We’ve been working with Trevor on imitating lines when drawing, but he has such a hard time with tools that it’s a frustrating process for him. So his OT suggested we remove some of the frustration factor by working on imitating lines without using crayons/markers, etc. Instead we had fun painting with trucks! I drew a road on some white paper so that he would get the idea of what we’re doing. I added different colors of paint to the paper and had him try to drive his trucks on “roads” to work on imitating lines. He had so much fun! He still definitely struggled to imitate lines and circles, but he had a great time trying.
Trevor’s first day of preschool was yesterday. He was very anxious before we left and seemed quite overwhelmed when I dropped him off. (I was pretty nervous too!) But he ended up having a great time. When I picked him up he had a big smile on his face and his teacher reported that he did amazing for his first day. He did have a little bit of a fall on the playground slide when the school PT was working with him, but they said he didn’t even cry. It sounds bad, but I’m kind of glad he fell on his first day. That way his teachers and the PT are a little more aware of his limitations and hopefully will keep a little bit of a closer watch on him.
Today was his second day and I got another good report. When I picked him up he was smiling again and he said to me “Did you have fun at preschool!” (which of course means “I had fun at preschool”). I’m optimistic that preschool will be fantastic for him. He has been so resistant to any kind of therapy lately, especially with fine motor work. But they’ve gotten him to scribble with a crayon 2 days in a row! That’s huge progress for us 🙂
Trevor turned 3 years old yesterday. Where did the time go? Unbelievable!
Since he’s not a big fan of parties we took Trevor on a little weekend getaway for his birthday. He had a great time at the Wildlife Safari, swimming, and playing with new toys.
I’m really glad we decided to take Trevor on this trip for his birthday (although road tripping in your 3rd trimester isn’t the easiest thing in the world). Trevor did great for most of the trip because we were able to stick (albeit loosely) to his routine. But the last day we had to deviate from the routine and we all definitely suffered the consequences. I hate that as joyous as birthdays are supposed to be, and no matter how much we focus on all of the good and all of the progress, Trevor’s differences are only magnified. I hate that celebrations like birthdays and holidays are robbed of a little happiness because they make us realize that he’s just not typical. And I hate that on his birthday blog post I’m souring it with thoughts like this. But sometimes stating the truth and not pretending everything is perfect is the only way to move forward.
And of course I still feel so thankful for this little guy. He is amazing and I love him so much! Three years ago I was truly blessed when I became his mama 🙂