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Autism Awareness Month: Day 11*

Posted: April 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Autism | Tags: Autism, Autism Awareness Month, Birth to Three, Family, Goals, Kids, Lincoln, Lincolnton and Wy, Wyatt | 6 Comments »

As I have stated before, I NEVER take the three boys alone by myself. One at a time, yes.  Two at a time…sometimes.  It depends on where we are going.  three at a time by myself?

Never.

Today my mom, my sister and I took the boys to see my Great Aunt (my Grandma’s last remaining sister).  She has never met Judah and hasn’t seen the boys in well over a year and she’s been sick and it was just all around time to go see her.  We had planned to go sometime while I was on maternity leave.  Then sometime this past winter.  Today just worked out perfectly.  The weather was nice, beautiful even.

We loaded up the boys- this is not a one man job.  We drove to the other side of the city and unloaded, corralled them into the house and tried to keep them occupied.  At first they did fairly well.  Wyatt found it very exciting to walk in circles through the kitchen and living room.  In one door, out the other, round and round he went.  Once he started getting nosy and trying to get into her medicine we had to put a stop to that.

Then he kind of lost it.

No amount of sugar-free Smarties was going to calm him down.  He was in the zone and he was headed for tantrum city.  Usually I am very open about what is going on with the boys, why they don’t talk, why they are freaking out about what seems like nothing.  Sometimes I just don’t know what to say, so I say things like “he’s really quiet” and “looks like someone needs a nap!” 

So, we high-tailed it out of there.

I think we were there for *maybe* an hour.  Probably closer to 45 minutes.  We got home and had some lunch and the melt-down continued over a juice box.  I’m beginning to see a lot of frustrations surrounding juice boxes and straws and I want to just say “no straws!” but I know it’s something they need to learn how to use.  But if it’s going to lead to a melt-down…

(How much do you avoid just to keep everyone calm and not freaking out?  Personally?  I will avoid a LOT of things to keep things quiet.)

That was the first real glimpse of a tantrum we’ve seen since the week of shrieking back in January.  I don’t know if it was all the excitement of having Grandma and Grandpa C here this weekend and being a little off on our schedule or what, but he was done.  They both went down for a nap and woke up pretty happy.  That was a good thing.  They ate dinner, had baths and as I type this they are both jumping and chattering in their cribs.

I hope this bodes well for tomorrow.

Tomorrow we have the ADOS evaluation results meeting!  We’ve been waiting for this one.

*If you are looking for day 10, well, we were pretty busy this weekend and we skipped it.

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6 Comments on “Autism Awareness Month: Day 11*”

  1. 1 Heather said at 9:06 pm on April 11th, 2011:

    We avoided an insane amount of things! We are better now!
    As far as the straws…sometimes it isn't worth the battle. 🙂

  2. 2 Bonnie said at 12:40 pm on April 12th, 2011:

    We can't use straws either. We have major drinking issues. And I am about the only person who can take my three (two with autism) out somewhere alone. And that's just because my daughter is such a great helper….

  3. 3 erinclot said at 1:03 pm on April 12th, 2011:

    That is amazing! I think before the diagnosis I was waiting for when they would be big enough or listening well enough or *something* and now I kind of know that it's not going to happen anytime soon. They stay contained pretty well at this point but it's difficult to do anything where you have three contained at once. I mean, I could put 2 in the stroller and wear one, but all I'd be able to do is push them around in the stroller. Once they are out I'm done for! I can't wait for the day when just going out isn't a huge deal.

  4. 4 erinclot said at 1:00 pm on April 12th, 2011:

    I'm sure it wasn't *all* the straws fault yesterday but this was literally the straw that broke the camel's back. I was ready to chuck the whole juicebox out the front door!

  5. 5 jenna said at 9:11 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    I think it was a good visit. Kids are kids when they're 2. Autistic or not. I'm sure it meant a lot to Alice Mae just to see them, even for only an hour. They'll learn to use the straws someday, but I think the sippy cups are just fine for now.

  6. 6 erinclot said at 2:03 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    I know, it's just a little more obvious when we are out and I always worry that people are wondering why they don't talk.


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