with kisses. And that was just the beginning!!!
It was miracle after miracle today for Ka'ēo Jr!!! Koa was home from school today so I did my best to encourage interactive play in the playroom. We made castles with our brick blocks, counted and hung up easter egg cut outs together, and then he even played our bunny hop game with us! We then went on an awesome nature walk together (again he held my hand the whole time, wore his slippers, did not get stuck on anything and listened to me the ENTIRE time...amazing!) He only ism'ed about 10% of the day and the rest of the day he was WITH us. He went everywhere we went and participated in everything we did! He also only had one small short meltdown the entire day (gigantic progress from the many huge long controllable tantrums he once had).
When daddy came home from work, he spontaneously ran to the garage door and waited for him to come in the house to greet him with a kiss! At night he helped me clean up his playroom and helped his daddy get the beds ready for "sleepy time" by helping collect the pillows. Incredible! It's like he's finally aware of us and can handle the stimulation of being around us now.
He once appeared deaf and blind. He pushed away and ran away from contact but now...WOW. It's like he can hear us and see us now...and clearly wants to be with us. So much so that he is choosing to step out of his autism where he feels safe and climb a very steep mountain to be where we are. I once couldn't sing a single note in our house without him yelling and covering his ears. Now I can sing all day long and he stays by side and even sings with me! There once was a time where his own daddy and brother didn't even seem to exist to him...now he is copying his brother and cuddles in his daddy's arms to fall asleep. I mean look at this video...he is watching his brother drum and copying him!!! It's just incredible!!
My heart overflows with joy and gratitude for the miracles I see happening before my very eyes. We have worked so hard to get here and we still have more mountains to climb...but that's what it's all about anyway. It's all about the climb. Thank you to the Son-Rise Program and PRAISE GOD for helping us see our son and our situation as a BLESSING and not a curse. Our special angel is indeed heaven sent...