|His 3rd birthday party. All dinosaurs.|
|They were always with him.|
"Mom. I'm too big for dinosaurs. Let's give them to ARCH."
ARCH of Lehigh Valley is our home away from home. This organization has helped our family and him so much there are no words to express our gratitude. Over the past 7 years, we have donated all the toys and sensory items he no longer wants. It only seemed appropriate for them to get his precious dinosaur collection.
|One last time then into|
the bin they went.
What a sap I am!!! Pathetic. There were so many memories, good and bad, attached to those dinosaurs. Silly, right? When he first started collecting them he was in a bad place. A really bad place. There wasn't even an official diagnosis of Autism yet. There was no sleep, no talking, diapers, tantrums, meltdowns, screaming, throwing, climbing, eloping, oh, it wasn't a good time at all. Fast forward to this day, he is vocal, sleeps the majority of the time, tantrums are few and far between, meltdowns are non-existent, no more screaming. The progress has been incredible. If you would've told me, when he was 3 he was going to be like he is now at 12, I wouldn't have believed you at all.
Anyway, back to the point. He has matured over the past 9 years and is moving on. What will the next 9 years hold? Only the future will tell. But, there won't be any more 'dinobaur's in our house, just memories and an occasional roar!