Up until now, Max has never much cared about what he wears, nor has he actively participated in getting himself ready for school. But one day last week, as I slept in and Dave fed the baby breakfast, Max went upstairs and came back down with his outfit (complete with underwear and socks) for the school day.
Now, there is all sorts of win in this feat: He chose to do this on his own. He opened his drawers. He made clothing choices. (Matching ones, unlike SOME fathers who shall remain nameless, love you honey!) He clutched his clothes in one arm, holding onto the railing with his left hand. He went up and down the stairs alone—not new, but something I will never stop being grateful for.
Max has been getting his clothes ever since. Sometimes, he drops an item on the stairs and one of us will grab it, because it's dangerous for him to bend over and get it. All in all, he is doing an amazing job. And I feel that wheeeeeeee-he's-doing-it buzz whenever he walks into the kitchen, clothing in hand, big grin on his face—because he's feeling that wheeeeeeee-I'm-doing-it buzz.
No matter how old Max may get, the excitement about his progress will never get old.
It's also happy-making to hear about the new stuff other children are up to. Last week my friend Peggy shared on Facebook that her son, who has Down syndrome and autism, had realized her husband wasn't around and verbalized "Is Daddy away?" I knew just how amazing that awareness was.
So, let's get a buzz on together: What new thing has your child done lately?