Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ahh, the beauty of emotions... Today I was grinning from ear to ear and my face started to hurt. It’s a world away from yesterday’s crying episode. Obviously today’s visit with Early Intervention went really well…

We had three ladies in our house…our regular Occupational Therapist, a Physical Therapist and a Teacher. The PT and Teacher haven’t seen Elijah in a month and he’s obviously made changes since then.

It was a fantastic visit. Elijah had just woken up from a really long nap and he ate shortly before they arrived, so he was ready to play…and spit-up. :)

Elijah was very active with his hands today, which is a really exciting development. He did great and was batting at all sorts of things. The OT seemed excited. She thought Elijah has made a lot of improvements since she saw him, which was just last week!

The teacher and PT, who haven’t seen Elijah for awhile, commented on how much more active he is and how he is so much more engaging. The OT, who sees him every week, also said she thought he was being much more attentive today. They were all happy to see him deliberately batting at objects and looking at them. It was so exciting and I couldn’t stop smiling. I think this is the most I have ever seen him bat at things all at once and it was so great that he did it while the ladies were here.

Elijah is such a little miracle and he keeps proving it time and again. It’s so much fun to be with people who cheer him on, who delight in those small (but important) improvements, who get excited about his accomplishments. I have to remind myself that just because Elijah isn’t doing something now, doesn’t mean that he never will. He will get there and I just have to sit back, relax, and cheer him on. (Sometimes that’s easier said than done… I think all parents worry. And, unfortunately, we have legitimate reasons to worry).

When they all left, the PT said, “You’re doing a great job with him. It shows.” That meant so much to me…to have that affirmation from someone who works with children and who hasn’t seen him for awhile. Sometimes I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and it’s nice to know that all the time I spend working with my little man is paying off. (I know, of course, that it’s not all because of me!!) I also know I need to just relax and enjoy motherhood a bit more. Again, sometimes that is easier said than done.

Now that our appointments have leveled off, we can just enjoy our boy and enjoy being a family again. Thanks again for keeping up with our story and for the prayers. Our family is so blessed and I feel so grateful for those of you who keep on reading about and praying for our boy. It’s a happy day and now I need to get some sleep…my boys are already doing just that and I need to join them! Goodnight. :)


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