Lincoln has been in the Early Intervention program since last March, for speech. I cannot express how thankful I am for this program. Lincoln has received speech therapy in the comfort of his own home. He has made so much progress during this time. He calls me "Momma." I had waited 2 1/2 years to hear that sweet word, and now, he says it all the time. I don't think I will ever tire of hearing him call me "Momma." I truly cherish all the effort and determination he put into saying that sweet word, for me.
I cannot tell you enough, how proud I am of my sweet boy. I cannot tell you enough, how proud he is of himself...and that is the best part. Actually seeing my son be proud of himself. Simply put, it's amazing. I really don't know how else to describe it.
The Early Intervention program only lasts until your child is 3 years old. And guys? That is coming up rather quickly. A little more quickly than I'd like.
I know what you're thinking. So, what happens when Lincoln turns three? Do they just drop him out of the program? What if he's not ready?
Well. Not exactly.
Today, Lincoln is being evaluated for the Pre-K speech program. If he still needs speech therapy, he will continue his sessions there. I'm not entirely sure how the program works yet, I have one million and one questions to ask. But, from what I gather, I'd bring him to the school once per week for a one hour session. He would still receive his speech therapy, just in a different setting.
As much as he has thrived with the Early Intervention program, I do think he will need to continue his sessions. He's just not completely caught up, and while I wish he was, I certainly will not deny him something that he can only benefit from.
But. I'm nervous. Lincoln is a smart boy. Sometimes, I'm just amazed with how smart he is. He completely blows my mind. I want the evaluators to see that. I want them to be blown away by my [almost] 3 year old. I know he's behind in his speech development, but I just know that once he puts all those pieces together, he is going to take off and run with it! I know they can help my son do that.
Unfortunately, this evaluation isn't like a test you can study for. To be completely honest, Lincoln could do unbelievably amazing...or, not. He's a toddler. Toddler's are unpredictable. I know this. You know this. And, the evaluators know this.
So, why am I so nervous?!
One thing I can guarantee, is they will fall in love with my sweet Lincoln. How can they not?
Whatever this day brings, I know one thing is certain. I will be proud of my son. For everything. For his strength. For his determination. For his love. I will always be proud.