Another year has ticked over for my boy. This week he had his 7th birthday.
Yes, he’s still irresistibly drawn to heat & fire.
It’s been a big, big year and he’s come a long, long way. Today (after a bit of coaching) he was able to answer the question – whose birthday is it today? with ‘It’s MY birthday!’ Now to most people, this is not that amazing, but for my little darling…well, let’s break it down a little.
- He was able to remember and respond consistently with an appropriate answer to the question
- He is using pronouns – he can talk about himself from his own perspective, not it the third person (this is very new for him)
- He was able to share his birthday with others (cup cakes at vacation care and later on at home with the grandparents)
In the last year his language & communication has taken a quantum leap. So much so that he took out the literacy & communication prize at his end of year school celebrations for the junior school. It doesn’t seem so long ago when I was not sure if he would ever become verbal. I don’t really care that he won a prize but the acknowledgement of the enormous effort he has put in is incredibly heartwarming. Mind you, he is still doing a LOT of screaming/noisemaking, but at least now, I can ask him to use words or tell him to go outside & annoy the neighbours and he may (or may not!) chose to follow my directions!
This year he has grown like a weed, eaten like a horse, stayed skinny as a rake. He’s lost teeth and made & friends. He’s had lots of fun and has also faced lots of challenges. He started reading phone books (I may be wrong, but he can’t read yet, he just really seems to like the look of tiny little print/text). We’ve also tried some medications but not found anything that actually helps him. He now has a total of four diagnoses (not that I’m counting!).
He has continued to explore and develop a love for music (this makes me so happy!) – yesterday he dragged the old house guitar around with him everywhere. When I played some chords for him – HE wanted to do the strumming and HE chose the song, by singing the words. I had never really heard him sing before, so this was a complete revelation for me. He’s definitely not one of those kids who has an extraordinary talent, but he has a real & genuine interest and that is a beautiful thing.
He’s picky about the music he listens to and he has an evolving preferred style – lyrical & emotive. He likes a variety of styles including early Elvis, Portuguese fado, romantic classical and believe it or not, kd lang. If I put some music on, he takes over and changes it to something HE likes. He knows the albums he likes and goes straight to the tracks he likes, then we listen to them on repeat, repeat, repeat…. He didn’t like the change to the new IOS because he wasn’t able to find his songs in the same way that he had been doing previously. Now, just to put that in perspective, this time last year he didn’t even want to touch the ipad.
He also has a developing interest in logos. His favourite is Target. He checks all his clothing labels and is very pleased indeed if they are from Target.
So my boy, happy birthday to you. This year we are learning about backyard basketball!
I love you.
Here’s your 20 questions and a photo that sums up that last seven years.
On Your 7th Birthday 2014
|1. What is your favorite toy?||Ball|
|2. Who is your favorite character?||Peppa Pig|
|3. What is your favorite TV show?||Waybaloo|
|4. What is your favorite fruit?||Banana|
|5. What is your favorite lunch?||Baked Beans|
|6. What makes you laugh?||Tickles, being naughty|
|7. What is your favorite game?||Chasey/running|
|8. What is your favorite snack?||yoghurt|
|9. What is your favorite animal?||Dogs|
|10. What is your favorite song?||Jericho (kd Lang)|
|11. What is your favorite book?||DOGS (birthday pressie)|
|12. Who is your best friend?||Madison & Ahmed|
|13. What is your favorite treat?||milkshake|
|14. What is your favorite outside activity?||Chasing waves at the beach|
|15. Where do you like to go for a holiday?||Beach|
|16. What is your favorite drink?||Ginger Beer or Cup of Tea|
|17. What is your favorite take away food?||Don’t care|
|18. What do you like to have in bed with you at night?||ribbon|
|19. What is your favorite breakfast?||Pancakes/French toast with maple syrup, a mashed banana & a cup of tea|
|20. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?||lemonade (sad but true)|