Charlie got off the bus today looking like this:

Boy with painted face and arm turned to the side.

It was field day at school and apparently they had found a way for him to participate. They told me that he had had a great day and I was thrilled. I even called his Mawmaw so she could come over and check out he dazzling face decorations.

Right before bed, I got the idea to open up his communication app (I’m using Proloquo 2 Go now since it produces larger letters than the Notes app). I thought I’d ask a couple questions and see how far he’d let me go. It went something like that:

Me: Did you enjoy Field Day today?

Charlie: n-o

Me: What? I thought they said you had a good time–why didn’t you like Field Day?

Charlie: h-o-t

Me: Ahhhhhhhh Did you like getting your face painted?

Charlie: Y –at this point he tries to stop typing, but I make him do it anyway. e-s

Me: Did you get to say hello to people today?

Charlie: y-e-s

Me: Did you like that Mawmaw came over to see your face paint?

Charlie: y-e-s

At that point I ran out of questions and he ran out of patience, but Holy Moly! a real conversation with my kid. I’ll admit, it was a lot of yes/no, but I really wasn’t expecting him to answer so many questions.

My heart is happy–I had my first real conversation with my son. Who knew how amazing that could be?

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  1. Beautiful! I am so happy for you both. Great start for the many, many, many happy conversations to come :-)

  2. oh ((hugs)) I understand the joy.
    Communication is sweet -doesn’t matter what form it takes.
    OMG excuse me as I go wipe off these happy tears
    Have a great weekend

  3. That is so awesome. Go Charlie!!

  4. kvelling!

  5. What a wonderful way to end the day! My heart is happy for you! (long time reader, sucky commenter)

  6. Bugladynora says:

    Woohoo! Very cool.

  7. :) !!!!!!

  8. meghatronsmom says:

    That is awesomest of awesome of all!!!

  9. truly wonderful. love hearing about this joy!!

  10. My favorite part is that he SPELLED everything to respond to you! That’s just awesome!!!!!

  11. Congratulations to you and Charlie! I’m amazed. What a smart little guy.

  12. Katy, I am so, so happy for you! I know it will just get better and better!

  13. So, so wonderful.

    It just makes my heart smile!

  14. AMAZING!!!! This brought tears to my eyes!

  15. Another amazing news. Your dedication is paying off. So happy for you!

  16. Kim Young says:

    That is awesome!!!!!

  17. you made me tear! I am so happy for you… And Charlie! Bravo!!!!!!

  18. Gorgeous moment and a lovely picture. I still remember when my son finally called me Mum, it was just wonderful xx

  19. Hooray! I’m thrilled for both of you! Thanks for sharing this special moment with us.

  20. I think Charlie’s been getting typing lessons from my mom. Most things I ask her get a “N’ (No) or “Y” (Yes) answer. It sounds like he did have a good time, other than it being hot. I’m glad he can tell you about it now.

  21. YES!!! I’m just SO very excited for you, all of you. My heart is happy to hear this, Katy. xo

  22. Put another one down for the “I teared up club” :) Congratulations!

  23. OMG!!! Did you know Charlie could spell “hot”? I wonder what other answers he’ll give during your next conversation. Were your eyes just big saucers, taking all this in? What a moment! (I hope you recognize how much of this is because of your efforts, too!!) YAY FOR CHARLIE! (And of course, for Mom and Dad!)

  24. Oh. My. Gosh.
    All these blogs I have read about Charlie. This brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart just leap–so I can just imagine how you feel! What a discovery! So happy Katy. Give that boy a big huge hug for me. :)

  25. Tears…happy tears!

  26. So happy for you both!

  27. That sounds pretty fantastic to me! I would be jumping for joy if I was able to have a conversation with my kid. Good for Charlie (and you)! Love the picture – he has pretty amazing hair!

  28. Goosebumps. How amazing and just the beginning…

  29. Awesome conversation beginnings! Yes/No can open so many doors for kids. Would Y/N be faster for Charlie? Our Speech-Language Pathologist told us to work on ‘more’ and ‘open’ as gesture-signs. Both can be used to request more than food (i.e. more music). They’ve been a huge help in clarifying requests and reducing child (&parent) frustration.

  30. Barbara TherExtras says:

    My heart is happy, too!

  31. How did I miss this? That’s just full of awesome!

  32. this is SUCH great nes to hear! I’m sure it was even better to live. :)