On Monday night as I was putting the Roc to bed I told him that he didn’t have to wait for me to come and get him when he woke up in the morning. Instead, I told him, when he woke up he could come downstairs to our bedroom and find me. Periodically I tell him this, but he either never remembers in the morning or is too scared to come out of his room. I’ve never been sure which. I have even wondered if he understood what I was saying to him because of the struggles he has with receptive and expressive language.
On Tuesday morning I was checking my email (what? doesn’t everyone check their email first thing, even before they pee, in the morning?!) and as I stared groggily at the screen a little voice piped up next to me with “Hi!!” I swung around and gasped when I saw him! He has never, ever come out of his room on his own in the morning. I was so excited!
This means he did understand what I said! and he remembered! It sunk in and he tried something without being prompted!
I wondered if this was a fluke incident and I went to a biomedical support group meeting last night so I wasn’t home to put him to bed. I didn’t get the chance to remind him that he was allowed to leave his room in the morning upon awakening.
This morning as I was on my way to the basement to feed the cats (I had already checked my email and peed) there was a little person walking towards me down the hall!
The Roc! Awesome!
This really did sink in. Finally.
I see this as another step up that independence ladder. It’s a small step. But baby steps are find with me.