The end of the waddler days…

If anyone is looking for Mama C, I am cuddled up in a corner with a box of kleenex crying over the last day of school (which was yesterday)….!

Oh man, what a mess I have been! The thing is, G has been with these teachers longer than most (1.5 years) – they have believed in him, encouraged him, and led him to accomplish so many thing – many that we didn’t know if he would ever do frankly. Within a month of starting at Rise, he started clapping, something he had been working on forever. He started sitting independently, he started rolling….now, he “sings”, communicates via signs and vocalization, makes choices, crawls (and is even seen on all fours more often, as opposed to the army crawl!), loves rainsticks (instead of despising them as he did a year ago!), eats with a fork intermittently, progressed with his sensory sensitivity, is a jokester, had his first crush…and the list can go on forever….

The thing is, we know G was a challenge going into this school, even for a school meant as an inclusive environment – he is on the far end of the spectrum of abilities, and there was a time when we weren’t even sure they would allow him to attend and had to wait for them to determine if they could handle him. These teachers and therapists embraced him, loved him, and led him to such immense progress. There are no words deep enough, no object of enough value, and no amount of gratitude that could even begin to express how much we value the staff of this school. I wish I could even express a tenth of how thankful we are for this group of people, but there is no way I can. Instead I just cry 😉

As Peter kindly pointed out, we will see them again in 5 weeks. okay, okay, I know. But these are the first teachers we entrusted our baby to, and they will always hold a special place in our hearts! And, with the end of the school year, G’s first crush, the adorable lil P, is moving away. That makes me cry too…I guess I don’t do well with change 😉 I only found out today one of his teachers won’t be returning, and that almost sent me to the looney bin.

And as if I wasn’t emotional enough, here is a lovely quote from a very special lady (and teacher) in G’s life, written in a note:
“…From his beautiful smile, to his sweet spirit, & curious soul, my days were filled with his little blessings! I want you to know that I have learned so much from your son & he has left an imprint on my heart! Graham is truly capable of amazing things!…”

With all the unknowns that fill our lives, it is such a blessing to know Graham has an impact on others. We are so thankful for the love poured out on our little man and for being recognized for all the awesome things he does!

And all this over 3 teachers, 2 that he will still get to see next school year! His school therapists will all stay the same, and he will be loved by 3 new teachers that I am sure will be equally fabulous.  Go ahead and reserve me a bed at the mental hospital when he actually graduates from Rise in a few years!!

And to close out this awesome school year, some of my favorite pics from the last week of school, which included water day (with a slide!), a picnic, pajama day, dress silly day, and G’s favorite activity, swimming in noodles!

G_books G_picnic G_tutu G_noodles 2 G_noodles G_waterslide 3 G_waterslide 2 G_tube

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