What am I thankful for?
Anyone who has followed this blog from the beginning may have noticed that I always try to finish on a positive note, and always try to find something to be thankful for!
Okay so I might have failed a bit last week but I usually try :D
This being the case there are many many many things I am thankful for.
I am thankful that Bear's disability is not life threatening and that we live in a town where he is not put at extreme risk of being put in danger because of his disability.
I am thankful that we have a fantastic, integrative school and a great neighborhood where everybody understands why our household is as noisy as it is.
I am extremely thankful for our half acre block which means our house is not butted right up against the neighbors house and the kids have plenty of space to run around.
I am thankful that although he is autistic, Bear has always been affectionate...I have heard of so many autistic children who are incapable of showing their affection. And thankful for that smile that can light up even the darkest corners of my heart!
The list goes on!!!
But what am I most thankful for?
That, my friends is very very very easy to answer...
POO ON THE TOLIET!!!
Let me tell you, that even almost 3 years after we finally convinced Bear to poo on the toilet and am still extremely extremely grateful for it.
Now I have six kids so I have changed my fair share of pooey nappies in my time...and I would love more kids if I could so it's not that I can't deal with poo! But Bear used to poo at least 10 times a day!!!
And yes I also know that babies...especially newborns...poo 10 times a day too...would I complain about that too? Not at all!
But I can tell you that there is an EXTREME difference between newborn poo and 9+ year old poo...and I know that there are some of my readers who can vouch for that and still deal with big kid poo on a daily basis...I can only hope and pray that one day you too will know freedom from this.
I might also add that the year before we finally convinced Bear that "poo goes in the toilet" I had 4 kids in nappies and would have changed more than 15 dirty nappies every day so it seemed at the time to be all tat I ever did! So it was like a sweet release when 3 of them all finally cottoned on to the idea in fairly quick succession!
I also want to add that we still have a ways to go...Even 3 years later, we still wipe his bottom and he still gets a lollypop and he still wears a nappy to bed, but even if those things remain the same for the next 30 years, I will still be thankful for poo in the toilet!!!
And also that only one of my 6 children took 9 years to toilet train :D