Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Wasp

The other night, I was watching TV with my husband when there was a terrifying shriek that came from Austin's room.  In an instant, Kaleigh came running to the living room with her hands over her ears.  She yelled about Austin being screaming.  I was up on my feet already and ran to Austin.  The screams were so horrible I thought he had been seriously hurt!

I got to his room as fast as I could.  I found him on the floor, terrified, TERRIFIED ... screaming at the top of his lungs, "THERE'S A WASP ON ME!!!  THERE'S A WASP ON ME!!!  GET IT OFF!!! GET IT OFF!!!"  My husband had followed me to the room and got the wasp off of Austin.  I was trying to calm Austin down as best as I could, it took a few minutes.  Oh my!  My heart just dropped! When I saw him, my mind flashed back to when Austin was three, he had the same terrified look on his face, as he did then when he became frightened.  It broke my heart ...  I checked Austin to see if he was okay, he complained of pain in his elbow, he had been stung.  I got him some ice and Tylenol and he calmed down.  I couldn't believe how hysterical he became.  Poor guy!

I hear very frequently, your son doesn't look autistic.  Well, my son does have autism and he does react to certain situations.  He has social and motor skill challenges.  He gets distracted and can lose focus easily.  He does have autism and it is part of what makes him Austin.  I love you buddy!  I'm very proud of you, everyday!

*HUGS* All the best!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Wheels on the City Bus!

Austin is growing so much and changing all the time.  (He's taller than me, my baby!)  He's a big guy, and taking the city bus!

I started working at the daycare at my school last year.  Austin and Kaleigh had to start afternoon daycare.  Austin liked it more than Kaleigh but eventually he decided, being a senior now, it wasn't as much fun.  My husband and I discussed it and decided Austin should come home on the city bus. (There's no transportation from the school since Austin is a boundary transfer; he goes to a school out of our neighbourhood.)

We both spoke to Austin about taking the city bus and he was very excited about the idea!  Me, not so much.  I know that he needs to be independent but everyone that knows me knows how protective I am of my children.  I gave in and Austin is taking the bus everyday after school.

Interestingly enough, Austin's bus stops right at the school I work at and I'm outside supervising a recess when he gets off the bus.  One of the first days, the bus was late, a bus drove by and didn't stop!  I FREAKED!  I was panicked!  It wasn't Austin's bus (it passed so fast that I couldn't see the number), I was dialing the school, my husband ... then, a bus pulled up and stopped, there was Austin.  Thank goodness!  I could feel my heart beat again!  Austin, oblivious to the confusion or how scared I was, said "Mom, the bus was 7 minutes late".  Needless to say, I filled in Austin on how frightened I was when the first bus drove right passed me!  He gave a little smile, told me it was "okay" and he was on his way home.  A very short walk from the school to our house.

I can't believe it.  It seems like just yesterday I was at playgroup with him, a toddler then, singing "The wheels on the bus go round and round ..."  Now, he's on public transportation and I'm wishing we were still in circle time.  Sigh ...

So PROUD of you Austin!  I LOVE you Dude!  OXOX

All the best!  *HUGS*