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Celebrating The Little Things In Life

Something I never thought would happen has happened. Little T has been afraid of putting his head in the water while swimming for a long 7 years. Yesterday, things started turning around. For the first time, he put more than just his chin in the water and he finally blew bubbles.

Person underwater surrounded by many bubbles

These are the little things that a parent of a special needs child celebrate as a huge victory. A couple years ago, I wasn’t sure if Little T would celebrate this milestone before he turned 10. Then, Tim and I found out that our local parks and rec offered adaptive swim lessons. We immediately enrolled him in swim lessons and picked up brand new swim trunks for him. After his first two weeks, we decided to take a two week break because he was a little overwhelmed by the first two weeks. He is now entering his second two week session and he’s loving it.

Three pool noodles laying on the ground next to an indoor swimming pool.

Drama King has traded in his baby floaties for…Yep, you guessed it, Noodles! Why are those things so much fun in a pool? On Monday, Drama King and I joined up with our local unschooling group for a after dark pool party, although it didn’t get dark until after we left. We took one of Drama King’s favorite snacks – Frozen Gogurts – to share with our friends. I swam and helped him practice his swimming kicks. I borrowed a couple noodles from the kids and decided at the end of the evening that he MUST have his own set and maybe we could get some for Little T. I guess I’ll be watching those for clearance since stores are starting to thin out their summer stuff now.

In other baby news, Erica and Tony had their sonogram a few days ago and found out they are expecting a baby girl! They are thrilled because now they’ll have a boy and a girl to round out their family.

Tony’s family has taken on the party planning for her baby shower. I’ve offered to help out as needed but planning a party for that many people would be a huge undertaking for me at this time. I am searching for ideas to pass on to them so comment and share your favorite baby shower party ideas.

You know you’re a mom when…

  • You celebrate the first time your child blows bubbles in the swimming pool because you know it means he’ll be swimming soon.
  • You celebrate the fact that someone else is joining the special division of parents with more than one child because you know their world is about to change forever!
  • You sit down to write ‘You know you’re a mom’ and all you can think about is all the stuff you need to do for your children, like setting out swim attire because you have a doctors appointment and someone else (read: Grandma Cindy) is going to have to ready the child or ensuring the sleepy child is actually awake because he’s slept too long already.
  • Your brand new smart phone has a Winnie The Pooh background, Scooby soundboard, Mario tic-tac-toe, and many learning games just to keep your children entertained and learning in the event you ever run out of interesting stuff to do. Because you want to be prepared and you’d NEVER run out of interesting stuff and really HAVE to use the phone to entertain them, right? {insert evil laugh}

By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

3 replies on “Celebrating The Little Things In Life”

Celebrating the simple things is one of the best things about being a mom! Like yesterday, I was so excited that Colton (my son who will be 2 next month), was able to blow bubbles. Like the wand and bubble mix kind of bubbles. Forever he would just put his lips right on the wand and get it all over his face, but yesterday it clicked and he was blowing bubbles! I was so excited for him which just furthered his excitement.

Thanks for joining in with me!

I can’t believe I always forget about frozen Gogurt! Every time I read about it I think to myself “that’s brilliant!”. (So thanks for the reminder!)

I totally relate to the blowing bubbles one!

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