This is the moment when you look up into the sky and can still see the sun shimmering through the thin layers of clouds. The darkness has not yet floated overhead, the rain has not began falling, but you can feel the chaos stirring. There is an odd calmness in the air and the light breeze brushes gently over your cheeks. It’s the calm before the storm.
I’m not going to lie and say that things have been great, because they simply haven’t. There are difficult moments that I struggle through with Wyatt each day and moments when I just have to stop and pray for strength, but it is so worth it.
After about a week working with him on our own he is now saying “ba-ba” when he wants a drink. This is HUGE for us – huge. My heart is just swelling with pride thinking about it. Sometimes it takes him an hour before he can make the connection from brain to mouth and actually spill out the word. But once he does, it’s magic.
Right now we are in the middle of scheduling. and more scheduling. and more scheduling. Autism tests, Early On Evaluations and home visits, speech therapy, etc. Monday is Wyatt’s first official speech therapy visit. I am excited to see how they work with him – what kind of techniques they use – and learn more about what we can do at home.
I know this journey is going to be very difficult. I know it won’t be completed overnight. And I know that there will be lots of tears of frustration from both Wyatt and myself. But I also know that we CAN do this. That we have an amazing support system that will hold us up and encourage us. I’m excited to be sharing this journey with you – hearing your thoughts – and sharing what I learn.
PS: For those of you who have been through something similar – I would love to hear and share your story. If you’re interested in sharing please e-mail me >> [email protected]