During the month of November, I’ll be focusing our week’s five facts on things that we’re grateful for.
Join in, and spread the love!
1. Baby toes and Baby jeans. Milo wore his first pair of actual pants since about March. We’ve had shorts weather for the last many many months, so I’d forgotten how darling a tiny little pair of jeans can be. These were hand-me-downs from Sophie (H&M unisex baby jeans), and I love them just as much on him as I did on her. Add to it his sweet little baby toes are peeking out the bottom, and gah! I can hardly stand the cuteness.
2. Trunk or Treat. I’d never thought about it before Sophie, but Halloween is really the worst holiday for children on the autism spectrum (and those with so many other challenges). Think about it–talking to strangers, asking for something, facing sensory overload in strange smells, lights, costume fabrics, even candy (Sophie has texture issues with most candies that she can eat). Not to mention the scary stuff–creepy masks, frightening door displays, spooky music. It was far too much for Sophie last year. This year, my goal was to do something. Her aunt Stacy’s church congregation was having a little trunk or treat (where you go car -to-car in a church parking lot). It was FAR less creepy/scary, it was much smaller, and everyone was so kind. Sophie practiced saying “trick or treat,” which came out “chicken treat” and successfully said it at every stop along the way. She couldn’t always answer people’s questions or look them in the eye, but she was polite and kind and didn’t have any meltdowns ! I’m thankful for small victories, and attending trunk or treat this year was one of them.
3. Babyisms. On that note, I’m grateful that human language develops through stages. A year ago, when my friends were sharing cute things their kids were saying, I was SO happy for them and yet I wondered if that could ever be us. Happily, it IS! A few favorites lately:
Trick or Treat = “Chicken Treat” (Sophie) and “Trunky Treat” (Milo)
Conference = “Paw prints” (Sophie)
Special = “Pech-oh” (Milo)
I’m also partial to the lisp Milo has for some words. It makes “chipth and thaltha” sound extra cute.
4. Good books. As a decided introvert, I recharge by doing quiet alone things. Reading is one of those things. I’ve read a few fun books lately–Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables), and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale among them. I’ve been working my way through Unbrokenby Laura Hillenbrand, Year of No Sugar, by Eve Schaub, and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. There’s just nothing like reading a good book.
(As for kids books, I’ll be back next week with a post of some new favorites).
5. The good moments. I really, really, REALLY appreciate when something works, and everyone’s happy. We made and decorated cookies (almond flour “sugar” cookies, made with honey) and everyone was happy and content and involved for a good 10 minutes. Everything may have fallen apart afterward for a few hours, but those 10 minutes were really, REALLY good. Similarly, I really appreciate successful trips to the grocery store, or when everyone eats their snack without a meltdown, or the kids play chase for a few minutes. “The joy of motherhood comes in moments” feels so very, very true.
Happy weekend, dear reader! Wishing you every good thing.