It certainly is different looking at Noah with a new smile. His smile always particularly precious, now has a new character about it. And it feels like a piece of his childhood is fleeing and I miss the days of yesterday. Common feelings of motherhood for all mothers. Yet, we can't remain frozen in time and while Noah doesn't blossom in milestones, he certainly grows and thrives in a variety of other ways that tells my heart he's growing up.
Noah's grandparents smoked brisket and ribs, and I attempted my own smoking of salmon for the first time. I'm trying to branch out and try new things. I often get so comfortable in this comfort zone I create for myself that I never leave the boundaries of what I've familiarized myself with. The salmon was a good first effort, but perhaps I added too much salt for the brine and I certainly will consider that more brown sugar the next go round is essential. Noah found his blend of smoked bar-b-que and potato salad delicious and was only moderately found of his pureed fruit salad. Of course he loved his cheesecake finale. The child with a perpetual sweet tooth.
Noah doesn't do well in regulating body temperature. Extreme heat and cold is problematic and always has been. Upon the recommendation of other special needs parents we purchased Noah a Water Mat from Walmart for $19. Was probably the best $19 I've spent all summer. It's like having an 8x5 play waterbed type area for Noah to roll around in and offers the a cool soothing comfort from the cold hose water. And the really great part is both children like being together which gives them an opportunity and way to play together. It's really a super cool product that I wish I would have found years ago for Noah. Now I have to hope it doesn't spring a leak as he's grown quite attached to it.
Surprisingly, there was no big meltdown or hysterical crying this year. He was very jumpy with each pounding loud boom, and I am not sure he loved that feeling. He did however tolerate the situation to get through it, and seemed to use his grandmother and her assistance with an umbrella to prevent any rain sprinkles from touching his legs a security blanket, but I assume he was likely very relieved when the firework show had concluded. Despite neighborhood lingering fireworks he fell asleep relatively quickly.
"When all your attention is focused on fireworks you forget there is an empty sky in which the fireworks appear." Michael Jeffreys
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.