February 4th twenty nineteen
It’s Monday. We woke up to more rain. And I didnt have Fonda come today. Oops. Rookie move. I thought for sure Kyle was gonna let me know it too. Oh AND we had a sub bus driver (she’s driven Kyle before and is super nice but a bit too chatty-which doesn’t always go over well for Kyle. Don’t look at him or talk to him while he’s tryin to get on the bus is pretty much a rule. She doesn’t obey it.).
But guess what? He. Got. On. The. Bus. He did it! He even did it with the chatty bus driver trying to talk to him! 😰 phew! And it was raining. And Fonda wasn’t here AND ITS MONDAY!
I’m not sure if the video ive been showing him daily is working or if he is just back into the routine of things. Whatever it is I’m super grateful! Grateful for the break in hard! We both needed it! Grateful he is getting on the bus more often than not! Even when conditions aren’t his ideal!
After a really good day at school, he got in the house and his iPad was frozen. Frozen. Not good. It wouldn’t do anything. Nothing I tried worked. He was crying And I was frustrated.
We have a corner that we keep 2 iPads. You know, back ups. Ask me if they are charged? Nope. Of course not. For some reason he doesn’t like those ones. So I stopped keeping them charged. I have a theory, I think his current iPad saves his search history for YouTube. So he knows exactly how to find the exact videos he wants. The back ups don’t. I think that’s why he doesn’t like them. 🤷🏻♀️
Anyway. I plugged them in-in a desperate attempt to get him to accept one that just worked. But the batteries had been dead for so long that it was taking forever to even get enough charge to turn on. Awesome.
Except. It really was awesome. He cried. Which wasn’t awesome but I swear the escalation cycle was mild compared to his meltdowns recently. After a few minutes he calmed down and just waited. Like I’m talking he sat and waited. He tried a couple of times to turn on the iPads but they weren’t working still. But he seemed pretty dang mellow considering the iPad is life. Finally his favorite iPad started working- still no idea why it froze or how it unfroze. But who cares! It started working! He was happy!
Then he was happy the rest of the evening. 😅 I’m still in shock with how well he took it.
Autism and fragile x is a freaking journey with lots of mountains to climb and moments of walking through valleys, which is much easier and preferred! It’s so hard to be grateful when you’re climbing up the mountains…like so hard. But once you start your climb down and finally reach the valley, you can feel that strength you gained, while climbing up. You can look back and see what you accomplished. You feel proud that you made it. And somehow that strength is stored for the next climb up. Cuz there will be, no doubt, more mountains to climb.
I’m hoping for a little longer in the valley stage this time. But if we have to climb another mountain, I’m ready. 💪🏻