Let me just explain. Patience has never been one of my strong points and I have never managed delayed gratification well. I have worked hard over the years and I am sure I have improved,
2 days ago HRH held his arms up to me and said 'han'. I didn't understand so he said it again. He walked away and came back to say it again, and again. He held up his arms again and I lifted him up, still not understanding. He said 'dow' so I put him down and then he held up his arms and said 'han' again. I was lost, so held out my arms to him and he took both of my hands (duh me!!). He held both of them and started to move and I realised he wanted to play 'ring and ring a rosy'. You should have seen the relief on his face when he realised I understood.
As I sang the song I was just bursting with excitement. Honestly, this was such a precious moment. Two new words and a verbal request to play with him. He never broke eye contact, smiling at me until we got to 'all fall down' and then he ran off, happy.
This is when I realised how much I have changed over the last 7 months, since he was diagnosed with autism. I have found reserves of patience that I genuinely didn't know I had. HRH does little things every day to amaze me. This was a big event and it will keep me going until the next 'big thing'. I have thought about it going asleep every night since and I smile while thinking about it first thing in the morning.
I can be patient and wait for the next 'big thing', it will come and it will come in his own time. I didn't know I had it in me!