It is becoming increasingly difficult to get MJ out of the house! Unless it’s to his favorite restaurant, we often have to drag him out of the house. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to deal with his behavior, so lots of times we just end up staying home! Other times however, it is a situation where he has to go or we have to force him to go. Today we wanted to go out to a family breakfast but to a different restaurant than he is accustomed to. We let him know ahead of time that it was a new/different restaurant. He took forever to get dressed, brush his teeth, and do the other necessary things before leaving the house. He was in a bad mood and it immediately put me on edge because I did not want him to have a meltdown. When we got to the restaurant, to help the process, we quickly ordered his usual favorite (that he gets at the other restaurants), and set his tablet up on their free Wi-Fi. He was still grumpy, banged on his tablet a few times, and wouldn’t interact with any of us. Thankfully he began watching one of his favorite shows and then his mood got better. The food came and he immediately began to devour it. That is when I was finally able to relax and enjoy my food and our time at breakfast. I hate the anxiety that I often feel when we go out to certain places. But I understand that sometimes he will have to be forced to go where he doesn’t necessarily want to go. We don’t want him to be a child that does not go out and about and experience different things. The difficulty at times is finding the balance between that and his comfort level.
He was not happy at all when we got there.
Using my phone, but still not happy 😩
He sure did clean his plate though! Hoping it will be better the next time we try it.
In the early years with MJ, I was not only afraid, but I was not sure who to call on at times. I will say that nowadays, with the prevalence of Autism, there are more people that you can call on for help. When you feel you are approaching your breaking point, be sure to talk to the people you know and trust for help. Your child’s school may also be a valuable resource for you and can put you in contact with agencies that may fulfill a need. At one time I almost reached my breaking point. I had to literally stop, take deep breaths, sit down, pray, then finally make those needed phone calls asking for help.
So far MJ is really enjoying the summer! He loves his YMCA camp and enjoyed his trip to see family a few weeks ago. Here are just a few pics…
Visit with family
In heaven playing with the dogs 🐶.
Cousin love while at aunty’s baby shower💕.
Hoping everyone is enjoying their summer 😊.
Hoping everyone enjoyed their 4th of July festivities! MJ was excited to see the fireworks and didn’t need his earphones! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🇱🇷💥❤️❤️
I was so thrilled to see this pic of MJ! He was six years old at the time and this was one of the best pictures he took back then. Look at my little man😁.
I am blessed to have an awesome father. Growing up, he was loving, supportive, and taught us so many things about life. I am so thankful for that! Now that I have kids, I am also blessed to have the father of my children. He too is loving, supportive, hardworking and takes care of us. I don’t ever take it for granted. His journey has not been an easy one but he is here and doing an awesome job. I can’t ask for anything more.
Summer vacation has begun! We are all very excited to get a break from all of the school work and enjoy a more leisurely schedule -Woo Hoo!! This past weekend, MJ completed another session of Swim Buddies. He swam and played games with certified swim instructors from the YMCA. After they swam, the director had a little ceremony to present the kids with certificates for their attendance. The kids were so proud to receive their certificates and snacks! The awesome thing about this program is that siblings are allowed to participate. My daughter has joined MJ, swimming and playing with the other kids. I will forever be grateful to the YMCA for facilitating these activities for our special needs kids.