When I became a special needs parent many years ago i lwarned two things. First I learned to NEVER to never take things for granted. The second thing I learned was to truly appreciate the little things.
Most people will see these pictures and think, so what. However, this is much bigger “so what”. Elliott, RARELY ever tries new things. Today Elliott had peanut butter and jelly. This is beyond a rare occasion, in fact I have NEVER seen him do this. Not only was it peanut butter and jelly but it was on whole grain bread.
As a parent experienced in the ways of Autism, I have learned to truly appreciate these deceivingly “little” moments for the oftentimes much “bigger” steps forward they actually are.
– Lost and Tired
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Hurray for Elliot! I feel the exact same way. Its the littlle things we learn to appreciate. My son is such a picky eater. When he tries something new i get extremely excited. People don't understand how big of a deal these things are.
yay!! Go Elliot!! that's always awesome to have a break through. I am praying for the eating veggies one. We have gotten to drinking fruit and veggie smoothies (usually chocolate flavored), and maybe next year we'll graduate from veggie kindergarten to first grade, where the big boys eat broccoli and carrots.
Yes, you can tell those parents what it is like on "Eat this or nothing nights to have to stay up all night with your child because his stomach is empty and he can't sleep at all. And how at 4:00 am you are lying on the couch fighting sleep, only to hear him turning on the stove in the kitchen. He is 4 years old, but he has decided to take matters into his own hands and cook something he likes since Mom won't do it. It was a very long night, to say the least. You sound like your kid has a great little menu to choose from. Dont worry!