Today, Collin went to school for the first time. VIPS (Visually Impaired Preschool Services) is an amazing resource with a great facility and they have a 'class' for kids 0-3 on Wednesdays called "Play and Learn", or PAL. We've been meaning to go for about a year, but part of that time Collin was immunosuppressed and part of the time he was having seizures and part of the time I was crazy busy and part of the time I was avoiding trying something new. But we got ourselves together and went today, and boy was it awesome.
Collin got to be with some other kids and I got to talk to some other moms facing similar struggles. And we played. It was great. Collin seemed to genuinely enjoy himself (though he pooped out and got overstimulated part way through). He sat in a kid-sized bean bag and played with new toys and sat at a kid-sized table and made a craft. He had quite a bit of help, but he MADE A CRAFT, PEOPLE. With Ms. Margaret's assistance, he made a watermelon out of a paper plate. I literally had to bite my lip when she handed it to me to take home. I guess that was one of those things I wasn't sure I would ever get to experience. And when I got home, I put it on the refrigerator and called Kyle and cried like a big baby.
We ended our school morning in the sensory room, which is wonderful for kids with all kinds of special needs. As the big brother of one of the kids said, "It's like magic in here." Collin loved the bubble tower and did great in the lighted ball pit. I was so proud of him and felt so welcomed by the people there. I've been smiling about it all day.