Urijah @ Camp Prov [July 9-13, 2012]

I’ve actually been meaning to put this post together for a while now, but kept putting it off for more important things.  You know, like taking care of two crumbsnatchers.  Or better yet, sleeping! 🙂

As many of you know, Urijah has been in speech therapy for 6mos now.  As a matter of fact, his family coordinator is coming over this Friday to check on him and see if he’s reached any of the goals we set when therapy first started.  (PS: I can’t believe it’s already been 6mos… he’s making such wonderful progress!)

Providence Children’s Center holds an annual ‘camp’ available to all patients who receive treatment through the Center.  This could be speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or a combination of these and other services provided by the Center.  Camp was five days long, four hours a day… The kids had daily crafts, they went swimming, visited the petting zoo, participated in nature walks/scavenger hunts… All sorts of fun things that he doesn’t get to do on a regular basis.

I made sure that Urijah’s application was in at 8am, the day they started accepted them.  I wanted him to have the opportunity to experience all these fun activities!  The application was turned in late Jan/early Feb and while he may not have any idea what was going on, I was excited enough for the both of us.

So, Monday the 9th rolls around and I’m extremely nervous/anxious all morning because I’m not exactly sure how Urijah is going to do being left with complete strangers.  He always does well with the babysitter, but he knows her face by now and even if he has a fit when I leave, Kim says he always calms down after a few minutes.  Remember to breath, Mom.

We arrive at Forest Park, he’s a little antsy as we stand in line to sign him in, I ‘okay’ the snack of the day, check in with on-duty nurse, and find his buddy.  Each camper was assigned to a HS volunteer AKA ‘their buddy’… This buddy hung out with them all week and kept them on schedule as they moved from one task to another.  Urijah has this cute little blonde named Emma.  As soon as they paired up and she showed him to the balls, where the rest of his group was playing, he was off… He paid absolutely no attention to the fact that I wasn’t around.  Me, on the other hand, I was a complete mess… Crying like it was his first day of kindergarten.  I just couldn’t (and still can’t) believe how big this child is getting!

Every day, Ray would pick him up at 12pm and he’d have a ‘report card’ in his bookpack.  Here’s how his progress went throughout the week.

Monday:
Today…
I made a flag.
I ate fruit loops.
I liked snack time.
My buddy’s name was Emma.
My day was fabulous!

Tuesday:
Today…
I made a super cool mask.
I ate a yummy hedgehog.
I liked craft time!
My day was fabulous!
Comments – Urijah really likes reading books! (Which Mom, of course, already knew!)

Wednesday:
Today…
I made a picture frame.
I ate caterpillar.
I liked swinging & playing on the playground.
My buddy’s name was Emma.
My day was fabulous!
Comments – We ALMOST went swimming today.  We got our toes wet & giggled while watching our friends play, such a big step for Urijah.

Thursday:
Today…
I made a beaded necklace.
I ate bagel & some fishes.
I liked our nature walk.
My buddy’s name was Emma.
My day was fabulous!
Comments – Urijah really enjoyed our nature walk & found all of the items for our scavenger hunt!

Friday:
Today…
I made a beaded bracelet. (Which is now on the shifter of Mommy’s car!)
I ate some animal crackers.
I liked looking at all the animals at the petting zoo!
My buddy’s name was Emma.
My day was fabulous!
Comments – Urijah is such a great little camper!  It’s been great watching him improve & today, he even went swimming!

That’s right, he wanted nothing to do with the swimming pool until the last day of camp. Emma said it was struggle to get him to go with it, so Ray and I have been discussing ‘Mommy & Me’ swimming classes in order to get him used to the water.

And to complete this blog post, a picture of Urijah & Emma!
camp buddy Emma

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