I just had to take a few minutes to brag about Ryley’s latest progress.
We did keep him out of kindergarten this year. He turned five in late September, which was well before the cutoff for our schools here in CA, however, he just wasn’t ready. I’m so glad we did it. I have really struggled lately with where he is, feeling like I’ve somehow been failing him, like he isn’t where he should be, like there is the proverbial shoe hanging over our heads of learning disabilities waiting to make their appearances. I blogged awhile back about him describing letters instead of naming them, and my fear and concern over that. A wise friend (Brenda) passed on some advice to write down where he was at that point with readines skills, then compare that to where he is a few months later.
Last week, we took the kids (yes, a brave thing, I know!) out to dinner. Michael had the kids’ menu out to ask Ryley what he wanted for dinner. He started pointing to numbers in the prices, and asking Ryley what each number was. Ryley recognized EVERY NUMBER!! I was so amazed, I was speechless, and near tears. This little boy, my precious son whom at certain times we didn’t even know would survive, recognizes all his numbers!!!! Simply amazing. They teach math “concepts” at school, so numbers are not just something you memorize (ie just counting, which they do do as well), but actually have meaning. So, he’s actually even starting to do simple math with objects, and he’s doing really well at it. Lastly, he got a word whammer for Christmas, and he’s recognizing, and naming, more and more letters each day. What a joy this has been in the midst of much turmoil in our family. It just reminds me what a blessing he is.
We got a letter today from Ryley’s primary NICU nurse. We have always sent her cards with pictures for Christmas, in the Spring, and around Ryley’s birthay. We hadn’t heard back from her in all this time, until today. It was so wonderful to hear from her. She says she treasures, and shares, Ryley’s pictures. It just made me smile. He’s not the blondie he was in the NICU (she used to call him her handsome blondie boy!), but still stays in her heart. She will ALWAYS be a special person to me.
Happy New Year everyone!!