Edit .. update of Nathan with proof of liking his bath :)
The past two weeks have been a nice mix of milestones for Nathan. The child has had his ups and downs in life ... and I have developed much patience. He recently acquired the gumption to bathe himself! After 13 years of ME having to give him a bath, a chore much like giving a cat a bath, he has decided that being a clean teenager is more conducive to having a little gal pal ;) Just the mere mention of her name makes him stand up and pay attention! He is quite smitten and is not ashamed of his affection for a certain girl. It's not as though they see each other often. In fact, not since the first part of June have they had contact. But, he holds her in his heart strings and that seems good enough for him (a good thing by me). Whew!
About a week or two ago, I heard an unfamiliar sound from the bathroom. It was Nathan in the tub not sure how to set the water to the perfect temp for his bath. He was able to wash and dry himself off. His maturity in self grooming has greatly improved. Now he is capable of putting on his jammies and brushing his teeth as well. To say I'm ecstatic is an understatement.