Friday, May 8, 2009

Stephen got dressed by himself!!

I brought his outfit downstairs this morning and put it next to him on the couch and then I went to the bathroom. I came out and he was standing there completely dressed. He never gets dressed unless I am there to help him. His shirt was on backwards. I told him I was so proud of him for getting dressed all by himself but I needed to fix his shirt because it was backwards. He wouldn't lift his arms. I praised him some more and after a couple tries and more praise and explanation he let me take the shirt off. I didn't want to have to fix his shirt because he was so proud of himself for getting dressed all by himself : ( Then I noticed his pants were on backwards also. And I was praying that when I checked the underwear that that was on the right way but it wasn't. I just wanted to be able to let him have his moment and not have to change at least one thing. Needless to say, I praised him repeatedly and showed him the tags and other "landmarks" on his clothing that would let him know if they were on correctly.

He has been able to dress himself correctly if the clothing is laid out in a certain way and still needs to have buttons on jeans and snaps, etc done for him. I guess it's time to teach him how to do it himself : ) My little boy is growing up and I need to LET him do it.


Tripletmom said...

That is so great! I know, I hate to have to correct the kids when they get to a milestone.

My son has been dressing himself for a while now but he still puts his pants on backwards sometimes... and it is so busy around here in the morning that I rarely notice till he gets home from school ack!

All three of my kids still cannot do buttons, snaps, ties and zippers. Well, they all have learned how to tie a few times but "forget". Part of the dyspraxia I guess.

Hey, I still have trouble with buttons at 42! I find it difficult to help them learn how to do things that I cannot really do well myself. It was great when they had OT all the time showing them how to do it, but those days are gone for us.

StatMama said...

How exciting!!! I remember the first day my son dressed himself (also backwards!) and how happy I was. These little milestones are so special :)