The second of April is ‘World Autism Awareness Day’. It’s also two years since I began writing this blog AND one of my lovely Uncle’s birthdays.
As I’m with Owen near enough every single day (apart from that one glorious Saturday a fortnight when he’s with his Dad), it can be difficult for me to spot the changes in him. Sometimes I worry that progress has stalled, despite reassurances that he’s changed in so many ways.
I could be tempted to agree with Queenie and exclaim that ‘apart from my nose getting prettier, nothing much has changed around here. Your animal still isn’t house-trained, Percy is still unemployed and Nursey is one stick short of a bundle.’
Sadly, over the last two years, my nose has not got prettier. In fact, the lines around my eyes and the greys in my hair have tripled in number.
But…I’ve had a read back of the first few posts in this blog and I can’t believe how much HAS changed.
Owen can now do things I thought he would never be able to.
He sleeps through the night 99.9% of the time for 10 hours.
Eats anything and everything – salmon and couscous being his favourite tea.
Read. Oh my goodness can he read! He’s an absolute bookworm!
Hold a conversation. Ok it’s not fantastic but we can have a little chat about what he did at school.
Dress himself, use the toilet by himself, wash himself etc. In fact, if I ask him if he needs help, I’m usually met with ‘NO!’.
Play. Just to sit and watch him playing (which I’m doing on this wet bank holiday Monday) is an absolute joy. He’s really developing his imaginative play.
He also is just developing so well ‘generally’. Last week, the dog got into the bin. Owen took the bin away, sent the dog out and got a broom to clear up the mess. What a star!
Hopefully this progress will continue and Owen will keep developing into the wonderful young man he has the potential to be.
Along with the break ups, house moves and horrible weather, I’d say we’re all doing rather well.
Now, off to apply my face mask, dye my hair and have my SlimFast.