We had a bit of a Big Thing happen here last week.
On Thursday morning, Max walked to his line from our car BY HIMSELF for the first time ever!
I’m not gonna lie – it was HARD for me to let go of that safety net that’s been tightly held to let him do it, but I’ve been feeling like he’s been ready for this for a while now.
Of course I couldn’t help myself and got out of the car to get a better view of how he was doing. He NAILED it!
So then the next day (Friday) I asked him on the drive in if he wanted me to walk in with him or to go by himself.
“No Mummy. By myself!” was his reply. So off he went again! And out of my car I got to keep an eye out. A little further away this time. He had the hugest grin on his face as he shouted “bye Mummy!” while he ran towards the school gate.
I’m not gonna lie, when Max started school, it didn’t even enter into my head that he’d be able to have this level of independence, however small it may seem to most. That his speech would become as clear as it’s becoming – or even here at all! That he’d be not just managing, but thriving at school – joining in with his mainstream class most of the time and working SO hard on focusing that he’s knackered by the afternoons – still happy, just tired!
I guess I was focused on coping with the day to day violent behaviour and constant screaming on no sleep that we used to have daily.
But it’s happening.
Max is becoming verbal and CLEAR with it.
He’s learning more and more in school and *enjoys* being around his peers.
And he’s now leaning into independence in ways I had never thought would be possible.
All because we never gave up.
All because he never gave up. ❤️
It’s my (first!) turn to host The Monday Motivation Linky this week! I love reading everyone’s posts and sharing them – we’re here to lift each other up after all, right? Remember to keep to the theme of being uplifting, inspirational, and motivational. I can’t wait to read them!
My two favourites from last week’s linky hosted by Autism Mumma were:
- This post from Hijacked By Twins, where Kirsty decides she’s going to be much more mindful of how she portrays her own thoughts on body image with her daughter looking on. I love that realisation that those who love you do it regardless of your size! ❤️
- This post fromDeb at Chaos in Kent about not taking everything personally. We all have this habit of assuming that everyone is talking about us. Deb Reminds us that, quite honestly, everyone is too busy thinking of themselves to pay attention. It’s time to take back control and let go of those worries!
If you have a post you’d like to link up, please add it below. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #TheMMLinky and grab your badge code from my sidebar over on the right to add to your blog posts!