Our first accomplishment was that Nathan went (and stayed) in Sunday school ALL BY HIMSELF for the first time since last spring!!! I PERSONALLY walked him to the classroom and left him there with the teacher in charge! First of all, just the fact that I got to drop him off is a miracle all on its own. Secondly, the fact that he stayed and I got to sit by myself and enjoy the sermon... well, that's just unheard of! You see, the special needs Sunday school ministry has not been working for Nathan. I'm pretty sure it's because he sees me working with other children and it's just too hard for him to leave me so I can "play with other kids." As you all have been reading, I have been praying for months for this to happen. I even wrote a post about this being my prayer for the new year... I just can't believe how amazing God is and how fast He came through on this prayer request! I give Him the top credit, I give Nathan second credit for being such a big boy and I HAVE to give credit to an amazing Sunday school teacher, Gabriela, who just absorbed him into the group and never looked back.
Our second accomplishment is that Nathan has now gone TWO DAYS using the potty instead of his diaper/pull-up! He's not even four yet!!! I just can't believe it! He's even going #1 AND #2 in the potty!!! He'll go on the grown up potty here at home and even when we're out! This week he went with my husband to visit his grandmother at the rehab hospital and my husband says Nathan pulled down his pants and pull-up and ran down the hallway yelling "pee pee in potty!" (telling his daddy that he needed to go!) To most parents that would be a terrible embarrassment, but to us, it's a cause for celebration and praise! You see, soon after Nathan's diagnosis I watched a video by Autism Speaks of moms of kids with ASD. The thing that struck me the most (something I was not expecting) was how many of the moms talked about still changing diapers after kindergarten. This was what I thought was in store for us, but God is good and Nathan is well on his way to being done with diapers!!! I give TOP credit to his teachers at school, who have been working tirelessly on this effort for over a month now! They came through, BIG TIME!!! We've had our differences in the past, but hands down, they deserve all the credit for Nathan's accomplishment in this realm!
Ironically, after this AMAZING weekend, he had one of the worst days ever later in the week... so much so that I had to call my husband to come home from work because I was quite freaked out. Well, everyone always tells me that these kids take one step back before taking one major leap forward and I am convinced that was it... plus it was his first day home for school vacation and he was getting sick (hence my joy of him using the potty). So I am thankful to our Lord in SO MANY ways today that I can't even find the words!!!
Just this week, the Autism Support Network posted a great story written by a parent about this same phenomenon I just shared. Our entire life perspectives have been changed after autism touched our families. Autism has made us "celebrate" even the smallest win, things most people would take for granted. We could choose to over-focus on all the challenges and obstacles, which are many! Instead, we choose to have a parade with each and every single small win and accomplishment! I share that story with you today. Thank you for your prayers and know that God is always in control and He will ALWAYS come through!!! Blessings! DC
Let me tell you a little about celebrating autism
Milestones are an achievement, not just an item on a list