Ethan is continuing to amaze us every single day. Honestly, I did not even know that he could amuse and amaze us even more than he already did, but he does. It is just part of his magic, I guess.
He had a great first week of school. His teacher is unicorns and rainbows all wrapped into one. She is magic, too. And, I know with all of my heart that she and Ethan are meant to be together in 2nd grade. She will appreciate all of the amazing things about him that make him special, unique, and wonderful, and she will also determine exactly how to communicate with him so that his strengths can shine every single day. She will do all of that while simultaneously loving him as if he is the only child in the room. That is just who she is. She will do that with every single one of her students.
Ethan’s language is continuing to unfold. If we ever play charades, I definitely want him on my team. He can act out a story with extreme accuracy, all the while hitting the high dramatic notes and the low somber ones. He uses words in between when things need extra emphasis.
He is also gaining more true words. It is still hard for him to come up with some of them on his own, but he will get there. The fact that his speech therapist came out beaming on Tuesday says it all. She was honestly impressed that he had been at school all day and still worked so hard for him. Ethan was clearly proud of himself. He held a small smile on his face the entire time that she was telling me about his progress. And, the other moms in the room were listening, too. Everyone cheers for my sweet Ethan. Sometimes I am amazed by the following that he has. But, I should not be. Because he truly is just that amazing.
Ethan has had a great summer.
I look at the pictures of our adventures, and I smile.
He has accomplished some pretty amazing things –
climbing to the top of Enchanted Rock,
continuing to add more words and phrases to his vocabulary,
maneuvering a few nature trails, such as the ones at Mt. Bonnell, Hamilton Pool, and San Gabriel River,
and, all the while, letting his sweet little light shine for all the world to see.
I am taking him to the surgery center 1st thing Monday morning for a follow-up endoscopy. We are hopeful that his tummy still looks good and that the ulcers are still gone. He continues to be on medication once per day, and the amazingly wonderful doctor has already prepared us for the fact that medicine and yearly endoscopies might just be a part of Ethan’s life.
We will do whatever it takes to keep him healthy and to make sure that he keeps on spreading his magic with his smiles, hugs, and sweet, happy words.
His eyes have been clear and healthy this summer, and I am hopeful that is a sign of great things to come. I truly hope and pray that 2nd grade is his year. He deserves it.
This progress report is not as much about progress as it is just about my Ethan, in general.
I know that I go on and on about how special he is. But, I am his mom, which makes me just a teeny tiny biased. But, this week, I had the pleasure of receiving an email from his Kindergarten teacher and a text from his 1st grade teacher. When I read their words, I knew that his magic is not just something that is viewed from my momma eyes.
His amazingly special Kindergarten teacher sent the following message:
“So glad to hear about Ethan’s successes! Once anyone gets to know Ethan, they can’t deny he knows so much! Give him a big hug for me – I miss those hugs!”
The text from his 1st grade teacher was short and sweet, but it still brought tears to my eyes. We were talking about her classroom and she said, “I know…won’t be the same without Ethan’s smiling face.”
We have always been blessed with amazing teachers who truly love my children. One of the reasons that I decided to earn my teaching certification was because of what a huge fan I am of teachers. I honestly believe that they have the potential to change and improve lives every single day.
When I look back at Ethan’s progress, I know that so much of it has to do with the love and support that he constantly receives from his teachers, his specialists, his peers, and his family. His magic might be seen much more clearly through my eyes because I see him and know that rainbows bring out unicorns. But, I truly believe that anyone who is truly touched by my Ethan sees the same thing. And, I am here to tell you that believing in the magic of unicorns and rainbows is a pretty fantastic way to live.