This week end my son and I got to spend some time together having fun! I know that does not sound like much but for us it felt like a whole lot. My son Fen is my middle child, he is between his big sister Sadie 13 and his little brother Avery almost 4. Fen was born almost six weeks early barley weighing five pounds. He like all my children stayed very small until age 4 but along the way he was slow to meet all those mile stones you look forward to watching your little ones achieve. Eating was a real challenge, many things just made him throw up. His speech was unrecognizable to those who did not know him well. It was clear that nothing came easily to him and yet no one could but their finger on just what was going on with him. As a mom I felt very frustrated and concerned. I found myself talking with his pediatrician about the unbelievable noise his feet made when they hit the floor oh so early every morning and the large circle of mess around his plate when he is done eating, by this time he was six, and there is no cure for messing eater as his pediatrician is not Miss Piggly Wiggly and can’t cure everything.
The day I read the neurologist report that finally gave me some answers was both one of the best days and the hardest days I can remember. Having a diagnosis that I could study and learn how to help my son overcome the challenges he faces daily has been a gift that I am thankful for daily. Learning one little word and I can seek out information, find answers to questions and become part of a community dedicated to bring awareness to the common hidden disability that affects so many families including my own, Dyspraxia USA.
So any way my son and I do get to spend some time together with just each other and without his brother and sister but usually it is to see one therapist or another. So this weekend when we got to go to a Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Halloween party we were very excited to be having some fun together it felt like forever since we had felt the anticipation of having a good time together. We got to carve pumpkins, watch a pie eating contest and set off a potato gun, the highlight for sure! It was so nice to have a good time with my son Fen. Thanks for the good time bud I can’t wait to do it again!