Sunday, January 20, 2008

Reason to party

I'm making a concerted effort to get out more with the boys. Last night we went to our neighbors' housewarming, and after some initial ear-plugging and wailing, all the boys had a good time. Our neighbor's youngest daughter has developmental delays, and is exactly the twins' age. They are also big "Signing Time" fans, and it was nice to have some other signers around.

This evening I brought J and G. to a church-related pot-luck. B. was asleep when I left, so he stayed and watched an important football game with Dad. I had to force myself to go, and the group is not quite what I'm looking for, but I'm glad I went for the boys' sake. Ideally I'll find a group that I like for my own sake and that's also good for them So far the autism groups I belong to come closest, but they don't get together often. I want a place where I can really be myself (goofy, combined with sarcasm and liberal views) But, I digress.

G. preferred staying downstairs with the grown-ups for most of the party, which was fine. He counted things, played with toys (!) and generally had a good time exploring. At dinner, he sat at the kids' table with no protest, and I wished I had my camera--he looked so mature. And next time he may even eat something more than a frozen waffle.

And now for my favorite moment:
All of us adults were lingering over dessert when G. climbed into a chair across from me and sat down. He looked at a lit candle for a little while, and announced "Birthday!"

I'm so happy about this, I can't describe it. I don't know exactly what it is, but I feel like he's moving to a new kind of thinking--making connections between things and events. It's so exciting to watch.


Mom without a manual said...


I hope you can find the group that you are comfortable and goofy with! That is great that you have a neighbor so close facing some of the same issues!

However, back to the most important part! Yeah for G!!!!

Judith said...

That is amazing! Yea!

And high-five to you for putting yourself out there. I'm still basically friendly here in NE. I've been thinking of starting a book club or something ... Must do something...

Judith said...

Can't type...

Meant to say friendless not friendly ... Geez..

Sharon said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, so now I can visit yours. Pity Texas is so far from here, goofy, sarcastic and liberal and with cool autistic boys, we'd hit it off for certain!

I can totally relate to your happiness about 'birthday' and remember all the similar times from past and present.

Oh and your children are gorgeous.

burgiboogie said...

That is so great that you are getting out there!! You will totally find your "group", I could totally hang with a goofy sarcastic, gal like you, but I might have to fight you on the liberal part:) I love how happy the boys look in the snow!