Corrigan’s yearly evaluation with Early Intervention was conducted at 15months of age.

We have been waiting for some time for the report and it came in the mail the day before Thanksgiving.

On all but one he was “on target” and measured “15 months” for those areas.

Shockingly, he was “on target” for communication.

Even more surprising was that he scored “7-10 months” in an area called “adaptive”

Thank goodness his therapist came the day that I got the report.

She explained that “adaptive” is the area involving “life tools” and that Corrigan was very behind in this area.

*knock me over with a feather*

She told us that by “life tools” she means things like understanding that a spoon is for eating. When I hand Corrigan a spoon does he put it in his mouth? Or try to feed me? Or a stuffed animal?


When I hand Corrigan a hairbrush does he pretend to brush his hair or even attempt to place it near his head?


If someone handed Corrigan a crayon, would he understand that he was to not only hold it somewhat properly, but that in order to color he needs to apply pressure?


The same goes for a toy hammer, a toothbrush etc.

No. No.No.


Sooooooooo. I have something to focus on. And I am okay with that.

I like having something to work on.

I like the challenge.

Corrigan, not so much. He just wants to do his own thing.

Petra brought us back some crayons from Germany. Only two companies, that I can find so far, make crayons that are “protein-free”

Everyone knows that little kids like to chew on crayons.

I can’t count the protein in regular crayons if he should eat one and I miss it.

The crayons that Petra brought are protein-free, chunky and vivid!

Corrigan kind of held the crayon in a normal way. I tried holding his hand and scribbling.

I drew him a heart to show him how to do it.

He chewed on the crayon.

Once in awhile, he would tap it against the paper…but not in a way that indicated that he understood that by tapping the crayon, he was getting a result.

More that he just really liked banging the crayon…and whoops, there are some marks!

I don’t care.

I hung it on the fridge just the same.

A decade ago, I framed his older brother’s first drawing that looked like “something”…an apple, to be exact.

( all of these years later Connor claims it was a tomato..ahaha )

I even added a little engraved tag that titled the “masterpiece” and added the year

I am so glad, 11 years later, to have that “art”

I can’t wait until I can frame Corrigan’s first “something”

but in case that doesn’t happen…

I am keeping the work he “tapped” out today…and if I have to…I will frame it

and add a tag with a date.

It’s all a masterpiece if you ask me!

3 thoughts on “masterpiece

  1. Funny. Just yesterday we were putting up our tree and I pulled out a tattered paper angel that was so precious — obviously lovingly made by some preschooler hands. Unfortunately I did not have on it who had made this masterpiece and I was kind of sad not to know. Eden took one look and exclaimed, “Mom, why does it matter? It’s ugly. Throw it away.” Through the tears flowing I told her when her baby was a teenager and she found preschool art she would understand. These things are priceless.


    • They are Steph. They are so priceless.
      I never saved enough of Connor’s stuff. I saved some, but only the stuff I thought was “more special” but now….now I wish I had it ALL.


  2. I’ve read a few of your blog posts now, and I wish I had time to read further. Corrigan sounds like a special child, one who is making you not take life for granted. I pray for you and your family, and for Corrigan to advance in leaps and bounds in his own time. My first child’s artwork gives evidence of delays, but he has progressed more then anyone would have guessed. I’ll bet you are a great mom!


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