I wrote yesterday about our challenge with Cuyler and his behaviour on Saturday.
I reminded him that I didn’t think he was going to be able to go because of his behaviour the day before. He looked me directly in the eyes and said “I’m going to have good behaviour today. I promise I’m going to be good at behaving.”
He also spent some quiet time by their stream watching the water babbling by. It seemed to soothe him.
From there Sean took Cam to hockey and I took Cuyler and Eva to the Autism Ontario family swim. There weren’t many there so it was a nice quiet swim. After that I dropped Eva off at Gramma and Grampa’s while Cuyler and I went shopping for a birthday present. Yes…I decided he should go. We went to WalMart and he was a gem. We went home and hung out together, just he and I.
We headed back to the pool for the party at 5pm. He swam and splashed with his classmates. Then it was time to eat. They had ordered pizza. Cuy and I talked beforehand about this. They wouldn’t have his special gfcf pizza there so he asked me to make him his chicken nuggets to eat there. And bring one of his gfcf brownies. I was proud he made those choices. However. Once the pizza arrived it was extremely difficult for Cuyler to be ok with his nuggets. He was trying SO hard not to cry. He was taking deep breaths. Kept whispering to himself “It’s ok. I’m alright.” He asked me through his tears to just take the cheese off. I told him he couldn’t eat the bread part of the pizza either. That was met with more quiet tears. He knew a meltdown would result in us leaving early. My heart was breaking for him. He was trying so hard to manage and he was doing an amazing job. I was so proud of him.
He wanted nothing to do with the nuggets. He asked me for the marinara dipping sauce that came with the pizza. I brought it to him thinking he was going to dip his plain Lays into them.