Friday, October 03, 2008

Who Are You, Part Deux With Pictures

Little Man walked in the door this afternoon and announced he was ready to go to the Pizza-Game place. I was told by his aide that he had a wonderful day and she had no idea what was going on that was making him so pleasant, but she liked it! We had a bit of tussle over using the bathroom that made me wonder if the Grumpy Little Man was returning. No fears. The Pizza Game place was a complete success. He accepted boundaries with no back talk. "This is the last time on this game, someone is waiting for their turn" earned me not one little bit of ugliness. I was surprised and gratified. I asked him to stop touching another child's game and to please wait his turn, right here, pointing. And ya know what? He did. Weird.


Concentrating on the game, with his gameface on!







This is a happy boy, playing nicely with the other kids. I kept waiting for someone to come tattle on him, but the other kids just came down the slide laughing.





This is an exhausted boy, collapsed on the ground.




When we went to leave, we had a momentous moment. For you to get why it was such a big deal, you will have to understand that this child never, ever holds my hand willingly. 11 years later, I have to be sure I have a firm grip on him, his wrist for the most part, or wriggly fingers trying to worm their way out of my hand, always. When we left, I grabbed his hand to cross the parking lot like I always do, and he held my hand. I am like a giggly schoolgirl! He held my hand, and he even did that happy swing thing you do with someone else when you are happy. Don't think I am too sappy, but my heart melted right there. (Of course I praised him for holding my hand so nicely) but my heart was just a puddle of goo.


This is my happy boy after we got home.



He asked me not very nicely to turn on the light. He paused, and then, very nicely, said please. He never says please without being told to. He said please. And just now, he said, please read to me, mommy. I think I have
Little Bunny Foo Foo waiting for me. Thank you for celebrating these wonderful moments with me. It means even more that other people think it is amazing too!

19 Kids Who Want To Play:

Torina said...

That is so awesome. He is such a beautiful kid.

Holly said...

So, so happy to hear this. how wonderful for both of you.

elizasmom said...

Oh, I am so happy for both of you that you got to enjoy this wonderful time together. Sounds like a great day. I hope it's the SSRI and it's permanent! (This is possibly a dumb comment, but I had no idea there was anything you could do about ODD, drug-wise. Learn something new every day!)

Jillene said...

SO AWESOME!!!! He looks so happy! I love the picture of him in the slide!

bon said...

Ahhhhhh! And you will have these perfect moments FOREVER! Maybe just in memory... but sometimes that is enough.

Here's hoping this is the drugs doing their JOB though!

Yondalla said...

I'm so happy for you. He looks so good.

Jami said...

He's so handsome and happy. What great pictures.

Rychelle said...

sounds like you are both enjoying the one on one time.
happy weekend!

Sheri said...

The last picture makes me weepy. He is incredibly beautiful . . . and loved. You are awesome!

K J and the kids said...

AMAZING !!!
not just a coincident then.

Ambitious Blonde said...

Those days are like chocolate for me. You feel that way too, obviously. :)

Also, Little Man has the BEST smile. :)

Deb said...

sounds like a perfect day!!

Susie said...

How cool! You can melt if you want. We don't mind. A little melting of the heart is what makes the bad days seem so inconsequential...

Mongoose said...

That's awesome. It always makes me happy to read good news about him. He's come such a very long way since I first started reading your blog!

DramaMomma said...

That is great. Glad you had such a nice time.

Corinn said...

Yay!! Happy kids help make a happy mom.

Off-topic, but you seem like a good person to ask... when a kid is going to be special-needs, does it really make much of a difference in the first year? I keep seeing "special needs moms for Palin" and all I can think is "you think her having a FIVE-MONTH-OLD with Downs Syndrome means she knows ANYTHING?!?"

(Not to mention that before she had him, she cut Special Education funds in her area by something like 68%... grrr.)

Amber DBTD said...

what an awesome post! You made my day, and now I'm off to OT with Jaymes, with a smile to last me ( :

Amber said...

YAY!! Seriously this post warmed my heart. I'm so happy for the both of you, it's got to be exhausting to go through life so contrary. I hope it's the meds and it continues.

Kristine said...

Yeah!!! I so understand how you feel. It's a wonderful thing!

So what's going on, do you know? I'm just catching up on blogs after a couple weeks of busy-ness.