Join us on the Adventures of Boy Wonder, 8 years old, as he overcomes the challenges he faces due to Autism. The other characters in our cast include me, you can call me J, THE DIVA who is 5 and Sweet Baby Girl who is 4 years old. It's our version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Fasten your seat belts.
They are the two best things that have ever happened to Boy Wonder. They pull him out when he hides. Aggravate him just enough to keep life interesting. Engage him in silly play. To them, just for now, before they are old enough to realize he's different, he is just their brother and playmate. And I do hope that they realize that he is the best thing that ever happened to them. They will learn things from him they can not and would not learn any other way.
Do you keep waiting for it to get easier? I do. I keep thinking tomorrow, next week, next month it will all get easier. In the rare quiet moments, I mourn the things I've never done with Boy Wonder. At not quite 6, there are so many things I thought about when I heard, "it's a boy" that we would do. By now, he would have been participating in a sport. We are still watching Little Einsteins and Dora instead of Phineas and Ferb and Sponge Bob. I've never had an eye roll or an Ugh Mom don't kiss me. This would have been the summer he learned to ride without training wheels. But the training wheels are on the bicycle for this whole ride.
I work through it most days but lately it's been a tough haul. We made the decision to try medication. We are sitting here on pins and needles. Watching Boy Wonder intently for effectiveness and possible side effects. Hoping that the vocal stimming and hand biting will calm down, that it will give him the focus he lacks.
So where do we go from here? One foot in front of the other. No looking back just forward towards hopefully what will be an easier time.