Friday, April 8, 2011

Singing Her Heart Out

I will never forget one of Faith's first programs ever. It was during her preschool days and she was tense and nervous the whole time, startling every time someone clapped. She really didn't look like she was having much fun. Then she began to gag and I knew if I didn't do something, she would throw up all over the place. I bolted towards her, grabbed her out of the chair and hurried into the bathroom with her. I didn't have her venting tube with me but her aide brought me her feeding tube so I could at least try to get air out of her tummy so that she wouldn't throw up. Thankfully, it worked.

In kindergarten though Faith didn't have any near throw-ups during a program, she still continued to be stiff and nervous and startled when everyone clapped. It was a little hard to watch and both Rob and I wondered if sticking her in front of a large audience just to be in a school program was the right thing to do. There were times we both wanted to run up and rescue her.

With a little help from her music teacher, Faith even said her two lines!

Last night was different. Maybe Faith has gained confidence or maybe she is just that much more comfortable doing things with her classmates. Whatever it was, I could not stop smiling as Rob and I watched her sing along to the songs. Some words she sang so loud that we could hear her voice and when the audience clapped, she barely flinched. It's a wonderful change and I know as she continues to grow and mature, she will continue to amaze us not only at school programs, but in everything she does.

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