Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Let's go to the movies...you and me!"

{...things on thursday}

I can't believe it's already Thursday- it happens to me every time it's a short week due to a holiday. This particular Presidents Day weekend was a tough one to say goodbye to. We had such a busy, fun weekend that I thought it would be difficult to get back into the swing of our normal schedule, but thankfully, this week has been relatively smooth. Good reports from school and great behavior at home, family dinner time, and some great Flyers hockey (ahemfinally)!

Riley and PJ, snarfing Pirate's Booty!
Our last day of break was something of a momentous Mama moment for me. It was a big first for PJ, something I had been looking forward to for a long time. PJ joined all of his big cousins for his very first movie theater movie!

I was a little nervous, as PJ was kind of spazzy energetic at our pre-movie pizza lunch. I had visions of a tantruming PJ wanting to run up and down the steps of the theatre while angry movie patrons shot me dirty looks and made snide comments about my parenting, which is not what I would call $17 well spent! We gave it a shot though, and headed to the theater armed with a bag of Pirate's Booty and a prayer to buy two matinee tickets to "Escape From Planet Earth".


PJ settled into his seat next to his cousin Riley...and behaved. True story! He snacked on Pirate's Booty and popcorn and "NehNehNems" (M&M's), watching the movie quietly. He laughed at burp jokes and asked to sit in my lap once. He didn't want to run around, wasn't inappropriately noisy, and if anyone was shooting me dirty looks it was because of my obnoxiously loud laugh! The movie was cute, funny, and not overly-long, so it's a great choice for anyone with littles who wiggle as it wasn't asking for too much wiggle-free time.

Post-movie!
As it was, it completely lived up to my (sometimes way too high) expectations of what my sons first movie would be like! PJ was enthralled by the big screen, excited to be with his cousins, and behaved like a big boy! It was a lesson to me that, perhaps, autism won't rob me of too many Mama Moments after all. More importantly (most importantly!), PJ gets to experience all of the things that his peers do and enjoy them, even if his view is a little bit different sometimes.

That outing was the last of our fun Presient's Day weekend, and as I mentioned, the week has been going well. I have an appointment for PJ to have an intake evaluation with an insurance-approved provider of ABA therapy, so the next step is to make a treatment plan and figure out how we're going to pay for it. It's without question a worthwhile investment- ABA is one of the only proven treatments for helping children affected by Autism develop social, educational, and life skills. PJ has responded so well to all of his therapies and I can't imagine that this would be any different. ABA is very intensive and would take up quite a bit of time, and it's all at once the last thing in the world I want to do and what I am most hoping will happen for my son.

And in conclusion, I should not have mentioned the Flyers, because while they won the last two, they are currently playing like crap against the Florida Panthers. Sigh. Can't win 'em all.

Good night to you, my friends!


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