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Noah spent four weeks at a OT/social skills camp this summer, and then we set him loose for two weeks at the YMCA's swim camp. It was our first crack at mainstream program in over three years. It ended on Friday.

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He received a certificate for "Honesty." Which as far as I can gather he earned mostly because 1) everybody got one, and 2) whenever he got in trouble, it never occurred to him to lie about it. 

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But he did it. He made it through all 10 days of camp. We signed one incident report for hitting and one for towel-whacking, and by the time the kicking happened...well, his counselor went easy on him and skipped the written report, which spared him from getting kicked out on the third-to-last day. We explained and reminded and begged him each morning to keep his hands to himself, to use words instead, come on, dude, you know this. We had to remind him to respond when other campers said hello, we had to provide the teenaged CITs with strategies to help him transition without tantrums or play competitive games without rigid frustration, and we had to face the hard fact that none of this is easy for him. Still. Not yet. 

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But he did it. He learned to swim underwater.  He went down a waterslide. He swam in the deep end. He gained a pound of strong, solid muscle. He hung upside down from the monkey bars. He lost his first tooth at the lunch table. He learned that sticking both your fingers in your nose at the same time is HILARIOUS. 

I'm really proud of him, you guys. 

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Comments

jodifur

YEAH NOAH.

And I know the PERFECT camp you should send him to next summer.

E @ Oh! Apostrophe

Rock on, Noah!

Clarity

YAY Noah!!!!! And my god is he ever looking grown up these days!

Life of a Doctor's Wife

YAY Noah!!! Way to rock swim camp!

Peachy

We are too :D But, um.. who's that big kid in your pics? Where's Noah?

Peachy

We are too :D But, um.. who's that big kid in your pics? Where's Noah?

FreeRange Pamela

Aw, how sweet. You have every right to be proud!

Cara

Woot! Way to go Noah!

Cindy B,

YAY!

Lorii

As well you should be! YAY, NOAH!

Kyla

Way to go, Noah!

Suzy Q

Seems like he learned a lot! Boy, am I glad that I wasn't written up for every tiny infraction at summer camp.

Yay, Noah!

Erika Mitchell

You guys are so patient with him, I know it's not easy for you either. Noah's lucky he's got such good parents.

wendy

WOO HOO!

And, wow, does he look like a big boy now :)

Kristin

Way to go Noah!

MaggieH

hooray for noah!!

Stefanie

Go, Noah! He looks like such a little man! And I don't know anyone who can resist the urge to towel-whack.

Jen L.

You should be proud...that's awesome! Way to go, Noah!

Dona

Way to go, Noah!

Barb

You and Jason earned it too! Noah is my hero!

Melanie

Great job Noah! In that third picture he looks like such a kid! I still see some little boyishness in the others, but that third one is like "OMG how did you get that grown up?"

Amanda

Who is that GROWN UP MANCHILD in the third picture?

Sarahd

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LB

That's awesome! Glad to hear that he made it through :-) My big question is, how does he do that with his tongue? I've tried, and I can't figure out how to do it.

mpotter

oh that's fantastic!
he worked HARD this summer, and it is helping him grow.

maybe next summer will have even more successes.
congrats to noah!

Heather B.

Ok, stories about your child swimming underwater along with this patch of gray hair sprouting are not making me feel very good about aging, Amy.

Why don't you talk about that middle one more often? That way I can feel less in need of a walker. Less 'geriatric' if you will.

WendyB

We're proud of him too! Wahoo Noah, awesome job!

Anthony from CharismaticKid

Oooh ooh show a pic of the fingers in his nose! Mine are usually up there a few times a day. ;-)

SarahC @ w30

Oh, yaya! So sweet!! And, holy cow, what a big step... :)

Molly

He is, as always, GORGEOUS. In every way.

Kailee

Um, Amy, I do not mean to alarm you, but there is a KID, like a real live, not-even-a-hint-of-a-baby, actual KID pictured in this post.

When did that happen?!

Oh, and also, way to go, Noah! Now, stop growing and making me feel so old.

Nann

Fantastic! Congrats Noah!

sarah

great job Noah!

Missie

Dude, seriously? I do not know what you did with the REAL NOAH and why you tried to fool us with this GROWN UP NOT REAL NOAH, but I demand the return of the original Turtle Boy immediately. For reals. I am not even playin.

(But am still experiencing immense pride in GUNR Noah for rockin the YMCA.)

Missie

Dude, seriously? I do not know what you did with the REAL NOAH and why you tried to fool us with this GROWN UP NOT REAL NOAH, but I demand the return of the original Turtle Boy immediately. For reals. I am not even playin.

(But am still experiencing immense pride in GUNR Noah for rockin the YMCA.)

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elle

Uh, these pictures look nothing like anyone I know to be your sons. Maybe you brought another kid home?

Karen

Yay, Noah!!!!!! (said in a mommmy shriek from the sidelines)

Drew took on his first camp as well. We chose something with his interests in mind, aquarium camp. Week 1 sucked. He didn't make friends except for one counselor. He wouldn't go near the waves. The sun and salt water hurt.

The second week was much better.Two friends, Alesha and Reagan and of course, he did everything without complaints. Wooohooo!

Our boys are simply, awesome. Sensory integration be damned.

Susan

He's starting to look like a young man. :) Crazy how that happens, right?

sheilah

My god...that 3rd picture he looks so GROWN UP!! Man, when did that happen???

And if you can't keep your hands to yourself, at least be honest about it. Way to go, Noah.

Lisa

I swear, his face changed practically overnight from the chubby little boy to the lean looking handsome kid. I'm so glad he made it, but it sucks that it's still not easy for him.

Rachel

Hitting & towel whacking sounds like normal boy behavior, not behavior that deserves a write up... My 11 yo & his friends do that a lot! =)

Dawn

Way to go, Noah!

Isn't camp where you're supposed to learn how to towel whack?

That's a very handsome young man you've got there. They grow up fast, don't they?

Debbie

Way to go, Noah!!

Amy

Of COURSE you are proud of him - as well you should be. I'm a little proud of him too - GO NOAH!!!! And when did he get to be like 8 years old?????

rebekah

Have you ever tried equine therapy? We have lots of kids with sensory, anxiety, or behavioral issues who make amazing progress. (I'm not saying Noah has any of those challenges, I'm just saying the range of kids who can benefit from riding a horse is wide).

Kate

Little fish!

Dr.Zachar

Super cute!

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