Yesterday was Landon's last day at the clinic, which was a bitter sweet day. The whole ordeal was really hard on all the kids, and fairly exhausting for this momma as well, but it was worth it. We made friends with families just like our own and grew close to the SIRRI staff. It was a place where we felt safe, because there was not one ounce of room for anyone to judge each other. In one way or another, we were all in the same boat.
Landon made leaps and bounds during this program, especially with his vocabulary. He went from mumbling and barely putting two and three words together to using full-on five-word sentences!
We are now in phase two of the program, where we do light therapy at home for 20 minutes, twice a day for 18 days. School starts in just over a week for the kiddo where he will be attending an all-day kindergarten and will likely be working with a speech therapist. It will be so strange to have the little guy gone all day, but he is ready. He is eager to learn and seems to absorb e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!
Here's some pictures of the whole ordeal:
As soon as we got out of the car, it was a race to push the button on the elevator...
...just to push the button again.
Then it was takeoff! All the way up to the second floor! (Hey, doing this everyday, you have to find humor in the small things!)
Of course, as soon as we got out of the elevator, Landon had to go and push the button again. Just. Because. (I almost lost a straggler baby who ran to catch the elevator twice because of this. Hey, I never claimed to be mom of the year.)
Landon made sure he opened his own door. Every. Time. It didn't matter if the other door was held open for him, he had to open his own door. This is something that Kaden caught on to. Hey, at least I could walk through with a wiggly baby in my arms that I just fetched out of the elevator!
Then we made our way down this hallway. It was a longer journey than it looks. Especially with two kiddos needing a nap right about now.
Yes, that is Kaden giving up about half way through and laying down to take a nap right there on the spot.
You thought I was exaggerating, didn't you!
As soon as we got there, Landon would say hi to the fish...
...Kaden would say hi to Mr. Potato Head...
...and Myla would say hi to Nicholas...
Yes, they did seem to have a certain fondness of eachother...but they also picked on each other just as well.
Then Landon would go in for his treatment, and the rest of us would wait...and wait...and wait.
Then we would go for lunch and do the whole thing all over again. It was a long two weeks, but a small price to pay!