Last week I was thinking about how quickly the summer flew by and I thought about all the things we didn’t get to do. And just as I started to feel the mom guilt kick in, I started scrolling through my Instagram photos.
This summer, we didn’t get a chance to go on a real vacation. (It’s been two years since we’ve gone away.) I wanted to try to make every weekend fun. Sort of impossible to do as a full-time working parent. The weekends are for catching up with laundry, food shopping, cleaning, and writing.
We may not have done everything I wanted to do, but Norrin had fun. I got to see his eyes glitter with delight and hear his infectious little giggle. I watched him do things he hadn’t done before and we got to experience things as a family that once seemed impossible. And I feel grateful to have captured them on Instagram. These pictures are a reminder of how far Norrin’s come since he was diagnosed with autism five years ago.
We’ve had our share of challenges this summer. The change in routine completely threw Norrin off. It will take him a while to get back into a groove once school starts. But I can send him back to school knowing he had a good summer. I’m lucky to have captured these memories and moments of special firsts.
Did your child experience any summer firsts?
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