Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

It has been awhile since I have posted. The end of the year has been so crazy that I feel like I have got little accomplished. I am making it my New Years Resolution to spend more time blogging in 2017. I'm not trying to making any excuses, but the end of this year just seemed so much busier than prior years. At the end of November, I began taking care of my two nieces due to a recent job promotion that their dad received. Taking care of five kiddos left little time for me to do much more than trying to get all of the kids where they needed to be. Things have finally settled down, and I must admit that I am missing all of the chaos now that we are back to having only our three kiddos at home.
Now on to the good stuff, 2016 was really a magical year for my kiddo. He has grown in so many ways. His kindergarten year brought many challenges that I blogged quite a bit about at the beginning of 2016. I am not quite sure what happened, but my kiddo's first grade year brought a sense of maturity. He is doing amazing in school and he even earned student of the month during the month of December. I had to hold back my tears at his award ceremony. My kiddo has come so far and I just love celebrating his successes.

With all of this being said, I do think that it is easy for others to sometimes forget that my little guy is on the spectrum, because for the most party he keeps himself pulled together so well the majority of the time. For example, my little guy had a meltdown with his tutor at the beginning of December. It was a type of meltdown that we hadn't seen in months, but for my kiddo, on that particular day there were so many changes that occurred that he couldn't regulate his emotions. On this particular day, the tutor had to reschedule and come earlier than expected on a day in which she did not typically come. My kiddo had been doing so well, so I became lax and did not write the changes in on the calendar. In addition, I did not tell him about the time change. To top it all off, when the tutor did come, I was not there, because my nieces were with us, and I had to pick them up from school. All of these little changes ended up causing a huge meltdown. My dad was over when this occurred, and he couldn't quite grasp why my kiddo could not regulate how he was feeling. I had to explain to my dad that we all have got pretty lax and in many instances such as this we have not properly accommodated in the ways in which we should have. Often times, no meltdown will occur, but in this example, a cascading effect occurred, and it really brought us back to reality that despite how remarkably well this kiddo is doing, that he has autism, and that we all need to do a better job of remembering to do the little things to make life easier on him.

As we go into 2017, I am going to make it my goal to not only celebrate my son's successes, but to also continually learn how to properly accommodate my son and his needs. We are kind of on an uncharted territory in many ways. In prior years, it was really easy to determine what he needed, but now it is not so easy. My child wants to have independence and he wants to do things on his own, but he also still needs support and now I need to learn how to balance the two. I am so proud of my child and who he is. I cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring. I wish you all a Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2017!!! Many Blessing to All!

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