express his love. He now does it all on his own without prompts. It is so genuinely heart warming. More so when he then leans in for a kiss on the cheek, wanting of course a hug and a I love you too in return. At times we may get a corresponding bye because that is all he wanted from us at that time. Such a silly guy!
- J started signing MOM!!! Though he has been saying mum for some time now, it has been questionable at times as “mmm” has also been his go to sound. So having him be able to sign mom is amazing because it now differentiates me – mum from all his other mmm’s.
- At the beginning of the school year, his teacher wanted to start working with J on listening to the request/command ‘come here’ followed by praise and positive reinforcement. We’ve both been working on it at home and have seen a good amount of progress. It’s a good request/command for him to learn whether in everyday instruction or in case of emergency situations.
- Overall J has been communicating a lot more with both of us and at school they have noticed an increase too, in both verbal and non-verbal communication. This has been a lot of fun. It really started taking place when Lance and I got back from vacation. For example, verbally he’s saying ‘yay’ to questions we are knowing we’ll get a yes too and then he’ll beam his gorgeous smile and give a little flap when we respond to his ‘yay’ with positive reinforcement. An example of his non-verbal communication was the other day he only ate a little of his breakfast so I took the rest of it to him on the couch where he was enjoying his morning iPad time. I went back to the kitchen to finish getting my things ready and here he comes a few seconds later with the plate in his hands. He placed it on the counter, looked at me directly and signed ‘all done’. Though shocked by the definite communication, it was hilarious to see his determined face wanting to get his point across that he was completely done eating.
I love all these amazing and happy changes he has been going through which Lance and I have been able to experience. Here’s to the rest of the school year. Now that I have jinxed all this wonderful progress cause that’s what I do, my next blog will be how our world is falling apart at that seams and we just can do this! That’s just how I roll.