You would not believe the things we did today. First - and this is a biggie - Kevin dressed himself COMPLETELY WITHOUT HELP!! The only thing I did to help him was to tie his shoes. I offered to do something a couple of times, only to have the hand held up in a stop motion at my face, lol. So I just backed off and cleaned his room a little bit. I was so proud of him. It took him almost a half hour and he was so exhausted by the time he was finished, but he did it! I foolishly just stood at the window and cried because I couldn't believe I was seeing him do this! It was amazing!!
After that, we went to Subway and picked up some subs and went back to the house and ate and then we loaded back up into the m-van and went to the mall. We had to return the skateboard I chose for Christmas so that Kev could pick out the one he wanted. I was really nervous because our last mall experience was horrible, but it went great today! We went straight to the skate store and Kevin picked out his board, trucks, wheels and grip tape. He was so excited to be in there - you could see it in his eyes. And I had to laugh because when the clerk had finished building it, Kevin had to inspect his work and thankfully it was fine. Kevin was so incredibly satisfied with his board that he grinned the whole time he held it in his hands.
After that, we went to the candy store and of course, he went nuts in there. We only had one little bad moment and that's because they had a mirror in there and he caught a glimpse of himself. We were able to pull him out of it within a few minutes so it was okay. I think I am going to have to show him daily what he looks like so he becomes used to it.
And then - and this is another biggie - we went up to the food court and Kevin's eyes lit up when he spied Sbarro's pizza. We ordered and I had intended to take it home, but Kev wanted to eat there. I didn't know what to do because I didn't think we were ready. I didn't have his table, I didn't bring any cups (he had never used a straw yet) and most importantly - his eating habits are still unappealing because of his burns pulling his lips down. He can't even close his mouth while chewing yet. BUT - we did it anyway. I tried to find a quiet corner so that not everyone could watch us and we found a new use for his skateboard and that's a makeshift table, lol. And suprisingly enough - he handled the straw really well and I cut his pizza into very small bites so that it wasn't so messy for him. And...well...here's a pic:
I wish y'all could have heard the sigh of contentment when he took his first bite of that pizza. It was like coming home, apparently, lol. (notice that new skateboard upside down on his lap, lol)
I am also happy to report that barely anybody stared at us today. Even with all the staples in his head. That was a nice treat!
So it was a really awesome day! Breezy and I sat and scrapbooked tonight and just relaxed and had a good time and Kevin made HUGE strides today toward going home. He definitely has to be able to handle being out in the public and he will need to be as self sufficient as he can and it looks like he will be, for the most part anyway. Who knows...maybe completely someday.
I am just so proud of him - and Breezy too! Both my kids have had to surpass major mountains in the last eight months.
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