Aw summer. Time for relaxing by the pool, drinking mimosas, and sleeping in. Oh wait I forgot I don’t have a pool, nor do I drink, and my six year old is autistic so sleeping in to him means 5AM. Oh the joys of long summer days.
We started our official summer break two weeks ago. And since then I can’t recall a single shower or trip to the bathroom that I’ve not had an audience of some sort. I swear I know more than get in the bathroom door and they line up knocking to ask me life’s important questions: Why are you in there? Did dad go to work? Can I eat these? Can you open this? Why does the baby smell so weird? All questions that to them can’t wait five minutes for me to get out of the restroom.
With wild man he needs a routine. He needs to know what is going to happen from the time he gets up till the time he goes to bed. He likes it that way. So with the school days behind us he has started his own daily routine of things that I thought I would share.
Thanks to the Sprout channel, I am reliving the all famous Teletubbies. The kids love them. I thought for sure my time with these brightly colored singing wonders was long over after my older children out grew of them. I was sadly mistaken. Wild man loves the Teletubbies, the bright colors, the songs, the movements. He takes it all in. And now he is sharing this love with his younger siblings. Elmo loves the color green so naturally he is Dipsy. Big Al is the tallest so he is Tinky-Winky. There’s not a pink but red is close enough for diva so she is Po. That leaves yellow Laa-laa for wild man. Baby girl just dances around and giggles. They spend the mornings, while waiting for the sun to dry the dew off the grass, acting out their favorite parts of the show or making up their own story lines.
And then we have the name and question game. While he loves Teletubbies he also loves annoying orange. (I know completely different yet he loves them both. And yes I know its not the best thing for him to watch so please keep your negative comments to yourself) Since the Annoying Orange trend started with him, he has given everyone in the family and a few close friends nicknames that we all go my now. For instance he calls me Apple now. His dad is coconut. The list includes his siblings which he has named: Kiwi = big sissy her boyfriend is banana, Tug boy= big bubby, little apple= diva, marshmallow= Big Al, Tomato= Elmo (because he hates tomatoes and wild man finds it funny, and baby girl is Pear. My parents are Onion (my mom) and cabbage (my dad) while my husband’s parents are blueberry (husbands mom) and blackberry(husbands dad). My brother is cookie while his kids are carrot and bindi. My grandmother even has the nickname of candies. And a few close friends are pineapple and peach. One of my best friend and her daughters are potato, butter and gray. While another is cheese (or cheese head but in all fairness she does live in Green Bay, WI) Every day, I mean every day, he will stop what he is doing to come climb on my lap and ask what each and every person is doing. Where is kiwi and banana today? Are they coming for a visit? Is onion at work? Is cabbage at his house? He starts at the top of the list and works all the way down. Asking something about each and every person he has nicknamed. After the questions stop then this conversation starts:
wild man” HEY APPLE” “HEY APPLE”
Wild man “blender”
It’s an Annoying Orange thing. He says blender( or any object for that matter) I yell the kids laugh it repeats. Sometimes for minutes sometimes for an hour. Just depends on them. Again I know the show is not great, don’t judge me. We all have our weak moments in parenting. It makes him happy and to me that’s important.
Once the grass drys its time to get outside and play. He loves to be outside more than anything. He could swing for hours. Baby girl is still getting use to having everyone home all day everyday. She is not liking sharing momma with the rest of the kiddos. So while the bigger kids are outside swinging and hunting for dinosaur eggs she is all cuddled up trying to squeeze in a quick nap on momma’s lap. She has defiantly become more clingy over the past few weeks.
After lunch its time to play school. The school system here is fantastic. The kids received backpacks filled with coloring books, easy read books, math, reading and social studies work books, flash cards and crayons. Everything they would need to keep up with their studies over the summer. The funny thing is they love to do their “studies” after lunch, even the two little guys. They actually ask for it. While they work hard doing their math sheet or their coloring page, I pull out one of the books and read to them.
The fact that wild man is doing any of this things with his siblings this year amazes me. He does more parallel play than actual playing in most cases. He has come so far since the move. A year ago he would have been in another room while they watched TV, or if they came outside he went inside, or if we were at the table he would be wondering around the house. But now he is trying to be with us, in his terms. And his siblings and I love it. This could turn out to be an amazing summer.
At night he has a routine as well. After he is all tucked in under his airplane sheets he has three things that must be done. First he sings his ABC’s both forward (A,B,C,D,E,etc ) then in reverse (Z,Y,X,W,V, etc). Second he recites the Pledge of Allegiance. And then he prays. While he says his prayers he thanks God for his apple and his coconut. He thanks God for his siblings, kiwi, tug boy, little apple, marshmallow, tomato, and pear. He thanks God for the good day he had and asks God to help him sleep. It’s the same prayer night after night word for word but it is the sweetest prayer I have ever heard.
My days may start early and my bathroom breaks may now draw a crowd, but I love being their mom. Some days are down right exhausting but I would not trade them for anything.
His superpower is Autism what’s yours?