Saturday, 19 November 2011

Special Saturday - What are you thankful for?

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...


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


  1. Poo in the toilet is something to be very grateful for.

  2. I can so relate to the poo on the tiolet!

  3. It is such a big thing that I think many many people take for granted...I don't think I ever will :D

  4. I had to laugh at this even though I know its not funny. Y oldest who has a severe and complex learning disability was fairly easy to toilet train. However my 3rd son is almost 7 and although he is very grown up in some ways and was dry at night much eaRlier than his 3 brothers he struggles to poo in the toilet. We are making progress but its a long slow road xx

  5. It's something you tend to take for granted, until it doesn't happen! I can laugh about it now but at the time it was pretty difficult. Hopefully you will have success soon :D

  6. Thank you for the Poo comment - my dd is 15 and her service still think I'm mad hoisting her on to the toilet 3 times a day, but as a result she is CLEAN, at least most of the time, and it's so much better xx

  7. Oh my Lord, of course that's what you're going to do if that's what it it takes! Keep up the good work :D

  8. Oh I wish I had the same thing to be grateful for but I am now very grateful that Cam only poos once a day - usually. 16 year old poo is just delightful :)

  9. I must confess that I thought of you when I wrote this, Ind I do live in hope that one day Cam will poo on the toilet too (especially now with all the progress he has made)
    9 yo poo was bad enough, I don't even want to try and imagine what 16 year old poo is like!

  10. Actually, having said that I did work as a support worker for Anglicare where I worked with a young man in his 20s...So I do have a pretty good idea what it's like...and I don't envy you one bit!