Yup, you heard me right. I know there are alot of great threads on MDC with tips and others providing places to vent (and I need that sometimes, too!), but I really felt the need for a place to cultivate a positive perspective. Sure, my kid is high needs (a label I am reluctantly now embracing) - and sometimes I feel stretched to the limit - but he's also the most amazing lil person I've ever met!
He's been super alert ever since the minute he was born, looking around and smiling and interacting with everyone in the delivery room. As a tiny baby, he used to yell at his toys when they wouldn't get into his mouth! As an explorer at one year old, I admire his determination and drive - his absolute confidence in his wants and needs as valid. His courage, confidence and tenacity in pursuit of a goal are inspiring (especially since he experiences such intense frustration, yet will keep coming back for more).
He's taught me alot about the importance of respecting personal space, and how overwhelming certain social situations can be (to everyone, even unconsciously). He is so passionate - yes, he has crazy tantrums, but he also has a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh.
DS can be incredibly sweet and tender, and flourishes when we do the best we can to meet his needs (babywearing and taking him everywhere with us, frequent nursing, co-sleeping even during naps). He is quite curious and creative in his play - coming up with so many unexpected combinations or uses for things. He is very bright, quick to mimic and learn new things - and very talkative!
I'll quit blabbing now, but wanted to get things started on a high note. Please feel free to update with what you love about your high needs kid or any great stories you have!
(I'm also very curious about how high needs babies transition into high needs toddlers, since we are just entering this arena - what a high needs toddler is like, etc.)