For years we have fought the water battle, bath times, the morning face wash and activities like swimming… Yea well to put it nicely they were a NIGHTMARE! These rituals that we all go through everyday without even a second thought, were horrendous and traumatising for little Zach (this may sound a tad dramatic but I assure you this is the most accurate description). Nevertheless we fought these battles daily (not so much the swimming battle, we put that aside) and we remained hopeful that one day we might bath our son without him vomiting from hysterical crying, or wash his face without the inevitable meltdown that would follow.
We have come so far from those days… the days I used to bed bath my son because I couldn’t put him through the torture of the bath or shower any longer. If this is what you and your family are going through at the minute I salut you and I feel for you and your child, it is an emotional roller coaster that just seems never ending and is just plain not easy. Zach still has significant sensory issues surrounding water, mostly hair washing, face washing etc. but he has come so far I almost can’t believe my eyes sometimes, from the child I bed bathed to the child I am about to show you in these pictures, it is overwhelming!
For years Zach has been going to his nanny and granddads little place in Spain, they have a lovely pool and every year I hoped that one day I would be able to enjoy this delightful little luxury with him (if I am honest my hopes weren’t high). We kept persevering though, one small step at a time, every year getting closer and closer to the water! Let’s have a little look at Zach’s progress……
Little Zach getting into this paddling pool beside the swimming pool was a HUGE moment (I cried!)
After another 2 years he finally got in the water with me (I cried again!)
He then built up the courage to go it alone, refusing to move from the security of the step, nonetheless a HUGE leap in the right direction!
This year he did it! My boy was swimming, and the best part was he LOVED it and yes you guessed it…. I cried!!
Even though it took 7 years of trying, Zach won his water battle and he done so with a smile on his face! I couldn’t be more proud and I do hope that these pictures have given you the hope that one day you and your child will win your battle, whether it be with water, food, toileting etc. you can do it!